Savor It by Tarah DeWitt: My Book Review

Savor It by Tarah DeWitt blew me away. It is my first read by this author but won’t be my last. Why? Check out my book review below to find out why this is one of the best fake dating romances and one of this year’s best books.

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Savor It is one of the new romance book releases coming May 2024. Check out She Reads Romance Books' book review to see if it's a book worth reading.

Savor It
by Tarah DeWitt

Category: Contemporary Romance
Tags: Fake Dating, Wounded Hero, Strong Heroine, Small Town, Guardian Ward Romance, Chef
Published May 2024
Amazon Goodreads
Rating: ★★★★★
Book Boyfriend: ★★★★★

Savor It Summary:

Sage Byrd has lived in the coastal town of Spunes, Oregon (not to be confused with Forks, Washington) her entire life. She’s learned to love her small world, with the misfit animals on her hobby farm, and her friendships with the town’s inhabitants.

But when her 5-year relationship ends and her ex, town-golden-boy Ian, suddenly gets engaged, Sage needs a win—something that will convince everyone to stop pitying her all the time, and to put Ian in his place. The Festival of Spunes, the town’s annual summer competition, would be the perfect opportunity. She just needs a partner.

Fisher Lange was a hotshot chef in New York City until the loss of his sister left him numb, grieving, and responsible for his teenage niece Indy. When Fisher loses his Michelin star along with his love of cooking, his boss sends him and Indy to Spunes on a much-needed summer sabbatical to consult on a restaurant opening.

But when clashes with the townspeople threaten his last chance to redeem himself and a kiss with his new neighbor Sage leads to dating rumors, a strategic alliance might just be the best way to turn things around.

A deal is struck. Sage will improve Fisher’s image in the eyes of the town and remove the roadblocks he is facing with the restaurant, and Fisher will be Sage’s partner for the competition. But as their pact quickly turns into steamy rendezvous, emotional wounds begin to heal, and the pair tries to savor every moment, they start to realize that summer is racing by much faster than they would like.

Savor It: My Review

This is truly a book to savor in 2024! One of the year’s best that will have you weeping and swooning and giving all the feels!

I just love it when I read a book from an author I’ve never read before and it absolutely blows me away. Savor It was one of my most anticipated romance books of 2024 and it surpassed my expectations.

Tarah is now going to be an auto-buy author to me because I absolutely loved this book. Pick it up because it is truly one of the best of 2024 and I savored every moment reading it.

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I totally felt for Sage and her struggles in life. Her need for just a small victory and for someone to see her more than just the nice girl about town. She needed to feel like she’s worth something and to feel like she had a win in life and I was rooting for her the entire time.

Fisher’s grief and struggles were so palpable and yet he was a man trying – trying to find his way back to his passion in the kitchen, trying to find his way to being the best guardian for his niece, trying to emerge from the grief of loss, and trying to find his worth again.

I adored how Sage didn’t let him hide but slowly coaxed him out of his shell. The scene where he runs his latest cooking creations to Sage early in the morning was so incredible. I felt so much joy for this character on the page and my mouth was watering at the dish descriptions. Holy moly were they amazing.

Sage was incredible because she had the best outlook on life and maybe that was attributed to the journal she kept reading (I so loved this extra). I love how she focused on the small stuff and made them big moments and how she decided that everything mattered in her life not just the big or small things.

The two of them flirting was so hot and came at these perfect moments that just hit you in all the feels. It was like the perfect slow burn that would just catch fire at the best times and I could not put the book down because I only wanted more.

The writing, story pacing, and character development were just perfection. I absolutely loved the dialogue between these characters that let them drop their walls and show their true selves, hurts, flaws and all, and it only made me (and their fellow character) love them more.

Fisher and Sage were so good together and it’s their relationship that totally drives this book. That sounds silly to say because of course the relationship drives a romance book, but I actually anticipated more scenes about Fisher working on the new restaurant or them really hamming it up with fake relationship for the sake of others in the town or even more focus on Fisher’s relationship with his niece but those side stories all took a backseat as it was really Fisher and Sage’s story. You get just enough of the other elements to help propel the story but it’s truly just them that captivates about this story.

This book also totally made me ugly cry. There were so many moments that made me tear up but then by the end I was full on sobbing. Gosh I love books that can evoke such strong feelings and this one did that throughout.

I now absolutely need Ellis and Wren’s story ASAP. I’m so hooked on this couple from just their short appearances and cannot live without their happily ever after love story.

This is truly a book to savor in 2024. I can’t recommend it enough.

*Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.

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