United States of Love - Sue Fortin (2013)

Anna is working a couple of jobs when she runs into the owner of a new restaurant in town, an American chef named Tex. Through a friend of his, the language specialist starts working for a relocation company, and Tex becomes her client. Meanwhile Anna's estranged husband Mark lobs on her doorstep after taking off for the US a year earlier. Although she is keen for him to reforge ties with their teenage son Luke, she doesn't want him back in her life. But it looks like Mark is determined to make waves. Told from both Anna and Tex's viewpoints, this is a fairly run-of-the-mill romance story and I didn't find any of the characters particularly convincing. For foodies expecting lots of heat from the kitchen, Tex's job doesn't play much of a part, apart from a plot thread about someone trying to sabotage his efforts.

Digital imprint Harper Impulse has released Sue Fortin's previously self-published novel United States of Love. The summary says: "Since splitting from her husband, single mum Anna Barnes is enjoying her newfound freedom and independence. However, she didn't bank on working for Tex Garcia - or the sparks that fly between them. The gorgeous American chef is getting the locals hot under the collar and not just because of his culinary prowess! One problem: Tex can't commit and women pass through his life like dishes going out to service! Will it be the same with Anna? One thing's for sure, this All American man is determined to break her self-imposed rule of never mixing business with pleasure - and add some spice into the mix..."

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