For What It's Worth

Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: Hot and Bothered (Hot in the Kitchen, #3) by Kate Meader

20628400A Fire They Can’t Put Out . . .

Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who's fueling her hormones with generous servings of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She’s vowed never to blur the lines again . . .

After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he’s had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can’t stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she signs up for an online dating site—and the thought of his Jules with another man makes Tad’s blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can’t stop himself from turning up the heat this time.

Source: e-arc provided by Forever Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

~ Goodreads | Author | Amazon

I stayed up late reading this sexy friends to lovers tale. I loved how Jules was so down to earth. She’s a new mom, struggling with her weight and getting back into the dating scene. She’s also dyslexic and totally in love with her best friend, the womanizing, Tad.

Tad seemed like the typical bad boy at first but it's pretty clear early on that there's more to his blasé, bad boy persona and I ended up loving him. He gives Jules the unwavering support she needs, while she helps him accept and embrace his past so they can both move forward.

I hadn’t read the first two books in the series but I didn’t feel like I missed out on much other than a little background to how Jules and Tad first met but there’s a nice recap to bring you up to speed. There’s a nice sense of friendship and family, even if it’s sometimes overbearing – but that’s family for you!

Super hot but also filled with love and humor. My favorite type of romance!


  1. This sounds adorable! I'm curious about the name "Taddeo", though and had to go look it up (the Italian form of THADDEUS, in case you're wondering).
    P.S. I like the font color! It pops on your stylish background.

    1. I do think the family referred to him as Thaddeus a few times.

      I didn't love the name Taddeo but luckily hardly anyone ever uses it lol They mostly call him Tad.

      - I think the purple shows up better for the links and I increased the font size for the posting area. I think that was your suggestion.

  2. that book sounds so cute and I adore that trope :)

  3. I am always a fan of friends to lovers! My absolute favorite when reading romance...this sounds fun:)

  4. I enjoy friends to lovers books and this just sounds light and fun. It is nice that you can pick it up on book three and not be lost, I love that about series.

  5. I do enjoy those kind of romances. I'm going to have to check out this series. I haven't heard of them before. Also good to know that if I start with this one, I didn't miss much. :)

  6. Ah, this does sound adorable! I love a heroine who's more relatable (to me) and I love the trope too. Nice review!

  7. Oooh a romcom! I think I have one of the first two books in my TBR, I may have to dig it and move it up the list. I love romcoms, I'd rather laugh than cry

  8. Glad you liked this one! I like the various aspects to Jules; makes her sound more real.

  9. Jules being so down to earth makes her seem like a character that I would like and be invested in as well

  10. Oooooo, must read. I thought the cover was cheesy, but now I want it.

  11. A foodie book and a friends to lovers trope..I need!!