Series: Hot in the Kitchen

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
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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)

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
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Book Links: Goodreads
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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.


Quiana’s Review:
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)