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CLASSIFIED ADS: RESTAURANTS SANGUINI'S: A VERY RARE RESTAURANT IS HIRING A CHEF DE CUISINE. DINNERS ONLY.
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Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef.
Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses — or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything? TANTALIZE marks Cynthia Leitich Smith’s delicious debut as a preeminent author of dark fantasy.
I read the second book in this series without knowing it because, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think they have nothing to with each other. With Tantalize, there were things that I liked about it and thing that I didn't. I liked the beginning. I liked Quincie's character as a strong and reliable person. She also smart, but to a point. I gradually started to think dislike her when she blatantly started to ignore certain things. To me, at least one perpetrator was obvious. She drank wine and started to change and hangout with him. There was more suspicious thing going on than flirting. She was just horribly naive. I then thought that she had a good relationship going for her too, even if he was going to have to leave, I mean they'd come up with a solution and they do or I imagine they do with the ending. Overall, Tantalize had a gullible lead character and was vague in romance, but at least it was a decent mystery.