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Monday, May 25, 2009

HOT IN HERE (ARC) by Sophie Renwick

Publisher: Penguin Group
Pages: 288
Released Date: June 2, 2009

From the Cover: A sizzling debut novel starring a sexy TV chef who steams up more than just entrees...

She wasn't his kind of dish—until someone turned up the heat...

Celebrity chef and infamous ladies' man Bryce Ryder can't believe the thoughts he's having about his old friend Jenna McCabe. She's always been the shy girlnext- door, but when some bad publicity threatens everything he's built, Jenna gets down to business— and shows a side of herself that is take-charge and totally irresistible.

Soon things are heating up in and out of the kitchen—and all of Jenna's secret fantasies about Bryce start coming true. But will she be the one to tame his heart, or is the sexy chef just indulging another one of his cravings?

Bryce Ryder doesn't know how his life got so screwed up. He's a mega-popular celebrity chef with his own restaurant and cooking show. He thought he had everything worked out since his time with the wicked witch Chrissy, who almost cost him his beloved restaurant as well as all of his savings. Now, some crazy reporter is spreading lies that could cost him his dreams and his plans. Thank God Jenna is here, she always saves the day, she'll make it right. If she can just come up with a plan that he can live with. As Bryce sits down with Jenna, he notices something distinctly different, she's more self possessed, more sure of herself, and damn, she looks better and hotter than he's ever seen her. What's going on with her. And the plan she comes up with, be seen dating an average girl instead of the size zero's he been dating. He likes the kind that don't except anything. But he would love someone who could appreciate his fine skills as a chef, both in the kitchen and out.

Jenna has known Bryce for her whole life, since he moved to Lucan in middle school when she dump her meatloaf in his lap. He's cute, sweet, and walking talking sex appeal. If he could only see her as something more than a friend, but Chrissy has almost ruined him for all women. Now all he can wants is the convenient one night stand. Jenna wants the whole deal, ring, wedding, kids. Jenna has a plan, it's her birthday tomorrow, and she can't think of a better present than Bryce. If only she can get him to realize that she's more than Jenna McCabe, friend and girl next door. But, as usually Bryce takes her for granted. This is really starting to tick Jenna off.

As Jenna storms out of his restaurant, Bryce can't help but wonder what's up with her. His brother, Titus, mentions that maybe it's his thoughtlessness, not even remembering her birthday. Birthday? God, he did forget, but he can take care of this oversight by whipping her up a fantastic birthday dessert. Jenna could never refuse his cooking. When he rings Jenna's bell, she answers in her babydoll pj's as his eyes pop out of his head. Could this be his Jenna? Jenna the girl next door, Jenna that is his best friend? As they cozy up on the couch, preparing to eat his fantastic dessert, he can't keep his thoughts away from Jenna. Bryce comes to realize doesn't want to keep his thoughts away from Jenna, Jenna who he has always thought of as his. He can't keep his thoughts away, or his hands, lips....Suddenly Jenna has become his dish du jour. Who knew food could be so much fun.

This is what Jenna has always desired, a night with beautiful Bryce, but what will she do now? It isn't a casual fling for her. She's in love so deep, she doesn't know if she can keep her head above water. Sarah, her sister, would tell her to go with her heart, but Rachel from work would say to play it cool. If she goes with her heart, Bryce might run. If she plays it cool, her heart might break. Bryce is too sweet a dish to pass up.

Trey, Bryce's older brother, tries to push Bryce toward Jenna knowing his brother's desires better than his own. Together Sarah and Trey conspire to keep these two together. But are there other matters cooking between Sarah and Trey, her secret heart's desire?

As Bryce and Jenna delve deeper into what could be, Bryce comes to the realization that Jenna is everything his heart desires, but this new Jenna may not feel the same. His life is forever changed after grabbing Jenna in Italy and becoming captivated by her heart, body, and soul. He realizes he loves Jenna. Where can this lead? Will he ever be able to let her go?

Hot in Here by Sophie Renwick (Charlotte Featherstone) is Sophie's debut contemporary romance. It's the story of a top chef, Bryce Ryder, with his own cooking show that he fears his loyal audience will abandon after getting some bad press. Hiring Jenna McCabe's firm may be the only thing that saves the day. Jenna is his best friend, someone he can always turn to; someone he can trust. But can he trust her with his heart. Bryce is an unsure hero, unsure of himself, bruised by the reality of life. He's vowed never to be put in a position where he'll be used again; never to give his heart to love. Bryce is actually a kind and decent man, he cares for others around him, willing to give his time, effort, or money. He doesn't need to take credit or have accolades. The one thing he needs to learn to trust his instincts; those instincts that are telling him to give it all to Jenna, take the love he sees in her heart and soul. Jenna has always been the outcast, never one of the beautiful people. That's what happens to a girl who's a size fourteen in a size zero world. Jenna is a heroine who has been slightly damaged by life, who has learned lessons the hard way; who has had to fight her way to making a name for herself. She used to been timid, but not anymore. And there's still a chance she could lose it all; all it takes is one failed business deal. Her family farm is in trouble and she doing everything in her power to save it. She's loved the beautiful Bryce her whole life, but is he ready to hear the truth and is she ready to tell it. Is he the same Bryce or has he changed? When Bryce and Jenna come together, it definitely heats up the atmosphere with sparks that blow the mind. Bryce is a consuming lover that is willing to give and needs to take. His need for Jenna becomes a force in his life, a force that Jenna has wanted her whole life. Hot in Here is a great debut contemporary romance for Sophie Renwick. It's funny, sweet, adventurous, hot, and sexy. The setting is beautiful with a backdrop into rural life and the sweet lands of Italy. This was an incredibly fast, fun read and I enjoyed it immensely. To find out more information about all of Sophie Renwick's wonderful books and new releases, please visit her website or her blog. Charlotte Featherstone's historical and paranormal romances are also fantastic, if you haven't tried Addicted, I can highly recommend it. To read my review of Addicted, click here. Charlotte's other great books can be found here or visit her blog.


Blanche said...

Awesome review Dottie!!! I've been patiently (NOT REALLY!!...LOL)waiting for this book!!! :)

Unknown said...

Hi Blanche!

How are you? Did you have fun camping? I'm envious that you were able to take the weekend, we ended up having unexpected company, but a good time was all my all.

It really a good book, steamy hot in all the right places. I know you're going to love this one.

Dottie :)

Cybercliper said...

Holy Smokes, this is not normally my kinda book, but you write such a great review, I find myself wanting to check it out - try out something new!! Thanks...

Mandi said...

Great review!! Is it June 2nd yet? :)

Blanche said...

We had a wonderful time Dottie but unfortunately we had to come back to reality!! My poor son had a very bad migraine this morning and we had to pull over a few times on the way home so he could throw up..........not easy to do when you are pulling a 26 ft. trailer behind you! We managed though and he is feeling better now!

I'm glad you had a wonderful time with your company!

Amy said...

Hmmmm maybe I should get this one. I'm trying to branch out and read books other than YA, and this one definitely looks like a fast paced read. Great review!

Unknown said...

Hi Cyberclipper!

Thanks for stopping by! This is really a hot book, wickedly fun and sweet in all the right places. I loved it. If you're looking for something new to try, Sophie Renwick's Hot in Here would be worth giving a try.


Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Mandi!

I wish it was June 2...Hot in Here is definitely a fun summer read. I hope you get a chance to try it.

(I don't think you'll be disappointed!)


Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Aw Blanche!

I feel for your son, I really do. I have such bad migraines sometimes, all I can do is lie with a cloth across my eyes and hope for a better tomorrow. I know the feeling that I want to get sick, and trying not to.

Well, at least he was able to hold off the migraine until you were getting ready to leave. Riding in a car is awful with a migraine, I would've gotten sick too.


Unknown said...

Hi Amy!

Hot in Here is definitely fast paced, very sexy and extremely hot.

Hey Amy, thinking of YA, have you read Linda Gerber? I'm reading Lili St. Crow's Strange Angels (ARC) - I've really been enjoy them too.

Dottie :)

Lea said...

Wonderful, wonderful review Dottie!!!

Wasn't this a great read?

You really captured the essence of the story and I'm so happy "Hot In Here", has another great review. :)

Warm Regards

Anonymous said...

Dottie!! You did such a beautiful review! I'm happy you liked the story. Now, it's just a waiting game for me...I'm DYING to see if she comes out with Trey and Sarah's book.

Caffey said...

Loved your review! All the more I want to get this one! Soon out!

Unknown said...

Hi Lea!

I loved the review of Hot in Here on your site, you made it hot, sexy, and fun.

Wasn't it one of the best reads? I loved the whole story. I can't wait to see if Trey and Sarah have their story. You could feel it cooking in the background. I'm waiting for the next book, almost patiently.

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Barbara!

I loved the storyline in Hot in Here, it just couldn't get much better. I'm waiting to see if Trey and Sarah get their story too. So much sexual tension. You could feel it right below this storyline.


Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Caffey!

I hope you get a chance to read Hot in Here, it was an excellent contemporary. It was steamy, fun, extremely sexy....I loved it. Mark your calendar for June 2!!

Dottie :)

Blodeuedd said...

Awesome review indeed :D
I am sure I would have wanted to read if if I hadn't already, lol.

Unknown said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

You had a great review on your blog, I hope my review was as good as yours.

It was a fun book to read that's for sure. It was sweet and sexy. I really enjoyed it.

Dottie :)

VampFanGirl said...

Fantastic Review Dottie!

I really REALLY enjoyed this debut novel by Sophie Renwick. I can't wait to read her paranormals.

:) VFG

Unknown said...


I really enjoyed Hot in Here, I can't wait to see if Sophie writes Trey and Sarah's story. Seeing that I have a special love for paranormals, I can't wait to see what she does with this genre as well.

Dottie :)

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Oh Dottie!!! I AM HERE I AM HERE!!!! I am work right now.. so, I will try again when I get home and let you know if it works there too!!! I AM SO EXCITED ****doing happy dance****

Yay Yay Yay!!!!
I didnt even read the review yet... I just wanted to see if I could send a post... I promise I willlll read your review...!!!!

Unknown said...

Hi Cecile!

Every once in a while blogger gets too congested and won't let me on my site, I just have to keep trying to get on the site. Sometimes, it blocks everyone. I don't know, very irritating. But I'm glad you were able to get on today!! Yay!!

Dottie :)

Ladytink_534 said...

Wow! That cover is sizzling and so is the review!

Unknown said...

Hi LadyTink!

Yup, the cover is hot, but the story in the pages is hotter. It was a fast fun read, really enjoyed it!

Dottie :)

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

I am back again!!! Yay!! I feel like blog likes me again!!
Just stopping by to show some love!!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...


You know how to do fabulous reviews! You've a talent with words!


Unknown said...

Hi Cecile! *waving*

I'm glad to see that you can visit, I hope your home computer will let you visit too (or are you visiting from home?). Blogger has it's peculiarities sometimes.

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Hawk!

Thanks sweetie!

I hope to be able to email you tonight or tomorrow, emails been acting funny. Not wanting to load, maybe I just need to empty it.

Talk to you soon!

Dottie :)

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Dottie,
It sure was a funny and sexy read. perfect for the holiday I was having,

ps left you something over at my blog

Unknown said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

It was a fun, sexy read. Really hot.

I'll be over!

Dottie :)

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