Saturday, September 21, 2013

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: Deep Autumn Heat by Elisabeth Barrett

DEEP AUTUMN HEAT by Elisabeth Barrett
Series: Star Harbor #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: ebook via Netgalley
Length: 322 pages
Publisher: Loveswept (July 9, 2012)

In this sexy new Star Harbor romance series, featuring the too-tempting Grayson brothers, a celebrity chef turns up the heat for a local café owner-and things start to sizzle.

Lexie Meyers decides there's nothing sweeter than watching Sebastian Grayson's perfect, wicked mouth devour her coconut cake. He's hot, he's hungry, and he's sizing her up like she's the best thing on the menu. But she's been burned in the past and flings just aren't her thing. Too bad Sebastian can't resist a challenge.

Worldly, famous, and notorious with the ladies, Seb had planned a weekend of fishing and relaxation with his brothers. Until Lexie, with her kissable lips and frosty "get lost" attitude, makes him want to forget his culinary empire and create some magic with her. After he fires up his charm-including challenging her to a televised cook-off to break through her resistance-it's now hotter in the bedroom than it is in the kitchen and Lexie isn't sure whether she's lost her mind . . . or just her heart.

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REVIEW:

Deep Autumn Heat is the first of the Safe Harbor Novels written by Elisabeth Barrett. It follows the story of Lexie Myers, owner of the LM Kitchen diner and bake shop, and Sebastian Grayson, celebrity chef. Lexie and Seb have busy lives that have no room for romance in them, but somehow these two manage to get themselves into plenty of steamy situations.

I really liked Lexie’s character. She’s got her head on straight as far as her priorities go. At no point does she contemplate leaving the life she’s worked hard to create to go follow some guy. I’m glad of that, because it means she’s no pushover. I also liked that she resisted Sebastian’s advances … but only so far. I liked Sebastian as well but had a harder time relating to the incredibly rich bad boy who can do whatever he wants. I did enjoy how Sebastian used his bad boy image to cause a ruckus in Lexie’s life when it suited him.

The friction between Lexie and Sebastian is steamy and is well-paced. There’s a thread of danger in the story that Lexie takes seriously – something too few heroines do – and it helps throw these two together in some delightful ways. I will say that the danger itself culminated in a greasy/creepy way that I did not enjoy; but that may have been the author’s intent. The end of the book tied in the poem from the beginning of the story (which didn’t get much attention during the majority of the book), thereby setting up a thread that will run through the other Safe Harbor novels.

My only complaint with this book is that the ending is predictable and is therefore less satisfying. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book – but I knew where Sebastian’s next restaurant would end up, and I knew that when Lexie decided she could go into the root cellar by herself (what’s the worst that could happen?), the danger was about to come to a head. The rest of the story was fun – I look forward to reading Sebastian’s three brothers’ stories.

Favorite Quote:
“Lexie,” he said in a low rumble, “I’m back to make those arrangements we discussed a few nights ago.”
“Arrangements for what?” Lexie responded, pretending she didn’t know what he was talking about. Even as her voice remained steady, Seb could see her whole body was quivering. He couldn’t tell if it was from anger or nerves.
“You know what for,” he pressed. “As I recall, you told me you wanted satisfaction.”
One of the elderly ladies at the table gasped. Seb gave her one of his dirtiest grins. “That’s right,” he continued, turning back to Lexie. “Complete and utter satisfaction.”






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