Simone is a Michelin-starred chef who owns two successful restaurants and is in the midst of opening up a third. She has kept the world – except for a very few friends – at arms’ length since her divorce five years previously, burying herself in her work. Jack is chef at one of her restaurants, single father to 15 year old Lauren.
A budding friendship and flirtation blossoms into so much more, but Jack and Simone each have their own baggage and insecurities. Not to mention a professional relationship that neither wants to tarnish.
I really loved this book. Simone has been through so much, and has closed herself emotionally to protect herself from further heartbreak. Jack has been a single father for 12 years, and looks after his brother from a distance. A threat to Simone brings them even closer together.
There is so much I liked here. The characters were well written. Lauren is incredible and I loved her relationships with both Jack and Simone. As the title implies, there is a lot of heat but there is also much heart and sweetness with a little mystery to round things out.