Author: Rachel Harris
Series: Love and Games, #1
Release: July 8th 2013
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Format: ebook, 191 pages
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?
Although I’m usually known for my reluctance to read anything contemporary, the second winter arrives, I feel like reading nothing but adult contemporary romance. Not just any romance either, but low-angst, adorable, preferably set in a small-town with very developed secondary characters and a healthy dose of humor. When it’s this cold outside, angst and drama become my worst enemies, and sweet sexual tension is my only friend. (In books, people, in books.)
Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris hits everything on my checklist. Colby and Jason are those sweet, perfect(ly flawed), completely unrealistic characters. She is a famous chef, back in New Orleans to help her family and he is a firefighter, the Chief, no less, and a loving single father. These two have known each other forever, but when Colby returns, Jason fails to recognize her. What he does recognize, however, is the sizzling chemistry between them. The two are drawn to each other like magnets, but they have their reasons for staying away.
The sweet and often hilarious secondary characters were given more than enough time to develop. It’s pretty clear that Harris always intended to turn this into a longish series with the Robicheaux family at its center. A nice set-up for a second book, centered around Colby’s older brother and the timid firefighter Angelle, was provided in Taste the Heat. I can’t wait to see how their romance plays out.