Under Her Clothes by Louisa Edwards
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: February 10th 2015
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When Colby St. James dresses like a man to prove she can succeed in the male-dominated world of professional cooking, she never expects to fall for the handsome chef who will decide her fate. They agree that nothing that happens after hours will affect Colby's chances in the competition and begin a secret affair.
It's been years since Dominic Fevre felt a sexual attraction toward another man. He thought he'd put that stage of his life behind him when he focused everything on his career. But something about Colby St. James makes him want to break all his own rules…
Colby is determined to show the culinary world that a woman can get a great job as an executive chef just as easily as man could…well kind of. She actually dresses like a man to prove that she has the skills like a man but would have been passed by had she been interviewing as a woman. (She decides this after her boss passes her by and promotes yet another man instead of her.)
She heads to an interview with a famous chef, Dominic Fevre, and expects to talk the part and show him her knife skills and then be on her way. Dominic, however, has a different idea. He wants the five candidates to work in his kitchen for two weeks to show him their different skills at the different stations in the kitchen. She doesn’t plan on being brutally attracted to Dominic and she certainly doesn’t expect him to reciprocate that attraction while she’s a man. After a while thing get very interesting and very hot in the kitchen.
This was a sweet yet sexy novella. I loved that Colby dressed up in men’s clothing to prove a point even though I think her thought processes were a bit off. Yes, she could maybe get the job but once they found out she lied about her identity she wouldn’t be able to keep the job. IDK, it made sense…yet it didn’t. lol
Dominic was one hot chef. He was the strong silent type for the most part and was highly intimidating. He had a good heart, though and it showed in more ways than one during the story.
Overall a fun book.
Rating: 4 out of 5