Sunday, May 26, 2013

Just Add Heat by Genvieve Jourdin

Title:  Just Add Heat
Author:  Genevieve Jourdin
Series:  Fire & Ice #1
Published:  November 26th 2012 by Pin-up Press 
(first published 2011)
Page Count:  276
Genre:  Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Take one part slightly insecure chef and add one part confidently sexy man. Mix well. Pour out the memories of the past two years and what do you have? A recipe for disaster.

Justine is a boyfriend-less chef; at least, that's the last thing she remembers. After a fall wiped the memories of the last two years of her life, she is struggling to absorb her new circumstances. Apparently, she's the racy star of her own web-based cooking show and has become involved with a sexy younger man. Why would amnesia strike when her whole life has had such a major upgrade?

Carter is living the life he's always dreamed of, a life with Justine, and he refuses to let a bump on the head derail his plans for a Happily Ever After. He'll do whatever it takes to remind her that they are the perfect couple, but how do you make the woman you love remember that she loves you?

Luckily for the both of them, her recollections are tied up with her hormones, and they have all the ingredients they need for a happy life.

No recipe required: Just Add Heat

Book 1 of the Fire & Ice Series, the story from a female point of view.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

OMG. I seriously couldn’t picture living through this. It’s completely plausible, and extremely well laid out by the author, but as an individual, OMG. Just OMG. Horrific. But the author has this tragic event laid on top of an awesomely intriguing storyline that takes you on a wild ride, all the way to a happy ending.

Jourdin’s writing meshes perfectly with her well-developed storyline. She writes very smoothly but yet with grace and style. Through her word choice and sentence configuration she adds tension where appropriate. She also becomes more light-hearted when the scene calls for it. Her descriptions also bring everything into a vivid reality.

I also really love the character development in this story. They become more than simply names on a page, but rather your best friends. I came to love the characters themselves. They’re simultaneously very real and very unique. The author uses some of the most ridiculous (yet standard) terms for things, especially lady parts. You can’t help but laugh at some of the things that the main character comes up with. It makes her seem extremely real. She says what she thinks, and talks like a real person. You cannot help but love her for it. She draws you further and further into the story.

This was a very intriguing story that drew me in from the get go. It was simultaneously your typical romance, yet very atypical for the genre. It was a unique break from the norm while giving you exactly what you want.

Buy your copy online here today!

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