Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Intercepting the Chef by Rachel Goodman

Title: Intercepting the Chef
Author: Rachel Goodman
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: How to Score #1
Main Characters: Gwen and Logan
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher:  Pocket Star
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
“Smart, sexy, and funny” (Publishers Weekly) contemporary romance writer Rachel Goodman is back with a brand new series about a quarterback trying to score in the most important game of his life—the game of love.

Gwen Lalonde is a rising star in the eyes of the elite restaurateurs of the world. But when her celebrity chef boss and now ex-boyfriend fires her, she finds herself playing a different game. Forced to flee San Francisco and return home to Denver, Gwen lands a spot as the executive chef at Stonestreet’s, a new restaurant owned by NFL golden boy and Colorado Blizzards quarterback Logan Stonestreet. When Logan starts pursuing Gwen romantically, she pulls a classic duck and weave and avoids any advances by throwing herself into reestablishing her reputation in Denver.

But Logan Stonestreet is persistent—he didn’t become one of the best football players in the league by throwing in the towel at the first rejection. Something about Logan’s unwavering determination—and amazing body—keeps Gwen around, and soon there’s more that’s sizzling than just the steak on the grill. Things are getting more serious than either side cares to admit, and when Logan suffers a severe injury in the playoffs, they’re both forced to make game-time decisions. The perfect romance for football fans and foodies alike, Intercepting the Chef is a delicious read that’ll have you hooked until the very last play.

My Review:
OMG, I'm in love with the start of this new series from Rachel Goodman. This story was so good!

Logan and Gwen grew up together. Logan is best friends with Gwen's twin brother, Chris, who also plays pro football for the Colorado Blizzards. Logan is the quarterback and has played for the team for 10 years. As he's getting closer to retirement age, he's looking at other options for his life. He opens a restaurant and needs a head chef. 

Gwen just happens to be a chef...one looking for a job after her last boyfriend totally screwed her over. So, she takes over the kitchen at Logan's restaurant. Logan and Gwen have a bit of history with attraction, but nothing has ever come of it. And now, it sure isn't going to happen. Gwen was involved with her last boss...she has learned her lesson. That's not going to happen again. Besides Logan lives a totally surreal life beyond hers and honestly Gwen doesn't want any part of that, despite her brother being on the team, too. That knowledge just makes it so she's even more aware of how unrealistic these guys live. 

I liked how intertwined these two characters lives are. They both have fathers with very high expectations. It's something they have in common and can commiserate about together, because they know those facts intimately. There are two sides to the story... the restaurant and the pressures of the football season. I really enjoyed reading both those sides. This book was pure fun to read because of that. 

This is just one of those books...pure, fun entertainment that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I liked all the characters (although Chris has some issues that made me want to kick him). I loved the relationship between Gwen and Logan and though they drove me batty with their conflict, it still felt realistic to me.

I'm also really excited that this is the start to a series. Bring on the next book...I want more! Definitely recommend this one!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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