Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Can't Stand the Heat

Genre: Contemporary Romance
With three successful TV series under her belt, including her cousin Kandy’s, executive producer Stacy Peters is ready to helm her own show. But to make that happen, she has to do her network boss one favor first—spend two months on a ranch in Montana wrangling the notoriously difficult director of Beef Battles. Apparently, he eats producers for breakfast. Yet all Stacy can think when she meets the lean, rugged man is how hungry he makes her . . .

Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them . 

EXCERPT

This couldn’t be the new executive producer.

She looked like an intern, barely out of college, not the seasoned television producer Teddy Davis had emailed him about.

The one he’d emailed back saying he neither wanted nor needed.

Hair the color of champagne fell just below her shoulders in a soft cascade of waves and ripples. Even in the heat and humidity engulfing them it looked fresh. Her face was a perfect heart, a tiny dip in the center of the hairline bifurcating her brow into two perfectly aligned sections, her flawless chin falling into a delicate point. She had one hand out to shake his, the other shading her eyes from the strong and harsh afternoon sun, but underneath her fingers he was able to make out a pair of sloe-shaped eyes in a deep, forest green.

Taller than average but small boned, her legs took up most of the lissome body. With her lips held together in a tight line, she reached him.

“I’m Stacy Peters, Mr. Stamp.”

He stopped and planted his feet, his gaze shifting to her outstretched hand and then back up to her face without taking it. Her eyes narrowed into a determined glare and it looked as if she wasn’t going to back down until he shook it. With reluctance, he did.

Like the rest of her, her fingers were narrow and thin as they coiled around his.

A blast of heat instantly warmed and calmed his entire body like a few shots of his favorite Irish whiskey did after a rough and painful day. The subtle aroma of vanilla floated to him, filling his senses with the sweet fragrance. The persistent, throbbing ache in his left leg the liquor helped chase away was momentarily forgotten with his hand rooted in hers.

MY REVIEW

I am not a romance genre fan.  I loved this book.  Couldn’t put it down til I found out the ending. Part of the reason I enjoyed this book was its setting and the occupations of the characters. Maybe I should add that I also loved the book because the storyline was about producing cook-off reality television shows.  Not just reality cooking but on a ranch out West, learning to cook the freshest beef and ingredients ever. A beautiful ranch in the West, wow.

I am never ever this much of a cheerleader about a book like this but it contained a little of everything. The scenic description by Peggy Jaeger made you feel as if you were right there on that ranch. Right there with her characters, from Stacy, the newly assigned Executive Producer and the ranch hand to the raving Technical Director and his sweet young daughter trying to find her way. Each character had a personality of his or her own and I liked them…well…most of them, but that’s how it’s supposed to be isn’t it? Being best friends with all of the characters would be a pretty bland book. There’s some sadness in this book along with some anger but it has its humorous and its sweet moments too.  I didn’t feel there was any type of explicit sex in this book. There was longing and loving but nothing embarrassing to me and romance was very seldom the main topic.  When I say nothing embarrassing to me, it means a lot.  One of the reasons romance is not usually a genre I enjoy reading is because some of it does embarrass me; makes me feel
uncomfortable.  That’s not anything I’m ashamed to say here, it’s just true.  This book was tough and sweet and so well-written that you really wanted it to end your way.  It’s worth reading to see what really does happen.
This is Book 3 in the Will Cook for Love series. This book could definitely stand alone but somehow having looked at the great ratings Jaeger has online, I’d read all three books in this series and hope she’s busy writing Book 4.

**This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card (see Giveaway below)

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

Tying into her love of families, her children's book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader's Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.









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18 comments:

Peggy Jaeger said...

Kathy - thank you so much for hosting me today and introducing me to your readers and followers. Your kind words in your review have made my day...week...month, hell! YEAR! Thank you so much. I can't tell you how much it means to me when a reader actually "gets" what I was trying to convey in my writing. You have and YAY for that. #blessyou.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Sharon Greene said...

This has been on my TBR list at Goodreads since you previewed it while promoting your last book on that blog tour. I can't wait to read it!

Peggy Jaeger said...

Sharon YOu just made my day!! Thanks so much for being so supportive. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it! Be well and #blessyou

Kris Meldgaard said...

Love the cover!! Congrats on the new release & the tour!!

Peggy Jaeger said...

Kris - thank you and thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate the support, believe me! Heehee

Kathy said...

Peggy thanks for the kind words. It was a heartfelt review. Good grief I'm an old mystery lover but I couldn't put this book down! Best of luck on your tour.

Lisa Brown said...

I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

Peggy Jaeger said...

Lisa- thanks for being such an avid tour follower and supporter!

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt and review.

Peggy Jaeger said...

Rita - I liked the review, too. Heehee. thanks for stopping by and for being such a supporter of the tour.

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing your review!

Peggy Jaeger said...

Victoria - you're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

Joseph Wallace said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway. This looks like a fun read. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Nikolina Vukelic said...

Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!

Peggy Jaeger said...

Bernie - it is! thanks for stopping by today!

Peggy Jaeger said...

Nikolina - it was pretty great, wasn't it!! heehee Thanks for being such a supporter of the tour!

Kathy said...

Wow, thanks so much to everyone for stopping by