In the Fire is the second book in the In the Kitchen series by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Girffin. This book is best read as part of the series and not as a standalone novel to get the best understanding of the two main characters.
Ethan Martin is still a bad boy chef but his career is moving much slower. He is saving every penny he can to buy the restaurant he works in. With his sister by his side, he keeps his eye on the future and works hard every day to get his dream restaurant up and running. He tries to keep James in the past and look forward even though his heart is still with James.
James Lassiter is a celebrity chef whose career has taken off since his internship to Paris. He makes some great connections and ends up getting another internship in New York and his relationship to Ethan disappears. James seems tired of the trapping of being a celebrity and longs for the long tired days of cooking in a restaurant.
The connection between James and Ethan is powerful. This book does a great job of showing how hard relationships are even with the best of intentions and how others can throw monkey wrenches into things. Ethan and James are older in this book and not willing to let a chance at happiness get away from them. The sex scenes were scorching.
I found this book well written with an interesting plot. I loved the balance of suspense and romance. The ending is set in a way that answers all the questions about James and Ethan’s future. I hope that we get to see more about some of the secondary characters that appear in the book in future. The main characters and the secondary characters were memorizing. Overall, I loved this book.
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.
See how Ethan and Jamie's romance began in In the Raw, available now!
Stands Alone: NO