Book Review

Our Review of Appetite of Envy by Amabel Daniels


APPETITE OF ENVY by Amabel Daniels

Romantic Suspense
Date Published: July 8, 2016
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You can’t always get what you want.
Shy and sweet Lia Gardella has only wished to make her father proud. Dropping plates, spilling drinks, and missing orders, she’s never fit in at the family business. And after nearly incinerating the whole building, she ran from the stressful environment.
Want not.
As head chef of one of the city’s best eateries, Finn Newland seems to have it all. He enjoyed a youthful career in the MMA. Women worship him. After years of hard work, he finally has an opportunity to take over the restaurant he’s always considered his own.
Be careful what you wish for.
When Lia’s father summons her to supervise Gardella’s, instead of handing the reins to Finn, no one is happy. They don’t know how to collaborate on running the restaurant. Nor are they confident they can continue to deny their attraction to one another. But before they can attempt a partnership of any kind, they’ll need to find the culprit behind a trend of spiteful sabotage aimed at Gardella’s.

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My Thoughts

This was my first read by Amabel Daniels but the synopsis really grabs the reader’s attention.  This book follows the story of Lia Gardella, Finn Newland and Gardella’s – a restaurant owned by Lia’s father; Lia wants nothing to do with the restaurant and Finn has been working hard for over a decade so that he can prove he can run the restaurant.  Seems simple right? Wrong – Lia’s father brings her back to run the restaurant causing tension and tempers to fly.  Someone has been playing pranks on Lia and none of the staff seem happy to have her back; but soon the pranks become not so harmless and it becomes unclear just who – or what – is being targeted.

The chemistry between Lia and Finn is very intense; I really loved how the author had the characters flashback and reminisce so that we could read a bit of the history between them.  I also really enjoyed the text conversations that the author included – between two unknown numbers to the reader – that helped build the suspense of who was set on hurting either Lia, Finn or both.  The book wasn’t a long read; I think I managed to read through it in a day, but it was also a fast paced story so once you started reading you couldn’t put it down until you knew how it ended.  All in all I give it 4 stars & would recommend it to anyone who hadn’t read Amabel Daniels before.


About the Author


Amabel Daniels lives in Northwest Ohio with her patient husband, adventurous toddlers, smiley baby, and a collection of too many cats and dogs. Although she holds a Master’s degree in Ecology, her true love is finding a good book. When she isn’t spending time outdoors, or wondering how to negotiate with her mightily independent two-year-old daughter, she’s busy brewing up her next novel, usually as she lets her mind run off with the addictive words of “what if…”

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