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Too Hot To Touch (Rising Star Chef #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  2,586 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
Welcome to the Rising Star Chef competition, where today’s hottest chefs battle it out on national TV for a chance at fame, fortune and culinary supremacy. Every contestant hungers to win, but only one will take the prize...


When it comes to competitive cooking, Max Lunden is no stranger to winning...though he’s never been great at working with a team. A
ebook, 348 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Julie James
Oct 01, 2011 Julie James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sucked me in from the prologue, then I stayed up until 1am to finish it!
Too Hot to Touch is the first book of Louisa Edwards' Rising Star Chef series, and I cannot tell you how long I have been waiting for this book. I heard about Edwards not long before her first book--Can't Stand the Heat--was published and bought it the day that it came out. Since that first story...I was in love. A freakishly devoted fan. I get disturbingly excited when a new book comes out, and that pattern continued when I found Too Hot to Handle on the shelves not even days after it came out. ...more
May 17, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Smut Monday Club
This was just the right blend of chemistry, witty banter, and heart with a little bit of spice thrown in. As a bonus, there was no love triangle or drama on frustrating levels!

Jules is a chef for the Lunden's family restaurant, Lunden & Sons Tavern, a steakhouse that's been a fixture in New York for years. The Lunden's are like family to Jules, they took her in when she was seventeen with nowhere to go. Jules and Danny, their youngest son and her best friend, work together at the restaurant
Aug 25, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Originally posted at

“Great food is like great sex. The more you have, the more you want.” – Gael Greene

What do you get when you combine a savory, melt in your mouth steak with a sexy, spicy chef who loves to cook as much as make love? Answer: All the tastiness of Too Hot To Touch by Louisa Edwards. This is Ms. Edwards’ first book in the Rising Star Chef trilogy and I am licking my lips for the next installment!

I must admit the cover alone grabbed me. I me
Aug 15, 2011 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I thought that the H&h were exactly just what they each needed and they really came through for each other in many way's. I really enjoyed the story line of the cooking competition too. Also thrown into the story was family issue's and family love. I loved reading how every character grew and dealt with their own problems. The sexual tension in the story was very high and the love scenes on the steamy side and just enough to make me happy :)

I have already marked to
Dec 18, 2011 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This series revolves around the Rising Star Chef (RSC) competition and we get to follow one of the teams through that competition and read about their characters as well as others that are connected to the competition. I love cooking & baking and this is what attracted me to this author so for me her stories tick the boxes in that we have good writing, good romance stories, great looking H's, angst and of course lots of information including giving us the recipes and cooking instructions for ...more
May 12, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance addicts!!
I do so love when I come across a steamy romance novel that is actually more than just hot sex scenes! Too Hot was one of those, with a well thought-out plot, engaging characters, plenty of tugs at the heart, and of course some serious chemistry! I think my ONLY complaints would be that I wanted Max and Jules to have more time ALONE and that I didn't want the story to end! I loved these characters, Jules with her saucy spunk and Max with his sexy cockiness that just made me melt. *sigh* The stor ...more
How do I describe this book?? Hhmm, well for me it was fluff. Kinda slow going. But once Max came back home and met Jules it picked up. The problem for me was that Max through a lot of the book seemed selfish and almost immature. Which annoyed me. Max had the whole calm zen thing going on. No alpha male here at all. Then there was the way that he would loose his cool and then calm himself but only after he said something crappy to Jules. She just took it like she understood which I guess she did ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Okay, so I spoke too soon. I was on a good book roll until this one…

I read this book, or tried to read this book for the following reasons:
1 – Love, love, love TOP Chef – about a cooking competition.
2 – Julie James is “currently reading” and really enjoy her.
3 – Author is new to me – so why not?
4 – One of my October monthly challenge books – Hot Cover.

So, the stars were aligned – NOT. Okay, maybe I’m missing something, but probably not – I’m no dunce.
This book started off good. Gave a bit of bac
The cover is hot, hot, hot! Unfortunately, it's the only thing that is hot about Too Hot To Touch. Everything else was under-cooked in my opinion.

I don't think I'm going to continue with the series for many reason. For starters, the characters are immature. There were parts where I wonder if I'm reading a YA novel or a contemporary romance with the way the characters were behaving. It certainly doesn't help when the dialogues themselves were immature. Everything was just too much but the sizzlin
Cover is definitely hot, I want a chef with biceps like that . Unfortunately I think I am bored with the Chef story line, they just aren't alpha enough for me.
Overall this is a light, enjoyable way to spend some time. Nothing deep but generally entertaining. Some people are going to love this book but while it was good, it's too much of the "same old, same old" to be memorable.

When I read the first book by Edwards, I was impressed with the writing and the multi-layered plot. Can't Stand the Heat would have been a great novel if it wasn't for the unlikable heroine, Miranda. Due to the excellent writing in that book, I read the second in the series and
Nov 05, 2011 Tori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed this book a lot overall. As a foodie, I enjoyed the kitchen talk and thought the food challenge was a fun side story.
I like that this author uses metaphors that match the personality of her characters because it's a pet peeve of mine when they don't. However, I wish that she wasn't so enamored with them. I would have enjoyed the story a lot more if she had used them maybe half as often as she did and maybe just showed us what was going on in the scene instead.
Nina Lun
Susan (susayq ~)
When I started this, I wasn't sure I'd like it - Max was VERY cocky. I mean, cocky to the point that I was cringing every time he opened his mouth. But then I started liking him and his knack of spouting Zen sayings and stories :) I love that he got Jules to open up to him when she had a tendency to keep everything inside.

Since the next book picks up where this one leaves off I hope we get to see more of Kane and Claire :)
Aly is so frigging bored
Gender: Contemporary
Hero: Max Lunden
Heroine: Juliete 'Jules' Cavanaugh
Rating: 4*

I had so much fun reading this, and let's face it, drooling too.

After I finished the book I started to look for some gourmet classes or something. Sadly there are non interesting enough in Bucharest *sigh*

PS: Whatever you think when you look at that cover, this is not erotica :D
Feb 19, 2013 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe sometime in the near future when I some how force myself to re-read this (I never re-read books that I give one star to) i'll enjoy it. For this time around it was a complete diaster for me. I felt like everything was fake. I seriously couldnt connect with any of the characters. Now usually even when the plot and most of the characters suck I have the cute love story to fall back to, but with this book even that was not enough to make me give this book more than one star. The only think I ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juliet “Jules” Cavanaugh is Danny Lunden’s good friend. Danny’s family own a restaurant. Jules has a crush on Danny’s brother, Max. Max can not be tied down to one place, so he packs up and travels all over the world. Years later, the Lunden family restaurant has been slowly losing business. They must find a way to make money and fast. Jules comes up with an idea to have the family enter a cooking competition. The competition has done wonders for past winners. There is just one catch. In order t ...more
Sep 02, 2011 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this one. The Author is one I've read in the past but a direction she seemed to be taking in her books is one I'm not comfortable reading about so I hadn't planned to read any more by her. This one struck me though and although her main couple is m\f there is a secondary character who would rather date his own gender and at the point I'm at in the book (possible spoiler alert) he has been able to get some information on an upcoming challenge because the male assistant to the female organi ...more
The first part of the book was barely three stars, but the second half was maybe 3 1/2, so overall I'll give it three.

This should have worked better for me than it did. I liked the story, but I couldn't connect with the characters. It was well over halfway through the book that they became more than one dimensional and projected any emotions. By the end, I did care what happened to them and wanted a happy ending, but it took almost that long to get there. This was my first book by this author an
May 16, 2012 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bethany by: Smut Monday Club
Shelves: smutty-books
I really enjoyed Too Hot To Touch. It was a little slow at first but picked up nicely. I loved the flirty playfulness between Max and Jules. They definitely had hot and steamy chemistry between them. The side story with Claire bugged me at first. I would really get into the story between Max and Jules, and then the story would just switch to Claire. By the end of the book I really didn’t mind Claire’s side story, I could even go for a short story about her and Kane. Overall, I really enjoy this ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I bought this book strictly for the cover, don't laugh, you know you all would have too!! Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised. Not being a big fan of books about cooking, as I loath the activity myself, this was a wonderfully fun contemporary romance!! This is my first Louisa Edwards book and I will definitely be reading the others in this series!!
Jan 07, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love too watch cooking shows
Shelves: pg-pg13-romance
It just didnt work for me. It was too much like a cooking show and not enough character development. Not nearly enough focus on the H/h relationship. Again it just wasnt my cuppa.
Nancy Brady
Oct 28, 2015 Nancy Brady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another hot chef romance which stars Jules Cavanaugh and prodigal son Max Lunden. Max returns home to New York for his family (Gus, Nina, and Danny) to help with a cooking competition (the Rising Chef Competition). Jules has always had a crush on Max, but can't let that get in the way of the competition, but she's grown up and into a gorgeous chef herself. Add to that, he has plans to leave as soon as he can (within a month for another cooking apprenticeship).

Can Jules keep her heart intact? Wil
Lady Allison
I really enjoyed Ms. Edwards' previous series, Recipe for Love, so I wanted to start this one since really you can't go wrong with food and love!

Jules, our heroine, was a very emotional but likable character. She has been through a lot in her life what with a revolving door of "dads" and her mom kicking her out at age 17. She ends up with her best friend Danny's family who take her in like one of their own. The only piece of the puzzle that's missing is Danny's older brother Max, who happens to
Amy Jacobs
Nov 07, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
First of all, look at that yummy cover! I had to force myself to quit drooling at it long enough to actually read the story! Of course every time I turned the page I had to look and drool again. But you are wanting a review of the pages inside that gorgeous cover so wipe the drool from your chin and lets get started.

This is the first book in a new series by author Louisa Edwards. This series focus is on a competition called the Rising Star Chef and a family who runs their own restaurant that is
Sep 23, 2012 Makii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como buena fanática de los concursos gastronómicos(si habré pasado horas mirando Top Chef y demás LOL) amé el ambiente de esta historia...!!
Confieso que no es lo que esperaba encontrar. Todo indicaba que era mas sexual la historia, pero al final termina siendo una compleja lucha entre unos personajes cargados emocionalmente por muchas cosas. La familia, el pasado, los sueños que se persiguen, las cosas que no se dicen, y las acciones que hacen que a veces los demás no nos entiendan y piensen de
Aug 22, 2011 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

Juliet, or Jules as she’s called, has used cooking and her kitchen family to help try to move beyond the painful past she has with her mom. She was taken in by the Lunden’s after an incident at home, which we don’t find out about right away, and she finds her calling in their family restaurant. With the Lunden's son, Max, travelling the world, Jules steps into his shoes not only in the restaurant but even a little bit at home, already having been best fri
Sep 13, 2011 Marisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love an "Opposites Attract" scenario, but I especially love it when the hero is the “Dorothy” character. You know: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz?:'There’s no place like home?’ Dorothy?“
That’s our hero Max Lunden. He’s traveled the world in search of the intangible, looking for something he’s yet to find, and all along it was right there in his own backyard. I love when that happens—when all your journeys and the culminations of your experiences wind their way back to your own front door.

Louisa E
May 14, 2012 Shannel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another Smut Monday Club find. I jumped the gun and read it the week prior and I’m so glad I did.

Unlike some of our other reads, I was more drawn to the romance than I was to the smut. In fact, this find wasn’t really smutty at all…just a really cute love story.

Having nowhere to go, 17-year-old Juliet moves in with her best friend Danny Lunden after his older brother leaves home to see the world.

Years later Danny’s family restaurant is competing in the Rising Star Chef competition in
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Ms. Edwards has done it again with the first book of the new Rising Star Chef Series, Too Hot To Touch. Too Hot features Lundens Tavern, a New York City steak house owned by Gus and Nina Lunden, and their two sons, Max (the wanderer) and Danny (the loyal). Max is called home to help win the East Coast slot for the national challenge, with the help of Danny, Beck, Win and the beautiful Jules, who Max has known for as long as Danny and her have been best
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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.

Then real life romance ensued: Louisa married a journalist and moved to a small
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Rising Star Chef (3 books)
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  • Hot Under Pressure (Rising Star Chef, #3; Recipe for Love, #6)

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