Rising Star Chef series by Louisa Edwards

Too Hot to Touch (Rising Star Chef #1)

When it comes to competitive cooking, Max Lunden is no stranger to winning…though he’s never been great at working with a team. A master chef – and major hunk – he’s traveled the world, picking up new cooking techniques as well as beautiful women. But when the prodigal chef returns home to his family’s Greenwich Village restaurant, he discovers one too many cooks in the kitchen – and she’s every bit as passionate as he is…

Juliet Cavanaugh used to have a crush on Max when she was just a teenager, hanging out at Lunden & Sons Tavern, hoping to catch a glimpse of the owner’s oldest, and hottest, son. Now a chef herself – competing in the biggest culinary contest in the county – Juliet will be cooking side by side with the one man she’s always admired…and desired. But despite their simmering attraction, Juliet is determined to keep her cool – no matter how hot it gets.

Some Like it Hot (Rising Star Chef #2)

Sexy, single, and even sweeter than the treats he bakes, New York pastry chef Danny Lunden is trying to stay focused on food – not females. With the Rising Star Chef competition approaching, he doesn’t have time to get all steamed up over the gorgeous woman he encounters on the plane to Chicago. Even if she is Eva Jansen – the billionaire heiress in charge of the contest…

Danny assumes that “Eva the Diva” is a spoiled rich girl who doesn’t share his passion for food. But when the two meet up again in an elevator – along – they share more than just passion. They share a kiss hot enough to start a kitchen fire – and they’re hungry for more. To indulge their new secret craving, Eva and Danny have to break every rule in the cookbook. But – like chocolate and caramel – some ingredients are so sinfully good together, one scrumptious bite is never enough…

Hot Under Pressure (Rising Star Chef #3)

Henry Beck thought he’d already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. After all, what could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? But when he learns his competition for the title of Rising Star Chef is the sweet hippie girl he marries…and left…ten years ago, the heat is on.

Now Beck and Skye Gladwell are going head to head in the finals…and sparking up old flames every time they touch. But Skye wants more than a win over the man who abandoned her when she needed him the most – she wants a divorce! Then her sexy almost-ex makes a deliciously dangerous proposition. He’ll give in to her demands, but if his team wins the RSC, he has a demand of his own…one last taste of the only woman he ever loved.

My thoughts on the series:

I’m a big fan of what I call ‘foodie’ books which are books where food, restaurants, or chefs play a large role in the story. All three books in the Rising Star Chef series are in my top five favorite foodie books! Each book in the series has its own mixed platter (<= see what I did there *winks*) of drama, explosive tempers, sexual tension, romance, hot chef’s, and cooking competitions. Each of the books follows a different employee of Lunden & Sons Tavern while they compete in different levels of the Rising Star Chef competition. I really liked the books being set up like that because you’re then able to get to know characters while still being able to read about characters from the other books in the series.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5


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