APPETITE OF ENVY by Amabel Daniels
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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…”