For Butter or Worse: A Rom-Com by Erin La Rosa
Publisher: HQN / Harlequin Trade Publishing
No. of Pages: 360
Date of US Publication: 26 July, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Swoony and fantastically fun, Nina and Leo were the perfect characters in this wonderfully written enemies-to-lovers story.
This had so much of what I love in a romance: enemies to lovers, cooking, fake relationships - add in some fully relatable flaws in each of the main characters, and you’ve got something that really is just wonderful to read.
I also really appreciated the realistic timeline of enemies to lovers here. It was progressive, not instant, and that worked well for me.
I adored For Butter or Worse and am already looking forward to the author’s next book.
eARC kindly provided by Harlequin Trade Publishing and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.
“With great tension, simmering heat, and clever banter, FOR BUTTER OR WORSE is a mouthwateringly delicious enemies-to-lovers romance.”—Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Heart Principle
"[A] sparkling romance...witty and lighthearted, with plenty of tender moments to keep readers invested, this work gets the enemies-to-lovers trope right."—Publishers Weekly
They go together like water and oil…
All chef Nina Lyon wants is to make a name for herself in the culinary world and inspire young women everywhere to do the same. For too long, she’s been held back and underestimated by the male-dominated sphere of professional kitchens, and she's had enough. Now, as co-host of the competitive reality TV series The Next Cooking Champ!, she finally has a real shot at being top tier in the foodie scene.
Too bad her co-host happens to be Hollywood’s smarmiest jerk.
Restaurateur Leo O’Donnell never means to get under Nina’s skin. It just seems to happen, especially when the cameras are rolling. It's part of the anxiety and stress he has come to know all too well in this line of work. So nothing prepares him for the fallout after he takes one joke a smidge too far and Nina up and quits—on live TV.
To make matters worse, the two are caught in what looks like a compromising situation by the paparazzi…and fans of the show go absolutely nuts. Turns out, a “secret romance” between Nina and Leo may just be what their careers need most.
Now all they have to do is play along, without killing each other...and without catching feelings. Easy as artisanal shepherd's pie. Right?
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