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COOKING UP A STORM
JENNA BAYLEY-BURKE
ISBN# 10: 0263-85003-X/13:978-0-263-85003-1
November 2006
Harlequin-Mills & Boon
Eton House, 18-24 Paradise Road, Richmond Surrey TW9 1SR
Paperback
£2.99
219 Pages
Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Lauren Brody is proud of her business, Come For Dinner, choosing to cater exclusively to executives in their homes. Known for going that extra mile and actually staging the dinner parties, guarantees her repeat business. Because of her insistence on planning every aspect of these events, she has little time for a love life, and after her disastrous engagement she prefers it that way. She has vowed to protect her heart at all costs, but cannot forget her chance encounter with a blue-eyed executive that had attended one of her regular customer’s parties. He stars prominently in several of her sexually charged fantasies. Who knew he would star in her waking reality too?

Cameron Price is a transplanted New Yorker in Seattle to prove himself worthy of taking over as CEO of Anders & Norton, the premiere venture capital firm. His mentor, Bob Anders, and Bob's wife, are sure he has the business savvy to do a good job but are a little concerned that he does not have a wife to take care of the minute details of business entertaining that are a necessary part of being a CEO. Resisting their attempts to pair him with a likely society debutante because of his past, he allows them to assume the red-haired beauty who owns the catering company hosting his introduction is his date for the evening. Can he convince her to carry on this charade for his sake?

Being in a position to increase her business and spend time with the man of her dreams appeals to Lauren’s sense of adventure. When Cameron proposes they pretend to have been long-distance lovers since his last visit to the West Coast, she counter offers with a no-strings sexual liaison that he agrees to. Little do they know that once started, this charade grows into what they both need and cannot deny.

Ms. Jenna Bayley Burke has written an intense and steamy romance that will have you on the edge of your seat. Lauren makes you cheer her independence and holler at her stubbornness. Cameron, with his wall of indifference, cannot sustain that attitude while in Lauren’s presence and tries to bury his burgeoning attraction in work, but fails miserably. Both have been victims of the war between the sexes and are defensive in their need to protect their feelings, which is understandable. This book will draw you quickly into the melodrama of these characters' lives and the minor players provide great background. The sexual encounters, though few, are tasteful and appropriate, making this romance proceed naturally which is a nice change. I would definitely recommend this book to any reader of romance. I really enjoyed this glimpse in to Ms. Bayley-Burke’s imagination.

Kathy
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