(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: Love and Games #1
Published by Macmillan on July 8th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Taste the Heat by Rachel HarrisOne sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef. One combustible kitchen...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?
I’m new to the New Adult genre and slowly starting to find some books and authors that I’ll instantly fall in love with. Anyone who knows me—or reads any of my reviews or follows me on Goodreads—knows that I LOVE young adult literature. I’m a sucker for first love, and I’ve discovered that NA, through the few books that I’ve read, is like first love all over again—that marriage kind of love that has that happily-ever-after even closer. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I’ve spent most of March reading contemporary, and I’ve read half of the Rachel Harris books that I got from ApollyCon. While I didn’t get Taste the Heat from ApollyCon, I did learn about it in her reader’s group on Facebook (which is awesome and full of book boyfriends and book loving goodness!).
I could practically taste the spices while reading this book. The main character, Colby Robicheaux, left her life in Vegas to help her brother at her family’s restaurant after her dad’s death. A portion of the book was going on a journey with Colby as she forgave the father that had hurt her bad enough for her to forsake her New Orleans roots. I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans, and I loved how Harris gave me a little bit of the city through the food and culture. It added a lot to Colby’s character, how she healed, and the way to her heart (through her stomach and lots of chocolate, of course!).
Love firefighters? Then this book is for you. It doesn’t get much dreamier than Captain Jason Landry. The man knew his way around a kitchen and how to sweet-talk Colby with the sincerity in his eyes. He was a single father, and his daughter came first. However, it was fun and exciting to watch him fall in love again after his wife’s death. I wanted him to have his slice of happiness, not just a casual hookup. Jason might have had his flaws, but he certainly made up with them with just a few words.
Colby and Jason had an interesting relationship. Their progression wasn’t anything like I had expected, and I liked that. Summer romances are multifaceted, and since I’m new to NA, I was intrigued to see how this one played out. I don’t want to give anything away, but I can’t really think of any reason why someone wouldn’t love Colby and Jason’s relationship.
Rachel Harris writes wonderful romances. If you haven’t read any of her YA, like The Fine Art of Pretending—so good, seriously so good—then I highly recommend it, obviously. I have another one of her NA romances sitting on my shelf and can’t wait to crack open the cover and discover another couple that I can’t get enough of!