Greedily Yours: Episode One Taste Test by Emma Hamilton
Release Date: 15th June 2015
Publisher: Bastei Entertainment
Mia Maxwell loves food. She loves it so much that she’s made it her career. On the surface Mia seems to have it all. She lives in trendy east London with her best friend, Lizzie, who owns a cupcake cafe. By day she runs her own food PR consultancy, and by night she’s a food blogger with a burgeoning audience. Mia has a banker boyfriend, Paul, who enjoys travelling the world, enabling her to taste the globe’s culinary delights. But Mia is still hungry and, when she heads down to Cornwall to run a food festival, she doesn’t realise that her entire life is about to be cast adrift.
Episode 1 – Mia Maxwell knows that her love of food is tied to her healthy appetite for romance. She’s admitted as much on her food blog, “Culinary Confessions of a Greedy Girl.” But could a chance encounter with a fellow foodie in Cornwall really entice her to question her own romantic relationship?
In Episode 1 of the serialisation of Greedily Yours we meet Mia Maxwell. Mia is pretty happy with her lot in life. She has a great job running a food PR consultancy, a stable four-year relationship with her boyfriend Paul and she runs her own food blog in her spare time, Culinary Confessions of a Greedy Girl.
However, when Mia’s work takes her to Cornwall where she is helping to organise some culinary delights for Lord Trelawney’s festival she starts to question the stability of her relationship as she spends time away from Paul. To complicate matters further there’s the extremely grumpy matter of Lord Trelawney’s son, Tom, who whilst might be devilishly handsome (not that Mia has noticed…) makes it quite clear that he sees Mia as a ‘London Idiot’ and everything she does seems to aggravate him further.
Mia has got her work cut out dealing with the lovely yet slightly overenthusiastic Lord Trelawney and his boat trips, ensuring that the festival goes without a hitch, avoiding the fact that Paul doesn’t seem to be missing her at all and dealing with grumposaurus Tom all at the same time…
Episode 1, Taste Test, is a cracking start to Greedily Yours and it ticked all of my chick-lit boxes nicely. You’ve got your loveable heroine Mia who is in an unhappy relationship (although she doesn’t seem to realise it yet…), the gorgeous friendship between Mia and Lizzie (Lizzie bakes the cakes, Mia eats the cakes – perfect partnership in my opinion) and then you’ve got the moody and unlikeable (yet handsome) man who could signify a possible love interest in Tom.
This being the first of Emma Hamilton’s writing that I’ve read I feel as though things have got off to a great start. Her conversational style of writing makes for a really enjoyable read and as for her descriptions of the food – OH MY GOODNESS. Don’t attempt to read this is you are either a) hungry or b) on a diet. I am desperate to try those lavender cupcakes and handily the recipe is included in the back, so no excuses for not sampling them yourself!
I really enjoyed reading Mia’s blog posts and if Culinary Confessions of a Greedy Girl really existed then you can guarantee that I’d subscribe! Mia is a fabulous heroine – funny, self deprecating, loves cake and hates it when her hair goes frizzy. I have warmed to her easily and I felt almost protective of her during Episode One. I got annoyed at Paul for being a pretty useless boyfriend (and for trying to make Mia go on a diet!) and Tom had serious issues. Jeez, the guys both need to sort themselves out, pronto!
Taste Test leaves us on a really exciting cliff hanger which is great – IF you have Episode 2 ready to hand. If not then I guarantee you won’t be able to ‘one-click- it fast enough.
Rather like those yummy sounding cakes, Episode 1 of Greedily Yours has definitely left me hungry for more…Bring on the seconds!
A huge thank you to Hayley at ed pr for sending me a copy of Greedily Yours to read and review and for having me on board the blog tour. ♥
I’m not a fan of these serialisation things, I don’t get why they don’t put them all into one book. Oh well, guess the authors are just looking for ways to get more money out of us.
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I completely know where you’re coming from, Ally. Before I started blogging I would never bother with serialisations, but now I really enjoy them. In some cases I still like to wait until the book’s released in full, it depends on what the book in question is. 🙂 x