Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Excerpt and Giveaway for The Kitchen When It Sizzles


 
Title: The Kitchen When It Sizzles
Author: Chrissie Peria
Date of Publication: August 16, 2014
Genre: sexy contemporary romance

Blurb:

Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.
Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who's filling in for Olivia's cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can't help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?

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Excerpt:
“You are too pretty to be the water delivery guy,” announced a deep, decidedly masculine voice. Olivia’s eyes flew open to see a shirtless hunk, clad only in low-slung, unbuttoned jeans that barely straddled his hips. Little beads of water glistened over the parts of his lean, well-toned, tattooed torso (appropriately enough, the droplets were on Japanese-inspired waves) that escaped being toweled off. His dark hair was cropped short and his jaw was lined with day-old stubble, screaming I-don’t-give-a-damn-about-how-I-look.
Olivia did a double take. She was expecting Miss Julia, celebrity TV chef, cooking instructor, and her childhood cooking idol. She was really looking forward to meeting the kind-looking, older woman who was as talented in whipping up delicious dishes as she was in gliding about the kitchen in flowing, floral things. Instead, she got this—this—this sizzling specimen of manhood who looked like a rockstar caught in the middle of a sold-out concert.
“You aren’t the water delivery guy, are you?” he clarified, one eyebrow quirking up, highlighting the faint white scar underneath it. He gave her a once over, starting from the top of her head to the tips of her toes—lingering a little bit too long over her chest area. Olivia cursed herself for dressing like a slob who just got out of bed, never mind that the distressed t-shirt cost about the same as a full course dinner in a swanky restaurant.
Apparently, he liked what he saw because his mouth turned up in a smile, complete with crinkly-cornered eyes that lit up his whole face. “Yep. Definitely too pretty to do water deliveries. Perhaps you should come in so we can figure this out?” He held the door open for her, and it took every ounce of her self-control to not be drawn to the spider’s web.
“I think I got the wrong address,” she muttered, rattled by his forwardness on a Saturday morning when she hadn’t had her coffee yet. She took a step back, but he grabbed her wrist to stop her from leaving.
“Hold on, I was just messing with you. You’re here for the basic cooking course, right? Olivia? My aunt’s assistant told me about you.” He let go of her wrist to open the door wider. “Sorry, I was expecting the water delivery guy. He’s the impatient sort, so I rushed out from the shower to make sure I could catch him. I didn’t bother to look respectable, because I wasn’t expecting you until much later.”
“I’m sorry, but I’m not sure I understand—”
“Name’s Nathan Olivarez. I’ll be your cooking instructor.
 
About Chrissie Peria

When not obsessing over fictional people doing fictional things, Chrissie obsesses about food: the eating, the cooking, and the procuring of it.
An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking, and babysitting a tiny human and a curly-haired dog. She still plays with dolls and she thinks that bacon is the answer. Her first book, All's Fair in Blog and War, is a finalist in the 2014 Filipino Readers' Choice Awards.


 

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