Monday, March 26, 2012

Hot Under Pressure

Hot Under Pressure is the final novel in the Rising Star Chef series from Louisa Edwards. From the author’s website.~

Loaded with the hottest dishes and sexiest chefs, the Rising Star Chef competition is about to boil over for one pair of all-star cooks who can’t stand the heat—of working so close together...


Henry Beck thought he’d already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. After all, what could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? But when he learns his competition for the title of Rising Star Chef is the sweet hippie girl he married...and left...ten years ago, the heat is on.


Now Beck and Skye Gladwell are going head to head in the finals...and sparking up old flames every time they touch. But Skye wants more than a win over the man who abandoned her when she needed him most—she wants a divorce! Then her sexy almost-ex makes a deliciously dangerous proposition. He’ll give in to her demands, but if his team wins the RSC, he has a demand of his last taste of the only woman he ever loved.

I was lucky enough to get an early copy of Hot Under Pressure from NetGalley thanks to Louisa.  I’m a huge fan and was so excited to get my hands on this final book in the series early.

I absolutely loved this book. Beck and Skye are both such amazing characters and I enjoyed getting to know them both better in this book. The chemistry between Beck, or Henry as Skye calls him, is obvious anytime they are in the same room.  I loved getting to know more about their history together and apart. Both Skye and Beck are so strong, yet there was a vulnerability about each of them that made me love them even more.  I love a book that wrings out every emotion possible for me, and with Hot Under Pressure I was moved to both laughter and tears at different time…sometimes at the same time even.

The final challenge for the RSC competition just about killed me. The stories both Beck and Skye told had me bawling my eyes out. Of course, the story doesn’t end there and we are given more of their story with an amazing epilogue. I’ll be the first to say I’m not always a fan of an epilogue, but I agree with Louisa completely that we needed to see what the future held for these characters and it was very well done.

The release date for Hot Under Pressure is March 27, 2012 and I suggest you pre-order in advance or run to your nearest bookstore on release day to get this book.

I loved this book so much, I want to share the love, so I’m giving away a digital copy of this book, or if you are new to the series, any book in the RSC series. All you have to do to qualify is to comment on this post between March 26 – March 30. I’ll use to select a winner and post the winner this weekend. Please let me know in your comment if you prefer kindle or nook format. I know I can gift from both Amazon and B&N, but not sure who else allows gifting of e-books.


Modokker said...

Don't enter me i've read it. I agree with what you said. I loved the epilogue too. The ending is a kleenex ending for sure. If your not a cryer you'll for sure at least tear up. lol

Lisa B

CMD said...

Whoo! So excited for this book! I generally favour romantic suspense, but Louisa is one of my definite go-to authors for contemporaries. Too bad I'll have to wait until I'm free from thesis & departmental commitments at the end of April to read it! ;-(

Kindle all the way :)

vi said...

I've wanted to try a book by her. Thanks for the chance to win! And I am a big fan of epilogues.

Maria D. said...

I've enjoyed reading this series so far and your review was great! Please count me in, would love to win a digital copy!

junegirl63 at gmail dot com

Linda Henderson said...

I haven't started this series yet, but I loved her last one. I'd love to read this one, or the first in the series so count me in. I'd love to read it on my Kindle.

seriousreader at live dot com