Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Skinny Bitch in Love by Kim Barnouin

Publisher: Gallery Books 
Pages: 320 
Format: ARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Clementine Cooper is a born vegan, com­mitted in every way to the healthy lifestyle she was raised with on her father’s organic farm. But how bad could a little butter be? Bad enough to get the ambitious and talented sous chef fired when an influential food critic discovers dairy in Clem’s butternut squash ravioli with garlic sage sauce. Though she was sabotaged by a backstab­bing coworker, Clem finds herself unceremo­niously blackballed from every vegan kitchen in L.A.

Like any vegan chef worth her salt, however, Clem knows how to turn lemons into delicious, cruelty-free lemonade cupcakes. She launches the Skinny Bitch Cooking School in hopes of soon opening her own café in an empty space near her apartment. But on the first day of class, sexy millionaire restaurateur Zach Jeffries puts a fork in her idea with his own plans for the space—a steakhouse. Clem is livid. For a carnivore, Zach is more complicated than she anticipated. He’s also a very good kisser. But could dating one of the most eligible bachelors in the city—and a meat-eater—be as bad for Clem as high-fructose corn syrup? Shouldn’t she fall instead for a man who seems to be her perfect match in every way—like Alexander Orr, a very cute, very sweet vegan chef?

Clem thought she was open-minded, but as she confronts the challenges of budding entrepre­neurship, old rivals, ex-boyfriends, and tempting suitors, she begins to wonder if she can ever say “I love you” to a man who hates tofu.



Kritters Thoughts:  Have you heard of Skinny Bitch cookbooks and things?  Before your read this book, stop and go check them out and then proceed to this fiction outtake on the Skinny Bitch lifestyle.  Clementine is a vegan chef who from the beginning finds herself unemployed after an unfortunate kitchen mishap, so she has to find a new path to work towards opening her own restaurant.

Clem was a great heroine - determined, driven and real.  She had ups and downs.  Her family was involved in her life and not just in the background and she had true friends who had issues of their owns.  It was great to have a main female character that felt so real.  It didn't take long for me to root for Clementine and want her to achieve her dream on her own.

My one small hiccup was the back and forth between Clem and her potential love was a little much, but I love that the characters recognized it; made it a little bit better.

This would be the perfect book to throw in the beach bag this summer!  A light read where the characters are easy to love and the story flows.

Rating: perfect beach read

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Gallery Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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