Series: Hot in the Kitchen #3
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who's fueling her hormones with generous servings of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She’s vowed never to blur the lines again . . .
After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he’s had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can’t stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she signs up for an online dating site—and the thought ofhis Jules with another man makes Tad’s blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can’t stop himself from turning up the heat this time.
I liked this book way more than I thought I would, I think I thought that with the title being Hot and Bothered that the whole thing would just be about sex and lack and substance, and boy am I glad that I was completely wrong. There was tons of substance to this book, but that’s not to say there wasn’t any sex, there was and it definitely was hot.
The first thing I noticed about the book was that there were a lot of characters to get to know and very quickly. I think in the first chapter (maybe two) the author introduced like six different characters, and they were all connected with these family ties that took a little while for me to get everyone straight and how they were all related and such, but once I got it down I grew to love all the characters.
I really liked that Jules was a single mother who was determined to do everything she could to be a good mother to her son. At the beginning of the book I was a little bit bummed that she was kind of living off her family, I guess I was hoping for her to be more independent. But this book was really about Jules evolution as a woman, she started off less sure of herself and then grew into her own. She started to make decisions by herself and really start to put herself out there and learn new skills. By the end of the book I was really proud of how Jules had evolved.
Tad also goes through an evolution in the book. He is trying to overcome this really tragic past, the loss of both of his parents, although I am not sure he really wanted to overcome the past. I think he may have actually just wanted to wallow in his despair. But as the book goes on, and he actually starts allowing himself to feel something for Jules, he also starts to let himself heel as well. And by the end of the book he is a much different person then the one that starts out.
As a couple, I like Jules and Tad together, although I am not sure I would call them a couple through the vast majority of the book. They had great chemistry together, that’s for sure. They have a great friendship, and Tad loves Jules and Jules’s son as if he were his own son, and that is something I really liked. I think the other thing that I really liked about this book was that towards the end when Jules has to make a really difficult decision having to do with her son, Tad has a very surprising stance on the issue, and it’s a stance I both respect and admire him for taking, and I like that the author wrote it that way.
Overall, I would say that this book is definitely a good read. It has a lot of hot, steamy scenes. It has a good romance, and it was just an enjoyable read. So if you are looking for a romance you should pick this one up.