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Some Like It Hot (Rising Star Chef #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,269 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Sexy, single, and even sweeter than the treats he bakes, New York pastry chef Danny Lunden is trying to stay focused on food—not females. With the Rising Star Chef competition approaching, he doesn't have time to get all steamed up over the gorgeous woman he encounters on the plane to Chicago. Even if she is Eva Jansen—the billionaire heiress in charge of the contest…

Paperback, 347 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2011)
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HOLY $%*&@^#!!!! Why waste a studtastic hunk like him in the kitchen?! With a smokin' hot body like that...take-out in bed would more than suffice! *grins*
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 18, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Let me start by saying this book really frustrated and disappointed me. This is the first I’ve read of this author, and unfortunately, this is not the book for me.

Danny Lunden and his team of chefs from his family owned restaurant, Lunden Tavern, have arrived in Chicago to compete in the Rising Star Chef competition. Now, per Danny, this competition “ for the family, for the restaurant, for the future.” Danny is very focused and intense on winning this competition which pairs up his team (wh
May 26, 2011 Holly rated it liked it
I am actually only giving this book 3 stars because I continually wanted to lick the cover!! HOLY SMOKIN'HOT EIGHT PACK!!

That said, I was rather disappointed in this book. I am not a huge fan of the cooking, think I mentioned this before as I loathe the activity myself, but the characters in the first book intrigued me enough to make up for that. This one, not so much! I just couldn't bring myself to care to much about Danny or Eva, they were just Blah to me. It was actually the secondary charac
Sep 15, 2016 Ivana rated it really liked it
Better than the first one
Christi Snow
Feb 11, 2012 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
My Review:
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was entertaining. It was engaging. I didn't want to put it down. But for some reason, this book just didn't have the normal "umph" that makes me normally fall in love with Louisa's books. The bad thing is...I have no idea why...maybe my hormones were out of whack when I read it?! I don't know, because I really wanted to love it. There just seemed to be too many things happening and not enough focus on the feelings between Danny & Eva.

What I did enjo
Feb 06, 2012 Daphne rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, series, romance, review
Gone Pecan

Favorite Quote: Danny slipped into the stool next to her, careful to keep his legs and arms from brushing against hers. He wasn't sure what would happen if they touched, but he was pretty sure it would get them thrown out of this bar and arrested for public indecency.

Danny Lunden takes care of people. He sees it as his responsibility to take care of those around him, make sure they have the kind of things they need, calm them down when they're anxious or upset. It's just the way he is.
Aug 17, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: fv-review, ppb

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. –Harriet van Horne

Pastry chef, Danny Lunden is embarking on his first trip outside of his comfortable Manhattan life and heading to the windy city of Chicago to represent the East Coast in the second round of the Rising Star Chef Competition. A delay in takeoff causes the group to become antsy and Danny probes the stewardess about the hold up. He gets his answer when Eva Jansen, better known as “Eva the Diva,” steps onto
Dec 05, 2011 Marisa rated it really liked it
In Some Like It Hot we find pastry chef Danny Lunden and his crew in Chicago using their culinary expertise to wow the judges and hopefully move them forward to the final round of the competition which will take place in San Francisco in the third and upcoming book. If you’re a fan of the Food Network or the Cooking Channel you’ll find yourself immediately delighted by the complicated challenges each group of chefs must face. Seriously, you’ve seen these kinds of challenges on TV – challenges li ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under The Covers

Yes! Just look at THAT cover! Ohhhh Danny boy! I had a feeling I was going to like you, but I loved you! :) So the Rising Star Chef competition continues and the remaining teams go to Chicago for the first real round of the competition.

Danny is feeling the heat because he's always been the teams Mom and now with Jules and Max a little preoccupied on other things he's picking up the slack. But he's only human after all and his body is a traitorous thing b
Aug 19, 2015 ineska rated it it was ok
Totalno mi dodje da se zapitam gdje mi je glava kad biram ovako sta za citanje. Valjda izbija ono zensko u meni,pa pomislim da se hvatam kuharice .....a ne tamo nekog drparosa u koricama s tucenim slagom na vrhu. Radnja je ko i u svakom ispranom sundu za gnjusenje .... ono varnice na prvi pogled,sve se dimi, skace to je jebozovno... a meni cijelo vrijeme na umu kako da se tavicom izlupam po glavi ili mikserom pocupam kosu od muke. Jedino sto je ova knjiga izazvala je glad... ...more
Aug 31, 2013 20012206 rated it liked it
3,5, me gusto más que la otra..
Dec 05, 2011 Brie rated it liked it
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Contemporary romance is my favorite subgenre because the books in that category are filled with sexy and entertaining stories that are just plain fun to read. Louisa Edwards’ books are a fine example of the genre and Some Like It Hot is no exception.

This is the second book in the Rising Star Chef series and if you’re new to it you should know that the series follows our leads through a cooking competition where teams representing restaurants from all
Blessie (Mischievous Reads)
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Rating: 3.5

Some Like It Hot is a good read, but not something I would want to return to. This would be my 5th Louisa Edwards book, and I am slightly unhappy at how this book turned out to be.

In this second installment of the Rising Star Chef series, Daniel Lunden travels with the crew to Chicago to represent the East Coast in the Rising Star Chef Competition moderated by the spoiled, rich princess Eva Jansen. The competition gets hotter and heav
Jan 01, 2014 Valérie rated it liked it
Second tome de sa série culinaire, j'ai replongé avec grand plaisir dans cet univers découvert avec Toqué de toi et la fine équipe du restaurant Au plaisir des sens. Cette comédie romantique au ton très moderne, vive et pétillante, légère est comme la précédente une romance contemporaine divertissante très agréable à lire. L’association cuisine et amour est toujours une vraie réussite et L’auteur Louise Edwards s’en donne à cœur joie pour nous raconter une histoire d’amour romantique et sensuell ...more
Lori McD
3.5 stars...???

These covers are killing me! What chef in his right mind cooks without a shirt? Yes, I know... bare male chests are selling books right now. You can tell simply by perusing book covers these days, and not just full-on romance genre books either.

The 2nd book in the series is about Danny and Eva... an unlikely combination. I'm still not sure how these two are going to make it work. Then again, Kane and Claire fascinate me with whether they can work, too.

The strangeness of this book
Book Binge
Mar 22, 2012 Book Binge rated it really liked it
This is the second book by Louisa Edwards that I read and I read it while I was fast sinking into a reading slump but I was able to finish this book and enjoy it as well. I'm a sucker for a baker hero and Danny was delicious. I thought that I'd like Max more than Danny but after finishing this book, I'm not so sure. Max is more fun loving and laugh out loud where Danny is more serious and reserved. Danny is the brother that stayed behind to help his parents run the family business while Max ran ...more
May 09, 2012 Shannel rated it really liked it
We last left the Lunden Tavern crew after they won the spot to represent the East Coast in the Rising Star Chef Competition. In this second segment of the story, we’re experiencing the story from the younger Lunden, Danny.

Danny has been helping hold the family business together ever since his brother Max went on his own six years ago. Even now that Max is home (and dating his best friend Jules) he has a hard time letting go of the reigns. He’s incredibly dedicate to his team and would do just ab

24/09 - I love cooking and I love cooking shows, both American and British, but mostly British. The cooking competition seems to be Top Chef under another name with familiar sounding teams, challenges, running around a supermarket and lots of idiotic backstabbing and clique-forming.
The early scenes between Danny's team and the Limestone team were annoying because I find it hard to believe a chef would purposefully attempt to cause another chef to dump a stock pot of boiling
I am liking this series so far. Again, I love how Edwards uses food descriptions as metaphors and similes. "Soft and sticky like brioche dough." I can relate to that statement because I've worked with brioche dough. Although after you've added the butter, that shit is greasy, too. /tangent I just like how the food is as much as a feature character as the people.

I've wanted to see Danny and Eva's story after the first book started hinting at their eventual pairing. The main obstacle is Danny bein
This book is just all over the place. There are 2 relationships carried over from book one, one cold case relationship, one new triangle that's also both a carryover and a cold case, and the main new relationship squashed into 350 pages and they all suffer from having too little of the author's attention.

The main couple have a bad case of insta-lust and all their so-called emotional connection is all tell and no show. Danny's good traits from book 1 have been diluted or discarded and I can't be
Oct 20, 2011 Pamela rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5 Blue Ribbons

Danny is coming to Chicago to participate in the Rising Star Chef competition. He is hoping to get his family's restaurant some more attention and is planning on doing whatever he can to win. Things do not start off so well when he has a run-in with the daughter of the founder of the Rising Star, Eva. He is instantly attracted to her but is determined to fend off her advances and stay serious about what he is there to accomplish. Just how l
Amy Jacobs
Nov 14, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Again, take your eyes off that gorgeous cover and dive into another great installment in the Rising Star Chef series! With this one, we get to read about Danny - the head pastry chef - and Eva whose is the one putting together the competition.

While I am a huge fan of this series, I can't say that I enjoyed the characters as much in this book. While Danny is definitely a great catch in more ways than one, I just couldn't figure out why or how he could be attracted to Eva. She was not the type of
Oct 24, 2011 Dabney rated it liked it
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. ...more
May 27, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it
I have been following Louisa Edwards and her RSC series. I so love these books!
I am not a foodie by any means, but I must admit that since reading this book, I MUST check out the Food Network more frequently, lol.

Pastry Chef, Daniel Lunden, is finding himself immensely attracted to Eva Jansen, the coordinator to the RSC Challenge. Their secret romance sets off some pretty steamy scenes and leads to problems that could threaten to destry Dan's (and his teammates) chances of winning in the Rising
Jan 07, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, read-2011
I love both this series and the related "Recipe for Love" series, but unfortunately, I didn't like this book quite as much as the previous ones. Danny Lunden and Eva Jansen are great characters, and I like the cooking competition as the backdrop for the story, but...the development of the relationship between Danny and Eva takes place over 7-10 days. That's it. They go from slight acquaintances to true love in a very short amount of time, and they don't spend much of that time talking. The sex i ...more
Kiki Joseph
Never give up on your goals and happiness. just try. you never know what the future has in store.
Kimberly Kincaid
Aug 18, 2011 Kimberly Kincaid rated it it was amazing
Another great, great book from Louisa Edwards! I've loved Danny since the minute he hit the page in Too Hot To Touch, and was waiting anxiously for this book. I wasn't disappointed! I loved Eva's sassy character, and thought she was a nice fit for family-boy Danny Lunden. I know several other reviewers took issue with her being superficial, but I didn't think she was at all. I found her to be driven and fun, and felt like she was a good example of a career-minded twenty-something from a high pro ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Knjiga rated it liked it
Liked the book. As someone who is into making cakes currently there is nothing sweeter than reading hot romance about a pastry cheff.
The writing and first 200 pages- 4 stars. Good, light and fun.

Why 3 stars then?
I did not like Eva. She is spoiled and privileged despite the author's best intentions of making her seem nicer on the inside (view spoiler)
I was really looking forward to this story about Eva and Danny as they had some smoking chemistry in the first Rising Star Chef book Too Hot To Touch, but this book fell short for me.

The back story about the cooking competition and the secondary characters' story were all really good, but I felt like Eva and Danny got completely robbed. This above all else was supposed to be a romance, and they're story takes place over what appeared to be a few hours spread out over seven days.

And that would
Marcia  Haskell
Oct 13, 2012 Marcia Haskell rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
"Sexy, single, and even sweeter than the treats he bakes, New York pastry chef Danny Lunden is trying to stay focused on food—not females. With the Rising Star Chef competition approaching, he doesn’t have time to get all steamed up over the gorgeous woman he encounters on the plane to Chicago. Even if she is Eva Jansen—the billionaire heiress in charge of the contest…

Danny assumes that “Eva the Diva” is a spoiled rich girl who doesn’t share his passion for food. But when the two meet up again i
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Louisa Edwards was born in Austin, but grew up in Virginia, where she started reading romance around the age of eleven. She graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College and landed her first job in publishing as an Editorial Assistant at Berkley and built her own list of authors, earning a promotion to Assistant Editor.

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“I mean, it's just sex. It's simple biology, right? You build up tension and stress-- you need to open a valve somewhere and let it out, or you'll explode. Nothing deep and emotional about it, just a bodily function. Like sneezing.'

'Sure,' Kane said, nodding sagely. 'Coed naked sneezing. The next wave in porn.”
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