A Hero2Hero dialogue between Jack and Shane From “Feel the Heat” and “Tempting the Billionaire”…

by Maryse on May 15, 2013 · 14 comments

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Here’s a little something fun from authors Kate Meader (Feel the Heat (Hot In the Kitchen) and Jessica Lemmon (Tempting the Billionaire (Love in the Balance).

They’ve created a Hero2Hero dialogue between their two male characters, Jack and Shane. Let’s see what these guys are up to. I have a feeling they’re both alphas and there just might be too many “cooks” in the kitchen. ;)


In a kitchen, somewhere in the fictional intersection of Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire and Kate Meader’s Feel the Heat . . .

Shane August: Jack Kilroy. A Brit with an Irish-sounding name who cooks French food, lives in New York, and dates American soap actresses. Quite the rap sheet.

Jack Kilroy: Sounds like you’re enjoying immensely that subscription to People magazine, August.

Shane: *cocks eyebrow* Crickitt is a fan of your cooking show, Jack of All Trades.

Jack: Ah, the lovely Crickitt. How is she?

Shane: Taken.

Jack: *Arrogant smirk of recognition* Simmer down, mate. Now what were we talking about again? Oh, right. Well, my humble origins on the rough streets of Brixton took me from car-stealing to family court to kitchen probation to Paris where I got my culinary training. Once I had opened several restaurants in the UK and paid my dues on morning TV segments where I regularly demonstrated how to make coq au vin and beef bourguignon in three minutes, it was only a matter of time before I conquered the States.

Shane: Conquered the States? Who are you, one of the Beatles?

Jack: With better hair. As for the soap actress, I’d rather not go there. She’s already said enough on that topic to last a lifetime. *grimaces*

Shane: Yeah. You have a hard time staying out of the headlines, Kilroy. Crickitt said you got caught with your hands all over an Italian girl. *shakes head* It’s not good, man.

Jack: Crickitt sounds like one of my biggest fans. When we chatted earlier, she never let on—

Shane: Watch it. *holds up cheese grater* I know how to use this. *rests grater on counter* I also recognize avoidance when I hear it.

Jack: Don’t worry that billionaire brain of yours, August. I only have eyes for one gorgeous, hot-as-a-griddle Italian woman. Lili’s got a smart mouth, a wicked throwing arm, and she looks like dynamite in a Wonder Woman costume.

Shane: *raises hands* TMI.

Jack: And she’d better watch out because I’m gunning for her sweet Italian curves.

Shane: Now who needs to “simmer down”, mate?

Jack: Touché. *grins wryly* So are we doing this? Crickitt said you bake, but if you can’t stand the heat…

Shane: Expecting me to bow out gracefully? Sorry. Self-made men don’t shrink from a challenge. And anyway, I already have the girl. *reaches for the stand mixer* Pay attention, Kilroy, you might learn something.

*Share smug smiles*


Feel the Heat (Hot In the Kitchen) by Kate Meader

Hot in the Kitchen, Book 1


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.


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 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?


About Kate

Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boons thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, and she’s there. She has a bachelor’s in law (useless), a master’s in history (not as useless), and another master’s in library and information science (yay, using). When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. 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. For news, excerpts, and recipes, check out her website at http://www.katemeader.com.


I will be doing a Rafflecopter giveaway during the Feel the Heat release tour. One grand prize winner will get a Feel the Heat Swag Bag containing a Supper Hero-Wonder Woman apron, a Feel the Heat tote bag, a Vespa-shaped pizza cutter, a “Grate Love” cheese grater, heart-shaped measuring spoons, a Feel the Heat fridge magnet, and a recipe card for goat cheese caramel gelato. I’ll also be giving away smaller swag bags of assorted kitchen utensils and more!

Good luck to everyone who takes part in the FEEL THE HEAT giveaway!



Tempting the Billionaire (Love in the Balance)

Love in the Balance: Book 1

By Jessica Lemmon


Crickitt Day needs a job . . . any job. After her husband walks out on her, she’s determined to re-build her life and establish a new career. When swoon-worthy billionaire Shane August hires her as his assistant, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Despite her growing attraction to her boss, she vows to keep things strictly professional. No flirting. No kissing. Definitelyno falling in love…

Shane August is all business, all the time. He’s a self-made man who’s poured his heart and soul into his company, and he’d never allow himself to get involved with an employee. Then he hires sweet, sexy Crickitt-and he can’t keep his mind or his hands off her. But no matter how much he wants Crickitt, Shane fears that painful secrets from his past will always come between them. With fate working against them, can these two lonely hearts learn that sometimes mixing business with pleasure is the perfect merger?

About the author: Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish, went out, and got herself a job . . . and then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another . . . and another. Soon it became apparent she’d only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since “eating potato chips” isn’t a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she’d started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn’t stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn’t be happier. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.)

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica Lemmon May 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Thank you so much for having us, Maryse! :-)

Kate Meader May 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Thanks for hosting us on the blog today, Maryse. And good luck to everyone who takes part in the FEEL THE HEAT giveaway! http://katemeader.com/2013/05/06/feel-the-heat-blog-tour-giveaway/

Diane O'Key May 15, 2013 at 8:59 AM

These look great, ladies! Best of luck. RT get-together was wonderful :-)

Lynnette Austin May 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM

What a fun place this kitchen is! And, boy, the scenery is great. Both Jack and Shane stood their ground well. I’d call this a tie!

Maryse May 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I’m so glad to have you, ladies!! :D

Judy, Judy, Judy May 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Funny. I read TTB. Waiting for book 2. Meanwhile, sounds like I need to read Feel the Heat.

Kate Meader May 16, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Judy, Judy, Judy – you do! Of course, I’m biased, but I had a lot of fun writing it and it’s a bargain at $2.99.

Jessica Lemmon May 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Do it, Judy! ;)

Diane O'Key May 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Both sound wonderful–and added to my TBR list, for sure :-)

heather May 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Both sound great.

Kate Meader May 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Thanks, Heather! Hope you give the boys a shot :)

Diane O'Key May 21, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Hope all’s going well, ladies. Wonderful to meet you at RT! Both your heroes are sooo appealing :-) Best of luck

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