Cooking up a Storm (Black Lace)

Cooking up a Storm (Black Lace)

Cooking up a Storm (Black Lace)

The Coates Inn restaurant in Cape Cod is about to go out of business when its striking owner, Abby, jumps at a stranger’s offer of help – both in her kitchen and her bedroom. Storm, a handsome chef, claims to have a secret weapon: an aphrodisiac menu that her patrons won’t be able to resist. It certainly works on Abby – who gives in to the passions she has denied herself for years.

But can this playboy chef really be Abby’s hero if her body means more to him than her heart, and his in

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3 thoughts on “Cooking up a Storm (Black Lace)

  1. Bec
    48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    HOT! HOT! HOT!, June 3, 1999
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    This was my first Black Lace Series book and I was looking for this relatively newer genre in writing to be an “erotic adventure” in reading. This book did not disappoint. I’ve always been a fan of romance novels (since back when Kathleen Woodiwiss first wrote the Flame and the Flower) and decided to see if these erotic romances would be as escapist and interesting. There is more sex than story and more action than allure but even the more solid romance writers seem to lean towards becoming bolder in their bedroom scenes (Linda Taylor) and a mature audience appears to enjoy the extra spice. It looks more and more like the type of novel offered by the Black Lace Series people, the erotic style in writing, is becoming mainstream. What was probably once only available in an underground book outlet is now available through a very reputable company like Amazon. Thanks Amazon for opening up a whole new avenue in reading adventure. I couldn’t take a steady diet of this type of reading material, but I appreciate your open minded approach to making it available in the mainstream and protecting our right to have access to mature subject matter. I kind of wish they would change the book covers … they aren’t mainstream enough to make me comfortable reading them in public. Lest I make this book sound like pornography, let me say it is NOT. It was well written erotica.

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  2. Jana L.Perskie
    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best One Yet!, January 1, 2000
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    Bec (Alexandria, VA United States) –

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    This is not only the best book yet by Emma Holly, it’s my absolute favorite Black Lace book.
    I wish there were more like this – erotica doesn’t have to have five people having sex in different places while tied up to be interesting or arousing – two people with the right chemistry and a good plot would be my choice (most of the time). It starts with several encounters between two virtual strangers, and plays on the ages-old theme of a ‘bad boy’ who’s really a nice guy, once he finds the right woman.
    There are several other key characters, and some not-so-vanilla scenes, though it’s mostly M/F with less S/M than in Menage (my second favorite!).

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  3. Anonymous
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Cookin’ With Steam Heat!!, November 12, 2004
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    Jana L.Perskie (New York, NY USA) –
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    This review is from: Cooking up a Storm (Paperback)
    Emma Holly’s “Cooking Up A Storm” reminds me of the old adage, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Ms. Holly, one of the best romantica writers around, serves up a sensual treat of pure heat with this novel of haute cuisine and gourmet pleasure, likely to bring thrills to even the most jaded palate. However, if you prefer your romance reading to be a bit less explicit, you should look elsewhere.

    Abby Coates, manager and part-owner of the Coates Inn Restaurant, needs a new chef and more customers if she is going to save her failing business. When her father became ill, Abby left a promising career and came home to Cape Cod to help him run the restaurant. He left the business to Abby and her sisters when he died, and took out a life insurance policy to be used for future investments in the enterprise. The money is not stretching far enough to meet payments and allow for necessary renovations. Bankruptcy seems inevitable. In a funk, Abby breaks up with her longtime boyfriend because, ultimately, there is no chemistry between them. And she places an advertisement for a chef in a trade paper.

    Master Chef Storm Dupré sees Abby’s ad along with a photograph of the property. He is motivated to move from LA to MA to apply for the position personally. With his talent and experience, he never doubts the job will be his. Dupré is tired of California and is drawn by the coastal New England setting and the inn’s atmosphere. He plans to eventually buy Ms. Coates out and own the lovely seaside property and restaurant himself.

    Chef Dupré claims to have a “secret weapon,” an aphrodisiac menu Abby’s patrons will find irresistible. After the job interview and immediate hire, Storm and his new boss find each other irresistible. For the first time in her life straight-arrow Abby becomes a sensualist, as well as a businesswoman. And she is tutored by a chef who excels at loving as much as he does at cooking.

    This is an entertaining, erotic romp, with some engaging characters, including a 50-something artist/photographer, a funky waitress, and a trio of local men who are all Abby admirers. A steamy read & lots of fun!

    JANA

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