In the Raw

In the Kitchen, #1

James Lassiter is a great chef to be. He is comfortable with all the different course he is taking. James comes from a very privileged background but is controlled by his parents. He is so far in the closet it’s not funny nor does he seems to be able to stand up to them. It’s apparent that James needs Ethan’s help to break free of his parents.

Ethan Martin is the bad boy chef to be. He is good at almost all the different aspects of cooking, but the pastry course has him frustrated and baffled. He needs help but seems unwilling to ask for any. Ethan loves cooking and it shows that he comfortable in the kitchen and why the pastry course has him at odds. Ethan is a good guy with a big heart.

The connection between James and Ethan is intense. I loved how they both fought the chemistry between them all the while competing with each other. I enjoyed seeing how Ethan and James were pushed together all through the book. This book also shows how hard relationships can be. The sex scenes were scorching.

I found this book well written with an interesting plot. The ending is set in a way that leaves you wondering about the future of the main characters.

I am normally not a fan of cliffhanger endings, but this was done in a way that did not leave the reader frustrated. I hope there is a sequel to find out how James and Ethan do in the future. The main characters and the secondary characters were fascinating and charming. Overall, I loved this book.

Book Blurb for In the Raw

If you can't take the heat…

James Lassiter has had a crush on fellow culinary student Ethan Martin for three years, but has never had the guts to make a move. Putting himself out there is hard, especially when under the thumb–and wallet–of his overbearing parents. Now that bad boy chef Ethan–who is always vying with Jamie for best in class–is struggling with the pastry course, Jamie suddenly has a reason to reach out.

Ethan doesn't mean to be an ass–okay, so mostly he does–but even though he's secretly hot for Jamie, he sure as hell doesn't want help with pastry. Ever since his dad walked out, Ethan has been the one to hold things together and he's done fine on his own. Except that he can't get his cake to rise.

Jamie could be the answer to what Ethan's been missing his whole life–someone to depend on. But with the two competing for the same scholarship, things suddenly get too hot to handle. And if Jamie finds the strength to go for what he wants, he isn't about to settle for what he needs.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2014 5.00