Friday, July 12, 2013

Blog Tour: Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris

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Taste the Heat

By:  Rachel Harris
Published:  July 8, 2013
Published By:  Entangled
Source:  Publisher

GR's Summary:

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?

My Take on this Journey:

Taste the Heat, by Rachel Harris is a delightful, change of pace, light romance, about Colby Robicheaux.  Colby is a Cajun Chef who owns her own restaurant in Las Vegas.  She leaves there to return to her home town, Magnolia Springs, in New Orleans, to help her siblings, (Sherry and Cane) save their family owned restaurant, Robicheaux's.  Sherry is the nosey sister, that is always in everyone's business, trying to direct traffic, and Cane is the big bruiser brother, the protector, who is actually a real softee at heart. 

Colby was not looking forward to returning to her home town after 12 years away, to all the memories that haunt her from her past.  Colby wants nothing to do with committment or love, after all the bad relationships she has had.  She is very mistrustful of men, and thinks they are all made out of the same mold.  One of her best memories is her brother Cane's best friend, Jason, who she carried a mad crush on throughout her childhood.  Jason is the Captain of the Fire Department, who has been alone with his sweet, precocious,  pre-teen daughter, Emma for the last 4 years, raising her since the death of his beloved wife, Ashleigh.  Although Jason knows he should be looking for a mother replacement for Emma, who will be needing a mother figure now that she will be going in to her teen years soon, he knows he can never replace the love of his life.

Jason and Colby run into each other, and their mutual attraction is apparent.  Jason is built like a professional body builder, with abs for miles,  and smoldering carmel eyes.  He begins flirting with Colby, thinking she is hot!  He doesn't realize who she is, because she has changed so much in the twelve years since he's seen her.   Colby has grown into a really beautiful woman, with curves in all the right places, and the tightest body ever.

The two get to know each other again, and make a mutual agreement to have a summer fling without any commitment, though Colby still has feelings for Jason.  What starts out as carefree and easy, ends up a fire with smoldering embers!  Colby locks her haunting memories of her father, and bad relationships in her safe place, and throws away the key.  At times, she lets herself drift back to happier times, when the whole family use to cook up a Gumbo feast, and her parents joyfully danced in the kitchen.  She remembers her mother's contagious laughter, but quickly closes off her mind from the thoughts, though happy ones, and changes direction in thought.

Taste the Heat, by Rachel Harris, had no insta-romance, though there were definitely feelings there from the start for Colby.  The novel was full of appetizing cuisine, and steamy nights of romance by candlelight, with arms entwined, sipping wine.  The reader will feel the ambiance of New Orleans, smell the flavors-subtle and sharp.  This novel was great fun, had lively banter, easy reading, and hot to say the least!  Feel the Heat, had all the elements necessary for a family setting, good friends, mores and values that were sometimes tested, and a great community feeling.  Jason was a great character, who was loyal, passionate, loving, kind, considerate, and eager.  He wanted to help Colby through her roadblocks.  There were a lot of ups and downs, a whirlwind of emotions, and fireworks.  Emma was a very refreshing young girl with eager matchmaking skills.  The relationships were very real, and I could picture all the places described by Ms. Harris.  The prose were beautifully written, down to the taste, look, feel of the foods, aromas, and flavors of a wonderful place to live.

I give Taste the Heat, by Rachel Harris, 4.5 Loving, Loyal, Trusting, Committed...GIVE ME A HOT, HOT, HOT, FIREMAN, TO HELP ME PUT OUT THE FIRE...STARS!!!

My Favorite Quotes:

"The man was sex on a stick.  He was gorgeous, smart, kind, and a freaking hero in their town."  (eARC, pg. 105)

"Jason tossed his seat belt and then one of them moved.  She didn't know whom---didn't care, either---because then she was in his arms.  On his lap.  Her thighs straddling his hips, his warm hand curved around her neck, and his mouth just shy of touching hers.  Right where she wanted to be.  The sound of her harsh, impatient breaths and staccato pulse pounded in her ears.  Cinnamon-scented breath fanned across her skin, setting off a fire of anticipation in her blood.  She swallowed, her gaze shifting between the planes of Jason's lips to the swirling desire in his carmel-colored eyes.  What was he waiting for?  If the man didn't kiss her soon, she was pretty sure she was going to explode.  Colby sighed, her breath mixing with his.  Gripping one hand around the headrest to anchor her, she slid her other down the front of his buttoned shirt and melted into his arms.  She still wasn't close enough.  Jason deepened the kiss, and she slid her arms around his waist.  Dragging her nails up his back and then curling her hands around his broad shoulders, she pulled herself up hard against him, smashing her breasts into the wall of his chest.  Jason growled his approval.  Plundering her mouth with his lips and tongue, he inhaled her as the steering wheel dug into her back.  The pale skin was going to bruise, but she didn't care.  He tasted of cinnamon and temptation, and smelled like heaven."  (eARC, pg. 106)

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About the Author:

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! 


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  1. Sounds like Rachel did a fabulous job with this book! I can't wait to read it for myself. Great review, Ro!

    1. Thank You Andrea,

      Yes, She did a great job! You will definitely love the characters, the town, the essence of the whole novel, and especially the Hot Fireman!!! LOL


  2. Ro I love the sound of this one, it sounds like fun and I liked the quotes! great review:)

    1. Kim,

      Thank You for following the reviews on our blog! It is so kind of you to leave such a nice comment. This is a book that will stay with it's readers!

      Happy Reading!!!


  3. There is something about a relationship developing between a character and a childhood crush, especially one that was friends with a sibling, that I love! Great review!

    1. Sara,

      I agree with you. l love crushes that come back years later and become more! Believe me, when they finally get together, they are smolderingly Hot!


  4. Ro, Thank you so much for the lovely review, and for being a part of the Taste the Heat blog tour. I really appreciate it, and your rating made me giggle.

    "4.5 Loving, Loyal, Trusting, Committed...GIVE ME A HOT, HOT, HOT FIREMAN, TO HELP ME PUT OUT THE FIRE STARS!!!"

    I plan on quoting that ;)

    Thanks so much!

    1. Rachel,
      Thank You so much for your kind words, and for allowing me to be a part your tour. It makes me feel terrific! I must say though, at the same time, that if it wasn't for your way with words, wonderful prose, and thorough descriptions, the inspiration for a great review wouldn't have come so easily. I look forward to being a part of your review anytime. I'm glad my rating made you giggle! LOL

      I will be honored for you to use my rating!

      Thank You,


  5. Great review. Love the excerpts!

  6. This sounds like a great story! I have a thing lately for hot firemen. Yummy!


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