Cocky Chef by JD Hawkins
Release Date: July 31st
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
Model: Christian Hogue
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You can call me arrogant as much as you want. But when you're the best at what you do and have the hottest restaurant on the west coast, with enough Michelin stars to make Gordon Ramsay's head spin, you've earned the right to your confidence.
When I give an instruction in the kitchen, it's not a suggestion--it's an order. So when a new chef thinks she can do things her way, and dares to say so to my face, even her sharp wit and gorgeous pouty lips don't make it okay.
But I have to admit, she's got talent. She's creative in the kitchen and not even that double-breasted chef jacket can hide her perfect body. As I get to know her, I can't help wanting to know everything she thinks. I've never met a more talented chef. And I've never met a sassier and sexier woman in my life.
There's only one way this push and pull can end.
With her in my bed, begging for more.
She lets out a sigh of relief, but my cock hears something different in her gasping exhale. I bring my thumb slowly to a speck at the side of her mouth, fingers resting on the round perfection of her jawline. She stills under my touch and catches my gaze, time slowing with the deliberateness of my movements.
I brush the speck, but don’t pull away. Instead, I bring my thumb back across those ever-pouted lips, tracing their dip and fullness, letting her feel the texture of hands rough and scarred from a lifetime in kitchens, our eyes locked together in a moment of anticipation, emotions raging like an angry sea against the dam of the distance between us.
Her lips part slightly, I feel her shortening breath on my hand, and I push my thumb between those juicy, perfect lips, fingers pressing against the base of her ear. Her gentle gasp breaks the silence, before she closes those soft lips around my thumb, the sight of them pressing against my skin making my cock full against my pants. Her teeth gently squeezing my nail, tongue flickering as I push the finger inside the hot wetness of her mouth.
My other hand already on her waist, I pull her toward me, press her lithe body up against mine. Those magnificent hips swaying and rubbing against mine, her weight shifting onto me, breasts heaving, nipples so hard now I can feel them through that sweater dress.
“You’re fucking incredible,” I growl. Prelude to pulling her toward me, my finger in her mouth still, angling her head so I can taste the tenderness of her neck, run my sensitive tastebuds down the taut muscles, follow the path that leads me to the front of her chest. Quiet moans getting louder as I run my tongue down the softness of her cleavage, her dress my enemy now as I pull it down and bury my teeth in her breasts.
“Oh God…” she moans. “Cole…”
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed this book for two reasons:
1. The prose
2. The journey of its author.
Lets start with the Prose. I like the idea of a book about food, because... food. I also love books about strong female characters. Its amazing when men can capture women at their womany-ist. Witty, smart, and sexy (this part men seem to nail).
In _Cocky Chef_ We have Willow, who is now in my top 10 fave female characters to date. She isn't insecure, shes strong and sure and knows she's the bomb in the kitchen. Other areas of life, maybe not so much. There was a pivotal point in the book for me where it looked like my girl Willow was going to "princess out", she didn't though she follows her dreams.
Then there is Cole, alpha male extraordinaire. He's not alpha because of his cockiness or even his skill in and out of the kitchen. Nah, Cole became alpha for me at the end (you'll have to read it to see what I'm talking about). I liked Cole throughout the story but I fell in love with that scene. The selflessness, the support the love. I love how he doesn't do what most alpha males do and deny he loves someone. He does, he knows, he owns that shit. Alpha (insert black girl clap here). Male (and again here).
Now for reason two I love this book is the journey of the author. I enjoyed all of JD's books, but the last three "felt" different. They felt like he cared a little more ( not saying he didn't care about the previous books). The attention to detail, the nuances that come along with being a woman, a celebrity, a chef, a Californian the vivid d were all there and all executed so well. The descriptions of the food was another favorite, I could almost see it. I would salivate; or scrunch my nose up, at the pages. I love that he has written such beautiful strong women characters since the beginning. It makes me believe that JD has some strong leading lady characters in his real life (Good job Mrs. and Mamma H!!). The thing I have to say I love the most about JD's journey in this book specifically, is the angst. I've begged JD for some angst and he delivered. You gave good angst JD!!
I would definitely recommend this book to others. Its so good and has so much heart.
About the Author:
JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independant women. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn't writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He's always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.
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