passion rating: hot
I’m wondering if Louisa Edwards wishes she’d chosen a different heroine for her latest Rising Star Chef series. Somehow right now doesn’t seem like the best time to have a super rich, super bitch heroine and Eva Jansen in Some Like It Hot is both. I couldn’t stand her and I sure as hell couldn’t figure out what a nice guy like Danny Lunden, the hottie pastry chef hero, would see in her. She’s like Veronica (from the Archie comics) with a Sex in the City wardrobe and an affinity for casual sex.
Readers of Ms. Edwards’ series will recall Eva, Danny, and the Rising Star Chef competition from the first (and better) book in the series, Too Hot to Touch. You don’t need to have read that book to make sense of this one, however. As the book begins, Danny and the crew from Lunden’s, a famous steak house in the Village, are boarding a plane for the Windy City where they will compete in the second round of the contest. The plane, however, waits on the runway for one missing passenger to arrive. As Danny asks the flight attendant what the hold-up is — like me, he can’t believe the plane would delay take-off for one person - Eva dashes down the runway, thirty minutes late, saying, “God, Daddy’s getting on the airline’s Board of Directors is the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Danny’s brain knows she’s a stone cold brat — he refuses to partake in the mimosas to which she treats the whole plane because he’s not about to let her “buy him off” — but his below-the-belt body doesn’t care. So when the two meet again in the swanky hotel in which they are staying — guess who has the penthouse? — he’s all yes, baby, yes when she traps him in the elevator, pushes the emergency stop button, presses her Michael Kors clad body up against him, and seductively asks if “she can make it up to” him. You see, Eva gets what she wants and Eva wants Danny Lunden in her bed — in her experience, pastry chefs, with their ability to meticulously focus, make superb lovers.
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