Something's Cooking

Something's Cooking

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by Meg Lacey
     
 

Something's Cooking by Meg Lacey
Tess Banyon has turned her brilliant recipe and crafting ideas into a multimedia empire. Landing her own TV show throws her into a panic. If she's not careful, the public will discover she isn't the domestic diva everyone thinks she is.
Investigative reporter Josh Faraday smells something smoking in Tess's world. His goal to

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Something's Cooking by Meg Lacey
Tess Banyon has turned her brilliant recipe and crafting ideas into a multimedia empire. Landing her own TV show throws her into a panic. If she's not careful, the public will discover she isn't the domestic diva everyone thinks she is.
Investigative reporter Josh Faraday smells something smoking in Tess's world. His goal to expose the real Tess goes into overdrive when she lands a television show deal. He secures an assignment to shadow her, reporting on her program, but what he's really doing is getting dirt for his expose. Things get even stickier when Tess's family play matchmaker. There's no shortage of fire between them, and after an impulsive night together, Josh discovers a story he never expected--or bargained for.

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ISBN-13:
9781622661749
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
08/12/2013
Series:
Entangled Indulgence
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Macmillan
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NOOK Book
Pages:
182
Sales rank:
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2 MB

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Something's Cooking


By Meg Lacey, Alethea Spiridon Hopson & Lewi Pollak

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Lynn V. Miller
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-174-9


CHAPTER 1

Josh Redmond Faraday's Little League baseball team was behind by six runs when it was Joey Murray's turn at bat. The little boy looked over his shoulder at Josh. His pale face reflected his terror, and the groan of the other kids added to the pressure. Josh could relate. He'd been terrible at sports, too. That's why he'd agreed when his best friend asked him to coach this Little League team. It was T-ball, and the kids were just learning, but to him it was more important that the boys and the two girls on the team learned confidence as well as skills.

"You can do it, Joey," Josh said, walking over to clasp the little boy's shoulder. "Just take your time, and wait for your pitch. When you see it coming, take a swing."

Joey's lips trembled for a minute, and then he said, "Coach Josh, I think I'm going to throw up."

He squatted down to eye level to look at the chubby little boy in the too-big uniform. "I know how you feel. When I was a kid, I was the worst player on the team. I missed every time I tried to hit the ball."

"I always miss."

"It doesn't matter if you miss. The important thing is you try your best. Will you do that for me?"

"Okay," Joey said with a resigned shrug. He picked up his bat and stepped to the plate.

"You can do it," Josh said as he backed up to join his best friend, Marty Logan.

"Think he'll hit it this time?" Marty asked, leaning back against the fence.

"Man, I hope so. I've been working extra with him. The poor kid's never even seen a baseball, much less tried to hit one." Josh felt his stomach clench as Joey took a swing and a miss, and then another. "Shake it off, Joey. You can do it."

The little boy set his jaw, took a better grip on the bat, and swung, this time connecting with the ball, which dribbled forward a few feet. Joey was so shocked he stood there staring at the ball instead of running, resulting in the other team's catcher scooping up the ball and tagging Joey out. That's when a parent started yelling his displeasure from the stands.

Josh glared up at the man who was commenting on Joey's lack of ability. "Leave the kid alone. It's not the World Series."

He walked over to Joey. "Good hit, kid. I'm proud of you."

"I'm still out," Joey said, with a disgusted look.

He gave him a high five. "Doesn't matter. You tried. That's what counts." Then he walked back to Marty. "Did you hear that guy yelling at the little kid? I'm going to write about parents who put too much pressure on kids at sporting games."

"You are, or your alter ego, JR?"

He shrugged. "My column's under JR's byline."

"When are you going to junk that idea and write as yourself? Aren't you getting tired of the unknown journalist routine?"

"Yeah, sometimes I wish I'd never started it. But until I can get my other ideas off the ground, JR pays the rent."

Marty nodded. "And from what I've seen, pays it pretty well."

"That it does, but I earn every penny of it. I've worked my butt off to get where I am."

"That's not news, you've been doing that since we met in prep school."

Josh watched as their team took the field for the last inning. "You know how it goes. Snooze you lose. Today, competition is worse than ever. Someone's always snapping at my heels. I don't have any choice but to go after what I want every way I can."

Marty heaved away from the fence. "You're your own worst enemy most of the time."

"You should talk. I'm amazed you found a woman to put up with you," Josh said, as they walked toward the team bench.

"Speaking of that, Liza has this friend who's perfect for —"

"No deal," Josh said, holding up his hands like a traffic cop. "Not after that last blind date. The woman almost had us married before dinner was over. I'll damn well find my own woman, thanks."

"I wish you'd hurry up so Liza will get off my back." Marty looked toward the field. "Great. The other team just hit a home run. There goes the ballgame."

Shaking his head, Josh said, "That's seven in a row. At least they're improving. This time we only lost by eight runs." He chuckled. "I call that progress. I think we should celebrate. How about we take them out for pizza? My treat."

"Anything to avoid cooking, huh?" Marty said, picking up the bag of bats.

"You got it. When I find my perfect woman, she's going to look like an angel and cook like a dream."

Josh shoved a stack of papers aside and hitched a hip onto the corner of his desk, preparing to read his latest newspaper column. He opened up the spread and eyed a photo of his nemesis, Tess Banyon, the so-called "diva of domesticity", taking up the lion's share of the page.

"What the —"

He stared at the paper, rage blurring his vision. The irritating image of the gorgeous usurper pulsed in and out of his mind.

"They had the nerve to edit my article so the media's newest golden girl could take over my page?" He adjusted his tortoise-shell reading glasses and scowled as he stared at the photo. I've been working my butt off for years. What makes her so bloody special?

Unable to pull his gaze away, he studied the headshot more closely. He concentrated on her pert little nose, sitting square in the middle of a perfect oval face with high cheekbones, a ripe mouth, and wide blue eyes. The damn woman is way too perfect. His expression darkened. He didn't trust people who rose to the top of the heap as quickly as she had. Where was the thought, the hard work, and long hours he'd put in for the past ten years?

He stared at the perfection of her hair, falling onto the top of her shoulders in such a smooth, curved style, and his fingers twitched. He wondered if it would feel as silky as it looked. His scowl deepened.

What the hell do I care? Even as he thought that, his eyes zeroed back on her picture, on the full lips that teased the reader. An unexpected rush of blood raced south. His imagination drifted to Tess Banyon dressed in a kinky maid's costume, with a container of whipped cream in one hand and handcuffs dangling from the fingers of her other, her luscious mouth moistened by —

He sighed in exasperation, drawing the attention of his editor as he walked through the newsroom on the way to his office.

Sam Melnick stopped, reluctantly it seemed to Josh. "Problem, Faraday?"

"Nope." Josh turned the paper, flicking it so Sam could pay the proper attention to his grievance. "Nothing beyond the Domestic Goddess commandeering my space, jamming my column into this miniscule, bottom corner of the page."

Sam adjusted his heavy, black-framed glasses, peering at the print before fixing a laconic expression onto his lined face. "I wouldn't call a quarter of a page a small space, Josh."

"I would when Tess Banyon has half the layout." He could feel his jaw jut forward. If he didn't watch it, he'd be lifting his leg and peeing to mark his territory.

"If your books and products sold millions of dollars, I'd give you half the page, too."

Josh crumpled the paper. "Meaning what? This isn't some type of regular feature, is it? Is she taking over the online version as well?" From the moment he'd seen this article, he'd tried to push that possibility to the back of his mind. He told himself that wouldn't happen, he was too valuable to the paper. Jealousy was burning a hole in his gut. After all the late hours, the skipped vacations, and sporadic love life, all Tess Banyon had to do was make some brownies and the whole world was at her feet.

"A regular feature would be great, wouldn't it? But no. The lady's busy." Sam speared him with a grin. "Guess I'll have to stick with you and your pithy observations on life."

"Just because I don't see the world through rose-colored glasses doesn't make me pithy." He winked. "It makes me ironic and amusing."

Sam shrugged. "To certain tastes."

"Hey, syndication in 350 other newspapers around the country and on the Internet can't be all wrong." He grinned, then knocked on his wood desktop. "Thank God."

"Thank God is right. I have to admit your biting wit sells papers, Josh." Sam leaned against the desk. "So what have you got up your sleeve for next week?"

He glanced down at the crumpled paper in his hand. "I've been thinking, how come no one ever tells the truth about this domestic superwoman?" He'd been thinking no such thing, but now that he said it, it was a great idea — a behind the legend sort of thing.

"What truth? What you see is what you get."

"Not always." He smoothed the wrinkles from the page. "I'll bet there's a lot more to her than meets the eye."

Sam gave Tess's photo an approving glance. "What meets the eye is good enough for me."

"And you, the married father of five, grandfather of three, standing here drooling over another woman."

"I think it's a learned response, like Pavlov's dog."

Josh stared at Tess's image for a moment, his imagination again caught by her lips, captured for news photo-file posterity in a ladylike pout that had nothing of the lady about it. It was a mouth to dream about. "I don't know what it is, but I'm convinced something's not right in Tess Banyon's kitchen. I can smell it."

Sam sighed. "I know she's given you some great material for your columns, but you're going to have to call off your crusade against this woman. At some point you'll turn everyone off. People like her. That gives her an edge."

"People like her because she's pretty. Numerous studies have shown attractive people get more positive responses, regardless of their expertise."

Sam eyed him thoughtfully. "If that's the case, maybe you should let us publish your picture instead of that cloak and dagger one you chose for your column. You're a good-looking guy, or at least the women in the office seem to think so."

Josh waved off the compliment. "I chose that photo because I want people to pay attention to my ideas, not to my looks." A choice he was starting to regret. Wasn't it time he got more recognition than letters to the editor?

He met Sam's satirical gaze and hunched his shoulders in response. "Okay, I admit I've been focusing on her a lot for the past few months. I find her irritating and fake, but I'm not treating her differently than any other public figure, or public idea for that matter."

"Research studies or not, just because she's blond, gorgeous, and richer than you are, that's no reason to pick on her."

"It's the best reason. Last week she was quoted spouting off on corporate America. Next thing you know, she'll be baking cookies for shareholder meetings."

Sam chuckled. "What's so bad about that? I love cookies."

"That's not the point. I'm a trained journalist with double minors in political science and organizational effectiveness. I also have an MBA in business ethics. I'm qualified to comment on corporate America. She should stick to what she knows."

Sam folded his arms. "Cookies, you mean?"

"It's not as simple as cookies. She suggests women should bring their home attitudes into every situation. It's trying to make half the population over in her image. Do you think every woman wants to spend all their time in the kitchen, or make Popsicle birdcages? I don't."

Sam peered at Tess's photo. "Damn good image, if you ask me. And honestly, I don't get why you care so much. It's not like it's personal."

"It doesn't have to be personal. It's my responsibility as a journalist to stand up and represent all the women who don't want to spend their time being a Tess Banyon clone." He tapped the photo. "Look deeper, Melnick, look deeper."

"I don't need to look any deeper. I'm the Entertainment and Life editor. The only thing I see is Tess Banyon will have to do her own weekly TV show on the parent company's network, Tess Banyon's Living or something like that."

"She's doing a TV show?" On the network that has been stringing me along on the topical news and commentary show that I've been secretly pitching them for the last year?

"Yeah. Didn't you read the article?"

"No, I haven't read it. I was planning to save it to line my parakeet's cage."

"You have a parakeet? I'll be damned."

Josh tapped the photo with his index finger. "She's getting her own show, you say? Why? Because she'll look great on TV?"

"That's not the reason, but it can't hurt. It's going to be sponsored by all the big guys. Guaranteed thirteen-week run with an option for thirteen more, and heavily promoted."

Josh narrowed his eyes, considering his editor. "I'll bet they could use a good feature story on the show, don't you think?"

"By you, you mean?" Sam laughed. "They wouldn't let you within fifty feet of the place. You'd have to wear a disguise and change your name."

Josh waved his hand, dismissing Sam's objection. "They won't know me as Josh Faraday. People only know me by my initials, JR, and since no one's ever seen my real photo, it shouldn't be a problem. Even if we did run a picture, it wouldn't attract this much attention." Her photo was the size of his entire article. Never thought he'd have size envy. Unconsciously, he adjusted his crotch.

"I'd like to get close to her, spend a couple of days to see what she does and how she does it. Get to know the woman behind the success to see if that's the real Tess Banyon. I can write some JR columns in advance, that way I'm not neglecting my primary work. What do you think?"

"It could work."

"I know it will. You'll get a great story out of it and be a big man because you've recognized the value of her advertisers. After all, they advertise here as well as on TV." More importantly, if Tess Banyon were involved in a negative story, maybe my news show would get another chance.

Excitement replaced the reluctance in Sam's eyes. "Well, I can call her agent and float the idea by her."

Josh folded the paper and snatched off his glasses. "Do it."

* * *

Tess Banyon stood in her studio prep kitchen, mixing a recipe idea for her new TV show. It was a good thing no one else could see her. They might mistake her for a scullery maid or a ditch digger. She was covered in cinnamon dust, flour, and chocolate sauce. She had even gotten chocolate in her hair from pushing it out of her face. Chocolate went with blond, right? Even if it didn't, it sure smelled better than perfume.

She looked down at her hands. Somehow, she'd gotten the sticky sauce all over her fingers. She turned to the sink and washed her hands before twisting back to look at the mixing bowls on the messy cooking island. She walked around the island, studying the situation from every conceivable position. To achieve a recipe or create a craft that would look good on TV or for print photography took a lot of trial and error — in her case, more error.

"All right, let's approach this analytically. What did I do wrong?"

"Coming into the kitchen might be the first clue."

Tess glanced up at her older sister who stood in the doorway. "Very funny, Marla."

"I think so." Marla glanced around at the chaos. "My lord, it looks as if a bomb went off in here."

Tess bristled as she glanced at the small woman wearing raggedy jeans and a T-shirt that said "Don't mess with Mom!" "I don't know what you have to feel so superior about. It's not as if you're the world's greatest cook, you know."

"Obviously, neither are you. You're merely the marketing guru."

Tess rubbed her nose, succeeding in smearing the bit of chocolate decorating the tip from a dainty dot into something that resembled a continent. "I'm trying to get better at the mechanics of it."

"Why?" Marla patted her chest. "I think we should both leave that honor to our mother. She loves working the prep-to-final kitchen process. Besides, when Mom does it, we can take the leftovers to the community food kitchen instead of having to pitch it so it doesn't poison anyone."

"Leaving it to Mom is probably a wise suggestion, but I'm determined."

"Why?"

"Who knows, maybe I'll get married someday and have to cook for a husband and children."

"You'd have to date someone first." Marla leaned her elbows on the cooking island. "If you'd allow some time for a man in your life, you'd know this without my having to tell you."

"Don't start that again. Just because you're happily married with three kids doesn't mean I have to be."

"And you, the homemaking queen, the minute someone mentions marriage you start hyperventilating."

"That's not true. I like men. And I do date, smart-ass."

"You do? When?"

"When I want to, that's when. Let's drop it, okay?"


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Something's Cooking by Meg Lacey, Alethea Spiridon Hopson & Lewi Pollak. Copyright © 2013 Lynn V. Miller. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Meg Lacey wrote her first novel in the sixth grade, but her fiction writing career didn't last. She went into theatre for a bachelor and masters in acting/directing, and ended up in media as a writer-producer.

Over the years, she's been an actress, director, producer, creative director, CEO, copywriter, creative dramatics teacher, mime, mom, college instructor, and a school bus driver. She's established two creative marketing/media companies, working as a V.P. and as CEO, working in all media: network cable programming to corporate initiatives; to video, games and interactive websites.

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Something's Cooking 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where do you apply and must you give above four star? Do they pick retired teachers and clergy or only in twenties? More and more reviews said they got a free book. Also how do books just on nook get 500 reviews. Just where are these reviews coming from?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not great. A few cute moments but overall just okay.m
M-square More than 1 year ago
Tossing together two creative people with uncommon chemistry made for a very humorous novel to put it mildly. Almost like the author had a recipe in mind: take two writers, one sharp and slightly acerbic, the other organized but sweet and mix together often. Stir (agitate) until ingredients are mixed well. Due to difference in the two, one being so dry/acerbic, it may be necessary to add additional ingredients in the form of affection to encourage to mixing process. The only problem? Both Tess and Josh were fighting the attraction like staying apart was the ultimate lottery prize, and each was determined to be the winner. The book reminded me of a modern day Gable/Lombard story with all comedy and romance their tales could evoke. While Tess and Josh had a very contentious history, unknowingly working as rivals at the same newspaper, they were also were also attracted to each other. Leave it to Tess'smother, sister and even her own dog to make a concerted effort to throw them together whenever possible or in some instances impossible, leaving the reader chuckling hysterically. This was fun and funny book, with touches of sweetness added to balance at just the right moments.
ToshyBell2010 More than 1 year ago
What's LOVE without a little bit of DRAMA Tess Banyon had it all going for her in the public eye. She created the type of life that every woman would dream of and was the type of woman that men wanted to have waiting for them at home. But for men like Josh Faraday that seemed too good to be true. He wanted to find out what she was truly about and his reporter instincts told him that there was definitely more to this woman. The two of them were thrown together for a story, and it became more and more about finding out who they truly were inside than what they were hiding from the world. The author was able to teach a few lessons about how they saw themselves and how to accept who they are rather than who they think people want them to be. The humor and emotion in this story was in just the right amounts and Tess' mother and sister added a lot of character to each scene they were in. I enjoyed how things were resolved at a natural pace and not hurried along for the sake of ending the story.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
Something's Cooking by Meg Lacey is an appealing read about the relationship between Tess Banyon, an almost Martha Stewart, and Josh Faraday, a columnist for The Boston World, a very well-known newspaper.  Josh writes his column under the pseudonym JF, because he enjoys the mystery it allows and when he writes about something controversial, he does not personally receive any backlash.  Furthermore, he has taken pot shots in his column about Tess's success whenever he can.  Needless to say, Tess does not like JF. Tess is a very lucky woman.  She has been able to turn her clever culinary and craft ideas into a media powerhouse. Ironically, her cooking and artistic skills leave something to be desired.  Her mother Claire is in charge of the food prep and her sister Marla is in charge of the craft prep.  Together, they work like a well oiled machine.  However, it is Tess's ideas, personality and promotion that makes them all successful.  Now that Tess has been given her own TV show, she distresses, because she is not the true homemaker her public believes her to be. Josh or in this case JF, has always suspected that Tess was a kind of fraud.  So he gets himself assigned to write an expose about her.  He ends up sharing her home and every moment of her life for about a week. He learns some of her secrets and she learns about his childhood.  Tress and her family have no idea that he is JF.  Although after spending some time with Tess, Josh's need to let Tess know that he is JF becomes very important. The chemistry between Josh and Tess is instantaneous.  Spending time together only fuels their their mutual lust and need for each other.  However, Josh has a job to do and Tess is already suspicious of his motives. In any case, Claire and Marla see their desire for each other and set up them up on an overnight night date, in a place where they cannot escape from one another. In error, Josh's first draft about Tess gets published and all hell breaks loose.  Luckily, because they have fallen in love with each other, they are able to work through their problems and forgive. I found the plot simple and easy to navigate. The storyline is very predictable and therefore I lost interest from time to time. I enjoyed the family dynamic and their banter.
Romance-Junkie1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book.  The characters are flawed and real.  Believeable.  The main characters had to overcome their fears and preconceived opinions to move forward.  How many of us have THOUGHT we knew what we wanted or the type of person someone was, and were so WRONG.  Tess' familial relationships are honest and so life-like. Tess is a total klutz, but Josh finds it charming.  Real-life we can relate to. This book is a good mix of humor, romance, chemistry, and drama.  I think this book could be a great Romantic Comedy Movie!
PrincessFiona More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 Stars-This is a very cute read with a lot of humour and clever repartee. The heroine, Tess, is a sweet and rather klutzy young woman with a genuine talent for bringing ideas together. Only trouble is that when it comes to putting them into practice, she needs her mother and sister to supply the goods. Josh is a reporter with big dreams who has allowed himself to be sidetracked into a big money column that brings out the snarky, unforgiving side of his personality. Tess's success brings out the worst of this, leading to his meltdown when she gets a TV program, something he's been working towards for years. The answer, do an exposee on Tess to prove she isn't the perfect domestic goddess she is portraying. To Tess, the worst thing about his arrival is that he is right and she's afraid he'll find out. She is already uneasy about relying so heavily on her family without acknowledging their contribution publicly. The insta-attraction threw me a little because it was so physical, it seemed more appropriate to one of the authors older Temptation books than this rather sweet home town romance. This was the one thing that jarred me throughout the book. It seemed like there was a conflict between the rest of the story and the physicality of the attraction between the two. I usually prefer not to know too much about a heroine's sexual past (if she has one) but Tess seemed to operate in a vacuum of no known past yet she came across as quite sexually experienced. It seemed odd and not in keeping with the tone of the story. Overall I enjoyed the story and the humour in particular. The characters were all likeable and the family interactions believable and added to the story. The publisher provided a digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
As I was reading this I kept thinking of Kathryn Hepburn & Spencer Tracy. A strong, beautiful woman with strong ideals but who isn't perfect and a man who is convinced he is right until he isn’t. What is not to love about this well written tale about a reporter finding love where he was trying to find a story. I'd like to thank the publisher for allowing me the chance to read and review.
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It made me laugh so hard my husband thought I was crazy. I smiled throughout the whole book. I also loved how she put the recipes at the end, I plan on trying them all. I wish there would have been a recipe for the Chocolate Decadence Northwest brownies because I would love to try them :)
Eve379 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm in between a 3.5 and a 4 on this book. As with most Indulgence books once I started it I had to finish it. I really liked it, and I thought there was a lot of humor in it. I think my only negative (which isn't really a negative) is that I wish it was longer. This was an enemies to lovers book. I would have liked Josh's identity to come out a little earlier in the book, or for the book to have been a little longer. The fallout came somewhere around 80+%. With that being said I liked Tess. Really liked her meddling, trouble causing family. Jodi was adorable especially when she took offense to the "children" comment. Josh was sarcastic and a smart ass. He enjoyed needling Tess and making her nervous. This is a perfect quick read if you need a stress break.
sac402 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read with some pretty hilarious moments as Tess is a bit of a walking disaster. Tess knows she is living a lie as a domestic diva but she really does have her heart in the right place and everything just has spiraled out of control.  She may present this cool, calm, collected individual when she does the crafts and cooking segments for morning TV but what the public doesn't know is her family is the workforce behind this orchestrated front woman.  Sure she has the creative ideas and marketing brains but trust me you don't really want her to cook for you or even be near you with a glue gun unless she's had a ton of practice runs.  When her agent tells her the Boston paper is sending a reporter to do a story on her upcoming TV series she panics as another Boston area reporter hiding behind the initials JR has been taking not so subtle jabs at her via his column.  She is immediately attracted to the reporter who shows up and we get some fun watching her family do everything possible to hook them up.  I liked how she wanted to tell him the truth but is also so driven to give the public what she loves so much she just can't see a way out of it.  She's brave as well when some truths come out and she's forced to own her own part in deceiving the public and making a very public acknowledgment of her own shortcomings.  I was happy to see that people really loved her and not just the facade she's presented.  She's someone I would like to know in real life. Josh is also tired of living a lie hiding behind his JR pseudonym at the newspaper.  Something about Tess has bothered him since he first saw a report on her so he's been digging to find out is she really as perfect as the public image portrays?  When he first meets her he realizes there is something hinky going on but he is drawn to the woman he sees when she lets her guard down and finds himself wanting to share all his own secrets with her.  He knows that when she finds out the truth about who he is it will ruin something that he didn't think was ever in the cards for him but misses many chances to come clean until it is too late.  I adored seeing him let his walls down and realize that what he was faulting her for he was doing himself and that he didn't like what he'd let himself become.  His work to get back in her life was something sweet to watch as he knows how badly he messed things up but he just needs her to listen to him.  He's not trying to justify his actions but instead owns them and knows how bad they were even though some of what happened was truly beyond his control. This is a couple I think any of us would like to know in real life as they both own up to their shortcomings after a bit of prodding and have some wonderfully funny mishaps as they wind down the path to HEA.  Thanks to Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Tess Banyon, a cooking/crafting TV personality and Josh Faraday, an investigative reporter. Josh is convinced Tess is a fraud. He gets approval to do a behind the scenes story on her and actually moves in with her for a short time. Read this story to find out what Josh's story will reveal about Tess and her career as a TV personality and about himself.  There were many funny moments in this story, a lot of sexiness, some passion, self-discovery and lessons learned. I enjoyed the book but I did not feel like I was drawn into the story. It was as if the story was rushed. This is a quick, not short but fast, sweet romance.  I received a ecopy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Something’s Cooking is a captivating story full of witty repartee, sexy innuendos, and sigh worthy romance. Josh is a bit of a blood hound when it comes to a story. He will stalk, ferret out details, and pounce when the moment is right. He knows that there is something hidden in Tess’s closet, and he was the one that was going to uncover the skeletons hanging there. What he thinks and what he finds is very unexpected… Tess is considered a domestic goddess. With her TV show centering around ways to organize your house and make crafty items to add a more personal touch to your home, Tess can give Martha Stewart a run for her money. When she off camera, Tess’s true colors shine. She is a horrible klutz and very self conscious. When her world is invaded by the sexy reported everything is turned upside down. I really loved the relationships in this story. The way that Tess interacted with her mother and sister was so realistic, extremely hilarious, and heart warming. They formed a real family unit. Sure they bickered, but in the end they would do anything for each other, including trying to fix Tess up with Josh. This is a wonderfully fun and flirtatious romp! The romance, humor, and swoon worthy chemistry between Tess and Josh will curl your toes in pleasure! I was given a copy of this book by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Meg Lacey has written a book that is filled with humor and emotion as well as a hot romance. Josh R. Faraday, an investigative reporter, wants to write an expose on the reigning Domestic Goddess, Tess Banyon. He believes that she is too good to be true. When he meets the lady, sparks and food fly. With their relationship off to a rocky start, who knows what will happen next? A HEA if Tess's mother and sister have any say in the matter. I loved this story. The author has created characters that are warm and engaging. The dialogue is smart and sassy. I laughed out loud at the disasters that befell Tess. You don't want to miss this light hearted romance! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
megpie93 More than 1 year ago
*ARC Copy* This is the THIRD FREAKING time I've tried to write this review. My Computer keeps erasing it on me. I'm not going to write about the character's this time. I'm just going to write the review so I can post it. Review time: I obviously like the book considering I rated it four stars. There were some things I dint like about it,but I'll get to that later on. We have a writer(Josh) that wants to get the scoop on his enemy(Tess),or so he thinks because she got her own show in such a short amount of time. He agrees to cover a story about her show, (because he knows somethings not right). Tess Is a very nice smart girl. She knows not to trust reporters and such.(Which she doesn't). so through out the book Josh has to prove that Tess cant actually cook, or make things. After he has his information, he's going to write a Column about it and try to ruin her career. So what I did like about the book was, whenever they were in the same room together things heated, and they had amazing Chemistry together. I also loved when they went to the Cabin. It was such a cute little part of the story.I also hopes she keeps the cabin. It didn't say what she decided to do. So What I Din't like about the book was the Ending. I really wanted to know what happened after his big question.I also thought that they could have had more "Moments" together.  Defiantly recommend it to people that likes romance stories, or anyone who just wants to read a cute story. 
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
Humour and a hot journalist... This was a fun and flirty read with a good storyline and great characters. Whilst full of sexual tension and witty banter, I would have liked a few more steamy moments, as Josh Faraday is the man who put the ‘oo’ in swoon. I loved him; quick, witty, sexy and cocky he is the master of the double entendre. But he also knows how to say the sweetest, sexiest things and I sighed many happy sighs. To her public Tess is the polished domestic goddess of cooking and crafts. In reality she's clumsy and doubts her abilities. But she's also warm, funny and gives as good as she gets; necessary when journalist Josh is on her case... The humour in this book was fabulous from the off and it is plentiful. Tess' mum and sister were such fun and her disagreements and scuffles with her sister were completely realistic; me and my sister are exactly the same! As for her relationship with Josh, their banter made me giggle yet the more serious moments between them were sweet and touching. The only thing missing for me was an epilogue; as characters I felt they deserved one and it would have finished their journey perfectly, but that aside it is an easy reading sexy romance that I would recommend. I received this book as an ARC from Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
There were some really cute moments in this book. Almost every time Tess tried to create something on her own—especially if Josh was anywhere in the vicinity—disaster ensued. The natural distrust that Tess has for a reporter who’s snooping around in her life, combined with the fact that both she and said reporter are hiding major pieces of information from each other, makes for some amusingly snarky conversation. There was quite a bit to like here. However, there were some issues as well. Practically from the first page, Josh was lusting after Tess—and it couldn’t have been anything more than superficial, given how little he knew about her at the time. Even once he met her—and knowing full well that he considered her to be a rival of sorts and was out to ruin her reputation—he immediately went into full-on get-her-at-all-costs mode. It just didn’t ring true. Tess’s attraction to him too seemed much too sudden. The ending felt rushed, almost as if parts were skipped in the interests of getting us to the HEA, pronto. In a nutshell: a cute, quick read. Many amusing parts, but a strong case of insta-lust and a rushed ending do detract a bit. C. (I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)
sharonc06 More than 1 year ago
Something's Cooking by Meg Lacey is about Tess Banyon and Josh Farraday.  Tess Banyon seems to be the new renaissance woman.  She is someone who seems to be able do it all cook and be creative. Now she has landed her dream tv show.  Is she too good to be true?   Josh Farraday is looking to answer that question. Josh is an investigating report who has hide by his pen name JR.   Josh will be looking to start fresh by no longer hiding by his pen name Jr.  His first story will be to find out if Tess Banyon is as perfect as everyone want to believe she is. I enjoyed reading this book. One of my favorite parts when Tess and Josh meet for the first time.  This  is a classic what could go wrong will go wrong situation.   This the begin where you can see how the kitchen is not the only thing that is heating up.   I  enjoyed how Meg Lacey develops each character. Tess and Josh both have secrets they are not ready to reveal.  Tess is made strong by the bond she shares with her mother Claire and sister Marla.  We also see why Josh has his way of thinking based on his own family life.  As the story goes you learn a little more about character and why they are the way they are.  This is a great book if you looking for a good romance. 
andreea-deea More than 1 year ago
I`m so greatful for the opportunity to read this book.It is a great book. Tess Banyon is a great superstar.She written book`s of cocking,and got a tv show about that.But like every star,she have a secret.A big secret,that if they found out,her world is gone to fall apart. Josh Redmond Faraday is a journalist,who wad a bad childhood,and hunts the trut.But,is living in a big lie too.When he see a articol about Tess and her success,he begam jealous and want to investigate her.He feel something about her,that she is lying the world.When her manager abroves that he can writt a articol about Tess,and her life, things is gone change.Nobody secrets are safe.Not hers,or him. Especially when the fall in love.This book tell as about how much secrets hurt us,and the trut is better,that it makes us fell better.I enjoy this book.And what i`ve enjoy must was the recipe from the end of the book.Is the firt book that haves this things.I recomande this book to everyone.This book have everything:humor,romance,suspance,sex,drama.But what I like most,is that the book is in perspective of both of them. It let us to see what each other thinks.Something`s cooking is perfect for summer.Is easy to read,the language is soft.You will not regret read it.