Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tour Stop/Giveaway – Cooking Up A Seduction by Jenna Bayley-Burke

                                                 Published February 7th 2014 by Blueberry Eyed Books

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Love never tasted so sweet...

Sexy venture capitalist Cameron Price takes the helm of the Seattle branch of the firm to prove he has what it takes to lead the entire company. Unfortunately, his boss thinks what it takes for a workaholic like Cam is a wife!

To fend off the matrimonally inclined, Cameron has to think fast. Inspired by the dazzling green eyes of the gorgeous caterer, he proposes the kind of innovative arrangement he's known for. If Lauren Brody will spend a few weeks on his arm networking at events, she'll be able to raise the profile of Come For Dinner catering and book more clients than she ever dreamed.

But Lauren has a plan of her own and tempts Cameron to play along. She convinces Mr. Buttoned-Up-Tight they can have some serious fun on his piano, in his kitchen, and behind closed doors. But it's dangerous to keep a lid on something so hot. And a relationship was never on Cameron's agenda...

WARNING :: Indulge at your own risk! Cravings for exotic fruit, decadent delights, erotic fashion & steaming hot nights of pleasure have been reported.



The door made no sound as Cameron pushed it open. Stepping onto the cold tile of his kitchen, he froze. His breath caught and he became agonizingly aware he wore nothing but his black cotton boxer briefs. Underwear that had no hope of hiding his reaction to the fiery woman with her back to him as she shimmied, cleaning something off the counter with a towel.

Really, he should clear his throat and let Lauren know he was there. Or run. Yes, running would be good. Straight upstairs where he could put on some clothes.

Before he could escape she turned, her eyes widening in surprise. Maybe the celebratory toasts had more of an effect than he realized, because his anxiety vanished and he started to laugh.

“I thought you’d gone home.” He crossed the kitchen and stood next to her at the counter.“Since you could never be in a relationship with me and all.”

“Cameron,” she turned to face him, but from the tremble in her lips he knew she suppressed a smile. “This isn’t a joke. Playing for one night is one thing, but a relationship is another.”

“Oh, I don’t think Anders was joking. He’s probably contracting someone to draw up our prenup right now, just to ensure every party I throw is as good as this one. You did a wonderful job.”

“I could never marry someone who thinks marriage requires an escape hatch.”

“What?” Cameron laughed again. She certainly had a fresh way of phrasing everything. With a smile, he started looking about the kitchen for some sign of sustenance.

“A prenuptial agreement. I’ll never sign one, or marry someone who’s not fully committed to making a marriage work.” She stood taller, pulling her creamy shoulders back.

“Before you get too indignant about it, I have to have one. It’s part of my employment agreement so divorces don’t affect the other partners.” He stepped closer, and then closer than he knew he should. She’d had her hands on him all evening. Had it been just for show, or could there be more to it? “But then that’s not really the issue here.”

“What are you doing?” Her bottom lip trembled in a completely different way.

“I’m not sure yet.”

Lauren’s breath caught in her throat as she stared into his darkening blue eyes. Oh no, he was going to kiss her. And heaven help her, in spite of everything, she wanted him to. Had since before he walked into the kitchen without a shirt on. Or pants for that matter. Not that she’d allowed herself a peek south of the border.
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This book made me gain like five pounds. It is absolutely necessary to gnosh while reading Cooking Up a Seduction. Luckily, Jenna did such a fantastic job with the story, it reads very quickly. (I just snacked on a lot of high cal goodies.) When not drooling over the food descriptions, I was drooling over Cam. He was a new experience for me, a high powered businessman with environmental morals. An oxymoron if ever there was one, and a complete turn on. He was also very dryly hysterical, with the food aspect anyway. The whole grapefruit thing just cracked me up.

Lauren was a worthy character as well. Independent, successful, NOT a skank, but definitely not a prude or afraid of her sexuality, just picky and cautious! Yay, getting a little tired of nasty heroines. Promiscuity is not an attractive trait in either partner.  She had clear cut goals, knew her limitations and a firm sense of self. I LIKED Lauren. She was also adventurous when the situation called for it.

Both Cam and Lauren had past issues with infidelity, and I really, really liked how this was handled. Up front and quickly, no miscommunication and long drawn out pouts, it was dealt with in an adult fashion. Hooray!! This turned out to be a lovely, fun and smooth read that I can heartily recommend to even the most discerning of romance readers. Plus, at the end, there's food stuff!! I already made one of the recipes and it was phenomenal! Almost as yummy as Cam. Brava, Jenna, job well done.  

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College confused me. I went in determined to become an orthopedic surgeon, and came out with a triple major – Psychology, Religious Studies, and English. Thank goodness organic chemistry mystified me, or my life might have turned out completely different. Or not. I always wanted to write, it just seemed like a far away goal – a someday not a today.

After managing department stores and executive recruiting, I got lucky and had my first of three children. After two years of fertility treatments, I wanted to be with him as much as I could and opted to stay home. I started writing then, and developing recipes for magazines like Cooking Light and Better Homes & Gardens.

After my second son was born I had a health crisis, and as I lay in the ER I worried about what my boys would make of the things I’d left behind. Stories started and never finished, notes on novels never written, not to mention the rolls of film I’d yet to develop and put in albums.Grateful for life and high on pain meds, I was making some brave decisions. Like writing a book in a month for National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo).

That book (after much editing) became my first romance novel, JUST ONE SPARK, published by Mills & Boon in 2006. COOKING UP A STORM followed, as have a series of single-title romances from Samhain Publishing (HER CINDERELLA COMPLEX, PAR FOR THE COURSE, COMPROMISING POSITIONS, PRIDE & PASSION, PRIVATE SCANDAL, FOR KICKS, and DRIVE ME CRAZY).

COMPROMISING POSITIONS will always hold a special place in my heart, not because it sat atop the Amazon Bestseller list for two weeks, but because it was the story I was writing when I got sick, the half-finished book I worried my boys would find and wonder why I hadn’t completed it. Nothing compares to showing my kids that when you have a dream you chase it, catch it, hold on with both hands, and never let go.



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

Love the excerpt and cover.

MomJane said...

A really sexy excerpt. Sounds like a fun read.

Unknown said...

The cover of Cooking up Seduction is awesome

Unknown said...

Thanks! Be sure to enter the reviewers contest :)