Series: How to Score, #1
Published by Pocket Star on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
“Smart, sexy, and funny” (Publishers Weekly) contemporary romance writer Rachel Goodman is back with a brand new series about a quarterback trying to score in the most important game of his life—the game of love.
Gwen Lalonde is a rising star in the eyes of the elite restaurateurs of the world. But when her celebrity chef boss and now ex-boyfriend fires her, she finds herself playing a different game. Forced to flee San Francisco and return home to Denver, Gwen lands a spot as the executive chef at Stonestreet’s, a new restaurant owned by NFL golden boy and Colorado Blizzards quarterback Logan Stonestreet. When Logan starts pursuing Gwen romantically, she pulls a classic duck and weave and avoids any advances by throwing herself into reestablishing her reputation in Denver.
But Logan Stonestreet is persistent—he didn’t become one of the best football players in the league by throwing in the towel at the first rejection. Something about Logan’s unwavering determination—and amazing body—keeps Gwen around, and soon there’s more that’s sizzling than just the steak on the grill. Things are getting more serious than either side cares to admit, and when Logan suffers a severe injury in the playoffs, they’re both forced to make game-time decisions. The perfect romance for football fans and foodies alike, Intercepting the Chef is a delicious read that’ll have you hooked until the very last play.
What a delicious read and start to a new series. This is also the first book by Rachel Goodman that I’ve read and I’m delighted to have become exposed . I’ll admit a bit if the lure to this story was the setting ( being a Colorado girl). I was also drawn to it as it’s a sports & brothers best friend romance and it lived up to all my expectations.
The story centers on wrongly disgraced chef Gwen Lalonde and highly lauded quarterback for the Colorado Blizzards, Logan Stonestreet. They’re such great characters; with their work situation (she works for him) and family history, they have such a wonderful dynamic. Their banter is snarky, funny and filled with sexual tension. Though they both deny their real feelings and mutual attraction, and this builds up to a steamy and slightly surprising connection. Logan is charming and sweet, a genuine and honorable man. Gwen has a edge to her that is a great balance to his calmer nature.
The plot is well paced, with the characters facing choices that strains their relationship, but it’s necessary for the growth of the characters and to drive the plot a certain way. It’s a little angst but thankfully not too over the top and there is absolutely every reason to love these characters. They were both completely endearing early on and I really couldn’t wait to see where and how, they would make it to each other.
I look forward to more books in this series and to go back and read her Blue Plate series. The characters and plot made for a perfect Contemporary Romance read. 4.5 Stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi