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Hot and Bothered (Hot in the Kitchen #3)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  430 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
A Fire They Can’t Put Out . . .

Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who's fueling her hormones with generous servings of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss,
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Forever (first published January 1st 2014)
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Lyndy Ann ♫
Hot and Bothered is Jules and Tad’s story, can best friends become more?

Jules Kilroy ran away from London two years ago to Chicago to her big brother Jack for his help and support as she was pregnant. She was taken in by the Deluca family and she became best friends with Tad much to Jack’s annoyance. Jules has always kept the identity of Evan’s father a secret but secrets always have a way of coming out.

Tad Deluca is a hot Italian who has had LOTS of female attention, one night when Jules kisses
Kate Meader
Dec 23, 2014 Kate Meader added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-wrote-this
*** TOP PICK from Romantic Times Book Reviews ***

Here's what they said . . .

A deft and delightful wrap-up for the Hot in the Kitchen series, this book can also stand alone. Meader's writing has continued to pick up steam in this series with fully developed characters who are modern without being raunchy, sex scenes that are steamy without the trite play-by-play and with fast-moving, realistic plots. The dialogue is witty and fun, and the story will warm your heart.

A word from Kate...
This is Book
Anna's Herding Cats
Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Quickie Review:

Very sweet friends to lovers story that they really had to work for. Enjoyed it and looking forward to checking out book 1 and 2 now.


Yay foodie romances! And friends to lovers romance with oodles of Brits and Italians surrounding them. Even better! Hot and Bothered was such a sweet read as best friends Jules and Tad, well, get manipulated a little by those they love into finally...finally! going after what they want...each other
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Every…damn…time…author Kate Meader gets to me. The third book in her Hot and Bothered series is even better than the first two and considering how much I loved them, that’s saying a whole lot. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would that’s how freakin’ fantastic it is and how much I adored it. Simply put Hot and Bothered is sassy, often hilarious, poignant, and incredibly sexy. The c
Heather andrews
Feb 19, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tad he knows how to defuse labor pains, "so the window for legalized narcotics has passed," Tad said. "But that's okay because I'm here. I'm your drug, baby. Just look at me and tell me you're not addicted to my shocking good looks." Also the boy has an appreciative view on Jules's breasts, "a double gin and tonic." As soon as the words escaped her lips, her mouth watered like she was Pavlov's dog. "Just one, though, because I'll be breastfeeding." Tad's dark brows lifted and his gaze dropped to ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
Tad DeLuca. I wanted to kiss him and beat him. All at the same time. He was the most loving, caring, uplifting guy, with a dirty streak to him. Just my kind of hero ;) While Tad was all those things, he was carrying a huge serving of guilt that kept him from admitting his feelings for Jules. His guilt was so strong it even had him pushing her away. Thankfully, Jules changed enough through the book that she finally stood up for herself and told Tad that he was missing out on the best thing to ...more
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls Book Reviews~
This is my first time reading a full novel from Kate Meader, I had previously only read her short story, Rekindling the Flame from the Baby, It's Cold Outside anthology, and swore after reading it that I needed to read ALL of her books. So when I had the opportunity to review this book I jumped at the chance.
From the prologue to the final page I was enamored. I couldn't stop reading. I stayed up until 4 a.m. to finish the story and I have zero regrets about it.
This isn't a story full of twists
Mar 17, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for letting me read this book for my honest review.... Enjoyed this story of love, life, and foodies. This is the third book in the series and includes the couples from the prior books as they are family and such a neat family. Love Jules and her British accent, her little one Evan, and her best friend Tad. I always find it funny when two people clearly are attracted to each other bit fight it so badly because of their friendship. Tad is sweet and ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Mskychick rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I got this book as a guaranteed free available read through NetGalley. This is the first book by Kate Meador for me, so I went in with no expectations.

This book started out sweet and light, and I thought it was going to be a fluff book. But it got more serious at the end, with some major growing up and character maturation of both Tad and Jules, which was unexpected and pleasing. Jules came to have a sense of her own sense worth, which was awesome
She deserved to be fought over, to be wooed, to
Give Me Books
Jan 28, 2015 Give Me Books rated it really liked it
I have to say that this book surprised me and it wasn't like what I expected it to be. I thought I would be getting a light, easy, playful book and while some of that is true, it was so much more. Hot and Bothered was deep, meaningful, and beautiful.

Juliet Kilroy loves being a mother, but she longs for someone to share her life with and there's no one she would rather share it with than her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca. He's made it quite clear, though, that they'll never be anything more than fr
Abby Green
Sep 06, 2015 Abby Green rated it it was amazing
Another 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read from Kate Meader. Each one of these books in the Hot In The Kitchen series is a winner. Characters bursting off the page with sexy charisma & dialogue sharp & witty enough to create serious author envy in this fan ;). Tad and Jules were so real, and relatable that they jumped off the pages. You are so drawn into their world, that it almost felt voyeuristic to read their story even though I'd have rugby tackled any attempt to get the kindle out of my hand before I ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting for Tad & Jules and it was worth the wait. Love of family, witty banter & HOT!

I love this series and I hope there's more to come.
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
Hot And Bothered was I think the first kitchen romance I have read. Jules and Tad both came from families who cook so the friendship they formed was cemented in more than one way. This is the third book in the Hot In the Kitchen series and as is my M.O. I read this one before the others. I am glad I started with this one because Jules and Tad stole my heart and made me want to read the other books.

Jules is a single mother to toddler Evan. After leaving London two years ago with a broken heart sh
So, I Read This Book Today
Mar 13, 2014 So, I Read This Book Today rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance readers
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: Netgalley
The biggest problem with dyslexic kids is not the perceptual problem; it is their perception of themselves. That was my biggest problem. - Bruce Jenner

I am not dyslexic myself. But, my god, how horrific it must be, to simply not understand. Not understand the concept of reading, how to read, what the words mean. How horrible it must feel, how terrible for the self-esteem for the child affected. Though dyslexia was first coined by Rudolf Berlin of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1887, it simply described
Mar 16, 2014 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
Hot and Bothered is hilarious book with sassy characters that will keep you laughing and at the same time dealing with the serious issue of dyslexic but with a splash of humor. I cannot imagine how that must feel not being about to read would devastate me. We have come far in how we deal with dyslexic children. In the past they called them dumb, stupid and lazy to name a few. The truth is just the opposite they are very smart, you would be surprised at the list of famous people who are dyslexic ...more
Jennifer Zorko
Mar 16, 2014 Jennifer Zorko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kate-meader
"In this scenario, her brothers were Lennon and McCartney, and she was the quiet Beatle. The one who took a while to find his stride but then went on to outdo them all.

Jules Kilroy is a single mother, she is the younger sister of the famous Jake Kilroy and Shane Doyle, she has dyslexia, and to top it all off, she is in love with her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca. After one horrifying night, when she kissed him silly and he turned her down flat, she has been trying to hide her feelings. She is use t
Feb 03, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog-review

Jules left her home in England and barreled into her older brother Jack’s life two years ago, pregnant and alone, never expecting to find a best friend in her hour of need. But that’s exactly what her brother’s friend Tad Deluca became to her, and he’d been there with her through it all. Now her son is 18 months old and she’s itching to get on with her own life, but having dyslexia and no real work experience that would help her makes it a challenge. And her girlfriends deciding how she should g
Ivy Deluca
Mar 14, 2014 Ivy Deluca rated it really liked it
The Premise
The third book in Ms. Meader’s Hot in the Kitchen series, focuses on Jules Kilroy, and her best friend, Taddeo “Tad” DeLuca. Jules is beginning to stand on her own two feet, taking care of herself and her son, Evan. Tad is finally making it on his own as well, deciding to open up his own wine bar and after losing his chef, asks Jules to step in and help him out. This ratchets up the tension between them, which began to build a year ago when Jules made a pass at him, and Tad rejected h
Mar 18, 2014 Terisa rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars!

No one really put two and two together when Jules Kilroy when was growing up and really determine that she couldn’t read, she had hid that little tidbit by muddling through school when younger and allowing her dates to order for her when she was older, and eventually by giving herself shamelessly to numerous men which helped to lead her to her current predicament, pregnant and
Jun 14, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review, arc
Kate Meader quickly became a new favorite author after reading the second book in her Hot in the Kitchen series, All Fired Up. When the opportunity came to review the third in the series, HOT AND BOTHERED, I couldn’t pass up the chance. I wanted to see Jules get her happily ever after and oh boy did Meader deliver!

We have good character development. Jules Kilroy is a single mother who is struggling with a secret: she’s dyslexic. She’s not very confident, but she has a heart of gold. Jules wants
Home. Love. Books.
Mar 01, 2014 Home. Love. Books. rated it really liked it
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I liked this book way more than I thought I would, I think I thought that with the title being Hot and Bothered that the whole thing would just be about sex and lack and substance, and boy am I glad that I was completely wrong. There was tons of substance to this book, but that's not to say there wasn't any sex, there was and it definitely was hot.

The first thing I noticed about the book was that there were a lot of chara
Mar 22, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
Complimentary copy received by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Jules Kilroy is a single mum to a toddler, a Brit transplanted in America where she followed her celebrity chef brother after she ended up pregnant. She quickly found herself amongst a new family of Italian Americans, a family that her brother had married into. Jules decides to make some changes in her life, starting with moving out of her brother’s home, as well as getting a job and getting back on the dating s
Veronica of V's Reads
Two years ago Juliet 'Jules' Kilroy left England bound for Chicago. She was young, upset, and pregnant. Her brother Jack, renown chef and restauranteur, took her in not only to his home but to his new extended family--his wife Lili hails from a close-knit Italian family. Among them, Tad DeLuca, Lili's cousin and a single man with tragic secrets.

Being the odd people out, Jules and Tad strike up a friendship. He's the rock she can lean on when Jack's busy working. Tad even takes birthing classes w
Jan 27, 2015 Lindy rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:

Hot And Bothered was a really sweet friends to lovers story. It was endearing, and full of heart melting moments. While this is the third book in the series, it can still be read as a standalone.

In Hot And Bothered, we get Jules Kilroy and Tad DeLuca's story told from both of their perspectives. Jules and Tad have been best friends since she was pregnant with her now, eighteen month old son Evan. After Jules left England to reunite and get help from her brother, Jack, she quickly bec
Sep 09, 2016 ChattyKat rated it really liked it
Kate Meader has really won me over with this Hot in the Kitchen series. In book three we get to know Tad and Jules a little bit more intimately as their friendship blossoms into love. Friends to lovers are my favorite types of romances... :)
The book opens up with a very touching and emotional scene with Jules delivering her baby with Tad by her side... I already knew I was going to love watching this couple come together after that beautiful moment they shared. Yep, little tears... sniff sniff..
Under the Covers Book Blog

HOT AND BOTHERED is book 3 in the Hot in the Kitchen series. Of course, I was in the mood for a good chef romance and this was there so.... I read out of order. Someone call the OCD reading police on me! There are some things that I feel I would've enjoyed more or understood faster had I read in order, because there's plenty of history, but that did not take away from enjoying this book as a standalone. Nevermind my shock at the first scene.

Jules is the sister of a big shotchef. She came to the

Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

HOT AND BOTHERED is book 3 in the Hot in the Kitchen series. Of course, I was in the mood for a good chef romance and this was there so…. I read out of order. Someone call the OCD reading police on me! There are some things that I feel I would’ve enjoyed more or understood faster had I read in order, because there’s plenty of history, but that did not take away from enjoying this book as a standalone. Nevermind my shock at the first scene.

Jules is the sister of a big shot chef. She ca
Romancing the Book
Apr 26, 2015 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Reviewed by Angela
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

In Hot and Bothered. we are introduced to Tad and Jules. The story is told completely from their point of view and I love it. Sometimes when a story goes back and forth you can get lost in the transition back and forth but in this one Kate Meader made it seamless. The way she took this story back and forth between the characters was one of the reasons that this book was so good. The story did
Nerdy Chic
Mar 17, 2014 Nerdy Chic rated it really liked it
Kate Meader’s third book in the Hot in the Kitchen series finally gives us Julie and Taddeo (Tad’s) story. Boy was it worth the wait. These two have some serious chemistry going on. After running away from London pregnant and alone, she comes back home to her brother Jack. Tad has been a rock to her, even being in the delivery room when she has her little demon (as she affectionately calls Evan). After having kissed Tad, Jules believes that all Tad wants from her is friendship. Who would want a ...more
Jun 12, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Hot in the Kitchen series but can be read as a stand-alone.

As a single mom, Jules Kilroy always has her hands full. Fortunately as baby sister of the famous chef Jack Kilroy, she has a bit more leeway financially to be able to find her independence. She’s witty and cheeky but it has not always been sunshine and roses for her. Struggling her way through school, abandoned by her brother to be left in the care of her aunt and uncle who found her to be a nuisance, and a
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