COOKING UP A STORM
Abby Coates' life has all the wrong ingredients. She broke up with her boyfriend of four years because there was no spice in the relationship, and the Coates Inn restaurant, which she manages for her family, is about to go under. When chef Storm Dupré comes into her life, both the restaurant and her love life start to sweeten.
Storm has traveled from California, attracted by the inn's atmosphere after seeing its picture in the want ads. He claims to have a secret weapon: an aphrodisiac menu Abby's patrons will find irresistible. The menu—or is it Storm?—instantly affects Abby, and soon she's tasting all the sensual and sexual delights she's denied herself.
Cooking Up a Storm is enjoyable and hot. The plot is well-developed, multi-dimensional and rife with sensual details. Abby and Storm are brilliant characters who partake in love and life in a very sweet, heartwarming story. Though Abby does have sex with a number of partners before the end of the story, this does not diminish the love between her and Storm. (Aug., 264 pp., $12.95)