Title: Into the Fire
Author: Amanda Usen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 2013
Jackson Calabrese has a lot of nerve. He beat Lila Grant in the Culinary Academy competition using her recipes. Now, he’s opening a restaurant and wants her help? Fine, she'll fix his menu, but it's going to cost him.
Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson can buy anything he wants, except creativity, so he buys Lila's instead. He can craft perfect paella, but to take New York by storm he needs her innovative spark.
Skillets aren't the only things hot in the kitchen, and an uneasy truce ignites into passion. They’re great in bed, but Jackson doesn't trust her, and Lila is contemplating revenge. The restaurant opening approaches, the menu is completed, and the tables are set for one final act of betrayal. How can love bloom in the midst of such a hot mess?
One night changed the course of Lila’s life and career – so did trusting the wrong person. Years have passed and now Lila has to confront the man who changed everything and not melt into a puddle. Despite the years since she’d seen him, the sparks are still there and neither of them are prepared for it.
Jackson has a lot going on in his life. He’s trying to open his own restaurant, impress his father, get the approval of all the food critics and try to make things right with Lila. Unfortunately for Jackson, revenge is all that is on the menu and Lila is bound and determined to get even.
Sparks fly the moment these two get into the kitchen together and don’t stop there! This book is filled with amazing food – it had my mouth watering! And some pretty steamy scenes between Lila and Jackson. They have fantastic chemistry that leaps off the page.
Would I recommend this book? One of the things I adore about Amanda’s book is the combination of romance and food. She has this way of weaving them together so perfectly that had me hooked from the moment I picked up the book until it was finished. I’ve enjoyed all her books so far and I can’t wait for more. Would I read more by this author? Without a doubt!