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Chef’s Delight by Teresa Carpenter – Promo/Excerpt/Review



Chef’s Delight by Teresa Carpenter

Ex-SEAL and next-door neighbor Joss Stone has taken everything from diner-owner Heather—and he’s the one man who can give it all back…and more.


Heather sighed as she watched Joss jog away, his fine tush showed to advantage in thin knit shorts. She was so hot for his bod and all she got from him was a peck on the cheek. Wasn’t that the story of her life? Men thought of her as a friend or sister, rarely as a lover.

Maybe he was right. Maybe she was too nice.   And maybe she needed to do something about that.   A few weeks ago she wouldn’t have done it. She’d be too timid, too nice to contemplate such a bold move. But the hurt she’d suffered and the resulting anger gave her an edge. She didn’t really care if she provoked a little anger in exchange.

She climbed into her car, drove ahead of Joss, and leaned against her car waiting for his arrival. As she anticipated, he stopped when he reached her. Lord, he wasn’t even breathing hard.

But he had removed his shirt and his broad chest glistened with sweat.   He had a light dusting of dark hair on his pecs that narrowed into a thin line bisecting his abs. She licked her lips. Sometimes a girl had to go after what she wanted.

“What?” he demanded.

“This.” And she threw her arms around his neck. Dragging his head down to hers, she plastered her mouth to his running her tongue along the seam of his lips.



*crying*  I’ll be okay, give me a minute.  *crying* 

*wipes the tears away from my eyes*

I’m so sad.  I let 5 different women, each with their own list of wants from a man take over my heart.  I don’t want to let go of them.  Each and every one of them have let me come into their lives and see how they meet their matches, regardless of The List that they made up in college.  *sigh*

I loved Heather’s story.  There was a certain edge to it and I enjoyed it immensely.  I also liked the fact that Joss was older than Heather.  As much as he hated it, he was truly attracted to her and this bugged him.  He would and did anything for her to make the transition for Heather easier but his attraction to her was becoming a problem. 

Heather was given the old one two punch and it didn’t make it any better that Joss held the key to her future and her heart as well.  Heather was always the nice one; the person that everyone liked but never dated.  (Story of my life until I meet my husband)  Well, when she decided to turn the tables on Joss, she finally had the life that she, Heather wanted. 

This couple was funny, frustrating at times and way beyond sexy.  These two were so hawt for each other and couldn’t keep their hands off of each other.  That led to some pretty hot scenes but nothing that your mom couldn’t read.  🙂  I also appreciated that their relationship had been established before the story started.  At least in the fact that they knew each other and that their relationship progressed from there. 

*crying again*  I’m truly going to miss the ladies and San Diego.  Reading the stories brought back great memories of my trip to San Diego and I really felt like I was “in” the story and not just reading it. 

I’ve got to go before I really start blubbering.  Thank you ladies for sharing your love stories with me and my readers.  Hopefully, yall will come back and tell us more.




Teresa Carpenter believes with love and family anything is possible. The author of twelve romance novels for Harlequin Books, Teresa’s books have rated a Top Pick by Romantic Times and Her Baby, His Proposal was nominated for Best Harlequin Romance of the Year. She lives in San Diego surrounded by her large family. Her day job is in the exciting world of banking. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or attending one of her nieces or nephews sporting events. Her new Princess Camp trilogy is based on fairy tales.


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