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Beauty and the Feast [Kindle Edition]

Julia Barrett
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Book Description

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?

Editorial Reviews


"Beauty and the Feast does a cute job of combining two of people's favorite things - sex and food."~ Mandi, Smexy Books
"What makes this book so special? I loved that the characters felt this huge attraction to each other even before they met."~ The Geeky Bookworm
"It has been a long time since I stopped reading romances, maybe it is the experiences in life that make you cynical that also make it hard to enjoy many of the overly saccharine romances that flooded the market through the Nineties, but I have to say I loved this one."~ Paula Acton
"A very romantic book and I just may have to read this again."~ Book Reviews by Nikki M.J. Blake
"J.R. Barrett does a fine job with this book, and girls, believe me, I think you might find Gabe turning up in...ahem, your dreams. Enjoy!"~ Juliane Draper,

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!

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  • Print Length: 332 pages
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  • Language: English
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17 of 17 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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22 of 25 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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7 of 7 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A catered affair...
A fun story with a lot of sex. Not so much romance as sexual appetite. It comes down to a happy ending.
Published 23 days ago by D H Tillir
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will make you hungry!
Great story, lovely H/h and great food. What's not to love?
Published 1 month ago by Dina
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Read
If you like fifty shades this is worth a read. Not as dirty but a good little story line. Wish there was a second book to go with it would love to know what Eva is doing now
Published 2 months ago by Micki
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic "turn the page"
I really like this book. Very, very good book.
Light, simple and pleasant. The entire drama solved with the humour. I would like to have heroes for friends. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Tastey
I love Eve Raines! She so feisty & lovable. She takes no-nonse from anyone especially from sexy gorgeous Gabe Abbott ex Stephanie Lindstrom. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Denise G
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I really enjoyed this book. Great characters, fun storyline. If you like a little steam it's even better, hot and Sexy-too!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Food Porn & Awesome Story!!!
Ok, I bought this book when it first came out and still love reading it over and over again. Boy meets girl and it's just right b/c she's independent and strong which he loves. Read more
Published 3 months ago by soraya_latina
5.0 out of 5 stars Drool worthy!
This was a 5star read all the way. The characters are all so relatable and interesting. Eva and Gabe have great chemistry and they really cook in more ways then 1. Read more
Published 4 months ago by April C. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars ... got this book for my wife and she really enjoyed it.
I got this book for my wife and she really enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by Honest Citizen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab read more than expected and raved to friends to read
Published 5 months ago by Deb Otley
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Julia Barrett was born into an landed family in Northumbria in 1689. She was raised by a governess in the typical fashion of the time until, when Miss Barrett was aged 13, her mother died in a unfortunate sausage-cart accident, after which her father, driven mad by grief, began to raise her as a son, cutting her long tresses, dressing her in trousers, and enrolling her in school.

She quickly showed an affinity for writing which was encouraged by the headmaster who saw in her a return to the classical English style that was, at the time, being overwhelmed by the popular realism style growing in the Continent. With the headmaster's help, Barrett was able to publish some short essays and dramas, but to little acclaim.

It was while attending university that Barrett, bound for a career as a male English instructor, discovered a new pride in womanhood brought about by a chance meeting with Henry Carey, a talented satirist five years her junior.

Though their relationship was brief, it provided Barrett with a great sense of confidence, both in her gender and her talent. She never returned to her earlier masquerade of masculinity.

Barrett's writing took on a new focus, writing romance from the point-of-view of her heroines. This new style was both highly controversial and highly popular, and would go on to make her a household name even to this day.

Julia Barrett died in 1766. Originally it was believed she died of syphilis, but further research has debunked this theory. This was likely a rumor spread by her detractors. Recent studies point to a congenital heart defect.

She was survived by fourteen children, all adopted from Africa.

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