Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris (Review)

Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication.Date  July 8, 2013
Published By:  Entangled: Bliss
WebsiteRachel Harris

Taste the Heat on Goodreads
My review copy:Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef, One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till she can leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. He knows he should focus on finding the perfect mother for his daughter, but when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason doesn’t want to say no.

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

"It took a moment for the crowd to settle and his view of Gavin’s future conquest to clear, but when it did, only two words came to mind. ‘Hot damn.’"
"She was the type of girl who was always picked last in P.E. And she looked like a convulsive kangaroo whenever she attempted anything athletic.”
"’I only wish I knew when you needed what. Ultra-Thin, Super Long, Regular, Heavy.’ He glanced at his daughter. ‘Do you know how heavy your flow is?’”

This book had me at "One sexy fire captain." Because, come on. Uniform. Hehehe. But seriously, this book looked good. I've had my eye on it ever since I'd learned it, you know, EXISTED. IT looked sweet and AWESOME and I waaaaaaaaanted it. Grabby hands everywhere. But then I got it and I read it and...

My dearest Rachel Harris, I love you. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

I read more YA and NA than adult. That's just how it is. Adult books have to look REALLY good for me to even read them. But this one caught my attention, kept me excited while I waited, and then made me so incredibly happy when I sat down to actually read it. *happy dance*

Character Rundown:
Colby: I love this girl's name. I also love her interactions with Emma and her siblings. I wasn't a fan of her insecurities, BUT wanting her to have none would be silly. We all get insecure sometimes. So, pretty much, Colby is real. And I liked it.

Jason: Excuse me for a moment, because I am STILL SWOONING. Man, when Rachel wrote this guy, she did it RIGHT. He is responsible and kind, and made me fall for him so incredibly quick. He's a wonderful father and incredibly smexy, too. I am most definitely a fan. <3

Plot. I am now professing my undying love for Rachel's writing. This is the first book I've read by Rachel Harris but definitely not the last. This story had a marvelous beginning, middle, and end that was easy to follow, but never got boring. Rachel's attention to detail was very nice, as well. Especially when it came to talking about food. Because, you know, I like food. A lot.

Romance. Watching these MC's fall in looooooooooove was awesome. They are so great together. As I said, Jason is totally swoon worthy, and Colby is definitely worth his attention. I APPROVE OF THIS RELATIONSHIP. I also love how they were so good about working things out with maturity, considering there WAS Emma. She was not to be ignored.

The ending. The menu was so cute. I smiled so hard when I clicked to the next page and saw that. (Don't know what I'm talking about? Gee, maybe you should read the book and find out...) ;)

Overall, Taste the Heat made me all kinds of happy. The guy was swoon-worthy, the girl didn't make me facepalm, and the story was fantastic from beginning to end. High five, Rachel Harris!


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