All Fired Up by Kate Meader-Review and Q&A with the characters
All Fired Up
Hot In The Kitchen #2
by Kate Meader
Release Date: November 5, 2013
ALL FIRED UP (Hot in the Kitchen #2) by Kate Meader
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 5, 2013
Her sweetest mistake . . .
Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can’t resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas-her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?
. . . Tastes so, so good
Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn’t know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn’t part of the plan, but melting Cara’s icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves . . . the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.
REVIEW: ALL FIRED UP is the second storyline in Kate Meader’s contemporary romance Hot in the Kitchen series focusing on the lives and loves of the DeLuca family. This is Cara and Shane’s story and follows approximately one year after Feel The Heat in which we were first introduced to the DeLuca clan. As Lili and Jack prepare for their upcoming wedding, Cara sets into motion an annulment that will see her soon disconnected from the man she married in Las Vegas. The world building continues from the first novel and we get another look at the DeLuca family as their prepare for another celebration.
The premise focuses on Cara DeLuca and her attempts to steer clear of her new ‘Vegas husband’ Shane Doyle-the sexy Irishman who is now the new pastry chef for her future brother’s-in-law restaurant. But luck is not on her side when she discovers that her new neighbor is none other than the man himself-Shane Doyle- and her emotions and body are betraying her with every encounter.
As the storyline develops so too do the romantic and sexual feelings between our leading couple. But Cara believes that Shane was a mistake and she ensures that no matter how she feels their secret marriage will never be revealed.
Shane is a man with a past-although everyone has a secret or two-Shane’s secret will affect everyone in the DeLuca family including his boss Jack Kilroy. His dark past and secrets will force Shane to push away the woman with whom he is falling in love and when the truth is finally revealed, everyone will believe that Shane has manipulated them all.
ALL FIRED UP is a heartwarming storyline about two people from opposites side of the track but two people who probably have more in common than not. Both have strived to be the perfect children and siblings but in the end, found themselves alone with their inner turmoil and demons. The reader is pulled into a story of how one man has affected two young boys and the results were completely different yet similar in many ways.
If you are a fan of contemporary romance storylines with a little bit of heat and a whole lot of heart than All Fired Up is the perfect read.
Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.
Reviewed by Sandy
Lightning round Q&A with Cara DeLuca:
a. I’d never be caught dead in…Gah! I’m trying not to limit myself.
Line-dancing, rugby matches, terrifying motorcycle rides – bring it on!
b. On a Friday night you can find me…mulling over my Lean Cuisine options
with a glass of Montepulciano
c. One thing my family and friends would be surprised to know about me is…I
want marriage and children more than anything despite all my snarky, defensive
comments to the contrary.
d. What happens in Las Vegas…follows you home!
e. My favorite Italian word is…amore. What else?
Lighting round Q&A with Shane Doyle:
a. Boxers or briefs? Can I go commando?
b. No matter what I always…leave the ladies laughing and wanting more
c. On a Friday night you can find me…fantasizing about my neighbor-wife,
Cara, who lives across the hall
d. What happens in Las Vegas…is the start of the most exciting, frustrating,
and sexy six weeks of my life
e. My favorite dessert is…Bella Donna. Chocolate devilry with a basil-lemon
filling. Decadent, sweet, tart, and Italian. Just like my woman.
Kate writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. FEEL THE HEAT, the first in her Hot in the Kitchen series from Forever/Grand Central is now available, with Book 2 in the series, ALL FIRED UP, following in November 2013.
Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills and Boons thrown in for variety. Her stories are set in her adopted home town of Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero.