Joe Fitzgerald hates New Orleans, but he’s stuck there until he convinces one stubborn local family to sell Lumière, the crumbling French Quarter restaurant they’ve owned for generations. The place is a wreck, and it’s hemorrhaging money. Joe figures he's their best chance for survival.
Remy Babineaux despises Pineapple Joe’s and everything the chain stands for. He refuses to let Lumière become some tacky corporate tourist trap. Theme drinks and plastic beads in his restaurant? Yeah, right. Over his dead, rotting corpse. The last thing Remy wants is a meeting with the restaurant chain’s representative, but his father agreed to at least listen to the proposal. There’s nothing Remy can do about it.
Remy figures an anonymous hookup is exactly what he needs to decompress. When he ends up across the table from his fling the next morning, real sparks fly. Joe refuses to give up his prime location; Remy refuses to give up his legacy. It’s war, and they’re both determined to win at any cost. Neither of them counted on falling in love.
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Joe Fitzgerald is in New Orleans to do one thing. That is to convince the Babineaux family to sell their restaurant, Lumière to his company. The plan is to build a Pineapple Joe’s in the coveted, prime location. Remy Babineaux wants to keep the family legacy. He does not want to give into Pineapple Joe’s, with its theme drinks and plastic beads. He had planned on making Lumière his life. Both men want the location and one can have it. It turns out to be a war between them. Remy hopes a one night stand will bring the human part into the equation. It turns into more than either man would have thought and soon their hearts are involved. Remy and Joe were amazing heroes. Each had a goal in mind and the two goals were not compatible. Remy wanted to work his family restaurant and continue bringing amazing dishes to his diners. Joe wanted to close a business deal and bring in Pineapple Joe’s, a chain restaurant. Since both cannot win, what are they going to do? One will be happy and the other will not. You can’t help but route for a happy ending, but you also know it cannot be. What happens next is what makes reading romance so much fun! Wonder what that means? Pick up Devil’s Food at Dusk and be prepared to cry and laugh and finally smile. The ending is what romance is all about.