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Tacos for Two

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Rory owns her auntie’s food truck and is struggling financially with this. One day Jude, who currently works at his family’s law firm, approaches Rory to ask for cooking lessons. She helps him out but soon learns that he is starting his own food truck. They soon become rivals at the upcoming food festival and all while not knowing they are falling for each other over an anonymous dating app. 
Rather slow paced at times but overall an enjoyable read
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In theory, I love the quirkiness of a food truck.  Add to that an owner who can't cook and a love interest that requests cooking lessons and I am interested.  Unfortunately, Tacos for Two didn't give me the page turning interest that I would have hoped for.  It felt a bit flat and uninteresting. While I did enjoy getting to know the main characters' stories, this was just luke warm for me.
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You’ve Got Mail! One of my favorite rom-com's of all times. They reference the movie multiple times throughout the book. So of course for the rest of the week I've been quoting that movie to my husband 😂

Rory is trying to keep her late aunt’s food truck open, but she’s struggling financially. The annual  food truck festival of Modest Texas could change everything with the prize winner walking away with a nice cash prize.. Jude hates his job at his family’s law firm and wants to get out from under his fathers thumb. Winning the competition would desperately provide him with what he needs . Both of them have one thing in common, the anonymous person they’ve been flirting with online for a couple of months. They don’t know that the person they’ve been falling for is their biggest competition. 

The story was good, but it lacked romance. They said a few flirty things back and forth to one another, but that was it. I had a hard time with Rory and her two hot and cold personalities, her online vs in-person personality was hard to accept as the same person.  

Just because there was no romance, doesn’t mean the story wasn’t enjoyable! I really liked this storyline, and how they were food truck competitors. Overall, this was a good book, but I see it more as just contemporary fiction and not romance.

Thank you NetGalley and Revell for Gifting me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a really cute You've Got Mail Rom-com! I thoroughly enjoyed the taco truck competition - now I'm wanting tacos and I'm definitely on team cilantro! 

I found Rory's character to be annoying at times, but Jude and the other secondary characters (especially Hannah!) were great. The chemistry was there but I would have enjoyed a little more tension or steam. 

Thank you Netgalley for the ARC.
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Thank you NetGalley and Revell for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3/5
Expected Publication: October 1, 2021

Major You’ve Got Mail vibes!! They reference the movie multiple times throughout the book. So of course I had to turn on the movie while writing this review!

Rory is trying to keep her late aunt’s food truck open, but she’s struggling financially. With the upcoming food truck festival and the prize money for the winner, that could change everything. However, Jude wants to win the competition desperately in order to get out of what awaits him, which is a position at the family law firm. Both of them have one thing keeping them going: the anonymous person they’ve been flirting with online for weeks. They don’t know that the person they’ve been falling for is their biggest competition. 

The story was good, but it wasn’t amazing. It had potential to be amazing, but it lacked romance. They said a few flirty things back and forth to one another, but that was it. This was slower than a slow burn romance in my opinion. The two main characters did interact with each other, but it seemed like they would be better as friends. No chemistry!

Just because there was no romance, doesn’t mean the story wasn’t enjoyable! I really liked this storyline, and how they were food truck competitors. (I craved tacos throughout the whole book, and honestly the hunger is still there!!) The side characters were amazing, funny, loveable, except for the ones the author wants you to dislike though. Overall, this was a good book, but I see it more as just contemporary fiction and not romance.
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While this book had a really promising premise and was solidly-written, the main characters had the chemistry of a wet blanket. I never like when miscommunication is used as a plot device in romance books, so I ended up being pretty bored and annoyed while reading this book.
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Rival taco truck owners Rory and Jude are up against each other in the town food truck competition.  Who's going to be the winner, maybe they both come out on top!  This book is full of fun banter, flavorful competition, and a summer romcom worth the read.  Think of "You've Got Mail" and instead of bookstores, you get taco trucks!
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Rival taco truck owners Rory and Jude have their ups and downs in this cute fiction story. It might be a little “cheesy” that they are pitted against each other in the town food truck competition, but seems like they both win in the end. Great summer read.
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Tacos for Two follows Rory, who has inherited her late aunt’s taco truck and is currently in an online flirtation with a guy. Jude is about to be a lawyer and join his family business, but he’s all about tacos…and also happens to be in an online flirtation with a girl. Rory and Jude are now competing against one another in a food festival competition, and cannot stand each other…but maybe there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Firstly, can we just talk about how cute the cover is?? I’m obsessed with those roses and it was partly why I requested this haha.

I love reading romance novels after a heavy read, as it feels like a “reset” almost. In that respect, this was cute! Lots of tacos and a unique food truck angle, wrestling with identity, and a pretty solid enemy to lovers trope.

I will admit that I found Rory to be pretty whiny at first and incredibly defensive, but she kinda grew on me. I liked the secondary characters more in some ways, and I felt like there was a good balance between all the different plot points that made this an enjoyable read.

This is more of a personal thing, but there were some references to religion towards the end of the book that were a bit jarring as I hadn’t realized. I believe this might be somewhat of an inspirational book? Not sure; and  while it's definitely not center stage, it's still not really my cup of tea, which is why I knocked the rating down a bit.

This book will make you want to eat a taco though, so be warned :joy:
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A fun homage to You've Got Mail.  

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
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Tacos for Two was a pretty entertaining rom com with fun nods to You've Got Mail. In fact, you're likely going to want to watch that movie after you finish this book. The food truck angle was unique (and it certainly wouldn't hurt to read this one with some chips and salsa).

What I didn't care for so much was the heroine Rory. To me, she came across brash, and I didn't see why Jude was interested in her ( at least in person as opposed to their online conversations).

Also, personally, I didn't enjoy the casual talk about alcohol or the scenes involving characters fighting in a bar. (I know people's opinions differ on that, but I prefer not to read that in a Christian novel.)

Overall, if you love rom coms, I think you'll enjoy this one. The similarities to You've Got Mail were definitely a cute touch. 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.*
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Tacos for Two was a light, quick romance read, but the main characters were just not super likeable. The banter and conversations just weren't there for me which brought my rating down a bit. The book references You've Got Mail a lot, so if you've seen/liked the movie you may like this book! 

Thank you to Revell, the author and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to review!
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What I LIKED:
a)	The cover is cute
b)	The potential of the plot (two unlikely people connecting via anonymous dating app while in real life they’re rivals in a food competition: sounds fun, right?)

What I DISLIKED:
1)	Just to get it out of the way, I need to point out how incredibly cringe-y their usernames were (StrongerMan99 ??? Are you joking me) and the fact that they call each other that in their head even AFTER they know the real identity. 
2)	Like I said, the plot had a lot of potential, but in my opinion, there was too little focus on developing the romance and chemistry between Rory and Jude. I wasn’t invested at all and couldn’t care less about the moment they eventually get together. 
3)	There was A LOT of telling not showing in this book. Everything we know about the MCs is because they tell us. It’s annoying. Doesn’t the author believe we’d get it if we weren’t hit over the head with it?
4)	My eye started twitching from all the freaking Oreo mentions from Jude. WE GET IT DUDE, YOU LOVE OREOS. STOP MAKING IT YOUR ONLY PERSONALITY TRAIT!
5)	My romance pet peeve was really under the spotlight in this book: miscommunication as a plot device.

Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I loved the cover for this book and the blurb that promised a delicious enemies-to-lovers. Rory has inherited her aunt's food truck and even though she cannot cook she need to keep the business afloat, if only for her cousin with special needs.

We are shown the love story of two people comunicating online while in real life they have rival taco trucks. Both Rory and Jude are vying to win a food contest. Rory because she needs the money and Jude because he no longer wants to be a lawyer in his family's firm and under the thumb of his manipulating father and brother. Although I sometimes was a bit annoyed by the heroine, there was a moving theme of family and thriving to do what makes you happy in life.

Overall a really enjoyable story, especially if you like the premise of 'You've got mail' (the movie with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan).
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Thank you NetGalley, Betsy St. Amant, and Revell Publishing for sending me a free ARC copy of Taco for Two in exchange for an honest review. 

This story was so cute! There were a lot of references to the movie You Got Mail and having not seen that movie, I was oblivious that the actual book storyline was similar to the movie until I saw a review from another person that stated it. So, if you love that movie, this book might be for you! I liked the main characters and like many romance books, communication and unfortunate bad timed events came into play that caused some romance issues. The banter was fun and the ending ended up being pretty good. I will say that this book had me craving some Mexican food and I definitely treated myself to some after finishing this book. Overall, enjoyable read!
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You’ve Got Mail - bookstores + taco trucks = this book. They even reference the movie a lot throughout the story. You’ve Got Mail is an all-time favorite movie of mine so I immediately was intrigued. 

This book was a little too predictable. They followed the movie like 90% and the two main characters even acknowledge that as they DM. I didn’t love Rory...she’s no Kathleen Kelly. So much miscommunication that could have been avoided by her. But I did like Jude, and the side characters.

Overall a fun read but not a favorite.
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Tacos for Two is such a fun story. It has a great atmosphere and will really make you want Mexican food.
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If you love the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’ with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, thank you’ll love this book. Change out bookstores and emails for taco trucks and online dating. I thought that this book was very sweet, and had a lot of parallels to the movie, with a modern day twist. I did think that there were some parts that moved a little slower,  it it all came together in the end nicely. I would read a sequel of this books based on the epilogue.
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Rory owns her auntie’s food truck and is struggling financially with this. One day Jude, who currently works at his family’s law firm, approaches Rory to ask for cooking lessons. She helps him out but soon learns that he is starting his own food truck. They soon become rivals at the upcoming food festival and all while not knowing they are falling for each other over an anonymous dating app. 

For anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE the hidden identity type trope, it’s not everyone’s favourite but I love reading flirty texts between the two characters but them not knowing they are interacting with each other IRL. Also the moment one of them realises the other persons true identity is always a fave moment for me. 

What I disliked about this book were the side characters. Omg they were so annoying!! Rory is really passionate about wanting the truck to do well and hates that it’s not as successful since her aunt died as she feels she is letting her down. Yet her friends keep down playing her feelings. 

I especially hated that they were a bit dismissive over how hurt Rory feels because of what Jude did when they first met. I would feel the same if some guy asked me for cooking lessons and then opened the exact same business as me. I think how she feels is pretty justified. I just felt the friends kept defending and making excuses for Jude. 

Most people say this is an enemies to lovers but the enemies aspect is really one sided so I would say this is more rivals to lovers. 

Overall I really liked the two main characters. They were both really witty in their own way and I loved that in the end they both admitted their mistakes to each other. 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing the ARC in exchange of my honest review.
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Thank you Net Galley and Betsy St. Amant for this ARC!! 
Set to be published on the 12th of October 2021!! 
Congrats Betsy for producing such a wonderful book!!

Rory Perez and Jude Strong are such great characters!! They are honest, smart, feisty, yet still stick to their individual self. I also love the progression of their relationship, the obstacles and all the miscommunication that were thrown into their path, grew their relationship and their individual characters!

The relationships in this book really stood out to me, even though Rorys family were grieving aunt Sophias death, they were still sincere, honest and stuck by each other’s side! Whereas Judes family WOW, lets just say even though i hated them i still wanted too know the extents they would go to mess things up, like guys i was up till 1am reading this book because I NEEDED to finished it and find out what was going to happen!! 

The ending did not disappoint!! You know sometimes when the whole book is building up to this big ending and it fails you:( this book is not it!! The ending was so much better than i thought and that last sentence WHAT amazing.. sorry but you will have to find out for your self... :)

This book is honestly worth the read!! It’s cute, funny, had me grinning till my cheeks hurt, has a gorgeous cover AND involves tacos so why the hell not!!

Thanks again to the author and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book!

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