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“Hot Under Pressure
“Emotional...cried thru the last 100 pages. Touching story with a sweet ending. Slightly predictable. Sweet love story and show of affection & striving to overcome the past.”Book Faerie wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a wonderful book! Beck and Skye make a wonderful couple and it was great to see how they worked out their problems. And - which doesn't happen to me a lot - I cried, and cried some more while reading. Beck's declaration of love through his dishes in the end was absolutely wonderful.”Marcella wrote this review Friday, July 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 stars”Jeri's Bookshelf wrote this review Friday, July 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beck is competing in the Rising Star Chef competition. Beck is the newest member to join the East Coast Team There are four teams competing in the competition. One of the other teams involves Beck's estranged wife, Skye.
This is the first time that Beck and Skye have been in the same room in a long time. Skye tells Beck that she wants a divorce. Beck is not ready to let Skye go without a fight. Beck makes a challenge with Skye. If Beck's team wins, then he will give Skye, the divorce she wants but not before spending one last night in the bedroom together. If Skye's team wins, then Beck will sign the papers.
Hot Under Pressure is the last book in the Rising Star Chef series. If you have not read the prior two novels, than don't worry as this book can be read as a standalone novel. This book had some cooking in it but I would have liked to see a little more. As the concept for this book was about a cooking challenge like Top Chef. Which I love this show by the way. It is one og my guilty pleasures. It felt like the romance was the main focus. Although, the romance between Beck and Skye was not bad. They had chemistry. Hot Under Pressure does heat up in the kitchen and you better watch out of someone will get burned!”
“Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards
Contemporary Romance –March 27th, 2012
Hot Under Pressure continues the sexy cooking series by Louisa Edwards. In her latest book, the two main characters are a married couple who divorced ten years ago. Both are reunited when they compete for the Rising Star Chef title. As the competition heats up, so does their long, thought dead relationship. But is it real or just part of the competition?
Henry Beck has had a hard life. Living in foster homes and fending formed himself. His is intense, pessimistic and knows if he wants anything he has to do it himself. Skye Gladwell is the exact opposite. She is sunny optimistic and perky. She never dwells on the negative or gest herself embroiled in turbulent emotions, unless it comes to her estranged husband Beck. When they both find themselves competing for the title, there is more than food heating up. Skye is seeing another man, one who she thinks may propose and has decided to finally ask Beck for a divorce. But Beck feels oddly reluctant. He finally proposes a bet. If she wins, a quick divorce, but if he wins he gets one last night with her before a divorce. When both find themselves locked in a cooler and seeking warmth, things heat up even more and Beck finds himself even more determined to win. As they are forced to spend more time together they will each have to figure out what means more to them. Do they have a chance to bring back a long thought lost love?
Louisa Edwards’s easy writing style makes Hot Under Pressure a fun, charming beach read. Both characters are likeable and surprised at how much they still care for each other. Each had to mature and open themselves up to each other so that their ‘new’ relationship could succeed. They broke up because they always fought and never communicated their feelings to each other and it was heartwarming to read how their reconciled with each other over past misunderstandings. I liked how Beck finally opens up to Skye and lets her love him.
This is a sweet read about second chances that contemporary fans will enjoy.
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club”
Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards is a surprising novel. This the first novel in this series that I have read and I am intrigued enough to want to go back and read the other stories in the Rising Star Chef series. This particular book is a very pleasing romance with an original backdrop to have people connect on an intimate level.
Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell’s relationship is very tenuous. Before the Rising Chef Competition (RSC), they have not laid eyes on each other despite the fact that they have been married. To say they have been estranged is putting it mildly. So, the tension when they finally meet again runs from shock, hostility, to lust - emotional whiplash.
Through out the Rising Chef Competition the two main characters experience emotional growth. Skye has the support of her friends from her place of business of which she is owner, Queenie Pie, and Beck has the support of a surrogate family, the Lundens who own a restaurant where he is employed through which he gains a caring family who has “adopted” him into the fold of their care and security, although he is reticent to accept the connection due to his loner tendencies. Beck’s friend Winslow does a lot to help Beck come out of his emotional shell. Wilson also provides a little comic relief and practicality to the tumultuous feelings Beck must confront.
Beck is ex-military and the reader finds him falling back on his training to get through the competition. The use of this as Beck’s mechanism to discipline himself into a well-oiled cooking machine, to keep his focus on the RSC and to deal with Skye was a little awkward for the scope of this book.
Skye has her share of issues to deal with over and above the rivalry between the cooking teams throughout the cooking competition: her boyfriend, her feelings for her former lover, to a small extent her relationship with her parents, and the emotional trauma of feeling abandoned by Beck when she went through an emotional upheaval years ago. In an attempt to move past her feelings and move on with her life, she asks Beck for a divorce. Before he lets her go, he makes a request that she spend one more night with him. From there, their relationship flares back to life once the gauntlet has been laid by Beck.
The connection between Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell was touch and go for me. They were just missing that spark that really jumps off the pages and burrows into your heart. There was too much inconsistency in their emotions one moment they were angry and resentful towards each other and next moment they are talking about sex. It was also hard for me to buy intoHowever, I enjoyed the novel. The secondary characters helped to keep the story rolling nicely and binding the plot together very nicely.
Over all, Hot Under Pressure is a good romance novel. I enjoyed the book and I liked the originality of the use of culinary arts as a form of expressing conflict and creating an environment that can cultivate romance. I am looking forward to reading the preceding books in the Rising Star Chef series: Too Hot to Touch (Book 1) and Some Like It Hot (Book 2).
Happy Reading from Bona Fide Reflections!!
(ARC provided by NetGalley for and honest review)”
“Hot Under Pressure
Reviewed by Francesca & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Please let these covers fool you! The heroes in this series are all drool worthy and sexy! And Beck is no different. He first caught my interest while being the "ass" and "mysterious" in book one. Then he threw me for a loop in book two when we find out he actually has a wife! And she just happens to be part of a team he'll be competing against.
Now they are down to three teams in the Rising Star Chef competition and Beck and Skye will have to confront their problems. As their story unfolds and we find out more and more about their past relationship, I couldn't help but feel that some communication would've done wonders for their relationship. But, refering to my first impression of Beck, he doesn't talk. And he assumed and made decisions that in the end might've brought his life in a path different than where it should've gone. At the same time, my heart was breaking for everything they had to go through.
However, the Lunden family did wonders for him and I think without them he wouldn't be able to face Skye again now. Except Skye now wants a divorce. Using the competition as a way to get Skye one more time, Beck finds himself enthralled with the hippie girl he fell in love with 10 years ago, and who he realizes he never stopped loving.
Their chemistry is amazing, even though there's a slow buildup because of their past issues, we also get some glimpses of their past together. And be prepared for an emotional ending! The final challenge won't be all about food, they will have to put their heart and soul into that last meal.
Of course there's also the side romance with Kane and Claire. I've come to care for them a lot and seen the change in both their characters throughout the series, so I was very happy to see a resolution to their affair!
I will miss these sexy chefs!
*ARC provided by publisher
Release Date: March 27, 2012”