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Product Details

  • Series: Recipe for Love (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031235648X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312356484
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Red-Hot Raves for Lousia Edward’s Recipe for Love series


“Too Hot to Touch is a satisfying, emotional and touching read.” –Read, React, Review

“I can see that this series is going to be another keeper on my shelves. A great start to this new foodie series, it makes me want to learn to cook...almost.” –Smitten with Reading

“Edwards always amazes me with her descriptions in the kitchen and food.  Be sure to read this book on a full stomach, or else the hunger pains might get ya!” –The Book Pushers

“Jules and Max scorch the pages…very well written characters with flaws, issues and depth.” –Badass Book Reviews

“I loved this book. It was funny, sexy, the love story was touching, and the characters were likeable. As a fan of contemporary romance, this is exactly what I’m looking for when I buy a book. I can’t wait to read the next installment. This one is a keeper so don’t waste more time and go get it!” –Romance Around The Corner

“If you like food, televised food shows (especially the popular Bravo series "Top Chef") and books with happy endings, you're in for a treat.” –Go San Angelo Standard Times

“Scorching romance and delicious passions ignite behind the scenes of a high-stakes culinary competition. Today's hottest chefs vie for fame, fortune . . . and each other's hearts.” –Fresh Fiction

“Yowza! There's nothing like romance in the kitchen to get juices pumping and hearts pounding, especially when the writing sizzles like it does in Edwards' latest.” –All About Romance

“Every woman who’s made the painful discovery that great sex is not enough to make a man realize he’s in love will sympathize. Too Hot to Touch flips the power balance.” – Romance Reviews

“I enjoyed the banter between all the characters. We get a little hint as to who Danny’s heroine will be as his book will pick up where this one leads off.  It's overall an enjoyable read, and I'll be picking up Danny's book when it comes out.” –Happily Ever After Reads


“The third addition to Edwards’ contemporary, culinary-based love stories is a rare treat that is certain to satisfy readers with its delectable combination of lusciously sensuous romance and irresistibly clever writing.” —Booklist

“Laugh-out-loud funny, Just One Taste was a surprisingly tasty story of two unlikely people meeting and falling in love…A fun, light read with plenty of humor and passion, Just One Taste makes it to my keeper shelf and has me searching for the book preceding this one.” —Affair de Coeur

“Awesome characters, delicious food and even more fabulous sex makes for a super sexy and fun read!  Edwards does it again.  Her stories are fun but so meaningful, and I will definiltey be reading her next book!” —The Book Lush

“This is a wonderfully tasty series. Once you take the first bite of this story you’ll be hooked to the very last bite.” —Once Upon A Romance (5 Stars)

“There are a lot of elements in Just One Taste, and Edwards juggles them like a pro. The addition of mouthwatering recipes at the end of the book enhances the excellent reading experience, and draws you into the world of cooks and cooking. A very enjoyable contemporary romance with plenty of bite and heart.” —Sacramento Book Review

“I absolutely love Top Chef and Iron Chef America but have never really picked up a food/chef related novel before. I’m happy to report that Just One Taste was fun, sweet, and deliciously romantic.”—PS I Love Books

“This is my first ‘taste’ of a Louisa Edwards book, and I’ll be going out for the others in this series. If you want a story with sweet romance, definite sensuality and enough laughs to make your day, then you need to read Just One Taste.” —Long And Short Reviews

“Rosemary is probably one of the most intricately sketched heroines I’ve ever seen in a book, and the romance is, in a word…intense, and the blending of the story was richly presented. Make it a point to read this Perfect 10 today!” —Romance Reviews Today

“Rosemary and Wes are each so very charming on their own, and together they just capture your heart. Just One Taste by Louisa Edwards has plenty of clever teasing between characters, and the tension and emotion keep those pages flipping like flapjacks!” —The Romance Readers Connection

“Funny, entertaining, and simmering with sexual chemistry.” —Bookloons 

From the Back Cover

Welcome to the Rising Star Chef competition, where today’s hottest chefs battle it out on national TV for a chance at fame, fortune and culinary supremacy. Every contestant hungers to win, but only one will take the prize…


When it comes to competitive cooking, Max Lunden is no stranger to winning…though he’s never been great at working with a team. A master chef—and major hunk—he’s traveled the world, picking up new cooking techniques as well as beautiful women. But when the prodigal chef returns home to his family’s Greenwich Village restaurant, he discovers one too many cooks in the kitchen—and she’s every bit as passionate as he is…


Juliet Cavanaugh used to have a crush on Max when she was just a teenager, hanging out at Lunden & Sons Tavern, hoping to catch a glimpse of the owner’s oldest, and hottest, son. Now a chef herself—competing in the biggest culinary contest in the country—Juliet will be cooking side by side with the one man she’s always admired…and desired. But despite their simmering attraction, Juliet is determined to keep her cool—no matter how hot it gets…

“Deliciously sensual and delightfully amusing.”

Orlando Sentinel (on Can’t Stand the Heat)

More About the Author

"My favorite thing about romance is that it's like real life - but the way you wish life could be."
- Louisa Edwards

Louisa Edwards grew up in Virginia, surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. By age 11, she was sneaking Harlequins out of her visiting grandmother's suitcase, making her parents nervous about what, precisely, their little girl was learning from those books. Naturally, they were relieved when Louisa decided to attend Bryn Mawr College, hoping the Seven Sisters vibe might instill the intellectual rigor she thus far seemed to lack.

To their dismay, however, even the ivy-covered halls of Bryn Mawr couldn't distract Louisa from her addiction to romances. Instead, she traded in her Harlequins for longer, juicier single titles, reading everything from Laura Kinsale to Jennifer Cruisie. She also managed to graduate cum laude with a degree in Romance Languages (which is not as sexy as it sounds - mostly she studied Spanish, French, and Italian literature, although some of that French stuff did get fairly racy.)

After graduation, Louisa moved to Manhattan, landing a job as an editorial assistant at Penguin Group (USA), where she worked directly for the smart, savvy president of Mass Market Paperbacks, Leslie Gelbman, who guided Louisa as she built her own list.

Vindication! It was possible to make a living from reading romance novels. Louisa's parents were equal parts surprised and thrilled. While at Berkley, Louisa was lucky enough to work with some great authors, assistant editing Leslie's heavy hitters, Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz. Louisa's own list included, among others, Lucy Monroe, Jennifer St. Giles, and Shelley Bradley. All of which led to Louisa being promoted to assistant editor.

Then real life romance ensued: Louisa married a journalist and was promptly exiled to Ohio so her husband could work for his family's newspaper. There Louisa started reviewing romances for and took a part-time job at the Culinary Vegetable Institute. Personal interaction with chefs, plus the limited repertoire of local restaurants stoked Louisa's interest in food. She began critiquing restaurants for the local newspaper, got sucked into Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen, trailed a chef friend at his restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina, started cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and decided to bring it all together by writing CAN'T STAND THE HEAT.

Now she awaits the response of the masses to her foodie-inspired romance. Meanwhile, Louisa will continue to eat in as many wonderful restaurants as possible - purely for research, of course.

Customer Reviews

The secondary characters were all interesting and well written.
Though their families are very different, and they react very differently to their fears, there is something universal about their emotions that draws them together.
M. Jones
Jules is a wonderful, hardworking heroine who you have to respect.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on August 3, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
1. As a fan of Top Chef, I really liked the cooking competition in the book. The suspense was great during the competition scenes, and there was lots of fun cooking trivia as well. It was also kind of fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at the drama going on between the judges and organizers of the competition, which I have often wondered about as I watch TV competitions.

2. The hero, Max, has just come home to New York from an extended trip in Japan, where he was learning to practice Zen. Personally I associate Zen with a bunch of really lame boys I knew in college. But Max is no naive pothead. He has a lot of energy, and a bit of a temper. He is not monkish at all, and yet his spirituality seems sincere, and admirable even.

3. Max and Jules both have a relationship with their parents that is very easy to identify with--they fear becoming their parents and also fear losing or damaging their familial relationships. I love how the characters grow closer by learning about each other's families and family demons. Though their families are very different, and they react very differently to their fears, there is something universal about their emotions that draws them together.

4. There are a lot of women in charge in this book--women who are very competent and smart, and who also love what they do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Smitten with Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 13, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My Review:
I have been so excited to read this book. I read Louisa Edward's first cooking trilogy and absolutely fell in love with her writing. (You can see those reviews HERE.) This book definitely did not good and so much fun!!! Although I have to be honest, as much as I loved Jules & Max's story, my favorite part about this book was the side story line between Clair (editor of Delicieux magazine) & Kane (rock star foodie and fellow judge of the RSC.) If you haven't read Louisa Edwards before, she writes WONDERFUL side stories. I am hoping that this side story flows like Frankie & Jess' story in the last trilogy and flows throughout all three books!!

But back to the main characters of this book...Max & Jules. 6 years ago both of their lives changed the same night. Max's changed when he had a huge blow-up with his father and walked out to travel the world. Jules' when she showed up at Landon's Tavern looking for her best friend Danny (Max's brother) after she had been kicked out of her house by her irate, irrational mother and instead found a sympathetic shoulder and surrogate family via Gus, Max's father. Max left the family and Jules basically joined it. Now the family restaurant needs help and Max's mother has called him home to help out with the Rising Star Chef Challenge.

Max & Jules are both chefs that are going to have to work together on the competition, but there are lingering feelings for both of them. Jules has always been attracted to Max, but her loyalty falls to the family that took her in when she had nowhere else to turn. Max is shocked to find little Juliet all grown up and gorgeous, but he looks at her as the person who came in and took his place within the family...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2011
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I recently read a movie review in the New York Times in which the reviewer observed that the "old screwball idea of heterosexual courtship as a battle of equally matched, contending forces is close to extinct." That may be true in films these days but not in romance novels. Equally matched grown-up lovers can still be found, especially in the work of Louisa Edwards. Her first three books, the "Recipe for Love" series, featured hot chefs and smart, determined, and happily sexy women, who found adult relationships challenging and satisfying--physically, emotionally, and mentally. The first book in her second trilogy promises more of the same. In Too Hot to Touch, the hero and heroine knew each other as adolescents but meet again to find romance (and crazy hot sex) as adults. Adam, a world-traveling seeker of philosophical enlightenment and esoteric cooking techniques, has a broader range of experience than Juliet, who grew into womanhood and achieved professional standing right in the kitchen of his own family's restaurant in New York. Even so, Jules has some hard-earned wisdom of her own to share as the two learn things about each other, and themselves, in the process of falling in love while competing on the same team for a prestigious award which they hope will give the restaurant a much needed boost. They're surrounded by interesting characters, especially the judges in the contest, who include an ultra-sophisticated French woman of a certain age and a young rock-star food enthusiast who thinks she's the hottest thing since sliced baguettes. In short, Too Hot to Touch is a rich concoction for mature readers, and "mature" there doesn't just reference the sex scenes. It's a great read with characters who are just like real people we all know, except they're better looking, wittier, and lead more glamorous lives. Fun!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on January 23, 2012
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Prodigal wandering son Max is called back home to help the family restaurant prepare for a cooking competition. Upon returning, he discovers that his brothers best friend has usurped his position in the family, and finds he's also attracted to her. Jules has had bad luck with romance, especially with those she works besides. But a teen crush on Max soon re-materializes; while she fights her attraction, he makes it harder, all while they prepare to secure a space in a cooking competition that may help save the family business.

Authors that can combine romance with cooking, especially a cooking competition (total Food Network nerd!) have me at hello. Unfortunately, I was totally bored throughout most of this book. The characters lacked any real chemistry, the writing was dull, and the secondary romance was a dud from the start. I wanted to like this book, but as I would read a few pages, my mind would wander to other things like "did I remember to lock the front door?" I doubt I will give the second story in the series the time of day. If you are looking for an author that can write a spicy foodie romance novel, check out Shirley Jump's "Romance with Recipes" series - especially The Devil Served Tortellini. Good writing, great spicy romance, and mouth watering recipes.... pretty much everything that this books is not.
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