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Menu for Romance (Brides of Bonneterre, #2) by Kaye Dacus
I did enjoy the lite, fluffy romance in the story, and it was a welcome reprieve from all the other books I've been reading. It had it's 'ah, cute' type of moments, along I'm not usually one for contemporaries, unless it's from an author I already know and love. It had it's 'ah, cute' type of moments, along with a few witty ones. In other words, a sweet, and fairly quick read. However, the one main thing that I didn't like was the complete lack of sexual tensionof any sort! Only a few little pecks on the lips were even mentioned in the book.
Now, I know, this is technically a 'Christian Fiction', and that means that it's no where near the erotica level, but does it have to mean no sexual tension, too? Come on, sometimes the build up and teasing along the way is far more interesting than the actual 'event'! Despite the lack of, well, passion, between the hero and heroine of the story, the characters themselves weren't too bad.
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They could have had a bit more depth at times, but over all, I didn't mind them-- and I have to say, Major's mother was by far the most unique out of the group. I only wish the author had played up interaction between them all a bit more, since at times I almost didn't really see the connection between them.
It was more like a fine line than the strong one you usually want in a book, especially a romance. Christian Fiction or not, you still need that connection, that growth and development from the characters. An enjoyable romance novel, which I would recommend to anyone, even a teenage girl. With an interesting and not too common story plot, which only added to the appeal, plus characters and events that are realisitc, Menu for Romance shouldn't be passed over just because of its genre.
Menu for Romance (Brides of Bonneterre, Book 2)
Try it, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed in it either! Dec 28, Teresa Snyder rated it it was amazing. Meredith for taking up with Ward - although I did like Ward, but not for Meredith - and Major for not stepping up and admitting his feels for Meredith or his mothers illness. Speaking of his mother, she was so cute. Her love for John Wayne was over-the-top adorable! I loved her role in the books ending. Looking forward to book 3. Nov 17, Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: A solid second in the series. We get to really know characters we have already met and explore different ideas about what it means to have a healthy relationship.
It was a sweet romance and I have already downloaded another book by her. Oct 21, V. Locey rated it liked it. I have to come clean about this book. It was a mistake buy. I was in the Dollar General moseying about and I always check out the books. This one had an attractive cover and so I tossed it into my cart and went about my shopping. It was after I got home and finally got a few books cleared off the top of it that I read the back cover thoroughly. I wrinkled my nose pretentiously.
I have never read a Christian romance novel. I know for a fact that they are far too timid for my tastes. But, in an effort to branch out and read different genres I resigned myself to reading Menu for Romance by Kaye Dacus. Major has his own problems that he brings to the non-relationship, the biggest being that he hides the fact that his mother suffers from schizophrenia. Okay, so we seem to have the prerequisite slew of problems for our couple to work out.
I was resigned to having no sex and was okay with that. Well, I read and I waited and I waited and I read. It has no spark. Want to go out sometime? He could have been one hell — Oops- heck of a romantic lead if he had just not been such a coward. So you see, the things that made the book get only three stars had nothing to do with it being a Christian romance and therefore lacking nookie. What made it lackluster were the characters and so-so plot.
Dacus uses detail nicely and when spins a Southern setting perfectly. The secondary characters were quite enjoyable. Fifty Shades of Grey has that dubious distinction. Menu for Romance gets three stars for trying really hard to make a fire without any spark. Feb 23, Christy rated it it was amazing. I do believe that I have found the author who can consistently provide me with my contemporary romance fix! Her Brides of Bonneterre Series has everything I love in a contemporary romance: Now, most books that try to have a Southern flair either get it right or I do believe that I have found the author who can consistently provide me with my contemporary romance fix!
Now, most books that try to have a Southern flair either get it right or get it wrong, and unless you're from the South, you might never know which bucket a book falls in. Pleasantly, Menu for Romance fell into the "got it right" bucket. There's a great love of family and friends there, not to mention the beautiful plantation homes that make one "ooh" and "ahh. A man is not called a man, but a "fella.
And your tea better be "so sweet that if you run out of syrup, you can pour it over your pancakes" borrowed that line from Christian comedian, Mark Lowry. So, with all that Southern loveliness floating around, it should be easy for a couple to fall in love and start a relationship, right? Falling in love was obvious to everyone except Meredith and Major See, Major has a family secret that would be utter mortification if it got out to his friends. And even though he's known Meredith for 8 long years, he's never been able to share this secret with her, his best friend.
So, he tries to put her out of his mind and his heart until another "fella" comes a'courting. Equally, Meredith tries to move on past her 8-year crush on Major until she sees a certain woman making goo-goo eyes at him. But God had other plans in mind for these two, if only they'd just open their eyes. Trust me, it was well worth the wait once the light bulb came on for both Meredith and Major.
For those non-Southerners out there, most everything can be found at Wally World in our small towns. And if they don't have it at Wal-mart, then get to beggin', borrowin', or stealin' well, maybe I shouldn't encourage that last one.
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You'll be really glad that you did. Jul 26, Bookworm rated it liked it Shelves: Meredith and Major are busy professionals at her family's company and they've had crushes on each other for years. But neither has ever dared to say anything. This year will be different. Meredith has made a New Year's resolution that she will find a relationship.
And while Major doesn't want to saddle any woman with his mother's schizophrenia, he doesn't want to lose Meredith. I didn't like this book as much as the first one because Meredith and Major are both in love with each other but are too afraid of getting involved because they don't think they're good enough.
Plus Major keeps his mother and her mental problems hidden because while he "loves" Meredith, he thinks she would reject him if she knew. That doesn't indicate trust or respect or love to me. Additionally Major at one point wants her to admit that she loves him even though he doesn't plan to act on it or anything! I mean on the one hand, he's very old-fashioned chivalrous sometimes it veers in to patronizing for me and on the other hand he doesn't trust her at all which does not indicate a strong future for them.
Basically he wants her around for him even though he's not going to do anything about it. I hate heroes like that! They don't even deserve the label "hero" in my opinion. When she finds out, he purposely misunderstands her good heart. He is a disgusting coward who's ashamed of his mother and is a pathetic excuse for a man. Eventually they have it all out but it was somewhat unsatisfying. I don't see them having the future Anne and George will have and I don't really want to hear about them in the next book.
Also the whole John Wayne obsession thing was so played out. First John Wayne was a right-wing racist nutcase, not someone I want to support. Second it seemed like his publicist had arranged for all this extra publicity obviously that's crazy because he's dead but it felt like that. I was super pissed every time they talked about him. The Dean Martin craze and seriously who likes Dean more than Frank?! Less satisfying romance than the first book but I still love most of the people in Bonneterre. Again it has the chopped off head but the fact that Major is a chef and that makes me think of cooking shows which I adore means that I prefer this cover to the first book's cover.
Jul 16, Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing. She has been madly in love with her Executive Chef, Major O'Hara, since he signed on to work for the family eight years before. Chef O'Hara has been in love with her but has refused to tell her because of his family situation with his mother.
It is only when he sees that Meredith is pursuing a dating relationship that he realizes he might just lose her if he doesn't do something quickly. And this action that he takes is the reason for the title of the book. One again we return to the fictional city of Bonneterre and, once again, Ms. Dacus has filled the pages with high drama, wonderful romance and fascinating characters. It is a book about speaking up for oneself and the consequences when we do not speak up for ourselves.
It is also about honoring one's parents and Ms. Dacus does a fine job of bringing that to life as both Meredith and Major have to deal with their parents and let love into their lives. I recommend this book highly as Ms. Dacus is a great writer and never fails to deliver a wonderful story and great romance. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www. I received this book free from Barbour Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Jun 19, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: Meredith is the oldest sister of the Guidry family. She is years-old and never been on a real date. She makes a new year's resolution to find herself a husband and get over her crush on Major O'Hara. She is tired of being lonely and being overlooked by men, so she plans to let God lead her to the husband she has been praying for. Major O'Hara may want to share his life with Meredith, but he is keeping his secrets close to his chest and not letting anyone in. He fears letting Meredith in will only scare her away, so he plans on letting her go.
I enjoy the Guidry family and those around them.
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They are likable characters that I would want to be friends with in real life. Unfortunately, they seem a little unbelievable. Is it really believable that Meredith has never been asked on a date in her 34 years? Maybe, but it is repeated how beautiful she is and that how men look at her.
Is it believable that everyone only listens to southern gospel or jazz music? Even in the last book, the characters only liked Sinatra music of that era Can it be that they never ever have lustful thoughts? They barely think about kissing? That everyone they meet is a Christian and so very chaste? It became almost overwhelming how Christian these people were. So, there is the believability factor. Then, the relationship just seemed to fizzle near the end. There was no spark, no warm fuzzy feeling, no sigh at the end.
It just seemed that was it and let's move on. I wanted to know how Meredith and Major would be together. How would they talk things out? How would they resolve issues? Would they hold hands? Would they make goo-goo eyes at each other? Even stuffy George and Anne in the last book was more excitable than Meredith and Major.
A little disappointing, but I still enjoy the characters and the stories about the Guidry family. Feb 12, Abbie rated it really liked it Shelves: Meredith is 34 years old and has never had a boyfriend or been on a real date. She has been in love with Major for 8 years and finally vows to get over him and move on.
She meets Wade and they start to date. But has hard as she tries she still loves Major. Will she finally move on or will a spark finally ignite with her one true love? Major has cherished Meredith for so many years but because of his hidden secret of his schizophrenic mother he has not acted on his feeling for her. When she starts Meredith is 34 years old and has never had a boyfriend or been on a real date.
When she starts to date he finds himself jealous. Will he let her go or finally share his secret with her and find the love he craves? I read the 3rd book in this series a few months ago and was not sure if I was going to like this book but I am glad I read it. It started off a little slow but once I got into it I had trouble putting it down.
Dealing with the disorder of Schizophrenic was a interesting topic and I felt it fit well into the book. Meredith also dealt with the emotions of feeling like no man wanted her as well as not feeling appreciated by her family for all the work she does. Also reading the 2nd book helped me to get a better understanding of the main male character in the 3rd book. At some point I would like to go back and read the first book. Talk about reading a series backwards! Over all I enjoyed this book.
It has a great romance story as well as dealing with honoring ones parents and self. You might want to grab the first book and read it. You can read this book with out it but that book is talked about some in this one. If you want a good romance book then this is a great choice! I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. Oct 07, Keli Gwyn rated it it was amazing. Kaye Dacus has done it again! I had such fun revisiting the fictional town of Bonneterre, Louisiana and spending time with her great cast of characters.
Meredith has been secretly in love with Major for eight l-o-n-g years. Her heart protests regularly, making for an intense struggle. In an act borne of desperation, she asks God to help her get over Major and find the man of her dreams. Unbeknownst to Meredith, Major is crazy about her and wishes he could make her his wife. Will he fulfill his lifelong dream, or will he take a risk, trust Mere with the truth and concoct a Menu for Romance?
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Dacus tells a wonderful story, one I thoroughly enjoyed from first page to last. Her characters are captivating. And yet I hurt for these two who so obviously want to be together but are kept apart by circumstances they must overcome. Only when they deal with their difficulties and look to God for the answer to their dilemma, can they find peace in His plan for their lives. I heartily recommend Menu for Romance, the second in the Bride of Bonneterre Series, as a story that is sure to satisfy your appetite for a good read. May 28, Laura rated it really liked it.
But since the love is unrequited, she decides to make a New Years resolution to find someone that will love her in return—and be married by the next New Years. But then she goes to a hardware store and meets handsome contractor, Ward. Ward seems to be interested in Meredith in return, and Title: Ward seems to be interested in Meredith in return, and asks her out on a date for that week.
So he focuses on his work, keeping his mother and her issues secret. When Major is offered the job of a lifetime, he has to decide whether to leave Meredith and her company to start his own restaurant. But his mother starts having more episodes and Major finds himself facing more than he can handle.
Especially as he watches Meredith falling in love with another man. How can he win back Meredith, pursue his dreams, and take care of his mother? The characters are well-developed, and the story is formula romance, with really no surprises. Available now at your favorite Christian bookstore. Mar 03, Iola rated it really liked it Shelves: She meets a handsome building contractor in the hardware store, who asks her out. Maybe this is the start of something… Major named for a character in a John Wayne film is the head caterer for the company, and has been in love with Meredith, his boss, for eight years.
I thought Major made too big a deal out of hiding the details of his background, especially considering that Meredith was his boss I would have thought the concept of dating your boss scary enough for most men. Having said that, I did really enjoy Menu for Romance. So that is next on my wish list… Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Aug 18, Heather rated it liked it. Menu for Romance is a decent romance, of its type. I will not surprise any regular romance readers when I tell you that most are formulaic and trite, but will at least give you a little curly feeling in the belly when the action heats up, and the feel-good is what keeps you coming back.
Menu for Romance misses formulaic and careens straight into ridiculous. Our 34 year-old heroine, though so beautiful she turns the head of every man she passes has- wait for it- never dated. Even though she wants to. The characters are likeable in other ways, of course. This book goes too far the other way, leaving you with nothing to feel good about.
Aug 17, Cheeyee rated it really liked it Shelves: With having a traditional mindset, she believed the guy should make the move. Should he leave his comfortable job—and Meredith—for this once in a lifetime chance? And can he create a menu for romance to win Meredith back before he loses her forever? My posts about Menu for Romance: Vote for the Menu! Who Trusts a Skinny Chef? Thirtysomething and Never Been Kissed?
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