Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Review: Can’t Stand the Heat (Romance in the City Book 2) by Season Vining

He’s ready to cook his heart out.

When amateur chef Ryan Tate earns a spot on the cooking competition show, The Heat, he drops everything and heads west. His grandma needs to revamp her restaurant and he’s confident he has what it takes to win the prize money to make that happen. Little does he know, the one that got away could be the one to ruin his chances.

Assistant chef Miguel Moreno has already established a name for himself in the culinary world, but he’s tired of operating in the shadows of the greats. With the prize money from The Heat, he can finally open his own restaurant. Victory seems imminent when he learns the show has a twist this season—six pros will face off against six amateurs. But he’s thrown when a familiar face stands temptingly in his path.

Their love affair a year ago was scorching, but it’s nothing compared to the heat they generate battling their way through each challenge. For Ryan and Miguel, cooking and passion have always been linked, but protecting their hearts might be their biggest obstacle yet.


My Review: 

A fun reality show romance.

This is a really good book.  I got into it pretty easily.  I loved Ryan’s character.  He is funny and sarcastic and very goal oriented.  He wants to win The Heat, a reality cooking show, to help keep his grandmother’s restaurant open.  But when Ryan sees Miguel is also a contestant on the show, he starts remembering the brief affair they had the previous summer.  And that just might be a problem especially when it’s obvious Miguel still has feelings for Ryan as well. 

I had a hard time putting this book down.  I couldn’t wait to see how it would end.  I’ll just say, I was pleasantly surprised.  There are lots of great secondary characters that make this book even more fun.  This is the first book that I have read, by this author, and I will definitely won’t be the last. 

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