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Love from Scratch

About The Book

Opposites attract in this laugh-out-loud rom-com about a heart-throb actor, the grumpy woman who minds his beloved dog, and the cat that steals his heart.

Ethan James has a problem: he’s about to start shooting a movie and he needs someone to mind his anxious dog, Harry. This film could make or break Ethan's career, and he knows he has to give it all his attention, but Harry's new minder turns out to be more of a hindrance than a help. She's gorgeous and funny, and throws so much shade in his direction that Ethan can't think straight.

Hazel Conor has a problem: she’s just lost her job as a sous chef at the fancy beachside restaurant she uphauled her life for. And if she doesn’t get another job soon, she won’t be able to afford food – or worse, cat food, and then her grouchy cat Kevin will finally murder her in her sleep. So when she sees an ad for an easy dog minder job, she goes for it.

Hazel finds everything about Ethan annoying; he’s flashy, flirty, and a total charmer. She probably wouldn’t look at him twice if it wasn’t for her cat. Because Kevin, the cat who hates everyone, is totally smitten with Ethan James. And with each purr, cheek rub and head bump that Kevin bestows on Ethan, Hazel begins to wonder if there’s something her cat can see that she can’t.

About The Author

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Amy Hutton is an award-winning television producer and writer of contemporary romance, living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with a rescue dog named Buffy. Her short stories, 'Love is the Icing' and 'Hot Like Chocolate', feature in the 2020 and 2021 Romance Writers of Australia Sweet Treats anthologies. When not plotting delicious romantic trials for her characters, Amy is an enthusiastic traveller, an animal advocate, a Disneyland aficionado, and a lover of tattoos.
You can find Amy on Twitter and Instagram @AmyHuttonAuthor, on Facebook at Amy Hutton Writes, and online at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (June 5, 2024)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781761424854

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Raves and Reviews

‘This Australia-based narrative solidifies Hutton’s place as a go-to comfort-read romance writer, as she captures something for everyone: classic tropes, including opposites attracting, and swoon-worthy characters … Love from Scratch is an easy and delightful romance that you’ll devour in one sitting, perfect for readers who enjoyed Sit, Stay, Love, as well as fans of Beth O’Leary and Tessa Bailey.’


‘Amy Hutton has written a delectable story for dog-lovers, cat-lovers and romance lovers. Love from Scratch is as easy to enjoy as a day on the Sunshine Coast. This is the perfect book if you feel like being whisked away into a world of glistening beaches, film sets and sizzling chemistry.’

Stephanie Vizard, author of The Love Contract

‘Love from Scratch is catnip for grumpy–sunshine fans! Amy Hutton has written a heartwarming and sizzling romance about an irresistible heartthrob, a cantankerous chef, and their loveable four-legged friends who help them discover that opposites really do attract. Flirtatious, funny, and full of flavour, Love from Scratch has all the ingredients of a perfect romcom.’

Natalie Murray, author of Love, Just In

‘This is a sensational sophomore offering from Amy Hutton: an utter delight of a rom-com where Ethan and Hazel face all their fears, feel all their feels, and – of course – are accompanied by all their furry friends.’

Jodi McAlister, author of Not Here to Make Friends

‘Came for the cute pets, stayed for the dreamy romance. Ethan is charming, sexy and vulnerable in this satisfying rom-com that will leave you craving a bowl of pasta and a date with a movie star.’

Melanie Saward, author of Love Unleashed

‘Sweet, sexy Ethan is nursing his broken heart and his anxious dog, Harry, when talented chef, Hazel invites him into her kitchen and her life, despite her misgivings. Love from Scratch is a gorgeous, page-turning romance ... This book has cemented my status as a rusted-on Amy Hutton fan.’

Lucy Lever, author of Mystic Ridge

‘Love From Scratch is a feel-good read with a tender heart. A bingeable rom-com with laugh-out-loud humour and enough heat to make your pulse flutter. Pure fun!’

Georgia Moore, author of Four Night Stand

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