Read on for information about the book, about the author, and a review. PLUS top that all off with a great giveaway! Then, be sure to check the other tour stops for more goodies and information!
Title: Into The Fire
Author: Amanda Usen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: A Hot Night Series
Best Read in Order: N/A
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About the Book:
Jackson Calabrese has a lot of nerve. He beat Lila Grant in the Culinary Academy competition using her recipes. Now, he’s opening a restaurant and wants her help? Fine, she’ll fix his menu, but it’s going to cost him.
Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson can buy anything he wants, except creativity, so he buys Lila’s instead. He can craft perfect paella, but to take New York by storm he needs her innovative spark.
Skillets aren’t the only things hot in the kitchen, and an uneasy truce ignites into passion. They’re great in bed, but Jackson doesn’t trust her, and Lila is contemplating revenge. The restaurant opening approaches, the menu is completed, and the tables are set for one final act of betrayal. How can love bloom in the midst of such a hot mess?
My initial intention when I started reading this book was to read a few pages, then put it down and go to bed. A couple of hours later, I put the book down after I finished it – and I wanted more!
Amanda Usen has managed to incorporate food as a third highly charged sensualized element that both explains the characters and fuels their attraction and connection. Both Culinary Academy graduates, Lila is known for her unusual combinations that elevate a dish to ‘more’, where her chief competition Jack is a master of the classical combinations and techniques that create the perfect bite.
The characters were very well created: Lila is a fighter, struggling with debt and her inherent need to run away when the going gets tough. Jack is struggling against his undemonstrative father, never feeling quite ‘enough’ to fill his dreams of a culinary empire. Together their chemistry is smoking hot, they are perfect together as long as they don’t speak: or stick to discussions about food.
While both have disparate intentions for their collaboration in the kitchen, their attraction is the overwhelming force that both try to ignore, and fail miserably. It’s no surprise that their tempers and baggage lead them to believe the worst of one another despite the magic they make in the bedroom.
This story runs from one delicious moment of interaction to the next: food becomes the third character in the sexy connection between Jack and Lila: described with sensuality that has your mouth watering. Their interactions are steamy and loaded with sexual tension, but their connection runs far deeper as both share bits of their life and pain you see their connection deepening and becoming more solidly defined. Demanding you read on- this is one culinary romance that is not to be missed.
I received a galley copy from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Now for the Giveaway!!
Amanda Usen is offering winners a chance to at some wonderful prizes during the Into the Fire Blog Tour.
Grand prize: $25 gift card (Amazon, B&N, or The Book Despository) and gets to name Betsy’s hero in Book 3 of the Hot Nights series & give him 1 author-approved trait”.
Runner Up: $15 gift card (Amazon, B&N, or The Book Despository) and the chance to pick a dish to go into book three of the Hot Night series (Amanda will also share the recipe on her website).
Consolation Prizes: 5 random winners will get Amanda’s favorite kitchen tool: a mini offset spatula
Simply fill out the rafflecopter form provided below for your chance to be entered.
About the Author:
Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. She married him after graduation in a lovely French
Quarter restaurant in New Orleans, and they spent a few years enjoying the food and the fun in the Big Easy. Now they live in Western New York with their three children, one hamster, two guinea pigs, a tortoise, and a new-to-them beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found chasing the kids around the yard with her very own hot chef
Want chimichurri, chocolate cake or Chicken Alighieri? Visit Amanda at her Website, where you can find recipes for many of the yummy dishes in her books. She can also be found on Facebook and @AmandaUsen if you want to chat about romance, writing, or recipes.