Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Taste Of You by Sorcha Grace

A Taste of You (The Epicurean, #1)

A Taste of You by Sorcha Grace

First in the Epicurean trilogy

2.5 stars (maybe)

Catherine Kelly has changed her last night and left her home in California to start over in Chicago. She’s starting over as a food photographer with the help of her trusty best friend Beckett. When Cat takes on a job that unexpectedly leads her to meeting a gorgeous man she nicknames “Stormy Eyes”. William Lambourne is one of the world’s wealthiest man and the most eligible bachelor in Chicago. He takes pleasure in food and women. As Cat’s past haunts her, she uncovers deep secrets of William’s own past that could tear them apart. Apparently this is going to be a trilogy. I honestly don’t see the point in this, but Ms. Grace decided to throw us a plot line towards the end. This is what I consider to be my first official delve into erotica. There’s hardly any plot and what little plot there is isn’t really developed until the end of the novel. I’m not really sure if I liked it or not. There were a few things that bothered me about A Taste of You, but hardly anything happened for me to make an opinion. I guess I could make an opinion on the sex. I’ll do that towards the end.

The main female character is Catherine or Cat. I personally didn’t really like her, but she had redeeming moments. She realizes that something isn’t all right with William. I applaud her for this. Too bad she didn’t follow up on her intuition and ran away.

Why didn’t she run? Well, her best friend has a few lovely words to say about Cat’s “crazy” suspicions.
Here’s Cat’s suspicion of William “It feels like an invasion of privacy. I didn’t even know this guy a few days ago. He was a stormy-eyed stranger I met on the street. And now, he’s buying me shoes and jewelry?”
Beckett’s wise words of wisdom “Cat don’t over-think it,” Beckett warned. “I can hear you over-thinking it.”


I’ll get back to Beckett later. Other things about Cat that annoyed me:
She describes William’s stormy-eyes way too much. In almost every single passage his eyes were referenced. She hardly eats at all. There is nothing wrong with being a size six, but for her unless she’s a size nonexistent she’s not happy. It does improve a little, but it’s still so annoying. She has no friends besides Beckett and some old people in her building. Why can’t she have more friends in Chicago? I don’t get it.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 3

The main male character is William. William is like Christian Grey, but he likes food. A lot. So much so that he uses food in sex. At least Cat’s finally eating right? I don’t like how possessive he is or cold or how he has no personality. He acts like Cat is his and that no man has any right to so much as even look at her.

He is always extremely all over the place in emotions. One minute he’s flirting (if you could even call it flirting) and the next he is distant and cranky. I don’t have time for people like that in real life or in books. We know absolutely nothing about William other than he’s hot, rich, his family died in a crash (suspected), he cooks, and has lots of sex. Other than that we don’t know much about him and he is like a plank. He’s there but not really there. I personally would’ve liked a little something called character development, but it is erotica so I’m not expecting much.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 2.75

The Villain
- Like I said it is erotica, so a villain is hardly ever present. There was no villain.

Villain Scale: 0

Beckett is a complete and total idiot. He gives terrible advice and because of this I don’t like him. He had potential, but he was constantly egging Cat on to be in a relationship with someone that could be a killer or psychopath. I don’t get it. Why would you encourage someone to be in a relationship with a guy who knows where she lives and they’ve only met a few days ago?

Character Scale: 3

So the sex… is I guess hot. It’s over the top sometimes, but it was entertaining. After a while it became kind of boring because it seemed to be trying too hard (hehe get it?). I’m not sure if I’ll read the sequel. Maybe I will, but unless I’m extremely bored or just happen to stumble upon it, I think I’ll pass. It’s not something I’m going to hunt down and personally request at the library or from a book store.

Cover Thoughts: The cover is mediocre and not really attention grabbing. It fits the book, but I don’t like the cover very much.

Thank you, Netgalley and Premier Digital Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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