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Hungry For You by Lynsay Sands
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Hungry For You

by Lynsay Sands

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The heroine is in a panic. Her restaurant is scheduled to open but it’s nowhere near constructed and her head chef has quit and everything is absolute chaos. The hero, a vampire who’s lived hundreds of years, still has no idea what to do in the face of finding his life mate. He’s awkward and shy and far from a ladies man. His family, the matchmakers they are, discover his secret and immediately plan to set them up. The hero is recommend this handsome young man who is an amazing chef and will more than willing to help her out with her problems. The hero is in a fluster because not only having absolutely no clue how to cook, he hasn’t in fact actually eaten anything in a few hundred years. But the fact that he would be given the opportunity to be close to his life mate urges him to accept the position. I enjoyed this book but it was a very basic story and fit the cookie cutter mold of the rest of the vampire series. The one thing I did get a chuckle out of was the fact that this author took her love obsession with food to its highest level by setting the story at a restaurant. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
Cale has to pretend he's a chef so he can meet Alex to see if she's his lifemate. He's 2000 years old and can't stand the smell of food. That's gone pretty quickly once he realizes Alex is his lifemate. Nice read and another couple paired up. Can't wait for Bricker's story though! ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
Alexandra Willan is an up and coming chef who simply doesn't have time for romance. Alex is busy trying to open up a second location for restaurant, worried about being afford the mistakes that keep cropping up while building and dreaming about earning a Michelin Star. When Sam calls to tell Alex about a man she simply needs to meet, Sam most certainly doesn't have time for her sisters match making now that her head chef has just quit. When Sam mentions that Cale is a chef, Alex decides that he might just be who she needs to meet. Cale is a 2,000 year old immortal who has lost interest in most things and therefore has agreed to meet Alex to humour his aunt Marguerite. When he quickly realises that he cannot read Alex, suddenly he realises that agreeing to pretend to be a chef might not have been such a good idea, particularly given that its been centuries since he's eaten.

If you're reading this review I am going to assume that you've read this series. At this point, the Argeneau series has gotten repetitive at best. What first attracted me to this series was Sands injection of humour into the stories. Unfortunately, that strain of humour that keeps these books interesting simply wasn't in this novel. Hungry for You is formulaic and absolutely forgettable. Cale is absolutely indistinguishable from any other love interest in this genre. Let the man titteh begin. Another problem with Cale is that I didn't really feel his age. Sure, he didn't watch television, occasionally messed up modern slang and couldn't use a microwave but none of that gave me a sense that I was reading about a 2,000 year old immortal.

In terms of Alex, I really like that she's a modern, independent successful woman. She comments briefly about the sexism in the culinary industry and I really wish that Sands had gotten into this more deeply. Instead, Sands made Alex's strength come largely from the people that she has lost: grandfather and parents. Far too often just killing off and isolating the female protagonist is how authors had depth and I think this tactic did Alex a disservice. Yes, her sister Sam was in the background but Sam's main role really became about pairing off Alex more than working to support her.

It really irked me that members of the Argeneau family quite liberally controlled Alex - particularly Bricker. Sure, their intentions were good but it served the purpose of removing Alex's agency. What irks me is that Alex, like many of the female love interests, seems to have no real lasting issue with this. Sure it led to her making a tin foil hat which was mildly amusing but certainly didn't make up for her lack of real concern about the loss of her autonomy.

Like many books in the Argeneau series, Sands tries to include some mystery or something that lovers have to deal with before they can declare HEA. In this case, someone is trying to stop the opening of Alex's new restaurant. Cue Cale to the rescue. Before he arrived, Alex was barely treading water and very much in danger of having the opening ruined. Once Cale arrives, he fixes the problems with her distributors and workmen. This is supposed to show that they are a good match because Cale is detail and task oriented while Alex is creative. First off, this line of plot is absolutely gender essentialist and then, there's the issue that it's male love interest swooping in to deal with big issues the little woman cannot handle. Why have Alex deal with sexism in the culinary industry, only then to twist her career and relationship in a very gender binary fashion? It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

One of the things that deeply irked me about the book is that Hungry for You is set in Toronto. I know Toronto very well because that's where I grew up. Toronto is easily the most multicultural city in Canada and yet Sands decided to make it all White and throws in one disposable gay couple in passing. I found myself absolutely steaming at the lack of real inclusion. It's absolutely not representative of the city that I call my home.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Jul 5, 2015 |
Another enjoyable book in this series with plenty of humor, steamy scenes and action that moves right along. Cale is offered up as fill in chef for restaurant owner Alex but he can't cook, in fact, he hasn't eaten in over 2000 years.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
This was going great until the resolution of the issues Alex Willan was having at the end that kinda fell a bit flat and left me wanting, it was just resolved too quickly, almost as if the author realised that she had left a plot piece unresolved before the end of the book and it had to go in suddenly.

The couple were good, and you could see a building relationship between the two of them, I enjoyed this one. Alex Willan is trying to expand her business but the expansion is fraught with issues and she's almost broke, both in cash and with stress when Cale Argeneau was sent into her life, initially as a chef, with much stress as he's not a chef and he's not into cooking. So much abuse of vampire powers later he's accepted and then he works with her to help her get her dreams. Will she accept him for who he is and can she get over some of her trust issues.

It's not bad but there's nothing that makes it stand out from the rest of the series. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 12, 2013 |
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As a chef and restauranteur, Alex Willan had enjoyed so much success she allowed herself to be talked into opening a second restaurant. It’s a decision she’s come to regret. Calamity after calamity have slowed the opening and driven her to the edge of bankruptcy. But things go from bad to worse when a competitor lures away the chef at her original restaurant leaving her torn between the choice to keep the original restaurant running, or getting the second restaurant going. With so much happening, Alex simply doesn’t have time for her sister Sam’s attempts at matchmaking, so when Sam calls with yet another man she “just has to meet” Alex tells her that if the man doesn’t cook, don’t even bother. Imagine her surprise when Sam says he’s a chef from Europe. He appears to be the answer to her prayers.

Cale Argeneau was finding himself somewhat world weary and bored so when his Aunt Marguerite suggested a visit to Canada to spend some time with his cousins, he thought “why not?” What he didn’t realize was that the intrepid Marguerite Argeneau thought she might have a match for him. Once he finds out, he’s less than excited. He’s waited centuries for a life mate and finds it hard to believe this Alex woman his Aunt keeps going on about could be the one. It was the shock of his life when he met Alex and found she was indeed a possible life mate. But that wasn’t nearly as shocking as the realization that the only way he was going to get anywhere near the woman was if he claimed to be a world class chef. Cale couldn’t even boil water, but he was about to take a crash course in cooking. He was also going to have to find out who was behind the calamities that were plaguing this new restaurant endeavor before someone got hurt. He’d do that and more to be near the woman who had reawakened his appetites, because it wasn’t just food he now found himself hungry for, but also Alex herself and the life he could have with her.

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As one of the most ancient in the Argeneau clan, Cale Valens has given up on finding a life mate. His friends and family, however, have not. In fact, they believe they've finally found his perfect match. Getting them together, however, requires one little white lie.… (more)

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