Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris (Love and Games #1)

Taste the Heat (Love and Games, #1)

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?

Source: ebook from Entangled for an honest review

Characters:

Colby Robicheaux hasn’t been home in twelve years.  After her father’s death, she’s called home to take his place as the chef of the family restaurant, a staple in Magnolia Springs, but only for the summer until they get back on their feet.  She soon comes face to face with her childhood crush and her brother’s best friend, Jason, and all those old feelings come back with a vengeance.  Colby has given up on relationships, though, because of some issues in her past, but she’s not above a summer fling with the handsome fire captain.

Jason Landry is a single dad and widower who’s grown up with the Robicheaux’s.  When the love of his life died years ago, he became a little withdrawn, but he’s decided it’s time for him to get married in order to give his daughter, Emma, the family she deserves.  Jason is immediately attracted to Colby, who he hasn’t seen since she was a teenager, and now that she’s back, he wouldn’t mind getting to know her better.

Conflict:

Colby’s visit home has an expiration date and her feelings for Jason are so deeply ingrained that she doesn’t think she can just dip a toe in, but this opportunity to live out a childhood fantasy is too good to pass up.  Jason is ready to settle down and is looking for a wife in name if not in love.  He’s fiercely attracted to Colby, but her brother & his best friend has him thinking that might not be the direction he should be going in.  When he does finally decides to give it a go, he realizes that Colby is perfect because they both have relationship issues and there should be no problems with either of them falling in love.

Overall Thoughts:

Super cute book.  I loved Jason, he was a great father and a good man.  His love for his late wife was sweet and heartbreaking, but his utter devotion to his daughter definitely made him even hotter.  Colby was a fantastic heroine, smart, tough, a decent person who didn’t want to get hurt again.  I loved the two of them together because their primary relationship is of friendship and a shared history, but they really fit together romantically very well.  I am super excited for the next two books in the series.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the SUPERB setting, a small Louisiana town. The author is from New Orleans and she definitely captures the spirit of the area.  Every reference to Cajun culture and food was spot on and it made me long for home, or for a good weekend trip to New Orleans. She also made me crave gumbo in the middle of July, so there’s that.

Pecans: 4.5/5

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5 thoughts on “Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris (Love and Games #1)

  1. C July 10, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply

    I love books where childhood crushes reconnect. And there is nothing more attractive than a good father 🙂

    • Daphne July 10, 2013 at 11:36 am Reply

      i agree with you on all counts 🙂

  2. Rachel Harris (@RachelHarrisYA) July 10, 2013 at 11:37 am Reply

    LOL Hey gumbo is good any time of year. Just crank up the A/C first 😉

    Thank you so much for a lovely review, girl, and for reading! So much love ❤

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