Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review: Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris

  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Bliss imprint)
  • Publication date: 7/8/2013
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
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One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef, One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till she can leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. He knows he should focus on finding the perfect mother for his daughter, but when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason doesn’t want to say no.

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

My Thoughts

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!! Not only is he a sexy fireman, he can cook, and he is a fantastic dad. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a man who's little girl has him wrapped around her finger. His daughter is everything to him. In fact, she is so important that even though the last thing he wanted was marriage again, he would do it to have a steady female presence in her life. He doesn't think he could ever love again, but he is willing to do what he needs for Emma's happiness. That is until Colby comes back into the picture. He sees how broken she is being home and wants to help heal her from the past. He starts to fall for her, and he knows that Emma is falling for her too. He sets forth on a plan to try to win her over and convince her to stay! The things he does for her are so thoughtful and romantic that I was a puddle of goo! Jason is the icing on the cake!! Oh, man! I'm loving trying to put in these food references. I'm not good at it lol!!

Romance, romance!! This romance is gradual and real. It also stems from a long time friendship, so even if it seems a bit quick, it makes sense. Colby and Jason grew up together and have known each other forever. Colby had a crush on Jason for years and years. They are comfortable around each other which makes it easy to build a meaningful relationship. They are both trying to avoid it for their own reasons, but they are so right for each other. Not just for each other, but for Emma and their families too. Jason's parents have been concerned for Emma and Jason too and it's a relief for them to see them both happy. There was so much more to this romance than just two people falling in love.

I loved everything about this book. It was a contemporary with depth. It wasn't just a fluff romance with the typical drama. So many times in books we get the guy chasing the single mom, so it was nice to have a change. I liked that they both had there lives pretty much in order, but the other was the missing ingredient they didn't realize they needed. Full of charm, wonderful characters, and a great focus on family, this was one delicious read!! I can't wait for the next book in the series which will be Cane's! I'm sure I will devour that one too!! 


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation. 

I really loved this book and have decided that I want to give an ebook copy of it away so one of you lucky people can experience it too! I will be gifting the book through either Amazon, B&N, or Kobo, so be sure you can read one of those formats.

This is an adult contemporary romance, though not inappropriate. I would prefer if you are 16 or older or have parent or guardian permission.

International as long as ebook is available in your area.

Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new one will be chosen.


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24 comments:

  1. I so badly want to read this book! Rachel Harris is amazing -Flirt Squad Member and proud of it! I would've loved to have signed up to review this book but didn't have the time in my schedule. *sadface* Your review is amazing and has only deepened my need to read this book!!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    1. I hate it when I want to read a book so badly, but don't have time to take it on. That happens to me all the time. This book was so great!! I hope you get to read it soon!!

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  2. Amy, I love your review! I love it when you get all fan-girly over the books you read! It makes your reviews really shine! :)
    I'm so excited for this book. I love Rachel Harris! She's such a sweet-heart. Plus, she tolerates my blackmails on Twitter! So, I have to admire her for that. ;)
    I love the sound of Colby. There's nothing more I love than a main character is determined and knows what she wants out of life. I agree! There's something so attractive about a guy who loves his daughter! :) Man, I'm getting this one as soon it releases!
    Lovely review, Amy and thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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    1. This book was just so great!! I loved how it wasn't super drama filled, and it was very realistic.

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  3. Yay! I realy wanted to take this for review, but am so swamped. I love Rachel's writing and this seems like maybe her best book yet! I love all your food puns!
    Great review, sweetie!

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    1. Her writing is fabulous, and I seriously love this book!! The characters are amazing, the story is amazing, and I need more!!

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  4. ooooh... this is the first I've heard of this book and it sounds awesome! Thanks for the fun review :) Definitely going to be adding to my wantlist!

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  5. Oh man, LAYERS! I love me some layers. Great family, forgiveness, romance! Yes. I haven't read anything by Rachel Harris but I am thinking that this book might be the place to start. Fabulous review, Amy!

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    1. Yes!! Layers!! This was done so well, and I was so lost in the story.

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  6. Wait, Jason is a fireman? Yes please! This sounds so sweet and romantic. And I love romances that start as friendship. I rarely think insta-love no matter how fast those go bc they've known each other for ages, you know. Great review, Amy! This sounds perfect for the beach! :)

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    1. Oh yes, a fireman and not a douche! Talk about swoon!!

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  7. Oh. My. I need to read this next...but I can't. SOON, very soon. Great review.

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    1. You will love this one Val!! I know it.

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  8. I absolutely love your review of this book! I have to read it now! I love that Jason is a fireman, but my fiance is also a fireman so maybe that's why I want to read it so badly? LOL Thank you for the giveaway! =)

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    1. I loved Jason!! He wasn't the troubled bad boy or anything. He was a great guy who was actually nice and caring. None of that falling for the jerk and trying to make him nice stuff!!

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  9. So glad you enjoyed this book. I love this review.

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    1. I had so much fun writing this review!! The book was fantastic.

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  10. This sounds fantastic. I watch a lot of Food Network and love books with a cooking or restaurant aspect!

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  11. I really love Rachel Harris. She takes time to interact with her readers on Twitter etc. I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Amy, you are made of so much awesome! Thank you for a fabulous review, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And your foodisms made me giggle. You rock <3

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  13. Awesome Review Amy! We are on this tour too! Our posting day is Saturday :) I'm glad that you enjoyed this book! Rachel is made of awesome!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  14. Hi Amy, , I just noticed this review and wondered if you would like to link it in to the current monthly collection of books that people loved on Carole's Chatter. This is the link There are already over 20 great books linked in that you might be interested in. It would be super if you came on over. Cheers

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  15. Ugh, I swear, I keep telling myself I need to read this book. I've heard nothing but great things about it. You know I love a romance that isn't just about the romance, but has substance, which I can tell this one has. Great review!

    Vi
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  16. I had hoped to get to this one before release day, but Book Bash threw a wrench into my plan. :) Can't wait to read it!

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