Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Beauty and the Feast by Julia Rachel Barrett (Review)

Title: Beauty and the Feast
Author: Julia Rachel BarrettPublisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 16, 2010
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Eva Raines is an uncomplicated country girl who's all about food. Eva moves to the Napa Valley where her culinary skills come to the attention of the owners of a start-up, All Things to All People, and Eva finds her niche as a personal chef. Now all she needs is a man as perfect as her cooking, but she has serious doubts that such a creature exists. When wealthy entrepreneur, winery owner, and noted Lothario, Gabriel Abbott, makes plans to seduce his flavor of the month, his assistant hires All Things to All People to cater a gourmet dinner. Eva expects to use her way with food to showcase the startup. What she unexpectedly discovers is that her culinary skills showcase far more. Once Gabriel finds himself seduced by Eva's voice, and the sensual flavors and textures of her food, his previous plans are quickly forgotten. He begins to obsess about meeting his little chef in person. But when Eva and Gabe finally come face to face, the question is, how hot will their fire burn?

My Review: 
I think that this is definitely my second favorite Julia book, with Captured still being first :) I really loved this story, the characters, the romance, and how realistic the relationship between Gabe and Eva was...

These characters were both passionate about what they do for a living. Eva Raines is a chef and she works for a company called All Things To All People (ATAP) where she cooks, caters, and cleans for people. Gabriel Abbott is the owner of Abbott Industries which is a wine business. When they both cross paths, nothing will ever be the same. Gabe has a hot date with lawyer Stephanie and he wants someone to make dinner for them, so his assistant somehow gets mixed up with ATAP and they send Eva for the job because this is a big chance for them and they know how amazing Eva is with her cooking. 

Gabriel on the other hand isn't so sure about taking a chance and demands to talk to Eva, when he calls her his world is turned upside down... just from the sound of her voice, after talking to the lovely Ms. Raines something happens, which I can't tell you. Just know that this book is great! Eva Raines cooking is out of this world, or as Gabriel would say "like sex". I love the characters, and the conflict, the ending is so good. Squee!!! This book definitely deserves 4 stars! 

If you have a love for romance, you should pick up this book and start reading... oh did I mention that Eva and Gabe's sex scenes are scorching hot??? Yeah, you should definitely read this.


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