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Hot Under Pressure

Louisa Edwards

Prepare to turn up the heat with the final book in the sizzling "Rising Star Chef" trilogy from romance author Louisa Edwards.Henry Beck thought he’d already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. After all, what could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? But when he learns his competition for the title of Rising St
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ebook, 336 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2012)
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Julie James
Loved this book! Made me laugh, made me teary-eyed--an amazing ending to the series.
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
3.5 Stars: Good Reading

Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards is a surprising novel. This is the first novel in the Rising Chef series that I have read and I am intrigued enough to want to go back and read the preceding stories. This particular book is a very pleasing romance with an original backdrop to have people connect on an intimate level.

Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell’s relationship is very tenuous. Before the Rising Chef Competition (RSC), they have not laid eyes on each other despite the fa
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Christine
Two stars because Goodreads thinks people are idiots who won't understand half-star ratings.

This was my least favorite in the series, due to Skye Gladwell annoying me and the whole "Babies ever after" trope I hate.

As usual, I love the food descriptions, the recipe index in the back of the book, and the knowledge Edwards clearly has of a professional kitchen.

Down to the meat of the book, I'm glad to finally get to know the mystery of Henry Beck. As we found out in the previous book, he is still
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Brie C.
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Is there anything sexier than a man who can cook? The answer is yes, a man who cooks AND cleans up after himself, but we are talking about chefs here, so let’s stick to cooking. Hot Under Pressure is the last book in the Rising Star Chef series, if you haven’t read the previous books you’ll probably be able to enjoy this one but it won’t be the same so my suggestion is to read them in order.

Henry Beck is the newest member of the restaurant, but despi
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Carrie
There are a lot of readers who will enjoy this book more than I did. For some reason I didn't connect with the characters, even though there was a good bit of character development and a decent amount of angst in the story. I think anyone who is a fan of Louisa Edwards and has read the Rising Star Chef trilogy will want to read this final installment. It certainly has more emotional depth than the first book in the trilogy. (I realized I hadn't read the second one after I started this book. Afte ...more
Makii
-Pero aún así cada mañana la chica y el chico estaban completamente integrados el uno con el otro, hasta que parecía que habían nacido uno frente al otro...

Ame el final de esta serie. Cuando llegue a ella tenía una idea completamente diferente, pensaba que era mas sexual que otra cosa. Y sin embargo, esta tan cargada de sentimientos y emociones...
Beck y Skye son una de las mejores parejas de la serie. Ellos tienen su pasado, sus dramas y todo el dolor de haber compartido cosas juntos, pero cua
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Mary Gramlich
Should you ever put love on the back burner?

The competition may be about who is the greatest chef, but with Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell it is also about healing deep wounds. Beck and Skye seemed to throw their love away but neither of them really ever walked away. Both of them have been running from childhood trauma and past imperfections but always believed they were at their best when they were together. It has been ten rocky years of building a life while living apart. All it takes is one ki
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Cheryl
Beck is competing in the Rising Star Chef competition. Beck is the newest member to join the East Coast Team There are four teams competing in the competition. One of the other teams involves Beck's estranged wife, Skye.

This is the first time that Beck and Skye have been in the same room in a long time. Skye tells Beck that she wants a divorce. Beck is not ready to let Skye go without a fight. Beck makes a challenge with Skye. If Beck's team wins, then he will give Skye, the divorce she wants b
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Quynh
Let's face it. I started this series mostly because of my interest in the culinary arts...

Okay okay, it was the cover of this book that cinched it. I wanted to jump start this one right away, but I like to read series in actual order. So when I finally got to this book, I savored every morsel of it. Needless to say, this was my favorite in the series!

In the second book, we learned that there was a connection between Beck and Skye... that they were married. Life has dealt them both some hard blo
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Nancy Brady
Another romance from Louisa Edwards in which wayward and flawed chefs fight for their signature dishes and love. Skye and Henry are married, but it has been ten years since they have been together. While they have buried their feelings in work, they still have feelings (if only lust) for each other. Now in an head-to-head chef's competition with each other, can they overcome their issues and still find happiness while keeping the heat on and the dishes tasty? Loved that Edwards shared the recipe ...more
PointyEars42
How unaware are you of the shit real woman go through that you think its a good idea to create a 'hero' who thinks its romantic or funny to silently creep up on a woman when she's exposed and vulnerable and thinks she's alone and grope her?! How deep does an author's (internalised) mysogynistic streak have to run to create a 'hero' who won't give a woman what's rightfully hers unless she wins it from him... and if she looses she has to have sex with him?!?! This is NOT okay.

I was skim reading th
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Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Jen
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Let’s start with the question everyone wants to know when it comes to series books… does it stand well on it’s own? Well, the answer to that is yes and no. I read book one well over a year ago and the plot is rather fuzzy in my mind and I haven’t read book two. Throughout most of this story I felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle by not having read book two. Every once in a while, events
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ReneeW
Not too impressed with this book but I liked it better than the last one in the series (Some Like It Hot). Beck and Skye are competing in the Rising Star Chef competition on different teams. It was revealed in the last book that these two were married and had been estranged for 10 years. My main problem with this book was that I could not like either character. I get that they had a traumatic event in their marriage early on but I don't understand how you walk away and leave it hanging for ten y ...more
Goge (BARRONS) le Moning Maniac,
Gosh.. I am such a harlot. The first thing I looked at (I ignored the synopsis) was his ass. His in-your-face tush. Guys usually don't have an ass, I haven't decided what I like most yet.. lol one sans or.. with. Either way, they're a magnet to the eye.. such a salivating hussy *sigh* :( *snickers*
Lizzie
Mi favorito de los 3 libros C:

Beck me ganó <3 totalmente lindo

Me mató la parte en que cuentan su historia a través de 5 tiempos en comida
Jess
I'm still mad that the most interesting couple in this series didn't get their own book.
Daphne
Gone Pecan Reviews

The final book in the Rising Star Chef series by Louisa Edwards, Hot Under Pressure is about the enigmatic chef, Beck, and Skye, another chef in the competition who we were introduced to in the last book, Some Like it Hot, and who we learned is actually Beck’s estranged wife! They’ve been married for ten years, but they’ve not seen each other almost the entire time because Beck joined the Navy to take care of their little family. While he was underway, they experienced a traged
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Marilyn Rondeau
In the final book of the “Rising Star Chef” trilogy, Henry Beck presumably thought he’d already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. Who could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? However, when he learns his competition is none other than the sweet hippie girl he’d married … and left …ten years ago, the heat is on! Beck and Skye are going head to head into the finals and though they both want to win….it’s much more personal to Skye to win over Beck, the man who abandon ...more
Karen
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Lady Allison
In the last & final book in Louisa Edward's Rising Star Chef series, we get the long awaited climax to the cooking contest we've been following since book one as well as getting to finally know who & what the mysterious Beck is all about.

Beck was definitely a tortured soul & I loved him almost immediately. I don't know what it is about the heroines in this series, but it took me a little longer to warm up to Skye, the wife he left behind 9 years ago when she needed him most but they
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Lisa
This is the third book in the Rising Star Chef series by Louisa Edwards. If you've never read a book where cooking of any kind was the back drop then i encourage you to start with this one. It works well as a stand alone but if you like to read in series order that works too. The first two in this series are Too Hot to Touch and Some Like it Hot then followed by Hot Under Pressure. In book one you get a intro into all the characters. That's where we all get to meet Beck as he's known by most. He ...more
Bookaholics
Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards
Contemporary Romance –March 27th, 2012
4 stars

Hot Under Pressure continues the sexy cooking series by Louisa Edwards. In her latest book, the two main characters are a married couple who divorced ten years ago. Both are reunited when they compete for the Rising Star Chef title. As the competition heats up, so does their long, thought dead relationship. But is it real or just part of the competition?

Henry Beck has had a hard life. Living in foster homes and fen
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Liza
Loved so much!!!

I was lucky enough to get an early copy of Hot Under Pressure from NetGalley thanks to Louisa. I’m a huge fan and was so excited to get my hands on this final book in the series early.


I absolutely loved this book. Beck and Skye are both such amazing characters and I enjoyed getting to know them both better in this book. The chemistry between Beck, or Henry as Skye calls him, is obvious anytime they are in the same room. I loved getting to know more about their history together a
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Kimberly Kincaid
I'll admit it-- while I try really hard not to play favorites, going into this book, Beck was my favorite, and I was SO not disappointed in his book! What a great culmination to the RSC series! While I really enjoyed the other two books in this series as well, there was more emotional complexity to this one for me that just put it far over the mark as the best of the three. And we're not talking about squishy emotion, here (hello. This is Beck we're talking about here. Nothing squishy on that bo ...more
Lori McD
This is the final book in the Rising Star Chef series, and while it's not difficult to predict what will happen (or even the outcome), the journey that Ms. Edwards takes us on truly feels like a completion.

Beck has been the mysterious fish chef on the Lunden's Tavern team. Stoic, tall, and tough, Beck isn't the kind of guy who lets anyone in. He's grateful for the Lundens for hiring him and not asking a lot of personal questions; he feels part of their family - something he's never really had.

In
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Cocktails and Books
If you've read any of Louisa Edwards' Rising Star Chef series, you know that Henry Beck (Beck as he's known to his fellow chefs) is a man of few words. He was the quiet, broody guy that stood in the back that generally added one word responses to a conversation.

As the series moved along and more characters were introduced, we found that Beck had a weakness and that weakness happened to be a chef on the West Coast team. She caused more emotions from him than any of his co-workers from Lunden's h
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Ada
Book 3 of the Rising Star Chefs series and book 6 if you include the Recipe of Love books.

As it's only my second book in this entire series (my first being On the Steamy Side), I was a bit lost to start the book, getting to know characters that had previously been introduced. But once you get a handle of who is who, it's a fun read.

Henry Beck, or Beck as he's now known, is a solitary type of figure. His wife Skye, who he hasn't seen for 10 years, is a daughter of hippies, a free-spirit. They nev
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Michelle
Somehow I read book one and book three in this series and totally missed out on book two. I’ll admit I was originally drawn to these books because of the covers; they’ve got some sexy models heating up the kitchen but I stayed around for the fun, sexy stories within. There is an overarching story line between the three stories so I felt I did miss a little bit of the story by not reading book two, but not enough to take away from my enjoyment of book three. As we continue with the Rising Star ch ...more
Marcia
Bookswagger Marcia: Three Crowns. Hot Under Pressure was a sweet story. Skye was not a complicated character, most of the issues belonged to Henry. He threw up emotional road blocks the size of boulders. This story was all about emotions and past mistakes. I can tell Hot Under Pressure was a wrap up of the series with the back stories of other characters being resolved. I did feel this story was more about Henry then Skye so I am glad Henry got his gal. If you follow the series then you were pro ...more
Jo (My House of Books)
3.5 stars

Picking up immediately where Some Like it Hot left off, Hot Under Pressure completes the Rising Star Chef trilogy on a romantic high note.

Henry Beck, known simply as Beck to his fellow Lunden's Restaurant employees, is the newest member of the Lunden family. He keeps things close to the vest and has secrets in his past he's never shared with his co-workers, so they are all in for a shock when Beck's wife, Skye Gladwell, is a competitor in the Rising Star competition.

While I loved Beck
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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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More about Louisa Edwards...
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