If you can't take the heat
James Lassiter has had a crush on fellow culinary student Ethan Martin for three years, but has never had the guts to make a move. Putting himself out there is hard, especially when under the thumband walletof his overbearing parents. Now that bad boy chef Ethanwho is always vying with Jamie for best in classis struggling with the pastry course, Jamie suddenly has a reason to reach out.
Ethan doesn't mean to be an assokay, so mostly he doesbut even though he's secretly hot for Jamie, he sure as hell doesn't want help with pastry. Ever since his dad walked out, Ethan has been the one to hold things together and he's done fine on his own. Except that he can't get his cake to rise.
Jamie could be the answer to what Ethan's been missing his whole lifesomeone to depend on. But with the two competing for the same scholarship, things suddenly get too hot to handle. And if Jamie finds the strength to go for what he wants, he isn't about to settle for what he needs.
In the Raw is the first book in the In the Kitchen series. Stay tuned for book two, In the Fire, available in November 2014 from Carina Press.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought that I would when I started it. To me, it started out a little bit slow, but it definitely picked up speed because before I knew it, I was at the end of the book and I didn’t want it to be over! This is the first time that I have read anything by these authors, but I do think that they did a great job at writing together. There was no obvious “writer changes” that I could see while reading it. I thought that the characters were done extremely well; I do love characters that there are a lot of anguish surrounding them. And with these two men? There was plenty! It was really easy to connect with Ethan’s character, and I think that’s because I know what it’s like to be working hard to support yourself and your loved ones. But even though he came off as a jerk, it was so easy to see through him and see the real him. Jamie though was really sweet, right from the start. I loved how he was throughout the story and I thought that he was the perfect fit for Ethan. I am left wondering as to what is going to happen to Ethan and Jamie in the future, and I really hope that the authors do tell us more about that! Overall, I completely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre because it’s completely worth the read! Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*
That was HOT!!! No pun intended. I will admit right off the bat that I was expecting a tense yet fun and sexy read – which the authors definitely delivered on. But I also got a book that was much more of an emotional read than I really expected and it blew me away. I found it quite entertaining that neither James nor Ethan had any clue that the other was gay AND attracted to the other – especially when we learn that Ethan’s sister Claire was well aware of it as were others around them. I’m not sure I’ve ever read an m/m romance where both main character’s gaydar was broken. But seriously the relationship storylines within In the Raw are numerous and emotional – both good and bad – and they’re the driving force in the book. It’s clear right from the beginning that the sibling relationship between Ethan and Claire is not only strong, but also Ethan’s center – which is what makes Claire’s anger and silent treatment of Ethan at one point so significant. The friendship between Claire and James is clearly important to both of them, particularly to Claire as she is so busy with school and work that she doesn’t have much time to make friends, especially those who are truly interested in actually being friends. Although by no means a positive relationship, the one between James and his parents has a major impact on him, his behaviors, and his relationship with Ethan. I was outraged and devastated for James when his parents drew the line and refused to listen to him at all. Ultimately it is the relationship between James and Ethan and how it develops that is central to this novel. It was quite amusing to learn that neither man wanted to be attracted to the other. Ethan resented James’s wealth and the opportunities his last name afforded him; whereas James wasn’t “out” and didn’t know how to deal with Ethan’s mercurial moods – in short, Ethan was an arse. Yet as the two are forced to spend time together due to a school project and get to know one another in the process they learn that their impressions of the other aren’t accurate. Their attraction grows despite their best intentions and the result is intense. The authors not only give us some highly erotic sex scenes, but also some beautiful moments of emotional intimacy. In the Raw definitely has the In the Kitchen series off to an excellent start. Ms. Michaels and Ms. Griffin have done a great job in crafting James and Ethan’s story. I am so relieved that I have book two already so I can go straight into it as the Epilogue had me near tears more than once and I cannot wait to find out what happens next for these two. In the Fire here I come. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!