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Taste the Heat

(Love and Games #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,285 ratings  ·  232 reviews
One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef, One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till sh
Kindle Edition, 191 pages
Published July 8th 2013 by Entangled: Bliss
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Rachel Harris
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: entangled-bliss
I'm the author, so I'm biased...but seriously, I love this book! Set in my hometown of New Orleans, it celebrates my favorite things about the city: food, culture, family...and heat :)

Can't wait for y'all to meet the Robicheaux family, Cane, Colby, and Sherry, three siblings who run a Cajun restaurant and tease each other as fiercely as they love. And in this book, I hope you fall in love with chef Colby and Fire Captain Jason Landry as much as I have.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this story! Colby has to return home to small town near Nola to help with her family's restaurant that is floundering since the death of her father. Colby left town over 10 years ago to become a chef and has her own successful restaurant in Las Vegas. Saying she doesn't want to be home is an understatement. No one knows but Colby why she left town and never returned with the rare exception for funerals. Her brother Cain keeps the books and paperwork going, her younger sister She ...more
Jessica (Stuck in Books)
Rachel is awesome and writes nice things. <3


This book had me at "One sexy fire captain." Because, come on. Uniform. Hehehe. But seriously, this book looked good. I've had my eye on it ever since I'd learned it, you know, EXISTED. IT looked sweet and AWESOME and I waaaaaaaaanted it. Grabby hands everywhere. But then I got it and I read it and...

My dearest Rachel Harris, I love you. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

I read more YA and NA than adult. That's just how it is. Adult books have to look REALLY goo
Susan (susayq ~)
What a great story! I want a Jason for myself! He was sweet and romantic and all those good things women want in a man :)

This was my first book by Rachel Harris and won't be my last. She has a great writing style. Not to mention I love when authors make me feel at home by having their stories set in Cajun country, since that's where I'm from :)
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, reviewed
4.5/5 stars

Review to come soon. When I can do more than just this: :D :D :D :D <3 <3 <3 <3 Jason, Jason, Jason, JASON.

(The real review now:)

Now that the initial giggly, big cheesy grin phase is over- I can finally write my review! I think I might have even squealed out loud a few times in this book. I am a new member of Rachel's Flirt Squad (Wooo!) and when I saw that she had a form to sign up to read this one early- I couldn't resist! I loved reading Rachel's teasers for all of her novels, so
Autumn Review
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, review
Taste the Heat was everything I look for in my books. It was fun, flirty, and a little spicy. I loved the characters and I loved their story. I loved getting to know Colby and Jason so much, that I wasn't ready for it to be over!

I liked Colby right away. She's simply, a likable character. Colby is a well- known chef. She has returned home after her father's death to help with the family restaurant. Her siblings are there to help too, but they definitely needed Colby there. Of course, returning h
Claire Robinson
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: entangled
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy the ‘falling for my brother’s best friend’ trope, if it’s well written you know you are onto a winner and Rachel Harris has delivered this perfectly in my opinion.

Colby Robicheaux left town 8 years ago after discovering a devastating family secret and has since, trained and become a respected Chef in her own right. Returning from Las Vegas to help out in the Family restaurant after her father’s death is only ever mean t to be a temporary arrangement.

Caisey Quinn
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading this one early and ohmigosh so GOOD! Hot fireman + cajun food in the Louisiana heat = One spicy good read! Perfect combo of romantically sweet and steamy!

Coming July 8th! Can't wait for y'all to read it! Warning: it will make you hungry for some good ol' cajun food AND for a hot fireman of your very own!
Danielle (Love at First Page)
This review includes the first two books in Rachel Harris' Love and Games series.

One of the best experiences of reading is finding new authors who you can count on to deliver again and again and whose work you immediately connect with. After just two books, I can safely put Rachel Harris in that category. Taste the Heat and Seven Day Fiancé are everything you want in a contemporary romance: smart, loveable heroines, off-the-charts chemistry, believable romance that makes your guts clench, engagi
4-1/2 stars. But I'm rounding up.

I have to admit that I was really excited about this book as soon as I found out about. Set right outside of New Orleans, which is very close to where I live, with a Cajun chef and a hot firefighter dad ? Sign me up!

No, really, I whined about it until they made a stop on the tour especially for us.

And I'm so glad they did. OMG ya'll. I really, really loved this book.

Colby Robicheaux, a renowned Cajun chef who's now the head chef at a prestigious restaurant in
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
What would you do if you had the chance at a no strings attached fling with your childhood crush?

In Taste the Heat we meet Colby and Jason. Colby is your classic heartbroken female who has had it with men, specifically cheating men. She realizes her heart won't be able handle another disappointment, so she decides just not to fall in love again…ever. Easy, right? Colby is a lot of fun as a female lead. She is independent with a successful career that she loves, she has great family support, and
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
**4 Stars**
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

So, as some of you can probably tell from past reviews, I am not a romance genre person. HOWEVER, I loved Rachel Harris’ teen book (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century), so I wanted to give Taste the Heat a shot. I was pleasantly surprised!

I am not a big fan of all the sex in most adult romances, which is why I shy away from them. Taste the Heat, while it had a lot of sexual tension, didn’t have much actual sex. And what
Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
Taste the Heat is a charming, heartfelt story about old love, unexpected betrayal, and finding yourself through the ashes of a painful past. Colby and Jason's story is both sweet and alluring, leaving you feeling satisfied and full of hope. He is a great hero - gentle, confident, and courageous - and she is beautifully flawed with a welcoming personality. And Emma, Jason's daughter, is an adorable little tornado of a preteen who very nearly stole the show!

Taste the Heat is a quick and engaging r
Nancy The book junkie
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.75/5

Review coming soon!
Jaime Arkin
I’ve been known to have good timing … occasionally. It just so happened that I popped onto twitter one evening and saw a tweet about Retweeting something to win. Out of habit I tend to RT a lot of things.

When I got a responding tweet later saying that I had won a copy of Taste the Heat from Rachel Harris herself, I was all

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I mean who doesn’t like winning things!

Anyway I read the summary…

Single Sexy Fireman Dad…

Cajun Chef…

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Colby Robicheaux is in New Orleans for only one
Shelley (Bella)
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an arc for my honest and timely review.

Aw, I loved this story. It swept me off of my feet. I mean, Rachel Harris knows romance. Real romance. Heart pounding-knee wobbling-can't get enough of you-stay with me forever-you complete me romance. Her books are my escape from the harsh realities of life. She allows me to dream, to wish, to hope. To never give up on the possibilities. While she deals with some serious issues in Taste the Heat, she weaves a spell upon Colby
4.5+ sizzling cajun stars!

It’s probably too quick to say that I’m head over heels in love with Rachel Harris’s writing based off one book but, it’s true! Taste the Heat made me laugh, cry, swoon, basically all the things you do while reading a really good book. It also happened to be the very definition of catnip trope heaven: chef heroine, firefighter hero, best friend’s little sister, widowed single father, childhood crush, the whole ‘let’s just keep things casual’ when that never works becaus
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tours, e-arc
I loved Rachel Harris' YA novel My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, and was really excited to read her debut adult contemporary novel, Taste the Heat. I must say that she exceeded all my expectations. I just loved it. Colby Robicheaux has been gone from New Orleans for almost 12 years. She has established herself as a well known and well respected chef in Las Vegas, but after her father's death, she has returned home to help her brother and sister run the family restaurant for the summer, counting ...more
Chelsea (Starbucks & Books Obsession)
Taste the Heat was such a cute and fun read. It is so nice to read a light romantic book once and a while and take a break from the intensity of new adult novels. The writing style is so reminiscent of Lauren Blakely, whom I adore, so I am an instant fan of Rachel Harris.

Colby is a renowned chef in Las Vegas, where she owns her own Italian restaurant. She is back in her home town in Louisiana after leaving 12 years ago. She immediately reconnects with her childhood crush, Jason, who happens to b
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Taste the Heat Review on K-Books

When I first heard that Rachel Harris was bringing out a Adult Contemporary novel I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Since reading Rachel's debut novel My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, I fell head over heels in love with Rachel's books and I couldn't wait to get started on her adult one. Taste the Heat is such a fantastic adult novel. I was not disappointed in it at all. It met all of my expectations and more.

Colby escaped her home town years ago and she's be
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a nice book!

It felt a little short, but the 200 pages were all used very well. While I'm not a fan of instalust, here it was kinda funny how they were flirting food and recipes. I did get a little tiref of hearing how
how they both thought the other was. We get it, YOU'RE BOTH HOT, yay..

Apart from that, the story was compelling and the author made you fall in love along the characters. Their problems felt real, and so did their sorrows. Usually I roll my eyes at most of the issues on contem
Shannon Duffy
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is so awesome! Rachel Harris bring the setting to life so much that you practically feel like you're there...and taste the delectable New Orleans treats! Get ready to fall in love with the swoony Jason, too. Just sayin'. Another stellar read by this author. Can't wait for the next one in the series!
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-2013
4.5 stars

I REALLY loved this book. So sweet and romantic with just enough sizzling chemistry without being overly explicit.

I enjoy most of Entangled's Bliss line but this title made me sa-woon!

I highly recommend this book as well, as Cindi Madsen's Accidentally in Love series, also from Entangled Bliss. Both have have a nice blend of sexy, sweet & humor with characters you'll just love.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Fun and [mostly] fluffy, just the way I like them.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Taste The Heat by Rachel Harris is one of the best examples of using setting and food in a story to create mood and tension that most of us just love to pieces in our romances. We all know that both of these things can work so well to set up atmosphere and attraction between characters when they're written well. Well played, Ms. Harris! I loved it.

This excerpt is taken from my Three-Things Review on Into the Hall of Books. Read more here:

The first thing
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. I loved the story line, the characters and pretty much everything about this book. Honestly, I think this is the hardest review I've ever had to write because I want to include EVERYTHING!!! There were so many amazing scenes and parts to this book that it's hard to just hand pick a few to give you examples of the awesomeness of this book.

The book starts off with Colby returning to her hometown of New Orleans to judge the St. Tammany Parish Firefighters'
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Amy Fournier
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
Okay, so this review is probably going to consist of a lot of fangirling and spazziness!! If I didn't already love Rachel Harris before, I definitely would now. She is a one-click author for me. This book was awesome with a side of hot sauce!! I loved the family aspect, the self discovery and forgiveness, and the romance of course. This was so much more than a sweet and spicy romance though. I loved getting to know the characters, discover things about their pasts, and see them move toward their ...more
*Thank you, Rachel Harris and Entangled Publishing, for the early eARC of this book!
*Possible spoilers. You've been warned.

4 Sizzling, Romantic Stars.

Fun, romantic, and with an undeniable and sizzling attraction between the two main characters, this book heated up and never cooled down. Taste the Heat was a light summer read that will have you wanting to pour ice down your back just to cool off from the scorching heat of New Orleans and the hot relationship between Colby and Jason.

At first,
Jenna D.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Full review posted on Jenna Does Books!

For anyone who is on the cusp of adulthood or is looking for a good crossover from YA to “adult” reading, TASTE THE HEAT by Rachel Harris is the perfect book for you. The title is part of Entangled Publishing’s Bliss line, which releases contemporary novels that reflect the trials and tribulations of modern love in America with a focus on family, home, a strong sense of community and happiness. This description is the perfect way to summarize the overal
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