Hungry for More
Since she was five years old, gypsy Amy Burns had Maddie's spirit voice in her. Maddie only spoke the names of people's true loves. Amy could touch a person, Maddie would speak a name to Amy, and Amy could tell the person the name of their true love. This was a hard gift but one Amy learned to use. When Amy received the spirit one of the first things she did was unwittingly tell her mother the name of her true love. But he wasn't Amy's father so her mother left her family to find her one true love in India. Amy knew from then on how dangerous Maddie's voice could be.
But now Maddie has deserted her. Amy has spent most of her adult life as a con artist gypsy, using Maddie's gift to help her. She only conned people she sensed were already bad or mean. She tried to help the good ones. Now she is trying to find Maddie again. Gypsy rumors have brought her to Philadelphia. She goes to James LaChance's restaurant to find the woman who may have Maddie. Roni has disappeared, leaving her son Troy. Amy decides to wait for Roni to return. It means staying at the restaurant trying to be a helpful employee. She stays with Troy (better than a cheap hotel she can't afford) and helps him while his mother is gone.
James is a two-star chef who gets his culinary inspirations from women. When he kisses Amy lightly he gets an idea for his best dish yet. She is both temptress and aloof. She desperately wants something but he doesn't know what it is. She's no good as a server, can barely bus tables, or do any other restaurant work, but he has to keep her.
Now Amy is caught. She is very attracted to James. But she is afraid to discover he may be her One True Love. If she lets herself fall in love she'll lose Maddie forever. If she chooses Maddie, she'll lose James forever. What is a gypsy to do?
Hungry for More is amusing as Amy fights with herself over which way she should take her life. She is sure she isn't right for James and that she wants to get Maddie back. But what if Maddie won't return? Is she ready to walk away from James? These decisions can get a person all muddled.
Diana Holquist used Amy in a couple of her earlier novels and now has given Amy her own story. It's a quick romance (although it drags some in the first third) that's a book that is to be taken to the beach or on a cruise. Enjoy the escape.
Notice: Strong sexual content
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