Series: Love and Games #1
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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One 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 doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till she can 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. He knows he should focus 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 doesn’t want to 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 seriously have a soft spot in my book reading heart for any book that involves dating your best friend’s sibling, it always makes me uber happy (no clue why). I also really like books when one of the main characters comes home after a long absence. So when I read the synopsis I had to buy this book. Plus there’s lots of food in this book, and what girl doesn’t love talk of food.
So Colby is back in town after her father passed away, leaving the family restaurant without a head chef, so Colby leaves her own restaurant in Vegas and comes back home after 12 years away; to say it’s beyond clear that Colby doesn’t want to be back at home would be an understatement. When she gets back home, she sees Jason, her brother’s best friend, and realizes how much he has grown up, and her childhood crush is suddenly a possibility. Only Jason has a kid, and Colby only wants a fling, which may not be the best thing for someone with a kid.
I liked Colby, I liked that she had some baggage, but that she was willing to work through them, even though it was extremely difficult for her to do. I liked that she was there for her family when they needed her, but more than that I thought she was great with Emma (Jason’s daughter). Emma completely looked up to Colby, since she is a big time chef and Emma is a total foodie. I thought it was so great how well she handled every new situation with Emma with such grace. My least favorite part about Colby was that she was willing to jump to conclusions without the facts, she has serious issues with trust going on that she needed to work through.
Jason was kind of awesome to me. He’s a good looking firefighter who cooks! Any man who cooks is already one step ahead of the rest. And he’s the world’s best dad, he is there for Emma in every way possible after her mother passed away, and their relationship is just such a great one, you can’t help but kind of fall in love with Jason right off the bat.
Jason and Colby are without a doubt great together. I love the chemistry between them, it just works. I liked that they took their time with everything, and let it progress slowly, it wasn’t just a mad rush to the finish line. I think if they had gotten together right off the bat the story wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable, the build up was great. Their respective families are great secondary characters that really enhanced the story.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary romance, especially to people like me who love books with the whole dating the best friend’s sibling thing. Also if you like a hero who is just genuinely a great guy, then this book is right up your alley, hands down.