Chef's Choice: A Novel (Chef's Kiss #2) (Paperback)
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June 2023 Indie Next List
“The perfect fake dating book does exist, and it is Chef’s Choice. I absolutely loved their banter throughout. This book has the perfect balance of humor and heart.”
— Laura Kendall, Second Flight Books, Lafayette, IN
A fake dating arrangement turns to real love in this deliciously delightful queer rom-com from the author of the sweetly satisfying Chef’s Kiss.
When Luna O’Shea is unceremoniously fired from her frustrating office job, she tries to count her blessings: she’s a proud trans woman who has plenty of friends, a wonderful roommate, and a good life in New York City. But blessings don’t pay the bills.
Enter Jean-Pierre, a laissez-faire trans man and the heir to a huge culinary empire—which he’ll only inherit if he can jump through all the hoops his celebrity chef grandfather has placed in his path. First hoop: he needs a girlfriend, a role that Luna is happy to play…for the right price. She’s got rent to pay, after all! Second hoop: they both need to learn how to cook a series of elaborate, world-renowned family recipes to prove that Jean-Pierre is a worthy heir. Admittedly, Luna doesn’t even know how to crack an egg, but she’s not going to let that—or any pesky feelings for Jean-Pierre—stop her.
Another swoon-worthy and heartwarming queer love story from a charming new voice in romance.
About the Author
TJ Alexander, the critically acclaimed author of Chef’s Kiss and Chef’s Choice, writes about queer love. Originally from Florida, they received their MA in writing and publishing from Emerson College in Boston. They live in New York City with their wife and various houseplants.
"Generous, tender, decadent, and sparklingly funny, CHEF'S CHOICE is a revelation as sublime as biting into an eclair. I found myself howling with laughter, ugly-crying, and falling in desperate love with Luna and Jean-Pierre. As with a perfect meal, you'll want to savor every moment and share it with everyone you love."
— Lana Harper, New York Times bestselling author of PAYBACK'S A WITCH
"TJ Alexander’s witty and insightful voice, complex characters, and full-throated celebration of the joy of queer community make CHEF’S CHOICE a treat worth savoring."
— Ava Wilder, author of HOW TO FAKE IT IN HOLLYWOOD
"CHEF’S CHOICE is at once an enormously fun romp of romance tropes while also being incredibly important—by turns genuinely hilarious and swooningly romantic, and all the while, unabashedly, joyously trans. I love both Luna and Jean-Pierre with my whole heart, and I couldn't put their story down. I am so glad this book exists."
— Anita Kelly, author of LOVE & OTHER DISASTERS
"Start with two charming, lovable main characters, add a lot of laughs, and finish with a healthy pinch of spice and you've got Chef's Choice. I devoured every morsel of this delicious romance."
— Amanda Elliot, author of BEST SERVED HOT and SADIE ON A PLATE
"CHEF'S CHOICE is a total delight, filled with queer joy and found family and so much warmth. Luna and Jean-Pierre stole my heart. Jean-Pierre is a tour de force of grumpy depressed European queer chaos and I would personally die for him."
— Cat Sebastian, author of THE QUEER PRINCIPLES OF KIT WEBB
"In a world where content is increasingly stale, TJ Alexander is delectably fresh. Their characters are always vivid, their stories always delightful. CHEF’S CHOICE adds some much needed trans rep to the romance genre and is equally a story of both escapism and resistance. You don’t need to look much further for your next favorite book!"
— Katalina Gamarra, author of BEN AND BEATRIZ
"With hilarious banter, culinary delights, meaningful self-discovery, and two hot idiots I couldn’t wait to watch fall in love, this novel is everything I wanted and more. TJ Alexander’s blend of humor and heart is unmatched."
— Susie Dumond, author of QUEERLY BELOVED
"Classic romance tropes are deployed to charming effect… Like Luna’s beloved cheese plates and charcuterie spreads, this appetizing romance has something to delight a wide variety of readers. A first choice for contemporary romance collections."
— Library Journal (starred review)
"A love letter to the trans community, CHEF'S CHOICE is a heartwarming delight! TJ Alexander's writing is a feast for the senses, sizzling with wit, charm, and the kind of characters that keep you chasing pages long into the night. Get ready to fall hard for Luna and Jean-Pierre!"
— Courtney Kae, author of IN THE EVENT OF LOVE
— Teen Vogue