Hot Under Pressure

Hot Under Pressure

by Louisa Edwards
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Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards

Hot Under Pressure

Louisa Edwards
Prepare to turn up the heat with the final book in the sizzling "Rising Star Chef" trilogy from romance author Louisa Edwards.

Henry Beck thought he'd already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. After all, what could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? But when he learns his competition for the title of Rising Star Chef is the sweet hippie girl he married…and left…ten years ago, the heat is on.

Now Beck and Skye Gladwell are going head to head in the finals…and sparking up old flames every time they touch. But Skye wants more than a win over the man who abandoned her when she needed him most—she wants a divorce! Then her sexy almost-ex makes a deliciously dangerous proposition. He'll give in to her demands, but if his team wins the RSC, he has a demand of his own…one last taste of the only woman he ever loved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466801387
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Series: Recipe for Love , #6
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 647,984
File size: 352 KB

About the Author

Louisa Edwards grew up in Virginia before moving to Manhattan to work with some of the biggest names in book publishing. She has also worked as a restaurant reviewer for a small-town newspaper, a waitress at a returement home, and behind the counter at an organic bakery. She decided to bring her love of romance and cooking together by writing the Recipe for Love and Rising Star Chef series. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Louisa Edwards is the author of Can’t Stand the Heat, On the Steamy Side, and Just One Taste. She grew up in Virginia, where at the age of 11, she was already sneaking Harlequin romances from her grandmother’s suitcase, much to her parents’ horror. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College before moving to Manhattan to work in book publishing—a dream job that allowed her to earn a living by reading romance novels. She later moved to Ohio, where she worked as a restaurant reviewer. The Recipe for Love series combines her love of food and romance. When she’s not writing, Louisa eats at as many wonderful restaurants as possible—purely for research, of course.

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Hot Under Pressure 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Should you ever put love on the back burner? The competition may be about who is the greatest chef, but with Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell it is also about healing deep wounds. Beck and Skye seemed to throw their love away but neither of them really ever walked away. Both of them have been running from childhood trauma and past imperfections but always believed they were at their best when they were together. It has been ten rocky years of building a life while living apart. All it takes is one kiss proves time is on their side not fighting against them. While the cooking competition gets intense the attraction Beck and Skye have for each is showing it never went away. With each signature dish they prepare, they show off more of the hidden secrets inside that no one should see. Life is far from perfect and these two show how those imperfections can be whipped into one flawless soufflé. Louisa Edwards knows how to combine the perfect ingredients to make the relationship sizzle, and the story hot. Even the secondary characters are lighting up the night, good work indeed.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I didn't think that any of Louisa's books could top the amazing books that she has already written. I love her writing. I love the style of her books. I love the foodie themes. I love her characters. The first 20% of this book, I was devastated. It was okay, but it just didn't have the "oomph" that I expect from Louisa's books. There was lots of effort put into the setting up of this book, which was unexpected especially since this is the final in the series and we already knew the characters. But I promise you...wade through that first 20%. It's important. It's vital. It sets up this book so beautifully and so perfectly. The patience that you show through the first part will be rewarded later in the book...I promise you! I think that I can honestly say that this is my favorite Louisa Edwards book ever. Skye & Beck? Who would have guessed at the depth of their history and their lives individually. The way that Louisa told their story...through the food competition...OMG, so brilliant and so creative and so emotionally moving. Yes, I was crying right along with everyone else during the finals scenes. I have loved Beck's character ever since he was introduced. He's the huge, quiet guy in the corner and you just knew that quietness hid depths you just couldn't see. But even I was surprised at his story and how emotional he truly could become. OMG, the epilogue...GENIUS. It's making me teary-eyed even now thinking about it. This is a guy that, when he cares, he cares deeply. One of the best examples of this outside of the emotional scenes with Skye, is the way that he handles Win. Win and Beck's friendship...OMG, I loved that aspect of the book. Win is this exuberant, over the top personality, but he sees things and pushes Beck to go further. On the other side of this, Beck sees when Win needs encouragement or someone in his corner. Their friendship and camaraderie in this book was so much fun to read. Another fabulous relationship in this book was Claire & Kane. This is a relationship that has developed slowly over the course of the three books. Again, this is another couple that is dealing with some fairly deep-seeded issues that just made my heart ache for them. Claire wants so much to trust her feelings for Kane and Kane just truly loves her. *ack* It's just so beautiful and heartbreaking. If there was a single thing that I could complain about in this book, it's that I wanted just a smidge more of Kane & Claire after they resolved their issues. I know, there really wasn't room in the book. I just wanted a tiny bit more just to assure myself that their HEA was going to last because these are two that are so in love that they truly deserve a Happily Ever After. Bravo, Louisa! I expected great things from this book and you delivered BIG TIME! This book was gorgeous. Having the special guest for Beck at the finals was perfection. I loved the family aspect of these books and I love the Lundens. The epilogue was incredible in that we got to see how things settled out for everyone that we have come to love over the course of this series. You write characters that are so deep that I connect to them as a reader. Thank you for that. It makes reading your books so much fun and entertaining. So when do we find out the details about your next writing venture???
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jen Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Let’s start with the question everyone wants to know when it comes to series books… does it stand well on it’s own? Well, the answer to that is yes and no. I read book one well over a year ago and the plot is rather fuzzy in my mind and I haven’t read book two. Throughout most of this story I felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle by not having read book two. Every once in a while, events from that book were eluded to and I felt out of the loop. And there is a core set of characters and a major plot line that over-arcs all the books, so for the best reading pleasure you’re best served by reading them in order. Aside from that lost feeling, I actually liked this book. It’s a reunion story staring the mysterious Beck and his estranged wife Skye. And the kicker is that they are opponents in the Rising Star Chef competition. Throughout the book the two of them work out a ton of issues that marred their marriage and find that spark and rekindle their love (seriously, I’m not giving anything away… it’s a ROMANCE novel after all). There is a lot going on in this book. The competition has to be completed as it’s been advancing through all the books in the series. Plus there is Beck and Skye’s romance. Add it some secondary character plot lines that get some attention as well… well, the book is jam packed. Lot’s of action in and out of the kitchen. Is this my favorite Louisa Edwards book? No. Is it good? Yes. Do I recommend it? Only if you read the series from the start.
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great conclusion to the series
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