On the Steamy Side

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When Lilah Jane Tunkle fled her dull life in Virginia for the bright lights of New York City, she didn’t expect to wind up a nanny to a gorgeous celebrity chef’s ten-year-old son. Working for the delectable Devon Sparks is a sure-fire recipe for disaster, especially after Lilah gets a tantalizing taste of his perfectly seasoned kisses …

Devon’s not sure he can handle one more surprise ingredient in his life—he quit his popular TV show, his culinary reputation is on the line, and...

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Overview

When Lilah Jane Tunkle fled her dull life in Virginia for the bright lights of New York City, she didn’t expect to wind up a nanny to a gorgeous celebrity chef’s ten-year-old son. Working for the delectable Devon Sparks is a sure-fire recipe for disaster, especially after Lilah gets a tantalizing taste of his perfectly seasoned kisses …

Devon’s not sure he can handle one more surprise ingredient in his life—he quit his popular TV show, his culinary reputation is on the line, and now the son he barely knows is back for seconds. Lilah’s Southern sass is supposed to keep the boy in line, but soon enough she’s teaching Devon a thing or two about homespun food…and turning up the heat.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for ON THE STEAMY SIDE

“Edwards cooks up the perfect combination of compelling characters and an intriguing plot that delivers a marvelous confection of irresistible details about the fascinating world inside the kitchen of a gourmet restaurant.”—Booklist (Starred Review)

On the Steamy Side is an instant re-read, a fresh, emotions-first take on the food-infused romance and, quite simply, a stellar example of the health and vibrancy of the American contemporary romance.  I’m betting it ends up on any number of Best of 2010 lists.” — Michelle Buonfiglio, Barnes & Noble’s Heart to Heart

“A delight from cover to cover…My favorite aspect is how skillfully Ms. Edwards weaves emotional subjects throughout the novel…On the Steamy Side is much more than a sexy romance. It [has] depth and humanity. This series is headed for my keeper shelves. “ –A Romance Review

“The snappy, fun loving dialogue and overall comradery with this cast of character makes for great reading.” –Babbling About Books

“Steam up your reading with On The Steamy Side by mega-talented Louisa Edwards.”—SingleTitles.com

“Fast paced and scintillating…Boiling and searing love scenes aside, the complex relationships and self-discovery shared with the unique backdrop of the cut-throat and competitive culinary arts forces the reader to consume page after page as voraciously as the chefs can dish it up.”  —Romance Readers Choice 

“Louisa Edwards’ fast-paced, sparkling On The Steamy Side has sizzling sex scenes, complicated relationships, and unique settings, with an undercurrent of humor.” –Long and Short Reviews

“If you need a real feel-good, make your heart sing, and your body tingle kind of afternoon this is the perfect recipe for success” –Coffee Time Romance

Praise for CAN’T STAND THE HEAT

Exceptional culinary detail and page-singeing sexual chemistry combine with a fascinating group of characters to produce a sophisticated modern romance that ties into the current foodie craze. This debut—first in a projected "Recipe for Love" series—will win over most contemporary romance fans.—Library Journal

“The simmering chemistry comes to a boil in this deliciously sensual and delightfully amusing debut.”  —Orlando Sentinel

 

“When I tried to figure out why I liked the book so much, two things came to mind. One, when it was over I didn’t really feel like I had read a book; I felt as if I’d been a part of the story. That’s very difficult to achieve.  Two, I realized what Edwards’ style reminded me of…Several times reading this one I thought to myself, ‘This woman could be the next Susan Elizabeth Phillips.’ And I don’t write that lightly.” –ColumbusDispatch.com

“This playful culinary confection is a lighthearted and entertaining romance that will delight readers. With all the behind the scenes revelations, you’ll never look at cooking and meal preparation in the same way again. Steamy and satisfying fare, indeed” –Fresh Fiction

From start to finish, I devoured and enjoyed every moment of this book. Miranda and Adam worked well together like…honey and cayenne pepper…a little sweet and a little spicy with an end result to make you say “Wow”.” –Cheryl’s Book Nook

“I LOVED Can’t Stand The Heat . Louisa Edwards has written a great debut novel, and I look forward to reading more of the Recipe for Love series.” –Beautiful Reads

“The strength of this novel is substantial…. The writing, the other characters, the setting, the nuances, and the imagery are marvelous….Food and its various meanings and permutations are a fluid and discernible part of the writing in this book. It includes themes of home, heart, family, and nourishment, what people need to survive, and how the food we eat can communicate more than words can provide.” –Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Novels

“A deliciously fun read. The plot and eccentric characters are well written, and the kitchen sizzles with hot passion.” –Romance Reviews Today

 

“Sophisticated, romantic, mouth watering and sizzling hot.” –The Three Tomatoes Book Reviews

 

 

Can’t Stand the Heat is a delightful blend of chemistry, competition, and cooking, and it was just what I was looking for. I loved the fast-paced scenes that make you feel the controlled chaos of a restaurant during dinner hour, as well as the slower-paced scenes such as Adam teaching Miranda how to cook…I’m am eagerly awaiting Edwards’ next release in the series. Here’s hoping it’s as good a read as this terrific debut.” –All About Romance

 

“Snappy, exciting, adventurous, and totally unexpected. Can't Stand the Heat... is one of the best light-hearted culinary, romantic novels this reviewer has read in a very long time! Grand job, Louisa Edwards.” Crystal Reviews

 

Can’t Stand the Heat is the first novel in her “Recipe for Love” series, and what a start it is. All of the characters are portrayed in such a revealing light that you will remember them for quite some time. I love the sensuality as well as the conflict. I have become a fan of this author and cannot wait to read more in her series, along with any other works she comes out with!” –Coffee Time Romance (5 Stars)

“Make sure that you have a good lazy day to spend with Can’t Stand The Heat, and don’t start reading this one in the evening, or I guarantee you will be up all night!”  —The Romance Reader   

 

“The author blends love and recipes into a fun romp…Fans will enjoy the pizzazz and flavor that Louisa Edwards brings to her warm tale.” –Genre Go Round Reviews

 

“A funny, lovable story about two unlikely people falling for each other. The plot, characters, and setting comes together to form a wonderful, light-hearted, culinary romance that is a blast to read and I can't wait for the next “Recipe for Love” novel!” –The Book Lush

“Delish! Creative debut author Louisa Edwards will have you eating out of her hand as you read her witty, insightful, foodie romance… Can’t Stand the Heat is filled with steamy passion, realistically described settings, a distinctive plot and characters that beg for their own stories.  Watch for more to come from this talented new author.”  —SingleTitles.com

 

“Mmmm... Louisa Edwards' debut effort—Can't Stand the Heat—is yummy!! The witty repartee between Miranda and Adam, the snappy dialog between Adam and his staff, make this a fun, sizzling, read… And all the food talk in between these covers? Make sure you're not reading while hungry.” –Drey’s Library

 

“The main characters to felt like friends and the secondary romance involving Miranda's brother helped keep things moving. One of the best parts was discovering an excerpt

of Edwards's next book featuring a minor character from this one—giving me another book to look forward to…Can't Stand the Heat? I say, get into this kitchen!”  — PublishersWeekly.com

 

“Louisa Edwards has cooked up a sassy and sexy contemporary romance. With the popularity of the Food Network so high these days, this novel has arrived just in time to delight foodies and readers both. The food descriptions alone in this book are enough to set your mouth watering…I predict a delicious future for this new writer” –Review Journal

 

“Ms. Louisa Edwards is definitely an author to watch!  Her descriptions make you feel like you can almost smell the food Adam’s cooking!  CAN’T STAND THE HEAT has what it takes to affect all of your emotions—joy, sorrow, fear, hate, and love.” –The Romance Readers Connection

“ An exquisitely prepared romance seasoned with scorching hot love scenes, Can’t Stand the Heat is truly an unforgettable dish. You can’t miss this delectable and mouthwatering debut!” –New York Times bestsellilng author Kresley Cole

"Smokin' hot chefs, sizzling passion, and a big dash of charm—no reservations required for this smart, stylish romance!"—-New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

Can’t Stand the Heat is HOT in the kitchen and everywhere else!” – New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312356460
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Series: Recipe for Love Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 321
  • Sales rank: 1,369,134
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Louisa Edwards is the author of Can’t Stand the Heat and Just One Taste. She grew up in Virginia, where at the age of 11, she was already sneaking Harlequin romances from her grandmother’s suitcase, much to her parents’ horror. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College before moving to Manhattan to work in book publishing—a dream job that allowed her to earn a living by reading romance novels. She later moved to Ohio, where she worked as a restaurant reviewer. The Recipe for Love series combines her love of food and romance. When she’s not writing, Louisa eats at as many wonderful restaurants as possible—purely for research, of course.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Taste Sensation to Tantalize the Tastebuds

    Country bumpkin and one time High School drama teacher Lilah Jane (Lolly for short and yes I kept thinking of a lollipop every time someone called her that) leaves the comfort of her small town life in rural Virginia and heads to the Big Apple looking to shake up her safe, staid, boring life and do the opposite of everything her Aunt Bertie has always taught her to do.

    Devon Sparks is a world renowned celebrity chef, star of his own successful TV show, egomaniac, narcissist and all around bad boy. He is so far out of Lolly's league they may as well have been from different planets.

    This book started out with a banging...I mean a bang...ok, no I really mean a banging. Devon and Lilah Jane cross paths one night in a dive bar and before you say "fry me up some catfish" they are headed off to his penthouse for a hot, sweaty bout of anonymous sex. The "sparks" were literally flying off the pages during a very steamy, very hot shower scene *fans self*.

    Fast forward to the next morning and we return to the familiar stomping grounds of "Market" and all the familiar faces (Frankie, Jess, Adam) we met in Edwards first book Can't Stand the Heat. Lilah has just landed a job there bussing tables thanks to her good childhood friend Grant and guess who's going to be the guest Chef at Market for the next 2 weeks - yes you guessed it...Devon Sparks! So much for one night of anonymous sex. Things are really going to start cookin' in the kitchen at Market now that Devon and Lilah are going to be working together..or maybe not.

    Let me just say at this point I really did not like Devon - he may have looked like Curtis Stone (but with sable hair and without the accent, but hey that's who I envisioned while reading), but his attitude reminded me that obnoxious Gordon Ramsey from Kitchen Nightmares. Devon acted like a spoiled brat Prima Dona, yelling, swearing and screaming like a trucker and treating all the employees at Market like second class citizens including Lilah Jane.

    When Devon is unexpectedly thrust into the parent role (yes he's been an absentee father), one he's so ill-prepared to handle when his nine year old son Tucker is suddenly without a mom (she's headed off to drug rehab), we get some insight into Devon's insecurities. Boy has some major daddy issues and to this day has a tempestuous relationship with his father. Like father, like son...1st class A-hole. Watching Devon discover the joys of fatherhood and embrace his relationship with his own son I started to like him more. He was still a tool, but at least he was trying.

    Since Devon has no idea what to do with Tucker, he fires Lilah Jane from her job at the restaurant on the spot, only to rehire her as a nanny, but she's no Mary Poppins. And she's also not interested in being Devon's playmate at least not at first -but her resolve didn't last long and really who can blame her because really... he made her girl parts tingle.

    On the Steamy Side is about relationships, new ones, old messed up ones, disappointing family ones, but most importantly that the best relationships are attainable if you're just brave enough to reach out and hold on for dear life before it's too late.

    If you are in the "Market" for a good "foodie" book with memorable characters who will tug at your heartstrings, then On the Steamy Side should be on your TBR pile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Ugh

    What a complete ass. How can anyone fall for him? Ugh.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    GREAT

    Soo glad I found this new author read both of her books this week and cannot wait for more. I love books that will make you laugh and cry and you get both with Louisa Edwards.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Great Reading

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I did Louisa Edwards' first book, "Can't Stand the Heat." The very good romance, mixed with delicious humor, was very entertaining. Ms. Edwards' way of telling the story kept my interest from the beginning to the very end. I loved the interaction between the characters. It was fun anticipating Chef Devon Sparks' realization that he had to do some changing and accept help from a very unlikely source, Lilah Jane Tunkle, if he was to succeed in his temporary job as acting chef in Chef Adam Temple's restuarant. I am looking forward to other books in Louisa's "Recipe for Love" Series.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Louisa's Cooking

    As usual Louisa cooked up a good plot for her characters. The book was a little slow in the beginning but then took off. This is her second in the Series of "Recipe For Love" Number 1 was Can't Stand The Heat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    A great read with a different twist.

    This was a continuation of a previous book written by Louisa Edwards. So I had met the characters before so it was interesting to see what happens next. There are a number of plots lines that happen in the book so it is not just about the central characters. There are multiple story lines. Sometimes a little too much on the other characters but I think this is a way to carry them through to other books. Very Steamy and a fun read espectially if you are in the food industry. I liked it very much.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    Another keeper

    Louisa Edwards writes another scorching hot novel in On The Steamy Side.

    Lilah Jane Tunkle was tired of her boring and safe life back in Virginia. She jumps at the chance to go to New York City. Her friend Grant Holloway puts her up at his apartment and gets her a job at Market, NYC trendy restaurant. Lilah is floored when her one and only one night stand is the new temporary executive chef, Devon Sparks.

    Devon Sparks top chef of his popular TV show offers to help his friend Adam Temple at Market for two weeks. Should be a piece of cake right? But Devon was dealt another shocker when his young son is left in his care. He makes a deal with Lilah to be his son's live in nanny for two weeks. Devon is sure once he get Lilah under his roof he can get her back into his bed.

    Devon didn't count on Lilah making him stand up and take charge of his con. Growing up with less then ideal parents, Devon doubts his own parenting skills. Lilah sees the yearning in Devon's eyes when he looks at his son. She sets a plan in motion to bring father and son together. Staying out of Devon's bed seems to be a much harder plan to follow.

    On The Steamy Side is that and so much more. The chemistry between Devon and Lilah is tantalizing. Their relationship with Tucker Devon's son is deeply moving. I. enjoyed all the characters in this book and especially the working relationship in the kitchen. They made their own family in that kitchen. I am looking forward to the next book from this author.

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

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    Satisfyingly Steamy!

    On the Steamy Side is book 2 in Louisa Edward's Recipe for Love series and it's just as good if not better than the first one! Lilah Jane Tunkle moves to New York City to get away from her lackluster life in rural Virginia and thanks to her girlhood friend, Grant, gets a job bussing tables at Market (the trendy Manhattan restaurant featured in book 1).

    Devon Sparks is a celebrity chef whose good looks and playboy ways have made him one of America's hottest bachelors, but it's been a long time since Devon has actually been in the kitchen. When Adam Temple (the hero from book one) goes on vacation, he asks Devon to take over his restaurant.

    When Devon and Lilah first meet, sparks fly (whew!) The next day, realizing they have to work together, they decide to keep their relationship professional. But when the 10 year-old son Devon barely knows shows up at the restaurant's doorstep, Lilah convinces Devon to take him in. The boy's mother has been arrested for a DUI and has gone into rehab. Devon doesn't know anything about taking care of a child, so he hires Lilah to be the boy's nanny.

    Devon is my absolute favorite kind of hero- the wounded alpha male. And Lilah is an every woman who gets under his skin and teaches him what's important in life. I really loved this story. It's sexy, warm, romantic and the food descriptions are fantastic. I finished it in one day!

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