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.
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Top Five Reasons You Should Encourage Your Man to Cook
Thanks to the rake lov-ahs at Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance for letting me chat about Feel the Heat, the first in my Hot in the Kitchen series about an Italian restaurant-owning family and the sexy, sizzling chefs who love them. Now available for the sexy bargain of $2.99. Today, I’m going to talk about getting your guy in the kitchen—especially if it’s not his happy place. If you have a husband/boyfriend/sex slave who believes guy cooking = grilling, but outside of the summer months, you won’t catch him dead in an apron, then this post is for you. But he just makes a mess or I’m a better cook, I hear you say. Who cares? The benefits to encouraging your man to cook are multi-fold.
- Guys who cook know how to multi-task. If he can watch a couple of bubbling pots, chop those herbs, and pour you a glass of wine while you put your feet up, then it’ll eventually translate to other areas. Childcare, taking out the trash, maybe even doing the dishes while he whips up that coq au vin.
- Guys who cook know how to get creative You might ask your man: “Is this made with sour cream, babe?” *Cue worry crease on guy’s brow that looks so adorable. * “No, I didn’t have any so I used Greek yogurt instead. Does it taste okay?” *Hold praise for a beat* “That’s so creative, babe, and less fattening.” (Positive reinforcement is key during the early training phase.)
- Guys who cook have a direct correlation on a woman’s TBR list He’s in the kitchen after bringing you that glass of wine. Now you can get down to the important stuff—making a dent in your stories about fictional boyfriends who probably cook better than your guy. (In the case of Jack Kilroy, my delicious chef in Feel the Heat, this conclusion is a given.)
- Guys who cook will evolve into guys who grocery shop . ‘Nuff said.
- Guys who cook make better lovers . Chefs have very skillful hands, often callused and scarred from years of kitchen abuse. Those fast-moving, rough hands are going to take your sexytimes to the next level! As long as your guy is burning himself while he learns, it can only be beneficial to you further down the road.*
*I have no evidence for this except my fevered imagination and the torturously skillful manipulations of my hot alpha chef, Jack Kilroy.
*** FEEL THE HEAT by Kate Meader
IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT . . .
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.
. . . GET INTO THE BEDROOM
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?
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