REVIEW: French Quarter Kisses by Zuri Day

Posted July 7th, 2018 by in Blog, Harlequin Mills&Boon, HJ Top Pick!, Kimani, Review / 19 comments


French Quarter Kisses by Zuri Day is a sexy and emotional romance featuring a chef haunted by his past and a reporter working to honor the memories of those lost in Hurricane Katrina.

Pierre LeBlanc is a celebrated chef and food network star but his humble beginnings in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans tell of what he’s overcome to become successful in his career. He’s just returned home to open a new restaurant in the French Quarter, one which is quickly a top destination.

Reporter Roz Arnaud is looking for feature stories of residents of New Orleans and their memories of Hurricane Katrina. While most are interested in interviewing Pierre for his cooking talents, she knows that the celebrated chef left New Orleans at the age of fifteen with his sister during the days of devastation, and wants to tell the more human side of how he survived the tragedy. Their first meeting definitely doesn’t go so well, but they quickly find their footing with each other – and discover a mutual attraction. When Roz decides to help Pierre look for relatives lost in the storm, it opens up a secret that neither is prepared for. Will it spell the end of their fledgling relationship?

I loved this story! It’s got a perfect blend of interesting characters, emotional moments and sexy romance to pull the reader into the tale of two survivors of what remains a dark moment in American history. The reality of those who were faced with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina is not glossed over and Roz’s purpose in writing the memory articles is to honor those lost and the ones who’ve survived. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story for its realism, and for the plot points that develop that propel the later part of the story.

This is also a foodie romance, and the descriptions of Creole food will have your mouth watering for a taste! From Pierre’s upscale modern take on renowned local cuisine to Roz’s friend Ma’s unassuming but delicious down home cooking there are plenty of scenes revolving around food and some interesting family links that come into play later on.

The romance between Pierre and Roz heats up quickly with some sexy scenes. As they start to fall for each other Roz’s desire to help Pierre results in the knowledge of secrets that almost cause their new relationship to fall apart. Fortunately they are smart enough to listen to their friends and family who help convince them to give each other a second chance, resulting in a really lovely happy ending. It’s an entertaining, sometimes heart wrenching but ultimately hopeful romance and I look forward to reading more from this author!


Book Info:

Publication: June 19, 2018 | Harlequin Kimani |

Can this celebrity chef keep his past hidden? Not with a beautiful society reporter uncovering his secret desires!
Pierre LeBlanc is a triple threat: celebrated chef, food-network star and owner of the Big Easy’s hottest restaurant. Journalist Rosalyn Arnaud sees only a spoiled playboy not worthy of front-page news. Their sizzling attraction tells another story. But when she uncovers his secret, their love affair could end in shattering betrayal…



19 Responses to “REVIEW: French Quarter Kisses by Zuri Day”

  1. LaKenya Robertson-Smith

    The description of this beautiful story makes want to read it again. It is always a relief to know that I am not the only one who fell in love with the characters.

  2. Shamekia

    I enjoyed reading French Quarter Kisses!!! I loved how Roz tried to help Pierre get closesure when she didn’t have to!

  3. Geri L Evans

    Harlequin Junkie, I wholeheartedly agree with your review. The Katrina reality was not glossed over and it made you feel their pain. The romance between Pierre and Roz was real and felt. And I want to find Ma and sit in her “home” and enjoy a downhome meal!! I just loved her. Zuri Day did an awesome job with this story. It didn’t take long to read because I couldn’t put it down!! 5 Stars from me!!

  4. Martha Ruff

    This was an amazing book and I couldn’t put it down, I actually finished the book in one day!!!!

  5. j. B. Williams

    This Review was awesome just enough details to make you want to read it foe yourself. The Author is one of my all time Favorites and I will be getting this book for Myself. Thanks For Sharing

  6. Ladarna Bent

    My goodness what a wonderful review I have got to get this book. You can’t read a review like that not follow through. All work and no play makes Lada a very dull girl.

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