Review: Simmer Down by Sarah Smith


Release date: October 13, 2020

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Contemporary Romance


In this finger-licking good rom-com, two is the perfect number of cooks in the kitchen.

Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn’t be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beach goers, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten—or the competition to be so smoking hot.

But Tiva’s Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable the British food truck owner is—he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He’s stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks.

The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?


This was such a sexy, delicious read! If you like romance, especially romance that incorporates food into the story this is for you. This one made me hungry with the mouthwatering descriptions of the food Nikki and Callum both create AND it’s set in Hawaii so you also have the bonus of a gorgeous setting too. It was also spicy with some seriously smoking hot sex scenes and outside of the bedroom these two had witty repartee and fantastic chemistry. This would be super fun to read this summer, definitely fitting for that time of year!

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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