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Publisher's Note:

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 eno…

Tacos for Two

by Betsy St. Amant

Overall Book Review:

Hungry for a good book? Tacos for Two is a tasty, not-to-be missed romantic comedy by Betsy St. Amant. This engrossing book can be described as You’ve Got Mail circa 2021, where email is replaced by DM’s and text message, and food trucks are the new bookstores. The novel makes frequent references to the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks classic, with quotes from the movie and a few similar scenes. St. Amant’s main characters – Rory and Jude – don’t quite equal the famous couple’s chemistry, but manage a slow burn with some flirty scenes and witty banter. The story’s character development is solid, as both Rory and Jude try to navigate grief, financial troubles, and crushing family expectations. Secondary characters Nicole, Grady, and Hannah will prove to be readers’ favorites, while right-hand man Alton is worthy of numerous face-palms. The Texas setting and emphasis on family and food create a fun ambiance. Best scene by far includes karaoke, an engagement party, and a hot mic. Great ready to laugh-out-loud! Tacos for Two is highly recommended for romance fans.

Review of an Advance Reading Copy provided by the Publisher

Content Analysis

Profanity/Language: None

Violence/Gore: A secondhand report of violence involving one character punching another.

Sex/Nudity: A few scenes with kissing; a few sexual references regarding “keeping things spicy”.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family members, cancer, Down Syndrome, sabotage, financial concerns, mention of someone making a racist remark, mention of being ‘too white to make Mexican food’.

Alcohol and Drug Use:

A few scenes take place in a bar; a character arrives drunk and causes a scene; mention of ordering too many tequilas.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.