chef

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Too Hot to Touch

Yowza! There’s nothing like romance in the kitchen to get juices pumping and hearts pounding, especially when the writing sizzles like it does in Edwards’ latest. When his mother phones black sheep Max Lunden and asks him to come home to the family’s Greenwich Village steak house, he’s in T ...

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Burning Up

Right up front Sarah Mayberry confesses that Burning Up is all about wish fulfillment. Part of it is the beautiful location, part of it is the delicious food, but mostly it’s about a gorgeous movie star playboy falling for a not-so-gorgeous girl instead of a supermodel. It’s a fun, sexy story fr ...

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Hungry for More

Confession time: I’ve got the chef fantasy thing bad. For months and months now, I’ve been seeking out books featuring chef heroes searching in vain for one that would include the unique restaurant sensibility of Kitchen Confidential, the requisite food porn, and a hero who could evoke my wild ...

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Delicious

Delicious, Sherry Thomas's second book, has a number of elements that will appeal to many readers: interesting characters, including a fiercely independent self-made woman and a powerful hero of ignoble birth, well crafted writing, steamy love scenes, and copious references to delectable foods. Unfo ...

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Extreme Danger

Shannon McKenna’s books rate as guilty pleasures. Her heroes are barely civilized sex machines, her heroines are nice enough but hardly memorable, and she can write some very nasty torture scenes. Also, her prose is deeply, darkly purple. And yet, I love her books and buy them in trade paperback. ...

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Angels Fall

Angels Fall is a book to get lost in – which is exactly what I did over a long holiday weekend. Featuring fascinating characters caught up in events they can’t control and set in a remote town in the majestic Wyoming mountains, this big, meaty story represents born storyteller Nora Roberts at he ...

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Delicious

Seattle and fine restaurants seem to go hand in hand in my mind and make a rather delightful setting for romance. But a romantic dinner for two is hardly the scenario in Delicious since its focus is on the fast-paced business behind the ambiance and excellent dinner fare. And there is an additional ...

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The Food of Love

For those who didn't make it to Italy on their summer vacation, The Food of Love offers a first-class getaway to the country. It's another variation on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac, this time with a culinary twist. With a perfect sense of place, wonderful food and a warm storytelling style, Anthon ...

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Hot Nights in Ballymuir

Hot Nights In Ballymuir wasn't very hot. It wasn't very interesting either. It whiled away a couple of hours, but it didn't leave much of an impression on me. Jenna Fahey is an American, a chef who has opened a restaurant in Muir House in the picturesque town of Ballymuir. Jenna lives to cook, an ...

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Table for Two

Table for Two is Dara Girad's debut novel and a promising start for a new author. The book's heroine is a plus-sized woman with lots of emotional baggage of which she remains unaware while the hero is a chef obsessed with food. Cassie Graham is a self-help guru who helps people deal with thei ...