The Missing Ingredient (mobi)

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Who knew a cooking show could get so messy?

Elle Fierro

All I have to do is appear as a judge on this cooking show in Hollywood and my restaurant will open to rave reviews. Pretty much my lifelong dream. What I absolutely shouldn’t do is sleep with one of the contestants and ruin everything I’ve worked so hard for. But he gives good hugs, makes me laugh, fills out a simple T-shirt like nobody’s business, and is sweeter than the maple syrup he dripped all over my naked body last night…

Austin Cox

I may have been drunk when I applied to be on that reality cooking show, which is why it’s hard to believe I’m here. What’s even harder to believe is that Elle, with her painted red lips and fiery disposition, is in my bed and making me forget I need to win this damn show to get my little sister out of the foster care system.

When Elle throws me under the bus to realize her dream, will our love burn out or will we find the missing ingredient to happiness?


The Missing Ingredient is the first book in the Reality of Love series.


What a lovely surprise this book turned out to be! The Missing Ingredient was both humorous and steamy, and I enjoyed it thoroughly! In fact, I couldn’t put it down.  – A Book Lover’s Emporium Book Blog

What a fresh and wonderful treat The Missing Ingredient was! I always enjoy the age gap twist when it’s an older woman and younger man, and throw in a little bit of forbidden romance into the mix and it was truly enjoyable.  – Christine, Goodreads review

This couple had smoking attraction and confirmed that opposites do indeed attract. This was fun and flirty with the right amount of angst for a great romance. – Cindy, Goodreads review

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Publication Date

March 21, 2019


Marika Ray Publishing

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2 reviews for The Missing Ingredient (mobi)

  1. R.L. Jackson

    This is a test review, however I plan on posting a real one REAL soon!

  2. Britt Franks

    Grab your aprons and hold on to your chef hats folks Marika Ray has brought all our foodie dreams to life with The Missing Ingredient! As a person who hates most reality TV but also has a serious obsession with cooking contests and a certain angry chef I was bouncing off the walls in excitement when I read the blurb and found out one of my favorite one click Authors was combining everything I loved into one magnificent read. I was even more thrilled when I picked it up, started reading and discovered a true Boss Lady existed with Elle.
    Marika’s writing is always filled with strong women, but Elle is being dubbed the official Boss Lady of them all. This tough, take no prisoners, independent, smart and wickedly talented chef seems to have the world at her fingertips. But until she meets Austin on the set of the cooking competition she’s a judge for she has no idea of the warmth that’s been missing from her perfectly ordered life. Austin is vastly different from Elle. This giant sweetheart is ever the optimist bringing smiles and hugs to the world every where he goes even as he struggles himself.
    While these two might seem like total opposites there’s one thing they both have in spades and that is passion. The chemistry between them is magnetic pulling you in and keeping you hooked to every page while the sparks that fly are so hot they’re sure to have you needing a fan.