Hot and Bothered (Hot in the Kitchen #3) by Kate Meader
Released: March 4, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: A Fire They Can’t Put Out . . .
Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who's fueling her hormones with generous servings of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She’s vowed never to blur the lines again . . .
After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he’s had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can’t stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she signs up for an online dating site—and the thought ofhis Jules with another man makes Tad’s blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can’t stop himself from turning up the heat this time.
This is the third book in the Hot in the Kitchen series but can be read as a stand-alone.
As a single mom, Jules Kilroy always has her hands full. Fortunately as baby sister of the famous chef Jack Kilroy, she has a bit more leeway financially to be able to find her independence. She’s witty and cheeky but it has not always been sunshine and roses for her. Struggling her way through school, abandoned by her brother to be left in the care of her aunt and uncle who found her to be a nuisance, and a late diagnosis of dyslexia all compound to low self-worth. To counteract that she would often date the wrong type of guy until she found herself pregnant and fleeing to the US.
Taddeo DeLuca spent a large part of his adult life running away from the emotions surrounding the loss of his parents. It’s only been in recent years that he has felt steady enough to move home and started to settle down—but just professionally. Refusing to spend time in the kitchen, he instead is opening of a wine bar. Personally, he’s had a string of one night stands and short term flings but refuses to open his heart to any woman; although, he does have a soft spot for his best friend, Jules and her son.
With a kiss and a rejection from Tad a year prior, Jules decides it’s time to start living her life again and to start dating. The other girls in her circle not only encourage it but push it on her. Upon finding out, Tad does not like this one bit. Will they ever believe they are good enough for the other?
This is a charming story full of angst, friendship, and finally love. Both Jules and Tad are broken people and while coming from different emotional perspectives, they still have the poignant fractures as a commonality for their relationship. In the end, they must go through separate journeys and personal growth before they can find their way to each other.
Rating: 4 stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.