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Greg dashed inside. He sped through a shower and dressed. As he dashed to the door he halted. Champagne. He had brought a bottle from the restaurant and had chilled it overnight. Mimosas went with everything and might take the edge off his raging desire to claim Allie’s body as soon as he entered Steve’s apartment.
With the chilled wine in hand he walked upstairs and knocked on the door. Allie answered. Her smile broadened and she tapped the bottle. “Mimosas, the perfect touch. Come with me.” He followed her to the kitchen where she took a carafe of orange juice from the refrigerator. She indicated the glasses on the table. “Do the honors while I tend to the rest of the meal.”
He smelled cinnamon and coffee. As he opened the champagne he watched her pour a mixture into two metal omelet pans. She stood so he couldn’t see what she added. She accepted a glass and sipped. He caught a hint of vanilla on her skin. The way to a man’s heart might be through the stomach. For this chef, aroma, taste and presentation did the trick. She aced all three. He feared he was lost.
“To a new friendship,” he said.
She touched her glass to him. “May it long endure.”
Seducing the Chef
by Janet Lane-Walters
GENRE: Romance, Contemporary
Seducing the Chef – Allie Blakefield, editor of Good Eatin’ wants to do a feature on Five Cuisines a restaurant across the river from NY City. Her father forbids the feature and won’t say why. She’s not one to sit back and be ruled by someone. She borrows a friend’s apartment.
While leaning over the balcony she sees a handsome dark haired man doing a Yoga routine. He looks up and she is struck by the Blakefield curse. Love at first sight.
4*** Quick read loosely based on Romeo and Juliet
I’m not a grammar freak so the few typos I found didn’t make me shave off one star in my rating. However, some story line issues did. I don’t like spoilers so, as an example, I’ll just say that bondage requires intimacy and trust, which partners only achieve as a relationship progresses. Also, the blurb mentions a Blakefield curse: love at first sight. That wasn’t exactly how things happened so I was a bit disappointed.
Because this is a short-story, I expected things to progress fast so the timeline of Greg and Allie’s affair didn’t bother me. After all, I could see many elements from Romeo and Juliet in Seducing the Chef. It’s almost like a modernized version where you’ll find the balcony, instant passion, an old feud, and misfortune fueled by misleading information. Although it isn’t a tragedy as the classic story of the star-crossed lovers, it’s also not a romantic comedy as its category describes it. But it’s a story that will make you feel good, hot, and bothered in the best way possible. The sex scenes are mouthwatering just as I like them. After all, being an erotica writer, sex scenes are my domain and I know how hard it is to write good ones. Janet Lan-Walters did a great job here. Kudos.
I recommend Seducing the Chef if you’re looking for a quick, entertaining read to heat up your summer nights.
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Janet Lane Walters, an award winning author has been published for 46 years. Before graduating to novels, she published short stories and poetry. She writes romance from sweet to spicy. Some are contemporary, some paranormal and some fantasy. She has also written mysteries and suspense and even strayed into non-fiction. Becoming Your Own Critique Partner written with Jane Toombs won an EPIC award.
Janet Lives in the scenic Hudson River valley with her husband of many years. Her psychiatrist husband considers her writing an obsession, but one he refuses to cure. She’s the mother of four and the grandmother of seven – four biracial children and three Chinese children. In the past she has composed music and earned enough money casting Horoscopes to fund a trip to Ireland. She tries to live up to her eclectic writer name by living an eclectic life.