About the Book
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.
Complications arise when Rory’s chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he’s been falling for online the past month.
Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one?
In My Opinion
What’s not to like about a book lauded as You’ve Got Mail with taco trucks? Betsy St. Amant introduces readers to Rory, Jude, and a host of other characters (some who you’ll love, some not so much) in Tacos for Two.
Hands down my favorite character in this book was Hannah. She is such a sweetheart, and Rory is a much more likable character because of her cousin. Another plus in this story are the text messages that Rory and Jude (before they know who the other is) exchange. They’re witty, encouraging, and show a strong friendship developing between them.
Tacos for Two follows the plot of the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie our hero and heroine reference repeatedly throughout the book so well, I was surprised neither Jude nor Rory even considered the big twist that happens in the movie. And because most rom com readers know You’ve Got Mail well, we’re waiting for it. When it doesn’t come for a while, the pacing droops.
Overall, this is a clean read with a minimal (if any) faith thread that works as a good palate cleanser between books with heavier, more difficult, or those hangover books.
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