All Fired Up

All Fired Up

by Kate Meader

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Her sweetest mistake . . .

Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can't resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas-her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?

. . . Tastes so, so good

Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn't know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn't part of the plan, but melting Cara's icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves . . . the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.

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ISBN-13: 9781455599615
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Series: Hot in the Kitchen Series , #2
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, sexy heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she now makes her home in Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter - and where she met her own sexy hero. When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @kittymeader

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All Fired Up 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
With another winner in the Hot In the Kitchen series, this story treats us to the romance between Shane and Cara. At a bachelorette party for her sister in Vegas, meeting up with the tall dark and Irish pastry chef Shane who works for her sister's soon to be husband results in a loss of inhibitions and a new husband! Back in Chicago and living near each other, Cara insists on hiding what's happened between them, but Shane is persistent and determined to sweep Cara off her feet. Can he convince her to take a chance on him and let him show her how good a husband he can be before their annulment threatens to come through? I loved this story! This was actually the first story that I read by Kate Meader (I've since read the rest of the series) and I loved the setting. I've always been a fan of kitchen/chef romances and having the hero be a pastry chef was delightful. Both characters were interesting in that they had secrets in their pasts that they were adept at hiding, including from each other. Cara is a strong, determined woman, a no-nonsense gal with an eye for fashion and ready to take charge of any situation - except the one she now finds herself in with Shane. Shane is delicious as a hot, hungry, bold pastry chef. He wants to build up his reputation to be equal to that of his boss Jack and for reasons unknown until later, is desperate for his approval. The sexual chemistry between Shane and Cara sizzles and their love scenes are hot and emotional. But sex does not equal love and it is one thing to go from a one-night fling to a lasting relationship. Thankfully, Kate makes the development of their trust in each other believable and the romance wonderful to experience. Secondary characters are key to the story, in particular Lili and Jack ( the couple from the first in the series Feel the Heat) and the friendship and familial bonds add to the dynamics of the story. Overall I found this to be a wonderful read, warm hearted, sexy and funny in turn, with a great setting and a well deserved happy ever after ending for Cara and Shane. 5 stars!
starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars Cara and Shane have remarkable chemistry, and this story had a lot of potential. It fell a little flat and was also a bit inconsistant for me. I think that this may have had more to do with the writing style not being condusive to my reading style. There were times when I didn't want to stop reading and times when I just needed a break. Cara has self image issues and is in recovery from an eating disrder. There were times when this issue was prevelant and other times when it was just brushed over. She has never shared this with any of her family and has felt like an outsider her entire life. The severity of Shane's upbringing was touched upon, but I didn't feel his character was truly influenced in adulthood as much as he should have been. He achieved his goal of working side by side with the brother who knows nothing about him. The big reveal was fairly anti-climactic and was over (and accepted) nearly instantaniously. While I liked the characters, I found them to be pretensious just as many times as I found them relatable. The secrets were plentiful, but the discussions were lacking for the reader to see. 
bookaholicGE More than 1 year ago
Cara Deluca is a woman on a mission. She knows what she wants and how she wants it. Right now what she wants is to make the restaurant she works for a huge success. She has no time for men or distractions no matter how sexy they are. Shane is a successful Pastry Chef he is funny and laid back and drawn to Cara in ways he doesn't even understand. He knows that if he wants to keep his job he needs to stay far away from Cara. So what do two people who clearly want each other but should stay away from each other do? Go to Vegas and get drunk at a bachelor and bachelorette party and get married of course! This book was super cute. I was very surprised by the secrets that were revealed and the real reactions the couple had to these secrets. Together Mia and Shane brought out the best that each individual had to offer. They were broken when they were alone and together they united and made something beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews While I liked and enjoyed reading All Fired Up, it doesn’t compare to its predecessor, Feel the Heat. It could be considered wrong for me to say that. The two books are SO different. Feel the Heat is funny and hot and funny. I said funny twice, didn’t I? All Fired Up is serious, deep, and at times, heartbreaking. This book shows Kate to be a multi-dimensional writer. “We fool ourselves into holding onto the pain because the alternative-that we might get too used to days without it-would likely drive us mad with hope.” - Cara DeLuca Cara DeLuca comes off as being a cold, heartless woman. She stands out in her big Italian family, with her small frame and blonde hair. Cara tends to rub people the wrong way. This isn’t something intentional on her part. But it serves her purpose in not truly allowing people to see who she really is. Shane Doyle is an Irish charmer through and through. He has dimples and a smile that can charm any woman he meets. Shane has a tragic past that he’s trying to overcome. His whole life he has been told that he isn’t worthy and will never amount to anything. Despite all of this, Shane has paid his dues and is an award winning pastry chef. Shane and Cara are two people who have deep dark secrets they don’t want to share with anyone. However, in the midst of a drunken bachelorette/bachelor party, these two find the one person they can indeed share their secrets with. These two are so good for each other. Unfortunately, their road together isn’t going to be a smooth one. They will need to fight for the love neither one of them was originally looking for and overcome their demons to have what they really want most in life. For me, I found All Fired Up to be full of surprises. This book will definitely give you heartbreaking moments that will make you want to cry. But, it still has the funny moments that I craved. If you were to ask me what I love about Kate Meader, I would have to say, “I love that she makes her characters real. She gives her characters real issues that you see everyday. Kate doesn’t write romances where everyone is perfect and you have heroes and heroines who are afraid of commitment. Kate truly hits home with her characters’ issues and shortcomings. She gives you characters who are not size fours, who are battling self-image issues, abused childhoods, dyslexia. Kate shows that everyone can be loved and find happiness. That everyone deserves to find love and happiness.” Source: NetGalley
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Another book to grab me up and drag me into the story. Shane is a renowned international chef. He wants to cook for Jack Kilroy and gets the chance.Shane was abused by his father his whole life until his father died. Cara works for Jack and will be related when he marries her sister Lila. Cara comes from an Italian family and keeps a deep, dark secret from them. At the bachelor's party Cara asks Shane to marry her after they get drunk. There are the usual regrets and keeping secrets. There are still more secrets with Shane and Lila. The characters are true to life and the story line kept me on edge. This was a 5 tissue box book. I don't use stars. And, I couldn't count all my tears. I loved this book.You try it too! 
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
I heard so many good things about this book. Once I seen it on NetGalley I knew I wanted to give it a try, especially with a cover like that. However, it took me like 3 days to finally finish this book. I loved the book once I got 80% into it. Hey, don’t judge me. I just felt the story line was dragging. There was a lot of times I would doze off while trying to read. One thing I found boring was dragging Cara’s disease out, or maybe I am not familiar with it, or been around it to understand it, but goodness me, I thought I was going to poke my eye out with my e-reader. If only things would have happened sooner I think it would have caught my attention better. I also think talking about the issues, rather if they are hard or not, would be more realistic instead of these “issues” that came about because someone couldn’t be honest with someone. So with the dragged out situations, that didn’t need to happen, then the ending was rushed. Sigh, I loved the ending though. There is one scene that I thought was great. It was the moment Shane got Cara in the kitchen and wanted her to just be herself. It was charming, and very sexy. Maybe I can get my husband to get me in the kitchen. On a good note: The guys in this series are yummy delicious and the sex scenes are hot!
Jill_S More than 1 year ago
Kate Meader mixes the sweet with the sizzle in All Fired Up, the second installment in her Hot In The Kitchen series. Cara DeLuca, an events planner, and Shane Doyle, Irish patisserie, meet in Vegas and well, in this case what happens in Vegas does NOT stay in Vegas! Cara is a perfectionist - controlled, driven and not quite comfortable enough in her own skin to let loose and have fun. While, Shane appears more laid-backed, fun-loving and everyone is drawn to him. Yet, they both come to the table with a past and secrets they’d rather keep hidden. What I enjoyed most about Kate Meader’s characters’ is that they were real and flawed, not the perfect fictional characters that you could never see yourself or anyone you know in. Yes they were gorgeous but no they were most certainly NOT perfect. They made mistakes and did not correct them right away. When they argued with themselves in their head you could see that they knew better, but didn’t know exactly how to extricate themselves from the situation, or were just too afraid to do it. They did real things – things you might find yourself doing (just maybe not admitting to…) I enjoyed watching Cara and Shane find their way through the ups and downs of their relationship. There were tender moments, light hearted banter, passion, support, fights – all the elements that go into building an actual relationship. All Fired Up is the second book in the Hot In The Kitchen series. I did not read Feel The Heat, the first book, and I followed and enjoyed this story just fine. However, I do feel that I may have gotten more out of the book, with the other characters, the background, etc, if I had read the first book (something I am planning on rectifying shortly). I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys sweet yet, sizzling contemporary romance! I received an ARC from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
This sounded like such a cute read, so naturally I had to pick it up! While I ended up enjoying this one, I really struggled to get into it. I can't quite pinpoint what exactly gave me so much trouble- this book can be read as a stand-alone, but when characters from previous novels show up and there is history- I just felt a bit out of the loop. I also felt like I was on information overload. Meader does a great job with her descriptions, but I think I felt it was a bit much too fast. I also struggled with the back and forth between Shane and Cara's voice. One minute we would have Shane's thoughts and then I felt we would abruptly switch to Cara's. As a result, I just found I had a hard time losing myself in the books' pages like I usually do. However, as the story progressed, things started clicking for me and I began to understand the history and family background of the novel. I also got used to the alternating POV's, and I felt I wasn't as overloaded with information. I began enjoying the romance and the story surrounding it. Cara and Shane were a great couple and they had me laughing at them quite often. Cara and Shane are complete opposites. Cara is obsessed with control, can be uptight, and has been nicknamed Lemon Tart at the restaurant she works at. However, when you learn Cara's reasons for control, it absolutely breaks your heart. She has not confided in anyone about what she has gone through, suffered, and eventually overcome. With all this in mind- it'd be pure craziness that this control freak of a woman would get hitched to a stranger in Vegas, right? Mm, maybe not so crazy... Shane Doyle is the new pastry chef at the restaurant Cara works for. He is immensely talented and successful, which begs the question- why work for a restaurant in Chicago when we could own his own? Shane has secrets that he keeps close as well, and while his motivations for coming to Chicago might not have been the most positive, meeting Cara, her family and friends, has brought new revelations to his life. Saying yes to a strange woman asking him to marry her is also pretty crazy. While Cara talks of annulment, Shane really starts to question if that's what he wants- the two clearly have some killer chemistry. Shane is fun-loving, adorkable, and completely irresistible. He won't give up on his new wife just yet. He wants to get to know her and the more he pushes himself into her life, the more he realizes he doesn't want to ever leave it. I liked how hard Cara fought against Shane. It was cute, but that girl didn't have a chance in hell at resisting the Irish ginger who could make orgasmic desserts. Letting him in and confessing her deepest, darkest secret was a huge deal for her and Shane handled it amazingly. He didn't pity her, didn't look at her differently, he simply saw her for what she was: beautiful. The characters that were introduced in Meader's first book of the series, Feel the Heat, play a significant role in this story. Lili is Cara's younger sister, who is engaged to Jack Kilroy, owner of the restaurant Cara party plans for. Jules, Jack's sister, is important to the plot as well, considering the next book will be about her. She has an infant, Evan, but is also a single mom. There is some definite interest between her and Lili and Cara's cousin Tad, and I am very curious to see how their story will play out. Cara's family has overcome some pretty big obstacles. Her mother is a survivor of cancer and instead of helping out and being there for her mom, Cara was the one to hide away in her work, unsure of how to deal. This is part of the reason, the family doesn't expect Cara to be nurturing or good with kids. However, the opposite couldn't be more true. Cara secretly yearns for a husband and a family to call her own. She brushes off their remarks and acts the part of the successful career woman. Shane can see right through her, however, and he can see how vulnerable she really is. He wants her to confide in him, yet he can't bring himself to do the same with her. This hurts her deeply, especially since she's shared things with him she has with no one else. Shane eventually comes clean to her about his past, but he doesn't divulge the true reason he has come to Chicago. However, the real reason just may threaten his and Cara's new relationship, as well as some of the friendships he's made along the way. Shane had no idea coming to Chicago would bring so much into his life and he really begins to feel guilty about deceiving the people he's coming to love and cherish. As I said, I ended up really enjoying this one and I really liked watching Shane and Cara's relationship develop into something deeper. What may have started as a crazy night in Vegas, certainly ended in something much more.
sharonka322 More than 1 year ago
 This is a very typical romance, woman with a past meets a man with a past and together they make fire and then it turns out one has a heck of a secret, tears them apart and then they get back together.  Her name is Cara, and she is a perfectionist and is known to be cool and perfect. He is Shane, sexy and carrying a big secret. They make a silly little mistake while in Vegas - they get married - and while dealing with that issue, they are dealing with their past and their futures. Now, this is book two, and since the characters from book one are very prominent in the story, it might have been helpful to have read that first. It is a good book if you like contemporary romance and steamy love scenes. There are no big surprises, since most of the issues are told up front and then you watch as the characters deal with them and each other.  A familiar formula that works, a good story that keeps your interest, 4 out of 5 smiles.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
Cara was at her cousin bachelor / bachelorette party in Vegas. Cara always in control,everything organized and a bit bossy but she gets her job done. Cara had one to many drinks and a sexy Irishman by her side. Cara made the biggest mistake of her life that night and marry the sexy Irishman Shane. A week later and she still hasn't got her annulment, she been busy. Cara helping make the arrangements for her sister Lili and Jakes wedding. Jake hired a new guy in the family restaurant and wants him to bake the wedding cake. Jake doesn't understand why Cara doesn't want Shane to do the wedding cake and thinks something happen between then but doesn't know the details. Cara just wants her annulment and move on but Shane doesn't want to give it to her. Cara having a fit and they don't even really know each other, Shane was like do you think it might be that we're suppose to be together. Shane finally gets Cara to come out of her shell and have a little fun. The more time they spend together the more they like each other but Cara still hands him the annulment papers and Shane not ready to sign them yet. When Cara starts thinking she falling in love with Shane. She finds out it was all a lie, that Shane knew that Jake is his half brother and he only wanted the job to get close to his brother. Cara is heart broken and can't believe she fell for him and everything had been a lie. Shane didn't tell Cara he already signed the annulment papers and giving them to the attorney a while back. So when everything came out the divorce was final and she have a choice. Shane loved her but wanted her to want him and not just a drinking night of I dos. Sitting at a bar in Vegas again but all alone and her phone rings and her sister told her to have a open heart and hear Shane out. To turn around and not be mad. Shane was there walking towards her and she was going to listen to her sister and hear him out. Shane apology, sincerity and love in his eyes, she knew they were made for each other.    
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A tempest for two blended into a sexy, light romance!!! Cara deLuca is Ms. Perfect; She has encased her heart and soul in a suit of armor. But... on a night in Las Vegas, her world tilted. Somehow she ended up married to Shane, a sexy Irishman. How totally unlike her! Can what happened in Las Vegas be annulled before anyone finds out? Shane is one sexy chef with his own secret. When he gets the chance to work for Jack, a famous chef, he never expected to garner a wife too! Now he doesn't want to let her go...  Combine a Ms. Perfect with and some Irish brogue in the kitchen... and what do you get? A tempest for two blended into a sexy, light romance.  Please know that this is the 1st book I've ever read by Kate Meader. This book can be read on it's own and reading the 1st book is not required to enjoy the story; however, I do plan to go back and read the 1st book in the series as characters from the 1st book figured prominently in this story. I may have enjoyed the story more IF I had read the 1st book beforehand.  A Good By the Fire Read! 3 Stars!!!!!.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Great read! This was very well-written story of two people, Shane and Cara, who get married in Vegas just a few hours after meeting. Of course, they were drunk and don't remember too much of the how or the why of it. The good news is they both work in the same restaurant back in Chicago and live in the same building so there is plenty of time for them to realize just how right for each other they really are and that maybe it wasn't the craziest thing either of them had ever done. It was wonderful watching them fall in love. Kate Meader does a great job of allowing the reader into her characters' heads, hearts, emotions, struggles, true desires, fears, and joys. Shane and Cara were both very complex and damaged, both keeping a lot of secrets and both with a lot to lose. Cara was a very independent woman who liked to be in control of every aspect of her life and she especially resisted the belief they could really make it as a couple despite how irresistible she found Shane. Shane realized and accepted his feelings for Cara earlier on and was determined in his pursuit of his wife. Cara and Shane both had a great sense of humor and Ms. Meader was no slacker with the banter between the two. Much of the story was very light-hearted offering laugh-out-loud moments, but there were also serious issues addressed. Cara and Shane's family, friends, and coworkers make a solid contribution to the fun and the tension. But the love story between Cara and Shane was definitely the highlight. Ms. Meader really makes their characters come alive and their growing relationship believable. Their struggles within themselves and with their feelings for each are realistically written. The sexual chemistry is off the charts and when they finally give in to it the scenes are panty melting steamy! But what really comes across is how much they "get" each other and how good they are together. All in all I give All Fired Up a solid 4.5 stars and recommend it to everyone who loves a gorgeous leading man who knows exactly what he wants from the moment he sees her and just happens to have a sexy Irish accent!
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars:  ALL FIRED UP is the second storyline in Kate Meader’s contemporary romance Hot in the Kitchen series focusing on the lives and loves of the DeLuca family.  This is Cara and Shane’s story and follows approximately one year after Feel The Heat in which we were first introduced to the DeLuca clan.   As Lili and Jack prepare for their upcoming wedding, Cara sets into motion an annulment that will see her soon disconnected from the man she married in Las Vegas. The world building continues from the first novel and we get another look at the DeLuca family as their prepare for another celebration. The premise focuses on Cara DeLuca and her attempts to steer clear of her new ‘Vegas husband’ Shane Doyle-the sexy Irishman who is now the new pastry chef for her future brother’s-in-law restaurant.  But luck is not on her side when she discovers that her new neighbor is none other than the man himself-Shane Doyle- and her emotions and body are betraying her with every encounter. As the storyline develops so too do the romantic and sexual feelings between our leading couple.  But Cara believes that Shane was a mistake and she ensures that no matter how she feels their secret marriage will never be revealed. Shane is a man with past-although everyone has a secret or two-Shane’s secret will affect everyone in the DeLuca family including his boss Jack Kilroy.  His dark past and secrets will force Shane to push away the woman with whom he is falling in love and when the truth is finally revealed, everyone will believe that Shane has manipulated them all. ALL FIRED UP is a heartwarming storyline about two people from opposites side of the track but two people who probably have more in common than not. Both have strived to be the perfect children and siblings but in the end, found themselves alone with their inner turmoil and demons.  The reader is pulled into a story of how one man has affected two young boys and the results were completely different yet similar in many ways.  If you are a fan of contemporary romance storylines with a little bit of heat and a whole lot of heart than All Fired Up is the perfect read. Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.
scottnl73 More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable and easy read. Cara is an uptight event planner and Shane is a hot, Irish pastry chef, end up married a few hours after meeting each other in Vegas. While Cara desperately tries to undo the marriage, Shane wants nothing more than to get to know (and possibly keep) his wife in his life. But of course each character has their own emotional baggage to deal with. It was kind of hard to like Cara in the beginning because she seemed so standoffish, but the more she opened up around Shane, it was easier to see her in a different light, and when she finally opened her huge piece of life baggage, it all made sense (or at least it did for me, I've never known anyone that has dealt with Cara's issues). The reader already knows Shane's issues and his angle, and while the big reveal was formulaic, you still can't help but to feel for Cara when she learns the truth. You also feel for Shane as well, as he wants nothing more than to be part of a family unit. All in all an enjoyable story, I plan to go back and read the story of Lili and Jack, and I'm hoping there's going to be a story on Jules and Tad soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago