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  • 03/2019
  • 978-1-7338674-0-5 B07PQ6916P
  • 302 pages
  • $3.99
The Secret Ingredient
Kilby Blades, author

Winner of the 2018 Stiletto Award (issued by the Contemporary Romance chapter of RWA)

Finalist in the 2019 Sexy Scribbles Contest (issued by Passionate Ink, the Erotic Romance chapter of RWA)

TV chef Cella journeys to an idyllic seaside town to write an Italian cookbook. She's also mourning a failed restaurant project, dodging her predatory agent, and finding respite from soul-crushing fame. When she learns that her new neighbor, Max, is the nephew of a late, famed Italian restaurateur, she convinces him to teach her authentic touches that will help her write the book.

This is a mixed blessing for guilt-ridden Max, who botched his own attempt to become a chef—a failure that’s left his aunt’s restaurant sitting empty for years. No one’s challenged Cella in the kitchen in ages. Max’s fiery disposition sparks her intuition and reminds her how to feel the food.  But the heat between Max and Cella may be hotter than the flames on the stove. Max's gentlemanly nature and Cella's professionalism stop being enough to keep them apart. With Max's vacation ending and Cella slated to return to L.A. at summer’s end, how will they ever say goodbye?

Reviews
Blades (Crazy Old Money) delivers a saucy romance full of lovely characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal, blending an inviting, homey locale with scrumptious descriptions of Italian cuisine. Marcella Dawes, a celebrity chef, is visiting Longport, N.C., to write an Italian cookbook. Her temporary neighbor, Max Piccarelli, is a plastic surgeon who performs reconstructive surgery for children in distant locales on behalf of a nonprofit. He also happens to be a skilled cook and one of Cella’s biggest fans. When the two of them meet after Max’s dog sneaks onto Cella’s rented property, their connection and attraction is instantaneous. Over the course of four weeks, Cella is drawn into the world of Max’s picturesque hometown and his storied culinary family history, especially that of his late aunt, who founded the legendary Piccarelli Italian restaurant. Their inevitable love affair seems destined to be brief: the demands of fame draw Cella away from Longport just as Max begins letting himself fall in love. But neither is going to give up easily. The slow burn sometimes feels a little too slow, and the ending is Hallmark-sweet and predictable, but snazzy Cella and sweet Max carry the story. Romance-inclined foodies will love this contemporary. (BookLife)
News
07/20/2018
"The Secret Ingredient" Takes 1st Place in the 2018 Stiletto Awards!

On Friday, July 20, 2018, the Contemporary Romance Writers (a sub-chapter of Romance Writers of America) announced the winners of the 2018 Stiletto Contest at their annual Stiletto Party held at RWA18.

02/14/2019
"The Secret Ingredient" was a finalist in the 2018 Sexy Scribbles Contest!

The Sexy Scribbles contest is sponsored by Passionate Ink, the erotic romance chapter of Romance Writers of America. The contest  evaluates how well authors develop sexual tension in scenes of 3,000 words or less. 

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 03/2019
  • 978-1-7338674-0-5 B07PQ6916P
  • 302 pages
  • $3.99

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