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Taste the Heat (Love and Games Book 1) by [Harris, Rachel]
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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

Want to read more?
If you love fun and flirty romance, you've come to the right place. Don't miss these other titles from Rachel Harris:

The Love & Games Series
Set in sultry New Orleans, this series follows the tight-knit, hilarious Robicheaux trio as they land themselves in crazy predicaments and fall head over boots in love!
  • Taste the Heat (Colby and Jason)
  • Seven Day Fiance (Cane and Angelle)
  • Accidentally Married on Purpose (Sherry and Tyler) 
Also, Don't miss the fun new spin-off series readers asked for, Country Blue, and get to know the rest of Tyler Blue's band! 

The Country Blue Series:
  • You're Still the One (Charlie and Arabella) 
  • You Belong with Me (Deacon and Hannah) coming soon
  • You Can't Hurry Love (Nate and Lana) coming soon.
And if you are also young at heart and love Young Adult romance, don't miss these titles:
Contemporary Romance:
  • The Fine Art of Pretending 
  • The Natural History of Us  
Time Travel Fun:
  • My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century 
  • A Tale of Two Centuries
  • My Not So Super Sweet Life 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1098 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490977554
  • Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (July 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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