Title: For Butter or Worse
Author: Erin La Rose
Genre: Romantic Comedy
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Their feelings are about to boil over…
Chef Nina Lyon dreams of cooking her way to culinary stardom and becoming a household name. She thought hosting The Next Cooking Champ! was her golden ticket, but she and her co-host/arch-nemesis Leo O’Donnell go together like water and oil and he undercuts her at every turn.
So when Nina unexpectedly quits the show – on live TV, no less–to focus on her restaurant, she doesn’t anticipate the he-devil himself showing up at her door begging her to come back. Nor does she expect the paparazzi to catch them in what looks like a passionate kiss, but is actually Leo tripping into her. When the fans go crazy over Nina and Leo’s “secret romance”, keeping the ruse going might be the only way to save both their careers. That is if they don’t kill each other first…
My Review of For Butter or Worse
Nina and Leo have been co-hosts of The Next Cooking Chap TV show, however from on-screen snide comments, as well as the off-screen bickering, it is very obvious to everyone that Nina and Leo hate each other. What Leo doesn’t expect is for Nina to quit the show live on air. So when Leo makes a surprise visit to see Nina at her restaurant begging her to come back to the show, she is taken aback and super surprised.
And that isn’t the end of the surprises – just as Leo is leaving he slips and falls into Nina’s arms – at the exact same time a group of paparazzi catches them on camera! Everyone goes crazy over their ‘secret romance’ – even though nothing could be further from the truth. With both their careers teetering on the edge, their publicity teams advise both Nina and Leo to pretend to date each other in the vain hope of salvaging both of their careers.
What follows is a series of ‘fake dates’ with Nina and Leo – set up just for them to be caught on camera together. However, as the dates progress, Nina and Leo begin opening up to each other about the struggles they have and are still having, and we begin to see different sides to both of them. Could the fake relationship really become something real, and could Nina and Leo really have more feelings for each than just hate?
For Butter or Worse is a real heartfelt story – the characters are so real, with so many of the issues, problems, and insecurities we all face daily. The story of For Butter or Worse covers a lot of quite serious topics, including sexism and mental health, but also has an element of humor as well – a must-read for any foodies out there, or anyone who loves a really good romantic story.