Intercepting the Chef

Intercepting the Chef

by Rachel Goodman
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Intercepting the Chef by Rachel Goodman

“Smart, sexy, and funny” (Publishers Weekly) contemporary romance writer Rachel Goodman is back with a brand new series about a quarterback trying to score in the most important game of his life—the game of love.

Gwen Lalonde is a rising star in the eyes of the elite restaurateurs of the world. But when her celebrity chef boss and now ex-boyfriend fires her, she finds herself playing a different game. Forced to flee San Francisco and return home to Denver, Gwen lands a spot as the executive chef at Stonestreet’s, a new restaurant owned by NFL golden boy and Colorado Blizzards quarterback Logan Stonestreet. When Logan starts pursuing Gwen romantically, she pulls a classic duck and weave and avoids any advances by throwing herself into reestablishing her reputation in Denver.

But Logan Stonestreet is persistent—he didn’t become one of the best football players in the league by throwing in the towel at the first rejection. Something about Logan’s unwavering determination—and amazing body—keeps Gwen around, and soon there’s more that’s sizzling than just the steak on the grill. Things are getting more serious than either side cares to admit, and when Logan suffers a severe injury in the playoffs, they’re both forced to make game-time decisions. The perfect romance for football fans and foodies alike, Intercepting the Chef is a delicious read that’ll have you hooked until the very last play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501158926
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Series: How to Score , #1
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 76,860
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rachel Goodman is the critically acclaimed author of the Blue Plate series. She was raised in Colorado on Roald Dahl books and her mother’s award-worthy cooking. Now an engineering professor at her alma mater, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, she has not lost her passion for culinary discovery or a well-told story. A member of RWA, she continues to hone her craft through the Writer’s Path at SMU while seeking to create the perfect macaroni and cheese recipe.

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Intercepting the Chef 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
kahea46 12 months ago
***3 Stars*** The combination of food and football, two of my favorite things outside of rugby, reading and music, was what grabbed my attention and had me wanting to see how things would play out for Gwen and Logan. And though I found their journey, both as couple and separately, interesting I didn’t become as emotionally invested in it all as much as I thought I would. Logan is the NFL’s golden boy who has brought an ailing team back to life. He’s been groomed for it since he was born and is determined to achieve the ultimate prize. What I liked about Logan was that he viewed his celebrity as part of his job as the QB and not as a right. He acknowledged that it did garner him certain perks, but he didn’t abuse it. Gwen has spent her entire life with one goal in mind. Becoming a chef and running her own restaurant, but after the rug is unexpectedly pulled out from under her, that goal appears almost impossible. I’m of two minds when it comes to Gwen in that I admired her, but didn’t always like her. I admired her passion for food and cooking and her drive to be an acclaimed chef since that road is extremely rough, but I didn’t care for how she looked down on anything she deemed ‘pedestrian’. Her tendency to keep her emotions contained was understandable, but it made her feel cold and distant and I had a hard time truly connecting with her, even in the end. With my tepid feelings towards Logan and Gwen separately, it should come as no surprise that I didn’t become fully invested in their romance, but there were some facets of it that I enjoyed. I actually loved their more playful interactions because it at least gave me a glimpse into who they could be if they allowed their walls to fully drop. I also liked how they forced each other to take a long hard look at where they were currently at and what they wanted their future to be. Although this book didn’t give me the emotional gut punch I wanted, I still found it to be an interesting read. Each step in Logan and Gwen’s personal journey’s were well thought out and I liked seeing how they dealt with everything tossed in their way. The descriptions of the food made me hungry and the details of all things football made it easy to envision all that was happening on and off the field. ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks 12 months ago
Intercepting the Chef is a story for foodies and sports enthusiasts alike. Rachel Goodman pairs the hot quarterback with the brainy, passionate chef and easily takes readers from the field into the kitchen. When talented chef Gwen Lalonde loses a prominent position, along with a relationship she thought was stronger, she heads back to Denver to lick her wounds and rise again. As the executive chef at Logan Stonestreet's new restaurant she plans to add her signature touch to the dishes created in memory of his mother. Even though Gwen refuses to be thrown into the spotlight as an opportunist using her feminine wiles to get to the top, Logan is determined to explore the chemistry between them. Gwen and Logan are like opposite sides of the same coin. While Logan throws his health to the wind in order to put everything he has into leading his team to a Super Bowl victory, Gwen is scared to risk everything for her dreams. Rachel Goodman takes readers through their simmering passion as they learn to find happiness and more than just satisfying futures. Banter between the sassy chef and suave footballer lends the story a humorous edge that breaks up the detailed football language peppered regularly through the story. The How to Score series is just ramping up and I can't wait to see what's next. Hopefully food will still be intertwined within the plot! *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
The combination of culinary deliciousness, football, and romance creates Intercepting the Chef, by new to me author Rachel Goodman. The riveting prologue drew me into this entertaining read, as the plot and personalities are unveiled with each chapter. This is the first book from the author's How to Score series and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Chef Gwen Lalonde, and NFL quarterback Logan Stonestreet, have known each other since third grade. They both grew up in Denver, and Gwen's twin brother Chris is Logan's best friend. So when Gwen's boyfriend, who also happens to be her boss, unjustly fires her, it is Chris that gets Gwen the position of executive chef at Logan's brand new sports-themed restaurant. Now Gwen is back in Denver, trying to save her culinary reputation and figure out her future, while Logan is working through his injuries in order to fulfill his dream of winning the Superbowl. Gwen and Logan shared a kiss back in high school, which they still remember fondly. As they get to know each other again, their old feelings begin to resurface and they begin a friends with benefits relationship. Both of them want more from each other, but their professional needs and wants take complete precedence over their personal lives. I liked this novel. Ms. Goodman writes with a lot of passion, and I felt the professional pressures that both main characters experienced deep within my soul. The combination of interesting plot, steam and angst is wonderfully executed. The plot builds and advances effortlessly, with lots of interesting discoveries and revelations. If you like football, food and a hot couple, then this book is for you. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one but, of course, it was about football and cooking, two of my favorite things! Logan Stonestreet is the quarterback for the Denver Blizzards and owner of a new restaurant in need of an executive chef. Gwen Lalonde is in need of a job and her twin Chris has set her up at Stonestreet's which is really not much of a stretch since they have all been friends since childhood and Chris is best friends with Logan, and a receiver for the Blizzards. Both Logan and Gwen have their issues and insecurities to overcome and watching them come together was so much fun. I recommend this one and I am looking forward to more to come. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Rachel's other books, so I was pretty eager to get to this one. I loved Gwen and Logan. She's sassy and stubborn and standoffish. He's charming and personable and can I say charming again? Together they're fun and the banter and button pushing was fantastic. I also adored Gwen's BFF, Missy {and I'm secretly hoping we see more of her.} Of course there were secrets and slight miscommunications and the eventual break up. Thankfully, the separation doesn't last long and the last couple of chapters and epilogue more than make up for it. My only complaint is that some of the passages of Logan footballing and Gwen cooking got a bit dense. Sure, they're necessary, but still took me out of the story a bit. Overall, a cute and quick read. I really hope there will be more to these characters. **Huge thanks to Pocket Stat for providing the arc free of charge**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one! Rachel Goodman is a new to me author and I am delighted to have found her. This is the first book in what should be a fun series to read. I loved her writing style and how she develops her characters. There is a nice easy flow to the story with very little angst, a touch of humor, and a good amount of heat. Logan is just about perfect. Athlete, sweet, and sexy. Gwen is a little harder to warm up to but in the end I did enjoy her. Overall it's a great story that kept me very entertained. I would definitely recommend this one.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! I have not read this author before, but the title and cover of this book snagged my attention. I'm a sucker for a sports romance and I love that cover! Gwen is an up and coming chef who gets caught up in the glam of her celebrity boss. She is blindsided when he fires her. He accuses her of using him for her own career, suspiciously after she helps his restaurant receive a coveted 3 star Michelin rating. In the process, he tries to ruin her reputation. Not knowing what else to do, Gwen goes back home to Denver and takes a job as executive chef for Logan's new restaurant. Logan, best friends and fellow NFL player to Gwen's twin brother, has always been drawn to Gwen, but Gwen has been too focused on reaching her career goals. Now that she is back in town, he tries to reconnect with her. Unfortunately, Gwen is too fresh from the scandal with her previous boss. What I loved about this book was Logan. He MADE this book. He's described as a serial monogamist. For a sports player, that's not an easy find in books and his character was very appealing. He did need to stand up to a few people, but otherwise no complaints. Gwen was not as appealing to me. She seemed a bit selfish in the beginning but as her character grew, I did like her more towards the end. I was also not a fan of most of the side characters. Everyone seemed overly critical and not supportive to Gwen or Logan. Unfortunately, that just dulled some of my excitement for this book. The writing was very mature and the storyline was good. Just because I wasn't a fan of some of the characters, it won't stop me from reading more from this author. ARC provided by Netgalley.