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Beauty and the Feast [Kindle Edition]

Julia Barrett
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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Eva Raines is an uncomplicated country girl who’s all about food. Eva moves to the Napa Valley where her culinary skills come to the attention of the owners of a start-up and Eva finds her niche as a personal chef. Now all she needs is a man as perfect as her cooking, but she has serious doubts such a creature exists.
When wealthy entrepreneur, winery owner, and noted lothario, Gabriel Abbott, makes plans to seduce his flavor of the month, his assistant hires All Things to All People to cater a gourmet dinner. Eva expects to use her way with food to showcase the startup. What she unexpectedly discovers is that her culinary skills showcase far more. Gabriel Abbott finds himself seduced by her voice and the sensual flavors and textures of her food and his previous plans are quickly forgotten. He begins to obsess about meeting his little chef in person. He’s not alone. Once Eva hears Gabe’s voice and spends time in his home in the Napa Valley, she begins to wonder about the real man and her dreams of him are so hot they could ignite a barbecue.
When Eva and Gabe finally come face to face, the question is, how hot will their fire burn?


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From the Author

Beauty and the Feast is a plain old fun romp through the Wine Country. I drew upon my own experiences as a personal chef - no I didn't meet Gabriel Abbott in person, but he sure came to life in my head. The book is delicious. Eva's a great cook and she's even given me some of her recipes - look in the back of the book!

About the Author

I'm J.R. Barrett aka Julia Barrett aka Julia Rachel Barrett.  I write because I love to write - nonfiction, fiction, romantic fiction, poetry. If you're reading this, thank you so much. Hope you'll try my  books.

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  • File Size: 1037 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T1O374
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and the Feast by Julia Barrett May 29, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Eva Raines is a top-rate chef working for ATAP, or All Things to All People, a company that provides chefs, house cleaners, interior designers - anything you need to host a party or keep your house running smoothly. Eva loves the people she works for, and has yet to disappoint a client. Her bosses receive a request to cater a dinner party for two for a very well off winery owner, Gabriel Abbott. Gabe enjoys fine things and wants to impress the very beautiful Stephanie, a voluptuous woman he recently met. But his plans for dinner soon change after he speaks with Eva on the phone. Her voice ignites a passion in him, much more than attractive, yet flat Stephanie.

Eva puts many hours into prepping dinner, and she can't help but be intrigued by his beautiful house. She wonders what kind of man lives here and how he spends his time. As soon as Gabe brings Stephanie back to his house, he has a change of mind, and decides he would much rather eat Eva's scrumptious meal by himself. He drives the disgruntled and confused Stephanie back to her house, and eats his succulent meal - all the while becoming aroused.

By chance, they meet, after Eva has a bad bike fall. Gabe takes her back to her house and helps her with her injuries. They have an instant attraction and both want to move forward with the relationship - but they forget Stephanie is a bit put out for being dumped and she wants revenge.

Beauty and the Feast is a cute love story, a little sappy at times, but I very much enjoyed how Julia Barrett combines food and romance. The preparation of the food and the consumption very much mirror foreplay and sex and it was very erotic how she combines them both. As Eva says, "Good food should be like great sex. Nuanced. Seductive. Smooth. Satisfying.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Review for Beauty and the Feast (by Penelope's Romance Reviews)

I first reviewed this book in May 2010. This is for the newly revised edition.....

I love foodie books. As soon as I saw the blurb for this one, I knew I had to read it.

The heroine is a caterer and the hero falls in lust with her before they've ever met, just by tasting the incredible meal she has prepared for him. Holy Mother...the food descriptions in this book are to die for! Check out the first course...chilled melon soup: "...pureed honey melon, a tiny bit of sea salt, a few splashes of a light German Riesling, a squeeze of lime, half a seeded Serrano chili, cilantro and a bit of palm sugar..." Starving yet? You will be if you read this baby. Make sure you have a gourmet snack and a nice bottle of wine on hand. I am not kidding.

I love the fact that Barrett has these characters becoming interested in each other without them even meeting. Just the sound of their voices over the phone piques their interest. Then, Gabe smells Eva's scent on his pillow and knows she's lain down on his bed. He starts falling for her after eating the sensual meal she has created for him. This is a great way to start the romantic tension in a book....using other senses to create an attraction between two characters.

Here's a quote that sums it up best...."His interest in Eva Raines had once again grown in direct proportion to the size of his erection, the erection induced by the images tasting her food brought to mind."

I really loved this sexy book...I loved the characters, the setting, the food descriptions (of course). It was adorable, right down to the recipes at the end. Bravo, Julia Barrett!

Grade: A-
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious hot Read! June 1, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book a while back in my exams period and I just discovered that I totally forgot to review it in all the stress. And it totally deserves a review. I got this book from Julia and I'm so thankful she send it to me. It really made my day better and let me forget all the stress of the exams for a few hours.

What makes this book so special? I loved that the characters felt this huge attraction to each other even before they met. I think we all know that situation when you hear the voice of someone and start thinking about what he or she will look like. Or perhaps that is just me because of my job at the directory assistance.

Eva is a wonderful character. She works for a catering firm and is a really independent woman. She seems perfect and prim as in how can she be that perfect but after a bit of time we discover what makes her a real human. She has a seriously dirty mouth from time to time and I had to laugh so often just cuz of the stuff that came out of her mouth. She loves to cook and it mostly felt like foreplay what she does with the food. I really liked her from the start.

When Gabe hears Eva's voice for the first time he is smitten and it gets even worse when he tastes her food for the first time. I really thought that food couldn't be such a turn on but Gabe showed me that I was wrong. He really "likes" her food and OMG how I wished I were the cook. He is one hot man and I completely understand what Eva finds so interesting and sexy about him. He has a way to talk and gesture that just makes you crave him. He's a millionaire but is still such a nice guy.

Together these two are one nice pair. They are made for each other. They have these easy conversations and funny banters but they know how to turn up the heat, too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and the Feast
I thought the story was kind of predictable and would be a good beach read. I wouldn't classify it as a must read.
Published 26 days ago by Evelyn Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by it's cover
This book was a delightful surprise!

I loved the characters, the writing, and the story.
How the author described the food, and every course/dish was foreplay... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Lady Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This story was amazing. It had drama, romance, intriguing love scenes, and oh so good romantic relationship. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Beatriz Perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Eva Raines is an uncomplicated country girl who's all about food. Eva moves to the Napa Valley where her culinary skills come to the attention of the owners of a start-up, All... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Had a Craving to Read it Twice
I read this a few years back and kept it in my Kindle library. Recently I have had some trials in my life, and I really wanted to disappear in a book for a while... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
If you're looking for some easy enjoyable reading, then this is the book for you. It's a cute story line and just the thing for a nice quite evening at home.
Published 2 months ago by carolyn miller
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I really enjoyed the story line in this book. The romance was nice and sweet. Eva was very down to earth an real
Published 3 months ago by mon
4.0 out of 5 stars Most read
I enjoy the romance with food. It was enjoyable and very funny. Can't wait to read another book by Julia Barrett.
Published 3 months ago by barbara phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this one
I liked this one. I loved how in depth the author got when describing the food that Eva was cooking and there are even recipes at the end of the book! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Heidi
4.0 out of 5 stars funny sexy and good food
This was a really good short story . a fickle rich man invites a woman to his cottage for a romance dinner and hot sex but it doesn't pan out insead he sends her home because he is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tracy Manderson
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More About the Author

If one word describes me, it's eclectic. Or so my friends say. I'm a lover of books, poetry, art, history, baseball, barbecue, chocolate, coffee, children, animals and the great outdoors. I'm a hospice nurse as well as a writer, but I got my first job at the age of twelve so believe me when I tell you if my heroines are doing it, I've probably done it. At the heart of every one of my stories is a real life event. (Even in Captured!)

If I was pressed to brand my romances, I guess I'd say I write romance for the thinking woman. Or I try. I layer my stories with meaning - I have fun, yes, but I draw on my literary background and I love nothing more than to sprinkle a special pixie dust composed of one part mythos, one part symbolism. I'm quite fond of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung.

Family is everything to me. I keep my kids private, but my mom and dad and my poor husband are occasionally fair game! And I talk about my German shepherd, Jake, all the time.

I am also a hospice nurse and I write nonfiction-- articles for medical and nursing journals. I have a full-length work of nonfiction regarding my experiences with hospice: One Foot In Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse.

Come by and visit anytime! juliarachelbarrett(dot)net


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