Heat; by: Chris Quinton & Rj Scott

Lewis has lost nearly everything, and now it seems that Devon is here to take the last thing he has left - working in his beloved restaurant, Laurels. But when an arsonist threatens everything Lewis loves, he realises sometimes everyone has their ghosts, and he discovers an unexpected ally who is prepared to risk everything for him.

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Set in the small cathedral city of Salisbury, Master Chef Lewis Mandineau no longer owns the Laurels, the restaurant that had been in his family for generations. Betrayed and robbed by an ex-lover, he's had to sell to Trelawney Enterprises, an American corporation. That isn't all Lewis has to contend with. Rachel, his beloved younger sister has been left severely hurt by the car crash that killed their parents, and taking care of her has to be his priority.

Enter Devon Trelawney III, sent to assess the viability of the restaurant and its staff. Devon knows all about family tradition. But he also knows sentiment has no place in business matters, and the Laurels' potential is swamped by the debts it has accrued. Devon is a hardheaded businessman, first and foremost, but Lewis and Rachel test his resolve in different ways. Soon Devon is forced to admit that what seems like an impossible love can sometimes become something very real.

I read this book in one sitting, I could not put it down! This is a story that captures you from the first page, you will marvel at how strong Lewis is, and how devoted he is to his special needs sister. This is a wonderful look at two men who couldn't be more different, but who come to find they want the same things out of life when it comes down to it, love, loyalty, and someone to come home to. As they are finding out about each other, Lewis and Devon must overcome situations that not just threaten their happiness, but also their lives. This book is like a savory stew, thrown in is a hot headed businessman, a chef that deserves something better, and loveable supporting characters that make this lovely book a hearty literary meal! Great job Chris and Rj, I walked away from the table fully satisfied!!  *5 Stars*

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