Title: Some Like it Spicy
Series: A Perfect Recipe, #1
Author: Robbie Terman
Publisher: Entangled: Edge
Release Date: July 15, 2013
Buy Links: Amazon
Ashton Grey’s restaurant, Sweet Home, is in trouble. Months of empty tables have left her and her partners near bankruptcy, and her father’s prediction of her failure as a chef seems imminent. But a chance encounter could provide Ashton with the publicity she needs to save her restaurant—if the fiery chef is willing to compete on a reality cooking show. But in order to win, she needs to stay focused. No problem…until she meets the head judge.
Celebrity chef Ty Cates is ready to get away from the camera and back to the kitchen where he belongs. Performing as head judge on a reality show is just one more commitment he’d like to get out of, especially after he meets Ashton. Head judges dating contestants is about as taboo as putting ketchup on filet mignon, but from the moment they meet, there’s a simmering heat between them that neither can ignore.
As the competition heats up, they rely on sneaking around, stealing amazing night after amazing night together when the cameras aren’t rolling. When both realize what’s starting to feel like love could easily be a recipe for disaster, Ashton and Ty need to make a choice—get out of the kitchen or turn up the heat.
One of the best books I've read this year!!!
This book made me feel like I was really watching a cooking show while getting the inside scoop of the contestant and judge at the same time. The characters were well-written and they each have their specific flaws that made them seem so real.
Ashton was the kind of person who took insults from her father all her life. She knew she was a good cook, but when it came to her father, she cowered. When people tried to criticize her food, she explodes and that's exactly how she found herself in the cooking show The Next Celebrity Chef.
Ty Cates was a southern guy that had so much charm. I fell in love with him just by reading about him. If he was a real guy, I'd probably melt on his feet if I ever meet him. He knew his appeal to women, but he also missed cooking. He needed someone who can challenge him and remind him of the joy of cooking. He found this with Ashton.
The controversy and ridiculous Hollywood protocol was sometimes annoying, but hey, that's reality. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the humor between Ty and his best friend Scott. When an author can make me laugh when writing about two male best friends, they usually make it to my favorite author list.
Ty: "What if...what if the person you're interested in is someone you can't have?"
Scott: "Are you trying to tell me...?" He swallowed a few times. "Are you...gay?"
Overall, Robbie Terman is now one of my favorite authors and this book is an absolute MUST-READ MASTERPIECE. It'd be a mistake to miss this amazing book.
Check out my favorite scenes :)
Ty: "...Frankly, I expected you to be able to hold your liquor better. Just do me a favor, next time you want to throw a knife at someone, make sure you're sober. I'd hate to see you end up in jail."Ashton: "You watched the tape."Ty: "Yup. I have a copy in my safety-deposit box with instructions that it be sent to the police in the event of my death by mysterious knife wound."
Ty: "I'm surprised Ellen didn't send Ashton to the desk by herself so you both could grill me."Scott: "We prefer to work separately and compare notes." He leaned closer. "Is this her? The one you were mooning about at dinner?Ty: "I wasn't mooning. But yes. This is her. And it's on the downlow. Understand?"Scott: "Is she married?"Ty: "Of course she's not married. She's... She's a contestant on the show."Scott: "Which show?"Ty: "Mine, dumbass! The Next Celebrity Chef."Scott: "Ohhh. Who cares? The show ends in, what, four weeks?"Ty: "I assure you, the network cares. And so do their attorneys. We shouldn't even be out in public, but I wanted her to meet you and Ellen."Scott: "I love you too, man." He bit back a fake sob.