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?
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.
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.