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!
Or you can answer my question in the comments below for a chance to win a free, signed copy.
Here’s the question: What’s your favorite dessert of all time?
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December 27th, 2011 at 4:28 am · Link
I love ALL types of desserts, but my favorite is Caramel cake. Yummy!!!
December 27th, 2011 at 7:00 am · Link
My favorite dessert is Death By Chocolate…Yummilicious….
Thanks Louisa for the little tease. I look forward to reading the book.
December 27th, 2011 at 7:13 am · Link
chocolate cake 😛
December 27th, 2011 at 7:14 am · Link
Just dropping by to say Hi Louisa! & to tell everyone to read your amazing books (& don’t eneter me). Any cheesecake is fine with me.
December 27th, 2011 at 7:56 am · Link
Apple pie ala mode is my all time favorite dessert. Love the cover to Louisa’s book. 😉
December 27th, 2011 at 8:41 am · Link
Pie!!! Love apple and pecan with cranberries and a whole wheat crust.
December 27th, 2011 at 9:09 am · Link
Cheesecake with Strawberries!!!
December 27th, 2011 at 9:28 am · Link
Angel food cake with strawberries.
December 27th, 2011 at 10:50 am · Link
All-time favorite desserts are a toss-up between lemon tart or creme brulee.
December 27th, 2011 at 11:22 am · Link
chocolate mint oreo pie
December 27th, 2011 at 12:12 pm · Link
Strawberry Fool from southern England.
December 27th, 2011 at 12:37 pm · Link
My favorite dessert of all time is oreo cheesecake.
December 27th, 2011 at 12:38 pm · Link
mine is usually CHEESECAKE.. just about any type, but every so often i find a restaurant with vanilla bean cheesecake.. 3 layers of mousse-y type yumminess drizzled with raspberry sauce..YUM
December 27th, 2011 at 12:51 pm · Link
Cherry Cheesecake is my fave.
December 27th, 2011 at 1:43 pm · Link
I can’t resist pound cake. I don’t know why, since I love chocolate but can resist it without any problems, but pound cake is my weakness.
December 27th, 2011 at 2:12 pm · Link
The chocolate pyramid they make at my husbands country club. It is to die for :).
December 27th, 2011 at 2:55 pm · Link
December 27th, 2011 at 3:32 pm · Link
Cannoli! I love chocolate chips and pistachios mixed into the sweet cheese filling.
December 27th, 2011 at 4:13 pm · Link
That is such a hard one but my fav would hav to be cheesecake!!
December 27th, 2011 at 5:18 pm · Link
I have lots of favorite desserts, especially chocolatey, gooey ones, but my all time favorite is pumpkin pie with whipped cream. I always have that instead of cake for my birthday (Nov. 1) and I’m so happy during the holidays because I can eat my fill.
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December 27th, 2011 at 5:45 pm · Link
Apple pie! I only have it at Christmas time and I love it.
December 27th, 2011 at 5:47 pm · Link
I can’t get chocolate anymore so I love plain cookies, biscotti or pound cake
December 27th, 2011 at 6:02 pm · Link
Cherry Cheesecake Bars
December 27th, 2011 at 8:01 pm · Link
Hot fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream. Plus I loved the book and i can’t wait to read the next one.
December 27th, 2011 at 8:05 pm · Link
My favorite desert of all time is pecan pie. It is great if made with real pecans and not the make believe ones I have run across in the past. With vanilla ice cream on top, pecan pie canâ€™t be beat.
December 27th, 2011 at 10:01 pm · Link
CrÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e, served chilled with a nice toasty caramelized top and a few fresh raspberries for garnish. Yum!
December 27th, 2011 at 11:12 pm · Link
My mom’s homemade carrot cake! She makes it without nuts and uses crushed pineapple to keep it moist!
December 28th, 2011 at 10:07 am · Link
Vanilla Ice Cream with fresh ground Black Pepper on top *YUM*
December 28th, 2011 at 3:37 pm · Link
Pretty much anything chocolate!!
December 28th, 2011 at 9:08 pm · Link
Pecan Pie is still my favorite. Wish I had some right now.
December 29th, 2011 at 12:07 am · Link
Chocolate cake, definitely! And tiramisÃº!:)
December 29th, 2011 at 8:21 am · Link
Anything with chocolate (and maybe a hint of alcohol) in it is fine for me. 🙂
December 29th, 2011 at 5:06 pm · Link
I love chocolate cake with cherry fillings and lots of icing.
December 29th, 2011 at 5:16 pm · Link
My favourite dessert is chocolate cake!
December 29th, 2011 at 9:14 pm · Link
I Love Creme Brulee!