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On the Steamy Side

(Recipe for Love #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,497 ratings  ·  98 reviews
She’s Never Met A Man So Mouth-Watering

When Lilah Jane Tunkle fled her dull life in Virginia for the bright lights of New York City, she didn’t expect to wind up a nanny to a gorgeous celebrity chef’s ten-year-old son. Working for the delectable Devon Sparks is a sure-fire recipe for disaster, especially after Lilah gets a tantalizing taste of his perfectly seasoned kisses
Paperback, 309 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2010)
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Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mahyar by: Leah's review
Shelves: made-me-cry
I can’t ever get enough of chefs: first Adam, then Bryce and now Devon.

On the Steamy Side, as you may already know is the second book (If you haven’t read the first book, Can’t Stand the Heat yet, Go get it now!) from Recipe for Love series.


Although unexpected, first pages were awfully hot, but soon after the mouth-watering hot shower, most pages were uninteresting until Tucker, Devon’s son arrival.

Devon’s feelings toward Tucker were heartbreaking and seeing them getting closer−Thanks
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Devon Sparks is a narcissist. Perhaps the reason is because he’s handsome, very rich and admired. Devon is a celebrity who owns a slew of very successful restaurants and is the Cooking Channel’s mega superstar with his very popular show, One-Night Stand with Devon Sparks. Cooking is in Devon’s blood and the brash, curses like a truck driver chef is feeling down and out. He has a near perfect life but is feeling antsy and wants the respect of the culinary world, but is afraid of becoming a brand ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
So – this was a pretty good book.

I’m not great in the kitchen… ok, I suck at cooking. I don’t know how to boil eggs and I’ve messed up so many baking projects due to swapping baking SODA for baking POWDER… Apparently there’s a difference.

What does this matter?

Well, there’s a lot of food/cooking references in the book so I found myself skimming. Not because it was poorly written, but because I had no idea what they were talking about.

Now the romance part of this book… ok – the sex in this book…
Sophie [at] Book Suburbia
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The BEST recipe for love: A Southern Belle and a City Chef! What a HOT AND EXPLOSIVE COMBINATION!!!! Mrs. Edwards, I have to say this: You have a gift. A very talented gift with a way of making the reader think it's a movie script that I feel totally numb. This was a treat! A very delicious treat!

The secret of this book, lays not only on the absolutely fun and fast paced relationship between Lilah "Lolly" Jane Tunkle and Devon Sparks, but in all the elements revolving around them. Devon is the
Blessie (Mischievous Reads)
This second Recipe For Love book, I did not entirely enjoy, due to the lacking portions of some stories and characters included in the book.

I understand Frankie and Jess's relationship is an on-going story line and would probably be included in the next sequel, however, I did not quite liked the way it ended with Devon and his family. His father has never moved on being such a bitter parent, and there was never a relationship progress between them both. I half expected a little closure on the bi
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

A good beach read or a rainy day read.

I don't really have the energy to go into a deep analysis of this book so I'm going to do the pro/con thing.

Pro - I like how there was a homosexual relationship shown and that it wasn't a farcical couple.

Con: This book wasn't about them and their story sort of came out of left field when the book would change from Lilah and Devon's POV. I get that the multiple POV is interesting and when it's handled right it makes a lot of sense but you know what? Mult
Dec 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-read-again
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Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
What a great, fun, light contemporary. I really liked LE's first in this series, "Can't Stand the Heat," and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one too.

Devon is an unlikable character, and I so often love watching someone like him try to redeem himself. Lilah is a peach and a lot of fun to read about. There's a side story that continues from CStH with Jess and Frankie that is really heartwarming and is given, IMO, just the right about of time in this book.

Anyone who enjoys Gibson, Martin,
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy Louisa Edward's first book, Can't Stand the Heat, because of the crazy, selfish, manipulative Miranda, but I did enjoy the writing and the secondary characters. In fact, I liked the writing well enough to give the author a second chance and I'm glad I did. While Devon was arrogant, he also showed a vulnerability that softened the effects of his ego. I have to admit Devon's interactions with his father were unsatisfying to me, but other than that, I enjoyed the story. I also enjoye ...more
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have to say that this isn't my favorite series overall. I mean, I wasn't all that interested in reading Devon's story and Lolly was cutish, but again, the New York culture is really missing from this series. We continued to get a great taste of England via Frankie and here we got a good view of some sort of Southern Living. Tucker was interesting, though the end had sort of a "Sleepless in Seattle" feel to it. I suffered serious deja vu at the end of the book, feeling like I must've read this ...more
Lynne M
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Didn't realize that this was part of a series when I picked this book up at my library, however, I quickly surmised that Adam was the focus of the previous book so I guess I don't need to read the first book.

In fact, I don't really think this is the series for me. The first few chapters of this book were hot, but the book went downhill from there. It seemed to drag on forever until Tucker finally arrived. Tucker was interesting and I liked Devon, but Lilah is the type of woman is so self-righte
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the second book in Louisa Edward’s ‘A Recipe for Love’ series. The first book was 'Can't Stand the Heat'.

I loved this book. Straight-up, pure and simple – I loved it!

The characters are so much fun in this second installment. Devon Sparks is a celebrity chef –a Gordon Ramsay type reality-TV chef snob – except that Devon Sparks isn’t British, he’s got Adonis-like good looks and he’s secretly lacking in self-confidence. My one complaint about Devon is that while other characters built him u
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
The plot just fell flat for me. Started skimming around the 40% mark. Lilah was unbelievably annoying and needs to mind her own business. I can't believe that everyone in the book thought she was likeable.
Carolyn  Storer
After reading and enjoying Can't Stand the Heat, Louisa Edwards debut novel, I had high expectations for On the Steamy Side. Unfortunately, although there were many good aspects to this novel, including the hero, there were aspects that weren't... like the heroine.

The hero in On the Steamy Side is Devon, a self-made millionaire who's a celebrity TV chef with his own show. His TV personality is not unlike our very own Gordon Ramsey - he shouts, he swears and he definitely plays up to the camera!
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another tale on the fascinating and intriguing world of gourmet cooking, “On the Steamy Side” was an absolute hit and another addition to my book shelf labeled “Favorites”! The fun and acerbic humor continued in this series and of course nothing beats the steamy HOT and sizzling sex which I do believe added spice to this culinary romance.

This is the second installment to the “Recipe for Love” series. It was the story of Devon Sparks, our very own celebrity Chef and Lilah Jane Tunkle, best friend
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Country bumpkin and one time High School drama teacher Lilah Jane (Lolly for short and yes I kept thinking of a lollipop every time someone called her that) leaves the comfort of her small town life in rural Virginia and heads to the Big Apple looking to shake up her safe, staid, boring life and do the opposite of everything her Aunt Bertie has always taught her to do.

Devon Sparks is a world renowned celebrity chef, star of his own successful TV show, egomaniac, narcissist and all around bad boy
Jane Stewart
Sep 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Pleasant escape. The character mix was interesting. The foods and tastings were good.

Lilah was raised in the Appalachian Mountains. Her boyfriend dumped her, and she lost her teaching job due to a funding cutback. So she moved to New York City and stayed with her friend Grant. Grant manages the restaurant “Market” (from the first book in the series), and he hires her to buss tables there. The owner of Market left for his honeymoon and asked Devon to run the restaurant for him for two
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don’t see the point of wasting time. We’re both adults. I want you. You want me. Why shouldn’t we have what we want?
- Devon
Uncomfortable.Lord. I’ve been doing the comfortable thing my whole life, it seems like. And what did it get me? I think it’s about time I did something a little uncomfortable.
- Lilah
My Aunt Bertie always says, if you don’t know the right thing to do, err on the side of politeness.
- Lilah
a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
- Lilah
Your heart wasn’t broken, just a little
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After reading the first book in the `Recipe for Love' series "Can't Stand the Heat" and not being overly impressed by it, I have to admit I wasn't holding out too much hope for this book either. Thankfully, I was proven wrong: both protagonists in this book are infinitely more likeable than the ones in the aforementioned novel, and as a consequence I found myself liking this book from the very first chapter. It's steamy, sexy food fiction and actually ha
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
I bought this book on my kindle for the Dewey's Read-a-thon. The third book in the series, Just One Taste, was recommended by a friend. I was so excited about a cooking romance series that I spent at least 20 minutes trying to decide which one I would buy. I settled on On the Steamy Side due to the description. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

I'm not sure if I did not enjoy this novel because I was expecting too much or if I actually just didn't like it. But either way, I didn't enjoy reading
Christi Snow
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review reposted from my Smitten with Reading blog...

My Review:
After a no-strings attached night of wild abandon, Lilah is shocked to discover the next morning that her new boss is the sexy hunk that swept her off her feet the night before.

Devon is a cooking channel star, but he hasn't worked running a real kitchen in over 5 years so he is in a bit of a panic having agreed to run his friend's kitchen (Market from book #1) for 2 weeks while Adam and Miranda escape on a much needed vacation. Thing
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
On The Steamy Side by Louisa Edwards
Contemporary Romance - March 2010
4 Stars

On The Steamy Side is the second novel by Louisa Edwards in her Recipe for Love Series. In this new installment of the series you are reintroduced to the staff of the Adam Temple Market restaurant and will discover even more about some of their personal lives!

On The Steamy Side is the story of famous TV chef Devon Sparks who has agreed to run Adam Temple's restaurant kitchen while he is away. Along with the challenge
May 18, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: didnt-finish
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May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This is the second book of Louisa Edwards I've read and it was fantastic. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. The book wasn't cheesy or corny. It had perfect parts of inner character struggles, funny moments, and some hot sex scenes.

The book was about a girl from Virginia named Lilah, who moved to NYC after her art program at school got cut and her boyfriend dumped her. She ended up sleeping with celebrity chef, Devon Sparks, during her first night there and then discovered he wa
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
On the Steamy Side is book 2 in Louisa Edward's Recipe for Love series and it's just as good if not better than the first one! Lilah Jane Tunkle moves to New York City to get away from her lackluster life in rural Virginia and thanks to her girlhood friend, Grant, gets a job bussing tables at Market (the trendy Manhattan restaurant featured in book 1).

Devon Sparks is a celebrity chef whose good looks and playboy ways have made him one of America's hottest bachelors, but it's been a long time si
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Lumayan menarik. Novel ini menceritakan tentang Devon Sparks, chef selebriti yg saking populernya dia punya reality show sendiri. Reality shownya lucu konsepnya, dimana dia diwajibkan bisa masak apapun dan dimanapun. Seru ngebayanginnya. Devon ini orangnya ambisius dan prefectionist. Sampai suatu ketika dia diminta menghandle restoran milik sahabatnya selama 2 minggu. Di sanalah masalah terjadi. Masakan Devon 'mendadak' tdk disukai kastamer, dan reputasinya dipertaruhkan.

Heroine kita di sini na
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“Boiling and searing love scenes aside, the complex relationships and self-discovery shared with the unique backdrop of the cut-throat and competitive culinary arts forces the reader to consume page after page as voraciously as the chefs can dish it up...Fast paced and scintillating.” --Romance Readers Choice

"A delight from cover to cover…ON THE STEAMY SIDE is much more than a sexy romance. It's [a novel with:] depth and humanity. This series is headed for my keeper shelves. “ –A Romanc
Mar 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: signed, rt2010, 2012-read
Edwards is not a bad writer. Her problem is bad characters. I really liked Lilah Jane Tunkle. But Devon Sparks turned into a total creep almost immediately and his path to redemption wasn't all that clear. I mean Lilah was his path but she made it too easy for him. He didn't ever really see his own mistakes. Lilah comes to New York because she needs a change of pace. She's always been the good girl. (Not the perfect girl, just the good girl.) She falls into Devon's bed immediately and chooses no ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved watching people cook something without as much as breaking a sweat. The topic calls to me, and I really enjoy it. Be it on books, movies, cooking channels. So this story was it for me.

You got the hard ass executive chef, the southern woman hell bent on saving his soul. An adorable 10 year old who strived to make his father proud.

We can't forget the energy that comes off of a place such as a restaurant's kitchen. When it works, it's like a well oiled machine, where everythin
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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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“Uncomfortable.Lord. I’ve been doing the comfortable thing my whole life, it seems like. And what did it get me? I think it’s about time I did something a little uncomfortable.” 11 likes
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