Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Review: Some Like it Hot by Louisa Edwards

A sizzling blend of food, passion—and searing romance—the Rising Star Chef competition brings together the world’s hottest chefs for an all-star cook-off that’s sure to stir up excitement...and melt some hearts.


Sexy, single, and even sweeter than the treats he bakes, New York pastry chef Danny Lunden is trying to stay focused on food—not females. With the Rising Star Chef competition approaching, he doesn’t have time to get all steamed up over the gorgeous woman he encounters on the plane to Chicago. Even if she is Eva Jansen—the billionaire heiress in charge of the contest...


Danny assumes that “Eva the Diva” is a spoiled rich girl who doesn’t share his passion for food. But when the two meet up again in an elevator—alone—they share more than just passion. They share a kiss hot enough to start a kitchen fire—and they’re hungry for more. To indulge their new secret craving, Eva and Danny have to break every rule in the cookbook. But—like chocolate and caramel—some ingredients are are so sinfully good together, one scrumptious bite is never enough...

A continuation of the Rising Star Chef competition, Some Like it Hot focuses on Danny and Eva.  The two had met -- and shared some sparks -- in the first book of this series, Too Hot to Touch.  Eva is a little abrupt and a little spoiled, or at least that's the air she puts on; Danny is a "fixer," the only one he believes can hold the Lunden's team together so they have a fighting chance in the competition.  Since Danny is more sensitive than Eva, my initial concern would be that she would hurt him.  After all, Eva thinks Danny's hot and wants him -- she doesn't look past the physical aspects of their relationship.   But as we move along, we learn that Eva's outward persona is masking someone who is afraid of rejection and has insecurities.  True to his nature, Danny is able to "fix" Eva, or certainly start down that path, at the conclusion of the novel.  

Some Like it Hot also continues the May-December romance of Claire and Kane, who may be my favorite couple.  I cannot wait to read the final book, Hot Under Pressure, though I will be sad to say good-bye to these characters. 

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