Toqué de toi (Rising Star Chef, #1)
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Toqué de toi (Rising Star Chef #1)

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Juliet Cavanaugh est devenue chef cuisinier grâce à la famille Lunden qui l'ont accueillie chez eux lorsqu'elle était sans domicile. Depuis quelque temps, le restaurant dont ils sont les propriétaires a des difficultés financières. Juliet et Max, le fils aîné des Lunden dont elle est secrètement amoureuse, participent à un coucours culinaire pour relancer l'affaire familia...more
Mass Market Paperback, Promesses, 375 pages
Published July 11th 2012 by J'ai Lu (first published August 2nd 2011)
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Leah
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
♥Rachel♥
May 17, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Smut Monday Club
Shelves: kindle
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...more
Julie James
Sucked me in from the prologue, then I stayed up until 1am to finish it!
Amy

Originally posted at http://www.fictionvixen.com/2011/08/r...

“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...more
Kathleen
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...more
Dee
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
Erin
May 12, 2012 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Hbeebti
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...more
Splage
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.
Tori
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.
IE:
Nina Lun...more
Nonieღserenity2bliss
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...more
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 :)
Carrie
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...more
Cheryl
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
Robin (RBBR)
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
MountainKat
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...more
Bethany
May 16, 2012 Bethany rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Holly
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!!
Stephanie
Jan 07, 2012 Stephanie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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...more
Amy Jacobs
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...more
Makii
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...more
Jess
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...more
Marisa
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...more
Shannel
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...more
A Tasty Read Book Reviews
**Taken from http://atastyread.blogspot.com

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...more
Christi Snow
Review reposted from my Smitten with Reading blog...

My Review:
I have been so excited to read this book. I read Louisa Edward's first cooking trilogy and absolutely fell in love with her writing. (You can see those reviews HERE.) This book definitely did not disappoint...so good and so much fun!!! Although I have to be honest, as much as I loved Jules & Max's story, my favorite part about this book was the side story line between Clair (editor of Delicieux magazine) & Kane (rock star food...more
Susan
I really liked this book. Max came back to New York when his mom called to help out with the competition. He was not expecting to find Jules working as a chef in the kitchen. He remembered her from when they were kids - she was his brother's friend and several years younger. He left home because he and his father couldn't agree on how to do things in the kitchen. Gus wanted to stick with tradition and Max wanted to try some new things. Jules wasn't happy to see him return. She didn't think they...more
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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...more
More about Louisa Edwards...
Can't Stand The Heat (Recipe for Love #1) On the Steamy Side (Recipe for Love, #2) Some Like It Hot (Rising Star Chef, #2) Hot Under Pressure (Rising Star Chef, #3) Just One Taste (Recipe for Love #3)

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