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There is a reason J.T. Geissinger is one of my favorite authors and every time I get to read one of her books I fall in love with her work a bit more.
A few days ago, while on vacation, I've had the time (finally!) to read for a few days in a row, all day long, and trust me, I didn't even try to sleep.
I sat there, by the sea, reading
Burn for you.
Believe me, I was burning for this novel in more than just one way 🌞
Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is an asshole. He's rude, presumptuous and arrogant. He's also soooo handsome. More than he deserves to be.
More than Bianca can sometimes handle.
After storming into her restaurant, calling her food average, and demanding of her to work for him, the only thing she wants is to slap him so hard his ears would fall off.
But she has to take the job. He's offering 20 grand for her to cook for his guests and that money could save her mother's life.
But it gets even more complicated.
To keep his money and his fortune, Jackson has to marry as soon as possible, and the man would never again trust a woman with his heart. So he's asking Bianca to be his wife. A million dollars for five years of marriage.
A simple business proposal. No sex. No emotions involved.
Will she say yes?
"You, Mr. Fancy Bourbon Guy, are an asshole." That was my first thought about our hero, Mr. Bourdaux, while reading the first few chapters. Soon after that, I was humbly mumbling my deepest apologies to the perfection of this man.
"The only way to judge a person is by his deeds."
(J.T.Geissinger, Burn for You)
Jackson Boudreaux is one of those rough looking guys, full of cash and empty of every hope to ever be loved or accepted. The best thing about him is that he's not living in denial. He doesn't see himself as a god's gift to the whole women kind and his boldness, while he's seducing a woman, is mostly the result of him being scared and acting without a plan. His scars make him insecure in his looks.
If you read the novel carefully, you'll probably notice some motifs the author has borrowed from the well-known fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Jackson has a scar on his face that reminds him every day of some bad decisions he has made. He's also a grumpy man with a big house and a library full of first editions - and Bianca loves to read.
Bianca is a woman with only one parent and a narcissistic ex. As an owner of a restaurant, she made the Bourdaux bourbon the base for all of her recipes and that has been proven to bring her more customers than any other dish she has made before.
Her food is the thing that brings the two of them together in an explosively romantic novel that will make you hungry for more than just her well known and delicious jambalaya.
If this novel does open your appetite, there's no need to panic. The author has put a few recipes in between chapters, just to show you Bianca's restaurant would easily become your own favorite place to eat. Her menu sounds absolutely yummy.
If you gain the courage to make one of those yourself, please come back to this blog and send me a photo of your meal. It's not an easy job to write a review thinking about hot guys and food (those are actually, besides books, my worst temptations) and not being able to have either. Make my day 😉
Burn for You (published in 2017) is the first novel in Slow Burn book series, followed by Melt for You (published in 2018). The book number three, Ache for You is to be published sometime next year.
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Sexual tension: 5.0
Sex scenes: 5.0
Story ending: 5.0
Secondary characters: 5.0
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