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Cooking up a Storm

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  851 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews

The Coates Inn restaurant in Cape Cod is about to go out of business when its striking owner, Abby, jumps at a stranger's offer of help - both in her kitchen and her bedroom. Storm, a handsome chef, claims to have a secret weapon: an aphrodisiac menu that her patrons won't be able to resist. It certainly works on Abby - who gives in to the passions she has denied herself f

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Virgin Digital (first published June 18th 1998)
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Nov 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rated-r-erotic
Wow. Ok. I have never read anything quite like this. The characters were sort of neutral to me, I didn't really like them or care what happened to them but I didn't dislike them either; they just sort of were.

Why did this book get a high rating? It's different. I haven't come across a book quite like this. Sure, it ends with a monogamous (basically) HEA. But getting to that HEA is ... well interesting.

This is erotica hands down. There isn't really another subplot that makes it the book less lik
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anything-goes erotica fans
Recommended to L8blmr by: someone with a list on Amazon
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Nov 21, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no
As soon as she starts having sex with every named character in the damn book, I threw it across the room.
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
How did I come across this title? I was checking out an author’s massage boards when I came across a discussion titled “hottest sex scene you’ve ever read”. Of course, I had to click on that and read away. “Cooking Up a Storm” by Emma Holly came up often. So that made it official – I had to read this book. And boy oh boy, it really did have a lot of hottish sex in it, let me tell you…

Well, I didn’t think such a thing was possible, but I found this book had too much sex in it! Just as I was learn
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2012
WOW. That's really all I can say. You know, I read everyone's reviews and they all claimed this book was just something you HAD to read to experience it. And I went into it thinking, eh it can't be that over the top....

Boy was I wrong.

After I read this book, I realized I've never properly read erotica before. I have read a lot of what I call "dirty romance" which is click-lit with some heavy sex scenes. I've even read some kinkier "dirty romance" books. But those are NOTHING compared to this boo
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
This book is erotica, so if that's not your thing, stop reading.

This a a sweetly romantic, alpha-male-finds-his-true-love-and-changes-his-tomcatting-ways kind of book featuring a chef and the owner of an inn. But it's Emma Holly's version of that story line, so the hero is an amazingly skilled lover, and the end result of getting together is a somewhat open relationship after a sizzling courtship. Along the way, there's very creative foreplay, auto-eroticism, toys, lighthearted bondage, group sc
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jan 14, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: voyeurs
From this book, I learned that I don't want to read any more Emma Holly except her paranormal stuff.

I saw no plot, just a series of loosely related events punctuating a series of sex scenes. Now, I like steamy well-written sex scenes when the promote character growth, move the plot forward, or help the characters realize something about their feelings for each other. This was none of the above; it was just sex for the sake of thrills, and I felt dirty reading it. Me, who can read a Jaid Black o
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Very fun book, with a great many different scenarios, some of which didn't really interest me that much. It's a very well-grounded story, which made it believable or probable. The characters were diverse and you get more than Abby and Storm's story. I would have liked for the ending (not the Epilogue) to be a bit longer; it seemed to come together in too much of a rush for it to be properly savoured. But I like her writing style and she certainly doesn't give you a chance to be distracted - I re ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of erotic romances, and this was a first for me. I have to say that wanted to put this one down after the first 15 pages. I'm not one to write bad reviews, but I feel I must express my displeasure, as I was misled by the good reviews. I felt the book had real potential, but the author takes a sweet girl that everyone likes into a "sexual awakening" that gives her no moral compass what so ever. She takes her new found sexual freedom, and basically screws every guy she comes in contac ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh by gosh, this book is filled with exotic scenes. Honestly, the main woman character was so promiscuousis, I began to feel uncomfortable reading and lost interested in the storyline. I have never read a book, where the main character had so many meaningless sexual experiences with different partners. The books starts with Storm being the one with the repution- a hounddog out for a good time. But things quickly change, and it is Abby that is behaving badly, that Storm's behavior seems mild in c ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steamy does not begin to describe this novel - it's more like smokin' hot. There's not much in the way of action that isn't done in this book - almost any combination of men and women. Definitely not for the faint of heart. This is fairly well written erotica - Holly is a good writer and there is a plot to drive the action. The story centers on Abby and Storm. She's got a restaurant in need of a chef and Storm fits the bill. This is a fun, quick read.
Jul 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't even finish this. I'm giving this one away.
Kristy Johnston
Sep 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF. Honestly, the main character irritated me from the first scene and nothing could save this story for me. It just went further downhill from there. I gave up at 18%. I’ll post the items that irritated me between spoiler tags below and/or you can just look at my activity on this one.

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Christine D
Oct 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Abby runs an inn that is owned by her and her sisters. the inn needs quite a bit of work and a new cook. in comes Storm. his all aphrodisiac menu quickly fills the dining room and sets the inn on the right path for financial success.

right before his arrival at the inn abby broke up with her boyfriend. storm took the opening as a perfect opportunity to give the woman her sexual awakening. and boy does he. apparently abby is the only single woman in all of cape cod. as soon as the town finds out
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

Abby Coates owns and operates The Coates Inn in Cape Cod, but business isn’t doing so well. She needs a chef and an infusion of cash to do renovations to get her lovely inn back in the black. If she can’t do either she’ll have to declare bankruptcy.

Enter Storm Dupre. A very talented chef from California, Storm needs to get away from the atmosphere of fakeness that surrounds him. When he spies Abby’s ad in the back of a food magazine he falls instantly in love. With The Coates Inn. He senses t
Tamara Evans
Nov 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
Before I went to work one day, I decided to check out the new fiction shelf at work. Among all the bestsellers,I saw this book. Now when I first saw the cover of "Cooking Up a Storm," it was just showed a woman carrying a basket of fruit and label as an "erotic romance".What does that mean? I figured that it was just one of the boring, plotless books that the library buys. Boy, was I wrong.

Before I began reading, I found out some things about the author. Emma Holly is an author for Cheek Press,
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't really get this book, a lot of sex and very little plot, which is not always a bad thing but in this case not very good either.

It starts out with Abby who is not happy in her current relationship and also in financial trouble with her restaurant. She breaks up with her boyfriend and hires a new chef, Storm, to increase her business. She is attracted to Storm and they start a sexual affair with no strings. Now this is where I get a little confused, she refers to the fact she has only been
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
This is the only Emma Holly book I have not really liked. First is Ms. Holly's ubiquitous use of the word "gate" to describe pussy. She is the only author I have ever seen to use "gate" and it drives me insane. Then there is this passage: "Your mouth is as sweet as spring flowers," he said as he pulled her on to his lap. "But it's your pussy that's been giving me wet dreams for the last fifteen years, and I've just got to have another poke." WTF??? How is that ever supposed to turn someone on?

Aug 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
This spicy little amuse bouche deftly straddles the line between erotica and erotic romance. Unlike In Too Deep, there are multiple partners, some times in the same occasion, but there's a clear hero and heroine who end up together (sorta) at the end.

Abby owns the Coates Inn down on the Cape in Massachusetts. Struggling to make ends meet, she hires on sexy chef Storm Dupre (god what an awful name!) Storm, looking for a place to settle down, accepts the job but with a ruthless secret plan: he wil
Caroline Barker
Well, what is there to say about this book! The story line is very basic and there is only the odd paragraph here and there to remind you of what the story is supposed to be about. There is no real relationship between many of the characters and the friendships that have been described are not very intense apart from all the sexual tension (which may sound interesting to most, however there is no real build up. It all just seems to happen.)

When one thinks of a novel, one thinks of profound desc
Tina Williams
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like erotica with a lighthearted twist this book is for you.Follow Abby on her sexual awakening after she employs uber chef Storm to stir up passionate aphrodisiac dishes in the kitchen of her struggling restaurant and turn up the heat of her own sexual desire which has lain dormant too long. The text and the antics of the hero and heroine are playful and Emma Holly does not shy away from introducing a variety of sexual scenarios to illustrate Abby's liberation. These scenarios had me lit ...more
Merrilyn McGloin
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yummy! Yummy!

This was by far the best and most beautiful book of erotica
I have ever read! The characters were so well developed I felt like I had grown up in the community. The sexually explicit scenes so tastefully done that they never felt lewd or over done as in so many novels I've read. Emma Holly
has a real gift for writing beautiful, tasteful erotica! I loved all her characters & all their individual sexual quirks that made them each lovable in their own way. The growing
affair/turns to
Shelby P
The plot is thin but sometimes you read erotica not for the plot but for the hot sex! I didn't enjoy this story as much because I was distracted by how Abby did not protect herself. She's a business owner, she's intelligent (one would think), she has a college degree.

And yet, she has unprotected sex with Storm on their second coupling. She has unprotected sex with Jack on their first coupling. She has unprotected sex with Peter on their first coupling. This novel is not based in the 70s where su
Mar 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm giving up on this one. I was thinking initially that this was a solid 3/5 stars book. But when she just causally hooks up with her dad's old buddy, that's borderline incest. And she's a cheater, she is seeing the chef, even if they're not serious yet.

I had to stop here and read other reviews. Finding out the main character whores around town, and ends up with an open relationship with the chef (he wants her to tell him when she goes out and cheats), that's it.

What I read, wasn't all that goo
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Let's see, owner-boyfriend, owner-cook, owner-waitress, owner-photographer, owner-three guys from chamber of commerce, owner-construction worker, owner-waitress/photographer/cook group, chef-random chick, chef-photographer, chef-trainer, waitress-photographer. That's 12 different groups of people having sex in this book. Several of these groups have multiple in depth sex scenes. Maybe it's just me, but I think that's an awful lot of different sex groups for a book that isn't even 270 pages.

I did
Elise Morgan
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, sometimes Emma Holly's erotic scenes fall so deep in fantasy land they seem to break the boundaries she's built around her own character's personalities. Nonetheless, I like her and she has the potential to become one of the greats in the genre. Her story writing, when it's following the original story, is strong, and her characters are real. I definitely recommend this book to any fan of erotica with the caveat to give a bit of leeway to the divergent areas of the book for the satis ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen some other negative reviews, my review is also negative, but from different premises: in a book I'm not fixated on monogamy nor moral. Still, it is one star because of the purple prose, the supposedly hot sex scenes were making me laugh, the lack of plot and characterisation. I bought it because it was highly recommended to me by a friend. I've just found again in my library and I'm giving it away.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Coates Inn Restaurant in Cape Cod is about to go belly up when its attractive owner, Abby, jumps at a stranger's offer to help her 13 both in her kitchen and her bed. The handsome chef claims to have an aphrodisiac menu that her patrons won't be able to resist. Can this playboy chef really save the day when Abby's body means more to him than her feelings? Beautifully written and evocative story of love, lust and haute cuisine. [br/][br/]I really enjoyed this book. All her books are great.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rooooomance
It's what I want and expect from Emma Holly--a lot of sex, a cute small friendly town, and the occasional moment of wonderment at how horny the entire population of this small town is. I did want to yell at the declared lesbian "If you occasionally like dick, you can legally call yourself bisexual, you know!".
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