Book Review: ‘Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish’ by Bethany Turner

“Celebrity chef Maxwell Cavanaugh is known for many things: his multiple Michelin stars, his top-rated Culinary Channel show To the Max, and most of all his horrible temper. Hadley Beckett, host of the Culinary Channel’s other top-rated show, At Home with Hadley, is beloved for her Southern charm and for making her viewers feel like family. When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum, he’s sent packing to get his life in order. When he returns, career in shambles, his only chance to get back on TV and in the public’s good graces is to work alongside Hadley. As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona and reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . and maybe even love. In the meantime, hide the knives. Fan-favourite Bethany Turner serves up a heaping helping of humour and romance with this thoroughly modern story centred on cooking, enemies, and second chances.”

Thank you to Love Book Tours and the author for my copy of this book and my spot on this blog tour. 

Review of Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner

My rating: 3/5

Bethany Turner’s Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish follows Hadley and Max as they settle their differences both on the TV and in private lives. Both successful chefs, running their businesses as well as having their own cooking shows, Hadley and Max couldn’t be more different, which both visible in their shows and the way they behave in their personal lives.

Hadley’s cooking show, At Home with Hadley, brings all of the homey feelings alongside her Southern charm and the recipes inspired or originated by her hometown. In contracts, Max’s show, To the Max, is more adventurous as well as portrays Max as the biggest player both on-screen and off-screen.

Following Max’s outburst on-air during the filmed competition, his only chance to go back to get his TV show back and make the public happy with him, is to work alongside Hadley. For Hadley, working alongside Max on the other hand, even if not something she’d want to do, is a chance of exposure and being a part of the show on which they wouldn’t invite her otherwise. 

Admittedly, I have enjoyed the cooking element of the book more than the romance between two characters, which I didn’t find completely believable at moments. Interchanging narration allows the reader to get to know both characters better – their thoughts, emotions and reasons. Hadley’s parts are written in the first person, while Max’s are narrated in the third. While generally, I prefer third-person narration in fiction, I found myself enjoying Hadley’s chapters more in Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish.

Overall, Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish is an easy read after a long day at work. 

Who is the book for: Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish is a book for those looking for an easy romance who enjoy enemies-to-lover trope. You can get your copy here.

For those interested in knowing more about the author:

Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she’s chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humour and insight.

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