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Can't Stand the Heat (Recipe for Love #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,360 ratings  ·  200 reviews
For sharp-tongued food critic Miranda Wake, the chance to spend a month in Adam Temple's kitchen to write an exposé is a journalistic dream come true. Surely Miranda can find a way to cut the hotshot chef down to size once she learns what really goes on at his trendy Manhattan restaurant. But she never expected Adam to find out her most embarrassing secret: she has no idea ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2009)
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3 stars – Contemporary Romance

I was hoping for a spicy culinary romance similar to Hot in Here by Sophie Renwick, and although this has a sexy chef hero and is somewhat steamy, the myriad details on the inner workings of running a restaurant were a tad boring at times for me. I thought the heroine Miranda was rather b*tchy, annoying, judgmental, and hypocritical, and I honestly couldn't fathom why the hero Adam was so enamored by her.

There is a sweet secondary M/M romance between Miranda's you
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Can't Stand the Heat is not usually the kind of book I read. But when Mandi called out for a reviewer, I thought, why not? And I'm glad I did, because Can't Stand the Heat was a really fabulous read.

I was pulled into the story from the get go. Miranda, who I liked instantly, is my favourite kind of heroine: feisty, independent, a woman who on the outside seems prickly and hard, but is really soft as putty with a kind heart and just needs the right man to bring out that side of her nature. Miran

At about 30% in I knew this book would end up with only two stars by me. Hell right now, I feel so angry I may just lower it to 1.5.

Seriously. I cannot remember disliking hating a heroine as much as I dislikehate Miranda Wake. She is a hypocritical, judgmental, homophobic, idiotic woman. My aversion towards her manifested itself from the beginning of the book. Something about her attitude rubbed me the wrong way. She is too self-r
Rachel (BAVR)
I don't know if it's a new trend or if I'm just really bad at picking out new books, but this year of reading has been overflowing with awful heroines. Less than ten years ago, I remember thinking that all of the heroes were jerkasses, but now the designation of jerkass has switched. It's like current authors are trying so hard to prevent their heroines (both contemporary and historical) from ending up as doormats that they sacrifice the poor womens' souls at the Altar of Plot Device. That was m ...more
Anne OK
Just discovered this new author. Her debut book is fantastic. Combining two of my favorite things: romance and food, Edwards writes a wonderful story between a chef and a food critic, with lots of chemistry and sparks! Oh! And there are tons of great secondary characters that I am hoping to meet up with again in the next Louisa Edwards' books.

Nov 26, 2011 Dee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
Because of the mixed reviews of this series I umm'd and aarr'd as whether or not to get it but I am glad that I did.

It has been described as a bit of fluff and yes that is true but you know what? was good fluff. When you are in the mood to read a well written, light, easy, relaxing sort of book then this is for you. In fact I would compare it to a Harlequin sort of story but with more steam. The sex scenes are a lot more graphic than a Harlequin but would not be considered an Erotic......
"The dress was nice. Servicable. The shoes were a decadent indulgence. Red satin with black lace overlay, peep toe and wickedly sharp heel. Every time she put them on, she felt just teeniest bit vampy." p. 6

I almost gave up on this romance. First of all, I had just finished a contemporary romance by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. In my brain, it is hard to compete with Ms Phillips. Edwards wasn't coming even close.

I was having trouble with Miranda, the main female character. She wasn't as likeable as
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Food critic, Miranda Wake thinks she knows everything there is about find dining. She considers herself to have an excellent palette. While attending the celebration of new Manhattan restaurant, Market by Chef Adam Temple, Miranda critics Adam. He challenges her. He tells Miranda that she won’t last a day in his kitchen. Miranda takes Adam up on his challenge. What Adam soon learns is that Miranda may not be belong in a kitchen but she belongs with him…in his bed!.

From start to finished, I devo
I liked:

- the secondary love story featuring Jess and Frankie. Their relationship is adorably presented, except one episode, which made me upset (see in Disliked things).
- the close relations in the restaurant, as they work together, their respect for each other, for food, and for guests, and their endeavor for perfection.
- Adam, the hero: he is hot, provocative, passionate – not only in bed, but in his kitchen as well. He is loyal, honest, and determinate. He is perfect.
- erotic scenes are hot
I was flicking through my ereader wondering what to read next when this one caught my eye and straight away I was hooked into the story as I was laughing out loud within a few pages.

The characters were wonderfully written and 'real' so you can relate to their situations a lot more.

Miranda comes across as one tough cookie who likes to use her razor tongue to expose restaurants flaws and yet at her core she is not so tough and prickly. Adam on the other hand is quite open and its almost as though
Jocelyn Zombie
This should be two 1/2 stars because though I loved the first half, the second half killed the book for me. I would not re-read, but I'll be getting the sequels.

This was very good for a debut author and lives up to its goal - it's a romance about food culture in New York. However, I had some serious problems with a couple (three) of the plot points, the first two are minor but the third is a doozy. I'm going to have to get spoilery to discuss those, so if you've got firm plans to read the book,
Patti TheLoveJunkee
The cover of this book caught my eye - I don't know why but I think it's really sexy. I think it's the bare feet and long jeans (sorry, Hannah, I know how you are about feet!). Maybe it's that the model looks tall - you know how I am about tall men.

Miranda Wake is a food critic. She's apparently very good at what she does, and has a reputation as a tough cookie. Adam Temple is a chef who's finally opened his own restaurant. At the press soire a few nights before the grand opening, Miranda has a
I didn’t bother to finish it.
The problem was, that I could see author trying to make this book good. I could see places where author tried to be funny, where she tried to make her heroine sassy, smart and strong, and where she tried to make main male character look as hot, dark, tough guy. And the key word here is “tried”. Instead of sinking in to the world she created, I felt like audience in TV show, where signs are shown when they should laugh or applause. I can see funny things myself. Ther
A great book full of passion, witty banter, and delicious food. This book may be a romance novel, but it is by no means just that. You get a nice, thorough look into the food industry and the passion of the chefs in that industry. The roster of characters is beautifully developed and complex.
A Tasty Read Book Reviews
First book in the Recipe for love series. Miranda and Adam make a sexy couple. All those cooking lessons, counter tops and sexy pillow talk!!

Loved it! Great beginning to a great series.
Rosalind M
The mix of foodie passion, vivid flavor descriptions, and love scenes that made me blush made for a fabulous read. I look forward to the next one in the series!
My favourite part of this book was Jess and Frankie.
Miranda Wake, relatively known hard-to-please food critic, was born with a magical palate. Okay, less magic and more "innate". She simply knows food. She knows what tastes good and what doesn't. Oh my god, don't EVERYBODY?! I guess what makes her different from the rest of normal society is that she knows how to put her pretentious opinions into equally pretentious writing.

So what's the problem? That's what critics do, right? Well, here's the thing. She doesn't know a damn thing about cooking. H
Lady Allison
Over a month later, I finally finished this book. In the beginning, I wasn't a huge fan of the heroine but in the end I really enjoyed the story as a whole.

Our romantic tale starts with a food critic, Miranda, and a chef, Adam, with a new restaurant - of course, they begin at odds, but the more time spent together, the harder they start to fall for each other. The cuisine lingo got a bit tedious at times, but was interesting because you could tell it was well researched.

My favorite part of thi
Can’t Stand The Heat By Louisa Edwards
Contemporary Romance – September 2009
3 Stars

Can’t Stand The Heat is the first book in the Recipe for Love series by Louisa Edwards. Her Recipe for Love series centers on the lives of the cooking staff at a NYC Restaurant.

Miranda Wake is a tough food critic who gets the opportunity to spend a month alongside head chef Adam Temple in the kitchen of his hot new NYC restaurant. She hopes to write an expose about what really goes on behind the scenes but fin
Jane Stewart
Author has a good writing style, but I immensely disliked the heroine doing stupid or inconsistent things to create conflict.

Miranda lost her parents in a car accident at age 18. Since then, she has been supporting herself and her younger brother Jess. She is a restaurant critic with a wicked tongue. She drinks too much at the opening of the new restaurant Market and says something to the owner Adam. He dares her to spend a day in his kitchen. The next day, he regrets it. Miranda re
Christi Snow
I expected to enjoy this book, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. There's a great storyline here. The heroine makes some really dumb choices, but in the end, I understood why, even though I didn't agree. She was making decisions like the 18 yo that had to take care of her 10 yo little brother and they weren't necessarily the right or mature ones, but that had always been her relationship with him...she cared and nurtured his life above all else. I loved the sub-story of Jess and Fr ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(July) 2.5* - whew, finally finished (can't remember the last time it took me 5days to read a book -I kept putting it down in favor of something else)! I can't really say I enjoyed this book -I found the beginning boring and draggy, and I never felt a real connection between Miranda and Adam. And while I liked Jess and Frankie, there wasn't a real connection there either - most of what I would have liked to see - the emotional connection - happened off screen (so to speak). I honestly don't know ...more
Hmmm, this is the second book I've read recently where I liked everything about the book except the heroine.

Things I liked:

The Hero. Adam was a great construct. Lovely, a good philosophy about people, cooking and life -- I just liked the guy.

The scenes around the restaurant, the kitchen, the sous-chefs and line chefs -- all the personalities in and around Adam were great. The author did a bang up job of making you feel like you were in the middle of the kitchen and part of the controlled chaos o
Miranda Wake is a food critic hungry to write a book. And when the opportunity to spend a whole month inside premiere restaurant, Market, presents itself, she's definitely not about to say no. She wants to learn what really goes on behind the scenes and Adam Temple, the chef of Market, isn't about to stop her. But she didn't bank on was Adam founding out that while she might be a food critic, she doesn't know how to cook. Adam's resigned to have to put up with Miranda until this crazy dare is ov ...more
When I started reading this book, I could not help myself of thinking that this was a weird mix of Catherine Zeta Jones’s “No Reservations” and Disney’s “Ratatouille”. You just can’t help it. And to be completely honest, up to page 75, I was about to give up. Page 100 came and not even one kiss, but I said to myself, that I had to stick to my own motto: “GIVE IT THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT”. And after finishing it last night, I am absolutely glad I did.

You can never judge a book by its cover, or b
This book received 3 stars because it's in the middle between a 1 and a 5. There were parts of this book that were truly 5 stars. The subplot with Miranda's 19 year old brother and one of the cooks at the restaurant was lovely on many levels. I never warmed to Miranda. She was arrogant on more levels than surface. But what I actively disliked was the idea that a journalist would not bother to check sources and could send her book to a publisher and have some person on staff print pieces of the b ...more
Full disclosure: the author is a dear friend from my singing days at Bryn Mawr and this is the first time I've ever read a romance novel. What a treat! For anyone who loved Poppy Z. Brite's Liquor series, I think Louisa's A Recipe for Love series will be right up your alley. I couldn't the book down and once missed my bus stop and another time just looked up in time. Fun, crackling prose, this romp of a book was exactly what I needed. Can't wait for the next one.
I don't usually like adult contemporary romance because they focus too much on sex and too little on emotional connection. But this one had everything in just the right measure. I loved the main story between Miranda and Adam (and I'm seriously craving the rose-petal-infused-vodka), and I also loved the subplot of the romance between Miranda's brother and Frankie. An adult contemp that stands out from the rest!
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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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“Somewhere along the way." Adam said, "I stopped cooking for anyone other than you. When you were gone, it was like all the flavor had drained out of the world. Without you, nothing tastes as sweet.” 11 likes
“She’d learned the trick of it a long time ago, and she’d do well to remember it now. The key to happiness, or at least, the key to contentment.
Don’t want what you can’t have”
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