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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
When I first read the synopsis for Recipe for Disaster, I couldn’t wait to dig in. I mean, Secret Service agents, art thieves, forgeries and a pastry chef…what’s not to like? Griffin Keller is on the hunt to catch a counterfeiter and the only clue left behind is a dish towel from the White House kitchen, where pastry chef Marin works hard each day, creating her delectable treats. She’s also worrying about bringing a date to her cousin’s wedding when she works too much and doesn’t know any eligible men. But Tracy Solheim gives her a pretty good option when Griffin makes his way to her kitchen, and everywhere else. Too bad some pretty scary things keep happening, which makes not having a date to her cousin’s wedding rather low on her priority list.
What I really liked about Recipe for Disaster is Marin and Griffin as individuals. They are both driven to work hard and succeed, but I just liked them both in general. I really loved the banter between them, and the mystery added a nice touch to the story that kept the plot fast paced and full of action. Watching Marin and Griffin together was a treat. Tracy Solheim did a wonderful job of taking two driven, independent people and putting them in a situation that made it hard to deny what was going on between them. The secondary characters were great, except her cousin, Ava, who I could have lived without, but I did love Diego and the rest of the White House stuff. Recipe for Disaster is a fun, action packed read.