Into the Fire (A Hot Nights Series Book) [NOOK Book]

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She’s cooking up a recipe for revenge…

Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson Calabrese can buy whatever he wants—except creativity. He can craft perfect paella, but if his new restaurant is going to take New York by storm, he’ll need help. And there’s only one chef with the culinary creativity to reinvent their menu: former rival—and lover—Lila Grant. The one woman with all the right ingredients to drive Jackson wild. And damned if ...

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Into the Fire (A Hot Nights Series Book)

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Overview


She’s cooking up a recipe for revenge…

Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson Calabrese can buy whatever he wants—except creativity. He can craft perfect paella, but if his new restaurant is going to take New York by storm, he’ll need help. And there’s only one chef with the culinary creativity to reinvent their menu: former rival—and lover—Lila Grant. The one woman with all the right ingredients to drive Jackson wild. And damned if he doesn’t want another taste.

During their time at the culinary academy, Lila brought the heat in the kitchen and between Jackson’s sheets. Seducing her back into his bed—and his kitchen—should be easy. But after the way things ended between them, Lila isn’t giving anything away for free. Jackson may have made her an offer she can’t refuse, but she wants revenge, and she’ll take it served hot...one delicious bite at a time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622661350
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/10/2013
  • Series: Entangled Brazen
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 201
  • Sales rank: 33,012
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. She married him after graduation in a lovely French Quarter restaurant in New Orleans, and they spent a few years enjoying the food and the fun in the Big Easy. Now they live in Western New York with their three children, one hamster, two guinea pigs, a tortoise, and a new-to-them beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found chasing the kids around the yard with her very own hot chef husband.

Want chimichurri, chocolate cake or Chicken Alighieri?

Visit Amanda at amandausen.com, where you can find recipes for many of the yummy dishes in her books. She can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/amandausen) and Twitter (twitter.com/#!/AmandaUsen) if you want to chat about romance, writing, or recipes.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    I had never heard of Amanda Usen so I was leery to read this boo

    I had never heard of Amanda Usen so I was leery to read this book, but the blurb really sounded good so I had to try. Into the Fire is a superb example of a cooking romance. These two heat up the sheets and the kitchen. I loved that it wasn’t all sweet and hot. Don’t get me wrong, when you are reading the thoughts of each of the main characters, it’s very sweet, but boy they sure couldn’t get their stuff together. Each thought the worst of themselves and each other.

    Jack is the heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire. When he beats Lila in the Culinary Academy competition using her recipes, he doesn’t feel any guilt at all. She shouldn’t have lied about what he was cooking. He can’t believe she left his bed without a goodbye or that she lied after he opened up to her.

    Lila can’t believe she trusted Jack. How could she have told him what she was cooking for the competition? Now she has to come up with something better, he would beat her with his dish anyway.

    These two are so insecure with themselves. I love that she proves to him that he should trust himself and that her best friends tell her exactly what her problem is. The conflicts in this book are all because the hero and heroine don’t trust themselves or each other. Once they realize they were wrong and that they can trust each other, its gravy. I can’t wait to read Marie and Ned’s or maybe even Zane’s story. Both of these two sure deserve it. I love when a book has me panting for the next one in the series. I can’t wait!

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

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    Captivates and Entertains!

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    Into the Fire is an enticing culinary creation by Amanda Usen.

    Jackson (Jack) Calabrese and Lila Grant are competing in the final culinary competition before graduation. Jack wins the competition because he used Lila’s recipes, which he talked out of her while seducing her. Now that Jackson is getting ready to open his own restaurant, he is gun shy about his ability to create an original menu. Although he has strong feelings for Lila and wants her help, he doesn’t trust her, so he bribes Lila into help him. Jack and Lila have a strong sexual chemistry that is smokin’ hot between the sheets. Their bedroom antics are as sexy and passionate as they food they create. But, Jack’s lack of trust and his need to take advantage of Lila over and over again is a bit disheartening, making his character difficult to like. Lila wants nothing more than to get back at Jack but has a change of heart when she realizes that she is falling in love him. When she figures out why Jack behaves the way he does, Lila does her level best to help Jack see what others see—a talented chef in his own right. At the end when Jack finally comes to his senses and recognizes how wrong he was, his apology and proposal are heartwarming.

    I did love the author’s writing style and found the restaurant business part of the story enjoyable; unfortunately, I never felt fully connected to this couple. Nevertheless with its interesting plot, Into the Fire captivates and entertains.


    I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    Good Book! Wow, what a unconventional story! Into the Fire by


    Good Book!

    Wow, what a unconventional story! Into the Fire by Amanda Usen is original, fresh and romantic. It combines two of my favorite themes, romance and gourmet food. The plot moves along effortlessly at a quick pace and the writing is superb. It has just the right balance of steaminess, angst and love.

    To begin with, the cover is sexy and hot. The two main characters, Lila and Jack are real, likeable and interesting. Their chemistry is felt from the very beginning and it gradually evolves into true love. Through the help of the secondary characters, Lila and Jack are able to let go of their emotional baggage and create a future together.

    If you enjoy a well written romance, get this book!

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

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    My initial intention when I started reading this book was to rea

    My initial intention when I started reading this book was to read a few pages, then put it down and go to bed.  A couple of hours later, I put the book down after I finished it -  and I wanted more!  




    Amanda Usen has managed to incorporate food as a third highly charged sensualized element that both explains the characters and fuels their attraction and connection.  Both Culinary Academy graduates, Lila is known for her unusual combinations that elevate a dish to ‘more’, where her chief competition Jack is a master of the classical combinations and techniques that create the perfect bite. 




    The characters were very well created:  Lila is a fighter, struggling with debt and her inherent need to run away when the going gets tough.  Jack is struggling against his undemonstrative father, never feeling quite ‘enough’ to fill his dreams of a culinary empire.  Together their chemistry is smoking hot, they are perfect together as long as they don’t speak: or stick to discussions about food. 




    While both have disparate intentions for their collaboration in the kitchen, their attraction is the overwhelming force that both try to ignore, and fail miserably.  It’s no surprise that their tempers and baggage lead them to believe the worst of one another despite the magic they make in the bedroom. 




    This story runs from one delicious moment of interaction to the next: food becomes the third character in the sexy connection between Jack and Lila: described with sensuality that has your mouth watering.  Their interactions are steamy and loaded with sexual tension, but their connection runs far deeper as both share bits of their life and pain you see their connection deepening and becoming more solidly defined.  Demanding you read on- this is one culinary romance that is not to be missed. 




    I received a galley copy from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    I really enjoyed Jack and Lila's story. It started hot and staye

    I really enjoyed Jack and Lila's story. It started hot and stayed strong. Two great chefs who find love with someone that completely understands them. I really enjoyed this book and can not wait for more of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    FOOD AND LOVE: Usen is a master at having her characters make bo

    FOOD AND LOVE: Usen is a master at having her characters make both so damn well.

    From the moment Jack Calabrese sleeps with Lila Grant and steals her recipes to win their culinary academy competition, we know there’s going to be hell to pay. He breaks her heart and shakes her confidence…but not her spirit.

    Six months later, hard-working Lila finds herself serving up hors d’oeuvres – and her cleavage, courtesy of a French maid’s costume – to Jack at a bachelor party. If the cocky, poor little rich boy thinks he’s going to pop back into her life as easily as popping one of her decadent salmon scones between his lips, he’s got another thing coming. Hell, no – as Lila loves to say.

    I loved Lila’s work ethic (starting with setting the alarm to make sure her sleeping lover/fellow competitor didn’t oversleep the morning of the competition) and her feisty passion. She’s talented and creative, but when she realizes her inspiration to cook comes from the wants and needs of those around her, Lila really shines.

    Jack is no slouch; he is powerfully driven and passionate as well. Whether he is trying to please his father in the kitchen or Lila in the bedroom, he’s a tempest of talent and determination. At the same time, he was balanced with a vulnerability that I found irresistible.

    FOOD IS LOVE: Usen demonstrates how both can be delicate and complicated, yet bold and simple. Beautiful and satisfying. Putting both out there – whether it’s putting your heart and soul into a dish, or opening your heart and soul to someone – is scary as well.

    Revenge, passion, and betrayal – Usen serves it up in a tightly woven story with all the mouth-watering garnishes, leaving readers’ palates and emotions satisfied.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    This was a fabulous read from start to finish. Amanda Usen has

    This was a fabulous read from start to finish.
    Amanda Usen has given us a book that has romance, sexiness, humour, wonderful realistic characters a great storyline and food. And for someone who loves all of the above, it was a perfect read.

    Lila and Jackson were wonderful easy to love characters. Both chefs, they studied together and at their graduation party, before competing in the Culinary Academy competition, engaged is some hot extra curricular activities. Foody secrets are shared and fallout ensues. Lila is feisty, witty, kind, creative and struggling financially. Jackson is sexy, moody, charming, bossy and out of her league; from a wealthy family he is following in his Dad's footsteps and has been gifted a restaurant. Lacking creativity and desperate to be a success and make his Dad proud, he hunts Lila down. With opposite agenda's, for her 3 weeks to make him suffer for the past, for him 3 weeks to win her heart, what is it they say, if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen? And is revenge really a dish best served cold...

    Together, the sparks flew and their chemistry was perfect. With Jack's determination up against Lila's stubbornness, it was passionate and tender with moments that were heartwarming and others that tugged on the heartstrings. An inferno in the kitchen and most definitely in the bedroom, I laughed, I swooned and I made those sighs of appreciation we romantic women are prone to. The only thing that was missing for me was an epilogue, which would have finished their story off perfectly, nevertheless this most definitely a book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and is well worth every star. Question is, will we be treated to more, because with so many great secondary characters there must be other stories to tell...

    I received this book as an ARC from the publisher for an honest and unbiased opinion.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    I have to say first that this is a 4 star book.   If I hadn¿t

    I have to say first that this is a 4 star book.  


    If I hadn’t said I would review this book, I would have not finished it before I even finished the first chapter. It starts off with them at the end of school and they just jump right into bed. Sorry, I feel no connection when a book starts off like that, it actually turns me off! I love to feel romance grow and two people getting to know each other. 

    Then after they have sex, they are talking and because they aren’t really letting each other in or trusting each other and not really talking things through, they misunderstand each other. And Lila begins a habit of running away after anything happens that she might have to expose her inner self. Ugh, that annoyed me too! Sometimes, I just wanted to slap both of them. It’s a lot of sex and not a lot of real talking or moving past misunderstandings. It doesn’t stay that way though.

    So, I kept reading. Lila has some friends from school and she confides in them with what she believes is going on. Which is- that Jack stole ideas from her. They had just had sex and she felt like she was used to get info on her final cook-off with him. Funny thing is he feels the same way about her. They both changed their cook off menus at the last minute because, well it doesn’t really matter why- they get into that in the story and I don’t want to take all that away, but they both hold on to their misunderstandings and don’t really clear the air about it. These friends think revenge is a good idea. Lila wants to do that and tries to but she really likes Jack. Jack really likes Lila but they just go around like they hate each other, have sex and don’t really give each other all the info.

    Jack and his dad have issues. Jack adores his dad but his dad really doesn’t give him the love that he wants or needs. This is a key part to the story and one that was really tender for me. I loved watching their relationship through the story.

    Anyway, the story gets really good when Lila ends up in his kitchen before his restaurant opens to help him. They really start to clear some misunderstandings and then I wanted to slap both of them for not continuing to make the same mistakes. They get sidetracked with sex. Then she runs away after. Rinse and repeat. (Side note- I read how people want to throw their books at the wall sometimes and well I threw my kindle on the table when she made the same mistakes and walked away. I was frustrated with her! I did come back to it and pick it back up much later!!) 


    Don’t get me wrong. I gave it 4 stars because in the end, they both get really hurt and figure things out the hard way that they really love each other. I felt that romance grow that I wanted in a book and because they had to learn the hard way, I liked it even more. But as I thought about it, I realized in real life we don’t really talk about things sometimes because we are afraid of getting hurt. And just because I read the book doesn’t make me an expert in real life on how stupid they were. I probably (OK, I do) make mistakes in life all the time! That’s what I liked most about this book is that they did keep going back and trying to talk again and again then when  they lose it all, they realized what wonderful people they each were  and how they complimented each other and mostly they realized their own mistakes! 


    Another side note. The food described in this book made my mouth water. I woke up today dreaming about chocolate. I had to go to the store and get something that that would satisfy my craving for chocolate. It didn’t help. I can’t cook like Jack or Lila! 


    Favorite Quote- “Her feelings about Jack reminded her all the time she had waded into the edge of the sand and stood firm. Every wave that hit her shins had washed a little sand from beneath her feet until she lost balance. She felt as if every minute spent with Jack washed away a little more of her resolve. She needed time to make a decision. Step forward or race back to firm ground?”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Hot in the kitchen. Loved the chemistry between Lila and Jackson

    Hot in the kitchen. Loved the chemistry between Lila and Jackson. Enjoyed how the love grew between them in the book. 
    You will be drooling over the sex and the food. What more in life do you need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Excellent Read!! The Heat gets turned up in the Kitchen!

    This was the best story so far from this author. I am enjoying the twist on the romance novel by adding the kitchen and chef angle. You get sucked into the story and it doesn't slow down or let go. I highly reccommend!

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