One hot latin chef + one feisty red haired chef = recipe for ever after
Paolo is not your regular chef, he is the magnificent
chef (this made me chuckle) as he calls himself. He really is the chef of chefs, his cuisine is to die for, and he caters to the elite. He is not into low calories food, what he calls low cal food is quite funny. He enters a food show competition and is very confident he'll win (his ego is as big as... well, he can be a pain). He has everything planned to the last detail, including how he's going to get rid off his competition. Of course that is true until he lays eyes on her. Then, he realizes his plan may be flawed.
Michaela is a pretty darn good chef, but her approach to it, including her delicious food, is completely the opposite of Paolo's. She is competing against him in the food network show. She believes she can beat him at his own game, except his charm is just too much-- and all women are enchanted by him, even she is. Regardless, she's determined to win no matter what, and not to fall under his spell. That last proves almost impossible.
As the two of them work together for the taping, the undeniable attraction grows. Yes, they pull tricks on each other, especially Paolo. Soon is not about the cuisine anymore, but about the feelings for each other. Oh don't get me wrong, the competition for winning the show is still on, but winning the show alone is not enough. Paolo wants to win over Michaela's heart too. The trouble is, Michaela has her eyes set on the prize, and that is winning the show. Yes, she likes Paolo a lot, but she won't give in easily.
It doesn't take them long to realize they're playing with fire. The game is on, and the winner takes all and some.
Overall, this was a pretty fun read. Don't be surprised if you find yourself learning a bit of Spanish as you read it. There is quite a bit of comedy in it, a bit of drama and tragedy, and lots of love
(aawww moments)all around.
This makes for a good summer read at the beach.
This review is also found at: /2012/06/review-grill-me-baby.htmlBlurb:
The heat is on…
Raised among women who taught him to cook at his family’s Buenos Aires restaurant, master chef Paolo Santos deftly works his culinary wiles—and his gypsy charm—on posh Flamingo Island’s female clientele.
The tastiest tidbit on the island, though, is cool, elegant Michaela Willoughby. The redhead’s slender curves are as enticing as her rabbit-food menus are maddening. And she’s his main competition for the chance of a lifetime.
Michaela overcame her own weight issues to become Flamingo Island’s premiere spa chef. Now she has a chance to share her innovative recipes for healthy living on a new cooking show—if she can somehow outshine Paolo. His sizzling, Latin-lover looks are more heart stopping than his decadent cooking. And she’d love nothing better than to stick a fork in his outsized ego.
When the stage lights ignite, so does the competition…and a sexual chemistry no one—least of all Paolo and Michaela—saw coming. Suddenly, separating business from pleasure is as impossible as separating a scrambled egg. And the big question isn’t whose knife cuts fastest…it’s whose heart can take the most heat.
Contains two hot chefs duking it out in a lively showdown of sexy rivalry. Mix in family drama, luscious recipes and spicy mischief, and there’s more than just steam rising out of the kitchen. May cause lusty cravings for midnight indulgences.