Thursday, May 5, 2011

{GlassRoad PR Blog Tour} Holy Guacamole by Dan & Denise Harmer

Book Description: Holy Guacamole! – a portion of the proceeds to benefit

Nestled along San Diego’s coast, the former romantic getaway of the silver screen’s most notorious lovers is now the sizzling hacienda of Bonnie Miller’s culinary boot camp. “If you are what you eat, make it hot, spicy and irresistible,” is her motto, and this queen of Southwestern cuisine enjoys quite a savory life; success, fame, and a reputation for the finest palate west of Barcelona. That is, until a pot-rattling bang causes Trace Domingo, a washed-up sports writer, to crash into her life.
His arrival turns up the heat at the culinary boot camp as Bonnie discovers in life’s recipe book, it is not the spices which add the most flavor, but how truly hungry you are.

My Review: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a grand read, Holy Guacamole!
This contemporary read is written in the first person from a males's perspective.  Trace Domingo is accepted into Bonnie Miller's boot camp for people who already know how to cook.  
Trace dosen't make a great first impression...he shows up late, like a day late!  He tries to rescue the haughty queen of cuisine and ends up making a mess.  
I love Bonnie's motto, “If you are what you eat, make it hot, spicy and irresistible.”  Her motto throughout the book seems to be about life too~don't live a mundane life!  Enjoy life, grab it by the horns, take on the peppers and live a little!
Trace is one of those "nice guys" that can inadvertently create a stir without meaning too.  I love the part where Trace makes tortillas....I could just taste and imagine this culinary feat.  
Meeting Jimmy the Knife and Kelp were like meeting people who are crazy but once you get to know them you realize they add "spice" to life.  True blue friends like cilantro zest!
Bonnie seems to have it all together but to be honest I felt that she was "hungry" for something else besides her "star" life.  The encounters between her and Trace are interesting and believable not the heated passionate embraces of an overdone romance novel.  
The only thing I didn't like was the title.  I know it rhymes and people use the word holy to emphasize a word but to me the word holy should be used only when referring to the things of God/the Bible and not overused as an everyday adjective.
A grand 5 star read for those who enjoy the spice of life!
*This book was provided by Glass Road PR*
About the Authors: 

Denise, a former stenographer and devourer of books, is the couple's editor and technician. Dan fine tuned his creative storytelling in high school as a way of explaining why he missed class whenever the surf was up. Their shared passion for the written word has led to a growing collection of awards. The couple enjoys living in Southern California's "Avocado Capital of the World" where they maintain a laid-back lifestyle as they run a cabinet shop, raise four children, and tend a small ranch. Okay, maybe it does get a little hectic.
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