Barbieri's debut gets a solid B in the romance department and a C- in mystery development. The hero and heroine are both likable, and you root for them to get together, but the murder gets sidelined somewhere between too many clonks to the head, abductions and bouts of nausea. (The heroine throws up on the hero's shoes when they first meet -- it's a case of "meeting puke" rather than "meeting cute.") Secondary characters, for the most part, are cliches, including a mafioso dad, crazed stoner student, ballsy best girlfriend and philandering ex-husband. The food and eating scenes, however, are lip-smacking good. Don't read this on an empty stomach!