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Too Hot To Touch (Recipe for Love) Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2011
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“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.” ―BN.com 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 on JUST ONE TASTE
“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 on JUST ONE TASTE
“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 on JUST ONE TASTE
“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) on JUST ONE TASTE
“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 on JUST ONE TASTE
“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 on JUST ONE TASTE
“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 on JUST ONE TASTE
“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 on JUST ONE TASTE
“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 on JUST ONE TASTE
“Funny, entertaining, and simmering with sexual chemistry.” ―Bookloons on JUST ONE TASTE
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…
HE'S GOT THE SIZZLE
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…
SHE'S GOT THE FIRE
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)
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Max Lunden is a master chef who's travelled the world to learn new techniques from the best. When he gets a call to come home to help his family's restaurant compete in a national cooking show, he can't say no. But coming home is never easy. Not only are tensions running high with his father and brother, but Max never felt tension as hot as with his brother's best friend, Juliet. Even though Juliet has nursed a crush on Max since her teen years, she had fallen in love with the Lunden family when they took her in years ago. She's become a master chef in her own right and will do anything to help the Lunden family restaurant win this competition. But battling for the top spot is never as hard as battling for what your heart wants.
Juliet and Max have some great tension, some great interactions, and a wonderful romance built throughout this story. It's a great beginning to a new series that I will continue to pick up. And not just for the covers.
Juliet-Jules, was taken in by Max's family when she was 17 and kicked out of her mom's house by her selfish, self-centered, and horrid mother. We learn more as the story progresses, and it leaves you feeling cold. I don't think I could have forgiven my mother if she had done to me what Juliet's did to her.
Together, Jules and Max scorch the pages. This is a sold read, with very well written characters with flaws, issues and depth. The secondary characters were all interesting and well written. I especially loved Winslow. He was a riot. I can't wait to read about Danny-Max's brother and Jules' best friend.
I had an issue with the secondary romance, and found it annoying. I really didn't care about Claire or Kane getting together. I liked them both as characters, but I'm not a fan of more than one romance in a story, and I skimmed their pages.
Too Hot to Touch is délicieux! Just like the food her characters create, author Louisa Edwards takes a classic - in this case, the trope of a heroine in love with her best friend's brother - and elevates it, giving the storyline her own spin to deliver something fresh and new. Too Hot to Touch shines with genuine warmth, humor, and affection.
Jules is a wonderful, hardworking heroine who you have to respect. She's easy to like, but what really captured my interest was how her past had scarred her. Jules never feels completely like she belongs, even though it's clear the Lunden family loves her. One of the best parts of Too Hot to Touch was watching Jules really see how much she's loved by the Lundens, Max most of all. And man, oh man, who wouldn't want to have Max fall in love with them? He has been a wanderer for the past six years, but while he travels the globe, backpack and wok in hand, picking up new techniques right and left, what he really needs is a place to call home. Though he returns to New York in the beginning of the story, Max feels almost like an outsider in the city, in his parents' restaurant, and in his own family. I loved watching Max's emotional growth over the course of the story. Seeing his vulnerability makes him a well-rounded character. Without it, he'd still be a fun, charming, hunky hero, but I'm a greedy reader and want realistic characters, which Ms. Edwards provides. And speaking of Max's charm... Ms. Edwards's writing had me calling a friend to read portions of Too Hot to Touch aloud - that's how funny Max could be. The humor in Too Hot to Touch sends this sparkling romance over the top, from excellent to amazing. Ms. Edwards never overdoes it, and (thankfully) never lets the book slide into slapstick. Rather, the humorous moments of Too Hot to Touch stem from quick wit and grin-inducing banter.
I loved Jules and Max, but it's the cast of characters as a whole in Too Hot to Touch that make the book what it is. Max's family is sure to charm readers, particularly his brother, Daniel, who catches the eye of the RSC organizer and will have fans clamoring for their book, Some Like it Hot. And I can't forget either the last two members of the Lunden team: the adorably chipper Win and the mysterious, handsome Beck. As a whole, this group is a makeshift family and Ms. Edwards makes readers feel like they're a part of it.
It would also be a crime to talk about Too Hot to Touch without mentioning the RSC judges, particularly when there's such a fabulous subplot involving rock star judge Kane Slater and head judge Claire Durand. Plus, fans of Ms. Edwards's Recipe for Love series will undoubtedly be excited to see Devon Sparks, from On the Steamy Side, as the third RSC judge. I definitely have the Recipe for Love series on my "to be bought" list after reading Too Hot to Touch.
Too Hot to Touch will delight foodies and romance fans alike. Jules and Max's story is a tasty treat of a book that is simply too good to miss!
Shayna for Joyfully Reviewed