Some Like It Hotby Louisa Edwards
Sexy, single, and even sweeter than the treats he bakes, New York pastry chef Danny Lunden is trying to stay focused on food—not females. With the Rising Star Chef competition approaching, he doesn't have time to get all steamed up over the gorgeous woman he encounters on the plane to Chicago. Even if she is Eva Jansen—the billionaire heiress in/i>
Sexy, single, and even sweeter than the treats he bakes, New York pastry chef Danny Lunden is trying to stay focused on food—not females. With the Rising Star Chef competition approaching, he doesn't have time to get all steamed up over the gorgeous woman he encounters on the plane to Chicago. Even if she is Eva Jansen—the billionaire heiress in charge of the contest…
Danny assumes that "Eva the Diva" is a spoiled rich girl who doesn't share his passion for food. But when the two meet up again in an elevator—alone—they share more than just passion. They share a kiss hot enough to start a kitchen fire—and they're hungry for more. To indulge their new secret craving, Eva and Danny have to break every rule in the cookbook. But—like chocolate and caramel—some ingredients are are so sinfully good together, one scrumptious bite is never enough...
“The third addition to Edwards' contemporary, culinary-based love stories is a rare treat that is certain to satisfy readers with its delectable combination of lusciously sensuous romance and irresistibly clever writing.” Booklist on JUST ONE TASTE
“Laugh-out-loud funny, Just One Taste was a surprisingly tasty story of two unlikely people meeting and falling in love...A fun, light read with plenty of humor and passion, Just One Taste makes it to my keeper shelf and has me searching for the book preceding this one.” Affair de Coeur on JUST ONE TASTE
“Awesome characters, delicious food and even more fabulous sex makes for a super sexy and fun read! Edwards does it again. Her stories are fun but so meaningful, and I will definiltey be reading her next book!” The Book Lush on JUST ONE TASTE
“This is a wonderfully tasty series. Once you take the first bite of this story you'll be hooked to the very last bite.” Once Upon A Romance (5 Stars) on JUST ONE TASTE
“There are a lot of elements in Just One Taste, and Edwards juggles them like a pro. The addition of mouthwatering recipes at the end of the book enhances the excellent reading experience, and draws you into the world of cooks and cooking. A very enjoyable contemporary romance with plenty of bite and heart.” Sacramento Book Review on JUST ONE TASTE
“I absolutely love Top Chef and Iron Chef America but have never really picked up a food/chef related novel before. I'm happy to report that Just One Taste was fun, sweet, and deliciously romantic.” PS I Love Books on JUST ONE TASTE
“This is my first 'taste' of a Louisa Edwards book, and I'll be going out for the others in this series. If you want a story with sweet romance, definite sensuality and enough laughs to make your day, then you need to read Just One Taste.” Long And Short Reviews on JUST ONE TASTE
“Rosemary is probably one of the most intricately sketched heroines I've ever seen in a book, and the romance is, in a word…intense, and the blending of the story was richly presented. Make it a point to read this Perfect 10 today!” Romance Reviews Today on JUST ONE TASTE
“Rosemary and Wes are each so very charming on their own, and together they just capture your heart. Just One Taste by Louisa Edwards has plenty of clever teasing between characters, and the tension and emotion keep those pages flipping like flapjacks!” The Romance Readers Connection on JUST ONE TASTE
“Funny, entertaining, and simmering with sexual chemistry.” Bookloons on JUST ONE TASTE
“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 on ON THE STEAMY SIDE, 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 on 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 ON THE STEAMY SIDE
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“The plot, the humor, the angst and the romance are superb, and Edwards' writing style is as crisp and clean as a freshly starched toque-blanche. Reader, party of one, your novel is ready.” Reader to Reader
“Louisa Edwards continues her Recipe For Love series with her latest book, On The Steamy Side. And boy, is it ever steamy! You could fry an egg between these pages of bubbling hot romance! With the popularity of the Food Network, Louisa Edwards' delicious series will be a huge hit with foodies and romantics alike.” Fresh Fiction on ON THE STEAMY SIDE
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“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 on ON THE STEAMY SIDE
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“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 on ON THE STEAMY SIDE
“Exceptional culinary detail and page-singeing sexual chemistry combine with a fascinating group of characters to produce a sophisticated modern romance.” Library Journal on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
“In her wickedly entertaining debut, Edwards dishes up a captivating contemporary romance expertly seasoned with plenty of sizzling sexual chemistry and deliciously tart humor.” Booklist on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
“The simmering chemistry comes to a boil in this deliciously sensual and delightfully amusing debut.” Orlando Sentinel on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
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“From start to finish, I devoured and enjoyed every moment of this book.…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 on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
“A deliciously fun read. The plot and eccentric characters are well written, and the kitchen sizzles with hot passion.” Romance Reviews Today on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
“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 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 on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
“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 on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
“Can't Stand the Heat is the first novel in her 'Recipe for Love' series, and what a start it is...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!” Coffee Time Romance (5 Stars) on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
“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 on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
“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 on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
“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 on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
“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 on CAN'T STAND THE HEAT
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Some Like It Hot
By Louisa Edwards
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2011 Louisa Edwards
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So this is what it's like to leave home, Danny mused, narrowly avoiding a collision with a woman who seemed to have forgotten she was pulling a wheeled carry-on case behind her.
LaGuardia was packed. Every bank of waiting room benches sported at least a couple of people sleeping out the wait for their delayed planes, while the terminal seethed with chaos and confusion as flights were called, boarding was announced, and everyone rushed to find the right gate.
Danny Lunden, who'd never been out of New York, took it all in and tried to ignore the chills of excitement down his back.
They were on their way.
A panicking voice rose above the din of bustling passengers and PA announcements about not leaving bags unattended.
"Where's my ticket? Please tell me one of you — oh, there it is. Okay. Thanks, Danny."
Patting his jittering friend's shoulder was a little like grabbing hold of the business end of a hand mixer. "Winslow, cool it. We're all good. We're at the gate in plenty of time."
Which had to be some sort of miracle after the adventure of wrestling luggage and carry-ons through the New York City public transit system and pushing through airport throngs walking slower than the tourists in Times Square. Danny did a quick head count to make sure he hadn't lost anyone in the subway tunnels or security lane.
Beck, their resident master of fish cookery, was always easy to spot in a crowd, since he topped the mere mortals around him by about four inches. The big guy caught Danny's eye and gave him a silent nod of acknowledgment. Beck was solid, as always, standing like an oak planted in the middle of a rushing river, carrying everything he'd packed for this adventure in a single duffel bag.
Next to him was Danny's oldest friend in the world, Jules Cavanaugh. Her dark blond hair was caught up in a messy ponytail, and her eyes glittered with the thrill of finally embarking on this trip they'd been anticipating ever since they won the chance to take on the Rising Star Chef competition.
She glowed with happiness, spilling her warm light all over the guy beside her, who was busily soaking it up like a sponge cake doused in amaretto.
Max Lunden, Danny's brother. His older brother, in fact — and Danny had teased Jules about him for years before her unrequited crush turned into completely requited forever-hearts-and-flowers love.
And wasn't that a rolling pin upside the head, because Danny never thought he'd see the day when his wandering prodigal brother would settle down and commit to anything — much less to winning the RSC, his family, and a woman all in one fell swoop.
But Max had.
Danny watched the way they leaned into each other, their wheeled bags bumping and threatening to trip them when they got too close, and tried to be glad the team had two such passionate, inventive chefs in charge, and ignore the unidentified tightness in his gut.
It wasn't jealousy — knowing about her long-standing crush on his clueless brother, Danny had never been able to see Jules as more than a friend. Hell, Jules had been the next best thing to a sister for years, long before Max swooped back into town. The fact that Max would eventually be the one to make it official didn't bug Danny.
He wasn't sure what was bugging him, really, so he shoved it aside and turned to the guy next to him: Winslow Jones, the fastest knife on the team — and the one who'd nearly been grounded by security for pleading to be allowed to carry his knife roll on the plane with him — was still vibrating under Danny's palm.
And Danny was the pastry chef. So that was everyone. He relaxed minutely, a fragment of tension going out of his shoulders.
The gang's all here.
A nasal voice over the loudspeaker broke into Danny's thoughts.
"We are now boarding flight number fourteen twenty-two to Chicago O'Hare International. First-class passengers only, please."
"Well, that ain't us," Beck said, settling onto his heels with the look of a man accustomed to waiting.
"Have you ever flown first-class?" Jules asked, staring up into Max's eyes.
He laughed. "Hell no. An airplane with toilets on it is a luxury to me. I did most of my traveling through Asia on crowded buses or in the back of a truck transporting live goats or something."
"Sounds smelly." Winslow wrinkled his nose, making the darker freckles stand out on his light brown skin.
"You have no idea," Max told him. "But this." He gazed around the busy airport. "It's something else."
Danny looked around, too, at the walls of glass and metal, at the reasonably clean floor and the people chatting as they rode the moving walkways, and figured he knew what Max meant.
This was something outside all their experiences. Because they weren't just embarking on some little pleasure jaunt to see the sights in the Windy City.
They were headed to meet the teams they'd be up against in the Rising Star Chef competition, the other chefs who'd be cooking their hearts out and giving it their all in the hopes of coming out on top.
The significant cash prize didn't hurt anything, either.
The newly minted East Coast Team stood in a loose huddle staring at one another nervously. Someone ought to say something, Danny realized, with a visceral pang of yearning for his dad's gift of effortless inspiration, or his mom's serene calm in the face of any crisis.
"Gus and Nina should be here," Jules said, in one of those weird moments of reading Danny's brain like an open cookbook. She'd been doing it since they were in elementary school together, and it still freaked him out.
Shaking off the emotion as if he were flicking whipped cream off the end of a whisk, Danny did what he did best.
"Mom and Dad wish they could be with us," he soothed. "But somebody's got to stay home and run Lunden's while we're off winning the Rising Star Chef and bringing glory to their restaurant. I know this is kind of a crazy situation, and we're all a little worked up, but we just have to stay focused on bringing home the prize. For Lunden's. For my parents. For all of us."
As Danny glanced around the team, making sure to lock eyes with each person in turn, he could see them shedding their nerves and standing up a little taller. And a bit more of the tension rolled off his back, because if he could keep everyone together and zeroed in on the goal, they were going to be okay.
Danny knew he'd have to work hard to take his own advice.
Stay focused. This is for the family, for the restaurant, for the future.
To Danny, they were interchangeable.
When it was their turn to board, he herded his group over to the flight attendant, produced all five tickets, and got the team and their assorted carry-ons down the jet bridge and onto the plane.
After some confusion over the seating arrangements — Max and Jules weren't technically seated together, but were still in that phase of the relationship when they couldn't bear to be parted for the hour and a half it would take them to fly from their home base of New York City to the unknown wilds of Chicago — Danny had everyone situated.
Max, Jules, and Winslow were clustered on one side of the plane while Beck and Danny were in the slightly more spacious pair of seats on the other side of the aisle.
Beck asked to sit by the window, and Danny readily agreed. He buckled himself in, stowed his satchel holding the precious tools of his trade under the seat in front of him, and was ready to go by the time the rest of the passengers finished boarding.
But they didn't go anywhere. The plane just sat there. And sat there. And sat there.
Danny craned his neck out into the aisle to get a better view of the front of the plane. What was the problem? Were there electrical issues?
Finally one of the flight attendants, a skinny young dude with unlikely yellow hair and an earring, grabbed the handheld microphone and stood in the aisle to make an announcement.
"Sorry for the delay, ladies and gentlemen," he said smoothly, "we're just waiting on one passenger, then we can get under way."
Blithely ignoring the ripple of exasperated sighs and groans, the flight attendant hung up the mike and went back to passing out blankets and pillows.
"Well, this sucks," Danny said, impatience simmering under his skin. "Let's get the hell off the ground, already."
"If they're lying about waiting for a passenger because there's actually some kind of systems failure, I'd personally rather they figure that shit out while we're still on the ground."
Blinking, Danny turned to study his seat partner, taking in Beck's rigid posture, the cold sweat dotting his hairline.
How did I miss this?
"You're afraid of flying," Danny said, disbelief sharpening his tone.
Beck stiffened even further. Danny worried for a second that the big guy might Hulk out and break the arm right off the seat between them.
"I'm not afraid of flying," Beck grated out. "I'm not even afraid of falling — that would at least be a quick and relatively painless way to go."
Danny went into caretaker mode. "Okay, you're a tough guy, everyone knows that. I didn't mean anything by saying you were afraid."
Beck shook his head, the loose waves of his longish dark hair hiding his face for a second. "It's not that I don't — look. Everyone's afraid, sometimes. I'm no exception. Fear is a survival response; it's healthy. It can keep you alive. I just meant, it's not the flying that wigs me out so much as it's ..." He swallowed audibly, his Adam's apple moving in the thick column of his throat. "It's kind of cramped in here. Not a lot of air movement. I don't like that."
Danny processed that quickly. There was a lot they didn't know about Beck, the taciturn chef who'd joined the Lunden's kitchen crew only a few months before Max came home. There had been rumors — mostly started by Winslow and his overactive imagination — that ranged from ex-con just out of prison to foreign prince in exile. Danny had never paid much attention to them. So long as Beck did his job, banged out the straightforward, excellent fish dishes on the Lunden's menu, and got along with the rest of the crew, Danny didn't much care where he came from.
The claustrophobia, though, was a new piece of the Beck puzzle.
Setting that aside for the moment, Danny said, "Would it be better if you were on the aisle? Might give you a little more room to stretch out."
Gratitude flashed in Beck's hooded eyes, but it must've been for the lack of further interrogation on his issues, because he said, "Nah, that just puts me in the middle of the big metal tube with no escape hatch. At least here, I can look out and see the open air, even if I can't touch it. I'll be fine, man. As soon as we take off and get on our way, I can start counting down the minutes until we're in Chicago."
Danny returned the tense smile with the most reassuring expression he could manage — and when it came to reassurance, Danny was the ninja master. Usually he'd start with a pep talk, but from the way Beck was white-knuckling it, the guy needed action more than words.
Unbuckling his seat belt, Danny stood up, the familiar comfort of a sense of purpose filling him with determination.
"Where are you going?" Beck asked.
Danny straightened and stepped into the aisle. "To get some answers."
The blond flight attendant with the earring was fooling around with the coffeemaker when Danny marched up the aisle to the front of the plane, but when he saw one of his passengers bearing down on him, his eyes widened.
"Sir, you need to sit down."
Danny had a couple of inches on the kid, but he did his best not to loom in the cramped confines of the airplane's prep area. "Listen. My friend's not a great flier and he's starting to get anxious. Is there anything I can tell him about when we might be taking off?"
"We're nearly finished with the boarding process, and we can't push back from the gate until all passengers are seated, with their seat belts securely fastened," the attendant parroted.
"Yeah, but see, we've all been doing exactly that for the last twenty minutes, and the plane's still parked at the gate. What, exactly, are we waiting for? I mean, you've already made, like, four pots of coffee. I bet you're getting sick of the smell of burnt coffee beans."
The flight attendant's gaze flickered, and Danny pressed his advantage with a smile.
"I don't really know," the kid finally said. "I got a call from ground control to hold the plane for a late passenger; she's supposed to be on her way."
Danny stared. "You're serious. You weren't lying, trying to keep us calm while we waited to find out there's a pigeon in the engine or something?"
"We're pigeon-free, as far as I know."
It obviously wasn't this kid's fault, but Danny was starting to get pissed. One of his guys was stuck feeling like shit for an extra half hour, and as far as Danny could tell there was no legitimate reason for it. "Is this standard practice, holding up a whole plane full of people for one passenger?"
Earring glinting as he shook his head, the kid shrugged helplessly.
"It is when the passenger is me," purred a low voice from behind them.
Danny whirled, nearly clocking himself on the jutting refrigerator cabinet, to see a svelte woman dressed in something complicated and elegant that wrapped around her slim body like some sort of chic lady mummy costume, only in dark blue.
The color set off her pearly smooth skin, making her a study in rich jewel tones, from the scarlet curve of her smirking mouth to the shiny brown hair angling bluntly down to her chin. She looked as if she were on her way to opening night at the Met or something, not a commuter flight to Chicago.
Recognition fired one instant after the instinctual spark of visceral desire, and Danny clamped down on the dizzying combination.
Clenching his teeth, he faced the woman whose millionaire restaurateur father had founded the Rising Star Chef competition twenty years ago.
"Thanks for waiting," she was saying to the flight attendant. "God, Daddy getting on the airline's board of directors is the best thing that ever happened to me. Unlike everything that happened this morning! I had to avert a professional disaster, then there was a mix-up with the car service and I had to take a taxi. My assistant is so fired. Well, not really, I'd be a mess without him, but I'm cutting his chocolate budget. No more candy on his desk until he figures out how to get me to the airport on time!"
She smiled, perfect white teeth flashing. Before the dazzled flight attendant could gather his wits off the floor, Danny had stepped between them.
At a deep gut level, all he could think was mine.
And, close on the heels of that thought, Uh-oh.CHAPTER 2
"Nice of you to finally join us," said the hottest pastry chef Eva had ever seen — and she'd seen plenty.
This one, though? Was pretty memorable.
"Where's your seat?" His sensual upper lip curled in a slight sneer that sent a zing through her nervous system. "I'm assuming it's one of these empty ones in first-class."
She resisted the urge to tuck her hair behind her ear and struggled not to let on that she was out of breath from her mad dash through the airport.
Holding out a hand she desperately hoped wasn't sweaty, Eva gave him her most brilliant smile and said, "Daniel Lunden, right? I remember you from the East Coast finals. Is your whole team here? What a wacky coincidence!"
Lunden narrowed his gorgeous blue-gray eyes at her, his firm, chiseled mouth flattening to a straight line.
Whoops, looks like someone's a little ticked.
"Um. Maybe we could save the joyous reunion for after we're in the air?" The young blond guy who'd held the plane for her suggested it with the air of someone used to being ignored.
Eva turned the brilliant smile on him, since it didn't seem to be working on Lunden. "You're absolutely right" — she peeked at his name badge — "Patrick. I apologize. I'd like to make it up to everyone. How about mimosas for the whole plane, on me?"
"But that's ... five dollars per person for everyone in coach," Patrick stammered. "Even not counting the minors, it's going to be at least five hundred dollars!"
Cheap at twice the price, Eva thought, feeling her embarrassment at being late ease. "That's totally fine. Do you want my credit card now?"
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Meet the Author
Louisa Edwards is the author of Can't Stand the Heat, On the Steamy Side, 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.
Louisa Edwards is the author of Can’t Stand the Heat, On the Steamy Side, 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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Loved all of Louisa Edwards books in this series. Read them all!
This is the third book of this series and I was very happy with all three. Danny is a very sweet guy and I am very happy he got his on book. Make sure to check out the first two books first so you can see how Danny grows and falls in love.
What’s not to like? HOT men that can cook both in and out of the kitchen. In this the second Rising Star Chef book Danny gets his girl, Claire is still having man problems, Wilson and Drew are on again / off again and we learn a lot more about Beck. Can probably be read as a stand-alone but is so much more fun with the back story provided by the first book Too Hot To Touch (Rising Star Chef #1). Hot Under Pressure (Rising Star Chef #3) is already on my wish list.
My Review: Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was entertaining. It was engaging. I didn't want to put it down. But for some reason, this book just didn't have the normal "umph" that makes me normally fall in love with Louisa's books. The bad thing is...I have no idea why...maybe my hormones were out of whack when I read it?! I don't know, because I really wanted to love it. There just seemed to be too many things happening and not enough focus on the feelings between Danny & Eva. What I did enjoy about this book was simply the food competition. I've watched tons of food challenges on the food networks and it's fun to see a fictionalized behind-the-scenes action that goes into it. I also really enjoyed all the character interactions. These characters in these books are so real and full of life. I talked about the various characters on my review of the first book, Too Hot to Touch, so I am not going to mention them all again, besides to say that I really like them and the variety of personalities that add so much to these books. While I can't say that I loved this book quite as much as the others, it was still really good. I loved the competition. The friendships. The family issues between Max & Danny. The ongoing additional romance between Kane & Claire. The mystery about Skye & Beck. Win's gossiping. The differences between the teams. There is a lot going on in this book and all of it makes for good reading. I can't wait for the final book in this series!
This book is a steamy romance novel that is packed full of action that takes place in the kitchen and out of it. Louisa Edwards has done it again with another of her steamy kitchen romances. You will want to read this and never put it down.
Some Like It Hot by Louis Edwards is another sizzling story in and out of the kitchen. Pasty chef Danny Lunden is excited to be in the next leg of the Rising Star competition. He is the glue that keeps his team together and focused. Danny though can’t seem to keep his focus on the cooking instead his mind keeps straying to the delectable host of the competition, Eva Jensen. Eva Jensen has something to prove by running the Rising Star competition. Her father finally has given her full reign and she wants to prove that she is ready to handle the pressure. Eva has trouble keeping her focus on the competition when hot and sexy chef Danny Lunden comes into her sights. Their first kiss almost sets the hotel on fire and neither can ignore passion that is that explosive. They agree to a secret affair that is more then either bargained for when they started. Will Eva’s drive to exceed at all cost, cost her a chance of a love of a lifetime? Some Like It Hot is smoking hot and sexy. You feel the heat rising in and out of the competition. This book takes you right into the intense world of cooking competitions and doesn’t let you go. The chemistry between Eva and Danny is just as intense and very satisfying. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this fun and tantalizing series.
The heat in this book will warm you right up and even give you some recipes to try out
Louisa Edwards brings us the second book in the Rising Star Chef series and for me it might just be the best out of the ENTIRE Recipe For Love Series!! We are finally able to dive into the head of sexy Pastry Chef, Danny Lunden. Danny and Eva Jansen, the sassy socialite in charge of the entire RSC Competition, have sizzlin HOT chemistry, and that is just within the first few pages. Eva knows that starting something with one of the RSC Contestants should be off limits, but fortunately for her, she was never one to follow the rules. After a steamy kiss in the Hotel elevator, its GAME ON for Danny and Eva, but what was supposed to be 'Just For Fun' has turned into a mutual respect and could it be....LOVE? As the pair agrees to Simmer Down, the RSC competition seems to Heat Up, and some contestants get Burned. Again I say, this is my FAVORITE book (so far) in the Rising Star Chef Series and out of the whole Recipe for Love series. I only say "so far" because I LOVE strong, silent Beck and I think I will absolutely adore getting to know him better! Danny and Eva have this "thing" between them, that grabs your attention at page one and keeps you reading until the very last page. I know it seems cheesy to say this, but it was as though they were "MADE" for each other. (I know they were...but it was so...REAL) After reading Too Hot To Touch, I wanted Danny to find someone who got him, who understood him and who needed him. Eva was all of those things, but she also had him smiling, having fun and breaking all his rules. She was exactly what he needed. You won't be disappointed by their affair of the Heart!! The love story is GREAT! You find yourself routing for them the entire time! Louisa is such a descriptive writer, using words that transport you to the pages. So real, you almost feel as if you are right there, beside the chefs, chopping away, as part of the team. And the Kane/Claire relationship is KILLING ME!! Every time they finally take a step forward, something happens to boot them back three steps!! Ugh...Its killing me!! But I did really enjoy getting to know Kane better, catching a glimpse into the mind of the adorable, sensitive rocker....He is so cute when is is all insecure...Like a trembling Virgin!! haha So, my vote is TWO THUMBS UP for Some Like It Hot.....get it, read it, love it!! And we get a sneak peak at the Highly Anticipated, Hot Under Pressure, Henry Beck's story, which will be released March 2012...WOO HOO, Can't wait!!
I enjoyed this second story about Danny. Big brother Max was in this story although he was the main character in the first story. Not too much with him or his sweetie Jules. I liked the Danny-Eve plot. Danny is a really nice guy. I was rooting for him and enjoyed the secondary stories in the book. (Kane and Claire continuing from the first book and the other chefs on the team). The food competition plot just isn't working much for me. I guess I have a problem with a pastry chef being seriously ripped like the cover model. Pehaps cake flour comes in 40 lb bags? Enjoyable read, tasteful and steamy.
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