So I've been on a romance/contemporary kick these last few months and I was super excited to pick this one up - romance, cooking, borderline reality TV, I was set. However, I don't know that this one lived up to my expectations.

Today I am back with another book review, Hadley Beckett's Next Dish by Bethany Turner. Thanks so much to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

This book follows Hadley Beckett of the TV cooking show, At Home with Hadley and Max Cavanagh, host of To the Max. After the two appear on a competition show and Max has a drunken meltdown and gets his show put on hiatus. Months later, Hadley is approached to appear on a season of the cooking show she used to watch with her father as a child and jumps at the chance - the only catch is she has to figure out how to work with fresh out of rehab Max who seems to want to make amends, but is that actually the truth, or just a way to get himself back on the air?

Going into this book, I was really excited about it. Cooking and romance? What more could I hope for? But I don't know, there was just something about this one that didn't excite me as much as I wanted it too. I didn't mind Hadley as a character, her Southern charm was endearing, but I found the relationship between Hadley and Max a little rushed and not particularly compelling. There was a bit of tension and then next thing I knew, they were kissing. Normally, I don't mind an insta-love story but this was barely even a romance, just two characters thrown together. There was almost no chemistry between them.

Overall, I just felt like aside from the behind the scenes cooking show components, and the fact that this book was fairly short (at least the eARC was), there wasn't a lot that kept me interested in the story itself.