Series: Hot in the Kitchen #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever on November 5th, 2013
Also in this series: Hot and Bothered
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Her sweetest mistake . . .
Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can't resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas-her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?
. . . Tastes so, so good
Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn't know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn't part of the plan, but melting Cara's icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves . . . the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.
I have to say that All Fired Up by Kate Meader, the second book in the Hot in the Kitchen series, was a gem of a read. I did not know what to expect when I signed up to read this one, but I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did.
Party planner Cara Deluca and pastry Shayne Doyle were interesting and dynamic as individuals and together. On the surface they were complete opposites. While Shayne is impulsive, temperamental, outgoing and loves to have fun, Cara is a perfectionist, is very controlled and rigid. But they both crave love and acceptance, and are both harboring damaging secrets from their pasts. Cara, who’s a part of a large Italian family, feels like the black sheep of the family; she doesn’t cook and doesn’t enjoy food in the same way her family does. Shayne craves the love, attention and affection of a big family, something he didn’t have growing up.
The chemistry between Cara and Doyle could not be denied, which is why they spent a lot of time resisting, but eventually giving in to temptation. Their marriage, something they kept secret from everyone, only complicated things further. First of all, they barely knew each other when they married in Vegas. And on top of that, they had to work together on a daily basis at the same restaurant. So there was a lot of subtle flirting, teasing, and silent arguments and disagreements, which all took place right under the noses of their nosy family, friends, and co-workers. What started out as a physical attraction, morphed into something deeper and more meaningful the more time they spent in each other’s company. But before they could have their happy ending, they had to learn to confront their pasts, and it was a long struggle for both to do so.
Overall, I thought All Fired Up was an enjoyable, often times humorous, and heartfelt read. Once I started I could not put this book down. If you’re interested in a good romance, with loveable and multi-faceted lead and supporting characters, then this is the perfect read for you. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)