Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Kate Meader today. The first book in her Hot in the Kitchen series, Feel The Heat was released May 7th.
Thanks to the Fiction Vixen for letting me chat about my sexy contemporary debut, Feel the Heat, the first in my Chicago-set Hot in the Kitchen series about an Italian restaurant-owning family and the sexy, sizzling chefs who love them.
There are a million reasons why we might find a guy sexy. Maybe it’s his loose-limbed gait or the crinkle around his eyes when he smiles at you. Maybe it’s how he makes you laugh after the day from hell or hands off that glass of wine you didn’t even know you needed. (Okay you knew you needed it, but still.) Your mileage might vary on what’s sexy but I think it’s safe to say that a man who cooks is up there in the panties-melting charts. Why? Because food makes it all better. And when he’s an award-winning chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant (or two), then the lucky lady is pretty much picking up knife and fork and saying, “Feed me.” After a rough morning when Lili, the heroine in Feel the Heat finds out her hot kiss with famous chef Jack Kilroy went video viral and now her butt’s trending on Twitter (oops), Jack cooks for her. As a result, she feels sexy, special, and loved…not a small thing for a woman who thinks she’s too average for a grand passion.
But it doesn’t end in the kitchen. Outside of fulfilling his woman’s nutritional and emotional needs, the alpha chef who runs his own crew is usually good at taking command in other areas of the house. This guy knows what he wants, whether it’s how that night’s dinner service should play out or what’s on the menu in the bedroom. By the time Lili and Jack get hot and smoldering between the sheets, he’s clear about his desires—and not afraid to use his hands with torturous skill! Have you seen how fast those hands move on TV cooking shows as they chop and julienne and mince? A chef’s mitts are often scarred and callused from years of abuse in the kitchen. Combine that with the make-your-vision-blur skill level and think what those instruments could do to a woman’s body. Are you thinking about it? Lili thinks about it. She thinks about it a lot 😉
Feel the Heat is available now. All Fired Up, Book 2 in the Hot in the Kitchen series will be released August 6.
For an excerpt see Fiction Vixen’s Weekend Feature
First chapter is available on Kate’s website
FEEL THE HEAT by Kate Meader
Hot in the Kitchen, Book 1
IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT . . .
Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time managing her family’s Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she’s tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she’s cooked up a recipe for disaster.
. . . GET INTO THE BEDROOM
Jack Kilroy’s celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili’s oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he’s even more aroused by how unimpressed this beautiful, funny woman is with his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his bitch fork-wielding fan base. Now, as he’s about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions – and turn up the heat in his kitchen?
Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boons thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, and she’s there. She has a bachelor’s in law (useless), a master’s in history (not as useless), and another master’s in library and information science (yay, using). When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Her stories are set in her adopted home town of Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero. For news, excerpts, and recipes, check out her website at http://www.katemeader.com.
Kate is offering a fun culinary prize pack to Fiction Vixen readers: heart-shaped pasta, pizza cutter, heart-shaped measuring spoons, “Grate Love” cheese grater, fridge magnet, Italy stickers, recipe card, and Feel the Heat swag. US/Canada only.
To enter, answer her question: Which is sexier? A man who cooks, does the dishes, or takes out the trash?
You have until June 7 to enter, winner announced soon after.