Trace is a washed-up sports writer turned chef who enrolls in cooking queen Bonnie's culinary boot camp. Though he and Bonnie get off to a rough start, they soon find themselves forced to work together to escape a Mexican drug lord, and before long, they begin falling in love. But can Bonnie trust Trace with the secrets of her past?
Holy Guacamole is Dan & Denise Harmer's debut novel, and while the plot had potential, I just couldn't connect with the story. I did appreciate the descriptions of food (I'd certainly like to taste Trace's tortillas, and somehow escamole--ant larvae--actually came out sounding delicious), and I enjoyed some of the supporting characters. I also didn't anticipate the twist near the end, and I can usually ferret those things out. But as for Trace and Bonnie, I just didn't care what happened to them or whether they ended up together. I also found Bonnie's habit of using spices in place of swear words annoying, not endearing as I assume was the intent.
If the Harmers do write a sequel, I hope they write about Kelp (Bonnie's produce guy) and Sunshine (Bonnie's sous chef), 'cause I'd certainly enjoy watching those two fall in love! I'm reviewing this book, though, and I just can't recommend you run out and buy it.
Side note: A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to the ministry Outside the Bowl. It appears to be an organization that's doing a lot of good, and I urge you to check it out.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from Glass Road Public Relations. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."