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Peek Inside Dishing up Desire

Image consultant Blake is facing his toughest PR challenge yet: salvage the image of celebrity chef Kirin Hart. But she’s no easy fix. She won't changeher comfortable homemaker image, and is being sued for sexual harassment by a staffer. She needs a PR lifelinefast. Only problem is Blake wants more than to make her over...Kirin doesn’t need a makeover–her fans love her as she is. But she could lose everything if the sex scandal and reputation that has followed doesn’t get quashed right away. Sheagrees to let himwork his magic for two weeks, but things get complicated when she can’t deny the way her body flares to life whenever he’s near

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Image consultant Blake Matthews is facing his toughest PR challenge yet: salvage the image of celebrity chef Kirin Hart. Once he does, he’ll be able to acquire LA’s most successful PR firm. But Kirin’s no easy fix. She’s stubborn about changing her comfortable homemaker image, and is being sued for sexual harassment by a junior staffer. She needs a PR lifeline fast. Only problem is Blake wants more than to make her over…

Kirin doesn’t need a makeover–her fans love her as she is. But she could lose everything if the sex scandal and reputation that has followed doesn’t get quashed right away. Kirin agrees to let model-perfect Blake work his magic for two weeks, but things get complicated when she can’t deny the way her body flares to life whenever he’s near.



"Dishing up Desire was an excellent book....A great read that I highly recommend! (5 Stars - Books, Books and More Books)
"I really enjoyed Dishing Up Desire. I loved Blake and Kirin's delicious chemistry and fun dialogue and the maturity of the storyline and writing really appealed to me." ("A" rating ~ Basia's Bookshelf)
"I was completely attached to this story and these characters. Barbara's writing is so strong and what she accomplishes with this  story was impressive." (4 Stars - The Readiacs)
"I loved the details of the story, as you read it you are in the kitchen where she is fall in love with Blake as she does, the story is rich in description. Barbara DeLeo's story became a movie in my mind." (5 Stars - Lynne Goodreads)

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661718
Release Date: Jul 8, 2013
Page Count: 179
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: coworkers

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By Cate July 21, 2013

This book is full of simmering sexual tension, which makes it a super read I couldn't put down. I wondered how a makeover story would go, but I was hooked. The image consultancy was done deftly, and rather than a makeover, was more an ugly duckling growing into a beautiful swan. This is a clever... ...more

By Hayson July 13, 2013

I just loved this book. I read it through in one sitting.

How refreshing to have characters who read as real people. I loved Kirin a woman unsure of who she really is has taken a bad hit with a sex scandal. Thank you Ms. DeLeo for not having a perfect heroine! All Kirin wants is to be known for h... ...more

By Crystal July 11, 2013

Dishing Up Desire is another wonderful addition to the Entangled Publishing Indulgence line. I love these shorter novels, they really seem to fit in my summer so far and provide me with wonderful stories to get lost in for a couple of hours.

Character Development:
Kirin and Blake, two very interes... ...more

By pinK July 31, 2014

This book was not at all what I expected, but I still loved it. In my mind's eye, I imagined this book would have a lot more to do with the fact that she was a chef, which is what initially made me interested in this book. I have a thing for chef romances. The fact that Kirin is a chef plays a fa... ...more

By Lynn July 17, 2013

I received this as a ARC on the condition of giving my honest opinion. This is the first time that I have ever done this. I was terrified that I would not like it and have to say so and why. SO needless to say I was so happy to find that I loved it!

The premise and occupations of the hero and her... ...more

By Crystal July 30, 2013

Very entertaining read! I enjoyed the book from the moment I picked it up until the end. I loved the chemistry between Kirin and Blake! The romance between them is believable and not that of fairy tales! ...more

By Maria July 23, 2013

What a great storyline, it's amazing what love and determination can achieve. Blake and Kirin fit perfectly.

I loved this book and highly recommend this excellent book ...more

By Jodie July 22, 2013

“You and I have looked in a hundred mirrors together, but I haven’t seen anything as clearly as when I’m with you.”

This was such an easy and enjoyable read. I will admit at the beginning I had a little bit of problem connecting but once I did I was completely attached to this story and these c... ...more

By Lynn July 21, 2013

4 Temperature Rising Stars!

A successful, stubborn woman coupled with a devastatingly handsome man telling her to change everything about her, what could possibly go wrong with that combo? Barbara DeLeo’s Dishing Up Desire was hilarious as well as emotional. And I enjoyed it from beginning to end... ...more

By Nicola July 08, 2013

If you are looking for a well-written romance with characters to love, a great storyline and some nice steamy content, look no further. This ticks all the boxes.

I loved both Kirin and Blake. Following a harassment claim against her, Kirin’s career is free-falling. Stubborn and defensive, she crav... ...more

By Evelyn July 09, 2013

I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I'm a fan of the Entangled brand including the Indulgence lines. I know I'm not going to get a bad book when I read them, but this book really surprised me in a good way.

The book starts out in the male perspective of Blake, the image consultant hell... ...more

By Kristine July 29, 2013

Blake Matthews has a job to do. That job is Kirin Hart. Well, actually his job is to fix her image as America's sweetheart chef. You see she has become somewhat of a social pariah since being brought up on sexual harassment charges. Blake must prove to her PR firm (Dent and Douglas) that he can f... ...more

By Donna July 08, 2013

Sweet contemporary romance
Celebrity chef Kirin Hart needs an image makeover. Her life has been in turmoil since her husband and of the cooking team died and recently she was sued for sexual harassment by a younger male employee. Image consultant Blake Matthews takes one look at her and knows tha... ...more

By Melody July 08, 2013

Posted on What I'm Reading

Well, I finished Dishing Up Desire by Barbara DeLeo. Honestly, I was on the fence with this story. However, once I started to see the emotions starting to build between Kirin and Blake, I was sold.

The first few chapters when Blake Matthews strolling and basically try to... ...more

By Divina August 09, 2016

**3.5 Stars

I enjoyed the story between a younger PR guru and his next client to "fix". Blake Matthews was a former model turned PR expert who's dream is to own the best PR firm in the country. Kirin Hart, a "celebrity Chef" who's career and reputation has taken a nosedive due to an alleged sexual... ...more

By Melou53 July 28, 2013

Received from author for an honest review.

This was a quick read and I enjoyed the characters. Kirin, a t.v. chef and widow is facing a negative image because of law suit from one of her previous employees for sexual harrassment. This is how she meets Blake, who is the consultant who has arrived t... ...more

By Sara August 13, 2013

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

The story was pretty good. I think parts needed a little bit more work. Some of the parts didn't seem to fit together. The situation that got them together is good. The story on the hero's side is weak and doesn't really get resolved. I found I... ...more

By Rita July 18, 2013

Kirin needs a image makeover after someone accuses her of sexual harassment. Blake is the one to fix it, but he is hiding a secret. This is a really good story about two people who both need to look inside and find the real person hiding behind their pasts. I love how in the beginning it was Blak... ...more

By Tina August 04, 2013

dishing up desire is a great book with drama over ones career she meets Blake he transforms her to be postive, honset about herself.they discover they have an attraction yo each other that opens to LOVE, LOSS AND LOVE.. ...more

By Elizabeth August 02, 2013

I enjoy the chemistry between Kirin and Blake. They both develop and learn from each other. At the beginning I was having problems staying focus and paying attention but as I got further into the book I got hooked. It turned out to be awesome!! ...more

By Shery August 01, 2013

I liked the book very much I finished it in 4 hours ...more

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Barbara DeLeo

About the author

Barbara DeLeo

Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and now lives her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters. Degrees in English and Psychology, and a career as an English teacher, fuelled Barbara’s passion for people and stories, and a number of years living in Europe gave her a love for romantic settings.  Discovering she was having her second set of twins in two years, Barbara knew she must be paying penance for being disorganized in a previous life and was determined to get it right this time. It’s amazing what being housebound with four preschoolers will do for the imagination and she decided it was time to follow her writing dream. Funnily enough, those first manuscripts had not a single child in them. Married to her winemaker hero, Barbara’s happiest when she’s getting to know her latest cast of characters. She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, but now without a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.

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