[Review] Cocky Chef by J.D. Hawkins

Title: Cocky Chef
Author: J.D. Hawkins
Publisher: HEA Press
Publication Date July 31, 2017

You can call me arrogant as much as you want. But when you’re the best at what you do and have the hottest restaurant on the west coast, with enough Michelin stars to make Gordon Ramsay’s head spin, you’ve earned the right to your confidence.

When I give an instruction in the kitchen, it’s not a suggestion–it’s an order. So when a new chef thinks she can do things her way, and dares to say so to my face, even her sharp wit and gorgeous pouty lips don’t make it okay.

But I have to admit, she’s got talent. She’s creative in the kitchen and not even that double-breasted chef jacket can hide her perfect body. As I get to know her, I can’t help wanting to know everything she thinks. I’ve never met a more talented chef. And I’ve never met a sassier and sexier woman in my life.

There’s only one way this push and pull can end.

With her in my bed, begging for more.
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Review: Cocky, indeed. First of all, I have to say that when I read the synopsis for this I was very intrigued. Cole Chambers definitely lives up to Gordon Ramsay’s reputation kitchen-wise, but I would have liked to see a bit more of that same fire in his character. Don’t get me wrong, Cole had his moments of utter volcanic fury, but I feel like he melted a little too quickly. He and Willow definitely had passion and sexual tension from the get-go, but somehow I thought his character would be less willing to give up control. Willow’s character was full of fiery passion and never let anyone hold her back from her true potential. This was the first book I’ve read by J.D. Hawkins, but I will definitely be back for more, especially if they live up to this chefs-to-lovers story. It had the chemistry, the heat, and kept me craving more. I did have a few issues, however. There wasn’t as much drama as I was expecting, and there were a few times where I was thinking “this is happening too fast” for it to be real. I really wish there was a bigger play off of the tension between the two chefs, because it was a unique romance. Most of it felt like an appetizer: just a taste before the main course. Bring on dessert!

Rating: 4/5

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