Monday, November 24, 2014

In The Raw (In the Kitchen Series #1) by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin

I received a copy of In The Raw from Carina Press through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.  I have to say that I really enjoyed this book and was so glad to see that it was going to be part of a series.  Check out the cover and the Goodreads blurb:

If you can't take the heat…

James Lassiter has had a crush on fellow culinary student Ethan Martin for three years, but has never had the guts to make a move. Putting himself out there is hard, especially when under the thumb–and wallet–of his overbearing parents. Now that bad boy chef Ethan–who is always vying with Jamie for best in class–is struggling with the pastry course, Jamie suddenly has a reason to reach out.

Ethan doesn't mean to be an ass–okay, so mostly he does–but even though he's secretly hot for Jamie, he sure as hell doesn't want help with pastry. Ever since his dad walked out, Ethan has been the one to hold things together and he's done fine on his own. Except that he can't get his cake to rise.

Jamie could be the answer to what Ethan's been missing his whole life–someone to depend on. But with the two competing for the same scholarship, things suddenly get too hot to handle. And if Jamie finds the strength to go for what he wants, he isn't about to settle for what he needs.

I love Jamie and Ethan. They are adorable! I love that they are so different but they fit together so well. Ethan and Jamie each thinks that the other has everything that they could possibly want but they both feel like they are fighting an uphill battle. Ethan comes from the street and has no money to buy all the advantages that Jamie has. Jamie wants to follow his dream of being a chef and not the dream that his parents have for him. They come together and create amazing things. Ethan just has to let Jamie in and Jamie has to reach out to Ethan. I loved this book. It was a sweet and romantic read while still being realistic.

You can find author Nikka Michaels on her website and on Twitter. Author Eileen Griffin can be found on her blog, on Twitter, and Facebook. I gave In The Raw 4 Fairies for a great romance that I just loved.

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