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"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, Examiner.com

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Hello! Thanks for reading this story set in my 'stomping' grounds, the Napa Valley. Enjoy the food, the wine and the tasty relationship between winery owner Gabe and his tasty private chef, Eva. Julia

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  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T1O374
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Schreiner on 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 By N. R. Borromeo on April 14, 2012
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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 By SusiSunshine on June 1, 2010
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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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