Some Like it Spicy by Robbie Terman
Ashton Grey’s restaurant, Sweet Home, is in trouble. Months of empty tables have left her and her partners near bankruptcy, and her father’s prediction of her failure as a chef seems imminent. But a chance encounter could provide Ashton with the publicity she needs to save her restaurant—if the fiery chef is willing to compete on a reality cooking show. But in order to win, she needs to stay focused. No problem…until she meets the head judge.
Celebrity chef Ty Cates is ready to get away from the camera and back to the kitchen where he belongs. Performing as head judge on a reality show is just one more commitment he’d like to get out of, especially after he meets Ashton. Head judges dating contestants is about as taboo as putting ketchup on filet mignon, but from the moment they meet, there’s a simmering heat between them that neither can ignore.
As the competition heats up, they rely on sneaking around, stealing amazing night after amazing night together when the cameras aren’t rolling. When both realize what’s starting to feel like love could easily be a recipe for disaster, Ashton and Ty need to make a choice—get out of the kitchen or turn up the heat.
Ashton allowed thirty seconds to lose herself in Ty before she had to push him away. One, two, three…
His mouth was hot on hers, near bruising with urgency. But his tongue was gentle, caressing.
Four, five, six…
His hand found the bottom of her shirt and pushed beneath it.
Seven, eight, nine…
And then he pushed the silk and lace of her bra under her breast and his thumb found her nipple.
Ten, ten, ten, ten, ten, ten, ten, ten, ten…
Thirty seconds turned into minutes before clarity perforated her cloud-lined brain.
"We need to stop," she whispered to Ty. "The door isn't locked."
Ty stopped nibbling at her neck to look up. "No one will come in without knocking." His lips found her pulse again.
She let him play for another minute, enjoying him too much to stop him. Then, she asked, "Did you like my tuna burger?"
He groaned and dropped his head to her shoulder. "I was hoping I could arouse you into forgetting."
Her breath caught. "Was the dish that bad?"
He sat up. "No. It was delicious, but Duffy's dry rub is freaking amazing. No one could beat that. I couldn't beat that."
“If you like dry rub, I have one that I use on ribs." She swung a leg over his thighs to straddle him. "I could make it for you. Tonight." She leaned down and bit at his lower lip.
Ty's hands cupped her bottom, placing her aching center directly on his. She ground her hips, taking delight in the way his eyes rolled to the back of his head.
"Bring the rub," he said through gritted teeth. "Forget the ribs." His shoulders dropped. "Shit!"
"I have plans tonight." He looked even more seriously pained now.
"A date?” she quipped.
He gave her a light smack on the ass. "No, sassy. Bowling. We have our league championship next week and tonight is our last practice. Scott will kill me if I skip out."
She actually thought it was pretty sweet he was worried about his best friend, but she gave him a pout just for fun. "I guess I'll have to make my rub for someone else. Maybe Duffy and I can share recipes." She started to slide off his lap.
He grabbed her by the waist and yanked her back to him. "Come with me."
She froze. "Are you serious? You know we can't go out in public."
"No one cares there, believe me," he promised. "That's one of the reasons I enjoy bowling so much. There isn't a single person in that alley who gives a damn about me. I don't get hassled at all. No reporters, no paparazzi, and no wannabe actresses trying to make names for themselves."
She knew she should say no. Going out in public together was too big a risk, even if no one noticed them. But she wanted to meet Ty's best friend and see what his life was like outside the kitchen. Still, if they were caught…
"Please." His eyes were glassy with hope.
"Okay," she whispered. And prayed this wouldn't be a decision she’d regret.
One of the things I like about books published by Entangled is the fact that I am never disappointed in them. I know that I am going to enjoy the book, and not be throwing away my money. Some Like it Spicy certainly met that standard! I got so frustrated, because I was completely captivated by it, then real life stepped in, and I had to put it down until the next day. It is such a sweet (and spicy!) read that you won't want to put it down.
Ashton is the best! We meet her when she just about pins a guy's nuts to his chair with a kitchen knife, and seriously, how can you NOT love her for that alone? She has a temper (obviously), doesn't take criticism about her cooking well (after meeting her father, it's no wonder), and is about to lose the restaurant she and her two best friends have put everything into. The last thing she want to do is a reality cooking show, but her best friends convince her the publicity, win or lose, is what they need to pull the restaurant back from the brink of closure.
Enter Ty Cates. *sigh* He's hot, a celebrity chef, and used to dating women who's IQ's match their bra sizes (love that line!). He's instantly attracted to Ashton, but because of the rules in his contract with the show, he can't fraternize with her, let alone date her. After being with woman who don't eat and just want to be photographed on his arm to further their career's, Ashton's feistiness and love of food soon has him, and her, risking both of their careers to be with each other.
From Ashton puking on Ty's shoes, then nearly getting caught trying to hide her (naked) self and a stray condom, to a jolted ex-contestant doing what she can to ruin Ashton's chances on the show, Some Like it Spicy takes you on whirlwind of emotions. There were so many parts that had me cracking up laughing, out loud in fact, and there were times that I had tears in my eyes. I love how it started, I loved getting immersed in it, and I LOVE how it ended! One of the best happy ever after's I have read in a while. If you want a book with attitude, this one's for you!!
A 5 star read!
Robbie Terman began her journey as a writer in third grade, when she completed her first (24-page) "novel." Many years later, she is published in contemporary romance. Her heroines are feisty, her heroes Hot (yup, that's with a capital H!). And, when you read her books, if you cry a little and laugh a lot, that's just the reaction she was hoping for.
When she's not writing, Robbie can usually be found doing one of three things: shopping for shoes and handbags at Nordstrom; trying a new restaurant (or attempting a new recipe); or relaxing on the couch and catching up on her favorite television programs (if you're wondering which ones, open up a TV Guide and take your pick. You've probably guessed right!).
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