Monday, July 8, 2013

Taste the Heat Release Day Launch: Review and Giveaway

4 SIZZLING, ROMANTIC STARS.

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?


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My Review:

*Thank you, Rachel Harris and Entangled Publishing, for the early eARC of this book! 
*Possible spoilers. You've been warned. :)

Fun, romantic, and with an undeniable and sizzling attraction between the two main characters, this book heated up and never cooled down. Taste the Heat was a light summer read that will have you wanting to pour ice down your back just to cool off from the scorching heat of New Orleans and the hot relationship between Colby and Jason. 


At first, I was just looking for a light, fluffy read that would take my mind off the very intense and emotional book I'd just read. What I got was so much more than just a light-hearted romance. It was wonderful to watch Jason and Colby's relationship grow from mutual attraction to shining love. And it was wonderful to see them both find love when neither of them had been looking for it. 

As I said, I wanted a light read (which was nothing against the author!). But I was pleasantly surprised with the emotional depth of the story. It made me cry! Mostly because it hit close to home, and I found myself totally relating to Colby's character; her heartache, her guilt, her pain. Being able to connect with her was a great bonus. :)


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These two characters, Colby and Jason, are both scarred from past relationships and aren't looking for anything more than just a casual fling. But it only takes them a few weeks to realize that this could be something so much more, something that could prove to them both that love is worth all the doubts and heartache, all the tears and hurt. That love is worth a second chance. 

When Colby comes home for the summer to save her family's restaurant after the unexpected death of her father, she's counting down the days till she goes back to Vegas. But what she didn't count on was her childhood crush tempting her to stay. Tempting her to give her home and her roots a second chance. And as much as the healing helps the scars fade, she still can't let go of the heartache that sent her packing twelve years ago. She still can't let herself believe in "happily ever after" because, even if her and Jason can prove that all she's thought about love is wrong, it still doesn't squash the fears that still cling to her broken heart. 

As a single father, Jason has his hands full. Between being a captain for the fire department, owning a gym, and raising his almost twelve year old daughter, love is a just a fairytale. And after losing his wife in a horrible situation, he closed his heart off so he'd never have to feel that kind of pain again. But with Colby, he starts to wonder if finding a woman to step up to the roll of mother and enter into more of a convenience marriage would ever be enough for him or his daughter. Because as quickly as he's falling in love with the woman, Emma is too. And what will happen if the summer fling turns into so much more and ends up hurting the one person he cares the most about? Emma's lost one woman she cared about already. What will happen if she loses another?


Both Colby and Jason are in for the ride of their life. Because we all know love never goes exactly as planned. And it's about to show them that their fears are nothing compared to the kind of life they could have together. 


Not only were these wonderful characters to read about, but so were their families. From Colby's overprotective big brother to Jason's sweet daughter, they all played a part in helping these two stubborn and guarded people realize that they're perfect for each other. And when Jason is injured from a fire, they ban together to help each other through the nightmare. It's the final push, besides letters from her parents, that make Colby realize that she almost gave up a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. 


I loved Rachel Harris' writing style, and her very amusing humor. I loved reading about the characters' struggles to opening up again, and seeing them find their HEA was such a treat! This book was the perfect blend of steam, romance, and witty banter. It had me laughing, crying, swooning, and kept me entertained until the very end. :)

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Rachel Harris Bio:
Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her at www.RachelHarrisWrites.com.

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4 comments:

  1. LOVE this review!! "This book was the perfect blend of steam, romance, and witty banter." <--this has me grinning like crazy :)

    Thank you so much for being a part of this launch. You're made of awesome <3

    xoxo
    Rachel

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