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November 6, 2021

Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

a fun romance

Two unlikely chefs. One life-changing contest. There can only be one winner . . . right?

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Tacos for Two
October 2021; Revell; 978-0800740597
audio, ebook, print (384 pages); romance

Tacos for Two
is an easy read with two likable main characters and is a modern-day telling of 'You've Got Mail'.  It's an enemies-to-lovers story and the fact that they are both from dysfunctional families makes it even more difficult for them.

Rory Perez is a food truck owner who doesn't know how to cook.  Her aunt left her the business when she died and she knows that running a food truck is not part of her life goals   Her cousin does all of the cooking while she worries about keeping the truck open to financially help members of her family.  The only man in her life is strongman99, who she's met on a dating service and his emails are often the best part of her day.  Her city is having a food truck competition and she knows that the only way to keep her food truck open is to win first place in the contest and get the monetary prize.

Jude works in his family law firm with his father and brother. He will soon take the bar exam and become part of the family business. In his heart, he knows that this is not what he wants to do for the rest of his life...he wants to cook food that will make people happy.  He and his father make a deal - if he wins the food truck competition, he can walk away from the law firm.  If he loses, he will become part of the firm with his dad and brother. He, too, is emailing a woman on a dating site and feels that she helps him make some important decisions. Neither of them is ready to meet each other, so they continue their budding relationship on the computer.

When they first meet,  there is a spark between them which is soon put out when Rory teaches Jude how to cook Mexican food, and soon after he starts a food truck in direct competition with her food truck.  Again and again, they started enjoying each other until Jude does something that makes her angry.  Neither one of them knows why they are both so anxious to win this competition and when they start competing in the competition, there appears to be no relationship left between them. When they get a big surprise, it changes their feelings about each other.

Both Jude and Rory are great main characters as are most of the secondary characters.  You easily get invested in their on-again/off-again relationship.  Will they be able to have a happily ever after story or will they remain frenemies?

A side note:  I don't think you will want to read this book when you're hungry.  There are lots of descriptions of Mexican foods that made me want to make a batch of tacos.  (Let's get serious - I probably would have made a trip to Taco Bell)

Overall, I found this book to be a fun romance. Betsy St. Amant has several books in her backlog that look very interesting and I plan to check them out.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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