Burn for You

Burn for You

by J. T. Geissinger

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Overview

A classic fairy tale gets a sexy, edgy twist.

Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick’s New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fund-raiser, Bianca can’t refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother’s medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum—money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract—and a stunning ring.

The heir to a family bourbon dynasty, Jackson knows the rumors swirling around him. The truth is even darker. Still, he needs a wife to secure his inheritance, and free-spirited, sassy Bianca would play the part beautifully. Soon, though, their simple business deal evolves into an emotional intimacy he’s built walls to avoid.

As the passion heats up between them, Bianca and Jackson struggle to define which feelings are real and which are for show. Is falling for your fake fiancé the best happy ending…or a recipe for disaster?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542047456
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: Slow Burn Series , #1
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 465,074
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

J.T. Geissinger is the author of more than a dozen novels of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book and the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy. She’s a two-time finalist for the RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America, and her works have been finalists in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

Join her Facebook reader’s group—Geissinger’s Gang—to take part in weekly live chats and giveaways, find out more information about works in progress, get access to exclusive excerpts and contests, and receive advance reader copies of her upcoming releases. You can also check out her website, www.jtgeissinger.com, or follow her on Instagram @JTGeissingerauthor and on Twitter @JTGeissinger.

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Burn for You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Bianca Hardwick is a chef and owner of a restaurant in New Orleans. When she creates her menu around Boudreaux Bourbon her restaurant gains some notoriety and draws the eye of Jackson “the Beast” Boudreaux, a local resident. When Jax comes into her restaurant one night and can’t get seated immediately he lets the “Beast” out and is rude to her staff. Initially pleased and nervous he was in her restaurant, Bianca gets her back up over his demeaning her staff and her menu. Jax is intrigued by this beautiful chef who doesn’t back down and when he needs a chef for a charity event, he pays her a huge sum of money. Needing that money for personal reasons, Bianca puts together a menu that helps him raise tons of money and has them working directly together where more sparks fly. J. T Geissinger writes tortured men so well, and Jackson Boudreaux is a fascinating character to unwrap. There is obvious tension between these two characters both sexual and mental, but unraveling Jax’s history into why he is “the Beast” intrigues not only Bianca but the reader as well. Bianca is forced into Jax’s company by need for cash, but quickly see’s the pain beneath the rude exterior and even though going through some personal pain as well, wants to soothe the savage beast. Bianca is creole and talks with that Louisiana twang that gives this book great flavor, but it’s the characters around her that give her warmth and make her genuine. I love her relationship with her mother, the sass, grit and love they have for each other is a huge reason why I liked Bianca as much as I did. When Jax meets her mother for the first time, the contrast between her anxiety and his gentlemanly behavior sold me on them as a couple. Burn For You is a slow burn novel, meaning that they develop their relationship slowly. They start off enemies (at least on her side), develop a friendship, and then become lovers and that journey when done well captures the reader, and that was the case with Burn for You.
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Burn For You By: JT Geissinger ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Review by Kristie K Hot doesn’t even begin to describe the heat in THIS kitchen…Burn For You is SMOKIN’… Bianca Hardwick owns the best restaurant in New Orleans, and her new menu is earning rave reviews. When the heir to the family bourbon she has featured in her new menu shows up at her restaurant, no-one is prepared for the explosion to follow in his wake…least of all Bianca. Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is as gorgeous as he is cantankerous. When the chef of the amazing restaurant he tries in New Orleans stands up to him in a way no one ever has, he’s seriously confused…and intrigued. The spicy chef may be just what he needs to keep his inheritance safe…but no one told him to guard his heart. Burn For You is one hot little number, and I thoroughly devoured every chapter. J.T. Geissinger has created a delicious tale of family, misconception, hate, loss, and love. The plot and storyline are incredible, unique, and so compelling. Executed in a way that keeps you turning every page, this book is addictive. It will rile you up, make you laugh, break your heart, and send it soaring. The characters are sweet, sassy, fun, dark, broken, and amazing. I loved them both, their differences and their similarities were charming. Their banter amusing and fun, sometimes dark and sad, but they were great together. J.T. Geissinger has definitely cooked up some good stuff. Kristie K
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
Well I literally read that in one go. I laughed and laughed, then cried laughed and then cried again. It evoked so many thoughts in me, the parallels to my life were unbelievable apart from the billionaire fiancé of course.   I loved the characters and they way their accents were written so I could really hear how they sounded.   Awesome, I'll definitely be adding J.T to my one click list
christy-womack More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book When the chef Jackson Boudreau had hired to cater a charity event quit he’s in need of a replacement and is recommended a local chef that he checks out. Neither the woman nor her staff give him the due his family name should command which is a serious annoyance that increases his testiness but the food will do and he needs someone quickly. The huge success of the event and an outrageous demand from his father leads him to also contract the sassy chef, who unexpectedly appeals to him in ways he doesn’t really fathom yet, into a marriage of convenience for their mutual monetary benefit. Money can’t fix the wrongs in his life but it does provide the comfort he’s become accustomed to. That the woman touches something inside him he thought long dead is a complication he needs to resist or does he? Chef Bianca Hardwick designed a delicious menu for her restaurant using Boudreau bourbon that the patrons absolutely love. It wasn’t surprising that a member of the Boudreau family who happens to live in New Orleans would hear about it and come in to dine. She wasn’t prepared for the man’s arrogance, the level of rudeness displayed and not one for taking anyone’s crap she calls him on it. Instant dislike is a mild understatement of what she feels but she comps his meal anyway as a thank you for his family’s wonderful spirits that inspired her craft. Never expecting to see him again she’s stunned that he wants to hire her and appalled at the short time frame, if it weren’t for her mother’s sickness she would pass but the funds are sorely needed. She can deal with the abominable beast of a man for a short time or can she? His next proposition is mind-blowing, that she even considers it illustrates her desperation. It’s not just family need that drives Bianca’s decision, the man is rich, gorgeous with a personality that bristles and stings like a porcupine but in the short time she’s known him there’s more than the façade he shows the world, she’s intrigued about this churlish man. There’s a darkness in Jackson’s soul that no woman deserves but that doesn’t mean a man can’t wish for what he shouldn’t have or allow himself.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! I really liked Burn For You by J. T. Geissinger. This standalone novel incorporates everything I enjoy....a strong damsel in distress, a billionaire with a tragic past, an engagement of convenience, and a villain that turns out to be a complete wuss. Bianca Hardwick is a hard working chef and her New Orleans restaurant is quite unique. She has created her culinary specialties around Boudreaux bourbon, because she believes it to be the tastiest bourbon in the world. Her restaurant is always packed, so her patrons must agree with her flavor offerings. Bianca's mother used to own her eatery as well, but Hurricane Katrina washed it all away. Bianca's last relationship ended very badly, so as a result, she has embraced her work and single status. Jackson Boudreaux comes from old money. His birthday is right around the corner, and with it comes a huge inheritance. However, in order for him to continue to live the life of luxury, he has to be married or join the family's business on or before his birthday, which is only a few weeks away. He chooses marriage over business, due to his not so cordial relationship with his parents. After knowing Bianca for only a short time, he asks her to be his wife. Bianca has no desire to be near, let alone marry, such an arrogant snob. However, she cannot afford her mother's very expensive medical care, so she agrees to the marriage in exchange for money. Bianca and Jackson make an interesting couple. They both find each other extremely attractive and desirable. As they spend time together, Jackson unveils his tragic and misunderstood past, which Bianca is able to make better. This is a well-written novel and the richly developed characters are authentic, compassionate, and very likable. I absolutely love the Engagement of Convenience trope, and Ms. Geissinger's interpretation is emotional and sexy. This is the first book from the author's brand new series Slow Burn. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This was an o.k. book, it is not something that I would read again nor really recommend. I am not saying that it is bad, it's just that it didn't grab my interest. I finished reading it hoping it would get better, I didn't think that it did, but it is also not deserving of being torn to shreds. Book is about a restaurant owner Bianca, who although her restaurant is popular is still struggling financialy. Enter Jackson, who is a bitter man and he has his reasons. They are attracted to each other, and go into a fake relationship.. We find out why Jacson is the way he is, and why Bianca agrees to arrangement.
amatate More than 1 year ago
Burn for You is the first standalone in Miss Geissinger’s new Slow Burn series. I’m uncertain if the riff on the fairy tale theme will continue throughout the series, but there’s a definite nod to The Beauty and the Beast in Burn for You. I’ve been a fan of this author since stumbling onto her Bad Habit rocker series, and I’ve stayed a fan because she tends to write strong, independent heroines and gripping storylines, while sprinkling in a hearty dose of snark and humor. All of those elements were present in Burn for You, and I know I’ll be continuing this series. I have a soft spot for the grumpy, scowling hero who’s hiding a soft heart, so I was instantly intrigued with Jackson. He had quite a story and some painful secrets that shaped his rough exterior, but I appreciated that the author consistently gave the reader insights that there was more to this hero. Not relying on a ta-da moment or sudden change to his personality made his shift after meeting Bianca all the more believable. I also really liked Bianca. She was determined and fiery, with a compelling story. I enjoyed how the food/chef aspect of her life was woven throughout the narrative, from her descriptions of people to her memories tied up in recipes, making her character dynamic and interesting. Following a highly confrontational first meeting, Burn for You uses the marriage of convenience trope to bring these two together. While this plot point typically is more often a miss for me, Bianca and Jackson’s arrangement made sense and worked. Really the only thing that didn’t quite work for me with this book was the sudden change regarding Jackson’s parents. I liked the resolution, and really liked how Bianca was a major part of bringing the family back together. However, the misunderstanding explanation didn’t quite reconcile with the original story or the demands Jackson’s parents placed on him at the beginning of the story. That said, this element didn’t make me dislike the story and I thoroughly enjoyed the romance between Bianca and Jackson. Burn for You offered quite a variety of tropes, good characters with depth, and a sweet romance that boasts plenty of heat. While I’ve come to expect some powerful storylines form this author, Bianca’s relationship with her mother was incredibly touching, leaving me in tears at times. The insight and guidance Bianca received from her mother and sous chef, Eeny, was especially wonderful and had me highlighting up a storm. If you’re looking for a new book and enjoy a broody hero and feisty heroine, I definitely recommend getting lost in this New Orleans based love story. *eARC received via Netgalley. The publisher and author had no influence over this review*
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
Do you ever feel like sometimes things happen for a reason? In all honesty, it's a bit of a quirky story in that I had never heard of this author previously (apparently I live in a bubble!) and inadvertently requested this book via NetGalley. Perhaps it was fate, who knows, but mistake or not, this book was amazing! Since I had no clue what this story was even about, I dove in completely blind and boy was I ever blown away. With the first couple of chapters I wasn't sure what to think of either Jackson or Bianca however they quickly won me over. I adored both of them and rooted for them as a couple right up to the end. I will not only be on the look out for the next books in this series but plan on checking out the author's back list as well. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley.
D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
Feisty Cajun chef Bianca Hardwick and surly bad boy billionaire Jackson Boudreaux are two of the most fascinating characters I have ever had the pleasure to meet. In this enemies to lovers storyline reminiscent of Disney's popular Beauty and the Beast fairytale, it takes a very special woman like Bianca to look behind the mask of superiority that Jackson wears. I loved the New Orleans setting and the delightful supporting characters that make up Bianca's extended family as well as Jackson's delightful pseudo-father figure, Rayford. And that slow build up of simmering sexual attraction that culminates in oh-my-gawd, fan-my-face shower sex was absolutely hot-as-sin and well worth waiting for! But most of all I was absolutely spellbound by the growing emotional connection between these two lovers and the vulnerability they were finally able to share really touched my heart. These are characters that will stay with me for a very long time to come. I read a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
belllla More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of the books out there that has the same garner: marrying a billionaire under the contract because the both parties have benefited from it. And I must say that this one is one of my favorite from this genre. The story is something else because this billionaire is not some cocky self-centered womanizer but is a loner introvert person in the world and from time to time this loner goes out and his target is a restaurant whose owner is Bianca. So their interesting interaction starts. They are both very develop characters. Jackson The beast is so much more than we see at first sight and what is behind the cruel mask sees also Bianca. Desperate times made us do a desperate thing and that's why their charade begins. Both Jackson and Biank are great persons, and they have some powerful chemistry between that explode and explodes big. A heartbreaking emotional story that I really enjoyed. Recommended I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
KSP91301 More than 1 year ago
Still suffering a book hangover from the WICKED Games series but anxious to devour more from this new-to-me author, I came into this book blind. I was surprised by but pleased with the differences. The Burn For You storyline is nothing like the WG series. What is the same is the exceptional talent of the author to create a multifaceted story with characters so unique they literally jump off the page. This cast seems all too real to me because I was born to and raised by Southerners much like them. If for no other reason than to revisit these captivating, larger-than-life characters who make you laugh out loud, I guarantee I'll reread this story again. All my life I've heard and recited many of the humorous Southern colloquialisms they fill the pages with. It adds considerable color to the story. The heroine, Bianca, is a pure delight. She has a grace and charisma that made me immediately adore her. She speaks her mind, whether with a sassy comeback or rebuke. She certainly holds her own against the growly hero, Jackson. Oh, Jackson. sigh In the beginning his gruffness made it difficult, but eventually he won me over. There are many layers to this hero, and it takes the heroine a while to peel them away to the man he's hidden away. Sparks immediately crackle and sizzle between Bianca and Jackson. The embers burn slow and hot for most of the story before finally erupting into an inferno. And, Lawd, what an inferno it is. Bianca isn't the only one a quivering mess by the time they finally give in to their desires. Then growly takes on a whole new meaning. Burn For You is a fiery, fun, heart warming story that will put you through a gamut of emotions. Humor dominates, but there are several poignant moments that may cause a few tears. Getting lost in this story was like going home to welcoming arms. I highly recommend it.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 Having read this author’s “Wicked Games” and “Bad Habit” series, I will attest she does not do copycat romantic tales. No, each one is unique in their own way. But like tasting then trying to pinpoint the exact ingredients that makes or breaks a recipe, I’m struggling a bit here to put into words what made this story appealing, yet what could have used a little tweaking. Bianca brought a big heaping dose of comic relief with her colorful, southern expressions, folks. Though a tad numerous at times, they even got Jackson, the brooding hero, to smirk and lighten up a little. Standing toe to toe/nose to nose from the get go with this supposedly intimidating, world caters to him, obscenely rich hero was as refreshing to me as to him. He didn’t realize just how much he longed for that type of sass until it was murderously looking him straight in the eye. Her love/strong devotion for her mother endeared her to me, as well. As a lover of strong yet caring heroines, her talented/tough chef persona added to her likability as a leading lady, as well. Jackson’s background was a little much for me to wrap my head around at times. With at least three unexpected reveals, added together they seemed overly unlikely. I had to convince myself not to over analyze them and just roll with it. The Beauty and the Beast comparisons other reviewers drew from didn’t register with me either. Sure, he had a scar on his face, covered by a beard, but it was hardly so deforming he came across grotesque and not drop dead gorgeous. Yeah, Bianca loved to read and was impressed with his massive library, among other things (wink-wink). But I just didn’t feel that theme was dominant here, only slightly coincidental, aside from his quick temper/dark lord stares. His insecurities and lack of actually pursuing a career emasculated him somewhat in my eyes. Sitting at a dinner table with his estranged parents staring at his plate like a sullen child didn’t help, as well. Of course, considering what was going through his head, you could claim he was trying to get along in what he felt an uncomfortable situation. Burning up the pages eventually were their smexy scenes about 80% into it. Up until then a few passionate kisses tidied us over, which is fine. I don’t mind a slow burn, heated glances only build up, especially since it usually ensures the couple truly get to know each other first. They certainly made up for lost time later on. When the curtain fall on this one, I found myself thinking it was overall a sweet, steamy romance with some sadness thrown in. It was the flip of a switch, conflict resolution and light bulb realization near the end that felt like it could have been beefed up a little more. The grand gesture made in the wrap up certainly brought home what a kind-hearted character was hidden under a tough facade of a wounded heart that just wanted to be loved. That, my fellow romance book loving friends, wins me over every...single...time. Title: Burn for You, Series: Slow Burn (Book 1), Pages: 348, Author: J.T. Geissinger, 10/17/17, stand-alone but part of a series, very steamy, hired wife, chef heroine, tragic past, family loss, previous heartache, HEA, no cheating, no love triangle, no OW/OM drama (except unwelcome ex return), sassy banter. Rating: 3.5 stars (I received a free advanced reader copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for a n honest review.)
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--engaging and encouraging 4.25 stars--BURN FOR YOU is the first installment in JT Geissinger’s contemporary, adult SLOW BURN erotic, romance series. This is heir to the Boudreaux Bourbon dynasty Jackson ‘The Beast’ Boudreaux, and New Orleans’ chef Bianca Hardwick’s story line. A number of the chapters begin with a series of Cajun/Creole recipes that look as yummy as our story line hero sounds. Told from dual first person points of view (Bianca and Jackson) BURN FOR YOU follows the fake engagement between New Orleans’ chef Bianca Hardwick, and heir to the Kentucky Boudreaux Bourbon dynasty Jackson Boudreaux. Jackson is desperate: the caterer and chef he hired quit just two weeks before the fund raiser for the Wounded Warrior Project; and Jackson is about to loose access to billions of dollars unless he agrees to marry before he turns thirty-five. There is only one other option-an option Jackson refuses to acknowledge-fearing the demons from his past will continue to rear their guilt-ridden heads. Enter Bianca Hardwick, restaurant owner and chef, and the woman with whom Jackson will fall in love. What ensues is the fake but building relationship between Jackson and Bianca, and the fall out when Bianca is no longer in need of a million-dollar payout. Bianca Hardwick works hard but her mother’s illness is costing our heroine thousands of dollars she does not have. Nearing the end of her available cash the surly but beautiful, Jackson Boudreaux makes Bianca an offer she cannot refuse-five years to play along and become Jackson’s wife in return for a one million dollar price. The relationship between Jackson and Bianca begins acrimoniously. Jackson’s gruff exterior and lack of social manners pushes all of Bianca’s buttons and more. But Jackson hides a dark past of secrets and shame- secrets that once revealed will bring about forgiveness and acceptance from the people he cares about most. The $ex scenes are limited but intimate and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Bianca’s employees including Pepper the hostess; sous chef Ambrosine aka Eeny; pastry chef Hoyt, Bianca’s ex-husband Trace; her ailing mother Davina Hardwick, and her mother’s ‘boyfriend’ aka the Colonel. Jackson’s circle of friends is limited to his assistant Rayford and little man Cody, but we will come face to face with his parents Brig and Clemmy Boudreaux. BURN FOR YOU has moments of heartbreak and grief; truth and acceptance; falling in love and letting go of the past. The premise is engaging and encouraging; the characters are broken, colorful and intense; the romance is seductive and provocative. BURN FOR YOU looks at one man’s struggle with the past, and one woman’s battle for the future.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
This is my first J.T. Geissinger book and it won't be my last. I love this modern day take on Beauty & the Beast. I thought it was very well done with a really good storyline and very interesting characters. Jackson, the Beast, turns out to not nearly as beastie as Bianca believes him to be. Yes he can be arrogant and rude but there is so much more to Jax, like his generosity and huge heart and his quiet vulnerability, just so many layers. It is quite awesome to watch as Bianca manages to chip away at his hard outer shell and strip him down to his soul. He is also devastatingly handsome. Bianca is a hard working, sassy, strong and beautiful woman. She has a lot going on in her life between her sick mother, restaurant and jerky ex-boyfriend. She does not like Jax at all in the beginning but the more she gets to know the real him, the more she really likes him. Can these two turn their fake relationship with real combustible chemistry into a love everlasting?
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I really, truly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, and cry, and sigh, and swoon. I loved the Beauty and the Beast aspects of the story (especially the LIBRARY!), and I really love the enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience, and forced proximity tropes! This is my first book by the author, but she's definitely on my list now! Bianca Hardwick is a chef, and she's just opened her own restaurant in the French Quarter, in New Orleans. Her mother was a chef for years, and had her own restaurant, but it was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, so she retired. Bianca loves cooking, and she loves that she's now perfectly free to do it her own way. She loves a good bourbon, so she uses her favorite bourbon brand, Boudreaux Bourbon, and plans her entire menu for the season around it. Her restaurant is doing great, and she's thrilled. She's also shocked to see the heir to the bourbon throne himself, Jackson Boudreaux, stroll into her restaurant and demand a table. Jackson Boudreaux is a hot mess. His nickname is The Beast, and boy does he live up to it. He's rude, and doesn't appear to care a lick about other people. He has a dark past, and he's refused to carry on his family's legacy in Kentucky. He leaves a terrible first impression on Bianca, but then he really needs her help for a charity benefit he's throwing. He makes her an offer she can't refuse. And it's not the last offer he'll make her. There are jokes in the book about the trope of slap, slap, kiss, and it is so appropriate for this couple. They rub each other the wrong way from the start, and then they realize how attracted they actually are to each other. Jackson realizes it long before Bianca, but he doesn't know what to do about it. Their chemistry is off the charts hot, and I loved their banter. Bianca's relationship with her mom was another great part of this book. Her mom's health issues were heartbreaking, and made me think of my own parents and how I would deal with such issues. Cody was another little joy in the story, and I really would have liked to see more of him. This was definitely a slow burn romance, and I enjoyed it much more than I normally do that type of story. The main characters really came to know and love each other naturally, amidst hardships, pain, and loss, and I loved that. I see that this is the start of a series, and I'm curious who the next book will be about, as most of the side characters here were either much older, much younger, already involved, or villains of a sort. Neither main character really had good friends to lean on, so there is no strong indication of leads for the next book. But I am definitely interested in reading it. My only real gripes with the story are wishing Cody had been a bigger part of the story (I don't want to spoil who he is here), and wishing the conflict resolution with Jackson's family had been a little more in depth. Additionally, I'm a major lover of epilogues, and I would have appreciated one here immensely. It certainly wasn't required, but I think it would have been a fantastic addition. I really enjoyed this story, and I highly recommend it.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
4.5 Slap Slap kiss Stars! Heir to the Boudreaux Bourbon empire, Jackson Boudreaux was a beast of a man that had a perpetual scowl on his face and would just as soon growl at you than not. Bianca is a beautiful Creole` woman who has just opened a restaurant and based her menu off her recipes paired with Boudreaux Bourbon. When Jackson shows up at her restaurant demanding a table, the sparks flew. Oh man, Jackson is one of my favorite types of Hero’s. He’s got the whole wounded beast thing going on and despite how much everyone has failed him, he never fails everyone else. He’s just such a good man. He’s rock solid and supportive. I was rooting for him form the very beginning. Bianca was pure sass. I loved that she doesn’t bow down to status or money. All she cares about is doing her mama proud. She’s one of those woman that if you win her over, she’ll be loyal to the day she dies. Together, Jackson and Bianca were spitting fire right from the start. I enjoyed every bit of their banter and the chemistry was intense. These two had me constantly laughing as well as all the great side characters. J.T. Geissinger really could just write anything and I’ll read it. She never fails to draw me in so completely in to the lives of these characters. Burn for You was a great start to a new series and I can’t wait to see what comes next!
ZR1000 More than 1 year ago
A highly delightful, explosive Slap Slap Kiss… This is the first book in the Slow Burn series that can be read as a stand-alone. When the chef Jackson Boudreau had hired to cater a charity event quit he’s in need of a replacement and is recommended a local chef that he checks out. Neither the woman nor her staff give him the due his family name should command which is a serious annoyance that increases his testiness but the food will do and he needs someone quickly. The huge success of the event and an outrageous demand from his father leads him to also contract the sassy chef, who unexpectedly appeals to him in ways he doesn’t really fathom yet, into a marriage of convenience for their mutual monetary benefit. Money can’t fix the wrongs in his life but it does provide the comfort he’s become accustomed to. That the woman touches something inside him he thought long dead is a complication he needs to resist or does he? Chef Bianca Hardwick designed a delicious menu for her restaurant using Boudreau bourbon that the patrons absolutely love. It wasn’t surprising that a member of the Boudreau family who happens to live in New Orleans would hear about it and come in to dine. She wasn’t prepared for the man’s arrogance, the level of rudeness displayed and not one for taking anyone’s crap she calls him on it. Instant dislike is a mild understatement of what she feels but she comps his meal anyway as a thank you for his family’s wonderful spirits that inspired her craft. Never expecting to see him again she’s stunned that he wants to hire her and appalled at the short time frame, if it weren’t for her mother’s sickness she would pass but the funds are sorely needed. She can deal with the abominable beast of a man for a short time or can she? His next proposition is mind-blowing, that she even considers it illustrates her desperation. It’s not just family need that drives Bianca’s decision, the man is rich, gorgeous with a personality that bristles and stings like a porcupine but in the short time she’s known him there’s more than the façade he shows the world, she’s intrigued about this churlish man. There’s a darkness in Jackson’s soul that no woman deserves but that doesn’t mean a man can’t wish for what he shouldn’t have or allow himself. This was a wonderful, humorous, emotional, sexy adaptation of the beauty and the beast theme with captivating characters, an interesting storyline; awesome use of descriptive metaphors perfectly placed with great internal dialogue accompanying highly entertaining banter. The use of a southern belle and the misunderstood wild man with their constant push and pull drew this reader in from page one. From the onset the protagonists have an intense mutual hatred combined with a strong sexual attraction they don’t know what to do with that complicates the situation, a simmering slow burn that inevitably has to end in a fiery explosion. Both come with emotional baggage making them judgmental at first until they learn what’s behind each other’s invisible shields. Sometimes all it takes is that one person who can see through to your core to set the demons free, that person who’ll fight for the beauty found underneath the stormy surface. This story had all the feels, it had a blend of amusement and seriousness much like you find in real life. You have to love the supporting cast and their dramas. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one and it's the beginning of what should be a fun series to read. I must say this is one book you don't want to read hungry!! Bianca Hardwick is the head chef and owner of a new restaurant in New Orleans. She's developed a menu highlighting a bourbon distilled and distributed by the Boudreaux family. When Jackson Boudreaux shows up in her restaurant at first she's nervous but after meeting the man in all his arrogant rudeness anger is the only emotion she feels. Then he requests that she cater a fundraising event he's in charge of making her an offer she simply can't afford to refuse. From that point things really heat up! I loved these characters and I enjoyed getting to know them throughout the story. It's very well written although it seemed to drag a little in the middle. Other than that it was a great read and one I would definitely recommend.