A deliciously rich “reading-snack” that was short-ish, sure… but it had plenty of steam and romance to indulge and entertain me. My perfect bedtime read! And yes, there will be a book #2 (sort of a cliffhanger on this one) but nothing too crazy. Just enough of a *something* that had me chuckling wickedly when I reached the end. ‘Cause book #2 will lead us into phase #2 of this woman’s very determined personal goals.
Jax thought he knew Gianna, once upon a time, but Gianna is all grown up, and I think he’s met his match.
Paybacks were a bitch. So was I, when the situation called for it.
So what’s it about?
Gianna, a determined and skilled restaurant super-manager is hired by a leading “restauranteur” (actually MUCH bigger than that) and heads a huge (and fun sounding) project of contracted chefs and dueling menus. But when she comes face to face with the opposing team’s “funder”, who just so happens to be the man that once obliterated her heart, her laser-sharp focus is put to the test.
Jackson Rutledge never took a day off work. He worked hard, played hard f@#ked hard.
I reached for my water glass with a shaking hand, praying he wouldn’t recognize me as the girl who’d once fallen hopelessly in love with him. I didn’t look the same. I wasn’t the same.
No longer the naive girl she once was (a broken heart will do that to you), she’s thrown herself into her career. But four years later, not only is she having to face the man that almost destroyed her, she’s having to compete against him too.
It was a tough pill to swallow, realizing he affected me so strongly.
Add to that fact that “Jax” is back to relentlessly pursuing her (as well as pursuing her chef candidates – ’cause don’t forget… he’s on the opposing team), well let’s just say that things might get ugly. AND sexy. And then ugly again.
“You could never hide from me, Gia. I’d recognize you blindfolded.”
But you know… as she gets to know him a little better the second time around, she’s starting to notice things she completely missed when she was in a “love fog”. And while Jackson may be the ruthless wealthy tycoon from an equally ruthless wealthy family that she has pegged him for, there just might be more to his story…
“Damn it. I didn’t know you were in love with me, Gia.”
My eyes closed against the pain of hearing those word from his lips. “If that’s true, you didn’t know me at all.”
Yep. This man (expert at wooing ) is determined to woo his ex-conquest, while that conquest is determined to keep her head straight, and her heart out of it, this time around. Navigating a world of finicky chefs, sneaky competition and her sexy, yet ruthless ex-heartbreaker is putting Gia’s personal strength to the test.
I felt like a clown fish swimming with the sharks, in way over my head.
I’ll let you enjoy the rest.
Now… wanna see the video interview I had with her on Friday? This was soooo exciting for me (and a bit nerve-wracking) but Sylvia was just wonderful! She discusses her latest book release (along with a hint at what’s to come) and lets us into a few tidbits regarding her upcoming Crossfire TV series! It’s gonna be steamy, guys!!!! Woooooooohoooooo!!!