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Hot Under Pressure

(Rising Star Chef #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,106 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Loaded with the hottest dishes and sexiest chefs, the Rising Star Chef competition is about to boil over for one pair of all-star cooks who can’t stand the heat—of working so close together...


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?
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Julie James
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - while I felt the conflict was dragged on too long, I rounded up because of the originality of the plot.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tear_jerker
I prethodni delovi ovog serijala su bili dobri, ali ovaj je mozda i najbolji; sav je 'pod pritiskom'; posebno su mi se dopali recepti na kraju :D
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-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
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
Natalia Paez
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating for this book is 4.0 strs.

Desde el libro de Danny y Eva, vimos como nuestro chico de la marina perdía los estribos cosa que no es muy común en él, pues se silencioso es su mayor atributo. Se descubrió un poco de la vida pasada de Beck, este pasado incluía a la guapa de Skye y un matrimonio.
Existieron infinidad de momentos de tension desde que estos dos se reencontraron dentro de la cocina de Rising Star Chef, nadie sabia mucho hasta que un momento de quiebre se descubre mas de lo que
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
It was definitely much better than the previous book which I gave only two stars. Again, the beginning was rather slow but the characters were less annoying and their story was much more engaging.

Even though I didn't like the second book in the series, I decided to read this one because I was interested in Beck and Skye story. I liked them both since the previous book, definitely much more than Danny and Eva.

The only thing that bothers me is the time Beck spend in the army. He enlisted and afte
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
por fin acabe los tres libros
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soooo much better than second book. Loved Beck & Skye!
Para mí el mejor de los tres que he leído de esta saga.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Gramlich
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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*
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I'm still mad that the most interesting couple in this series didn't get their own book.
Li Young
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars. My favourite in the series. Wish that Skye's character was a little more developed though.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Ms. Edwards,

I’ve read all three books in your Rising Star Chef series and, of all of the couples in the series, my favorite hands down is Claire Durand and Kane Slater. This, really, is a bummer because, in all three books, they are secondary characters though their love story, finally resolved in this book, Hot Under Pressure, is a fabulous one.  For me, the romance between chefs Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell, the main protagonists in Hot Under Pressure, is less compelling. The two are ea
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Louisa Edwards. I have now read all of her recipe for love books and would recommend them to anyone who asks.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buy
Synopsis - The main plot centers on Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell, the delegates of the East Coast and West Coast teams in the final stage of the Rising Star Chef Competition. Ten years after a miscarriage and a lot of other baggage came between them, the two chefs are frustrated to discover that the spark is not gone. Skye feels that Beck abandoned her in her hour of need and demands that he give her a divorce. She has a new man in her life who has been hinting at an important question he wants ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.6 stars
Lisa Filipe
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This dish is all about opposites attracting, " Beck said. "A Good pairing, to me, isn't about putting the obvious things together. It's about finding two flavors that bring out the best in each other-maybe bring out elements in each other that don't exist when those flavors are on their own."

If you don't think your face will be a fountain of tears while reading this book, you are VERY WRONG!!

Warning: Tissues are required

I have been waiting to read more about Henry Beck since book one, when he
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted here:

I was not ready for the Rising Star Chef series to be over, but also so incredibly excited to find out more about the reclusive Beck!

Beck’s long estranged wife is the one he is going head-to-head with in the finals of the Rising Star Chef challenge. The two make a bet: if Beck’s team win, he gets one last night with Skye before giving her a divorce, and if Skye’s team wins she gets a divorce right off. The more time they spen
Christi Snow
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:

I didn't think that any of Louisa's books could top the amazing books that she has already written. I love her writing. I love the style of her books. I love the foodie themes. I love her characters. The first 20% of this book, I was devastated. It was okay, but it just didn't have the "oomph" that I expect from Louisa's books. There was lots of effort put into the setting up of this book, which was unexpected especially since this is the final in the series and we already knew the cha
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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.

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