Reservations for Two by Jennifer Lohmann
It’s getting hotter in the kitchen
Tilly Milek almost has it all. She’s opened her own Chicago restaurant, the way she’d always dreamed, and it’s this close to being a success. Even better, she’s met Dan Meier—a gorgeous man who loves food as much as she does. He isn’t put oï¬€ by her demanding job, which only makes her want to spend more time with him.
But a scathing review by an anonymous local critic puts everything in jeopardy. Worse, her steamy new man turns out to be the one who wrote it! Tilly doesn’t see how she can ever forgive Dan, but she can’t stop thinking about him either. In print he’s her enemy. In person? He’s as tempting as a perfectly prepared meal…and Tilly’s appetite just might get the best of her.
Dan reached out and tucked a short strand of hair behind her ear, her dangling earrings ringing like tiny bells with the movement. The crazy blue hair slid through his fingers, slippery and smooth. It was like trying to hold on to the creek behind his parents’ house. He anchored one hand at the back of her head and used the other on the small of her back to pull her against him. The slight touch wasn’t enough. He wanted more. “I want to hear about your job. I want to hear everything you have to tell me.” He angled her face up to him and lowered his mouth until a breeze wouldn’t fit in the space between their lips. “But first, I want to kiss you.”
It wasn’t supposed to be a long kiss. A peck was all he’d hand in mind. Then he noticed how soft her lush lips were against his and how they opened willingly under gentle pressure. He could taste celery salt when he ran his tongue along the inside of her bottom lip.
She made a noise in the back of her throat and he slid his hand down to cup her round butt, pulling her body close to him. Her arms came around his neck and her fingers pulled through his hair. God, she felt good.
Then the moment was nearly ruined when, through his haze of desire, he heard a cat call. He pulled back and looked at Tilly’s upturned face. Her eyes were half-closed and her mouth was partway open. She looked like a woman who still wanted to be kissed and he still wanted to kiss her.
He pressed his forehead against hers and chuckled. “I guess I got a little carried away. I promised I wouldn’t ask you to cancel your appointment, but maybe you can at least agree to meet me for dinner, no matter how the appointment goes. I want to see you again. Soon.”
“Okay,” Tilly said as she took a deep breath. “But I might not be good company for dinner.”
“I can’t imagine how you wouldn’t be.”
“It’s embarrassing. I’m giving a cooking demonstration here today.”
Ah, shit. That would make her…
Dan winced, but Tilly was too caught up in her story to notice his reaction. “And in the most recent review on CarpeChicago, my restaurant got slammed by The Eater. I’m afraid no one will be in the audience, or worse, they’ll show up to watch the woman whose career is over because of a series of ridiculous events.” She took another deep breath, the force of this one shuddering through her entire body.
“I mean, Chicagoans can be so brutal sometimes. They can get such pleasure out of watching someone fail spectacularly. I have a feeling the whole thing will be awful and when you asked, I was afraid to tell you. I’m embarrassed to be the woman at the butt of a whole city’s joke. What if people toss cats or something?” Her eyes were big and rimmed with tears. She sniffed and her laugh came out as a hiccup. “Oh, God, I’m crying in front of a stranger. This might be more embarrassing than the cats.”
He was here to watch a woman whose career he had ruined. He wasn’t planning on throwing any cats, but he had planned on her failing spectacularly. His mom had questioned his review, Mike had challenged him to a bet, and Rich had all but ordered him to watch the demo. He was here to watch her fail so he could be right.
Q: Tell our readers why you think they’ll enjoy Reservations for Two
A: I think readers will enjoy this book because the characters are relatable and fun. Readers will really get a sense of how Dan and Tilly came to be the people they are through their interactions with their friends and family. The novel is set in Chicago, so readers get a big city feel, but the action is tied to neighborhoods, so there is the small-town romance sense of community. Also, I like food and that’s evident when you read my book. Expect to finish the book with a hankering for Polish food.
Q: You may have noticed we like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Reservations for Two?
A: My favorite quote from Reservations for Two is:
“I want to be the person who tries your new dishes and the one to cook you breakfast in bed on Sunday.”
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What’s the best meal a lover ever cooked for you?
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