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Posted August 24, 2013
I loved this book! Jill was such a great character, allsugar and spice. Other than having a hard time with the name (silly, I know), Chet was also fantastic. They do a lot of dancing around each other - and with each other! The obstacles also really work and make the story that much better because they force Jill and Chet to be more self-aware. Overall, this was a solid, fun and sweet story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 21, 2013
What more could a reader ask for when a story has yummy food, a
What more could a reader ask for when a story has yummy food, a hunky brooding type of guy, and a steamy romance?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jill Adgate is an up and coming chef who dreams about owning her own catering business.
Chet Castle is a handsome rich businessman who was burned in the past by a money hungry ex-fiancee. He doesn't believe in love, has trust issues, and doesn't want a long term relationship.
One night their paths cross when Jill is the chef in charge of Chet's grandmother's eightieth birthday dinner. With a falling birthday cake and a passionate kiss and embrace, Jill's life is quickly turned upside down, she's fired, blackballed within the local culinary industry, and left with a ruined reputation.
Fast forward one year later...
Jill is set up on a blind date with her best friend Mel's future brother-in-law, Chet Castle! After a year, the overwhelming attraction between them is still there. He has to see her again, nothing long term - that's not his style, he's gun-shy when it comes to relationships, but he's determined to get her in his bed. Feeling responsible for getting her fired from her chef's position a year ago, he offers a business arrangement: work two months as his in-house chef, and he'll help her get her catering business started. With no other options available to her, Jill agrees to the arrangement. But when the romantic sparks start to heat up in the kitchen, can they keep their relationship strictly professional?
Oh my goodness! I knew from the prologue that I was going to love reading Bachelor's Special. Author Christine Warner weaves a captivating steamy romantic tale filled with electricity, sexual tension, passionate romance, wit and humor.
I loved following Jill and Chet as their relationship developed from wary strangers who fight the attraction between them, to friends and finally lovers. The attraction between them is intense, it leaps off the pages with playful flirting and sexy banter, mixed with humorous dialogues and touching interactions. It's easy to become enthralled with this storyline: a cooking themed story, a commitment-phobe guy with trust issues, a sassy independent woman, a live-in business arrangement, a scheming ex-fiancee, and an unexpected twist ... what more could you ask for?
Bachelor's Special is an entertaining romantic tale with plenty of humor and fun, mixed with mouth-watering food and sizzling passion!
Posted July 26, 2013
Chet and Jill meet at his grandmother's birthday celebrating. Ji
Chet and Jill meet at his grandmother's birthday celebrating. Jill is an amazing Chef and Chet has to meet her. Because of the attraction she makes a bad call that ends up with an upside down cake and a kiss to remember for years. Its amazing how 1 decision can change the course of your life and Jill gets the brunt of it. They meet again on a blind date and a deal is made. Can they contain there attraction, Can he move on from a crazy ex?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Christine Warner does such a good job with this book. I like that she created a female character that had her own style. Through out the book we are given alternating perspectives which I like because you get to see where each character is at in the process. When a deal is made there are always 2 different sides and I like that we get to see both in this case. I look forward to more from this author.
I received an ARC for an honest review.
Posted June 25, 2013
Bachelor's Special is a great summertime read. The heroine is Ch
Bachelor's Special is a great summertime read. The heroine is Chef Jill Adgate an aspiring, unemployed Chef. Unfortunately, she is out of a job, has no money and about to be evicted. She is trying to start her own catering business but cannot get a loan. Her main problem is wealthy businessman, Chet Castle and the kiss they shared that caused her to lose her job and her reputation. She now has been set up on a blind date with Chet and he has no idea who she is. However the chemistry is still there and Chet realizes who she is. Chet convinces Jill to move in with him for two months and become his personal chef and business caterer. After the two months he will co-sign a loan for her catering business. It is an opportunity that Jill cannot pass up. He doesn't trust women because of a past girlfriend who was only after his money. Chet has only one thing on his mind and that is to bed his new chef but Jill has other ideas. She is interested in love everlasting and he is looking for no strings attachments. However they take a fun journey that starts as friends but then moves on to lovers. It is well written and fun to watch this couple go through the path to happiness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Reviewed by: Donna McClaugherty,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted June 16, 2013
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. A fun
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A fun summer read, I would suggest to friends.
I love Jill, she is strong willed and determined to attain her life's goals and to do it on her own. And then there's Chet...sigh... Chet. Sexy, wealthy, playboy, guarded.... Chet. These two come to meet and so starts the downward spiral of luck for Jill. It's an intense but brief encounter. Life happens, things get in the way, and it's about a year before they run into each other again on a "blind date". His brother, her best friend set them up, they get off to a wobbly start on the date and wind up going in a completely different direction with their "relationship".
It's a lot of fun to watch these two grow, let down walls, and figure things out. Now, if they can just get around obstacles that are thrown at them along the way. Meddling well meaning family, big mouth best friends, jealous exes, and life events that aren't so uncommon to name a few.
Will they be able to get over their own personal issues to have what they both want? Will they figure out what they truly want before it's too late?
Buy it, read it, you'll enjoy finding out.
Posted June 13, 2013
The combination of culinary art and romance creates Bachelor's S
The combination of culinary art and romance creates Bachelor's Special by Christine Warner. A tantalizing prologue draws the reader into this entertaining romance with characters that are likeable, fun and real. This is a cute and sexy read that kept me engaged from beginning to end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Spunky and focused Jill Adgate dreams of being a chef. She has done everything right and her dream is becoming more of a reality with each passing day, until the she nervously smashes a birthday cake into a gorgeous male client, sobs, and shares a passionate kiss with the aforementioned client, Chet Castle. Needless to say, she is fired and her reputation is destroyed. Jill's future, both personally and professionally, is in limbo.
Chet Castle is good-looking, wealthy and honest. As a successful businessman, he goes out of his way to help others both financially and personally. His non-existent love-life is a thorn in his families' side. They desperately want him to fall in love and settle down. Due to a prior relationship, Chet has major trust issues and has sworn himself to a life of good times without any commitment.
Jill and Chet meet again on a blind date a year after their wanton kiss. With knowing only her name, Chet has Jill investigated prior to the date and believes she is after his money. Jill just hopes he doesn't recognize her, since she was covered in head to toe chef gear at the time of the cake smashing. Luckily, they get to know each other and Chet ends up offering Jill a job as his personal chef and caterer. Chet's initial goal is to get Jill into the sack, and then help her get her catering business off the ground. However, living together and spending time with each other leads to a steamy rendezvous in the pool. From that point on, they are hooked.
Knowing that mixing business and pleasure is not a good idea, they are constantly fighting their true feelings and attempting to remain in the friend zone, which is not working. Once they both let their guards down and communicate with each other, the future is theirs for the taking.
Posted June 12, 2013
4.5 Stars - Delectable dish of hot sexual tension, sizzling che
4.5 Stars - Delectable dish of hot sexual tension, sizzling chemistry & smoldering romanceWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The heat turns up and the fire flares at the very beginning of the story. It brings to mind the adage, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Christine Warner mixes a delectable dish of hot sexual tension, sizzling chemistry, and smoldering romance, all wrapped up in a tantalizing love story.
Jill Adgate is a woman determined to be a success at her job and in her love life. But her dream to become an executive chef gets thwarted when she’s caught in a very passionate kiss with a customer, while on the job as a sous chef. When she’s unable to secure employment in her chosen field due to a ruined reputation, she accepts a job as a live-in chef to the very same customer she was caught kissing. A man she’s had a hard time forgetting.
Chet Castle is rich, handsome, and only interested in no-strings-attached sex. After being caught in a steamy kiss with a sous chef at his grandmother’s party, he’s never been able to forget the woman or the intense kiss they shared. When a chance encounter, set up by his brother’s fiancé, puts him in direct contact with that same woman, he finagles a deal that he hopes will get her into his bed. Little did he count on forging a friendship with her or finding the lines blurring between lust and love.
Bachelor’s Special is a delightful read, with witty dialogue, a story line that flows, and scorching romance. It’s a book that will have the reader turning the pages rapidly as they follow Jill and Chet on their rocky road to happiness. An entertaining and enjoyable read that is sure to please.
I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing
in exchange for my honest review.
Author of Fair Play
Posted June 11, 2013
Enjoyed this book :) Fun light reading great for summer. Interes
Enjoyed this book :) Fun light reading great for summer. Interesting characters & a story line that pulls you in. Love Christine Warner's booksWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2013
This book had everything that makes up a great romance read. It
This book had everything that makes up a great romance read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It was fun and light at times, with many sexy, sensual kisses. Throw in a bit of conflict, a few broken souls who constantly disregard their true feelings and it’s a match made in heaven.
The characters are all really great…okay maybe not all…Gina was a real skank. I was immediately thrown into Jill’s world of culinary pleasure. Her passion for cooking was clearly visible but when the dashing Chet Castle entered her kitchen it all went up in smoke, or more accurately, ended up all over Chet and the floor. Her job wasn’t the only thing she lost that night with his tantalizing kiss, and from then on she struggled to find her way in the world. I enjoyed Jill’s determination. Even with everything she’d had to go through, her mind was set on opening her own business and she would do just about anything to make her new dream a reality. Chet’s a broken man. A bit of a womanizer, he closely guarded his heart, as well as his bank account.
It was exciting to watch Chet and Jill navigate their agreement. Their constant play at cat and mouse kept the story flowing. Although Chet’s intentions weren’t entirely admirable, I believe neither were Jill’s, she just refused to admit it. She’d agreed to become Chet’s personal chef for financial reasons but her body and mind often betrayed her desire.
I was a little surprised that she initiated things in the pool, and by the way she fled afterwards, it seemed that so was she. It was great that Jill and Chet were adult enough to continue their friendship regardless of their actions, but it did add a new level of sexual awareness to their game. Things kind of simmered down until Gina poked her nose into things and stirred up a storm of deceit and lies. I was just happy that Chet wasn’t foolish enough to fall for her tricks.
Even though his fears made him say nasty, hurtful things to Jill, I loved that he was willing to stand by her no matter what. Jill had her own fears, and I can understand why she wasn’t prepared to accept less than she deserved; another testament to her strong character.
This book was a fun, quick read. I didn't necessarily feel as emotionally connected to the characters as I’d normally like, and the sexual tension didn't ooze from the pages, but that didn't keep me from enjoying it. Too often, books in this genre tend to rely on the high level of sexiness to make them appealing, but this story was more a tale of two people finding themselves while fixing each other.
Posted June 10, 2013
Posted June 10, 2013
This book was an attention getter from page one with a blind dat
This book was an attention getter from page one with a blind date gone wrong, but with a second chance, and don't we just love second chances! The attraction and sizzle between Jill and Chet leaps off the page and keeps you turning those pages to see what happens next. Humor, heat, witty and engaging dialogue...this little book has it all. Very well done!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2013
If you are after a well-written romantic read that is filled wit
If you are after a well-written romantic read that is filled with sexual tension, wit and humour, has wonderful characters and a great storyline, then this ticks all the boxes. It was a pleasure to read. Whilst there wasn't a vast amount of steamy content, when it did happen it was worth it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I absolutely loved Jill and Chet. They were both strong individuals with characters traits that weren't unrealistic. Jill, a chef, is honest, open, witty and determined. Her life goals are to run a successful business, marry and have children. Only it's not's going to plan. Chet, a wealthy businessman is down to earth, very sexy, intelligent, funny and a commitment-phobe with trust issues. A kiss between strangers, a blind-date and a proposition later, Jill has agreed to be Chet's live-in chef. 8 weeks for her to kick-start her business, 8 weeks for him to get her out of his system. What is it they say? If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen...?
With sexy and playful banter, laugh-out loud humour and touching moments along with those that tugged on the heartstrings, it was a book that I struggled to put down. Plus there was a twist to the story that I didn't exactly see coming. The only thing that was missing for me was an epilogue; I just feel it ended a little suddenly, as such wonderful characters they deserved one and it would have finished their story off perfectly, but nevertheless, this most definitely a book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and is one that I will read again.
(One last thing. The cover. They say you should never judge a book by it, but judging by the attention my husband gave it after spotting it and his subsequent questions, I believe this cover does the book justice).
I received this book as an ARC from the publisher for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Posted June 10, 2013
Bachelor's Special is the perfect summer read. Chef Jill Adgate
Bachelor's Special is the perfect summer read. Chef Jill Adgate is out of work, out of money and out of patience. Things keep going from bad to worse. The cause of all her problems is Chet Castle and the passionate kiss they shared. Their encounter caused her to lose her job and her reputation. Now they meet again and their intense attraction is still there. Chet feels responsible and he wants to keep her close. She makes him feel alive. He offers her a position as his live-in chef. Out of options Jill says yes. All their good intentions to not become involved go by the wayside. Chet wants no string and no commitment but Jill wants a forever love. Add in Chet's scheming ex-girlfriend and you have a battle between forever love and sexual desire. Will their be a HEA? You'll enjoy finding out. Christine Warner's writing captivates with likeable characters, amusing dialogue and romantic encounters that are very hot. Don't miss this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.