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IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT . . .Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time working at her family's Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she's tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kIF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT . . .Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time working at her family's Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she's tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious (if voluptuous) butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she's cooked up a recipe for disaster . . . Jack Kilroy's celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili's oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he's even more aroused by how this beautiful, funny woman is unimpressed by his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his rabid, bitch-fork-wielding fan base. Now as he's about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions-and turn up the heat in his kitchen?...

Title : Feel the Heat
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ISBN : 9781455599592
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Feel the Heat Reviews

  • Lyndy Ann ♫
    2018-10-21 19:39

    Feel the Heat certainly made me hot under the collar with all the sexual chemistry, flirting and dirty talk between Jack and Lili made Feel the Heat a great read for me.Jack Kilroy was a refreshing change he is a bossy alpha but what made Jack different for me was the fact he did not want a quick f*ck or a one night stand with Lili he wants to date her first get to know her before they sleep together. Jack is tired of being used by women for his celebrity Chef status and Lili is the first woman in a long time that is not impressed by his fame and this makes Jack want her even more.Lili DeLuca has a low opinion of herself she was bullied throughout her childhood for being overweight she lost some of the weight and she is now comfortable in her own body but after a kiss with Jack goes viral she is hated on the net and tagged “the fat cow” she does not know if she is strong enough or good enough for Jack to give their relationship a chance to develop.Jack and Lili are hot together lust at first sight for both of them when reading I could feel the sexual chemistry and all the dirty talk and flirting WOW I loved it, I love Jack for his straight talking and I felt sorry for Lili at times the way her father treats her. I loved all the characters and I can’t wait to read the next 2 books in the “Hot in the Kitchen” series and get to know the rest of the DeLuca family better and hopefully get more Jack and Lili. :-)Kate Meader has become a new favourite author of mine this is her third book I have read which I have loved, she writes strong sexy characters and dual POV and I love her writing style.

  • Sam (AMNReader)
    2018-09-24 17:06

    This book's characters felt so fickle I couldn't get a sense of their personality other than understanding their interests and relationships. They ping pinged back and forth so often I would catch myself wondering what I missed on the prior pages that set them up for an estrangement or separation.It was weird. I'm not convinced I don't like the author yet, and will try again but this book was weird. I didn't feel the chemistry at all...

  • Jess
    2018-09-24 15:03

    This is probably more like 3.5, but I'm going to round up to four for a couple of reasons. 1) Chicago, 2) it's a well done former fat girl book, 3) it contains complicated family dynamics that I don't hate which is rare, and 4) I kept picturing Jack Davenport as the hero, which is always a win as far as I'm concerned. I blame watching Smash.But really, this is very enjoyable. A little purple-kitcheny?-prosey at times, but I loved the dynamics and the characters and that it used the city, so I'm going to go ahead and call this a win.

  • Julie
    2018-09-26 18:04

    Oh Jack! The poor guy, he didn't know what hit him when he met his Lili. Their coming together was such an enjoyable read. The ups and downs, crazy family hyjinks, sassy siblings and super sexy food make for a great read. I want more NOW! I hate to wish away my summer but I'm really wishing it was August cause Cara's book preview has me heading to Amazon next to see if its available for pre-order.

  • Kristen Mazzola
    2018-10-05 13:09

    This book was a quick, awesome romance...great underlining story lines with the secondary characters (Something that I totally a sucker for, just look at my own book, lol) I have to say that I really enjoyed the heat coming from this book's kitchen! Well told and very interesting!

  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    2018-09-21 14:08

    Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2014/02/review-...Favorite Quote: “Oh, please don’t raise your standards for me, Kilroy. Just like I won’t be lowering my standards to a fame-hungry megawhore like you.”Lili DeLuca, daughter to a temperamental Italian chef, wants to attend the MFA but her family comes first. When tragedy strikes close to home, Lili finds herself putting her dreams on hold and managing their small restaurant. Lili sees a change to change things when famous celebrity chef Jack Kilroy challenges her father to a televised cook off.Jack Kilroy has learned the hard way that being a celebrity is nothing but constant headaches. Meeting Lili puts a spring back in his step when he realizes this beautiful woman isn’t even remotely impressed with his fame and fortune. But Lili sees him as the enemy and proving her wrong will be the hardest job Jack has ever undertook.Making Lili his though proves to be difficult when his rabid fans plaster inaccurate and unflattering pictures and gossip about Lili all over the internet. Can Jack convince Lili to follow her dreams with him by her side? Or will she decide the heat is just too much to handle.Feel The Heat is the first in Kate Meader’s Hot In The Kitchen series. A comedic foodie romance with an enemies to lovers trope that sparks more heat than a flaming flambe in the battle for love. Meader brings the public’s love of reality cooking shows to print with a hero when the personality of Gordon Ramsay matches wits with a heroine whose full body figure and love of food appeals to the temperamental celebrity. Multiple storylines are defined by humorous content, witty repartee, and naughty hijinks.“I can’t believe I’m finally getting to touch it,” she whispered in mock awe. “Jack Kilroy’s illustrious member.”“My what?”“It’s just that you’ve been so stingy. Not letting me play with it, telling me I had to wait. I assumed it must be gold-plated or bejeweled-”Lili was a contradiction. She excels in naughty talk and sexy clothing but has a low self esteem when it comes to her body. Bullied as a child for not conforming to what society deems attractive, she has learned to settle for less throughout her life. Jack’s intense attention leaves her confused. A gorgeous sensuous man who has dated some of the world’s most beautiful woman…she can’t seem to grasp why he wants her. Her family doesn’t help with their lack of support concerning her photography and dreams of graduate school.I really liked Jack. A testy, flamboyant, emotional drama queen, he lives like he cooks-with flair. Lili’s animosity towards him in the beginning confuses him. He knows his larger than life persona on the internet and TV isn’t the most flattering but it’s not him. He’s worked very hard for what he has achieved and as he has gotten older, the limelight doesn’t shine as bright anymore. He has his own dreams and wants to find someone special to share them with. And that someone special to him is Lili.The secondary characters are a rambunctious bunch whose own wants and needs cause some heat of their own. Lots of giggling and eye rolling is involved when these characters come into play. Lili’s sister Cara, who is also producing Jack’s show, has her own reasons for getting Jack into their parent’s restaurant and learns a lesson about minding one’s own business. Lili’s dad is a stereotypical Italian dad whose own imagined failings make him resent having to rely on Lili so much. Jack has his own problems with a younger sister who won’t stay put and an adorably cute manwhore of a sou chef who wants his own career out from under Jack’s shadow. Several potential story lines are set up in here, waiting for a book of their own.One aspect I found interesting and appealing is the fact that Jack is the one who refuses to settle for a commitment free affair. He’s the romantic in this book. Lili comes on to him strong after some heavy duty flirting, hinting for some vigorous bed sport and he gently but firmly shoots her down. She, of course, believes it’s due to her looks and flounces away angry and hurt.“I didn’t stop you because I’m not attracted to you or to teach you a lesson [...] A lot of women who meet me are only interested in screwing me because I’m on TV. After a while, casual sex becomes really old.”Jack refuses to be “used and then discarded.The romance blends well with the storyline. Jack is trying so hard to win the hand of the daughter of the man he’s trying to beat in a cook off. There is drama that can only seem to be found in restaurants and a few side plots that pop up and place our lovers on opposite sides of the stove. TThough I enjoyed the story over all, the constant push and pull from heroine become repetitive and dragged the story down at times. It seemed Jack spends lot of his time chasing after Lili and explaining himself. They get together, they separate, they get back together, they separate again.The ending wraps everything up nicely and our couple is finally able to let go of their past issues in order to embrace a future together. Feel The Heat is a quick enjoyable romantic contemporary that heats up nicely.Rating: B-

  • Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
    2018-10-03 16:55

    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviewswww.readyourwrites.blogspot.comI’m not quite sure what to say about this book. I know that statement sounds bad, but I don’t mean it in a bad way. FEEL THE HEAT by Kate Meader is beyond what I expected. As a first time published author, Kate has given the reader everything. There’s humor, mouth watering food, HOT sex and society issues all put together. I went from spewing my drink one minute, to needing ice water because the scenes were so hot the next, and then being hungry with all the food talk the next minute.Jack Kilroy is the talk of the cooking world. He’s a British/Irish chef who cooks French cuisine. He’s in Chicago to open a new restaurant and film an episode of his cooking show, Jack of All Trades. Jack is sexy and arrogant, but self-assured. He also has a super soft spot for those he cares about. With Jack what you see is NOT what you truly get.Liliana DeLuca is a heroine like I’ve never read before. What I love about her is that she isn’t this size two to six girl with blonde/brown hair that’s fall to her shoulders wavy and soft as silk. She has curves and probably buys the low end size Laine Bryant clothes and her hair is like that of a lion, very untamable. Lili is a former “chubby girl” who was bullied all through school. But she’s worked really hard to be comfortable in her own skin. Lili is all about her family and she has a tendency to put others before herself. She’s a talented photographer who has given up her dream of going to graduate school to be the manager of her family’s Italian restaurant. That, in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. However, what is bad is the the fact that Lili’s father, Tony, puts down her talent in what seems to be every chance he gets. Lili is mouthy and generally isn’t one to take crap off of anyone, except for her father. Aww...Obviously, I have some serious fan girl love for Lili.When I first picked up FEEL THE HEAT, the opening scene had me laughing. My first thought was Jill Shalvis. Then further along I got to the romantic heat and it was “Woa”, I wasn’t expecting those words. You then get into the issue of what society thinks is beautiful and the way people react to someone who isn’t your traditional model size thin.I loved this book, because Jack Kilroy could have anyone he wants, but the minute he lays eyes on the curvy Lili DeLuca, in her Wonder Woman costume, he’s a goner. It doesn’t even matter that she hits him over the head with a frying pan. Jack has to convince Lili to go on a date with him before he will sleep with her. These are two characters who have so many layers that it’s fun watching them peel them away. These two face issues almost immediately, and from the start, Lili knows that without a doubt, Jack is her biggest supporter.The secondary characters are surprisingly not people I hated. Cara is Lili’s sister and Jack’s producer. There’s something about her that I just can’t put my finger on. She also just so happens to be the heroine in the next book, ALL FIRED UP. Tad is Lili’s cousin and bartender at the family’s restaurant. He’s someone I really want to know. He’s protective, but flirts with everyone. He has his eyes on Jules, Jack’s younger sister. They actually get their story told in book three, HOT IN THE KITCHEN. But I REALLY want the story of Laurent, who is Jack’s best friend and co-owner of Jack’s New York restaurant. Laurent is this suave, French chef who appears to be a ladies man. But when he’s had too much to drink, he’s funnier than usual. I’m talking he will curl up on the sidewalk like a baby.FEEL THE HEAT is a love affair that should not be missed. Now if only I could actually have someone make me all of the dishes Jack made......Source: NetGalley

  • Aly
    2018-10-07 15:47

    Coming back from a costume party, Lili catch a stranger in the family restaurant in the middle of the night. What is the trespasser doing in the kitchen signing so badly ? But wait a minute... Is that Jack Kilroy, sexy Brit and star of a cooking show ?Attacked with a pan by a woman dressed as a superhero was certainly not how Jack envisioned his evening. It's all his producer's fault, who forgot to tell her sister about the concept of the new show (a cooking contest between Jack and an other chef, so it means Lili's father in that case) and about his presence. Lili is not impress by Jack, nor by his fame. The man is too cocky for her taste but she have no trouble retorting back. After years of being bullied about her weight, Lili learned to finally accept and love her curves. But she still lack some sort of confidence when it comes to dealing with her family and she doesn't want to take risks. Jack will change that for her. Making her realize what she's missing and taking her defence against some people, like her disapproving father. Lili will also learn that what you see and hear on TV is not always the truth.I'm a fan of Kate Meader. I think her writing style is absolutely amazing ! But I have a confession to make : Feel The Heat was the first book I read from her and at the times, it didn't made me a fan. In fact, I only read the following books three years later, after devouring her Hot In Chicago series. I wanted to reread this one to understand why I didn't enjoy it more. Now I remember. I probably thought there was too much bickering between Lili and Jack and the reason I didn't want to read the next book have surely to do with the fact that Lili's sister appeared like a bitch and she was the heroine in the second novel. I still think it could have less quarrel, and I think the idea with the TV world and the contest could have been more substantive but I'm surprised by how touching I found the hero. I felt for him when we realize that being famous is not so fun for him anymore and that he wants Lili to see the real him, not Jack Kilroy the star. And I found it annoying that the heroine got angry when Jack was defending her. But like in every Kate Meader's story, this one was full of delicious banters. You can feel the heat indeed :p I'm changing the rating for a 4 instead of the 3 I previously gave.

  • Lenny
    2018-10-16 17:47

    My first romance novel, and loved it.

  • Jennifer Zorko
    2018-09-30 12:47

    Ok ladies! Put on your aprons and get ready to for a great book. Feel the Heat by Kate Meader is one of the funniest books I have read so far. Let me tell you a little about it.Liliana DeLuca is a photographer who manages her families Italian Restaurant, takes care of everyone in her family and is generally over looked by everyone. One night she is on her way home from a costume party (dressed as Wonder Woman no less) and she sees the lights on and hears noises coming from the kitchen of her families restaurant. That is when she takes matters into her own hands and smack world renowned chief Jack Kilroy over the head with a frying pan. Her older sister has booked Jack cooking show "Jack of all Trades" to tape there, she also wants Lili to hook up with Jack for a one night stand to help her get over being dumped by her fathers business partner.Jack Kilroy is on his way to even bigger and better things. He is opening a new restaurant in Chicago, owns other around the world, is writing cook books, has a new cooking show in the works and wants people cooking his recipes on his cookware. He is driven, confident and totally taken by the beautiful woman that Lili is. Jack is done with a quick roll in the hay. He is tired of people only wanting him for his money, his looks and what they think that he can do for their careers. He wants more, and he wants more with Lili.I really connected with Lili. Growing up as a pudgy kid, I can relate to the teasing and name calling that Lili went though. As an adult, still not a size 10, she is comfortable with who she is, but at times, the taunts of the school yard bullies still haunt her. Lili has a hard time believing that someone as handsome, wonderful and funny as the famous Jack Kilroy could possible be interested in someone like her. What I love the most about Jack is that he NEVER once looked at Lili as anything less that what she is. In his eyes, she is a strong, capable, sensitive, beautiful woman, and he will do anything that he can to protect her and convince her that they are meant to be together, while trying to help her fulfill her dreams of becoming a photographer. I really loved them together as a couple. They just seamed to be two halves of a whole.Along for the ride is Lili's large, close knit, loud, nosy, meddling Italian family, (I can say this because I married into one!) and Jack's sister Jules. I loved the dynamic with these characters and their families. They will have you crying they are so funny! I loved everything about this book and look forward to the next installment of this wonderful new series. RUN to your computer and download a copy to your eReader! You will be sharing this story with all of your friends it is that good!

  • Mari
    2018-10-16 15:08

    There seriously needs to be more books with hot chefs as protagonists. Jack seriously you crack me up, rising in popularity, good looking, arrogant, charming the current it item in food world. And boy can he cook! I was not expecting much from this book but I was so pleased I stumbled on to this one. One serious plus for me in this book is that it caters to the foodie side of me and that's rare. Kate Meader knows her food stuff. Italian family restaurant, British Chef what a combo.Seriously though I like the heroine, she's artsy, not your "typical" good looking standard of skinny she's had her issues with the weight but she's still full of life. Her family is old school, her interests not so. Jack is so very popular with the ladies, everyone wants a piece of him. But he was literally struck by Lili and he was a goner. I liked that they didnt dive into anything right away, their relationship was build on these two interesting characters you get to know. But really I enjoyed Jack and Lili they butted heads, created for some hot chemistry and spark. Jack was such a huge supporter for Lili and Lili slowly became one that could see past the Jack that people see.Full of life, reliability, wit and humor, this was one read I definitely liked a lot. I liked the secondary characters as well, Laurent, Jules and Tad. At first Cara irked me but thankfully she pulled through, her book looks very interesting as well. I cant wait to read the next books in the series. Overall a good debut novel by Kate Meade, if you like Italian families, food and chefs check this one out.

  •  Spanxmcb (Yovanka)
    2018-10-09 20:58

    3.5 stars! A charming romance involving a former 'fat chick', a celebrity chef, a close knit Italian family, a cast iron skillet, a wonder woman costume, a scooter and social media scandals.Finally a book where you don't want to throttle the heroine for her constant low self esteem (it's present here, but well managed) and where her sister isn't the "evil pretty one" and actually sticks up for her former 'fat chick' baby sister.This story was well put together and thought out. Funny, steamy and more about family, loyalty, love and staying true to yourself than anything else. The visuals created in the description of the DeLuca women and their big hair...hilarious.A charming start to a series that's all about love in the kitchen. I'll be reading the other books in the series.

  • Talltree
    2018-10-06 17:47

    DNF for now.Don't have it in me to read about another manho H and his "exploits":( Maybe later.

  • Brianna
    2018-09-26 20:02

    I don't read contemporary romance much these days. When I heard this one had a chef hero and a food-loving heroine who wasn't thin, I knew I had to give it a try. I'm really glad I did, too!I liked Lili and Jack, the main characters, a lot! Lili was a curvy woman who loved food, and had to deal with some insecurities. As a kid, she'd been bullied for being overweight. As an adult, she was more confident in her body, but still had some wounds. I loved Lili, though. Not only was she trying to be confident in herself, Lili was strong. She looked out for her family, even though her father was unreasonably hard on her. Even at the expense of her dreams of becoming a photographer. However, Lili stood up for herself when it really mattered, and it kept her from becoming a pushover.Jack was...wow. Chef heroes are awesome! I loved how protective of his family and friends Jack was, but I also appreciated that the author ensured Jack had to learn when to take a step back. He loved cooking, and was dealing with a lot of fame as he was appearing on TV. I thought it was interesting how Jack really didn't like the fame, but instead just wanted to work in his restaurants' kitchens. I thought he and Lili had a great relationship, when they communicated. Jack was always pushing Lili to go for her dreams, and Lili(after getting to know Jack)really cared about him as a person and wanted the best for him.I really liked the plot of this book. I mean, contemporaries about food? Count me in! Most of it took place in Lili's family's Italian restaurant. There was obviously food, some great familial elements, and conversations about fame and people becoming their own person. The book took me a while to get through, but it wasn't for lack of trying on the author's part. I really, really appreciated that when there were misunderstandings, she didn't allow them for too long. I mean, I did think there was a bit too much back-and-forth concerning the romance being okay, then them arguing again, but...overall, I liked it.With all that said, I definitely recommend this book for contemporary romance fans. There was food(again, FOOD), a nice helping of steaminess, and a healthy, real relationship I can believe would exist in real life. Lili and Jack were normal people, just trying to do the best for their families, while going about their own lives. And there were a bunch of DeLuca relatives, and romance readers all know what that means! More books in the series!

  • Maria Rose
    2018-09-27 20:04

    Kate Meader's debut novel of her Hot in the Kitchen series, full of humour and sparkling wit, introduces us to the world of the DeLuca and Kilroy families.Lili DeLuca, daughter of an Italian restauranteur helps run her father's kitchen while caring for her mother recovering from a cancer diagnosis and trying to fulfill her own dreams of becoming a respected photographer. Jack Kilroy is a self made top chef from the school of hard knocks, having propelled himself from a broken family home to the pinnacle of success. When the two meet, sparks -and frying pans- fly.The relationship of the main characters to food is a central theme of the story. Jack's passion (something he fears losing sight of as the business of building an empire begins to overwhelm him) is for creating dishes to tempt the palate and is not above using this to lure Lili in. Lili has accepted her above average size and though twinges of the emotional aftereffects of the bullying she endured as a child remain, it doesn't stop her from appreciating Jack's sensual efforts. I particularly enjoyed the character revelations as the male and female points of view were explored. The relationship of Jack and Lili to their respective families, and to each other, as well as the gradual exposure of more facets of their personalities throughout the course of the book made for a novel with a depth of emotion that drew me in as a reader. Throw in laugh out loud moments and steamy love scenes and you have exactly what I hope for in a well crafted romantic story. Several secondary characters were introduced who will feature in later books of the series (in particular Lili's sister Cara, and Jack's sister Jules) leaving me satisfied that Kate is well on her way to developing a loyal and true fan base. 4 1/2 well deserved stars!

  • Kate Meader
    2018-10-06 15:41

    *** 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews *** Here's what they said . . .Meader’s Hot in the Kitchen series will have readers drooling over the hero and heroine — and the dishes served. The first installment features a hot chef, a luscious restaurant manager and a cook-off that heats up everything and everybody. A word from Kate . . .This book kicks off the Hot in the Kitchen series about the DeLucas, an Italian-American family of restaurateurs and the sizzling hot chefs who love them. In this installment we have Jack, a cocky British celebrity chef wooing Lili, the curvy daughter of his cooking show competition. There are also shenanigans involving meddling big-haired cousins, steamy kisses that go video viral, and a part of the heroine's anatomy with its own Twitter account . . .

  • Ingrid Thomas
    2018-10-05 20:02

    There is one BIG PROBLEM with this book: YOU GET HUNGRY!!!! Definitely worth the time to read. Meader has a way with words and situations, that keep you interested though out all the book,even though the end is pretty predictable, the twists and turns in the book generally with food that sounds to die for, keep you glued to the book.Funny situations, witty banter, and did I mention food?? It's a very enjoyable read! Jack is a very heavy personality with a lot of magnetism, and with a very busy schedule, but in comes Lili, a completely different girl from which he is accustomed, and turns his live, head, and heart upside down.Lili, trying to come out on top of the whole family disappointment (that's in her head) can't really believe that Jack can actually like her.

  • Mary
    2018-10-04 15:59

    Kate Meader's debut novel, "Feel the Heat," is smart, funny and sexy hooooot. I was literally smiling, chuckling or laughing out loud at some point on almost every page of this book. The hero is a rising star in the TV chef world and the heroine is the artsy, dutiful daughter of an old-world Italian Chicago Restaurateur. I loved how personal flaws drove these characters and gave them a sense of humanity and relatability. Meader has a deft mastery of subtly turning a phrase in such a way as to heighten both it's meaning and hilarity. I highlighted lines that made me laugh and I can tell you, my book is awash in yellow. I can't wait for the next installment in this series.

  • Ann Lorz
    2018-10-21 14:53

    I first saw this book at this years RT Convention and it pulled me towards it. I'm so glad I took the post card with the cover home with me so I could order it. I ended up loving it. This is a fun book that gets beneath the skin of its characters. You can't help but loving how Jack pushes Lili into doing the things she really wants to do. He also tries to get her family to see the try woman, not the little girl they see. There is a lot of buttons pushed in this book for the characters and they are handled well. I think you'll enjoy it.

  • Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
    2018-10-03 19:08

    Photographer Lili DeLuca has put her dreams on hold to help run her family's restaurant after her mother's illness. When her cousin brings in celebrity chef Jack Kilroy to produce his new TV show sparks fly between the pair. Jack is tired of banging & running. He wants a future with Lili but she's a tough sell. But he wants it all or nothing.Lots of UST. Lots of hot action when it does happen. I like that Lili is mostly happy with her body image until something happens to throw her off her game. I like that hottie Jack likes Lili just the way she is. Curves and all.

  • Karen ♐
    2018-10-16 18:54

    This is the first book in the series. I really loved the story. It was a fun, quick read. The H/h had really good chemistry. Jack is a well known popular chef and Lili is not living her life but is helping everyone she loves. I also really enjoyed the supporting characters and can't wait to start the next book.

  • Nicole P
    2018-09-21 15:55

    I've had this book on my TBR since forever and I've started reading it off and on a number of times. Each time I would read a few pages here, a few pages there and I think the reason why I struggled to get into it was because I was expecting something light and easy. This book was anything but. Kate Meader gives her characters this intensity that is all consuming and heavy. They're complex and dynamic, with problems that one can identify and resonate with. Lili DeLuca is her family's saving grace. She is the rock in the storm, the glue that holds everything and everyone together. her family's restaurant unfortunately is not faring too well and her sister, an up and coming producer, gets celebrity chef Jack Kilroy to agree to a competition at their restaurant, hoping the ratings from the TV show will bring in customers. From the onset Lili and Jack clash. Both of them need to dig deep not only within themselves but with each other. Their chemistry and banter was off the charts, with all kinds of hot and an added bonus was the fact that Jack could cook and had a British accent.Kate Meader did an outstanding job with her descriptions and clearly did her research. I found myself Googling recipes and wanting to become the next Gordon Ramsay. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and hopefully it won't be another start/stop scenario...

  • Emily (Mrs B's Books)
    2018-10-19 12:49

    Although i liked this book it seemed to take forever to read and i was a little unsure of the chemistry between Lili and Jack to begin with, the will they won't they, push and pull saga.Lili has the past fat girl image and mentality to get over, especially as she is still on the very curvy side. Having a celebrity chef fawn over her is something Lili feels inadequate for especially as her family seem to have problems of their own and seem to have taken all of Lili's care and attention without giving very much back.Jack is a Gorden Ramsey type of chef from England now living in America with TV success, however his personal life is all over the tabloids especially as he is a single man and therefore highly eligable.Lili's family support her when the times comes, even with a little underhanded foul play and the push and pull of her family towards Jack is annoying.Loved that they ended up together stronger than ever though.

  • Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
    2018-10-17 15:50

    This is the series that started my love affair with all things Kate Meader but I only discovered it with the final book and, until today, I never found the time to go back and read the first two. I can’t beleive I waited so long. This story was a slow-burning, tension-filled romance that explored the ugly side of fame and the psychological scarring side of being the “fat girl” without dwelling ONLY on those two points. Kate Meader wrote a well-rounded story that seemed to pack the punch of a year long romance into one that really only spanned a little over a couple months. I can’t wait to read about Shane and Cara next!

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-15 19:53

    "Feel the Heat" is the first in the "Hot in the Kitchen" series by Kate Meader. The story follows Lili DeLuca, 24 an aspiring photographer stuck managing the family restaurant and Jack Kilroy, 33, English (and he sounds it) and super famous for his professional cooking, TV shows, and success with famous ladies.Lili's sister, Cara, is Jack's producer for his TV show and they have come to their family restaurant to shoot the premiere episode of a cook off between Jack and their father, Italian chef master.When Lili and Jack first meet there's sexual chemistry and interest yet they clash over what they perceive to be cooking snobbery among other things. Lili has recently gotten out of a relationship and is trying to "get out there". Cara suggests Lili hookup with Jack since he's only going to be in town for a short time and is known to go after anything that walks (much to the chagrin of Lili) and it'll be good boost to her system. Lili's insecurities get the best of her as she thinks why would this gorgeous man be interested in her, but she entertains the idea.But she's willing to do it since she knows all about Jack's philandering ways. She thinks she'll have a one night stand and go on her merry way. She's encouraged even more when her ex makes a barb that she's not good enough for Jack since he seems to only date models or actresses.But little does she know that Jack is trying to mend his ways. After his ex spilled her guts about their relationship to the media he's wary of women. He sees the way women throw themselves at him and he knows it's because of his fame. He's also very wary of people using him for money or fame. So he's tired of casual sex and wants to date and be in a relationship with someone he can trust. So when Lili comes on to him, he denies her because he wants more than just casual.It's a nice twist on the hero as manwhore trope. While she believes him to be a manwhore, Jack is trying to give that reputation and live by the straight and narrow with one woman. The fact that the woman he wants doesn't give two figs about his fame intrigues him. She doesn't flutter or swoon around him and he likes her no nonsense attitude and all of her curves. There's just something that clicks with him about Lili.But her curves are what get Lili. As a teenager she was constantly tormented over her weight and she's finally in a place of acceptance. Yet this also plays into fears with gorgeous Jack. Why would he be interested in her? But when she decides to seduce him and he gives in they have a hot and heavy make out session it's taped and leaked to the media. The media and its public seize on Lili and publicly criticize her weight completely destroying her self-confidence. Jack is hurt by it because he can never date in private. So Lili retreats, but Jack thinks she's special and that they can have something real. So he pursues her and doesn't give up when she backs away.There aren't too many misunderstandings, if any real ones at all. Jack sees through Lili and figures out what her issues her and what he wants to do to fix them. He tries to get through to her and he definitely has patience, especially after knowing her for only a few days. There's drama when the characters get heated and react or take things out on others. What I liked in this book is that all the characters are likeable. There aren't any alpha males nor hidden surprises (well sort of). It's about a regular girl falling for a famous person and all the scrutiny that can come with it. I've fantasied about what it would be like to date a famous person and have thought "oh god if paparazzi pictures hit the web the ugliness is going to come out of people and not about him, but me." It's very easy for people to get ugly over the Internet when it's not face to face and it takes two very strong people to endure it which these characters need to do. And it's also about breaking out of the comfort zone and putting one's needs in front of everyone else's for a change.There's lots of great one liners and I really liked Jack's POVs. They were very male, but very down to earth if that makes literary sense. And Lili's POVs were sharp and funny. Lili had a host of issues to overcome and eventually she realized she had to overcome them herself before she could really commit to Jack. (I liked the scene where Jack told her he's willing to give her so many if one she would take a chance and do the same. I felt like it's good role reversal in CRs.) I did like that a few weeks had past over their breakup. It would of been too impossible for all the events to have happened over a few days.However, the twist with the sister really throw me for a loop. I don't buy (view spoiler)[that no one ever noticed her possible dyslexia or the fact that she couldn't read. In this day and age it's not as taboo and the signs can be very clear. I don't buy that none, absolutely none of her teachers never noticed the signs that she was failing in school. If she couldn't read then she couldn't write. Even by copying answers for homework, when she would of needed to take a test her penmanship would of been a clear give away. There's just no way it could never have gone by. And why wouldn't she have ever asked for help? I thought it was just added for dramatic effect and it was too unnecessary. Just her getting pregnant was enough for dramatic effect, this was too crass. (hide spoiler)]

  • Yankeecountess
    2018-09-21 12:58

    I purposefully read this book in the middle of February, wanting something "warm" to sizzle the winter nights and wow...there's a reason this title uses the word "heat".This is the first full-length novel I've read by Kate Meader (my other experience with her was her short story Rekindle the Flame, both set in Chicago and both dealing with interesting families). Feel the Heat tells the story of Jack Kilroy, a celebrity chef from Great Britain who has hit it big, both in terms of his award-winning restaurants, and in terms of his popular cooking shows. He has quite the following, especially among women who salivate at his every move. His latest TV venture involves Jack going up against a "local celebrity" chef, in this case, the head of the DeLuca family, whose Italian restaurant is beloved but struggling. Right off the bat, Jack clashes heads with DeLuca's youngest daughter, Lili, who thinks he's just a womanizer and has no respect for "the little guy". But neither Jack nor Lili can deny the attraction between them, one that keeps growing hotter and hotter with every encounter, until (pardon the cooking metaphors) things reach a boiling point (and then some!)**A DUSTING OF SPOILERS**First off, I love the twists this book took, in terms of spinning age-old romantic tropes on its head. Jack has a reputation for being a womanizer, but it's more rumor than truth. He's no stranger to women, but he's not a "one-night stand" kind of guy. So when he pursues Lili, he surprises her by telling her he wants to be in a relationship before "moving to the next level". Originally, Lili was just looking for a "quick hook-up", and her insecurities start to get the better of her right away when Jack explains that he's looking for something deeper than just a fling (she doesn't see how a relationship between them could work and based on previous heartbreak, as well as family pressure to be the "glue" and fix everything, she's terrified of putting her heart on the line and going outside her comfort zone). Plus, there's the added complication of Jack's online fan base, who immediately label plus-size Lili as "unworthy" of Jack's hot bod, and create Facebook and Twitter accounts to let the world know how displeased they are. But Jack remains steadfast and true, believing a relationship between them is worth the risk, even though he has his own mess of family complications to work out. As I said, I love how the book went "against type", in terms of having the hero be the one to desire a deeper relationship before bringing sex into the equation, as well as shine a light on "male slut-shaming" (which does exist, and is rarely discussed). By no means is Jack perfect, he can be pushy and his sister isn't wrong to call him out on his sometimes "bullying behavior", and not every problem can be handled by throwing a punch when someone makes a mean comment about your girlfriend, but all in all, he's a good guy, and he really won me over when he took a stand for Lili before her very family. As for Lili, while there were moments when she caused me to roll my eyes, I did see some good growth with her character throughout the book. She does let her fear get the better of her sometimes, but that's true of us all--and my heart broke as she recalled the bullying and body-shaming she withstood when she was younger. She has come to accept her full-figure and even finds her curves sexy (which Jack heartily agrees) but as soon as the hurtful words start popping up online, those painful memories do resurface. Plus, while her family loves her, they are not helping in expecting her to keep everything together and be the "miracle worker" when something goes wrong. So when Lili took a stand for herself, and for Jack at two different moments in the book, I wanted to stand up and cheer!In the end, these are two people who do deserve each other. They challenge the other when a kick to the butt is needed, and they provide comfort when the other is worrying or hurting. And yes, the sex is very, VERY hot. But with a title like this (and with so many suggestive innuendos made involving food) you kind of expect it to be!A fun beginning to what I think (and hope!) will be a fun, sexy series!

  • (;Missy.Lala;)
    2018-09-21 14:02

    4/5 stars :) This book was such a tease!!! OMG!!! I loved everything in this book!!! But I have to say their were a couple of things that left me frustrated :P 1. Jack and Lilis constant on and off relationship; OMG how it bugged me :P I mean for real!!! It got to the point where I was like "you know what whatever, doesn't surprise me", and the worst part about it is that they would take turns doing it, I mean with Jack not getting used to somebody taking control if the relationship, and Lilis status on the internet, ruining her life, how can their relationship not get any more complicated? But that's ok, they still worked it out in the end (they get engaged ;) 2. This book focused a little too much on the romance between Lili and Jack instead of the competition itself between her father and Jack, I mean seriously??? The contest started HALF WAY THROUGH THE BOOK!! -sigh- but without the building romance of Jack and Lili and all the drama what is this book?? I can't imagine this book without the drama and romance!!! So it's understandable that this book was mostly about that then really cooking, competitions, and kitchen stuff (I should've known c: ) 3. I didn't like Lilis ex boyfriend he was a jerk!!! I wanted to hit him across the face with a frying pan!!! (Hoping he gets a concussion :)4. I hated the way people were treating Lili raise of her dating Jack, but you know you expect that right? And that's all I can think of, I know it looks like a lot, but trust me it doesn't affect the awesomeness of this book :) Now, let me give you a short summary; This book is told in the third persons point of view, in 2 different point of views, one of them is Lili DeLuca who is a photographer, who spends all her time managing her family's Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off (that's when things start to heat up) Lili decides she's tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But when her romance starts to build up with Jack, a video of them kissing goes viral and that's when their relationship starts to get REAL complicated, like to the point where they fight all the time, and they go on and off, that sort of thing.The second point of view is of Jack Who is a famous British chef. His celebrity status has left him feeling used and used up. But when he meets Lili, he starts to automatically fall in love with her, and already starts to like the fact that she doesn't see him as a celebrity, but as a regular human being. When he meets her he already knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his hard, solid, arrogant, king of the world, fan base. Now as he's about to start a new prime time TV cooking show (the competition I told you about that rarely focuses on that) he realizes he is going to spend more time with her.Do you think he succeeds? Even with the obstscles along the way? (his celebrity status, the fans, publicity, Lilis fathers judgements, Lilis difficult life, the show, their life's on the line, etc) Everyone knows the answer to that obviously :) So, this book was a tease for me, fast paced, detailed, has a lot of important conversations, has famous people, lots of drama, relationship problems, a little bit focuses on the kitchen stuff, like the cooking, competition, celebrity fame, etc; *Highly recommended if you love a fast building relationship with lots of drama, and food :)*

  • Camille Flores
    2018-09-22 16:40

    4 solid stars!Kate Meader's voice is one that should be heard all over as a rising author in contemporary romance. Her story telling and characterizations are amazing. You laugh with her characters and you feel for them too.The Story:Jack Kilroy is the epitome of a self-made man. His empire, so to speak, is really the result not just of great talent, which he abundantly has, but also of great perseverance and will. Despite the absence of his father, whose later reappearance shattered whatever illusions Jack may have had of what his father should be, he was able to make it big back in the UK and is now taking the US by storm, especially now that he’s working to make it into national TV with his new cook-off show.Lili De Luca is a photographer by heart but her mother’s bout with cancer has left her family in a tight spot not only emotionally but financially as well. When Cara, Lili’s older sister, was able to book their family’s struggling Italian restaurant as the site for the pilot episode of Jack Kilroy’s new TV series, Lili not only has to manage a cook-off between Jack and her father, she also has to battle the attraction that started simmering between her and Jack.My Thoughts:I love reading Lili’s and Jack’s story especially because they were really well-fleshed out characters. Their individual angsts are not too overpowering as to cast a shadow to who they are ultimately as a person. Kate Meader did a great job introducing them to the readers and as the story progresses so are the reader’s understanding of what their honest thoughts and true feelings are.I love the running theme in the story about overcoming stereotypes and being the kind of person that you want to be instead of what other people might or should expect you to be. Jack, with his mostly unwarranted reputation of being a player or a ladies’ man and Lili, with her past issues about her weight and self-perception. Kate Meader also does a great job in presenting us with these issues. It was illuminating in the sense that we get to realize that not everything is what they seem and a person can be unjustly boxed in to a cookie-cutter stereotype and be branded to be a kind of person most of the time when in actuality, it isn’t the real them.I love the energy that seems to burst from the pages of the books whenever Jack and Lili are together and this does not necessarily mean a love scene. I love their banters, their quick wits, the way that they challenge each other. I know that they have insecurities and not just about the physical aspects and Kate Meader writes this so well and it was just a great journey for me as a reader as I watched these characters overcome these in order for them to turn out as better people.I also love the dynamics between and among the secondary characters as they interact with each other or with the main couple. I particularly like the dynamics of the De Luca clan and I’ve laughed out loud a couple of times just with the references to the Corleone family of the Godfather series. It was great to read about a not so perfect, but still functioning and loving family.Kate Meader is now one of my auto-read authors. I actually read All Fired Up, the second book in this series, and just fell in love with it. Feel the Heat is an equally great reading experience and now I can’t wait to read the third book in the series, Hot and Bothered coming in March 2014.

  • Deniz
    2018-09-27 17:48

    Funny enough I read the second one of this series a couple of months back... when I requested this on Netgalley I thought this was the third book and thought I give this series another try, but this is a re-release. So I kinda by accident ended up reading the first one. And boy am I glad. Because I like this one better.The series is can be read as standalone by the way. And while there was a wee bit of spoilers in the second one,  it was very minimal. I still would advice you, to read it in order, just because...The plot is actually quite fun. In some ways it's your typical contemporary romance- but there is the foodie bits added to it. And we all know how much I adore good food novel. And to be honest, the story line kinda became second in this one, because this is definitely character driven. And we all know how much I love good character driven novels... I liked this one so much that I didn't mind the big 'confessions' at the end- at all. No I was a gooey grinning mush by that time anyway. There are several really cute and unique details Meader added to the couple which makes them unique - (view spoiler)[ I would any day take candy diamond engagement rings! the cutest detail ever! LE SIGH!!! (hide spoiler)] -  and I really appreciated those!The novel is written from Lili and Jack POV in 3rd person. Meader made their POV's quite distinctive.I connected to both of them really well and totally adored them by the end of the novel.Jack is totally my dream man! I mean green eyes, yummy body and a passion for food and cooking? What else can a girl want?! I call dibs by the way - so back of my darling reading buddies! *insert sneaky giggle*But as much as this started as a lust thing, as their feelings grew, one slowly got to know them, saw their fears and their strengths - and they both changed and grew through this, struggling with their past and overcoming difficulties. Which is what made this in my opinion a good book. I felt for them- no that's not quite right- I felt with them! I was moved, excited, sad, worried, happy and exhilarated. I identified with them and as I said, I ended up really caring for them.All of the support cast were just enough cliché to make it fun but not over the top to become a caricature. I really like Tad (who will star in the third novel) and Laurent! I hope Mead will write a novel with him? Though he is New York most of the time....The support cast is what made this fun. They were all totally unique and despite there being a huge amount of them, one got to know them surprisingly well.If I had to describe Mead's prose the words sensual and straight forward come to mind. She has a way to bring through a good sense of humor, doesn't unnecessary flourish things but her food writing is beautiful. I love food and having worked as a chef I totally get the drive Jack and Il Duce have. Also love how she describes the foods. I seriously felt like cooking after reading this. Oh and then there is Lili's passion for photography! I would buy her pieces, by way Mead described things.The smut is good- but let me warn you, there is a hell of allot of getting hot and bothered before you get to it!A fun mix of cute and fluff, some serious character building, great humor and delicious food writing. I can't wait to read Tad story!ARC was provided by Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Sandy S
    2018-10-12 12:59

    3.25FEEL THE HEAT (Hot in the Kitchen #1) by Kate MeadorAbout the Book: May 7, 2013IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT . . .Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time managing her family's Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she's tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she's cooked up a recipe for disaster . . .

. . . GET INTO THE BEDROOMJack Kilroy's celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili's oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he's even more aroused by how unimpressed this beautiful, funny woman is with his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his bitch fork-wielding fan base. Now as he's about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions - and turn up the heat in his kitchen?REVIEW: FEEL THE HEAT is the first storyline in Kate Meador’s new Hot in the Kitchen series. This particular story focuses on British celebrity chef Jack Kilroy and Lili DeLuca- an aspiring photographer who has put her career on hold to help keep the family business afloat. But the Italian eatery is bleeding money. When Lili’s television producer/sister Cara brings Jack Kilroy’s show to the States, the family restaurant is first on the agenda and what ensues is a cook off where power, seduction and sabotage make for ugly bedfellows and dangerous relationships.I must say, that from the beginning, the storyline is very reminiscent of a couple of Chef Gordon Ramsey’s television shows where a family restaurant and its’ bickering siblings become fodder for the tabloids and television ratings. The story is filled with jealous family members; a patriarch too set in his old ways to see past the olive oil on his hands; and a heroine who had the ability to upset the balance of everyone and everything with whom she came in contact. In this, the storyline premise is built as Lili and Jack dance around their feelings and emotions for one another. And in the end, just about everyone will become a victim of the couple’s relationship disaster.There are several potential storylines developing as the secondary characters are introduced. Jack’s sister in particular drops a bombshell that will definitely have to be addressed. The relationship between our leading couple is filled with the push and pull of the unknown. Jack’s reputation in the tabloids continues to push at Lili’s heart, while Lili’s need to break free of her family and the memories of the past must be accomplished before she is able to live the life that she once dreamed.If you like a storyline with heat both in and out of the kitchen, FEEL THE HEAT is a quick read for the romantic heart in all of us.Copy supplied by Netgalley.www.thereadingcafe.com