Friday, July 12, 2013

Blog Tour: Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris from Entangled Publishing's Bliss imprint.  The  tour is hosted by Inkslinger PR.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour below.  My stop today features a review and a tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Title: Taste the Heat (A Love and Games Novel)
Author: Rachel Harris
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 220 pages
Publication Date: July 8, 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-0-940
Imprint: Entangled Bliss

Source:  eARC provided for tour.

One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef, One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till she can leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas. 

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. He knows he should focus on finding the perfect mother for his daughter, but when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason doesn’t want to say no. 

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

My Thoughts:  I loved Rachel Harris' YA novel My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, and was really excited to read her debut adult contemporary novel, Taste the Heat.  I must say that she exceeded all my expectations.  I just loved it.  Colby Robicheaux has been gone from New Orleans for almost 12 years.  She has established herself as a well known and well respected chef in Las Vegas, but after her father's death, she has returned home to help her brother and sister run the family restaurant for the summer, counting the days until she can leave New Orleans and everything it represents to her behind.  Jason Landry is the Captain of the Fire Department, and for those who love a man in uniform, he is hotness personified - with and without it.  He is also Colby's childhood crush and her brother's best friend.  When the two meet again at a community function and he doesn't recognize Colby at first, it proves to be very entertaining for her to watch his reaction and be the object of his flirtation.  When Jason finally does realize who she is, he wants to kick himself - I mean she is practically like his little sister, only she isn't so little anymore, and she sure doesn't feel like a sister.  Jason knows he should remarry for his daughter Emma's sake, but he doesn't want to put his heart out there to be broken again.  It's just too painful.  The last thing Colby wants is a relationship, but when she looks at Jason, she finds all those old feelings rising to the surface.  Despite their best attempts, they cannot stay away from each other.  Besides, Emma loves Colby, and Colby feels the same way about Emma.  Colby makes it clear she is leaving at the end of the summer, but they can hang out and have fun while she is there casually....or can they?  What Jason doesn't know, and Colby soon confides in him, is the real reason she left New Orleans and why she rarely comes back.  Jason also shares his pain with Colby.  He then becomes a man on a mission to help Colby heal from the wounds from her past, but Colby may just feel she is too broken to fix.    

Taste the Heat is such a great story.  I loved both Colby and Jason, especially Jason.  They just don't come any better than him, and Rachel Harris has outdone herself in creating his character.  I loved Jason's daughter Emma to.  She is such a sweetheart.  The secondary characters were excellently written and woven into the story, especially Colby's brother Cane and her sister Sherry, and I really hope her next book is about Cane.  He has the whole hot bad boy persona going on, and I would love to read more about him. I have said it before and I will say it again, I haven't read a book yet from Entangled Publishing that I didn't like and their Bliss imprint is one of my favorites.  Taste the Heat is a an exciting romance that is sweet, but has that sizzle that makes it exciting, and is also fun, entertaining, and emotional at times.  I loved the New Orleans setting, and the way Rachel Harris was able to immerse you into the city and its culture, especially its world famous food.  If you are a contemporary romance fan then Taste the Heat is a great read and something you definitely will want to check out.

You can read chapter one here.

Rachel Harris Bio:
Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her

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Tour Schedule:  
July 7th
July 8th

RELEASE LAUNCH DAY (See below for more information)

July 9th
July 10th
July 11th
July 12th
July 13th  
July 14th
July 15th
July 16th
July 17th
July 18th
July 19th
July 20th


  1. Ellen, I'm dancing over here :) So glad you enjoyed Taste the Heat!! I value your opinion highly so I may or may not have been stalking your blog all morning to see your thoughts (*wink*)

    Thanks so much for reading and for being a part of the tour. You're one of the reasons why this week has been so exciting for me


    1. Thanks so much Rachel. I LOVED IT!!!! Can't wait for the next book :).

  2. I love to read love stories that are hot ! Your books are great

  3. Oh this looks so good! I wanted to join the tour, but didn't have room to fit it in. I love Rachel's books, and I'm sure this one is a great addition. I used to live in Louisiana and loved the food and culture, so that aspect really appeals to me.
    Great review, Ellen!

  4. I love her YA series as well and I am so glad she made a smooth transition to the adult genre. This looks like a cute read!

  5. I really liked this one too! Her writing reminded me of Rachel Gibson who you know I love. I can't wait for Cane's book!!!

  6. Wonderful review. Can't wait to read this one.

  7. It's weird, I always have in my head that this isn't the kind of book I read, but when I read the description, and especially the reviews, it does sound like a book I'd enjoy! I really need to pick up more adult contemporary books.

  8. Nice review, sounds like a good book. Thanks for checking out my blog.

  9. Ahhhh! This is one of my very favorite romantic setups Ellen!!!! I adore the sister falling in love with her brother's best friend trope, I just never tire of it so I'm thinking I'll be madly in love with Colby and Jason. And I'll of course be rooting for her to win him over:)

  10. Ellen, I love Entangled Bliss and this sounds so delightful, love this troupe and cannot wait to read it!

  11. because it sounds great & looks amazing.

  12. I want to read this book because I need a new romance story to read and this one sounds SO GOOD!! I LOVE the cover!! This is definitely going on my TBR list!! Thank you so much for this very generous and awesome giveaway!!!


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