Title: Rules of the Chef (Southern Charm #1)
Author Name: Nicole Dennis
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2014 – 144pgs
When hotelier Samuel Ashford arrives to change things, Southern Charm chef Dakota Mitchell fights against it and nothing will be the same.
Learning about the sale of his beloved home – The Southern Charm, chef and co-owner Dakota Mitchell is having a hard time with the potential changes. He wants nothing else to alter.
Chosen by his family’s company Ashford Hotels to re-create the Charm into the latest chain of boutique hotels, Samuel Ashford enters the Deep South. Inside the overgrown, run down appearance, he learns the Charm is run by people who care and love the building, the delicious food, and their guests.
Can these two put aside differences and arguments to save the Charm? Even if it means they find a little love along the way.
I really enjoyed this first installment of the series. It was a little choppy to begin with – I didn’t know if Samuel was going to be a good guy or bad guy. He came down in his suits – sticking out like a sore thumb – I could just picture that in my head.
Then you have Dakota. I like his attitude toward what he has built. He has so much pride and honor in his business. He truly loves what he does and puts his heart and soul in to it.
The relationship between Dakota and Samuel is one, I think, of love and hate. They bicker like a couple that’s been together forever. But, they also have these tender moments too.
Overall this was a cute book. I wish there was more build up to the relationship. It seemed a little rushed. However, in the end, it doesn’t really matter how they get together, as long as they do. I can’t wait to see what happens with the couple!