TOO HOT TO TOUCH
Non-cooks may find some passages slow going in this Rising Star Chef story, but the competition plot is exciting and suspenseful, and the ending leaves one longing for more. The hero starts out immature and self-centered, yet improves by the end of the story.
At 17, Juliet Cavanaugh’s mother threw her out and she wound up with her best friend Danny’s family, who own a restaurant. Now a member of the restaurant’s chef team, Jules is not pleased when Max Lunden is called home to help them win the Rising Star Chef competition. Max left home to wander the world, and his time here is limited, yet he is drawn to Jules, whose previous crush on him has now blossomed into full-blown desire. But secrets have been kept from Max, and some of them could send him away again. (ST. MARTIN’S, Aug., 334 pp., $7.99)