Friday, June 10, 2016

Heat (Salisbury Stories #1) by R.J. Scott & Chris Quinton

Serving up passion, family, love and hate, with a side order of arson.

Lewis has lost nearly everything, and now it seems that Devon is here to take the last thing he has left - working in his beloved restaurant, Laurels. But when an arsonist threatens everything Lewis loves, he realises sometimes everyone has their ghosts, and he discovers an unexpected ally who is prepared to risk everything for him.

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Set in the small cathedral city of Salisbury, Master Chef Lewis Mandineau no longer owns the Laurels, the restaurant that had been in his family for generations. Betrayed and robbed by an ex-lover, he's had to sell to Trelawney Enterprises, an American corporation. That isn't all Lewis has to contend with. Rachel, his beloved younger sister has been left severely hurt by the car crash that killed their parents, and taking care of her has to be his priority.

Enter Devon Trelawney III, sent to assess the viability of the restaurant and its staff. Devon knows all about family tradition. But he also knows sentiment has no place in business matters, and the Laurels' potential is swamped by the debts it has accrued. Devon is a hardheaded businessman, first and foremost, but Lewis and Rachel test his resolve in different ways. Soon Devon is forced to admit that what seems like an impossible love can sometimes become something very real.

***I received this ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions are my own.***

This was not the first book by RJ Scott that I have read, so I had high expectations for this book even though I was unsure who the other author  was at the time. After having read this book I have to say I love the collaboration of both authors. There was so much emotion that you could almost feel it while you're reading it, there never was a time where I was bored or had to force myself to continue to read. I found myself lost in the story and didn't want it to end. The characters were very well thought out and the plot was amazing. Overall another excellent book by RJ Scott and I am happy to say that I know will be reading books by Chris Quentin as well in the future.

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