Hot Under Pressure

Recipe for Love

Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell are the final two in the Rising Star Chef competition, each representing their restaurants for the prestige award. Beck and Skye also have personal history for they are still married after ten years and Skye wants Beck to finally grant her a divorce. He will on one condition, that she spends one last night with him if his team wins the competition. Skye agrees to his proposition just to prove that she no longer has feelings for the man that left her with a broken heart. Beck, on the other hand, wants one more opportunity to convince Skye that he still loves her and they should try to mend their broken relationship. With the competition and his relationship at stake, Beck will have to present the most wonderful culinary dishes the judges have ever seen or risk losing everything that he has ever cared about.

This is the third and final book in the Rising Star Chef competition and I have to say that this one is my favorite. Beck has been this silent, brooding character known as the strong backbone of the Lunden’s team, who always seemed to come up with these wonderful culinary masterpieces that helped in the competition. I was so glad that I finally was able to learn his back-story and how he was connected to the attractive chef, Skye. I was shocked to discover that these two were still married and throwing the two into this competition made them deal with emotions that both of them were suppressing for ten years. Skye was such a sweet character that has been dealing with the pain of love lost when Beck left her ten years ago to join the Navy. After one fateful day, Skye never heard from Beck again and she was left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. I won’t spoil it but when I found out the situation that they were in as a married couple when Beck left, I wanted to pull him out the novel and hit him until I learned the reasons as to why he left.

I understand that as young adults we make a lot of mistakes that we wish we could take back but in the end those mistakes make us a much better person. There were so many things that were left unsaid between Skye and Beck in the past and just a few words could have saved them so much heartbreak. These two were meant to be together as a couple and meeting again at the competition gave them an opportunity to pick up the pieces of their shattered relationship and build a new life together. Skye deserved that happiness and I was glad to see that Beck was able to make up for his past mistakes to show Skye that he has always loved her.

With this book, we get to see who won the Rising Star Chef competition and how each of the couples are doing after first getting together. I want to say that the epilogue was a beautiful way to end this series because it made me cry. I was so happy for everyone and I knew that everyone would be okay and that they were one big happy family. I love everything that Louisa Edwards writes and I can’t wait to read her new series that is coming out soon. This book will stay with me awhile and I will remember to bring the tissues when I reread it later this year.

Book Blurb for Hot Under Pressure

Henry Beck thought he’d already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. After all, what could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? But when he learns his competition for the title of Rising Star Chef is the sweet hippie girl he married…and left…ten years ago, the heat is on.

Now Beck and Skye Gladwell are going head to head in the finals…and sparking up old flames every time they touch. But Skye wants more than a win over the man who abandoned her when she needed him most—she wants a divorce! Then her sexy almost-ex makes a deliciously dangerous proposition. He’ll give in to her demands, but if his team wins the RSC, he has a demand of his own…one last taste of the only woman he ever loved.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2012 5.00