Review and Guest Post: Love You Senseless By Susan Mac Nicol

Blurb:
London’s saucy up-and-coming chef, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.

From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.

A TASTE OF FOREVER

An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since.

Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.

Review:
While this wasn’t the first review to go live on the blog, it was the first book I read with the express purpose of reviewing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I liked the restaurant aspect of the story because it made some of the struggles Gideon had to deal with more alive. I wasn’t expecting the pseudo paranormal aspect with one of the side characters (I won’t say which character and what it is because I don’t want to spoil the book for those that haven’t read it yet). However it really worked in the story and was a good addition to the plot. If it was taken out I don’t think some of the pieces would have fit together as well as they did. But I do want to stress this is NOT a paranormal book. Just some aspects that I classify as paranormal. I fell in love with some of the side characters, especially the roommates. They are well written and come alive in the story. There’s set up for future books in the series, however this book can be read all by itself. I’m hoping the two flatmates wind up together because the chemistry between them was burning my Kindle.
My favorite scene is where Gideon is throwing a fit about the printer fire. It shows that while he is flawed in his logic, he cares about those around him despite being a growly jerk sometimes.
Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone that likes reading about two chefs falling in love.
Stars:
Four and a half

Excerpt:
Eddie kissed back, wanting nothing more than this moment, this man in his body and his lips on his. Somewhere a bell rang and for a minute Eddie thought it might be the sound of his own passion translated to tinkling sleigh bells and fireworks like in the cartoon movies when two people kissed. He smiled at that thought then as the bell got more insistent and irritating, he turned to Gideon only to find he was no longer there. Eddie scowled and reached across to where the annoying bell sound was….

He woke from his dream upright, sweating, sticky with come and tangled in musty smelling sheets that had seen their fair share of jack off action lately and needed washing. His hand rested on his mobile phone as it trilled incessantly with his Big Ben alarm. He blinked owlishly for a minute, wondering where he was, then as the dream faded, he fell back in a loose heap with a sense of loss.

Guest Post:
I think we all love to listen to music when we write. I know some people prefer complete solitude and quiet, but I seem to be one of those who like the clamour and the noise all around me. I tend to zone out anyway when I’m writing and nothing short of a hurricane or perhaps Benedict Cumberbatch knocking at the door will drag me out of my writing muse state.

For Love Me Senseless, I created a play list of some of my favourite songs, tunes that I love to listen that spark the right mood when I’m writing. So I have my own set of songs to write by, evidenced by this list on Soundcloud   -which includes Ben Howard, Kasabian, Alex Clare and Damien Rice.

Love You Senseless Playlist

I also thought I’d find a few decent cooking songs to amuse you. I know this story is not only about my men’s passion for each other but it’s also about Gideon and Eddie’s passion for cooking.

Now, I’m pretty sure you’ll never find Gideon composing a song about the delights of his oven, but Richard E Grant put Elton John to the test and I have to say, I think he trumped it J I mean, it’s not every day a complete superstar does an ‘Ode to An Oven’.

Ode To An Oven

And for another bit of fun, not quite a music playlist but amusing nonetheless, here’s the Muppets version of Popcorn for your viewing pleasure…I can actually see Eddie doing this in the kitchen…and using the kitchen implements to make sweet music. Of course there might be another version of sweet music in the kitchen if Gideon was there with him.

Muppets Popcorn

And then of course if you have children, this might give them oodles of pleasure. Me, I was rather creeped out by this..

Kid’s Cooking Songs

And to do the Grand Finale, Italian style, here’s a lovely selection of authentic Italian music to inspire you in creating those lovely pasta and pizza dishes . Have music, will cook. Bring on the garlic, the tomato and the olive oil…

Cooking Italian

Oh and while you’re listening to any of these, make sure you read Love You Senseless too. Then the experience will be complete…

About Susan:
Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

Author Contact:
website: www.susanmacnicol.com
blog: susanmacnicol.wordpress.com
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Where To Buy:
Boroughs Publishing Group: www.BoroughsPublishingGroup.com
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/483639
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-You-Senseless-London-Book-ebook/dp/B00OC24JQI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1412922431&sr=1-1&keywords=Love+you+senseless
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-You-Senseless-London-Book-ebook/dp/B00OC24JQI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1412922496&sr=1-1&keywords=Love+you+senseless
ARe: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/mobile/details.html?pid=1646714&cat=149

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