Blurb: For Astrid Janvier, image is everything… Astrid is a world-renowned model, as famous for her strut as her startling green eyes. She’s modeled for the biggest names in the fashion world, and is regularly invited to parties in New York, London, and Paris. Thanks to a designer label addiction, she’s also broke, and takes a job as a cocktail waitress just to make rent. When her best friend Britt asks her to be her maid of honor at her upcoming wedding, their first task is to decide the menu. Donnie Coehlo is a young, up-and-coming chef with a dinner menu to plan… Donato—Donnie for short—is the head chef at Thirty-Nine and Twelve, a seafood bistro on the Connecticut shore. It’s a great accomplishment given his youthful age, but Donnie doesn’t brag. He just wants to find the right girl, settle down, and have a bunch of kids. When Astrid arrives at his restaurant, Donnie hopes she is the one. But would a high-priced model like Astrid be interested in a regular guy like him? As Astrid’s life crumbles around her, and Donnie makes a terrible choice, Astrid learns the two of them are irrevocably tied together. Will their connection be enough for Astrid to leave her high-fashion life behind, and accept what Donnie has to offer? Or will she chase her dreams as a model, leaving Donnie as part of her past?
Review: Donato seems practically perfect in every way – I mean who doesn’t want a hot guy who is romantic and can cook and all he wants to do in life is look after you? But Astrid is strong willed and hard headed. Years modelling in New York have made her that way, so when she meets Donato she doesn’t really know how to handle it.
While she struggles financially, he struggles to understand and appreciate that her modelling half naked is art. But with the help of the bunch of misfit friends Astrid’s collected through the years, Donato and Astrid may just have a chance at getting their happily ever after.
A great afternoon read! Congratulations Jennifer on another captivating read with believable and lovable characters… I can’t wait to see what the next installment brings!