REVIEW: STEPHANIE EVANOVICH – UNDER THE TABLEUnder the Table Published by William Morrow on April 16th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: William Morrow Paperbacks, Edelweiss
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Suffocating in a dead-end marriage, Midwesterner Zoey Sullivan fled to New York and moved in with her older sister Ruth, a carefree, vivacious beauty with a string of eligible bachelors at her beck and call. Giving herself three months in the city to clear her head and find a direction, Zoey dodges calls from her ex Derek, and distracts herself by cooking and catering a few private dinners and parties. Pursuing her passion for cooking was never an option when she was with Derek, and now Zoey relishes her independence.

When Zoey’s meets reclusive millionaire Tristan Malloy, she’s blown away by his kitchen—a marble and stainless steel temple worthy of the culinary gods—and charmed by his impeccable gentlemanly manners. But despite his firm body, handsome looks, and piles of cash, Tristan—a computer programmer—is shy and more than a little socially awkward. Zoey is sure that Tristan has all the right raw ingredients—and she’s the right person to spice them up turn him into a delectable dish.

But Zoey’s unprepared for just how well her makeover works. Tristan turns out to be even sexier once he’s gained a little confidence and the right wardrobe. Beneath the gorgeous package, Tristan is a great guy who deserves a woman who really appreciates him. Slowly but surely, Zoey realizes she may have found her perfect match—but does Tristan even know how her feelings have changed? Is that warm look in his eyes gratitude for the new and exciting world she’s ushered him into, or something more? And what will happen when Zoey’s ex comes to town, looking to win her back?

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I love hot nerds. Emphasis on hot. They are my book catnip and that what I was expecting when I picked up Under the Table.

This is the story about a woman, separated and estranged from her husband who shows a completely innocent, uncorrupted sometimes even naive, young man with a really bad taste in clothing, the way of life in New York City.

And this is where my issues start. I didn’t find Tristan sexy. His “otherness” wasn’t hot, it gave him the feel of a dork, an endearing one, nevertheless I couldn’t muster more than platonic feelings for him…you know…the kind you have reserved for brothers. I didn’t find it believable that a man, as innocent as Tristan, who had one lover (and I’m using the term loosely) turned into a beast in the sack and pushed all the right buttons. Meh.

With all that being said, however, Tristan was the only character I truly liked. I didn’t like Zoey all that much. The things she did and said, with no regard to Tristan’s feelings, her constant whining and woe-is-me-attitude really started to get to on my nerves. And don’t get me started on Zoey’s immature sister.

I knew halfway through I should have dnf-ed but I just couldn’t admit defeat. Under The Table wasn’t the story I expected. Except for the last 20% I wasn’t moved by the things happening throughout the story and the bit only made me mad at Zoey. Unfortunately this book wasn’t for me but as per usual the advice to check out other reviews.


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