Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris ~ Review

Today, I have the blog tour for Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris on the blog. Rachel is a super sweet lady and this was such an awesome read. She is very talented and I am so happy to share my review of Taste the Heat with y'all today.

Taste the Heat
Author: Rachel Harris
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Publication Date: July 8, 2013

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?

When I saw the Taste of Heat tour signup, I read the synopsis and was immediately intrigued. I am so honored to be given the opportunity to read this book and I can’t wait to share all my feelings with you.
Taste the Heat was such a cute and fun read. It is so nice to read a light romantic book once and a while and take a break from the intensity of new adult novels. The writing style is so reminiscent of Lauren Blakely, whom I adore, so I am an instant fan of Rachel Harris.

Colby is a renowned chef in Las Vegas, where she owns her own Italian restaurant. She is back in her home town in Louisiana after leaving 12 years ago. She immediately reconnects with her childhood crush, Jason, who happens to be her brother’s best friend. All of her feelings come rushing back but she doesn’t know if she can ever trust another man again. Jason is instantly attracted to Colby before realizing who she is. Once he knows, he can’t stop thinking about her and she may be the woman to bring down all his barriers.

“Coming home was always a tug and pull—warm memories with apprehension.”

I really liked Colby. She was smart, funny and one hell of a chef! She has been through some traumatic events when she was younger when it comes to men. It has made her guarded and un-trusting of them. When Jason comes back into her life, she really struggles internally with her feelings for him and her distrust in men.

Jason was an amazing and loyal man. He was a good father and everything he does is for his daughter. He immediately feels things for Colby that he hasn’t felt since his wife died and it is very confusing for him. He can tell that there is something holding Colby back and he wants to open her up and get her to trust him.

“When was the last time he’d had such a visceral reaction to the simple sight of a woman?”

Emma was the star of this book and I loved her. She loved her dad so much and she was such a fan of Colby. It was so cute how she tried to play matchmaker and encouraged Jason to go after Colby. She made me laugh and smile throughout the entire book.

Colby and Jason are two people who have both been through a tragic event that has caused them to put up barriers and not allow people in. Their re-connection couldn't have been more perfect because they both needed someone to bring them to life again. Both of them started out with a physical attraction and thinking that they wanted just a fling with no emotions attached. I knew that wouldn’t work because Colby has always been in love with Jason and he is such a passionate man. I loved the way they shared their most painful memories with each other and the way they really connected. The sexual tension between them was smoking hot but the emotional connection that Colby made with Jason and Emma was heartwarming and endearing.

“He bought himself an entire summer with Colby, and maybe, just maybe, it would convince her to stay.”

Overall, I loved this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was a light; fun read and had all the elements to make me smile. The characters were likable and easy to connect with. The plot was fun and flowed well. The writing was excellent and the style was fun and easy to read. This is my first Rachel Harris book and I will definitely be reading more.


~IPOD Picks~
“Collide” by Howie Day
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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 atwww.RachelHarrisWrites.com.


*an E-arc copy of this book was provided to me by the author and Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*

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  1. RachelHarrisWritesJuly 9, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    This review has me grinning like a loon and dancing in my seat. Beautifully written review. I may or may not print it out and read it whenever I hit a writer's block :) So glad you enjoyed it!


  2. Your comment made me smile! :-) I am so glad that you liked my review. I loved reading this book and couldn't put it down.

  3. Jessica MangicaroJuly 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Great review girl! I loved this book! Rachel is awesome. Emma was my favorite too. She was so cute.

  4. I have heard nothing but good things about this book. Maybe next time Colleen Hoover traumatizes me I will pick up this one to recuperate.

  5. Thanks! Rachel is so super sweet and such an amazing writer. I loved Emma, she was adorbs! (I think I'm probably too old to use that word but I'm going to anyways) :-)

  6. This is totally a go to book after a traumatizing one!

  7. Sheri told me I HAD to buy it yesterday so I did! Started it last night. I couldn't say no to a sexy fire captain.

  8. So glad you picked it up and are reading it!! :-)


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