July 14, 2013

Review: Taste the Heat (Love and Games #1)

Taste the Heat (Love and Games #1) by Rachel Harris
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 8, 2013
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Book Description:

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 can’t afford to taste. Colby can’t wait to 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. Disillusioned by his past, he knows he should be focusing 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 can’t 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?

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I love Colby!

Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris was slightly less spicy than I was expecting, but chock full of awesomeness. Taste the Heat follows chef, Colby Robicheaux who returns home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant. She comes home in time to judge the Taste the Heat contest, where fire captains (yes there are sexy fire fighters in this book) of different fire departments make spicy dishes to win a prize and raise money for a good cause.

Colby runs into none other than childhood crush Jason Landry and it turns out he’s finally decided to notice her. I really enjoyed this book. Colby absolutely reminds me of myself. She’s a total workaholic and the poor girl has so many trust issues, rightfully so, and I just want to hug her.
The UST (unresolved sexual tension) between Colby and Jason was hot and when I say hot I mean in need of an ice cold shower kind of hot. They were adorable. I love that he didn’t realize who she was at first and even more I enjoyed how they were after he realized it. Both Colby and Jason have baggage and they are both protecting their hearts.

It’s hard for Colby to trust people and it’s hard for Jason to picture his life with another woman after what happened to the last woman he loved. I don’t want to give too much away because some of the best parts in this book are the ones we don’t see coming.

Colby’s siblings are sweet and I really liked the backstory of how Jason grew up with Colby’s family. Oh, and if I didn’t already mention it the fact that Colby is a chef and Jason is a fireman, so freaking hot. The blindfold at dinner…Oh my god, that entire scene was awesome. That and the camping trip were probably my favorite scenes in the book.

The end of the book of course made me cry like a baby, because apparently I’m an emotional mess haha, but the ending really touched me. Harris did an amazing job of bringing these two characters to life and creating a plot that was not only realistic, but sweet and sexy. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good heartfelt romance story.

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Author Bio:

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and A Tale Of Two Centuries.


  1. Cori, thank you so much for your lovely review! Sorry that I made you cry at the end...but is it bad to say that I'm glad? he he No, seriously, I'm so glad you cared about these characters like I did. And those were two of my favorite scenes, too!


    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the review! Haha no! I love that I cried. It's because it was so good! Haha I adored these characters! Yay for favorite scenes! :)

  2. You're not the only one who teared up. I absolutely loved the ending!

    1. OMG me too!!! Thanks for stopping by Staci! :)


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