So I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book - I've read other cooking-themed romances before and they haven't really lived up to my expectations. This one, however, was a real hit!

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos. Thanks so much to Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

This book follows Lumi Santana, a chef who is able to taste a person's emotions in the food they prepare. After her dream restaurant goes under, she finds a job as a sous chef at DAX, a renowned classic French restaurant owned by the infamously strict and quick-tempered Julien Dax. While Lumi loves to experiment in the kitchen, Julien would prefer to serve only classic recipes. The two butt heads until one day, when Lumi finally sneaks a taste of Julien's cooking - and decides she wants more than just a taste.

Now, normally I don't LOVE when the romance takes a backseat to the larger storyline but in this case, I really enjoyed learning about Lumi and Julien's lives. The romance is definitely a slower burn so there is a lot of time to kill in the meantime. I loved reading about the dishes Lumi prepared and how she paired flavours together even - perhaps, especially - when they riled up Julien.

The writing style was really well done as well, and I found this book an easy read. Sprinkled throughout are the recipes Lumi and Julien cooked and I really enjoyed seeing those, even if they didn't necessarily impact the story itself. I'm excited to see if the publisher will format the recipes in a specific way that is different than the eARC, I would love to see something in Lumi or Julien's handwriting or on a recipe card or something.

The one thing I didn't love, however, was the ending conflict where Lumi and Julien butt-heads once again over their future. I won't say too much because I don't want to spoil anything but I definitely felt like the whole issue was super out of nowhere and I don't blame Lumi for her reaction, especially because they had clearly never discussed it. While the epilogue and final chapters show how they worked things out, I felt like it just created unnecessary conflict.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and look forward to picking up this book when it comes out!