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Taste the Heat: A Love and Games Novel [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Harris
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $3.79
Sold by: Macmillan

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Book Description

One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef. One combustible kitchen…
When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she can’t afford to taste. Colby can’t wait to leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.
Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. Disillusioned by his past, he knows he should be focusing on finding the perfect mother for his daughter. But when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason can’t say no.
As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

Editorial Reviews


  • "A delicious love story, sensually told.  Bonus points for a beautiful ending that will make your heart soar." ~ NYT and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Blakely
  • "The perfect mix of humor, heartwarming moments, and heat!" ~ Cindi Madsen, author Falling for Her Fiance and Act Like You Love Me
  • "A touching story of love lost and found with delightful characters." ~ RT Book Reviews
  • "Taste the Heat was everything I look for in my books. It was fun, flirty, and a little spicy. This is my first Rachel Harris book and it certainly won't be my last." ~ The Autumn Review
  • "Hot fireman + Cajun food in the Louisiana heat = One spicy good read! Perfect combo of romantically sweet and steamy!" ~ Caisey Quinn, author Girl With Guitar
  • "This is a sweet, emotional and very entertaining read." ~ Harlequin Junkie 

From the Author

Love & Games Series (Witty, Small-Town Contemporary Romance, great beach reads) 

#1: Taste the Heat (Fire Captain Jason Landry)

#2: Seven Day Fiance (Crooning Restaurant owner Cane Robicheaux) 

#3: Accidentally Married on Purpose (Country music artist Tyler Blue)

Each book can be read as a standalone, but readers will likely enjoy the Love & Games series in order

Product Details

  • File Size: 1201 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (July 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars :) :) :) No words. None. Get this book. July 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Now that the initial giggly, big cheesy grin phase is over- I can finally write my review! I think I might have even squealed out loud a few times in this book. I am a new member of Rachel's Flirt Squad (Wooo!) and when I saw that she had a form to sign up to read this one early- I couldn't resist! I loved reading Rachel's teasers for all of her novels, so I already knew I liked her writing style. If you are looking for a good, sweet romance- this is definitely the book to pick up.

I've never been to New Orleans, but let me tell you- Rachel does an incredible job with the setting of this novel. I felt like she described Magnolia Springs perfectly and I could visualize the small town feel that it gave off. When I can actually picture my surroundings, I know the author has done a great job of pulling me in.

I LOVE the characters. Colby, a big time chef in Vegas, returns home to help her brother and sister out at their family restaurant. Colby hasn't been back home in years because of some things that happened in the past. I instantly liked that Colby was able to push aside her personal demons to help out her siblings. It just shows you that no matter how painful her memories are, she would drop everything to help them out. And I think that shows a lot of character. Colby used to be a dreamer- she believed in fairy tale endings and everlasting love. After being burned by love and being betrayed by the one person she never thought would hurt her, she has sworn off the whole idea of it. Ever since she was younger Colby has harbored a secret crush on Jason Landry, her older brother's best friend. Upon her return to Magnolia Springs, Jason does not immediately recognize her, but finds himself completely attracted to this woman.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am STILL swooning! July 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book had me at "One sexy fire captain." Because, come on. Uniform. Hehehe. But seriously, this book looked good. I've had my eye on it ever since I'd learned it, you know, EXISTED. IT looked sweet and AWESOME and I waaaaaaaaanted it. Grabby hands everywhere. But then I got it and I read it and...

My dearest Rachel Harris, I love you. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

I read more YA and NA than adult. That's just how it is. Adult books have to look REALLY good for me to even read them. But this one caught my attention, kept me excited while I waited, and then made me so incredibly happy when I sat down to actually read it. *happy dance*

Character Rundown:
Colby: I love this girl's name. I also love her interactions with Emma and her siblings. I wasn't a fan of her insecurities, BUT wanting her to have none would be silly. We all get insecure sometimes. So, pretty much, Colby is real. And I liked it.

Jason: Excuse me for a moment, because I am STILL SWOONING. Man, when Rachel wrote this guy, she did it RIGHT. He is responsible and kind, and made me fall for him so incredibly quick. He's a wonderful father and incredibly smexy, too. I am most definitely a fan. <3

Plot. I am now professing my undying love for Rachel's writing. This is the first book I've read by Rachel Harris but definitely not the last. This story had a marvelous beginning, middle, and end that was easy to follow, but never got boring. Rachel's attention to detail was very nice, as well. Especially when it came to talking about food. Because, you know, I like food. A lot.

Romance. Watching these MC's fall in looooooooooove was awesome. They are so great together. As I said, Jason is totally swoon worthy, and Colby is definitely worth his attention.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome with a side of hot sauce! July 8, 2013
By Amy
Format:Kindle Edition
Okay, so this review is probably going to consist of a lot of fangirling and spazziness!! If I didn't already love Rachel Harris before, I definitely would now. She is a one-click author for me. This book was awesome with a side of hot sauce!! I loved the family aspect, the self discovery and forgiveness, and the romance of course. This was so much more than a sweet and spicy romance though. I loved getting to know the characters, discover things about their pasts, and see them move toward their future. I didn't feel like I was reading a book, it was more like being in it and experiencing it along with all of them. I can say that this was a book that I truly got lost in!

Colby was the type of female character I love. She is strong and driven, and knows what she wants out of life. She has determination, and has made a name for herself. She is in no way held back in life, except by her own emotions, and inability to let go of the past. No, not let go, accept and move on. That is the one thing that has a negative impact on her mind. Due to her past, she steers clear of men and relationships. A fling? Sure, why not. That is, unless it's with super hottie fireman, Jason, who also happens to be her long time childhood crush. She thinks they can keep it casual and then she will go back to the life she has created for herself over the past 12 years. She realizes that it's not that easy. It's not just Jason though. His daughter Emma has secured a place in her heart and Colby can't help but want to do what's best for everyone. She has her moments of weakness, and her insecurities get the best of her, but I loved her! She was the type of woman who even not in her situation, you can relate to her.

Jason was super swoon worthy!! Oh, my this man!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic romance read!
A fabulous weekend read loved every page, Loved the character's and there personal story loved chemistry between this couple, Chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to help save her... Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Carol-Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A great love story!
(This book was read as part of the Hometown Love: A Bliss Bundle)

Hometown Love is a great set from 3 talented authors. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More
5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet!!!
This was such a great story! I really enjoyed watching these two come to terms with their feelings. I am looking forward to reading more in this series and hopefully seeing these... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great title for a fireman and chef.
This was a great book for anyone who enjoys a good family story mixed with flawed people and a little romance. The tour through New Orleans was very real. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Read On
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read! Fun, relaxing, and took me away for a few hours. I can't wait for more from this author!
Published 1 month ago by Carrie King
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Wonderful!!!!
Wow! All I can say is you will absolutely love this story. The author did an exceptional job of developing the storyline and characters in this story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, sexy, and just super lovely
It's 1:40 am and just finished, so for now I'll just go to bed with a big, goofy grin on my face. :)

Okay, official review! Rachel Harris's voice is beyond lovely. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amy
4.0 out of 5 stars H.L.B. Reviews Taste the Heat
I seriously have a soft spot in my book reading heart for any book that involves dating your best friend's sibling, it always makes me uber happy (no clue why). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Home. Love. Books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Very enjoyable read. Made you feel you were in New Orleans. Colorful and descriptive writing. Fun and lively dialogue very refreshing.
Published 3 months ago by LOUANNE7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great love story.
This was a love story between the fireman and a chef. Both characters have tragedy in their past and are only looking for a heated summer affair. However they got much more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by xrayer
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More About the Author

Award-winning and best-selling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers.

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Adult Romantic Comedies:

Love & Games Series (Witty, Small-Town Contemporary Romance, great beach reads)

#1: Taste the Heat (Fire Captain Jason Landry)

#2: Seven Day Fiance (Crooning Restaurant owner Cane Robicheaux)

#3: Accidentally Married on Purpose (Country music artist Tyler Blue)

Each book can be read as a standalone, but readers will likely enjoy the Love & Games series in order

Young Adult Contemporary

The Fine Art of Pretending (Brandon Taylor and Aly Reed) Releases Sept 2014 (Contemporary Romance)

Young Adult Fantasy/Historical Romance (Time Travel Fun)

The "Super Sweet" Series:

#1: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (Cat Crawford travels to 16th century)
#2: A Tale of Two Centuries (Alessandra D'Angeli travels to modern day Beverly Hills)
#3: My Not So Super Sweet Life *extended novella* (Cat Crawford and Lucas Capelli)

Each book in the Super Sweet series can stand alone as prior details are explained, but readers may experience a richer read starting from the beginning.

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