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Tacos for Two

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This book wasn't what I was expecting but it was so entertaining! I didn't know that it was a type of ' you've got mail' trope but it was very well done in my opinion. The banter online was so fun and I think the author showcased how we often only show one side of ourselves online. for better or worse this is a real issue in today's world.
The chemistry of the characters felt very real to me and I really loved the angst of remaining "faithfull" to thier online person, it was so sweet to watch. 
The only part I didn't like was probably the closest thing to my personality.......need to work on that.
I have a hard time with characters that get super antagonistic, or downright mean, for a relitivly minor issue. That said, I don't think it was unrealistic for the character, it was just a point that the one character got on my nerves.
Yet there has to be conflict.
I enjoyed this one very much! Looking for a sweet rom com that makes you hungry? grab this one!
I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. all opinions in this review are my own and honest.
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Tacos for Two is an funny, heartwarming romance that also tells the story of what happens when you leave behind your expectations and follow your dreams. With a great spin on the classic You've Got Mail for the food truck set!

Rory Perez inherited her beloved aunt's food truck, despite the fact that she can't cook to save her life. She's struggling to keep her aunt's legacy and their Latin heritage alive while also providing for her cousin. The main highlight in her life is the messages she's exchanging with anonymous online dating site, where the focus is on communication and not photos (hello You've Got Mail, with lots of movie quotes and references being shared between the two 👌). Her connection with her match, who she's been communicating with for a few months brings her a lot of comfort, but she still hesitates to meet him and take their relationship to the next level. When the opportunity to enter a local food truck competition comes about, she sees it as an opportunity to save the business and put herself out of her comfort zone, both professionally and personally. But what Rory doesn't realize is that her greatest competition is about to become the wealthy son of the town's prominent lawyer, Jude, who's trying to break out from under his manipulative dad's thumb, and just happens to be the man she's been following in love with online! Not realizing they are the same person, she's torn between her attraction to Jude in person and her connection with her anonymous man online, all while balancing the burdens and obligations of business, family, and personal growth.

I loved this spin on the modern classic You've Got Mail! I thought it was a wonderful balance between Jude's and Rory's personal stories with their shared story together, all with a great supporting cast of characters and lots of hilarious and heartwarming scenes. The only thing missing for me a little bit more steam/chemistry between the pair. And the epilogue felt a little rushed. But if you love You've Got Mail, Simmer Down, To Sir With Love, or Tweet Cute, this one is for you!

Thanks to Betsy St. Amant, Revell, and NetGalley for providing a free digital advance copy in exchange for my honest review. I'm looking forward to the next one!
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A wonderful contemporary romance you won’t wanna miss. 

It has a great plot, enjoyable characters and the writing is so fresh and clean you will read it in no time. 

This was cute and fun and I had an amazing time reading this since it included my favorite trope. 100% recommended.
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Okay, so evidently the past few days have not been great for me reading wise. While I was fairly excited for this one, and it seemed promising initially, I ended up wishing it would just finish already. But let's take it from the top, shall we?

The premise of the book seemed very interesting. If you've watched You've Got Mail, you pretty much know exactly what you are getting yourself into. Online, they are falling in love; in real life, they are sworn enemies. Now, remove the Nora Ephron and Meg-Ryan-and-Tom-Hanks charm, and you have Tacos for two! 

Basically, the main problem I had with this book, was that it was extremely hard for me to imagine the two protagonists as a couple. Aside from their socioeconomic differences (more on that in a second), it just seemed like their communication types and skills were completely incompatible. Rory always just assumed the worst about everyone, while Jude constantly just said the wrong things. It wasn't just an issue of oh-no-their-jobs-and-circumstances-force-them-apart. They, quite literally, could not communicate for the life of them. Their initial, online romance was fairly cute, I'll give them that. But it all went downhill once they met in real life. 

I also think that the author herself could have handled some things better. Firstly, I thought it was a bit weird that Jude's race and the fact that he was a wealthy white man trying to open a taco truck - versus Rory being Mexican - were barely even mentioned and largely swept aside. Even Rory being only a quarter Mexican and the scattered, not at all natural, Spanish thrown around the novel made me think that perhaps another food choice would have been a better fit for the author and the book. 

Even Hannah's character felt a bit too much like checking a box, another responsibility for Rory to bear and a compass of honesty and morality for the rest of the characters, who, unfortunately, had little life or agenda of her own. Most of the side characters, in fact, felt a bit too two-dimensional and very underdeveloped. Like, I would pay someone actual money to explain to me all the scheming of Jude's father and the point behind it. I guess the story just needed a villain, and, oh well, he happened to be there.

Overall, I think it's fair to say I wasn't a big fan of the book. I did enjoy the actual writing style, however, so I might be giving the author another chance in the future.

** An ARC was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. **
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Taco ‘bout cute romance! 🌮

Rory is a woman with some trust issues. Understandable as you get to know her story. But she’s taking some risks — she is online chatting with a guy who GETS her and running her Aunt’s food truck.

Jude comes from a well-to-do family, but of course, they are kinda nuts. Jude just wants out of the family biz and to venture into something he enjoys; paving his own way! He also met a girl who GETS him online.

How do their stories coincide? Read this book to find out!

This read was unique and just plain adorable. I kept asking myself and prepping myself for what would happened when the two met in person — and how it played out was perfect! It didn’t follow the traditional path of this type of trope, which I loved.

There were themes of redemption and forgiveness woven from beginning to end, and they character growth (Rory’s in particular) was phenomenal.

I recommend this cute, fun romance to anyone looking for an easy read with depth to it. Oh, and if you have a love for Mexican food & romance…THIS IS FOR YOU.
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Tacos for Two is a well written and entertaining romance.  Great plot and character dynamics.  I highly recommend this book.  My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance ebook.  This is my unbiased review.
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I quickly got into this book from the very beginning! There were so many references to the movie “You’ve Got Mail”, but I had never seen it before, so I ended up watching it about a quarter into the book. I’m just glad I did, because it was a cute movie and so many things made sense about the book. This is pretty much a modern take of “You’ve Got Mail”, but with taco food trucks! Both main characters, Rory and Jude, chat through a dating app where no pictures or personal information is provided, but they are food truck rivals in person not knowing who they really are. It was so good and I was invested! There’s so many similarities and references to the movie, and I wouldn’t have noticed unless I watched the movie so I’m glad I did!

There is Down syndrome/disability representation which I really liked. I will say there was some misunderstanding and miscommunication between the two main characters, and some parts were just a little bit slow, but overall I enjoyed reading.

Warning: this book will make you hungry! 

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC! 

Tacos for Two publishing date is October 12, 2021! 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5
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I finished it reluctantly…. I found this story to be bland. There is no chemistry between the two main characters, and that’s just really unfortunate because the premise was good. Their romance at the end of the book was just kind of not believable based on the entire rest of the story for me, and I just found myself not caring about any of the characters at all. I really tried.
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Rory is suddenly in charge of her late aunt’s food truck. The problem is she can’t actually cook… But knowing she needs the money to keep her and her family afloat and respect her aunt’s wishes, she continues on and enters the town’s food festival in hopes of winning the cash prize. Just when it wasn’t hard enough, one of her customers, Jude, decides to start his own truck and suddenly Rory has another rival. What Rory doesn’t know is that the man she has been talking and venting to on a dating app is actually him! That’s right, we have a You’ve Got Mail situation here! 

In short, this book is a cute and easy read. Rory and Jude had strong personalities and had enough “real” issues in their life that help ground the story in reality a bit more. Rory did tend to get on my nerves, but all of the yummy food descriptions kept me sane. There are definitely some unrealistic parts of the storyline, but with a romantic comedy, I think that is to be expected. I should also mention that this is a very low-steam book for those who do not like any 🔥 in their romances!

Read this book for yourself when it is out October 1st!

⭐⭐⭐

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc!
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Mein Leseerlebnis 

Eigentlich hat die Geschichte alles, was ich an Liebesromanen mag. Es gibt interessante Charaktere, eine frische Idee als Basis und spannende Entwicklungen. Leckeres Essen, für mich bitte ohne Koriander, kommt noch dazu. Doch leider ist der Funke beim Lesen nicht übergesprungen. 

Beim Lesen spürte ich nur wenig Interesse an den Charakteren und ihren Geschichten. Dabei hatten sie je viel zu bieten. Aber irgendetwas am Schreibstil und der Konstruktion der Charaktere passte leider nicht zu dem, was ich beim Lesen bevorzuge, was mich fasziniert und wunderbar unterhält. Ich kann leider nicht genau sagen, was mich gestört hat, da es nichts gravierendes und extrem auffälliges war. 

Manchmal breche ich Bücher ab und habe keinerlei Bedürfnis sie weiterzuempfehlen, aber manchmal ist es so wie mit “Tacos for two” und ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, dass zwischen anderen Leser:innen und dem Roman die Chemie stimmen wird. 

Schade, dass es für mich nicht gepasst hat, aber so ist es leider manchmal.

- abgebrochen - 

Für wen? 

Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass die frische Geschichte vielen Leser:innen gut gefallen wird. Schaut unbedingt in eine Leseprobe rein, um ein gutes Gefühl für den Schreibstil und die Charaktere zu bekommen. Passt beides für euch, könntet ihr mit dem Buch viel Spaß haben.
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Wow! This was such a treat to read! I really liked the plot with Rory (who owns a food truck but cannot cook) and her biggest rival, Jude! They are both smart and feisty characters and I loved them together! I don't always enjoy reading about family drama, however I loved the personal growth of all the characters and seeing them develop over time. Also, I enjoyed reading about the side characters. 
I also absolutely loved the cover - how cute!
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I really also enjoy food themed books and a romantic aspect to them. This was so cute and it involved tacos so obviously it was a must read!
Premise 
Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can't cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red--and an upcoming contest during Modest's annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she's been talking to via an anonymous online dating site. 

Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father's law firm, and the food truck festival seems like the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. But if he loses the contest, he's back at the law firm for good. Failure is not an option.
I loved Rory and Judes story and how they are each dealing with these obstacles and how food and this festival brings them together and also gives them a chance to not only find their passion but love as well!
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I knew I was going to love Tacos for Two as soon as I heard that it is a take on the movie You’ve Got Mail, which is one of my favorite movies.  In addition to loving every reference to the movie, I also really enjoyed the writing style, the humor, the secondary characters, and the perfect messaging back and forth between Rory and Jude! Actually, that was probably my favorite part of the story. I wish there would’ve been more of it!

Jude was my favorite character in this story. He is kind, patient, forgiving, humorous, and he stands his ground! He was pretty much perfect. I liked Rory, but sometimes she could make an assumption and run with it, which caused all kinds of problems, but in the end, she figured it all out and redeemed herself. 

There were so many wonderful secondary characters in this story! I loved Hannah! She was matter of fact, yet kind, very intuitive and she helped Rory see what she had trouble seeing. I also loved quirky Alton! He really added humor to the story.

I highly recommend Tacos for Two, especially if you like You’ve Got Mail! I love Betsy St. Amont’s sense of humor. Her stories always make me laugh. With this story, I have gained another auto buy author and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light.
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New book, new book! Finally hitting some books on my NetGalley to-read list!

This is my first experience with Beaty St. Amant, so I went into this book completely blind, simply hoping for some form of romantic comedy. 

If I’m being honestly, what originally drew me into this book, was the illustrated cover. However, (and for me, this is an issue I always run into with illustrated covers) this was where some of my issues came in. 

BLURB: Rory Perez is DONE with her aunts struggling food truck. She doesn’t feel passionate about cooking, and it shows, as the business tries to stay afloat. The upcoming food truck festival offers a cash prize that Rory’s family desperately needs (and this may be her chance to finally leave). Jude Strong is sick of the obligation working at his fathers law firm puts on him, when his real dream lays with cooking, the food truck festival is his chance to do what he loves. What happens when these lost people cross paths? They may find each other along the way. 

Honestly for me, this story was too PG (maybe PG-13). I always get fooled by these illustrated covers hoping they maybe secretly spicy behind the pages. Sometimes, a lot of them are! However, this is not the case with this one. So, don’t go into this wanting some HAWT spicy action. That being said, if you want some behind closed doors romance, this may be for you.

Additionally, the ending snuck up on you with some religion. This doesn’t ALWAYS bother me, but I feel like if there’s going to be a heavy religious emphasis that should be more of a highlighted theme in the blurb. 

When it comes to the characters Rory was one of those “un-likable” heroines. I think she’s one that’s supposed to grow on you, as you see an arc to her transformation  For me, I didn’t really see that completely. I softened toward Rory, but never fell in love with her. I think this is because of her prickly attitude and her prickly, grump tendencies. 

That being said, I won’t dissuade anyone from reading this. The food descriptors and food themes are really amazing, and the food truck festival is something fun to read about. Besides that, I love a third person told romance novel. 

If you love a relatively clean, sometimes “uplifting” spiritual romance, with a fun background, give it a shot. 

Heat Level: 🔥🔥
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Tacos for Two is the story of two rival food truck owners with a shared love for  tacos and unbeknownst to them, each other. Rory was handed down her food truck business from her aunt and is doing all that she can to keep her head above water. Jude reluctantly works at his father's law firm and is looking to make a switch to the restaurant business. Both Rory and Jude find solace in an online relationship that they don't yet realize is actually with each other. 

My goodness, Tacos for Two just has cute written all over it. An online dating couple that is bonding in real life as well? A mutual love of tacos? Yes please, I'm sold. I liked how the author included all of the You've Got Mail references in the book as a nod of respect to where the inspiration came from. The romance between Rory and Jude is sweet and I enjoyed reading as it progressed. The food truck competition is a fun plot point, and it is just easy to stay interested in this story. Pick up a copy of Tacos for Two if you're looking for your next clean romance read with some food themes thrown in. 

Thanks to Netgalley and Revell for this ARC; this is my honest and voluntary review.
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I enjoyed this modern love story as it perfectly captures the reality of meeting someone online and how they can come across as very different in person when the time finally comes for you to meet. I also love the different family make ups for both of the main characters who each suffered grief and pressure in their own ways. A refreshing storyline for 2021,
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Loved the premise of the food trucks as the background for the romance, but this book dragged on for about 100 pages too long. By the end I was tired of reading the hero and heroine’s inner dialogue about their family issues and shortcomings. The You’ve Got Mail references were cute, and the Love at First Chat premise was adorable. It just did not pay off in the way I hoped.
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Overall this was a pretty entertaining book. I don’t know if I would necessary call it a romantic comedy but it was romantic and it wasn’t heavy enough to be a drama. Overall though 3 stars. I had a good time reading. The writing style was great. I actually enjoyed how it was paced and the language that was used but it was just the character development, only in Rory’s case, that I couldn’t get over. The other characters were also very enjoyable and showed growth. 

 “How many times had she misjudged him? Assumed the worst?”

One too many times. I’m sorry but the miscommunication in this book was absurd. Rory was hard to like. She jumped to conclusion with literally NO reason whatsoever. There were past problems that were just thrown in to excuse her massive trust issues but it wasn’t done very well. She was just not it for me. I ended up rolling my eyes (like actually in real life I rolled my eyes and considered not finishing the book) the last, or second to last, time she  jumped to an outrageous conclusion or mentioned how he betrayed her when he didn’t actually have a single bad bone in his body. Yet, he was also blaming himself. 

Jude was great. He’s the reason I kept reading. I wanted to see him win because, to Rory, the food truck contest wasn’t the only conpetition her and Jude were participating in. I wanted to see him happy. He was genuine and just wanted to do what he loved. Nothing he did had any bad motivations but he was a little naive and so she ran with it and painted him out to be the worst person ever. 

I still finished the book. I enjoyed it a lot in the first half… until I couldn’t handle Rory anymore. It felt like threw in too many problems, which were all one-sided, and didn’t take enough time resolving them. There were multiple reasons why she didn’t want to trust Jude but then only was resolved and that was it. The rest just disappeared? I would still say to read it because it wasn’t a waste of time. I did get my enjoyment but this isn’t going to blow your mind and make you giddy.
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Tacos for Two is a wonderful romance novel that has a lot going for it. It’s drawers upon and references heavily You’ve Got Mail, but it is very much its own story. 

Tacos for Two centres on the characters of Rory and Jude, two people a little lost in their lives and trying to figure out what gives their soul joy. They’ve each been talking to (and falling for) someone on an online dating platform that keeps the users images hidden - I’m sure you can imagine where this leads…

Though this is a romance there is so much more going on. It’s a book about finding yourself, but also in finding peace in who you are and what you wish to do. It’s about perception and misunderstandings. It’s about family, and not just those held together by blood but the families we create for ourselves. It also has absolutely brilliant disability representation - in fact I think Hannah was probably my favourite character. 

I loved Rory and Jude, though often I wanted to grab Rory and stop her from getting in her own way so much. Though equally I think it’s great how Rory came to this realisation herself.

Betsy St. Amant’s writing style was so wonderful to read and I really loved how the chapters came from both Rory and Jude’s points of view. There were so many little puzzle pieces within this story that just came together so well. 

This is a gem of a romance and one I very much enjoyed.
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I really, really liked this book. These are some of the reasons:
I loved that even though it's like You've Got Mail, it takes much longer to get the happy ending after they realize who the other one is. There are lots of unexpected twists and turns.
The dating site banter was great!  Loved them all couldn't wait until they got back online each time to see what they'd write.
Loved that the story features food trucks. While they are popular in our culture now, very few books are written where the  goal of a character to have one.
Loved  that Mexican food is so featured. It made me hungry for it all while reading and after.
Loved that a character just up and left a monied occupation to go for his dreams. 
Loved that  Jude is a guy who makes mistakes, not some perfect hero. But he also realizes them later and admits and asks forgiveness.
Loved that there is a special needs person who teaches great  lessons to all the rest.
Loved that there was a bad guy and a little of a mystery.
I thought this was such a fun story. I didn't want to stop reading once I started.
Highly recommend!
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