Reread Review: Delicious by Susan Mallery

Cal Buchanan needs a top-flight chef to take over his failing Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. He can afford to hire the best in town; the only problem is that the best happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson.
Penny really needs this opportunity, but she doesn't need the distraction of working with her ex. She's sworn off romance, she's even having a baby on her own. But before she knows it, the heat is on and the attraction between her and Cal moves from a low simmer to a full boil!
The rest should be easy as pie, but a secret from Cal's past could spoil everything. Maybe it's true that too many cooks spoil the broth or maybe two is enough to make it irresistible.
If you've been following me you know that I've been doing some rereading lately. I'm really happy that I am. I've been enjoying some of my favorite authors/series all over again. I pulled out a bunch of Susan Mallery's to read again and I'm so glad I grabbed her Buchanans series. I enjoyed it the first time I read it and loved it again the second. 

The series starts off with Penny and Cal. These two have already been to bat and we get to see how it goes a second time around. 

What I really enjoyed about rereading this is figuring out that sometimes age does help us understand others. You see things with different eyes. Penny and Cal tried marriage once and it didn't work out for them. As you read Delicious you start to see why. First off, these two never talk. I mean really share with each other. 

Cal spent their marriage going through the motions and keeping a hands-off approach to everything. Where Penny couldn't see anything but what would help you with her career. In the end, these two spilt, and for good reasons. 

Now here it is years later and Cal needs her and she wants what she always wanted. To be head chef at his family restaurant. 

With maturity comes clearer vision. I think they started to see each other with open eyes and not what the other could do for them. Because of that, they are able to fall in love for the right reasons this time. It was a treat to be able to see them do it. I liked how they are together. More than once I had to chuckle at them. The pressure is off Cal with the way his grandmother acts towards Penny because she can now handle herself. It helps him feel like he might be able to fall in love again. Also, Penny is getting an idea of just how rough Cal had it with his family life. 

As a whole, this is a very good story and you enjoy the interactions with everyone. Mallery set up the series so well that you can't wait for the other siblings to have their stories. Of course, I did so you'll soon be seeing those reviews too. Have any of you read her?


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