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Peek Inside Taste the Heat

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. Fire captain Jason Landry knows he should focus on finding the perfect mother for his daughter, but when Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason doesn’t want to say no. As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

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When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she can’t afford to taste. Colby can’t wait to leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. Disillusioned by his past, he knows he should be focusing on finding the perfect mother for his daughter. But when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason can’t say no.

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

Each book in the Love & Games series is STANDALONE:

* Taste the Heat
* Seven Day Fiance
* Accidentally Married on Purpose


"A delicious love story, sensually told.  Bonus points for a beautiful ending that will make your heart soar." ~ NYT and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Blakely

"The perfect mix of humor, heartwarming moments, and heat!" ~ Cindi Madsen, author Falling for Her Fiance and Act Like You Love Me

"A touching story of love lost and found with delightful characters." ~ RT Book Reviews

"Taste the Heat was everything I look for in my books. It was fun, flirty, and a little spicy. This is my first Rachel Harris book and it certainly won't be my last." ~ The Autumn Review

"Hot fireman + Cajun food in the Louisiana heat = One spicy good read! Perfect combo of romantically sweet and steamy!" ~ Caisey Quinn, author Girl With Guitar

"This is a sweet, emotional and very entertaining read." ~ Harlequin Junkie 

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660940
Series: Love and Games, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 8, 2013
Page Count: 220
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: fling, older brother's best friend

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By Rachel May 01, 2015

I'm the author, so I'm biased...but seriously, I love this book! Set in my hometown of New Orleans, it celebrates my favorite things about the city: food, culture, family...and heat :)

Can't wait for y'all to meet the Robicheaux family, Cane, Colby, and Sherry, three siblings who run a Cajun restaura ...more

By Ayekah March 06, 2019

Absolutely loved this story! Colby has to return home to small town near Nola to help with her family's restaurant that is floundering since the death of her father. Colby left town over 10 years ago to become a chef and has her own successful restaurant in Las Vegas. Saying she doesn't want to be h ...more

By Jessica (Stuck in Books) July 08, 2013

Rachel is awesome and writes nice things. <3


This book had me at "One sexy fire captain." Because, come on. Uniform. Hehehe. But seriously, this book looked good. I've had my eye on it ever since I'd learned it, you know, EXISTED. IT looked sweet and AWESOME and I waaaaaaaaanted it. Grabby hands e ...more

By Susan (susayq ~) September 26, 2013

What a great story! I want a Jason for myself! He was sweet and romantic and all those good things women want in a man :)

This was my first book by Rachel Harris and won't be my last. She has a great writing style. Not to mention I love when authors make me feel at home by having their stories set i ...more

review to come. ...more

By Jessica July 08, 2013

4.5/5 stars

Review to come soon. When I can do more than just this: :D :D :D :D <3 <3 jason, jason.

(The real review now:)

Now that the initial giggly, big cheesy grin phase is over- I can finally write my review! I think I might have even squealed out loud a few times in this book ...more

By Autumn Review August 10, 2013

Taste the Heat was everything I look for in my books. It was fun, flirty, and a little spicy. I loved the characters and I loved their story. I loved getting to know Colby and Jason so much, that I wasn't ready for it to be over!

I liked Colby right away. She's simply, a likable character. Colby is a ...more

By Caisey June 17, 2013

I had the pleasure of reading this one early and ohmigosh so GOOD! Hot fireman + cajun food in the Louisiana heat = One spicy good read! Perfect combo of romantically sweet and steamy!

Coming July 8th! Can't wait for y'all to read it! Warning: it will make you hungry for some good ol' cajun food AND ...more

By Danielle (Love at First Page) October 11, 2014

This review includes the first two books in Rachel Harris' Love and Games series.

One of the best experiences of reading is finding new authors who you can count on to deliver again and again and whose work you immediately connect with. After just two books, I can safely put Rachel Harris in that cat ...more

By Kassiah July 27, 2015

4-1/2 stars. But I'm rounding up.

I have to admit that I was really excited about this book as soon as I found out about. Set right outside of New Orleans, which is very close to where I live, with a Cajun chef and a hot firefighter dad ? Sign me up!

No, really, I whined about it until they made a ...more

By Sheri November 02, 2013

What would you do if you had the chance at a no strings attached fling with your childhood crush?

In Taste the Heat we meet Colby and Jason. Colby is your classic heartbroken female who has had it with men, specifically cheating men. She realizes her heart won't be able handle another disappointment ...more

By Kari June 29, 2013

**4 Stars**
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

So, as some of you can probably tell from past reviews, I am not a romance genre person. HOWEVER, I loved Rachel Harris’ teen book (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century), so I wanted to give Taste the Heat a shot. I was pleas ...more

By Sue "DavinciKittie" June 29, 2013

Taste the Heat is a charming, heartfelt story about old love, unexpected betrayal, and finding yourself through the ashes of a painful past. Colby and Jason's story is both sweet and alluring, leaving you feeling satisfied and full of hope. He is a great hero - gentle, confident, and courageous - an ...more

By Nancy January 09, 2016

Rating: 3.75/5

Review coming soon! ...more

By Jaime September 18, 2013

I’ve been known to have good timing … occasionally. It just so happened that I popped onto twitter one evening and saw a tweet about Retweeting something to win. Out of habit I tend to RT a lot of things.

When I got a responding tweet later saying that I had won a copy of Taste the Heat from Rachel ...more

By Shelley (Bella) July 05, 2013

I was lucky enough to receive an arc for my honest and timely review.

Aw, I loved this story. It swept me off of my feet. I mean, Rachel Harris knows romance. Real romance. Heart pounding-knee wobbling-can't get enough of you-stay with me forever-you complete me romance. Her books are my escape from ...more

By Amanda February 13, 2017

4.5+ sizzling cajun stars!

It’s probably too quick to say that I’m head over heels in love with Rachel Harris’s writing based off one book but, it’s true! Taste the Heat made me laugh, cry, swoon, basically all the things you do while reading a really good book. It also happened to be the very defini ...more

By Ellen February 14, 2015

I loved Rachel Harris' YA novel My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, and was really excited to read her debut adult contemporary novel, Taste the Heat. I must say that she exceeded all my expectations. I just loved it. Colby Robicheaux has been gone from New Orleans for almost 12 years. She has establi ...more

By Kayleigh August 26, 2013

Taste the Heat Review on K-Books

When I first heard that Rachel Harris was bringing out a Adult Contemporary novel I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Since reading Rachel's debut novel My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, I fell head over heels in love with Rachel's books and I couldn't wait to get ...more

By Chelsea July 09, 2013

Taste the Heat was such a cute and fun read. It is so nice to read a light romantic book once and a while and take a break from the intensity of new adult novels. The writing style is so reminiscent of Lauren Blakely, whom I adore, so I am an instant fan of Rachel Harris.

Colby is a renowned chef in ...more

By herdys May 14, 2016

What a nice book!

It felt a little short, but the 200 pages were all used very well. While I'm not a fan of instalust, here it was kinda funny how they were flirting food and recipes. I did get a little tiref of hearing how
how they both thought the other was. We get it, YOU'RE BOTH HOT, yay..

Apart f ...more

By Shannon July 03, 2013

This book is so awesome! Rachel Harris bring the setting to life so much that you practically feel like you're there...and taste the delectable New Orleans treats! Get ready to fall in love with the swoony Jason, too. Just sayin'. Another stellar read by this author. Can't wait for the next one in t ...more

By Karen October 23, 2013

4.5 stars

I REALLY loved this book. So sweet and romantic with just enough sizzling chemistry without being overly explicit.

I enjoy most of Entangled's Bliss line but this title made me sa-woon!

I highly recommend this book as well, as Cindi Madsen's Accidentally in Love series, also from Entangled B ...more

By Stacee October 13, 2013

Fun and [mostly] fluffy, just the way I like them. ...more

By Asheley June 16, 2015

Taste The Heat by Rachel Harris is one of the best examples of using setting and food in a story to create mood and tension that most of us just love to pieces in our romances. We all know that both of these things can work so well to set up atmosphere and attraction between characters when they're ...more

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Rachel Harris

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Rachel Harris

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing. An admitted bookaholic and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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