Friday, July 10, 2015

Fun Friday: Heroes in the Kitchen


Today on the Pink Heart Society, Candace Shaw shares her love of heroes in the kitchen.
The summer months are definitely my favorite time of the year. My husband is a teacher and when he’s on vacation he loves to cook. This frees up my time to write or cuddle on the couch with a steamy romance novel and a glass of white zinfandel.  Of course, I’m peaking at him out of the corner of my eye to watch and sometimes I even offer to help which is always fun and romantic.
I’m used to the men in my life cooking. My grandfather was a chef as well as several of my uncles who own restaurants. My dad, who is now retired, cooks more than my mother who at one point never allowed him in her kitchen. In writing my own books, I tend to incorporate little pieces of my life.

My Grandfather
 In my very first book, Cooking up Love,  the hero is a chef who owns a restaurant just like my grandfather and there’s a cooking scene in the book that’s similar to mine and my husband’s cooking sessions. I also like to read books with hero’s who are chefs. Below are a few I’ve read and recommend.








Recipe for Temptation by Maureen Smith

A two-month sabbatical from her high-powered career is just what the doctor ordered…especially when Reese St. James eyes the hunk of her secret fantasies on the menu. From the moment she walks into Michael Wolf's world-famous restaurant, she's given the VIP treatment. And the sexy celebrity chef's mouth-watering kisses have her eating right out of his hand…and hungry for more.

Furious at discovering Reese isn't the food critic he expected, Michael vows to teach the delectable deceiver a lesson. Seduction is the first course as he turns the tables on the sensual doctor. But once he tastes her passion, he goes straight from the frying pan into the fire. He wants to trust her, but what if he gets burned? As their sizzling affair flames into a culinary feast for all the senses, will love be the final course?


The Baby Truce by Jeannie Watt
Reggie Tremont has always had clear goals. Open a catering business: check. Enter Reno's premier catering competition: check. Have a baby with her ex.... Okay, maybe Reggie Tremont's life went slightly off course with that singular unplanned event. But she's not going to let Tom Gerard--renowned rebel of the culinary world and father-to-be--distract her again.Tom may insist that he's changed and that he's dependable. That he's sworn off his prima donna fits. But he needs to back those promises with some action...starting with being a humble prep cook for her. It turns out that sharing her kitchen with him is more temptation than Reggie can afford. And suddenly she's considering another unplanned event...with him!
The Chef's Choice by Kristen Hardy

Reggie Tremont has always had clear goals. Open a catering business: check. Enter Reno's premier catering competition: check. Have a baby with her ex.... Okay, maybe Reggie Tremont's life went slightly off course with that singular unplanned event. But she's not going to let Tom Gerard--renowned rebel of the culinary world and father-to-be--distract her again.

Tom may insist that he's changed and that he's dependable. That he's sworn off his prima donna fits. But he needs to back those promises with some action...starting with being a humble prep cook for her. It turns out that sharing her kitchen with him is more temptation than Reggie can afford. And suddenly she's considering another unplanned event...with him!
Taste for Temptation by Phyllis Bourne
No one dumps Brandi Collins! After being left at the altar, the Nashville high school teacher plans to get back at her ex by undergoing a major transformation. But how is she supposed to shed those extra pounds with that intoxicating aroma wafting into her condo? And the tempting smell of mouthwatering chocolate has nothing on the handsome hunk who's creating the irresistible confections.

Adam Ellison has given up everything for his dream of winning the International Chocolate Pastry Competition. His voluptuous new neighbor knocking on his door at three in the morning is a distraction he doesn't need! Now only one thing will satisfy Adam's craving for Brandi. But what happens when she discovers her struggling pastry chef is really the heir to a multimillion-dollar corporate empire? Will Brandi still be there intoxicating him with her kisses...or will Adam lose his chance for a lifetime of love?
Two to Tango by Yarrah St. John

The sky's the limit for Dante Moore. Thanks to a rave review from a top food critic, the New York restaurateur is poised to become the city's next big celebrity chef. Then he finds out who the reviewer is. Adrianna Wright, the beautiful, loving woman who shared his bed and made him believe in happy endings...right before she up and vanished from his life.
Adrianna believed her passionate romance with Dante would last forever¿that she'd finally found her soul mate. Her heart broke when her scandalous secret forced her to leave the man she loved. Now, with things heating up between them once again, Adrianna isn't ready to sit this one out. It's time to show Dante that business and pleasure can mix, and that passion's even hotter the second time around.
Passionate Chef, Ice Queen Boss
Scarlett's back in Italy to turn her family's troubled Rosa restaurant around—and now she's the boss of the man she loved and lost!

The moment head chef Lorenzo Nesta hears the familiar clack of stiletto on stone floor, a shiver of anticipation runs up his spine. Seeing Scarlett's Italian passion stifled inside a staid suit fills him with regret; it had been his actions years ago that had turned her soul to ice.

What will happen when ice meets fire in the kitchen?



Cooking up Love by Candace Shaw


When Shelbi Arrington accepts a position as a food critic in the hopes of burying her medical career and foregoing her residency, the last thing she’s searching for is love. However, that’s just what the doctor ordered especially when she lays eyes on the handsome chef, Justin Richardson. While sorting out her secret conflict of continuing her medical career, she falls for his mouth-watering charm, leaving her hungry for anything he has to offer. Justin is leery of doctors because a doctor’s negligence caused his mother’s death when he was twelve. He has put his focus and energy into his restaurant, which had been a dream he and his mother shared. Justin is immediately smitten by the cute, sassy food critic that has him cooking up different ways to please her appetite. But when things start to heat up, Shelbi learns of a shocking revelation that could extinguish the flame of their relationship. Will Justin be able to forget his pain and commit to the woman who has stolen his heart?



Do you have a favorite romance novel where the hero is a chef? Please share in the comment section.

Candace Shaw writes fun, flirty, and sexy romance novels for Harlequin Kimani Romance and she self-publishes as well. She loves hearing from readers and can be reached on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,  and Google Plus.









2 comments:

  1. Hot in Here by Sophie Renwick
    Kate Meader's Hot in the kitchen series
    1. Feel the Heat (H is chef) sequels are about his brother and sister (not chefs)
    2. All Fired Up
    3. Hot and Bothered (loved this one although no one's a chef)
    Hot and Bothered and Hot In Here are friends to lovers theme

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