The Saucy Minx
Title : The Saucy Minx
Author : Manda Olie
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Urban Fantasy
Length : 60 pages (e-book)
Published : January 29, 2014
Rating : ★★1/2
With a touch of the magic that gives his recipes a culinary kick, Jack Killian has been running his restaurant, the Saucy Minx, for nearly a decade—almost as long as there’s been a spell out there promising to knock him off his feet should he ever meet the other half of his whole. Each day Jack delights his clientele by magically imbuing his food with taste and emotion, even as he slowly loses hope that the man of his dreams even exists.
But when he hires a new dessert manager, his whole life turns upside-down, because his dream man does exist—and he just strolled into the restaurant on someone else’s arm. While conducting business as usual, Jack struggles through what it means when destiny hands you the perfect man on a platter you’re not allowed to touch.
This is one of those stories that the blurb sounds better than the book actually was. I liked the idea of mixing food and magic. There were interesting elements to this that were just never explored. We were told and saw it happen but it just never captivated me.
Jack and his best friend Andrew run a restaurant together. Their specialty is enhancing meals with magic. They’re happy enough but they’ve been waiting for something to happen for most of their lives. When they were younger they sent a love spell out into the universe to find their one and only. I thought this idea was very romantic. The part that fell flat for me was they waited their entire adult lives to find them. Feeling pings of awareness of them out there somewhere and yearning for it but never finding it. And then they do one night when they walk into their restaurant. Problem is their soul mates are in a relationship with each other. I understand and even commend Jack for not wanting to break them up but once they do break up there’s really no point in resisting it since all four guys realize who they want to be with. But Jack does. He runs off and tries ignoring the guy he’s been waiting for his entire life for. There was really no believable reason why. It was too much? Really? When they’re finally forced to perform magic together, it proves to be a heightened sexual experience.
There was just no moment of this book where I connected to the characters. I wanted to like this book. What I found while reading it was I was annoyed by Jack’s stubborn behavior and just waiting for something to happen that tied in the magic and the couple together. None of that ever really happened. It felt like there were just a bunch of pieces that never really came together.
Rated 2.5 stars by Whit