Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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This was who she wished to be…
The sight took her breath away, while at the same time a part inside her scolded for how much she enjoyed being beautiful.
Venus Chau. A driven businesswoman in a constant fight for professional respect, particularly respect from men. She’s not exactly the softest or most charming of personalities. Some find her intimidating. And, hey, she even intimidates herself–that is, when she glimpses the glory of her femininity, she does.
Single Sashimi is the second book I’ve read in the Sushi Series by author Camy Tang, and I must say I got emotionally involved in the heroine’s drive, her challenges, her insecurities, her breaking point. I laughed, I steamed, and I got so balled up during the story’s displays of (non-romantic) love and surrender that I felt like part of my soul was sobbing. Beautiful execution on the author’s part.
And, it’s rare that I say this–if I’ve ever said this in a book review at all–but I actually found the hero in this book to be, well, hotness. In the romances I read, whether they’re romance novels or other kinds of novels with a romantic thread in the story, I don’t find the hero attractive just because the heroine or other characters or the narrator keep telling me that he’s attractive, just because he has broad shoulders or flashes his winning smile or smoky scowl around and makes the heroine’s heart race. But to create a passionate but tempered and mature character who isn’t perfect but who knows how to think fast and do some key right things at the right times… Hey, not even romantic things, necessarily; just the right things.
Anywho. The hero here has my respect as more than just a male figure included to play opposite a female for a story’s romantic purposes.
Yup, I’ve got more reading of this series to do.
Okay, so I wrote this review before I read the next and last book in the Sushi Series, Weddings and Wasabi, which I’ve read now and also rated with 5 stars.
I’ve also read and enjoyed the first book in the series, Sushi for One?