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The Kitchen When It Sizzles Paperback – September 5, 2014
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By just reading the first few chapters you can already feel the spark between Olivia and Nate. I love how Nate taught Olivia re: cooking. And the food, sticky pork ribs and bacon anyone?, made me hungry. The book really lives up to its title. There so much steam and sizzle whenever the two were together.
My complaint -- Nate and Olivia are much hotter than the cover models haha! :) And I can't believe that actually got in the way of my reading it right away. Gosh, how superficial am I! But as I said, I'm glad I went past that because this book is great.
It was an exhilarating ride from the first page. It was painful to wrench the book out of my hands when I needed to, and when I finally returned to it today, the story demanded to be finished. Now I'm trying not to spoil anything here but my cupeth runeth over with feeleth, so let me just say two things: 1. the image of Adam Levine kept getting in my head every time Nate was on the page. It was distracting (in a good/bad way) because several pages in and Nate was a completely whole character, and I didn't need Adam's pecs and tats getting in the mental picture. Also Nate, I think, is totally a better human being than Adam Levine (I could imagine), and 2. I don't eat meat but Nate and Liv made me crave those damn sticky pork ribs. And yeah, that image of a kitchen that the book Kitchen (by Banana Yoshimoto) left in my head? Well it's tucked away in the wholesome part of my brain for the time being.
Our heroine, Olivia, doesn't know how to cook and has signed up for cooking lessons. As fate would have it, her cooking instructor ends up replaced by her nephew, the hot hotshot Los Angeles-based chef, Nate. Sign me up for one-on-one cooking lessons with the tattooed sizzling hot Nate, please! Seriously. Or maybe hire me as a dishwasher or a sous chef, ANYTHING. Anything within 10 feet of this hunky guy.
Olivia and Nate obviously had sparks and they also like the company of each other. Who am I kidding? These two can steam up mirrors and glasses with their very hot makeout session in the kitchen. I can't exactly pinpoint what it is that just makes them click but when I was reading TKWIS, I just rooted for them all the way.
The main conflict of TKWIS was Olivia doubting if she should get with Nate. She knows for sure he's going to leave Manila and go back to the States as that's what he's been telling her all along. She didn't want to fall in love with him and just get her heart broken so she puts all these walls and tries to keep things from happening. But then things happen (HELLO HOT MAKEOUT SESH THAT MADE ME FAN MYSELF) so she ends up being hot and cold to Nate. Poor Nate bb. Aside from that conflict, assumptions and a certain girl out to get Nate are the other obstacles Olivia and Nate (more on Olivia) need to face.
Having read AFIBAW, I couldn't help but notice that everything could have been solved if our couple just talked with each other. I have nothing against that plot arc (just noticed it) because Chrissie Peria expertly manages to make us invest in her characters and root for them even if normally, you'd want to shake them and make them kiss like your childhood Barbie and Ken. You didn't do that? O-kay. I just want Olivia and Nate together and it was SO FABULOUS when they did.
Once again, Chrissie Peria being a foodie shines through her work. I definitely drooled over Nate but man, I think I drooled even more with the food. It's like I can taste them and I absolutely ended up hungry after reading this.
As for the sexy, no worries as it isn't graphic but it is DEFINITELY hot. I don't know how I'll do if I meet Chrissie in real life. I feel like I'll just smile my freaky smile and snicker at the side. Haha! Guys, the title isn't misleading because the kitchen and the bedroom and everywhere else are sizzling.
I recommend this to anyone who's looking for a sweet AND hot short contemporary romance read. It's extremely satisfying!