Heat by Chris Quinton & RJ Scott

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Heat JPGHeat by Chris Quinton & RJ Scott
Series: Salisbury Stories, Book One
Release Date: October 23, 2014
Pages: 141 • Format: eARC
Published By: Love Lane Books Limited
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Serving up passion, family, love and hate, with a side order of arson.

Lewis has lost nearly everything, and now it seems that Devon is here to take the last thing he has left – working in his beloved restaurant, Laurels. But when an arsonist threatens everything Lewis loves, he realises sometimes everyone has their ghosts, and he discovers an unexpected ally who is prepared to risk everything for him.

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Set in the small cathedral city of Salisbury, Master Chef Lewis Mandineau no longer owns the Laurels, the restaurant that had been in his family for generations. Betrayed and robbed by an ex-lover, he’s had to sell to Trelawney Enterprises, an American corporation. That isn’t all Lewis has to contend with. Rachel, his beloved younger sister has been left severely hurt by the car crash that killed their parents, and taking care of her has to be his priority.

Enter Devon Trelawney III, sent to assess the viability of the restaurant and its staff. Devon knows all about family tradition. But he also knows sentiment has no place in business matters, and the Laurels’ potential is swamped by the debts it has accrued. Devon is a hardheaded businessman, first and foremost, but Lewis and Rachel test his resolve in different ways. Soon Devon is forced to admit that what seems like an impossible love can sometimes become something very real.

four-half-stars

What a lovely story this was, a truly lovely and well paced romance that sucked me in and made me so comfortable among the time, place and characters, I didn’t want to leave.

Lewis is a man of honor, he is a man of noble intentions and he is man drowning under responsibility. He has been betrayed financially by an ex-boyfriend, left orphaned and has become the care taker of his now disabled sister. When an American company buys his family’s restaurant and sends over an employee to assess the fate of the restaurant, things get hot in and out of the kitchen.

I fell hard for Lewis right away. He is this soft man at heart and only wants the best for those he cares about. The reputation of Laurels, the restaurant that has been in his family for generations only comes in second to his devotion to his sister Rachel. Lewis wants to right the wrongs caused by Peter, his ex-boyfriend, save the restaurant and live a decent life. But when Devon Trelawney shows up with his arrogance and attitude, emotions collide and arguments happen. We know that when folks find each other attractive and argue, it’s all really foreplay. Am I right?

I am a true sucker for redeemable assholes and that is how I classify Devon. From the first meeting his is rude and all he looks at is the profits that Laurels is no longer bringing in because the establishment is so far in debt. He wants to turn the place around in a weeks time or shut it down and move on. He doesn’t have time for feelings or relationships but what we think and what we want aren’t always on the same page. Are they, Devon?

This was a slow paced and light type of romance and just what I was looking for. There are sparks and a decent amount of UST between the men and their chemistry was believable. I like how Devon went from this jerk to his true self with the help of Rachel. Rachel herself was a wonderful addition to the story as Lewis’ sister who suffered trauma from the accident that killed their parents and left with her with the emotional capability of a child. Her love for the Aristocats movie melted my heart and her telling Devon he was doing things wrong made me smile every time. She truly was a piece that brought out the man from the business with Devon and allowed him to be open to possibilities.

The romance was oh so romantic. First kisses are my favorite and I loved the first kiss with Devon and Lewis. I loved how Lewis made Devon apologize for it and how Devon promised to apologize for each kiss. *sigh* It was sweet and adorable and yes, sexy but you felt that these men were always going to be more than just a one off. There was too much between them before anything physical happened to deny the attraction would eventually lead to more.

The deal with Stan was creepy and though I figured out what he wanted before Lewis did, the revelation of the letters was pure ick for me and I can’t say I am sorry how that all turned out. It was a rough patch for the men to get over but how they get over it was pretty worth it because these two together makes me smile.

Heat was more than I planned for. I thought I would read a book and just like it but I fell in love with this. I knew there was another book in the series but it wasn’t until I finished this that I took a peek at the blurb and really hope that Jon’s story gives us a bit of Devon, Lewis, Charlie, Rachel, Em and GA to let us know how they all are doing.

About Chris Quinton

Chris started creating stories not long after she mastered joined-up writing, somewhat to the bemusement of her parents and her English teachers. But she received plenty of encouragement. Her dad gave her an already old Everest typewriter when she was about ten, and it was probably the best gift she’d ever received – until the inventions of the home-computer and the worldwide web.

Chris’s reading and writing interests range from historical, mystery, and paranormal, to science-fiction and fantasy, mostly in the male/male genre. She also writes male/female novels in the name of Chris Power. She refuses to be pigeon-holed and intends to uphold the long and honourable tradition of the Eccentric Brit to the best of her ability. In her spare time [hah!] she reads, embroiders, quilts and knits. In the past she has been a part-time and unpaid amateur archaeologist, and a 15th century re-enactor.

She currently lives in a small and ancient city in the south-west of the United Kingdom, sharing her usually chaotic home with an extended family, two large dogs, fancy mice, sundry goldfish and a young frilled dragon (Australian lizard) aka Trogdorina.

About R.J. Scott

My goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

I’ve has been writing since age six, when I was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies and the mixing bowl. You can’t tell a six year old not to lick the bowl!

I was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader myself, I can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, my first real true love will always be the world of romance. I love my cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and love to write dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men. (Yum)

With over 90 titles to my name and counting, I am the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway, which was All Romance Ebooks best selling title of 2010.

I’m also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

I’m always so thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers.

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