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Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris
Publication Date: July 8th, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source- E-ARC from Publisher (Thank you Heather Riccio!)
Rating: 4/5 CHERRY STARS
My favorite type of story is a good contemporary with friendship and family drama mixed with romance, and dipped in a gripping mystery. (Yay cooking diction!) And that reflects Taste the Heat.
Taste the Heat is on the surface an adult romance where a childhood crush is finally being requited. The romance that is the main story caused me to occasionally drift.
But the story beats beyond the romance.
It turns to my favorite relationships of family relationships. There is the sweet close in conversation and character relationship the female protagonist Colby has with her protective and caring brother Cane and her romantic sister Sherry. The most powerful is Colby’s terrible memories of another family member. This member’s betrayal caused Colby to distance herself from her family for ten years.
The other family relationship rivets in the separation the male protagonist Jason from his dead wife. The sorrow he feels from what he lost. The love he feels for his daughter Emma sparks sweetness to my taste buds.
I love how Colby and Jason both understood each other in many ways. The most poignant is their connection of being separated from a demised loved one.
Colby and Jason’s interactions left me in amazement. They hold true chemistry that is a rare victory. So often romances have characters that love each other, but I do not feel their love beyond the surface.
That is not the case for Taste the Heat. Colby’s love and longing for Jason and Jason’s admiration and love for Colby crack through the page like an egg leaving an oozy mess. While this mess of goo leaves something to clean up, it also leads to character growth that grows the ultimate happiness.
Another good factor is the sprinkle of surprise turns. I was surprised by what happened to Jason’s demised wife. The book also scurried away from the nasty other woman cliché. I’m glad that Jason’s dead wife and the other women, Angelle, who was attracted to Jason were both portrayed as good people.
Side- thought - I hope beyond hope that Angelle and Cane are the main characters of the next book.
Taste the Heat is predictable yes. But it also is a beautiful story of a cook and a fire fighter finally leaving regret behind and looking instead towards the bright future.
Thanks for reading!