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In the Raw

(In the Kitchen #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  80 reviews
If you can't take the heat…

James Lassiter has had a crush on fellow culinary student Ethan Martin for three years, but has never had the guts to make a move. Putting himself out there is hard, especially when under the thumb–and wallet–of his overbearing parents. Now that bad boy chef Ethan–who is always vying with Jamie for best in class–is struggling with the pastry cour
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published October 6th 2014 by Carina Press (first published 2014)
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I need to put this out there first … if you want a story that ends in conclusion, better wait until book 2. Because this one didn’t even have a Happy-For-Now ending in my opinion. It ended with a “to-be-continued” scene. Since I didn’t know beforehand that the book would be part of a series and their story would probably be concluded in book 2, I was slightly annoyed. It influenced my reading experience, which resulted in my rating as well. What could I say, I felt slightly duped too. Cliffhange ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
Two of my favorite things - boys kissing and food. I was excited to see a m/m romance that featured two guys in culinary school. Chefs are known to have hot tempers - throw in some spicy cooking and things would surely be hot, hot hot.

Except not, not, not.

Jamie comes from a very wealthy family who own a chain of restaurants. He is expected to work for them after he graduates from culinary school, but he really wants to do his own thing. People in school see him as a snob and as someone who gets
Chris, the Dalek King
Ethan Martin’s crush on James Lassiter is just downright annoying. Not only is Jamie a Golden Boy-–with all the money and family connections to make that oh so special shine sparkle-–but he is also kicking Ethan’s butt in the pastry section at school. So you can see why the fact that Ethan gets all heart-flusterey around Jamie is rather annoying. Because Ethan is no one’s golden boy. He and his sister are having to work their asses off to put themselves thru culinary school. And where Jamie is a ...more
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4 Stars / 5 Steam Fans

James and Ethan are attending the same culinary school when they find themselves in competition for the senior year scholarship. One comes from wealth and one has to work for everything he has; add in their overwhelming sexual tension, a matchmaking sister, and you have a sweet, sexy journey. The one thing I disliked is that this is a book 1 of a series of trilogy so there is no HEA in this book.

This specific video review will be included in the October 2019 wrap-up.

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3.5 (4.0) Stars despite the cliffhanger

That's right, let me put that out there right at the start. This book ends on a to-be-continued note so plan on reading books 1 and 2 back-to-back, unless you're a masochist in which case carry on with your bad self! I, however,prefer need some closure. I didn't get Jamie at times which is surprising because Ethan is the surly, unpredictable one. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the little foodie community the authors created and I'm looking forward to more.

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Jamie Lassiter is a poor little rich kid who doesn't want what his parent want for him. Ethan is the orphan bad boy who takes care of his younger sister. they are two of the top students at the Culinary Institute. Ethan who is more Fly by the seat of the pants is having problem with the pastry classes. Jamie finally come out to his parents who basically disowns him. They are competing for the same scholarship and Ethan when asked why he should get it basically take the opportunity to tell the ju ...more
Jacq ~
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Just HAWT! This was a enjoyable read....minus two. This was a slow read and I HATE CLIFFHANGER'S! ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: Netgalley
This was the first book in a series about two guys in culinary school who are attracted to each other while competing for the same scholarship. It was written in alternating voice which I liked for this story. Ethan is the snarky, standoff-ish guy who is living with his sister while they're both trying to scrape together money for tuition and living expenses. Jamie is the rich guy who already has an in with his father's company. The only problem is he doesn't want it. He wants his own career as ...more
Denise H.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There's and out of the kitchen ! James and Ethan have been in culinary school together for years, but now, they are finally admitting to themselves they are attracted to each other. Ethan and his sister were abandoned young and their love of coking saved their sanity. James is the rich guy whose parents want him to be in the corporate family office, and he wants to cook and be a great Chef. These guys are sizzling together. Deep characters and hot M/M sex, plus an interesting story ma ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Amazing how a book can be ruined by just the epilogue. Tragic. 😪
Jaycee Edward
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I probably need to start this review with a disclaimer. I love these girls: Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels. If they write it, I’m reading it. Period. They each are amazing writers in their own rights, but put them together, and the result is dynamite. I can’t describe it, but the chemistry between their characters just sizzles when they write together. In The Raw is no exception.

I enjoyed the culinary background of this story. That whole world kind of fascinates me anyway and I drew my visua
Christi Snow
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. This story is about two men in their junior year of culinary school. Ethan is in the school with his sister Claire and they are struggling to make it all work financially. Jamie is the son of a millionaire restauranteur trying to fit the mold his parents have designed while also chasing his own passions...which doesn't work. All three of them are in the pastry section of the course. For Ethan who's a natural cook that can throw anything together, pastries ar
Becky Condit
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have a "thing" for chef romances and In the Raw does not disappoint one single bit. I watch all those cooking shows and competitions on television, and whether they are staged or not doesn't matter to me, it's the intensity of the fight and creativity that is attractive to me. Throw in a couple of hot gay guys and that’s a story I’m probably going to enjoy.
Jamie, the wealthy scion of a chain restaurant family is called Golden Boy by his sometimes jealous rival Ethan. Jamie, Ethan, and Ethan’s
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Raise your hand if you find handsome men mastering the kitchen hot?

Okay, good. I'm not the only one.

IN THE RAW follows bad boy Ethan and good boy Jamie as they work their way through a semester of culinary school and a competition for an exclusive scholarship in Paris. Ethan's an intuitive cook, incredibly talented but terrible at following directions — which makes the current semester's pastry class particularly challenging. Meanwhile, Jamie is trying to figure out how to navigate Ethan's prick
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Very engaging and enjoyable

I wasn't sure how well I'd like this, as I am not a foodie, nor do I enjoy cooking. But I stayed invested through the majority of the story. It did become slightly tedious in the first half. There was so much bickering and crude remarks from Ethan that I was irritated with his character. Jamie was also rather annoying with his closeted angst. I felt he could have done a lot more to gain independence long before he actually did. However the characters were still well de
T.A. McKay
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Copy from netgalley

What can I say about this story....I will start with I really, really liked it!
A love story about two people finding each other but since they are from very different worlds they like each other from afar. What follows is a story of almost cat and mouse as they try to work out if the like each other. One guy is truthful with everyone about who he is and one isn't out with his family.
What can you do when your family controls you, making you live a life you don't want just so y
Sep 09, 2015 marked it as dnf
Started Sept. 9, update Oct. 25:

Undecided what to do with you :( It started out quite nice, in fact it was so nice that I bought the following books as well. Yap, and then I learned that between the end of this book and the beginning of the next one there is a gap of 8 years. Yap, and that took all my reading fun away. And I cannot bring myself to return to you, sorry book. I'm not even sure, whether I'll do it sometime in the future.

Jenn C
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars ~ Fairly angst free read. It was nice to see the attraction grow - although both were in lust with each other from afar from the get go - with the help of Claire, they got together after getting to know each other a bit. WARNING - there is no ending here....just a to be continued.
Purr More
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jul 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I am not usually a fan of romance but really enjoyed this book.
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Outstandingly good!
Jul 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
The action is not that intense because of the remoteness but the impact of the success it brings is all useful and similar to a real thing.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica, favorites
You know the old saying...if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. This is true of this story. The heat is definitely in THIS kitchen.

This story is about Ethan Martin aka "bad boy" who works hard for everything he has, which isn't much, his sister Claire and James "Jamie" Lassiter, the Golden Boy who has it all, at least for now. Ethan and Claire work extra shifts, intern at restaurants and save every penny they can earn just to survive but are okay with their situation knowing they
Reviewed at The Blogger Girls.

Jamie and Ethan have been culinary classmates for three years and have crushed on each other just as long. Now as juniors, they’re competing to win a scholarship that won’t only pay for their tuition in their final year of culinary school but also give them the opportunity to work with the best chefs in Paris. But when Ethan’s struggle in their pastry course becomes obvious, Jamie takes it upon himself to give Ethan lessons even if he doesn’t want them in the hopes
Helena Stone
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, romance, food
I received my copy from the publisher through Love Romances and More and rated it 4.5 stars.

Opposites attract maybe a cliché, it is definitely true in this book. At first glance Jamie Lassiter – Golden Boy – and Ethan Martin couldn’t be more different. The rich pampered Jamie appears to get everything thrown in his lap for nothing more than luck of birth while Ethan has had to battle life for years just to make sure he and his sister Claire kept a roof over their heads and food in their mouths.

Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Note: This ARC was provided by Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"In the Raw" is the first book in the In the Kitchen series by authors Eileen Griffin & Nikka Michaels. Readers are introduced to Ethan Martin and Jamie Lassiter, two culinary arts students who are both considered the best in their class but have different approaches, not just in terms of cooking, but in the way they carry themselves and deal with life. You would think two polar opposites would have nothin
Dirty Laundry Review
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reviews

Wow. I love this book. I read that the authors said they were excited to combine a love story with food. I think I’ve been waiting for this book my entire life because I love romance and I love food. Win win!

The book tells the story of Ethan Martin, a sexy, tattooed, surly, bad boy, clawing his way to the top of culinary school in the hopes of earning a scholarship. He’s always worked hard to take care of his sister, Claire, and will let nothing stand in his way of earning this ticket to a f
Angela Goodrich
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That was HOT!!! No pun intended. I will admit right off the bat that I was expecting a tense yet fun and sexy read – which the authors definitely delivered on. But I also got a book that was much more of an emotional read than I really expected and it blew me away. I found it quite entertaining that neither James nor Ethan had any clue that the other was gay AND attracted to the other – especially when we learn that Ethan’s sister Claire was well aware of it as were others around them. I’m not s ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the Raw by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin is a wonderful first installment in their In the Kitchen miniseries. This first novel in the series introduces culinary students Ethan Martin and James "Jamie" Lassiter and the rather tumultuous beginning of their romance. It is a sweet, sexy and sometimes exasperating read, but the growth of the characters makes all of the frustration worthwhile.

Jamie and Ethan are locked in a fierce battle for a cooking scholarship but this does not lessen their
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
As a fan of cooking competition shows, I knew I was going to like this book. Those who enjoy cooking or cooking shows will love the familiar cooking methods and terms that provide the flavor for this book (see what I did there? ), but they’re used and explained in such a way that even if you have no experience with these things going in, you’ll still be able to enjoy it. And I did, I really enjoyed this book, as much for the culinary school setting as for the great main characters.

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Eileen Griffin lives in the Southwest but loves to travel and has spent many summers crossing Europe with nothing but a backpack on her back. She enjoys TexMex, lives for good wine, and has a certain penchant for purple unicorns.

She loves reading all genres of books, but her current obsession is writing m/m with lots of boy kissing.

The novella Chasing Matt, with co-author Nikka Michaels, was her f

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“A surly and moody Ethan was darkly sexy. But a smiling Ethan was lethal.” 0 likes
“She shot me a skeptical look but started digging through the bag I’d brought, pulling out snacks. “Ooh, salty nuts! They go perfectly with meat sticks.” “Who doesn’t love salty nuts?” I replied, trying for casual. I snickered when Ethan choked on his beer. His face flushed a deep red when I met his eyes and I gave him a smirk. I loved that for once he was unnerved like I always seemed to be.” 0 likes
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