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Summary

A PopSugar Must-Read for October!

In this finger-licking good rom-com, two is the perfect number of cooks in the kitchen.

Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn’t be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beachgoers, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten - or the competition to be so smoking hot. 

But Tiva’s Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable the British food truck owner is - he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He’s stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks. 

The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum...a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?

©2020 Sarah Smith (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“This food truck romance serves up an enemies-to-lovers story that is spicy, salty and sweet. Delicious!” (Mia Hopkins, author of Thirsty)

"While the enemies-to-lovers romance is irresistible, it’s the sincere, well-developed characters and heart-tugging family dynamics that make this fulfilling love story stand out. This is a winner." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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  • 23-10-20

Another hit from Sarah Smith!

Holy cow! This book was awesome. It was so steamy and so sweet. I could barely stand to put it down. The chemistry between Callum & Nikki was so real, and I was truly invested in their relationship. I also appreciate that they didn’t hate each other for too long. A lot of enemies to lovers romances spend too much time with the main characters being at odds with one another and not enough time with them falling for each other. And the forbidden part of their relationship was too fun. Lastly I adore Lemon & her kittens. I was a fan of Faker, but I’m a huge fan of Simmer Down. Can’t wait for Sarah’s next book!

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  • 04-06-21

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Thought I was listening to a Harlequin Romance. Compelled enough to finished but wanted several times to wash all the sticky off....Very predictable and trite.

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  • 16-10-20

Hallmark Channel'ish kinda enemies-to-lovers trope

I've also listened to Sarah Smith's Faker, and Simmer Down continues in her laid back writing style. It's a lighthearted, Hallmark Channel'ish enemies-to-lovers trope so you have to be in an easygoing kinda mood.

If you like Mariana Zapata's literary style, you'll enjoy this too. Both authors write exhaustively about insecure, indecisive heroines who win you over in the end.

The narrator was great and the British accent is passable, at least to this Midwestern girl.