Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Review: Into the Fire (Sizzle in the Kitchen Series #1) by Cherie Marks @CherieMarks

Into the Fire

Sizzle in the Kitchen Series #1

by Cherie Marks

Published: October 17, 2013

Publisher: Timbercreek Press

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Months after he stole her affections—then her executive chef position—Shyann and Luke meet again under sizzling circumstances, competing head-to-head on a televised cooking show called Kitchen Twist. Each arrives with a motive: Luke intends to win back Shyann’s heart, even as she wants closure on the not-so-tasty heartbreak he once served up.

Luke knows culinary masterpieces require a delicate touch, but that knowledge is tossed out with the leftovers as he works to show Shyann he’s not such a bad guy. Now he pushes his skills to the limit to win the competition and satisfy a bet.

Can two top chefs resist each other as they move out of the pan and into the fire?

About 22,000 words or 55 pages, this is a short story.

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My Review:

Shyann and Luke meet on a cooking show as contestants months after he lied to her and tore her heart out. Shyann and Luke are competing against one another in more ways than one.

Shyann wants nothing more to do with Luke after what he did to her except to get revenge. Luke only wants the chance to explain to Shyann why he did what he did and try to win back her love.

As the heat in the kitchen starts to heat with the cooking contest, things also start to heat up once again between Shyann and Luke. They don’t seem to be able to keep their hands off each other.

I enjoyed following along with Luke and Shyann on the cooking show. I enjoyed their time spent together. I enjoyed reading about the things that went on at the cooking show. I am not into watching cooking shows much but I do glance up at them on occasion as my husband watches them all the time as he is the chef in the house. I have to let him know the dishes I would like to try, right?

There was just enough heat and plot to keep things interesting and the story flowing smoothly without bogging down with too much of one or the other. There is just about the right amount for any fan whether they like a lot of heat with their romance or not.

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It all started with an old fashioned typewriter. When my family brought it home, I knew what I wanted to do. All those stories rolling around in my head could finally get out. The press and click of the keys were satisfying in their own right, but when I pulled out a finished page, I knew this was for me. Since then, I’ve graduated to a laptop, but the stories still find a way out.

I’m a breast cancer survivor, a teacher, a wife, a mother, and from the very beginning—a storyteller. Always a hint humorous and honest to a fault, I love to make people laugh, smile, and have “a-ha” moments. My goal in life is to achieve tact and stop procrastinating. The battle wages on.