Just One Taste is the third book in the Recipe for Love series by Louisa Edwards.
Wes Murphy is in is final semester at the Academy of Culinary Arts and dreading his Food Chemistry class. That is until Dr. Rosemary Wilkins appears as the substitute teacher. Rosemary is a geek and not really interested in food. She’s at the academy because it will provide her with access to a lab so she continue to do her research.
Rosemary agrees to assist Wes with his final project, experiments involving aphrodisiacs. Along the way they fall in love. But things don’t work out exactly as planned and Wes flees to New York leaving Rosemary hurt and confused.
Wes begins working at Market and becomes friends with Jess, a waiter, who is still getting over his own breakup with punk rock playboy chef, Frankie. Rosemary appears at Market with his dog, Lucille. They begin to rebuild their relationship but his con artist father also appears threatening to ruin everything.
I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t find it nearly as satisfying as the other two in the series. Wes and Rosemary’s relationship was missing something for me but I can’t put my finger on what exactly. I liked how Wes helped to bring Rosemary out of her shell. I felt for Rosemary. The child prodigy who longed for normal. Her favorite childhood memory is a day sailing with her parents when their plans fell through. She’s smart and geeky and considers a dog her best friend. How can you not love her? Wes is the son of a con man but he wants so much for for his life. He found he way out in cooking. Together they can teach each other so much.
Much of the book was devoted to Jess and Frankie’s relationship and I found myself at times caring more about Jess and Frankie than Wes and Rosemary. Maybe it was because there romance took place over the course of the three books, there was a bigger build up. In any case, I enjoyed the portions of the book that took place at Market or Chapel most because they brought back the characters from books 1 & 2.
All in all, I would recommend reading Just One Taste and give it a 3.5/5.