Under the Table

Under the Table

by Stephanie Evanovich

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The New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties puts a modern twist on My Fair Lady in this funny, romantic confection in which a canny young woman makes over her awkward millionaire client . . . with some hot, sexy, and surprising results.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062415936
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 4,282
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stephanie Evanovich began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

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Under the Table 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LEH0644 23 days ago
Zoey Sullivan moved to New York and started a catering business. She met Tristan Malloy when he hired her to prepare and serve a five-course dinner for seven people. As he helped her clean up the kitchen, they learned a little about each other and became friends. They both loved to cook and he had her return to his apartment a few days later where he cooked for her. Their friendship turned into attraction but neither said anything. Zoey was separated from her husband and she had to decide whether to stay married to Derek or go with Tristan. She was in love with Tristan but felt she owed Derek to try again. So disappointed in this book! I loved Big Girl Panties and The Sweet Spot but this book just did not measure up.
Shelley Murray 3 months ago
What the heck did I just read? There were several times I almost DNF'd this but then I kept rationalizing that I'd already spent so much time reading it, I may as well finish. I really should have just DNF'd when in that first chapter or two when I first considered it. I just... I really hated this book. WOW. Zoey and Tristan were like cardboard cutouts of characters, ESPECIALLY Tristan. Like, I don't get his appeal AT ALL. He's super hot and rich, but also pure as the driven snow and filled with childlike wonder? At one point he's described as "Adam Levine if he was a baby duck," and... OK? This book started out really boring and kind of confusing while I was trying to figure out what was going on with the guy blowing up Zoey's phone, and then why they got a divorce. There was an opportunity here to have a deeper look into and discussion around abuse, especially emotional abuse, and Evanovich just sort of glossed right over it. And then Zoey is supposedly the steady, planning one even though she's "supposed to be" the wild one, except then she makes these sudden impulsive decisions that leave me like "WHAT THE HECK is going on in your brain right now? Is ANYTHING going on in there? No?" There were several scenes that left me going WTF? and wanting (once again) to just DNF this thing, but I kept pushing through hoping it would get better... (The apron scene, the golf pro shop - the list goes on.) Also, it's billed as being a "modern twist on My Fair Lady," but legit it's just Zoey going "Wow, this guy is really hot even though he dresses like a total nerd. I'm going to dress him up in more modern clothes and then be super surprised when he's totally hot - EVEN THOUGH I ALREADY ACKNOWLEDGED HE IS SUPER CUTE WHILE DRESSED LIKE A NERD." And then he goes through this whole transformation sequence that turns him into a "modern guy," apparently which also makes him kind of a self-absorbed jerk, only actually not, just kidding, he's the same sweet self he always was it was just for that one scene so Zoey could realize she shouldn't have messed around with his style in the first place because he was always perfect just as he was. And then there's the epilogue. I don't- ... I can't even- ... ... ... *throws book against wall, walks away*
JChris 6 months ago
This was the first book that I read by Stephanie Evanovich. It definitely will not be the last. She is an excellent storyteller. Since this is a Contemporary Romance book, it is understood that there will be a happily ever after. I cannot say that the ending was not what I predicted, but that is perfectly okay to me. I had my thoughts and I was thrilled that things worked out as I thought they would. I like to read romance for that very reason. I want a happy ending. I want all the good people in the story to have life work out for them and I want the less then nice people to get what they deserve also. I thought the author did an amazing job of character development. I came to know the characters and I cared about them. I laughed quite a bit and also my heart broke a little bit at times. The story flowed really well and the book was very easy to read. I do not like to write about the plot of a book. I think if someone wants to know that, they can read the summary of the book. What I want to express in my review is my feelings. I enjoyed this book so much and I recommend it highly.
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mamalovestoread22 10 months ago
When Zoey's marriage reaches it's final breaking point she packs a bag and decides to flee the scene and head to the big city to stay with her sister for a bit. Once she is there she decides to put her culinary skills to good use and cater a few dinners, which brings her to Tristan's doorstep. The man who is about to change the course of her life, and breath new life into her barely beating broken heart. The moment you crack the cover on Under the Table you will fall head over heels for these characters and be completely fascinated by the delightful story they have to tell. Zoey is a woman to be admired, love gave up on her and she decided not to let that little hiccup in her life define her. So, she gathered up what she could salvage and hit the road in search of a better life. And I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed watching her discover all her new life had to offer her, each experience was riddled with humorous moments that had me giggling out loud, and the hope she carried throughout was inspiring. Nobody does chick lit quite like Ms. Evanovich, her words are perfectly crafted and hit the mark each and every time, you just can't go wrong with her stories!! Highly recommend you get your hands on this one, it's good for the heart and the soul!! I requested an advanced copy of this title from Edelweiss, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
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