Title: In The Fire
Author: Eileen Griffin & Nikka Michaels
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages/Word Count: 223 Pages
At a Glance: I recommend this for anyone who loves a man who knows their way around the kitchen.
Reviewed By: Chris
Blurb: Because the way to a man’s heart…
Eight years ago, the world was their oyster. Until, that is, competing chefs Ethan Martin and James Lassiter’s hot and heavy relationship fizzled after Jamie left for an internship in Paris. Even though Jamie’s career has taken off since his return to the States, with his own television show and a lot of fame, his feelings for Ethan have never quite gone away.
Ethan’s culinary career has developed more slowly, but he’s almost saved enough to buy the restaurant where he works and re-open it as his dream spot, Bistro 30. If only he could get the sexy chef who loved him and left him out of his mind.
But when someone starts sabotaging the restaurant and a fire threatens to take away everything Ethan holds dear, his only option is to rely on Jamie for help. Back in close quarters, the two men will have to find a way to work through their past if they hope to save the restaurant and their future.
Review: Eight years have passed since Jaime and Ethan were rivals and lovers. The strain of a long distance relationship, coupled with lack of communication and a jealous ‘friend’s’ meddling, tore them apart. Leaving both without closure as to just why things ended makes for an interesting meeting the first time they see each other again.
While Jaime has been over in Paris, with a career that has taken flight, Ethan’s taken longer to reach the dream of owning his own restaurant. Now, that’s not to say either have regrets for what happened in the past. Nor does it mean that they are actually over each other, because they lacked that closure of really saying their relationship was finished eight years before. Now being tossed together again after all these years, both realize they have things left unsaid and unfinished. It actually throws them both for a loop they weren’t expecting. Along the way of figuring out what went wrong, they also figure out they really aren’t finished with their relationship. That doesn’t mean things are going to be easy, though, because there is still someone who is trying to come between them, and there is someone trying to sabotage Ethan’s new restaurant.
In the Fire is told in alternating points of view, which really gives you better perspective of both sides of the story. While you think the breakup would be relatively cut and dried, it really wasn’t, because there was major miscommunication and hurt feelings on both sides due to perceived faults. If they had only talked to each other and not let others direct their paths, they probably would have never split.
This was a good follow-up to In The Raw, which introduced these two characters. In the years that have passed, Ethan and Jaime have grown up in so many ways, but they do still have some of the same issues from the first book. Ethan still has a temper, hates to ask for help, and still worries about others before himself, which really puts him in a bind a few times in this book. The story was solid from start to finish and kept a good pace with both points of view. This book did offer closure for Ethan and Jaime, which is ultimately what I’d wanted from both stories.
I recommend this for anyone who loves a man who knows their way around the kitchen, and is able to admit when he’s wrong, or didn’t pay attention to what was going on.
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