Author: Amanda Usen

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 on the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They married after graduation in a lovely French Quarter restaurant in New Orleans. After enjoying the food and the fun in the Big Easy for a few years, they returned to Western New York to raise a family.

Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes at a local community college and her nights writing romance. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America ® and the Western New York Romance Writers. When she’s not writing, teaching or baking, she can usually be found chasing the kids around the yard with her very own scrumptious husband.

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Impulse Control - Men of the Zodiac

Impulse Control
  • Number: B00R6AVO8E
  • Release: 2015-01-19
  • Author: Amanda Usen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Survivalist Russ Donovan is known on TV as the "Wildest Man In The World." The last thing this headstrong Aries guy needs is to be wrangled into a cross-promotional TV special with a popular homemaker--even a sexy little thing like Susannah Stone. Besides, the Adirondacks in the dead of winter is no place for amateurs...especially a stubborn homemaker who's determined to show him up every chance she gets.

Susannah's a working single mom who knows plenty about roughing it. She can take anything this mountain man dishes out. Now Russ and Susannah are taking their competitive rivalry to new levels, and not even the canned beef stew is safe. Then Russ and Susannah's on-camera sparks turn into a sizzling off-camera romance, and their two conflicting worlds collide. Sure, major differences can turn chemistry red-hot...they also make compromise nearly impossible.


Make Me, Take Me - Hot Nights, #3

Make Me, Take Me
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B00Q20ASZY
  • Release: 2014-12-15
  • Author: Amanda Usen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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He's every fantasy she's ever had...

Betsy Mouton knows that easy doesn't last forever. She's working her butt off to launch the Last Call Café so her family can leave the New Orleans bar business—and its heartaches—behind forever. That is, until the hottest one-night-stand of her life shows up next door, twice as uncompromising and two million times hotter, offering to buy the bar and send the Moutons to Easy Street.

Hotelier Quinton James has never forgotten the unbelievably hot night he and Betsy shared. Never forgotten how beautifully she submitted to him, or how he found the only peace he's ever known in her arms. Now that Betsy is the only thing standing in the way of his new hotel, she's the one in control. But there's more at stake than her cafe or laying their past to rest—Quin wants a future. With her. All he has to do is convince her...one sensual command at a time.


Seducing the Playboy - Hot Nights, #2

Seducing the Playboy
  • Stars
  • Number: B00K48N6ZY
  • Release: 2014-05-26
  • Author: Amanda Usen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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The best desserts are worth the wait…

Pastry chef Jenna Cooper crushed hard on playboy chef Roman Gallagher when her older brother brought him home to share their family Christmas six years ago. Now she’s old enough to do something about it, and she won’t take no for an answer—for anything. 

Out of the frying pan into the fire…

Roman has one hard and fast rule—don’t sleep where you eat. But he can’t say no to Jenna’s plea for him to help her save her family business. Soon she's working for him, and their scorching chemistry melts Roman’s resistance.

If you can’t stand the heat…

Jenna knows Roman has reservations about enjoying the heat between them, but she’s got a plan. She’s going to keep this sexy man so satisfied in—and out—of the kitchen, he won’t regret a thing. But Roman has his own ideas. He wants more than a few hot nights, and he's going to teach Jenna a lesson about playing with fire.


Into the Fire - Hot Nights, #1

Into the Fire
  • Number: B00CNTTE9Y
  • Release: 2013-06-10
  • Author: Amanda Usen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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She's cooking up a recipe for revenge...

Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson Calabrese can buy whatever he wants--except creativity. He can craft perfect paella, but if his new restaurant is going to take New York by storm, he'll need help. And there's only one chef with the culinary creativity to reinvent their menu: former rival--and lover--Lila Grant. The one woman with all the right ingredients to drive Jackson wild. And damned if he doesn't want another taste.

During their time at the culinary academy, Lila brought the heat in the kitchen and between Jackson's sheets. Seducing her back into his bed--and his kitchen--should be easy. But after the way things ended between them, Lila isn't giving anything away for free. Jackson may have made her an offer she can't refuse, but she wants revenge, and she'll take it served hot...one delicious bite at a time.


Luscious

Luscious
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781402262180
  • Release: 2012-07-01
  • Author: Amanda Usen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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A sizzling second book in a new contemporary series featuring sexy chefs. Newly divorced chef Olivia Marconi is balanced on the knife-edge of a major meltdown. A week in Italy with Sean, her hot divorce attorney--not to mention the fantastic food and wine--sounds like the perfect getaway. If only she wasn't there to break her parents' hearts by quitting the family business. Sean's attention makes her feel brave, desirable, and adventurous again. But Sean is hiding something, and Olivia is short on trust these days. Can a romantic interlude in Italy turn into something more, or will it all go up in smoke?

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Scrumptious

Scrumptious
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781402259821
  • Release: 2012-01-01
  • Author: Amanda Usen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements, Food, Home, Style and Travel
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Sparks between love 'em and leave 'em pastry chef and poker sharp Marlene Bennet and traveling chef-for-hire Joe Rafferty when the two culinary perfectionists are forced to share a kitchen. But several suspicious accidents at the restaurant convince Marlene and Joe to work together to uncover the saboteur. Maybe a little intrigue and high-stakes poker will be the perfect ingredients for these commitment-phobic foodies to whip up a happily ever after.