Sunday, July 1, 2018

Review: The Problem With Him by Rachel Higginson

I’m over men. I’m done with them. 

Or at least the ones that work in my kitchen. Fine, one man in particular. Wyatt Shaw is cocky and condescending and so far out of his element that he doesn’t know which way is up. Or how to run his brand new kitchen all by himself. 

That’s where I come in. Sous chef extraordinaire. Second in command. Bane of his existence. I am the reason Wyatt’s doing so well as the new executive chef of one of our city’s most prestigious restaurants. He has me to thank for his glowing accolades and five-star write-ups. Only if you were to ask him, he’d say I’m his biggest problem. 

Despite his discouragement and bullish behavior, I’ve set two goals for myself. 

The first? I’m going to fight my way to the top of this male-dominated industry and claim my own award-winning kitchen. 

The second? I’m going to do whatever it takes to ignore Wyatt and his rare smiles and the thickening tension that’s started to simmer between us. 

Wyatt Shaw might be Durham’s new shining star. He might be up for a James Beard Award. He might be my new boss and key to my future success, but he’s also in my way. 

So he can keep his smoldering looks and secret kisses. And he can be the one that figures out how to make it through service without getting distracted by me. 

I’m not the problem. The problem is him. 

Review:  4.25 of 5 Stars

If you have read the first two books in this series, you've already been introduced to Wyatt Shaw.  I loved his character in the other books and was excited to see more of him in The Problem with Him.  As you remember, Wyatt has taken over the Executive Chef role at Lilou since Killian and Vera are opening their own restaurant.  The Wyatt that is EC is totally different that the other books.  He is more stressed out and is having a hard time finding time for everything.  And he is a tyrant to his staff, especially his Sous Chef, Kaya Swift. But there is more to this tyranny than meets the eye.

Kaya is from a small NC town.  I relate to that aspect perfectly since I am from rural NC as well.  But she dreams of more out of her life that the ideal small town life.  She is driven and passionate about food.  And she is a dang great chef and she knows it.  She is jaded and feels like she should have been given the opportunity to be EC at Lilou as well.  And she hates Wyatt Shaw.  He makes her life miserable.  

This book was really well written and I enjoyed the sparring matches between Wyatt and Kaya.  The drama was really to a minimum and there was a good pace to the book that felt like it was worth savoring.  While I did not love it as much as the first two books in the series, you really can't go wrong with anything Rachel Higginson writes.  So go ahead and one click this one, you will really enjoy it.