Verity Durant is a connoisseur of fine food, tempting palates across England with her skills in the kitchen. Rumors abound about her skills in other areas too, most particularly the bedroom. When Bertie Somerset, the master of Fairleigh Park, dies unexpectedly, it is his illegitimate brother, Stuart Somerset, who inherits the house. Verity knows she needs to leave Fairleigh Park immediately, but the lure of seeing Stuart again is too powerful for her to ignore.
Popular, well-liked, and an extremely capable lawyer, Stuart Somerset is on the verge of great power in England’s Parliament. He is recently engaged but the death of his brother sends him to Fairleigh Park, where it is not a woman who tempts him, initially, rather, it is the food she serves him that awakens him to desires he has held in check for ten long years. The more he tastes of Madame Durant’s exquisite temptations, the more he longs for her. He remembers a night with a different woman, the first and only woman to truly touch his soul, and it scares him just as much as the food and Madame Durant herself entices him. But Verity Durant has secrets that, if exposed, could put an end to Stuart’s political career and any feelings Stuart may have for her.
DELICIOUS abounds in sensual flavors, pleasurable touches, and bittersweet urges. Verity and Stuart are complex characters, each striving towards different goals, even as their emotions get in the way. It is hard to exactly describe the thrills and surprises that are in store in DELICIOUS without giving too much away. Verity and Stuart are both slightly regretful people, dealing with the things life has thrown at them in different ways. Verity is a woman of strength. She knows the rumors that abound about her in society but she continues on, giving her all to the tempting food she prepares. Sherry Thomas knows exactly how to make food and the consumption of food sensual, delightful, and all too savory. For Stuart and Verity, food becomes their connection and their all consuming passion. The descriptive language of DELICIOUS is utter perfection. This is a love story after all, so the over the top language of food and flavorings somehow fits this story every step of the way. DELICIOUS is not a conventional love story, but it is a passionate, amusing, and sorrowful romance that is hard to put down.