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Guest Review: Under Her Clothes by Louisa Edwards

Posted February 24, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Under Her Clothes by Louisa EdwardsReviewer: Tracy
Under Her Clothes by Louisa Edwards
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: February 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary
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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…

Tracy’s review of Under Her Clothes by Louisa Edwards

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


This title is available from Cosmopolitan Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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Review: Some Like it Hot by Louisa Edwards

Posted April 12, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Rowena’s review of Some Like it Hot (Rising Star Chefs #2) by Louisa Edwards.

Hero: Danny Lunden
Heroine: Eva Jansen

Sexy, single, and even sweeter than the treats he bakes, New York pastry chef Danny Lunden is trying to stay focused on food—not females. With the Rising Star Chef competition approaching, he doesn’t have time to get all steamed up over the gorgeous woman he encounters on the plane to Chicago. Even if she is Eva Jansen—the billionaire heiress in charge of the contest…

Danny assumes that “Eva the Diva” is a spoiled rich girl who doesn’t share his passion for food. But when the two meet up again in an elevator—alone—they share more than just passion. They share a kiss hot enough to start a kitchen fire—and they’re hungry for more. To indulge their new secret craving, Eva and Danny have to break every rule in the cookbook. But—like chocolate and caramel—some ingredients are are so sinfully good together, one scrumptious bite is never enough…

This is the second book by Louisa Edwards that I read and I read it while I was fast sinking into a reading slump but I was able to finish this book and enjoy it as well. I’m a sucker for a baker hero and Danny was delicious. I thought that I’d like Max more than Danny but after finishing this book, I’m not so sure. Max is more fun loving and laugh out loud where Danny is more serious and reserved. Danny is the brother that stayed behind to help his parents run the family business while Max ran off around the world, living his own life. It wasn’t hard to recognize the bitterness that was eating Danny up when Max finally came back. Max crashes back into their lives and shakes things up. He also took Danny’s best friend away from him and while he wants to be happy for Jules, he can’t help the bitterness that eats at him.

What I liked about Danny is that he didn’t hide from the fact that he was feeling these things. He felt them, owned his emotions and tried to get through each day anyway. He was a man’s man in the way that he dealt with things and I really liked that about him. His interactions with Eva were kept under control until he just couldn’t help himself and I really liked seeing him let loose with Eva because he was much too serious all the time so I thought Eva was perfect for him.

Eva was a surprise because when she came onto the scene in Max and Jule’s book, I thought the same things that Danny thought of her. She was a spoiled, rich heiress that had the world at her fingers and she knew it. I thought she was flighty and fluffy but she turned out to be so much more than that and I really enjoyed getting to know her character.

Danny and Eva together was a treat that I wasn’t expecting and I really enjoyed the romance that blossomed between them. They complimented each other well and I think Edwards did a fabulous job of keeping us interested in them as a couple and as people as well.

This book was a treat and I’m glad that I read it. I’m pretty stoked to be able to dig right into Beck’s book and I’m going to do that just as soon as I finish this review. Overall, this was another enjoyable addition to a series that is shaping up to be better than I expected. The characters are all wonderfully well rounded characters and I’m anxious for more.

Grade: 4 out of 5

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This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Too Hot To Touch by Louisa Edwards

Posted April 9, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Rowena’s review of Too Hot to Touch (Rising Star Chef, Book 1) by Louisa Edwards

Hero: Max Lunden
Heroine: Jules Cavanaugh

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…

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…

This is the first book by Louisa Edwards that I’ve read. I was a bit resistant to try an Edwards book since reading Holly’s review of one of Edwards earlier books. I have been a total chicken until now. This is the first of her Hot books and I enjoyed it. This book follows Max Lunden, the oldest of the Lunden boys who left their hometown of New York City and the family restaurant to travel the world and build his culinary knowledge.

He travels from place to place, learning from the best of the best all around the world and he’s just landed an opportunity to work with the very best Italian cook in the world, in Italy and he’s called home to help his family’s team compete in the Rising Chef’s competition. The restaurant can use the money and his Mom really wants him home so after he gets his Mom to agree to a month long visit home to help out, he goes home.

When he gets there, his Mom is happy to see him as is his Dad (with some resentment) but his brother is most unhappy to see him. Max knew that things would be a little tense when he came back but he wasn’t expecting it to be as tense as it actually was. He has his work cut out for him if he wants to bridge the gap that has grown between him and his brother.

Jules Cavanaugh had some trouble with her Mom when she was younger and the Lunden’s took her in when Max left home. She’s been with them ever since and they gave her the family she always wanted and there isn’s a thing she wouldn’t do for them. When she finds out that the eldest Lunden son is returning to the restaurant, her old crush comes back to mind and she finds herself wondering how time and experience has changed the Max Lunden she knew. She’s more excited to see him than anything, not that she’d admit that to anyone…especially her best friend Danny, Max’s younger brother.

They’ve got a good team heading into the Rising Chef’s competition and she’s determined to win the entire thing for Gus Lunden. He’s been the very best role model for her and nothing is going to stand in her way of helping her team win it all. Not even her fiery attraction to Max Lunden.

The romance between Max and Jules was pretty straight forward. Jules wanted to avoid any messy attachments with Max and Max just wanted Jules. It was definitely inevitable and I enjoyed the ride.

Max wasn’t one of those heroes that is too serious all the time and takes himself too seriously. He wasn’t this alpha male that had to have the last word and I loved his flirty spice attitude toward Jules. The way that he kept coming at her with his charm and wit, wearing her down was sexy.

Jules was another great character but some of her resistance toward Max got to be a bit much and when she ran away? I wanted to smack some sense into her but overall, she wasn’t the worst kind of heroine and she didn’t drive me crazy enough that I hated the book or anything. On top of the hero and the heroine, the other characters in this book definitely round out my favorite things about this book.

I adored Beck and wanted to know more about him. I loved his loyalty to the Lundens and to the restaurant and I loved Win. His bubbly personality totally won me over. I also really enjoyed getting to know Danny. Meeting him in this book definitely had me anxious to read his book and find out who his heroine was going to be. I had my thoughts about who it would be and was pleasantly surprised that I was right. I loved Max and Danny’s parents and I even enjoyed getting to know the judges. I understand that one of the judges was the hero in one of Edwards earlier books but I didn’t read that book so I didn’t know him though I do plan on going back and reading his book sometime in the near future.

This book is filled with lots of foodie facts and I enjoyed the behind the scene kitchen action that this book provided. I love me some foodie themed stories and this is definitely one. I’m more of a baker than a cook so I was really looking forward to reading Danny’s book since he’s the pastry chef. I couldn’t wait to see what that man had planned for chocolate, haha.

Overall, this book was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. The characters were lively and charming and the story wasn’t complicated or anything. There was a balanced mix of everything and I’m glad that I read it. I definitely recommend this book.

Grade: 4.25 out of 5.

The Series:

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This book is available from St. Martin’s Paperbacks. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Book Watch: Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards.

Posted February 8, 2012 by Rowena in Promotions | 4 Comments

Henry Beck thought he’d already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. After all, what could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? But when he learns his competition for the title of Rising Star Chef is the sweet hippie girl he married…and left…ten years ago, the heat is on.

Now Beck and Skye Gladwell are going head to head in the finals…and sparking up old flames every time they touch. But Skye wants more than a win over the man who abandoned her when she needed him most—she wants a divorce! Then her sexy almost-ex makes a deliciously dangerous proposition. He’ll give in to her demands, but if his team wins the RSC, he has a demand of his own…one last taste of the only woman he ever loved.

For the year 2012, one of my goals is to read this series. I just finished reading Scrumptious by Amanda Usen and I really enjoyed the behind the scenes action in the kitchen so I’m on the look out for more of that kind of action. I love romances that steam up the kitchen and so it’s weird that I haven’t read anything by Louisa Edwards yet. I’m going to change that this year though. Next month, really because I need to read both the first and second book before this book comes out on March 27, 2012. If you’re a fan of this series and want more, you have a few short months of waiting before you can dig in.

Has anyone read this series? Did you guys like it or no? How hot are the covers? This is why I’m buying them in print and not in ebook. Those covers just need to be on my bookshelves at home.

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can pre-order it here or here in e-format.

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Review: On the Steamy Side by Louisa Edwards

Posted March 17, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Casee‘s review of On the Steamy Side (Recipe For Love Series, Book 2) by Louisa Edwards.


When Lilah Jane Tunkle fled her dull life in Virginia for the bright lights of New York City, she didn’t expect to wind up a nanny to a gorgeous celebrity chef’s ten-year-old son. Working for the delectable Devon Sparks is a sure-fire recipe for disaster, especially after Lilah gets a tantalizing taste of his perfectly seasoned kisses …


Devon’s not sure he can handle one more surprise ingredient in his life—he quit his popular TV show, his culinary reputation is on the line, and now the son he barely knows is back for seconds. Lilah’s Southern sass is supposed to keep the boy in line, but soon enough she’s teaching Devon a thing or two about homespun food…and turning up the heat.

I didn’t read the first book in this series. After Holly’s review (of the heroine specifically), I wasn’t too keen on picking it up. I’ve recently been watching Hell’s Kitchen so this book definitely appealed to me. After reading the prologue, I was hooked. Devon seemed to be very good hero material. Bad childhood, finally standing up for his father that he could never please. Things like that.

Lilah and Devon first meet at Chapel, a relatively seedy NYC bar. Devon goes there b/c the people know him and don’t care about his celebrity status. Devon is instantly attracted to Lilah and the air of innocence that seems to surround her. Another thing he realizes is that Lilah has no idea who he is which is a novelty when it comes to women.

Lilah has left her home in Virginia to begin a new life in New York. The last thing she expects is to go home with a stranger. One night stands are way out of the norm for her. After a steamy night of sex, Lilah follows what she believes is one night stand protocol. She leaves. The very last thing she expects to see when she reports to work at Market—the restaurant her friend is a manager at—is her one night stand. To make matters worse, he’s taking over as head chef for two weeks.

Lilah doesn’t quite have what it takes to be a busser. Her first night and she drops two full trays in the dining room. She is mistaken for a waitress and writes the order on her hands. Devon is furious when she comes back in the kitchen. Not only is he having a horrible first night as Executive Chef at Market, but he has also has an incompetent employee. The fact that it’s Lilah just jacks his anger up. When a police officer turns up in Market’s kitchen during the dinner rush toting a child she claims is Devon’s, Lilah immediately takes charge.

This is when I started disliking Devon (more than usual). After his shiteous childhood, the fact that he has NO CONTACT whatsoever with his child was unforgiveable. When you consider the circumstances in which his child is living, it makes it even worse.

Lilah was like a steamroller. A very effective steamroller. She is able to see a longing in Devon that he doesn’t show to the world. There was only one thing that Lilah did that I thought was out of line, but she was so matter-of-fact in admitting her mistake that I couldn’t just stay mad at. Lilah was the perfect contrast to Devon’s snoody “I’m better than you” personality. She was able to bring him down to the level the rest of us plebeians are.

3.75 out of 5.

This book is available from St Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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