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Into the Fire (Hot Nights #1)

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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

She’s cooking up a recipe for revenge…

Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson Calabrese can buy whatever he wants—except creativity. He can craft perfect paella, but if his new restaurant is going to take New York by storm, he’ll need help. And there’s only one chef with the culinary creativity to reinvent...more
ebook, Second Edition, 201 pages
Published February 24th 2014 by Entangled: Brazen (first published June 10th 2013)
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Lkay ❇✾The one-click buy button addict❇✾
So I have this problem

I kinda sorta get irritated by the 'small misunderstanding and no communication leading to one big mess scenario' in books

I might irritate me only slightly

Really no big deal, it's just I read it, and think

If I'm being honest, I began to get frustrated around the 10% mark. I almost DNF'd it 5 times. But being the masochist that I am, I drudged on, waiting and hoping that the next chapter brings with it one redeeming quality.

Jack and Lila are about to enter a culina...more
Claire Robinson
4 - "Pick your position, sweetheart. Ladies choice" Stars.

I really enjoyed this one Jack and Lila, were both likeable and easy to get along with.

A love story with lots of food in it is always going to ring my bell, and this was a great, entertaining sexy read, not too long, it hits all the right spots and leaves the tastebuds tingling!

Looking forward to Jenna's story in Seducing the Playboy, out on 26 May 2014.
Amy *Rawr*
BEAUTIFUL!!! I loved it. I always enjoy reading stories about the culinary world, there's just so much talent out in the world, even in the form of cooking. What I really liked about this story is that the author got her facts straight and made it easy to relate to even if you weren't a 5 star cook in New York. And the chemistry was sizzling!!! Jack and Lila... too cute, too cute for words
***4.5 out of 5 stars***

I was lucky enough to get a review copy thanks to the publisher from NetGalley. This is the first book I've read from Amanda Usen, but won't be my last.

I completely fell for both Lila and Jackson from the very first chapter. The misunderstandings that take place between them only added to the chemistry they share both in the kitchen and in the bedroom.
While I love Lila and Jack as a couple, I really loved that it took Lila to make Jack see how great a chef he really is....more
Jane Reader
Into the Fire was a scrumptious read -- pun intended. Lila Grant has had eyes for Jackson Calabrese since she first saw him at the Culinary Academy. Too bad he's her arch nemesis and only one of them can win the $25,000 prize during the cook off. She needs that money to pay off her crushing debt of student loans and believes Jack could only want it for more adoration -- he's a Calabrese, after all: wealthy, entitled and attractive. What she doesn't know is that while Jack may be all of those thi...more
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Sarah's Review:
I had the honor and privilege of reading this ARC when Amanda Usen posted the opportunity on Facebook. I have read Ms. Usen's other two stories, Scrumptious and Luscious and enjoyed them immensely. I enjoy how food can bring two people together and make the heat rise, in more ways than one.

Instantly, I was drawn into this story with Jackson and Lila's chemistry. Both are culinary students who are in a competition but one night of passion mess with Lila's head and she changes her...more
Five stars.

The main characters in Into The Fire are Jack, a chef and Delilah or Lila, a chef/caterer. The characters are both well-written. And the chemistry between them is off the charts. The scenes with the both of them are hot. Either they are in the bedroom or they are in a screaming match with each other. The secondary characters were interesting, and gave us a lot more detail about the main characters. Mostly Jack of course.

The concept of the book was cute. And the plot was well-executed...more
4.5 Sizzling Stars

Lila Grant is on the verge of graduating from Culinary academy and on the eve of a very important cooking competition, one with a grand prize of $25,000 and that could change her life forever, she bumps into Jackson Calabrese, the heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire. NOt only is Jack her main competition for the grand prize, he made her heart race and set her on fire every time she saw him.

"Now I'm remembering how much fun it was to square off with you in the kitchen and...more
3.5 stars rounding up to 4 stars
The old phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” aptly applied to these characters, because when Lila and Jack were in the same room together there was one of two things happening: crazy lusty sparks, or feisty bickering! This was one of those stories where you just wanted to take both main characters by the ear and lock them in a room together until they finally hashed everything out, because their lack of communication wreaked absolute havoc on their lives!

I wasn’t sure about the way Into the F...more
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I really loved this book; it was sexy and mouthwatering. As is often the case in romance, a lack of communication and trust issues are the basis for the problems between a couple who are clearly meant to be together. What would the romance book industry be if people were able to speak honestly and not assume that others mean them harm.

Really though this book handles both damage done, u...more
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I’ve read quite a few books in the last few months surrounding chefs and food and I’ve enjoyed atruegemawardthem a lot but Into The Fire takes this theme a little deeper. It delves into the insecurities that come when developing a menu, opening a restaurant, and the absolute need to please those whose approval you seek. This is very much a sexy romance but it is so much more and I give the autho...more
SassyCat's Book Review

Lila Grant been waiting forever to finally shine through her culinary graduates but she faces her competetion Jack Calabrese the man who has it all and has the family name that does him justice. It true what they say, Chefs never share their secret recipes. Just before the big cook off, Lila and Jack dive into their indulgence and desires but once the cook off started, it was anyone's kitchen. Months later after Lila took off to do her own thing after being upstaged by Jack Calabrese, she...more
FOOD AND LOVE: Usen is a master at having her characters make both so damn well.

From the moment Jack Calabrese sleeps with Lila Grant and steals her recipes to win their culinary academy competition, we know there’s going to be hell to pay. He breaks her heart and shakes her confidence…but not her spirit.

Six months later, hard-working Lila finds herself serving up hors d’oeuvres – and her cleavage, courtesy of a French maid’s costume – to Jack at a bachelor party. If the cocky, poor little ric...more
After going to the Lori Foster Reader/Author Get Together and attending a session that featured the author in it, I knew I had to read this book! I have to say no one was more surprised then me when I devoured this book and if I hadn't had started this book before going into work, I would have had it read in one sitting.

This is my favorite contemporary romance of the year. I loved that it had the right mix of drama and sizzle. Lila and Jackson were just a refreshing hero/heroine. Both had a lot...more
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Into the Fire is an enticing culinary creation by Amanda Usen.

Jackson (Jack) Calabrese and Lila Grant are competing in the final culinary competition before graduation. Jack wins the competition because he used Lila’s recipes, which he talked out of her while seducing her. Now that Jackson is getting ready to open his own restaurant, he is gun shy about his ability to create an original menu. Although he has strong feelings for Lila and wants he...more
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Lila Grant has a passion for food. She can weave ingredients and make something that makes mouths water. There is one thing, besides food that makes her mouth water and that is fellow culinary student, Jackson Calabrese. One night together has her thinking he used her to get her recipe for the competition the next day and him thinking that she lied.

Jackson doesn't think anything he does is good enough for himself or his father. Ope...more
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Into the Fire was light and fun and very easy to read with plenty of fire both in and outside of the kitchen. I will admit that I had one issue with this book that held me back from fully enjoying it. I opened it up and started reading and I'm met with the two main characters sharing a glass of wine and a 2 minute conversation then...jumping into bed togethe...more
This was a fantastic read from the very beginning. I didn't know what I was getting myself into reading something by an author I hadn't heard of before but let me tell you, this is not the last book I will read by Amanda Usen, she is a VERY talented writer!

Into the Fire incorporates so many emotions. You go from laughing at the two main characters to wanting to strangle them and then back again.

Lila seems to bounce around and run from things when they get hard. Running from Jack is no exception...more
I had never heard of Amanda Usen so I was leery to read this book, but the blurb really sounded good so I had to try. Into the Fire is a superb example of a cooking romance. These two heat up the sheets and the kitchen. I loved that it wasn’t all sweet and hot. Don’t get me wrong, when you are reading the thoughts of each of the main characters, it’s very sweet, but boy they sure couldn’t get their stuff together. Each thought the worst of themselves and each other.

Jack is the heir to the Calab...more
I have to say first that this is a 4 star book. It may not seem that way when you first start reading this- just bear with me here.

If I hadn’t said I would review this book, I would have not finished it before I even finished the first chapter. It starts off with them at the end of school and they just jump right into bed. Sorry, I feel no connection when a book starts off like that, it actually turns me off! I love to feel romance grow and two people getting to know each other.

Then after they...more
Stephanie Collins

I have to say this was a steamy quick read with a main pair that sizzle when they are near one another and a hero that really needs to learn his own true value.

Lila just wants to win this last competition in culinary school so she can pay off some student loans and have a better starting point post-graduation. The night before the final round she's at a party and ends up spending time with the school's resident golden boy who she's secretly crushed on for years. They've been jockeying back an...more
My initial intention when I started reading this book was to read a few pages, then put it down and go to bed. A couple of hours later, I put the book down after I finished it - and I wanted more!

Amanda Usen has managed to incorporate food as a third highly charged sensualized element that both explains the characters and fuels their attraction and connection. Both Culinary Academy graduates, Lila is known for her unusual combinations that elevate a dish to ‘more’, where her chief competition J...more
This was a fabulous read from start to finish. Amanda Usen has given us a book that has romance, sexiness, humour, wonderful realistic characters a great storyline and food. And for someone who loves all of the above, it was a perfect read.

Lila and Jackson were wonderful easy to love characters. Both chefs, they studied together and at their graduation party, before competing in the Culinary Academy competition, engaged is some hot extra curricular activities. Foody secrets are shared and fallo...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**Copy Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

Both Lila and Jack have a heated chemistry between them when they are close. They are either bickering which seems to be foreplay to them or burning up the sheets.

Neither seem to be very good at talking however and the little bits they do say seems to land them in trouble with the other. Lila is a good Chef, but ruins her chance at winning the end competition at culinary school when she chokes and Jack uses the oppo...more

Delicious treat

This made for a fun read. I love the concept of this plot. I'm a sucker for all the new cooking competition shows on television, and the writer's references and chef terminology was spot on. I've read a few books where the main character(s) was a chef, but I never really felt the connection to that profession in the other books. This writer made me feel like I knew the characters, and I felt their passion in the kitchen.

Overall, I found this was a refreshing book with an abundanc...more
**Copy kindly provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I do love a good romance that incorporates food/cooking. This is the second book I've read by Amanda Usen and I enjoyed this just as much as I did Scrumptious. There were a lot of similarities between the two books but they were different enough that I could still enjoy them both completely. I think this book read more like a Brazen book than an Indulgence book.

What's sexier then an alpha male that can cook? I d...more
Kay Naughty Book Snitch
Jackson is a Calabrese. Calabrese is the name of a famous restaurant family in New York. His family owns several of them over the city. His father even had it incorporated. His brother is a famous musician who left the family business behind. When this novel starts, it is at the end of his time at culinary school. He finally gets some time alone with Lila Grant, a fellow student and his only real competition. They spend a hot night together only to have the next day end badly. Then the story goe...more
Such a fast read, my gosh I downed this in a couple of hours. Ok maybe it was half the day, but still I couldn't put it down. This was such a fun read, but boy I wanted to just lock these two up in a room and force them to talk, really talk.
Jackson and Lila have a bunch of issues, their main one being communication and lack of self worth. It takes a while for these two to finally get there acts together, but when they do, it was just as hot as it should be in the kitchen.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a well written contemporary romance, with steam in and out of the kitchen for Jackson and Lila. I loved the competition aspect between them, because it definitely draws them closer to each other. In real live, there is nothing sexier than a man that can work his way around the kitchen, and I feel the same for books with the sexy chef storyline. The bond between them is they use it, how they create with it, and the creativity that comes from working t...more
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