Michaela Willoughby is the spa chef at Flamingo Island and wants to show that tasty food can be healthy and low-calorie. She had high blood pressure and cholesterol as a teenager and is determined to win the audition against flirty Paolo for the food TV show. It’s a chance to pay-off her education and make her parents proud.
Things don’t go as Paolo or Michaela expect when they’re suddenly forced to audition together—and then the tempers flare and the sparks fly. No matter how hard they try, at nearly every turn their lives get intertwined and they discover that the other isn’t at all what they appear on the outside. As the competition heats up, so does the desire, but only one can be the winner.
GRILL ME, BABY is the first book by author Sophia Knightly that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, but it certainly won’t be my last. In fact, there are a couple of books on her backlist I now have my eye on. Anyway, as a person who enjoys cooking and eating, the premise for this new contemporary romance almost demanded I read it, and I’m glad I did. I mean really. Two chefs battling for the chance at their own cooking show; it had to entertaining—and was I right. And it’s humorous and sexy, too.
Ms. Knightly has done a great job of weaving together the components of what makes a great old-fashioned romance while still bringing it into the present. With the well developed personalities, vivid descriptions, captivating premise and numerous family members playing important roles, in many ways, GRILL ME, BABY reminds me of a sexy version of an old classic movie. It’s not a comedy—while funny in parts—and not a drama either, but a nice mixture of both.
If you’re ready for a spirited romance filled with good writing, a smooth flow, passion, desire, family and competition, then GRILL ME, BABY will be the perfect summertime read for you. I couldn’t put the story of these two bantering lovers down, and I would love to see a sequel sometime soon. Hint. Hint.