Big thanks to Lauren for having me on her blog! I’m stoked to be here and giving away a signed copy of my newest release, Some Like it Hot. This is book two in my Rising Star Chef trilogy, all about a plucky team of chefs battling it out for culinary supremacy. RT BookReviews gave SLiH four and a half stars, saying “Edwards gives readers exactly what they’re looking for: a great storyline and wonderful characters, some of them loveable, some of them smoking hot.” Especially Danny Lunden—my first ever pastry chef hero, and one of my favorite characters!
Don’t believe a pastry chef can be hot? Check out this exclusive excerpt from Some Like it Hot!
Never breaking eye contact, Eva leaned in. Danny’s heart kicked against his rib cage and his breath sped up, but she reached right past him and pressed some button that made the entire elevator jerk to an immediate stop.
The suddenness of the maneuver woke Danny out of whatever pheromone-induced coma she’d put him in with her perfume and her dress and her wickedly curved mouth.
“What are you doing?” he demanded. It came out less sharp, more hoarse, but he couldn’t do anything about that.
“I wanted a moment alone with you.” She never lost that look of calm, detached amusement, and just like on the plane, it set Danny’s temper on fire.
“Next time, you might think about asking."
"I was pretty sure you’d say no," Eva returned calmly, her gray eyes flashing silver with amusement.
As much as Danny might have wanted to refuse to spend a moment alone with this woman who shook his composure and made him forget himself…"You're one of the most powerful people in the restaurant industry, plus you hold the fate of this competition in your lily white hands. You really think I'm dumb enough to blow you off?"
Whoops. That came out a little more aggressive than he'd intended.
One dark brow winged up. "I didn't really peg you for someone who cared a lot about authority," she said, mildly enough considering the tone he'd been using. "And I know you don't have much respect for me, regardless of how much power I supposedly have."
Danny took a deep breath, trying to loosen the pressure in his chest, get back some semblance of his usual control. "Look, I'm sorry if I've offended you or whatever."
That stung a little, but it was worth it if it kept her from forming some kind of grudge against his team.
Instead of looking grateful for the apology, however, the minx had the balls to laugh at him.
"Nice. You're not sorry you were rude–you're just sorry I didn't like it, right? Well, you can relax, Mr. Manners. I'm not that sensitive, and I've been looked down on by bigger men than you and come out on top in the end."
It was more of an I-am-woman-hear-me-roar speech than a flirt, but somehow she said the words in that smoky honey voice of hers and all Danny could picture was the two of them laid out on the nearest available surface, with Eva straddling him like a pony.
If you want to find out what happens next, Some Like it Hot is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-A-Million, and indie bookstores near you!
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Here’s the question: What’s your favorite dessert of all time?
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