Let's warm up with Kate Meader's HOT AND BOTHERED, Book 3 in her Hot in the Kitchen series ....
A Fire They Can't Put Out . . .
Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it's her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who is fueling her hormones with a generous serving of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She's vowed never to blur the lines again . . .
After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he's had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can't stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she joins an online dating site-and the thought of his Jules with another man makes Tad's blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can't stop himself from turning up the heat this time.
I asked her to name the top five mouthwatering Italian foods that the heroine (and even hero) love!
For this, I’m going to stretch across the entire Hot in the Kitchen series
1. Goat cheese, caramelized onion, and sarriette pizzetti
Mini pizzas? No self-respecting Italian would go there but Lili in FEEL THE HEAT, Book 1 of the series, has to admit Jack knows his way around those magical discs of awesome.
2. Goat cheese salted caramel gelato
Jack in FEEL THE HEAT pulls out all the stops with this creamy, tangy dollop of heaven. It isn’t long before he’s using this sweet-salty confection as its own topping on Lili’s body…
3. Bella Donna cake
Inspired by Cara, the heroine in ALL FIRED UP, sexy Irish pastry chef, Shane creates a chocolate layered cake with a rosemary-lemon filling and a ganache frosting. The Italian flavors, citrusy tang, and decadent chocolate capture perfectly Shane’s feelings for Cara who’s nicknamed Lemon Tart by her co-workers.
4. Portabella and tomato bruschetta
Jules in HOT AND BOTHERED wants to be a chef but thinks her dyslexia holds her back. When her hero, Tad tells her he wants this tasty bruschetta on his wine bar menu, it gives her the confidence she needs to follow her dream.
5. Mezzaluna ravioli
This dish holds a lot of meaning for Tad in HOT AND BOTHERED – it was his mom’s favorite and the first dish he makes with Jules after ten years of mourning and not cooking. He advises her when she’s closing up the little half-moon pockets, “make’em tight as a nun’s knickers, mia bella.”
Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, sexy heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she now makes her home in Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter - and where she met her own sexy hero. When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library.
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Off to find Italian food ...
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