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Feel the Heat (Hot in the Kitchen Book 1) by [Meader, Kate]
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A large Italian family crosses saucepans with a celebrity TV chef in the first of Meader’s Hot in the Kitchen series. Younger daughter Lili DeLuca, the large and lovely good girl in the family, has taken over for her mother as manager of the family’s Chicago restaurant after her mother goes into treatment for cancer. Meanwhile, her skinnier older sister Cara continues to work as the producer of British chef Jack Kilroy’s cable cooking show. When the venue for his Chicago cook-off is closed unexpectedly, Cara calls on the family to help out by having her chef father host the cooking show at the family restaurant. Lili and Jack hit it off and are caught kissing, a video of which goes viral, and suddenly Lili is known as Jack’s fat chick. But Jack isn’t as shallow as his media image of a hunky sex god implies. In fact, all he wants is to get to know Lili and be a good brother to his little sister. Meader pulls in all the romance tropes for this pleasingly familiar romp. --Pat Henshaw


*** 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews ***

"... will have readers drooling over the hero and heroine..." - RT Book Reviews

"I loved the dynamic with these characters and their families. They will have you crying they are so funny!" -

"I went from spewing my drink one minute, to needing ice water because the scenes were so hot the next ..." - Read Your Writes Book Reviews

"... one of the best culinary romances that I have read." - BS Book Reviewers

"Kate Meader is off to a great start with this series." - Romance Reader at Heart

"... funny, charming, sexy, and complex ... truly one of the best books I have read in a while." - My Book Addiction Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 943 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B73T20S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ok ladies! Put on your aprons and get ready to for a great book. Feel the Heat by Kate Meader is one of the funniest books I have read so far. Let me tell you a little about it.

Liliana DeLuca is a photographer who manages her families Italian Restaurant, takes care of everyone in her family and is generally over looked by everyone. One night she is on her way home from a costume party (dressed as Wonder Woman no less) and she sees the lights and hears noises coming from the kitchen of her families restaurant. That is when she takes matters into her own hands and smack world renowned chief Jack Kilroy over the head with a frying pan. Her older sister has booked Jack cooking show Jack of all Trades to tape in there, she is wants Lili to hook up with Jack for a one night stand to get help her get over being dumped by her fathers business partner.

Jack Kilroy is on his way to even bigger and better things. He is opening a new restaurant in Chicago, owns other around the world, is writing cook books, has a new cooking show in the works and wants people cooking is recipes on his cookware. He is driven, confident and totally taken by the beautiful woman that Lili is. Jack is done with a quick roll in the hay. He is tired of people only wanting him for his money, is looks and what they think that he can do for their careers. He wants more, and he wants more with Lili.

I really connected with Lili. Growing up as a pudgy kid, I can relate to the teasing and name calling that Lili went though. As an adult, still not a size 10, she is comfortable with who she is, but at times, her childhood hurts still run through her mind. Lili has a hard time believing that someone as handsome, wonderful and funny as the famous Jack Kilroy could possible be interested in someone like her.
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The Premise
Lili DeLuca has been treading water for a while. Her mother was diagnosed with cancer, and she chose to give up her dreams of graduate school and stayed in Chicago to help her parents with the family restaurant and her mother’s treatments. Her mother is in remission, but Lili isn’t moving forward….until she runs into Jack Kilroy, a famous sexy British chef her sister brought in to challenge her father to a cook-off for his TV show, Jack of All Trades. Jack’s first impression of Lili is curves for miles and a fiery temper to match. Sparks fly instantly and the two are drawn to each other while the show is taping. But suddenly their attraction is thrust into the public eye with a viral video, and Lili’s weight and their relationship has a spotlight on it that Lili’s not ready for.
The Good
I saw this author mentioned on twitter/facebook (the joys of social media) and I always like reading about a curvy heroine (which is not for everyone). Lili and Jack have chemistry for days, and Ms. Meader definitely knows how to write their sexual tension in an entertaining fashion. I liked the twist of Jack wanting a real connection instead of a one night stand, and I enjoyed the foodie elements of the story. Ms. Meader really builds a relatable little world for the DeLucas, and I’d happily read more about the family. The characters were quirky and multi-dimensional, and not all instantly likeable, which is preferable to me. It feels more true-to-life than those cardboard cutout families that populate most contemporaries - either completely hateful, or so wonderful you cannot believe they exist. This family I can so see existing in the real world (and with my last name - they seemed awfully familiar lol).
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Kate Meader's debut novel, "Feel the Heat," is smart, funny and sexy hooooot. I was literally smiling, chuckling or laughing out loud at some point on almost every page of this book. The hero is a rising star in the TV chef world and the heroine is the artsy, dutiful daughter of an old-world Italian Chicago Restaurateur. I loved how personal flaws drove these characters and gave them a sense of humanity and relatability. Meader has a deft mastery of subtly turning a phrase in such a way as to heighten both it's meaning and hilarity. I highlighted lines that made me laugh and I can tell you, my book is awash in yellow. I can't wait for the next installment in this series.
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I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley!

Shel: If you like Italian food..eating it, reading about it..imagining it...this may be a fantastic book for you. The food descriptions alone..gah..I think I gained about 15 lbs from just reading them. And while I could probably spend way too much time talking about the food, I should tell you a little about Lili and Jack. Court: The food is definitely a large part of the story! Lol. Jack is a chef, and Lili does help run her father's restaurant that Jack will be filming a show in.... and if history serves us correctly....a hot kitchen rendezvous....or not in poor Jack's case....made for some pretty hilarious shenanigans.

Shel: Lili is a free spirit who has had to tame that spirit to stay home and help out with the family restaurant and her mom recovery from cancer. She's pushed her own dreams away for so long that as the time comes for her to finally live those dreams, she hesitates. She has doubts, questions, and fears and is allowing those to control her decision making. In stark contrast, Jack, a hotshot, confident, fearless, up and coming chef ends up filming a show at Lili's restaurant. As you can imagine the mix of their personalities is interesting. They fight and bicker and are hilarious together. He wants to go balls to the wall with everything and she wants to work everything out in her head. Except sex..interestingly, they take on different roles when it comes to sex.

Court: I felt a kindred spirit in Lili in that special place in your mind that always tells you that you have to follow this certain path to other people's happiness...and wanted to be more like Jack and tell her to break out of that mold. That made for some of the best parts of the story for me...
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