Her sweetest mistake . . .
Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can't resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas-her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?
. . . Tastes so, so good
Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn't know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn't part of the plan, but melting Cara's icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves . . . the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.
While I liked and enjoyed reading All Fired Up, it doesn’t compare to its predecessor, Feel the Heat. It could be considered wrong for me to say that. The two books are SO different. Feel the Heat is funny and hot and funny. I said funny twice, didn’t I? All Fired Up is serious, deep, and at times, heartbreaking. This book shows Kate to be a multi-dimensional writer.
“We fool ourselves into holding onto the pain because the alternative-that we might get too used to days without it-would likely drive us mad with hope.” - Cara DeLuca
Cara DeLuca comes off as being a cold, heartless woman. She stands out in her big Italian family, with her small frame and blonde hair. Cara tends to rub people the wrong way. This isn’t something intentional on her part. But it serves her purpose in not truly allowing people to see who she really is.
Shane Doyle is an Irish charmer through and through. He has dimples and a smile that can charm any woman he meets. Shane has a tragic past that he’s trying to overcome. His whole life he has been told that he isn’t worthy and will never amount to anything. Despite all of this, Shane has paid his dues and is an award winning pastry chef.
Shane and Cara are two people who have deep dark secrets they don’t want to share with anyone. However, in the midst of a drunken bachelorette/bachelor party, these two find the one person they can indeed share their secrets with. These two are so good for each other. Unfortunately, their road together isn’t going to be a smooth one. They will need to fight for the love neither one of them was originally looking for and overcome their demons to have what they really want most in life.
For me, I found All Fired Up to be full of surprises. This book will definitely give you heartbreaking moments that will make you want to cry. But, it still has the funny moments that I craved.
If you were to ask me what I love about Kate Meader, I would have to say, “I love that she makes her characters real. She gives her characters real issues that you see everyday. Kate doesn’t write romances where everyone is perfect and you have heroes and heroines who are afraid of commitment. Kate truly hits home with her characters’ issues and shortcomings. She gives you characters who are not size fours, who are battling self-image issues, abused childhoods, dyslexia. Kate shows that everyone can be loved and find happiness. That everyone deserves to find love and happiness.”
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Book Length: 384 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Currently only available in eBook; Paperback coming September 30, 2014
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Places to find Kate Meader:
The Hot in the Kitchen Series:
Feel the Heat (review)