Author: Kate Meader

Review: Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader

Posted March 18, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader
Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader
Series: Hot in the Kitchen #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever on March 4, 2014
Format: Ebook
Pages: 284
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

Also in this series: All Fired Up
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
A Fire They Can’t Put Out . . .
Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who's fueling her hormones with generous servings of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She’s vowed never to blur the lines again . . .

After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he’s had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can’t stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she signs up for an online dating site—and the thought ofhis Jules with another man makes Tad’s blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can’t stop himself from turning up the heat this time.


Quiana’s Review:
Single mother Jules Kilroy is a no nonsense kind of girl with the mouth of a trucker.  For years she’s made some bad choices and decisions, and as a result, is not very proud of her past or her current situation in life.  But she’s taking baby steps to improve her life by moving out of her brother Jack’s house, and getting back out into the world of dating.  The only problem: she’s in love with her best friend Tad and has been for some time.  So it’s difficult to fall for someone else when her heart belongs to another.  It’s also difficult to date someone else when your best friend disrupts said dates.

Tad DeLuca is charming, flirtatious, and a ladies man, but that’s not all he is.  After years of seeing himself as a disappointment and a failure in the eyes of his family (and his own eyes), he’s finally doing something to make his family proud: he’s opening his own wine bar.  Tad is going to need all the help he can get if he wants his wine bar to be a success.  There’s no better person to help him than his best friend Jules.  But when he finds out that Jules is turning her attention to finding Mr. Right, feelings he’s been harboring for Jules start to surface.  Now Tad has to decide if he’s willing to risk their friendship for something more.

Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader was so much more than just a love story between Jules and Tony.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Jules and Tony’s love story along with their lively banter and flirtatious teasing.  And it was refreshing to read a story where the basis of the hero and heroine’s romance was rooted in a deep connection and a beautiful friendship.  But Jules and Tony were more than just a love interest for the other person.  They were two deeply complex, but imperfect and troubled characters, with a truckload of issues from their pasts.  It’s beyond great that their friendship (and the help of family and friends) was crucial in helping them conquer the very fears and insecurities that prevented them from achieving their goals and finding happiness with one another.

All in all, Hot and Bothered, the third book in the Hot in the Kitchen series, was well worth the read. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)

Release Day Spotlight & Giveaway: All Fired Up by Kate Meader

Posted November 9, 2013 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 3 Comments

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All Fired Up
by Kate Meader
Series: Hot in the Kitchen #2
Publisher: Forever Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Ebook, 384 pages

Book Description:
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.

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Excerpt

“I’m sorry about my behavior the night of the dancing,” she said. “I was rude to you.”

“This is a tricky situation and you want to put it behind you. Neither of us wants a marriage, LT. I get that.” The unmistakable heart twinge he felt right then surprised him, but not enough to derail his train of thought. “So, it’ll just have to be sex.”

Her eyes fluttered wide and her mouth worked. “What?”

“We can just do a sex-only thing, like a married-with-benefits deal.”

Gotcha. Oh, his little beauty wanted to laugh. Her lips twitched and his dick twitched at the thought of bringing a smile to her exquisitely melancholy face. She appeared to be mulling it over, so he went in for the kill.

“Until we can make it annulled-with-benefits.” He waggled his eyebrows and pulled that brimming laugh out of her. Zing. Why did it feel better for being so hard won?

On the end of the laugh, she said, “Speaking of which, I’m picking up the papers tomorrow.”

“Hm,” he hummed. There was the twinge in his chest again, a touch sharper now. This was good, wasn’t it? Never had his life needed more clarity than it did of late, and fixing his marital status would go a long way to re-sharpening his focus.

She cocked her head. “Lili thinks I should take advantage of all you have to offer.”

“I always liked that girl.”

As quick as he had made gains, he lost them as another Cara brain check whipped them away. He imagined her calculating the statistical probabilities for disaster and coming up with 99.99%. This woman thought far too much.

“Shane, I’m flattered but frankly, you’re not my type.” She gave one of those I-don’t-want-to-offend-you-but-I’m-gonna-anyway smiles. “You’re much too nice for me.”

It wouldn’t be the first time he’d heard it and it made him angrier than a bull battling a bee swarm. It was the stuff of chick flicks and crappy sit-coms, how women love a bad boy and good guys finish last. Where in the hell did she get off calling him nice?

“Would you prefer I take baseballs out of kids’ hands at Wrigley Field or trip old ladies in the street? You want a guy who’s not nice?” Here he was defending “nice” when he wasn’t feeling particularly nice. Time to kick this up a notch.

“Were you not turned on the other night?”

Her mouth gaped and even that looked good on her. Was there no end to the ways she could get his blood pumping south?

He filled in her shocked silence. “The other night, when you kissed me—”

“You kissed me!”

“Semantics. When you kissed me and licked my chest.”

Flushing, she brought her palm to her cheek to cool it. “I know what I did. I don’t need you to remind me what I did.”

Man, seeing her all het up did hot and dirty things to him. He moved in and gently, tipped up her jaw. She shook under his touch but she didn’t retreat.

“I think you do need me to remind you. I think you need to be reminded of all the passion and fire that exists beneath that cool exterior you show to the world. I bet no one sees that, do they? No one sees how out of control you get when the right button is pressed. Maybe it’s just a whisper of my hand across your breasts…” He dropped his gaze to confirm that what he was saying had some effect on her and yep, to look at her lovely cleavage. Through the erotically-thin material of that dress, he found her nipples primed to hard points. “Maybe a breath close to your ear or my thumb gliding across your lip will set you off.”

Her tongue darted, making her lips moist, almost begging him to swipe that pouty lower lip with the pad of his finger. Take a soft suck, a juicy bite. The air felt close, the sweet scent of the cakes, Cara’s skin, and their choppy breathing combining to coat all his senses.

“Still think I’m not your type? Because your body says different. It’s telling me that we would be very compatible indeed. I bet if I was to run my hand down…” He trailed his fingertips down the placket of her dress, between her breasts, along her clenching stomach, until he sensed with his fingertips the band of her panties. A sexy thong, his Braille for underwear skills told him.

“I bet I’d find you’re as wet for me as I’m hard for you. Nice? Let me tell you, what I’m thinking about you is the opposite of nice.”

About Kate Meader

Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, sexy heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she now makes her home in Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter—and where she met her own sexy hero. When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Visit her website at http://katemeader.com and follow her on Twitter @kittymeader

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Review: All Fired Up by Kate Meader

Posted November 8, 2013 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: All Fired Up by Kate Meader

All Fired Up by Kate Meader Series: Hot in the Kitchen #2 Genres: Contemporary Romance Published by Forever on November 5th, 2013 Format: eARC Pages: 384 Source: Publisher Also in this series: Hot and Bothered Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: 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 […]

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