Feel the Heat

Feel the Heat

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by Kate Meader

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Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time working at her family's Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she's tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video

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Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time working at her family's Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she's tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious (if voluptuous) butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she's cooked up a recipe for disaster . . .

Jack Kilroy's celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili's oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he's even more aroused by how this beautiful, funny woman is unimpressed by his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his rabid, bitch-fork-wielding fan base. Now as he's about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions-and turn up the heat in his kitchen?

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Publishers Weekly
★ 12/02/2013
Meader tugs at the heartstrings in her poignant debut. Voluptuous Lili DeLuca is a talented photographer who put her own life aside to manage the family restaurant after her mother’s cancer diagnosis. Now that her mother is in remission, Lili’s got a new problem: Jack Kilroy, the TV chef who just landed in Chicago for a cook-off against her father. The attraction between Jack and Lili is immediate, but after a video of a steamy kiss surfaces on Twitter and Facebook, comments insulting Lili’s size-14 body spread across the Internet. Lili is a heroine readers of all sizes can relate to; though she’s an expert at parrying rudeness, deep down she feels her body makes her unworthy of love. It’s up to handsome Brit Jack to break through her well-fortified defenses and prove to her that she’s the one for him. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Lili DeLuca set aside her plans for grad school and took over managing her family’s Italian restaurant when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now that her mother has completed her treatment, Lili, bullied as a child because she was overweight, still has a hard time believing that she should pursue her photography career instead of continuing to manage the failing family eatery. When she discovers that famous chef Jack Kilroy has chosen to showcase the restaurant on his new television series, which would pit Jack against Lili’s father in a cooking contest, Lili finds things heating up in the kitchen and her emotions boiling out of control. Lili decides that what she needs is a hot and sweaty night with the tantalizing chef to boost her confidence and get her out of her rut. What she doesn’t know is that playboy Jack has had it with one-night stands and is looking for something more permanent. As Jack and Lili dance around their feelings, readers can feel the heat building between them.

Verdict Will Lili leave home to follow her dreams, or will Jack push her to accept that he wants to build something more with her? Settle down with a cool drink and find out. Due out this summer is the next installment in the DeLuca family saga, All Fired Up!—Lisa Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., Gardner Neighborhood Lib., KS
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Grand Central Publishing
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Hot in the Kitchen Series, #1
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4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

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Feel The Heat 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life's too short, isn't it? Well, you can call your sister, or text. When you go to college, you can do the same for the rest of your family. It's impossible to not grow up, so the best thing you can do is accept it. And, at college, you'll make new friends! Sorry, l'm the advice giving kind, more so than the comforting word giver person.
Punkyfire More than 1 year ago
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.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Kate Meader's debut novel of her Hot in the Kitchen series, full of humour and sparkling wit, introduces us to the world of the DeLuca and Kilroy families. Lili DeLuca, daughter of an Italian restauranteur helps run her father's kitchen while caring for her mother recovering from a cancer diagnosis and trying to fulfill her own dreams of becoming a respected photographer. Jack Kilroy is a self made top chef from the school of hard knocks, having propelled himself from a broken family home to the pinnacle of success. When the two meet, sparks -and frying pans- fly. The relationship of the main characters to food is a central theme of the story. Jack's passion (something he fears losing sight of as the business of building an empire begins to overwhelm him) is for creating dishes to tempt the palate and is not above using this to lure Lili in. Lili has accepted her above average size and though twinges of the emotional aftereffects of the bullying she endured as a child remain, it doesn't stop her from appreciating Jack's sensual efforts. I particularly enjoyed the character revelations as the male and female points of view were explored. The relationship of Jack and Lili to their respective families, and to each other, as well as the gradual exposure of more facets of their personalities throughout the course of the book made for a novel with a depth of emotion that drew me in as a reader. Throw in laugh out loud moments and steamy love scenes and you have exactly what I hope for in a well crafted romantic story. Several secondary characters were introduced who will feature in later books of the series (in particular Lili's sister Cara, and Jack's sister Jules) leaving me satisfied that Kate is well on her way to developing a loyal and true fan base. 4 1/2 well deserved stars!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Naw, Imma girly. But...I dont know. I just started thiking about my loved ones that have passed away, and how i have grown up too fast. Im going to have to leave my friends next year for college, and im going to leave my family. My sister is going to college this year, d we arnt little anymore, we are growig up and i dont think i wqnt to
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
There is so much going on with this story – Jack’s unhappiness with his life path and his disconnect with his sister, Lili’s insecurities over her weight and her shifting family dynamic, plus a whole slew of other DeLuca’s thrown in for fun. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, but it also has a deeper emotional complexity. Everyone has fears and Meader does a wonderful job bringing those to the surface and doesn’t pull any punches. With Feel the Heat, Meader shows her talent, with a wonderfully engaging writing style and captivating characters, and I’m looking forward to many more books to come. Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)
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Becca_BSreviewers More than 1 year ago
Feel the Heat by Kate Meader 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.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
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. 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... Source: NetGalley Reviewed for Read Your Wri
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 im so excited to read this denise smith
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Bookie-Book More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic! 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.