Deep Autumn Heat: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance [NOOK Book]

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In this sexy new Star Harbor romance series, featuring the too-tempting Grayson brothers, a celebrity chef turns up the heat for a local café owner—and things start to sizzle.
 
Lexie Meyers decides there’s nothing sweeter than watching Sebastian Grayson’s perfect, wicked mouth devour her coconut cake. He’s hot, he’s hungry, and he’s sizing her up like she’s the best ...
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Deep Autumn Heat: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance

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Overview

In this sexy new Star Harbor romance series, featuring the too-tempting Grayson brothers, a celebrity chef turns up the heat for a local café owner—and things start to sizzle.
 
Lexie Meyers decides there’s nothing sweeter than watching Sebastian Grayson’s perfect, wicked mouth devour her coconut cake. He’s hot, he’s hungry, and he’s sizing her up like she’s the best thing on the menu. But she’s been burned in the past and flings just aren’t her thing. Too bad Sebastian can’t resist a challenge.
 
Worldly, famous, and notorious with the ladies, Seb had planned a weekend of fishing and relaxation with his brothers. Until Lexie, with her kissable lips and frosty “get lost” attitude, makes him want to forget his culinary empire and create some magic with her. After he fires up his charm—including challenging her to a televised cook-off to break through her resistance—it’s now hotter in the bedroom than it is in the kitchen and Lexie isn’t sure whether she’s lost her mind . . . or just her heart.
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Here Comes the Bride, The Wedding Chase, and About Last Night.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345534330
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/9/2012
  • Series: Star Harbor
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 6,350
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

A New England native and former attorney, Elisabeth Barrett was inspired to write the Star Harbor series by her summers spent living and working on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. Currently, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she is not writing, Elisabeth loves baking, choral singing, and hiking.
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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    Having read more than my share of romance novels I always enjoy

    Having read more than my share of romance novels I always enjoy discovering a new to me author. When the author delivers an exceptionally great product, I'm ecstatic! Deep Autumn Heat by Elisabeth Barrett is an emotionally charged, well developed, superb story.

    Sebastian Grayson (Seb) is in Star Harbor to reconnect with his brothers as they always do on the anniversary of their father's death. Seb now resides in New York, in addition to being a well known chef, he owns his own highly acclaimed restaurant, and is getting read to launch a cooking show. He's pretty arrogant, but deep down he's really a kind and caring guy. At first I thought I'd have trouble liking his character but no, he really is a very likable guy.

    Lexie Meyers is the chef/owner of LM Kitchen, a local eatery, is Star Harbor. She's only been in town about 3 years but the people have welcomed and embraced her. Known especially for her sweet treats (most notably her coconut cake), Lexie is a smart businesswoman. She's straight and to the point but she runs her business with a calm efficiency that speaks of her nature. She's fairly private and other than her employees pretty much keeps to herself.

    When Sebastian and Lexie meet the sparks immediately fly. What I love is that rather than just jumping in with both feet, these two let their attraction simmer and boil. At first Sebastian really runs hot and cold with Lexie. This is mainly due to his older brothers, who live in town, warning him not to hurt Lexie and also because he knows Lexie will be a distraction to his budding empire. On top of that, he realizes since he lives in New York that he really isn't a good match for her. He really does try to be the good guy. Lexie is still recovering from a previous relationship that was riddled with mental and physical abuse. She really doesn't trust Seb and she knows of his reputation both in the kitchen and beyond. It startles her that he affects her the way he does, something she hasn't felt in a long time. She's wary and so they dance back and forth.

    On top of the romance between these two there are many outside factors that influence their budding relationship. Seb is scouting a location for another restaurant, Lexie is expanding into catering and she's been receiving threatening notes at the back door of her diner. When Lexie is attacked, Seb's brother, Cole, who is a policeman in town fears she's being stalked. Lexie is forced to bring up her ex-boyfriend and her past. The book is filled with these ongoing and ever changing plots. While one might think this distracts from the romance aspect of this book, it really adds interest and it's entertaining.

    I loved that throughout this book we learned more and more about both Lexie and Sebastian. They each reveal themselves very slowly as their relationship changes and grows. In addition, the other characters in the book were well written and I enjoyed the quirky residents along with Seb's brothers and staff. Rarely in a romance novel do you get the type of character development that Ms. Barrett managed to give us in spades.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Deep Autumn Heat. I felt a real connection to the hero and heroine as well as the town of Star Harbor. I love when I feel so immersed in a story and that's exactly how I felt reading this book. As I was preparing to review this book, I hopped on the publisher's website and am happy that Theo's book (Seb's twin) is due out in September. As a series lover, this is one that is destined to become a favorite of
    mine. Well done Ms. Barrett!

    ARC provided by publisher for an honest review

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    A.good read

    254 pages.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    My review: Deep Autumn Heat is the debut for Elisabeth Barrett

    My review:

    Deep Autumn Heat is the debut for Elisabeth Barrett and what a great debut! Deep Autumn Heat was well-written, hot sweet spicy romance with characters whom you would love to meet in real life! It is the best romance book I have read during this season and I will keep a keen eye on her upcoming books.

    Regarding the plot:

    Deep autumn Heat is a part of Star Harbor series and each book is presenting you one of the Grayson brothers and in this specific book you hear and read about Sebastian Grayson. It can be read as standalone novel, but I am sure after you have read the first book, you will ache for more!

    Sebastian is visiting his home town in Star Harbor to meet with his brothers and the last hing he expects is a very lovable and hot woman - Lexie. Sebastian is a very famous chef and he is used to that women adore him. when he meets Lexie, he is surprised and awed by Lexie. Lexie's attitude and sparkiness is blowing Sebastian's mind. She is hot, adorable and resisting him with her quirkiness. But not for long, because Lexie is very attracted too him.

    To get closer to Lexie, Sebastian is challenging Lexie to his TV-show for cook-off competition and from there things can't possibly get more hot: the attraction, the competition, the heat in the kitchen - these are all combined into a fabulous story!

    I loved how the author increased the tension between the main characters and that there was a piece of mystery woven into the story. The dialogue was excellent, quick and funny, the settings were well created and as a result you get a book which is simply lovable.

    Regarding the characters:

    Sebastian is the best-described male hero in a romance book! There was something mysterious and attractive in him which you could not point your finger at in details. The way he looked and talked and acted made him masculine, sexy, strong, protective, sweet and at one point vulnerable. Sebastian is a kind of a man every woman would love to have in their life!

    Lexie was adorable! Sassy, quirky, independent, smart would be the words to describe her. I really enjoyed her character and I think she was a perfect match for Sebastian - in the kitchen, in the bedroom, in his life.

    The relationship between Lexie and Sebastian was nothing less than sizzling. They challenged each other, the supported each other and they made Deep Autum Heat for such a positive reading experience!

    Generally:

    Buy it today! That's all I am going to say. Loved it!

    5 stars.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    Deep Autumn Heat 4 1/2 Stars


    Deep Autumn Heat 4 1/2 Stars Reviewed for The RomanceMan

    This novel tells the story of a sleepy fishing village known as Star Harbor, Massachusetts. Each year on Labor Day the infamous “bad boy” Grayson brothers gather to mark the date of their father’s death. Sebastian, one of the brothers, is the first to have his story told. He is a world traveler, renowned chef, with a popular restaurant in New York City, and about to launch a cooking show for T.V. He is also known for his very easy relationship with women. They throw themselves at him, and he enjoys them for a time, and then throws them back!
    Our female counterpart is a chef, who escaped California after a disastrous, bordering on abusive relationship. She stumbled on Star Harbor, and found a home, friends, and a new business. She is Alexandra Meyers, known as Lexie. Lexie is chef-owner of LM Kitchen, enjoying steady customers, and is excited about starting her own catering business. Lexie and Seb’s first meeting is a collision of strong personalities, and Lexie’s coconut cake.
    I was most impressed by Ms. Barrett’s descriptive abilities. She takes us on a sensual tour of Star Harbor. I felt like I was there, smelling the fall breezes, the water, the joy of small town celebrations, and of course coconut cake! There is also a mysterious undercurrent to the story, which adds an extra bite. The mystery ends with an exciting conclusion.
    In my opinion, if I had to pick one thing I found distracting, it would be some unnecessary dialogue in spots, which didn’t advance the story. This did not affect my enjoyment of the novel.
    I would highly recommend this delightful novel, and am looking forward to our next adventure in Star Harbor, Blaze of Winter. There we will meet Seb’s twin Theo, the writer.
    By the way, as an extra reminder definitely read the intriguing poem at the very beginning. No Spoilers!!! Ms. Barrett, I would like to thank you for the introduction to Star harbor, and all its characters.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

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    I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly

    I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Sexy alpha hero in a small town Star Harbor setting - very delig

    Sexy alpha hero in a small town Star Harbor setting - very delightful!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Loved it!! Couldn't stop reading! I have already pre-ordered t

    Loved it!! Couldn't stop reading! I have already pre-ordered the next book! Great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    I loved this book ! I was so taken by all the characters. Trul

    I loved this book ! I was so taken by all the characters. Truly an enjoyable read !!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    I can't wait for more by this author

    Good read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Good

    Good read liked the various stories within a story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Bramblestar- BriarClan apprentice den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    I

    After making myself complete this book, I realized I could write a better one! The language is so stilted. The premise is so unbelievable. The reason for the person who left all the notes is not handeled well and very stupid. After reading the overview for this book, I thought at first that I had found a new author to read and that I would like to read about the other brothers. Boy was I wrong. I will not be reading any more of hers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Join cloud clan

    Go to cloudy skies res1 best clan

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 15, 2013

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    Posted August 15, 2013

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    Some1 please tell silverstar I am locked

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Loved the series can wait for the 4th book

    Loved the series can wait for the 4th book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Healers Den

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    I got this book for free, and I'm so glad I gave it a try. I lov

    I got this book for free, and I'm so glad I gave it a try. I love these brothers. I've read the first 3 and I marked my calendar for the release of the 4th one!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    A Good REad

    I really enjoyed this book. It had me hooked from the description on the back cover. I started reading it on a Wednesday and I had to finish it the next night even though it was 12 o'clock at night before I finished it and I had to work the next morning. It was a Good book.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

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    Take two talented chefs, combine them lots of lust and passion,

    Take two talented chefs, combine them lots of lust and passion, mix in a bit of mystery and suspense, add a dash of scrumptious food descriptions, and then top off with the hope for love and you have a delicious, mouth-watering read. 


    Deep Autumn Heat is the first in a series about the four Grayson brothers “former resident bad boys” who return to Star Harbor, a small resort town outside of Boston.  The opening scene sets the foundation for this series by describing four brothers who will each be featured in a separate book.  Although the opening wasn’t exciting and didn’t grab my attention, it does work to provide relevant background information about these four brothers, especially Seb Grayson who is featured first. I tend to prefer openings that establish immediate conflict, whereas this first scene is all about character development. 


    This is a story about following your dreams, finding passion in your life, and taking emotional risks, in the ultimate quest for a happily ever after. The book’s central focus is on the tension-laden relationship between Seb Grayson and Lexie Meyers.  If you like an ample amount of seduction and romance in your romantic suspense reads, then this book should meet your expectations.  Rising complications throughout the story revolving around a legendary coconut cake and an abusive ex-boyfriend provide suspenseful moments and keep the plot moving along at an effective pace.  The story takes place during fall and is sprinkled with images of autumn, hence the connection to the book’s title.  I think this season is appropriate to the plot, since the changing color of the leaves symbolizes the growth both Seb and Lexie must undergo to find the fulfillment missing from their lives. 


    Seb is a renowned chef living in New York, who has returned to Star Harbor, his hometown, for an annual get together weekend with his brothers.  He extends his stay after he meets feisty Lexie Meyers, owner of a local diner/bakery, who acts immune to his fame and charm. I really enjoyed their first scene together when she smoothly and efficiently puts the cocky and arrogant Seb in his place.  Although Seb can be considered the book’s hero, I really felt that Lexi was the protagonist. She is featured in more scenes, and her POV provides greater depth to her character. Her emotional growth over the course of the book is also more predominant than Seb’s. 


    Lexie has the characteristics to make her a likeable character. She is a dedicated chef running her own successful restaurant/catering business.  Unlike Seb, whose growing empire has forced him out of the kitchen and into an administrative role, Lexie is a hands-on employer who doesn’t hesitate to step in and do whatever job is needed at the time.  She is industrious, passionate about food, and has a kind and compassionate side that is illustrated when she learns someone in the community has been deceiving and threatening her. She is personable and well-liked in her community. Even Seb finds he can take a few lessons from her kitchen. 


    Yet, no one is perfect, and, although Lexie appears strong and confident in her work environment, inside she has deep-seated fears about love and relationships. Her one and only past relationship was disastrous and terrifying. Understandably, she doesn’t want to experience that pain again. Barrett does a great job of honing in on just how much she has been hurt. Her reluctance to get involved with someone else is realistic and justifiable. 


    Lexie thought she was happy being single and focused on her growing business until the handsome, black-haired, green-eyed Seb Grayson enters her restaurant and shakes up her contented world.  Being around Seb leaves her breathless and flustered as she tries to deny the intense attraction sparking between them. 


    Although Seb is confident about his looks and success, Lexie’s rebuff has both surprised and intrigued him, and she now becomes a challenge.  There is much more to Seth than his first impression.  For example, at first, I thought Seb may be a pompous jerk because of his behavior the first time at the diner, but later he proves that he can be sensitive, caring, and sincere. I think he just became so used to women falling for him that he hasn’t had to put any real effort into getting a woman’s attention.  


    Seb isn’t one to be in a committed relationship, and even though he knows Lexie’s not the type to go for a casual fling, he still pursues her. I also initially thought Lexie was just a sexual conquest for him. However, his POV gradually reveals the warring emotions of lust and protectiveness he has toward her. His conflicting feelings cause him to send Lexie mixed signals, and for much of the first part of the book, they simply dance around –trying to find a way to get close, only to end up backing away from each another. 


    I like the creative means Seb uses to get close to Lexie, all of them revolving around food, of course. One of the best scenes in the book is the culinary cook-off where Seb and Lexie compete against each other to see who can prepare the best crab cakes. Bassett is very descriptive in describing Lexie’s thoughts and actions as she works under pressure to create a winning dish. 


    Although their minds try to resist the other, their bodies ultimately betray them and eventually they give in to their insatiable desire for one another.  These scenes are intense, steamy, and explicit.  They seem to need that physical intimacy each time before they can share their vulnerabilities with each other. 


    The book has a unified plot that wraps up nicely in the end even though the outcome of the two major mysteries is fairly predictable. However, I can overlook that since the evolving relationship between Lexie and Seb dominates the book. 


    The main aspect of the book that I found problematic is in the attempt to tie in a fabled story with this plot. As a prelude to the beginning, Bassett features a poem about pirates and their treasure called “The Legend of Lorelei.” I am a pirate junkie, so I was excited to see how the author would integrate this legend into the plot. Toward the end of the book a connection is revealed, but it was not as strong or as developed as I expected. It could have easily been omitted and not affected the storyline.


    This is a great summer read, with a plot that is not overly complicated with lots of sexual tension and romance to keep you engaged. 


    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. 

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