Taste

Taste

by Cambria Hebert

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Overview

One taste is never enough...
Spencer Waller's main purpose in life is to protect and serve. After spending years in the military, he gets a coveted spot on the Secret Service detail protecting the president. Spence doesn't have time for women or all the work having a relationship with one requires. But just because he isn't looking for a lady doesn't mean he can't appreciate a beautiful one when he sees her.
And he makes it a point to see one in particular every single day.
Elle Bond has literally chopped and fried her way to the top of the food chain. Earning a coveted position in the White House as the president's personal chef, she figures her professional life can only get better. Her personal life, on the other hand, could use a little bit of an overhaul, and because of that, she tries to ignore the charm-dripping cookie thief every time he comes into her kitchen. After all, she knows better than anyone that just one taste of something good is never enough.
One night after work, Elle is assaulted, threatened, and given an ultimatum. She can't go to the police, and she sure as hell can't do what she was ordered.
But she has to. Or else.
Pale, shaken, and scared to death, Elle confides in Spence, and his protective instincts take over. Together, Elle and Spencer have to uncover a sinister plot and stop it before someone ends up dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938857546
Publisher: Cambria Hebert
Publication date: 07/25/2014
Series: Take It Off Series , #9
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting

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Taste 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: After absolutely falling in love with Tryst, I had to keep going with every other book in the Take it Off series. The one that came out after was this one, so I pounced for it immediately because I knew it would be good. And it was so good! Elle's life is simple--she does her job and takes care of her son, Jack, who is her life. Then one day everything changes and their lives are on the line. She isn't sure what she can do because she's now in a very dangerous situation. When she turns to the sweet, cookie loving Spence, he makes it his mission to do everything in his power to help her. He situates himself smack dab in the middle of her life to keep an eye out for any actions taken to harm her or her son. He becomes something more to Elle, and even more is at stake. Taste is an engaging read. I found myself bonding with the characters and on the edge of my seat wondering who is really behind these threats. You want so much to just snuggle Spence because he is loyal and protective and, well, who wouldn't want to cuddle with a sweetheart like that? Not to mention this book gave me so many feels by the end of it. This Cambria Hebert series is definitely worth checking out! My Rating: Very Good
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I have liked all of Cambria Hebert’s books in this series so far, and I’m glad to report that I found Taste to be one of my favorite installments. Elle is a young, single mother with big dreams. She’s a chef and has worked hard to make it where she is now, which is in the kitchens at the White House where she prepares meals for the President and his family. She also has an admirer in Spencer Waller, a Secret Service agent with a penchant for her cookies…and the cookies she bakes too. When Elle is attacked in her home, and she and her son are threatened by mysterious men who want her to poison the President’s food, she doesn’t know where to turn. So, she turns to Spencer. This event brings her and Spencer closer together…but will they survive in order to pursue the passion that they have for each other? Ok, I have to get this off my chest! The one thing that really bothered me in this book is a little detail that really doesn’t matter overall, but I just have to say it for the sake of congruity. Jack, Elle’s son, is supposed to be two. But the way he’s described (no teeth, drooly, unable to get out of his own crib) makes him sound like an infant. So…which is he? Is he two, or is he an infant? That just bothered the crap out of me for most of the book…little details. Anyway, I will say that Cambria’s books can be a bit formulaic, but I still find myself enjoying them. The sex is good, the suspense is good, the chemistry between the H/h is always good…and the alphaness of her male leads never disappoints. Spencer is delicious, and I would venture to say that Elle’s prize is finding Spencer almost makes all the trouble she goes through worth it. Overall, I did like this book quite a bit. Sexy, exciting and in its own way original. The plot may be familiar territory, but the characters are really what separate it from her other books. She always manages to make them original and fresh. 4 stars. Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying this series so much! I've kind of been jumping around with the books, and I'm glad that they're standalones and don't have to be read in any order. But while I liked Taste, it wasn't my favorite. The biggest problem I had with this book was the length. It was so short that everything felt rushed! The romance, the mystery, the plot, the suspense. It all just happened so fast that I wish the book had slowed down a little, built up on everything, and brought a little more depth to the story-line. I haven't read the last two, so correct me if I'm wrong. But this series has been told in double POVs, and this one wasn't. Is it the first time that's happened? Or maybe the last two have been like that? I just wish this had been told with two narratives, because I feel like I was missing another side to the story. Elle Bond is the sole voice of the story, and I really liked her character. She's a chef in the White House, a single mother, and has worked hard to get where she is now. But someone is threatening that, taking away her sense of safety and security, and Elle doesn't know who to trust. She has a little boy to think of, and she will protect him at all costs. I loved how determined she was and how she did whatever she could to save her son and bring the people responsible to justice. But she's not alone, and she has the help of Spencer Waller, a secret service agent who loves flirting with her and stealing cookies from the kitchen. He's determined to protect Elle and her boy at all costs, which I loved. Give me a protective guy any day. But as he didn't have a POV, I felt like his character was really flat. I don't know much about him. All I know is that he loves Elle and loves being a secret service agent. Their relationship felt as flat as the characters. It just didn't go very deep, and I was hoping for more of a buildup between them. More tension. But the book started, and then all of a sudden, Elle and Spencer are in bed together. It makes sense because they've been flirting and talking for almost a year, but it still seemed very out-of-the-blue. And it almost felt like it was just because of the situation they were in. Speaking of quick and sudden, the plot breezed by! It was suspenseful, but the book was so short that it felt very fast in how they figured everything out. And I think that's why I didn't enjoy the book so much. It all just happened so fast and then it was over. I wanted to tell it to slow the hell down so I could enjoy the sexy moments between Spencer and Elle. But the short length was too little and made Taste feel rushed.
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RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
This was a great read, with a smoking hot hero and sweet heroine. Although I wasn't completely blown away by this story it was still very entertaining and at times quite terrifying. I can only imagine the turmoil inside Elle as she faced the threats against her family, and in the beginning she seemed to be all alone. I'm really glad she decided to trust Spencer instead of trying to deal with the problem on her own. Snagging him in the process was a wonderful bonus.  Spencer was drool-worthy. With his triple threat of delicious honey eyes, dimples and southern charm, just about any woman would find herself in a puddle at his feet. And then, he bonded with little Jack and my heart just melted. There was nothing he could do wrong. This story had an intriguing plot and it kept me on the edge of my seat. The love affair between Spencer and Elle added plenty of heat, but without going overboard. Hebert continues to impress me with her wonderful story telling, and I look forward to more exciting reads in her Take It Off series.
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MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and love the recipe that Cambria Hebert has put together for her books in the Take It Off series. Much like the chocolate chip cookies that are featured in this book, the story was sweet, a little gooey in the middle, just the right size, and leaves you with a smile when you are finished eating, er, I mean reading! Oh, and let me add that you also want to go back and have more when you are done! I loved Elle & Spencer. Elle is everything you want in a heroine. In spite of the fact that she is young, she has managed to work her way up the cooking ladder to land a pretty impressive job at the White House, all the while managing to be a great single parent to her two year old son. Spencer was a bit cocky and arrogant, which probably goes along with being a Secret Service agent, but once you experienced those dimples and his southern charm, it was easy to look past those traits and see the sweet, caring guy that he was. -------------- “I’m not trying to rush you into anything. I’m just saying I want you. I want to know everything about you, and if and when you decide it’s okay, I’d like to know Jack, too.” My lips parted. “Most men don’t want anything to do with another man’s child.” “I’m not most men,” he replied. “And Jack isn't some other man’s child. He’s yours.” --------------- Spencer had all sorts of sexy going on. From his alpha traits, to his straight-forward approach with Elle, it was easy to fall for him. I liked the fact that he didn't carry any emotional baggage around, and apart from just being busy with his career and waiting for the right person to enter his life – or as he puts it, wanting to make room in his life for someone – he really is just a great guy. This book had a bit of everything I like – a sweet romance, some good suspense, a bit of action, some steamy times, and a hero and heroine that were easy to like. I liked the fact that the angst was kept to a minimum, but that was done without sacrificing any of the emotion of the characters. The addition of Elle’s two-year old son Jack added another dimension to the story and just added to the appeal. This was another great read by Cambria Hebert that kept me smiling all the way through! I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of suspense and thrills as well as erotic romance, this book is for you. Once again Cambria Hebert has managed to write a book you will not able to put is down. With her marvelous writing style, she weaves us a story of a woman struggling to provide for her son and being blackmailed and terrorized by unscrupulous men. Elle has the unique position of being the chef for the first family. Her cooking can be used by these nefarious men to bring down the most powerful man in the world. The relationship with Spencer the Secret Service Agent is worth staying up late at night to read. The seduction scenes are noteworthy and melting hot. Not a dull moment in this book. In addition, at the end, she also gives us the recipe to Spencer's favorite cookies - Chocolate Chip! I tried it and it was delish!
mrswalker1220 More than 1 year ago
Taste is a delectable read that will have you craving more!!  This newest addition to the Take It Off Series definitely one of my favorites written so far.   The story is a great romantic suspense that will keep you turning the pages. Taste introduces us to Elle, the personal chef of the President. One night, her house is broken into. She is told that she has to do something or else her life is at stake and she can tell no one. Enter Spencer, White House hottie, who also is a secret service agent. Elle decides to confide in him her secret and the story takes off from there! But can the secret stay safe within the White House walls or will it make Elle be in more danger?  The chemistry between Spencer and Elle is hot! Spencer likes a whole lot more than the cookies Elle bakes. I enjoyed the banter between the characters, the hot moments, and the sweet moments. They definitely are a great book couple and won their way into my heart.  The story was face paced and I could not put it down. I love when a story progresses well and nothing is left out. I would love to see a Taste 2.0 :)  If you are looking for a new book to get lost in, grab some milk and cookies, and start reading Taste today! 
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
5 Stars - Taste Elle is a chef at the white house. Spencer is a guy from the secret service that comes into the kitchen and flirts and eats cookies. When Elle is attacked in her own home after work at night she is really scared. The next day at work Spencer can see that something is wrong. Elle tells him what the attack was about and he states he will take care of helping her out. When the attacks continue to happen, Spencer brings in his boss and he questions Elle to find out if she is involved. When someone messes with her family she gets angry and they have to decide on a plan. During the days that follow the attacks Spencer sticks close to Elle. He admits that he was attracted to her from the start and was just waiting to be able to start a relationship with her. As they grow closer they wonder what they will have to do it get the attacker to make a mistake. Will they catch the attacker and find out why they want Elle to do what they ask? Or will the attacker get to Elle one more time and take her away from Spencer forever? Love both characters in this story. Spencer is tough, sweet, and compassionate alpha. Elle is tough and protective but can accept help without felling broken.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cambria always delivers! Taste pulled me in from the beginning. Ifell in love with Elle on page 3 when she was being forced into a plot she wanted no part of and also with Spencer on page 43 when he first kissed Elle (he's offically my fav book boyfreind of all time). The chemistry between these two is off the charts it's so hot and the dialog is charming , witty and real. When Elle asks Spencer why he always kisses her twice and his reply is that one taste isn't enough I melted as gooey as the chocolate chips in Spencers favorite cookies! Their mutual respect for each other from the beginning is refreshing and genuine. I laughed ( getting shot is not romantic!) and teared up - read the book l'm not telling. A great read, you won't be disappointed! Thanks again Cambria I look forward to your next book. Bev N.