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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

National Press!! Michelle Monkou recommends Recipe For Desire

I've been in USA Today once. I wrote a letter to the editor back in the 90s. And I held on to the paper until two years ago. (No, I'm not a hoarder!)

I'm in USA Today again and just like 15-year-old Cheris, I'm super excited! Michelle Monkou, author and USA Today Happy Ever After reporter reviewed Recipe For Desire.

Cheris Hodges' Recipe for Desire mixes humor, romance and delicious-sounding foods to stir the romance book appetite. This story of opposites attracting has a healthy dose of clashes, making up, and falling head over heels in love. Bad-girl Marie Charles goes down hard, but you can't count her out. She's a likable character with much passion and spunk and dusts herself off to try again. Meanwhile, Devon Harris is a master in the kitchen as a chef and a master as a romantic hero who must conduct his own soul searching.
Recipe for Desire chronicles two characters' journeys who are immersed in his and her flaws and weaknesses, but emerge as a renewed spirit to fully enjoy loving someone after learning to love themselves. Powerful message.
Book blurb from publishing Kensington Dafina:
A Party Girl's Work Is Never Done . … At 27, Marie Charles is still Charlotte's No. 1 party girl. But when she adds a DWI arrest and a totaled Jaguar to her list of tabloid news-making escapades, her daddy is done bailing her out. Sentenced to 500 hours of community service at My Sister's Keeper, a homeless shelter for women, Marie won't have much time left for partying …
Renowned chef and TV star Devon Harris volunteers at My Sister's Keeper. And he's not happy Marie is joining him. He may be single — and she may be gorgeous — but the last thing he's interested in is a superficial Southern belle. But as Marie outgrows the selfish girl she was, Devon is turned on by the woman she's becoming …
Kudos, Hodges, for uplifting the romance genre with a full-bodied, sexy read.

Michelle Monkou is a best-selling romance author who lives by the motto "live, love, and laugh." Her website is

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