Blog Tour: Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris


I'm really excited to be a part of the Taste the Heat blog tour and be able to present to you Rachel's Playlist for the book. I can tell you I've already listened to it quite a few times. :)


Taste the Heat
Rachel Harris
Pub Date: July 8, 2013
Publisher: Entangled
Genre: Adult Romance Contemporary

Synopsis:

One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef. One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she can’t afford to taste. Colby can’t wait to leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. Disillusioned by his past, he knows he should be focusing on finding the perfect mother for his daughter. But when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason can’t say no.

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?



Taste the Heat Playlist




Jenny Says by Cowboy Mouth. This is quintessential New Orleans for you. I listened to these guys at every Jazz Fest I went to and I HAD to have this on my playlist to bring me back to my hometown. It always made me smile Youtube


The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert. My heroine, Colby Robicheaux, leaves New Orleans at the age of eighteen and only comes home again for the rare visit until the story opens. This song plays a HUGE part in this story at a certain part, too. Youtube


Daughters by John Mayer. Such a HUGE song for Colby. Also fits Jason in a few ways. Youtube

To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks. Enough said  (Love this song and it makes me think of Hope Floats, which ALWAYS makes me cry. Always.) Youtube

Ready to Run by the Dixie Chicks. Yeah, my girl isn’t looking for forever…at least not at first (*wink*)
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Back Where I Come From by Kenny Chesney. This always makes me think of home and puts me in the right mood to write about the uniqueness of being a Southerner
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Just Might (Make Me Believe) by Sugarland. This just captures Colby’s inner-battle really well.
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• I Hate Myself For Losing You by Kelly Clarkson. Without being too spoilerific, we know all books have dark moments, right?? (*grin*) Well, this works really well for that. Youtube

Who Says You Can’t Go Home by Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles. Pretty self-explanatory. Plus, it’s just so darn catchy ;) Youtube


My Review:

What I loved most about this story was that there was not just a past as an obstacle but also things in the future. The fact that Jason has a kid is realistic and something that has to be considered. Also the fact that Colby has a life, and a good one, somewhere else also helps put a wrench in things. Of course they both have their own skeletons that also help to cause some emotional havoc but everything in this book was very relatable to a large amount of people. Struggles that a lot of single moms/dads have to think about. How things in our parents relationships can influence our own relationships.

Loved Colby. Great female character, she might have some battle scars but she is a strong and intelligent woman. I also like how the guys are kind of drooling over her when she is a celebrity judge. I was thinking my head, yay you show them. Hot girl with brains and talent!

Jason, oh Jason. Can this guy be any more swoon worthy? Where do I sign up for the fire department in that town? :). I also really liked that Jason has a single father’s perspective who is trying to raise an almost teenage daughter. It left it open for some really cute scenes like at the grocery store. Emma often seemed liked the more mature one of the group though, of course. I think sometimes kids have hidden wisdom to look at things with less complication.

The romance is perfect. We get some great tension/chemistry between Colby and Jason. Also I liked how some things were not overly graphic, I can read a romance and not need to know every aspect of what goes down physically.

I love the family atmosphere that is created in the book. Not just from Colby’s immediate family but as a town. I liked how close knit so many of them were and even Colby mentions how in Vegas she can walk in a store and not recognize anyone but not in her hometown. The families are not perfect and have their dysfunctions but that doesn’t keep them from being close. I loved how protective Cane is of Colby and cannot wait for his book either. I also love some words of wisdom that Colby’s mom leaves behind.

This book was full of great supporting characters and I love the strength that gives the book and its plot. That’s why there is a supporting actor/actress awards because they definitely have their own importance and Rachel does an awesome job incorporating them. It made me want to know more about them and look forward to continuing the series

I loved the setting of being New Orleans, I have never been and I can say now I really want to go. I loved the incorporation of the sights, the food and the people. I was thinking how I need to write down the name of some of the places. I also loved the description of the food as well. I love to eat and watch cooking shows so the whole thing was right up my alley. Toss in a hot firemen and I’m sold.

I really loved the book and highly recommend it.


Rachel Harris Bio:

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her at www.RachelHarrisWrites.com.

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I love books, tea/coffee(by the gallon) and sour candy. I wear my nerd badge with pride and have two children ages 5 and 3 that keep me on my toes.
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3 comments:

  1. Thanks so much, Jen!! Music is SO important to my writing process, and I loved being able to share some of the songs I listened to over...and over...and over again while drafting ;)

    I can't thank you enough for being a part of the tour and helping spread the word about Taste the Heat. I adore you!

    xoxo
    Rachel

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  2. This is so much fun - I'm *dying* for this book, and would love love love a printed copy! (Also, Cafe du Monde beignet mix? *dies fully*)

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  3. These songs work! Brings back many memories!

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