In the hot, steamy kitchen of the Chameleon restaurant, Marlene “Marly” Bennett is doing what she loves the most. Currently acting as pastry chef, she helps her best friend, Olivia run the family restaurant and can cook better than any other chef around. When Olivia’s husband and chef, Keith, is caught with his pants down literally, Marlene steps in to help Olivia run the line so Olivia doesn’t have a nervous breakdown. Olivia then decides that Chameleon needs a new chef and hires the infamous, Joe Rafferty, to fill in for a few weeks until she finds a suitable replacement.
Joe Rafferty has a reputation of being a great chef but also a great ladies man. One-night-stands are his specialty and he has Marlene in his sights as his next conquest. Marlene is also known as a party girl. She enjoys a little fun, but never brings her heart into the equation. When these two get together, things start to change as they find that they work well together and each romantic encounter leaves them wanting more. The longer Joe works at Chameleon he finds that he not only has a perfect place to work but also may have found the perfect partner in life. His plans to leave for California to start a new life begin to change, but he needs to convince Marlene to take a chance on love instead of playing it safe.
I love books that involve romance while being set in a culinary environment. This book was great for me because I loved the steamy romance between Marly and Joe as well as the action of a fast-paced restaurant. They both seemed unsure of each other even though they had this explosive chemistry both in the bedroom and the kitchen. Each wanted a simple good time with no attachments because they were afraid to fall into the same traps as their parents. It is easier to hide your heart when you pretend that this isn’t a serious relationship until you find that your heart has made the decision for you.
I loved the details of the restaurant life and how they created their culinary masterpieces. The side story of someone sabotaging the restaurant was very intriguing and had me guessing until the absolute end. I can’t wait to read more from this author because she kept me captivated up until the very end and I absolutely adored her characters.
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.