E-Arc Review: Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

Title: Simmer Down
Author: Sarah Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 13th, 2020
Publisher: Berkley

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy to review. All opinions are my own.

“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?” (Goodreads)

I didn’t know that this author wrote a book before this one that I had seen before but never picked up. I solely read this one based on the blurb because anything about food I automatically want to read even though I will be starving by the end! This also had the enemies-to-lovers trope and I’m sure you know by now how much I enjoy it. Either way, I was hoping this would be a great read.

There were certain things I liked about this book. The writing was nice and I liked that Nikki always put family first even if it rocked the other relationships in her life. It can be hard to balance the two.

What I didn’t like was how convenient every plot twist seemed to be. There were also huge time gaps which made the relationship move quickly and we didn’t get to see much of the build-up for it. All of this led to everything about their relationship feeling a tad too unbelievable. I understand it’s a work of fiction but I need to feel something for them and it just wasn’t there.

If you are solely looking for a book with steamy moments, you get quite a few in this one.

Overall, it was okay but I just needed more development when it came to their relationship.