Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Books Read & Giveaway: Caroline James - So, You Think You’re A Celebrity… Chef?

Mix together… A tough-cookie media agent who's clawed her way to the top, and a con-man who wants to open a cookery school. Add in a washed-up celebrity chef whose career needs re-building…

Flavour with…

An aging rock star fresh from rehab, and a Sloane Ranger food writer who gets her own TV show…

Bring to the boil…

At a Gourmet Food Festival, in Ireland, where anything goes!

When media agent Hilary Hargreaves travels to Ireland to look at a campaign for a new cookery school, she meets a blast from her past - the romantic but feckless chef Mickey Lloyd, who is hell-bent on resurrecting his flagging career. Her tough demeanour is rocked as it becomes apparent Mickey's intentions involve more than a stint behind a stove in his quest to pursue her. But as plans for the school gain momentum, she realises that she's developing more than a passing interest in reformed alcoholic Long Tom Hendry, who owns the crumbling old mansion where the school will be homed. Hilary has many ingredients to juggle with her demanding client list - which looks set to boil over if she doesn't keep control. From London's bustling Soho, to Southern Ireland and the sunny shores of the Caribbean, has Hilary got too much on her plate and is she really prepared to risk it all for love?

Today I'm reviewing So, you Think You're A Celebrity... Chef by Caroline James as part of a blog tour organised by Fiction Addiction Book Tours.

Hilary Hargreaves is a successful agent who knows just how to handle even the most difficult of clients, and she's certainly got a few of them... She's worked hard to make a success of her agency with the help of her colleagues having learnt the hard way after being taken for a fool early in her career.

When she's approached by Lenny Crispin, a smooth talking charmer, her instincts tell her something is not right but without the evidence to prove that her concerns are right can she really turn down the opportunity to represent him and be involved with his plans for a new culinary school?

Add into the mix an ex boyfriend who's trying to win her heart back and rebuild his career at the same time, and an ageing reclusive rock star who intrigues her, it might be time for Hilary to let loose and follow her heart rather than listen to her head...

SYTYACC was such a fun read with a plenty of hilarious moments and an interesting mix of characters, from the flamboyant Bob to the mysterious Long Tom, but my favourite was certainly the star of the book Hilary as it was great to see the layers being peeled away and her vulnerable side come to the fore.

And as for all the food's not a good idea to read this book late at night in bed as it makes you crave goodies for a midnight snack!

Caroline is running a fab giveaway with a variety of prizes as can be seen in the photo below, to enter simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form.

5 x Chocolate Brownies (UK only)

In the book, gorgeous Gary from Bon Appetite! makes sublime melt-in-your-mouth brownies. We’ve commissioned award winning Brownie Queen, Justine Forrest to supply her amazing brownies, individually boxed as a giveaway treat!  

5 x Bespoke Book Bags (UK and International)
The perfect little bag to pop your book or kindle in – don’t forget your glasses and a bar of chocolate! Individually designed for this tour by Leanda Peters Designs.

Signed Paperback copy of So You Think You’re a Celebrity … Chef?(UK)  

Kindle Gift Copy of So You Think You’re a Celebrity … Chef?(International)

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  1. What a wonderful review - thanks SO much Shaz - I'm really thrilled that you liked my new book, thank you for your time and for having me on your lovely blog xx

  2. This is going to be such a great read thank you.