Love and Danger … in the Kitchen: a guest blog from author Kate Meader
Thanks to Sarah for hosting and allowing me to chat about Feel the Heat, the first in my Chicago-set Hot in the Kitchen series about an Italian restaurant-owning family and the sexy, sizzling chefs who love them. I was initially hesitant about approaching Sarah because her books are so kick-ass awesome and usually involve guns, secrets, and so much suspense you might expire from the tension. How can my sexy, funny, foodie romance possibly measure up to the high-level life and death stakes that Sarah does so brilliantly?
So you might be forgiven for thinking restaurant kitchens are filled with like-minded, food-loving individuals who have a special camaraderie unique to the close quarters of a steam-filled environment. Sure they are but they are also hotbeds of intrigue and smoldering tensions. Table 12 never got their appetizers! The steak was supposed to be medium rare, not medium! That cheese soufflé’s looking a touch flaccid… Kitchen disasters are usually poised to strike at every turn, but I give it an extra twist in Feel the Heat, which unfolds against the backdrop of a highly-rated televised cooking contest. Dropped utensils! Sabotaged dishes! Uninvited guests with secrets! Exclamation points ratchet up the tension! Suspenseful? You don’t know the half of it.
Speaking of danger (weren’t we speaking of danger?), there’s nowhere more dangerous than a fast-paced professional kitchen. Brave chefs risk burns and bad hair days to get amazing meals before hungry punters. But the chefs aren’t the only ones jeopardizing their well-being. Cream and butter might be the classically-trained chef’s tools, but they are also his weapons—that’s right, the customers aren’t safe either! Every night in the fanciest establishments, the sound of hardening arteries echoes through the dining rooms as soon as customers slip those Diver scallops in beurre blanc sauce past their lips. Take that, romantic suspense lovers!
Finally, sexy, alpha chef Jack Kilroy, hero of Feel the Heat is as adept as any NYPD cop or FBI agent at making Lili DeLuca’s heart beat dangerously fast. This guy pulls out all the stops to get her to see beyond his tabloid-crafted image. He cooks up orgasmic meals. He feeds her with goat cheese salted caramel gelato (recipe here). He seduces her with food and shows her no mercy. She resists. He’s too famous, too good-looking, too everything. But he also gets her and shows her that maybe it’s time she paid more attention to her own needs—and took a leap of faith with him.
Lili’s heart is in danger … and the stakes don’t get higher than that.
Hot in the Kitchen, Book 1
IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT . . .
Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time managing her family’s Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she’s tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she’s cooked up a recipe for disaster.
. . . GET INTO THE BEDROOM
Jack Kilroy’s celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili’s oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he’s even more aroused by how unimpressed this beautiful, funny woman is with his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his bitch fork-wielding fan base. Now, as he’s about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions – and turn up the heat in his kitchen?
Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boons thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, and she’s there. She has a bachelor’s in law (useless), a master’s in history (not as useless), and another master’s in library and information science (yay, using). When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Her stories are set in her adopted home town of Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero. For news, excerpts, and recipes, check out her website at http://www.katemeader.com.
During the Feel the Heat release tour, I am giving away foodie-related swag: one Grand Prize and five smaller prize packs! Details and pics on my website.
Sarah here: ERMAGERD! Amazing prizes, you guys. Go check them out! And seriously, you need to read this book. Kate is awesome, and not only because she managed to give me a killer slew of compliments AND work the word flaccid into the conversation, though neither event hurts my opinion, lol! Seriously, Kate, I am positively *blushing* and possibly drooling. I can’t wait to dig into this book!