If only life were as simple as following a recipe.

In her twenties, Kara Malendar found herself at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, thousands of miles away from the harsh media coverage of her political family. But Paris ended abruptly when she was summoned home to Los Angeles and expected to stand in again as the senator’s perfect daughter.

Now, thirty, Kara has made a different kind of life for herself. As a food critic for the Los Angeles Times, she casts a critical eye on other people. That is, until her past finds his way back into town and opens a new restaurant.

Logan Rye, the youngest son of the Ryeland Farms family, is a chef and knows exactly what he’s doing with his life. After a few years spent getting his head and heart together, he’s opened a new farm-to-table restaurant, The Yard, in Los Angeles. It’s his passion, but according to the LA Times, he’s a trend.

Kara and Logan haven’t seen each other since she left him in the lobby of her Paris apartment building, but when she is asked to write a feature on him, it’s not long before they are rediscovering the delicious parts of each other. As things heat up, all recipes are forgotten, and Kara and Logan realize nothing was what it seemed in Paris.

If Logan can only find a way to trust, he may be exactly what Kara needs . . . if she’s ever going to taste life again.

Quotes

“A hurricane-that’s what you are. Beautiful, out of nowhere, cool rains on a hot day, incredible storm. I want a closer look, I want to close my eyes and soak the whole damn thing in, but I should know better. There’s dust and wind. Shit, people get killed in hurricanes.”

“Who knows why anyone succeeds or fails? I mean shit, Applebee’s still in business. Nothing makes sense.”

Reviews

“…a story that’s equally sensual and smart.”
Kirkus Reviews

“The blend of food, love and family made this a fantastic read.”
125 Pages

“An absolutely heart warming story about learning to love and accept yourself.”
Erin

“Real people, real feelings, flaws included.”
Murphy

“…a delightful romance full of culinary delights.”
Karen

Chapter One

Kara Malendar was a bitch. She hadn’t planned on being one and hadn’t always been one, but as she stopped during her mid-Saturday morning run, it was clear she must be the very worst kind of person. Catching her breath and taking a sip from the little water bottle fastened around her waist, Kara fixed her eyes across the street at Marco Polo. Men in blue jumpsuits were emptying the local Italian restaurant. Boxes, tables, and chairs were being loaded onto a large moving van with a cartoon kangaroo painted on the side. Tony and Pam Forte, the owners, were a husband-and-wife team. He was the business part and she was the chef. Pam was classically trained, or so Kara had read in the About Us portion of their website. She had always hated the term “classically trained” because it was assumed that was synonymous with great chef. Trained and great were two very different things in Kara’s book.

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What Readers are Saying…

  • "It’s light without being fluffy, the romance realistic, the friendships meaningful, and the characters easy to connect with. I always recommend Tracy Ewens’ novels, but this one might be my personal favorite."
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  • “No characters have felt more real to me than these two. Sure there is the snappy dialog, wry and witty humor, but underneath it all is a love so deep and thorough that you can’t help but let your heart and emotions be touched in a way that lasts long after the story ends.”
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  • When it comes to the story itself, I loved the author’s voice. Her way with words, especially the inner dialogue of the characters, it was a really engrossing and comfortable read. It was funny, sad, happy and angsty at times but each character shined through as his/her own person and moved the story along as just the right pacing.
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Tap is now an audiobook and available everywhere audio is sold!  Thank you to #teddyhamilton and @onenightstandstudios for bringing Cade and Sistine to life. ❤️
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Smooth is now an audiobook and available everywhere audio is sold!  Thank you to #wenross and @onenightstandstudios for bringing Patrick and Aspen to life. ❤️
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Calling all #plantlovers. Can someone tell me what this is? I thought it was a gardenia, but now that it has bloomed and isn’t fragrant, I’m stumped. 🤔
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#readersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #blooms #plantquestion #amediting
Brew is now an audiobook and available everywhere audio is sold!  Thank you to #sebastianyork and @onenightstandstudios for bringing Boyd and Ella to life. ❤️
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The best time to wear a red sweater is all the time. ❤️ 
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This photo was on my vision board while I was writing Brew. Granted, Boyd isn’t quite that grey and Mason is older, but for me this image captured the ease of their relationship. 

I am revisiting all things Brew lately since I just finished listening to the new audiobook (thank you, #sebastianyork), which will be available everywhere in the coming weeks. 

When I know I’m going to love a book or any new release by my favorite authors, I will get the audiobook and the ebook at the same time so I don’t  have to stop the story when Jack needs a walk. 

Where do you listen to #audiobooks? 🎧
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Attempting to make something happen today. Happy 2021 everyone. How’s it going so far? 🤪
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Goodnight sun. ☀️ 
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Fall 🍁 
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Jack! 🎃 👻 
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He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. ~ Anonymous ❤️
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#doglove #authorsofinstagram #bff #brittanysofinstagram #brittanyspaniellove #brittanys #brittanysofinsta
We need the tonic of wildness... ❤️
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New view 💛
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Last blooms before things get really🔥 here in the 🌵
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Life is always happening and waiting for us to notice. - @msmeljolly 
#28dayjoychallenge #peace #doves #arizona #nesting #besafe
Just in case you need some Jack. ❤️
#brittanys #bestfriend #amwriting #besafe #brittanysofinstagram #brittanyspanielsofinsta
Oh, Nature. I needed this today. Thank you. ☺️❤️
#mothernature #arizona #besafe #grateful #28dayjoychallenge
Yeah, I might have a @blackwing problem. 
#sorrynotsorry #blackwingpencil #amwriting #pencils #authorlife #writersofinstagram
A bit of extra cleaning, and my little library is going strong. #socialdistancing #besafeoutthere #littlelibrary #imnotalibrarianbutiplayoneonmystreet
#booklover #bookish #librariesofinstagram #littlethings #amreading
Noticed this awesome bit of yellow after lunch today. Why do all of my characters drive trucks or not drive at all? This Bug is practically begging for A Love Story and I’m on it. 🥰
#writinginspiration #vwbug #authorsofinstagram #readersofinstagram #amwriting #romancebooks
It feels so good to be back. #grateful  #fuckcancer #writersofinstagram #amwriting
Bodega Bay is named after Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra even though he discovered modern day Tomales Bay instead. History is quirky that way. 
The word “bodega” means store room or wine cellar. Bodega y Quadra most likely had ancestors who worked with or owned goods and wine. Names are cool that way. 
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BookBub Alert! Blow- A Love Story will be featured on 10/17. Only $0.99 for the ebook on Amazon, Kobo, and Apple. 
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I started Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth the day it came out and could not put it down. All sorts of things fell by the wayside because I was not leaving the story until the last page. The sign of a great book, right?

Today’s dilemma: I have words to write, things to check off, and The Dutch House, with its gorgeous cover, is right next to me. I shouldn’t. I know reading anything has to wait, but... maybe just a little peak. 😏
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My characters are often touched by the natural world. Farmers, chefs, beermakers, photographers, doctors, and others who simply appreciate a night sky. Mother Nature inspires me every day, and in turn, my work.

This is my view. I never take it for granted. I am humbled that I’m allowed to stay.  Drenching rain today. Stunning colors ❤️.
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I have a thing for wild flowers. Found these yesterday, and they remind me of the bouquet Kenna (Reserved) pulls from the cabinet in the dream that changes everything. Are you a wildflower person?
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Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is considered one of the worst roads in Marin County.  Fun Fact: I set Blow in Bodega Bay, named Drake after Sir Francis Drake, and knew his accident happened on a winding backroad BEFORE I ever knew this road existed. 😳 
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Hard at work on Jules and Tyler’s story. By work I mean Pinterest, of course. 
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Good Morning, New York. First day of #RWA19. Summer rain. ☔️
One more week. Seven days. One hundred and six— I'll stop. 🤪
Super excited to share Blow - A Love Story. 
Ebook up for pre-order. Print out next week. Audiobook coming early-August. Links in bio. Happy Reading. ❤️
Flowers are as much self-care as they are romance.
Age looks good on all of us.
Why do I always think mailboxes like these hold love letters instead of bills?
I can't believe it has been ten years. 
Simply the best.
Sometimes a place can write a romance all by itself.
Coffee, tea, and walking with you on the docks.