Book Review! SALT + STILETTOS by: Janet Walden-West

Brett Fontaine learned early that appearance matters and not to count on anyone but yourself. Trading her red-dirt roots for the title of Miami’s go-to image consultant, she refuses to let anything jeopardize her new life.

Not an influential client-turned-stalker who’s up for parole.
Not post-kidnapping panic attacks.
Certainly not the stubborn, attention-phobic chef she’s challenged to transform into a celeb in ninety days.

Will Te’o can almost taste the dream he sacrificed American Samoa, culture, and cherished family ties for—opening a four star restaurant in the most cut-throat culinary location in North America. Unfortunately, that requires navigating it’s equally cut-throat social scene. When his first public performance ends in a social media spectacle, his only option is turning to the stiletto-wearing nemesis who’s invaded his kitchen.

Neither expected to share anything but barbs, yet somewhere between accidentally bonding over comfort food and office-wrecking sex, they’re named South Beach’s hottest pairing. Until Brett’s stalker engineers a reputation-shattering reveal. She may be going down, but she’s not taking Will’s dreams with her. Now Will’s pulling out all his new skills and cooking up a last-ditch event. He’ll prove to Brett that relying on the right person makes for the perfect recipe—or be left heartbroken in the spotlight.

Happy Hump Day, my darlings! Now that I am out of my post release coma, I am back with an absolute MUST READ book review so grab onto your handle bars, folks, we’ve got a lot to cover.

Salt + Stilettos immediately grabbed me simply from the title because I am an admitted (but not recovering, because I embrace this particular addiction) shoe addict, especially high heels to make my five foot one inch self feel less inferior. And MOST especially Christian Louboutin. I have a mild (read: severe and overwhelming) obsession with Loubies.

Moving on…

Going into nearly any read I will admit that I have expectations. Based on cover, title, blurb. I mean that is the point of all three things right? So as I digitally cracked open Salt + Stilettos I was expecting a hotter than hades leading man, a kickass woman, and a torrid love affair. Now, I’m not saying those boxes weren’t checked because OH EMM GEE WERE THEY EVER! But this book also has so much more to it.

Brett (side note, love it when typical boy names are used for girls!) is an image consultant in one of the most image-centered cities in North America… possibly the world: Miami.

Will is an American Samoa transplant who has come to Miami in pursuit of the American dream. His particular dream involves creating mouth watering dishes as a professional chef.

These two bring immediate and intense chemistry to the story that lights the pages on fire. Even before we hit the smexy times, Will and Brett were making me melt with the intensity flowing between them.

But as in life, and any good romance story, no matter how perfectly matched they are, they are left with everything on the line when a monster from Brett’s past resurfaces with a menacing new threat that puts their relationship in jeopardy… especially when Brett realizes she loves Will too much to have the darkness following her affect him. But at the same time Will (who, might I add, is an amazing and droolworthy leading man) is trying to prove to Brett that she can trust him with anything including her heart and the fear lingering in the shadows.

If you love contemporary romance with high heat, mega drama, and a leading man inspired by Jason Momoa, you need to grab Salt + Stilettos TODAY.

Where to find Salt + Stilettos


Barnes & Noble