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Posted May 24, 2013
Kate Meader's debut novel, "Feel the Heat," is smart,
Kate Meader's debut novel, "Feel the Heat," is smart, funny and sexy hooooot. I was literally smiling, chuckling or laughing out loud at some point on almost every page of this book. The hero is a rising star in the TV chef world and the heroine is the artsy, dutiful daughter of an old-world Italian Chicago Restaurateur. I loved how personal flaws drove these characters and gave them a sense of humanity and relatability. Meader has a deft mastery of subtly turning a phrase in such a way as to heighten both it's meaning and hilarity. I highlighted lines that made me laugh and I can tell you, my book is awash in yellow. I can't wait for the next installment in this series.
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Posted December 4, 2013
Posted June 8, 2013
Feel the Heat by Kate Meader The cover of this one says ¿hot in
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The cover of this one says “hot in the kitchen” and “main ingredient is love” that is the best description of this book. Feel the Heat is one of the best culinary romances that I have read. It takes a good writer to have me interested in a romance where the main character is a man that cooks, don’t get me wrong I think that a man in the kitchen is so hot; this particular sub genre is hard for me to read. This was not the case with this book.
Jack Kilroy, a famous TV chef, is starting a new TV venture where he goes to local restaurants battles the chef and it airs. His first location in Chicago is a bust and his producer Cara’s family happens to own a restaurant. The family owned establishment could use the publicity to help with the recent lag.
Liliana DeLuca manages her family’s eatery and has put her life on hold to help out her family any way possibly. Her Italian heritage and the love of food have given Lili her size 14 curves. Never being supermodel skinny has been fine with Lili, but the pressure from her peers in school has given her a past complex. When she meets Jack the kitchen get heated up.
I love that the author wrote the lead female character with curves and not super skinny and also touched on the past of being overweight in school and the pressures and bullying that go on because of this issue. I also love that a hot hunk of a man fell for a girl with this type of body style. It just goes to show you the standard is body image is not for everyone.
This story did drag at times, but was overall a good read. This book gets a 3 ½ star review. I think I would be interested in a second installment, but it would not be high up on my “to read” list.
Posted May 31, 2013
Can't wait for the other books in this series.
FEEL THE HEAT is beyond what I expected. As a first time published author, Kate has given the reader everything. There’s humor, mouth watering food, HOT sex and society issues all put together. I went from spewing my drink one minute, to needing ice water because the scenes were so hot the next, and then being hungry with all the food talk the next minute.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jack Kilroy is the talk of the cooking world. He’s a British/Irish chef who cooks French cuisine. He’s in Chicago to open a new restaurant and film an episode of his cooking show, Jack of All Trades. Jack is sexy and arrogant, but self-assured. He also has a super soft spot for those he cares about. With Jack what you see is NOT what you truly get.
Liliana DeLuca is a heroine like I’ve never read before. What I love about her is that she isn’t this size two to six girl with blonde/brown hair that’s fall to her shoulders wavy and soft as silk. She has curves and probably buys the low end size Laine Bryant clothes and her hair is like that of a lion, very untamable. Lili is a former “chubby girl” who was bullied in school. But she’s worked really hard to be comfortable in her own skin. Lili is all about her family and she has a tendency to put others before herself. She’s a talented photographer who has given up her dream of going to graduate school to be the manager of her family’s Italian restaurant. That, in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. However, what is bad is the the fact that Lili’s father, Tony, puts down her talent in what seems to be every chance he gets. Lili is mouthy and generally isn’t one to take crap off of anyone, except for her father. Aww...Obviously, I have some serious fan girl love for Lili.
When I first picked up the book, the opening scene had me laughing. My first thought was Jill Shalvis. Then further along I got to the romantic heat and it was “Woa”, I wasn’t expecting those words. You then get into the issue of what society thinks is beautiful and the way people react to someone who isn’t your traditional model size thin.
I loved this book, because Jack could have anyone he wants, but the minute he lays eyes on the curvy Lili, in her Wonder Woman costume, he’s a goner. It doesn’t even matter that she hits him over the head with a frying pan. Jack has to convince Lili to go on a date with him before he will sleep with her. These are two characters who have so many layers that it’s fun watching them peel them away. These two face issues almost immediately, and from the start, Lili knows that without a doubt, Jack is her biggest supporter.
The secondary characters are surprisingly not people I hated. Cara is Lili’s sister and Jack’s producer. There’s something about her that I just can’t put my finger on. She also just so happens to be the heroine in the next book. Tad is Lili’s cousin and bartender at the family’s restaurant. He’s someone I really want to know. He’s protective, but flirts with everyone. He has his eyes on Jules, Jack’s younger sister. They actually get their story told in book three. Laurent, is Jack’s best friend and co-owner of Jack’s New York restaurant. Laurent is this suave, French chef who appears to be a ladies man. But when he’s had too much to drink, he’s funnier than usual. I’m talking he will curl up on the sidewalk like a baby.
FEEL THE HEAT is a love affair that should not be missed. Now if only I could actually have someone make me all of the dishes Jack made...
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Posted May 27, 2013
Posted May 19, 2013
This book is fantastic! So many romance novels start to read th
This book is fantastic!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
So many romance novels start to read the same after a while. And there is a formula to telling these stories to be sure, boy meets girl etc. But what makes this book stand out is its realism and its humor.
The characters felt real. For once the hero of the story says and does things that a man actually WOULD do in real life.
Jack is a macho hero with an ego. But he's also a man who realized he has to keep his ego in check or he will continue to be hurt by the women in his life who are only interested in him for his stardom (and his cooking).
Lilli is a strong female character who has her own self doubt. She can stand on her own two feet, knowing what she wants in a physical way yet being vulnerable enough to be hurt from being picked on when she was younger. Haven't we all felt this way at some point in our lives?
On top of all of these people who feel as though they live in a real city (Chicago,) having real problems and having real relationships, this story has an honest sense of humor. They are able to laugh at themselves as we laugh with them. And the supporting characters also have personality and are developed to such an extent that they could have their own stories to tell as well.
I really enjoyed this and look forward to more.
Posted May 24, 2013
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Posted May 22, 2013
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