Wednesday, November 12, 2014

**Review ~ Heat Volume 1 ~ Kailin Gow**

Heat Volume 1 by Kailin Gow
A Heat: Master Chefs Novella
Release Date: October 6, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I was gifted a copy, from the author, in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3 Bookworms

Bobby Cummings went to Paris to study at the same international culinary institute as his sister Taryn Cummings. Instead of taking it seriously as she did, he wanted to sample all the goods in Paris, especially the pretty girls there. Why not? He was 19 and the world was his oyster. He wanted to be just like Errol King, a Master Chef, who taught at the Institute and was a notorious bad boy chef.

The only thing was someone was going to walk into his life and put a wrench into his plans...someone with eyes like violets and hair like chocolate silk, and a smoldering passion that consumes him whenever they're together. He didn't think she would be his type at all. He didn't think he would be hot for Lily, his teacher at the Culinary Institute. Now what would Taryn think? What would Errol think?

Whatever they thought...there's one thing he knew for certain, things with Lily and at the Institute had just gotten heated.

This is a 4 book serial.

Heat is the first in a serial spin-off of Ms. Gow's Master Chefs series. It's set in Paris at a prestigious culinary school. It was an interesting introduction although I felt a little lost not knowing Taryn or Errol previously, as they are characters from the Master Chefs series.

Bobby is Taryn's younger brother and he's recently relocated to Paris to attend the same culinary school as his sister. Only Bobby seems more interested in cooking with the ladies than learning about cooking. I found Bobby to be rather obnoxious, arrogant and immature, initially.

Lilly is the lovely, young woman who happened upon Bobby one evening, after he'd partied too much. She made sure he was safe because that's what a decent person does. Lilly also happens to be, as it turns out, one of Bobby's instructors. As if that isn't enough, she's also made his mentor. All of which are problematic since she's attracted to him.

I have to say Bobby confused me. I initially disliked him because of his immaturity. And that made it difficult to understand what Lilly saw in him. But she seems to bring out another side of him - one that's sweet. However, because he was so off-putting to begin with, I felt the relationship between them built too quickly and I never felt it. There wasn't enough character development to draw me in.

So while I didn't love Heat, I will probably read the next one if only to see who the real Bobby is.


  1. Forget the romance! I want to know what kinds of food there cooking, I like books like this because it makes me hungry and inspires me to come up with something mildly edible. LOL

  2. The premise sounds good here... food and a romance that shouldn't be so its a shame Bobby is kinda offputting... I'll be interested to see what you think of the next book in the serial. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  3. It really does sound like a good read, but immaturity annoys me too. Great review girl!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  4. Great review, Brandee. I haven't read a book where the hottie is a chef. I think I might need to check this one out and add it to my ever growing list.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  5. It's a shame you didn't connect with Bobby, I hope he is better in the next part.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  6. Yes, I would have liked to have had the food included here, Braine. :)

  7. It is an interesting premise. If the Bobby I liked shows up in the next installment, I'll be happy. :)

  8. I'm hoping he'll grow...and maybe that's Gow's aim here. I'll keep you posted. :) Thanks, Naomi!

  9. Thanks, Marilyn. I'll keep you posted on whether or not Bobby the hottie chef steals my heart! ;)


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