Author: Eileen Griffin & Nikka Michaels
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
If you can’t take the heat…
James Lassiter has had a crush on fellow culinary student Ethan Martin for three years, but has never had the guts to make a move. Putting himself out there is hard, especially when under the thumb–and wallet–of his overbearing parents. Now that bad boy chef Ethan–who is always vying with Jamie for best in class–is struggling with the pastry course, Jamie suddenly has a reason to reach out.
Ethan doesn’t mean to be an ass–okay, so mostly he does–but even though he’s secretly hot for Jamie, he sure as hell doesn’t want help with pastry. Ever since his dad walked out, Ethan has been the one to hold things together and he’s done fine on his own. Except that he can’t get his cake to rise.
Jamie could be the answer to what Ethan’s been missing his whole life–someone to depend on. But with the two competing for the same scholarship, things suddenly get too hot to handle. And if Jamie finds the strength to go for what he wants, he isn’t about to settle for what he needs.
In the raw is the first collaboration I have read between Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels. It is not, however, their first published collaboration. I have thoroughly enjoyed Michael’s Service series, so I wanted to give this full-length story a try. I am glad I did. I enjoyed Jamie and Ethan’s story very much.
There is so much sexual and emotional tension between E&J that you just know it will be explosive when they inevitably get together. They are opposites in everyway, and Michaels and Griffin make us want them to be together. Make us want their happily every after. They have to hate to love, but when they are together, they are unstoppable.
The story is not perfect. There were times when the dialogue was repetitive and times when the action was predictable, but other times the authors surprised me. It was those moments of surprise, those moments of what the fuck, those moments that tugged my heart that made this a worthwhile read.
They also made me hungry time and again… I have a sudden unexplainable need for Pork Chops and Grits… just saying.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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