Review: Too Hot to Touch by Louisa Edwards

Too Hot to Touch by Louisa Edwards
Series: Hot trilogy (#1)
Publication Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s
Source: Nancy Berland Public Relations

Welcome to the Rising Star Chef competition, where today’s hottest chefs battle it out on national TV for a chance at fame, fortune and culinary supremacy. Every contestant hungers to win, but only one will take the prize…


When it comes to competitive cooking, Max Lunden is no stranger to winning…though he’s never been great at working with a team. A master chef—and major hunk—he’s traveled the world, picking up new cooking techniques as well as beautiful women. But when the prodigal chef returns home to his family’s Greenwich Village restaurant, he discovers one too many cooks in the kitchen—and she’s every bit as passionate as he is…


Juliet Cavanaugh used to have a crush on Max when she was just a teenager, hanging out at Lunden & Sons Tavern, hoping to catch a glimpse of the owner’s oldest, and hottest, son. Now a chef herself—competing in the biggest culinary contest in the country—Juliet will be cooking side by side with the one man she’s always admired…and desired. But despite their simmering attraction, Juliet is determined to keep her cool—no matter how hot it gets…

Review:  I’ve been a fan of Louisa Edwards since I read her first book.  In fact, we’ve been honored to have Louisa as a guest several times.  I’m also a huge fan of cooking competition shows.  The mixing of Louisa’s writings and the plot of this ongoing cooking competition is very intriguing to me.  So, when I received a review copy of Too Hot to Touch, I was excited to read.  I was looking forward to this new series… and I wasn’t disappointed.

I think what I like most about Louisa’s writing is the characters she creates.  I always find that I am able to relate to them and in the end care about how their story is going to turn out.  And Max and Jules are no exception.  Jules is a tough girl who has found a home with her best friend’s family and Max was her girlhood crush.  So when he returns home to help the family restaurant, where Jules now works, and he begins hitting on her… well, what’s a girl supposed to do?

In the midst of Max and Jules budding relationship, their family restaurant was chosen to compete in a national cooking competition.  It was fun to watch the competition begin to unfold, meet the chefs comprising of their team and then be left hanging for the next book in the series to see what’s going to happen in the next.  I for one, can’t wait for Some Like It Hot (release date is November 29, 2011) to read Danny’s story — he’s Max’s brother and Jules’ best friend.

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