Hot in Here

Hot in Here

A sizzling debut novel starring a sexy TV chef who steams up more than just entrees...She wasn't his kind of dish-until someone turned up the heat...Celebrity chef and infamous ladies' man Bryce Ryder can't believe the thoughts he's having about his old friend Jenna McCabe. She's always been the shy girlnext- door, but when some bad publicity threatens everything he's buil...

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Title:Hot in Here
Author:Sophie Renwick
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Hot in Here Reviews

  • Auntee

    Ohhh, my heart starts to race just thinking about this memorably sexy read! Oh God, if you like a bad boy hero who specializies in dirty talk

    dirty, sexy deeds, then you will love, love,

    this book! This book certainly lives up to its title, let me tell you. Oodles and oodles of hot, steamy, sensual,

    , no-holds-barred sex--all expertly related by the author with some smokin' hot,

    dialogue and vivid descriptions that make the pages come alive! And thankfully, it's not

    Ohhh, my heart starts to race just thinking about this memorably sexy read! Oh God, if you like a bad boy hero who specializies in dirty talk

    dirty, sexy deeds, then you will love, love,

    this book! This book certainly lives up to its title, let me tell you. Oodles and oodles of hot, steamy, sensual,

    , no-holds-barred sex--all expertly related by the author with some smokin' hot,

    dialogue and vivid descriptions that make the pages come alive! And thankfully, it's not

    about the sex between the smoldering hot celebrity chef Bryce ("I like my women the way I like my recipes: fast, easy, and full of variety") Ryder and his farm-girl-next-door best friend of ten years, marketing whiz Jenna McCabe. Both are fully fleshed-out characters--and there's actually a nice story to go along with all the hotness too.

    I don't want to get into the plot much...let's just say that because of an unflattering portrayal in a celebrity magazine that's affected his business empire, tall, dark, and handsome Bryce (28) needs the help of a marketing pro to right his sinking ship. And best friend Jenna (who has secretly loved him for 10 loooonnng years), who runs her own marketing/publicity agency, is the one he calls on for help. Full figured, strawberry blonde Jenna (28) has a plan to help fix Bryce's reputation and his business,

    she has a plan to make Bryce

    see her as a woman, and not just his best friend.

    I actually can't say anymore--there's no way I can do this book justice. Let me just assure you that you will fall in love with Bryce (for when he finally notices Jenna, he falls

    , and puts his whole self out there). He is just one sweet, romantic, silver-tongued devil! Jenna, although very likable and relatable (a real "girl's girl") will probably bug you a bit because she's got lots of insecurities and major problems with trusting Bryce's feelings for her, and she does tend to make a lot of assumptions where Bryce is concerned. A couple of times she had me wanting to reach inside the book and give her a little shake! I wanted her to stop her game-playing, confront Bryce with her doubts and questions and not always assume the worst--my, she really put Bryce through the ringer! But it

    so worth it, because Bryce's reassurances of his devotion to Jenna and their subsequent make-ups were sooooo passionate and so sensual....whew! Oh, and I don't want to forget to mention their time in Tuscany, where Bryce finally realizes his feelings---probably my favorite chapter of the book (*fanning self*)

    If you're looking for an erotic read that's not all about the sex, but actually has a story that tells you something about the characters,

    makes you care about what happens to them, then get a hold of this book--now! I am hoping that this book turns into a long series, because so much was hinted at regarding the supporting characters, especially Bryce's outwardly cynical older brother Trey, and Jenna's beautiful plus-sized sister Sarah--do they share a past or not?

    This was easily one of the best erotic romances I've read this year. Thanks to all my GR buddies for calling it to my attention! 5 steamy stars.

    My image of Bryce...

  • Shawna

    5 stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica

    Food and sex, two of life’s greatest pleasures, are a celebrated erotic treat for the senses in this contemporary romance gem with a friends to lovers theme.

    Celebrity chef and restaurateur Bryce Ryder is getting some negative press for his playboy ways, so he decides to hire his lifelong best friend Jenna McCabe, who now owns a successful marketing firm to do a PR campaign to help him get back in the good graces of his female fan base. Jenna’s always been t

    5 stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica

    Food and sex, two of life’s greatest pleasures, are a celebrated erotic treat for the senses in this contemporary romance gem with a friends to lovers theme.

    Celebrity chef and restaurateur Bryce Ryder is getting some negative press for his playboy ways, so he decides to hire his lifelong best friend Jenna McCabe, who now owns a successful marketing firm to do a PR campaign to help him get back in the good graces of his female fan base. Jenna’s always been the quintessential good girl next door (or farm in her case) and the exact opposite of the kind of woman he’s usually attracted to; she’s a voluptuous size 14 redhead, shy, and sweet. He normally goes for shallow, thin, model, society types who are interested in casual, sex only trysts. When he meets to talk business with Jenna, suddenly he’s noticing her luscious ample curves, confidence, can do attitude, sultry blue green eyes, and how sexy it is that she actually enjoys and savors his food, and he can’t stop imagining them together in all kinds of provocative positions. But she’s the same, innocent Jenna and his best friend, what’s wrong with him?

    Jenna’s been in love with Bryce all her life and has been waiting for the right opportunity to turn their friendship into a lifelong commitment, complete with romance, marriage, and kids. But she knows she’s not Bryce’s usual type and that he’s not exactly a relationship kind of guy. She decides to play up her inner vixen a little and to handle his budding attraction for her with a casual flare to keep from scaring him off. Jenna pretends that she’s okay with a sex only fling, but what happens when he wants more and gets mixed signals about what she wants? All kinds of hot and cold misunderstandings ensue, and it takes some intervention and scheming by his brother and her sister to get things sorted out.

    This is a super steamy read with all kinds of yummy, romantic scenes involving smokin’ hot sex and decadent, sensual food. Bryce is a hunk and a half and totally to die for, and it’s so sexy the way he’s always feeding and talking dirty to Jenna. I’d weigh 200 pounds if I was in a relationship with a man like Bryce! Jenna sometimes got on my nerves because it takes her forever to trust Bryce’s attraction and feelings for her, but I can understand a woman like Jenna struggling with insecurities about her body, looks, and appeal to a hot playboy like Bryce since our society is so unfairly harsh and critical of any woman who’s not a size 2 or smaller.

    is a sweet, steamy contemporary romance with sexy characters and a terrific friends to lovers story. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next book in the

    series and look forward to more from this very promising and talented author! Big 5 stars!

  • Stephanie

    Stephanie has a new favorite author....

    Whew, did this book ever live up to its name! I needed a glass of water and a towel the whole time I was reading.

    This was a great story with characters and secondary characters that I loved right away, despite Jenna's tendency to jump into a fit before she got her facts straight. However annoying, it was easy to understand considering Bryce’s track record with women. This is a classic best friend’s to lovers’ story, and WELL worth the read!!!!!

    The author se

    Stephanie has a new favorite author....

    Whew, did this book ever live up to its name! I needed a glass of water and a towel the whole time I was reading.

    This was a great story with characters and secondary characters that I loved right away, despite Jenna's tendency to jump into a fit before she got her facts straight. However annoying, it was easy to understand considering Bryce’s track record with women. This is a classic best friend’s to lovers’ story, and WELL worth the read!!!!!

    The author sets the book up so that you think there will be more books surrounding this wonderful cast of characters. I for one hope so!

  • ♥ Beth

    4.5 Stars

    Hot in Here

    This book should have been named Hot as Hell in Here!!! NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY, DiRtY Talkin Chef Bryce Ryder can cook for me any day!! This is one hot and steamy book with lots of super sexy dirty talk, smoking hot sex and some very decadent and naughty food + sex scenes!!!! Sophie Renwick has given us a beautiful, sexy, romantic, friends to lovers story that does not disappoint!! I really love the way she writes!! Her stories just flow and she keeps it real so it’s easy to connec

    4.5 Stars

    Hot in Here

    This book should have been named Hot as Hell in Here!!! NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY, DiRtY Talkin Chef Bryce Ryder can cook for me any day!! This is one hot and steamy book with lots of super sexy dirty talk, smoking hot sex and some very decadent and naughty food + sex scenes!!!! Sophie Renwick has given us a beautiful, sexy, romantic, friends to lovers story that does not disappoint!! I really love the way she writes!! Her stories just flow and she keeps it real so it’s easy to connect and fall in love with her characters. Bryce and Jenna will steal your heart! I hope she finds a way to continue this series, I’m dying to know what happens with the two other Ryder brothers!!

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    This was exactly the kind of read I needed right now. Fun, sexy, light but not fluffy, awesome characters, believable plot – indeed, it was

    what I needed!

    Bryce Ryder is a celebrity chef with a playboy reputation whose mouth has gotten him into trouble with his fans. His ratings are sinking and he’s about to lose the financial backing necessary to open a new restaurant. What he needs now is some serious damage control.

    Enter Jenna McCabe, Public Rel

    This was exactly the kind of read I needed right now. Fun, sexy, light but not fluffy, awesome characters, believable plot – indeed, it was

    what I needed!

    Bryce Ryder is a celebrity chef with a playboy reputation whose mouth has gotten him into trouble with his fans. His ratings are sinking and he’s about to lose the financial backing necessary to open a new restaurant. What he needs now is some serious damage control.

    Enter Jenna McCabe, Public Relations specialist and Bryce’s longtime best friend. She’s come up with a plan to repair Bryce’s damaged image and bring back his housewife fan base, putting him back on the road to success. And if her plan also happens to make him notice her as more than a friend, that’s all the better. But Bryce has never seen her that way and in fact, seems attracted to women who are her exact opposite, so she knows she has her work cut out for her. So, with her sister Sarah’s encouragement, Jenna sets out to make Bryce sit up and take notice.

    As they meet at his restaurant, Cravings, to discuss her new strategy, for the first time since he’s known her, Bryce sees a different side to Jenna. He’d always known she was smart, fun to be with and an all around good person, but on this night he sees so much more. She’s sexy in a natural way, not rehearsed or forced. She doesn’t have the stick thin model body he’s normally attracted to, but he finds her lush curves very appealing and sexier than anything he’d ever seen on any woman. He tries to shake it off, but there’s no denying it; he wants her, and he’s going to do whatever he needs to do to make Jenna notice him. With a little unexpected help/interference from his brother, Trey, Bryce comes up with a plan of his own.

    As a side note, it would appear that there might be a little something brewing between Trey and Sarah, and I sure hope that’s the case because I can see where their story would be an amazing one.

    Normally a book where there is this much plotting and conniving really turns me off, but Sophie Renwick made it work for me because it was done in such a way that we, the readers, were in on it. There was very little stress, only mild tension, and no worrying about someone getting hurt. And what really made it fun was that even though Bryce and Jenna were plotting behind each other’s back, they were on exactly the same page. Now, there were moments when I wanted to smack Jenna, don’t get me wrong, she did have her flaws, but for the most part, she was a good, decent person who wouldn’t dream of hurting a soul.

    I’ve never really thought of food as being sexy, but Bryce made it more than that, he made it romantic, too. I really enjoyed how much passion he felt when cooking for Jenna, feeding her, and using the food to seduce her, but it was as much about love as it was about desire. I really, really enjoyed how Bryce talked his way through seduction, whispering the things he wanted to do to Jenna, telling her what he wanted her to do to him, and never holding back his feelings for her. He told her how much he cared for her, how much he desired her and how he found her body beautiful even though she herself was embarrassed by her fuller figure, and it was all done so well. This book has one of the most erotic scenes I’ve ever read. It was hot, risky and kinky but not at all dirty, and I can promise you, I’ll never look at gelato the same way again.

    While many reviews are calling

    a hot, naughty, sexy read, I think it’s all that and more. It’s a wonderful

    that shouldn’t be missed.

    lots of passionate sex involving food, oral sex and a couple of back door scenes involving fingers, but nothing too, too descriptive.

  • Dina

    WOW! This book was HAWT! Where can I find my own Bryce? ;)

    I was going to write a review, but several of my GR friends have already written great reviews and I agree with all of them. Plus, I'm feeling lazy, LOL.

    So, I'm just going to share with you one of my favorite scenes:

    WOW! This book was HAWT! Where can I find my own Bryce? ;)

    I was going to write a review, but several of my GR friends have already written great reviews and I agree with all of them. Plus, I'm feeling lazy, LOL.

    So, I'm just going to share with you one of my favorite scenes:

    Romantic

    dirty, that's Bryce to you. Needless to say, Jenna turned into a pile of liquid honey rigth there on the spot. Dirty mouth, silver tongue... and he could cook! How could anyone resist Bryce? Why would anyone

    to? ;)

    Overall, this was a fun, sexy read that left me very

    - not only for food, if I may say so. The story wasn't perfect, some events semmed "forced" and Jenna will never be one of my favorite heroines, but who cares? Bryce alone is worth 5 stars. Do you think I'm too shallow and easily persuaded by a hot, sexy stud muffin? Oh yes, have no doubt about it! LOL

  • Kathleen

    This book was so darn good that I read it in less than 24 hours because I could not put it down. Bryce, the hero was to die for sexy, knew his way around the kitchen and more importantly the bedroom too. Jenna the heroine had been in love with Bryce from the moment they met 10 years ago. This was one SCORCHING romance and I have to Thank my good friend AJ for getting this book for me. I had no idea about this book and she knows how much I love Charlotte Featherstone's book's so she sent it to me

    This book was so darn good that I read it in less than 24 hours because I could not put it down. Bryce, the hero was to die for sexy, knew his way around the kitchen and more importantly the bedroom too. Jenna the heroine had been in love with Bryce from the moment they met 10 years ago. This was one SCORCHING romance and I have to Thank my good friend AJ for getting this book for me. I had no idea about this book and she knows how much I love Charlotte Featherstone's book's so she sent it to me as a surprise and what a surprise it was, I absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!

    My only wish is that the series would continue. Sophie had made a comment to Dina as to why there has not been a second book yet. Maybe some day we will be able to read book 2. I know I will be waiting as long as it takes and buy it the very day of it's release.

  • Rhonda

    WHEW!!! It’s definitely HOT IN HERE!!! *wipes sweat from brow* Our womanizing Bryce Ryder who has a very blasé attitude toward women since being betrayed by one, suddenly finds himself lusting over his best friend since high school Jenna McCade. Jenna who has secretly been in love with Bryce since high school , would love nothing more than a happily ever after with Bryce. But Jenna knows all to well Bryce’s womanizing ways, and feels like she’s not at all his type, since he has always been with

    WHEW!!! It’s definitely HOT IN HERE!!! *wipes sweat from brow* Our womanizing Bryce Ryder who has a very blasé attitude toward women since being betrayed by one, suddenly finds himself lusting over his best friend since high school Jenna McCade. Jenna who has secretly been in love with Bryce since high school , would love nothing more than a happily ever after with Bryce. But Jenna knows all to well Bryce’s womanizing ways, and feels like she’s not at all his type, since he has always been with the runway model types. Our smexy Bryce goes after the voluptuous Jenna full speed ahead, as Jenna plays “playgirl” to his “playboy”, Friends become lovers and so much more.

    This is a great story and Bryce is as delicious, as he can be, as he makes a culinary delight out of Jenna, you might just find youself wishing you were her!!

    HOT HOT HOT READ!! Highly recommended!!

  • Catherine

    I swear, there must be something wrong with me. Everywhere I looked people were reading this book and talking about how smoking hot it was. I heard it again and again and again. How could I not try it too? Well, obviously my idea of hot and the majority's opinion of hot do not align. The main phrase that comes to mind when I think of the sex scenes in this book is "trying too hard." It was so over descriptive and wordy that I was

    . I like dirty talk, but you're doing something wrong if you

    I swear, there must be something wrong with me. Everywhere I looked people were reading this book and talking about how smoking hot it was. I heard it again and again and again. How could I not try it too? Well, obviously my idea of hot and the majority's opinion of hot do not align. The main phrase that comes to mind when I think of the sex scenes in this book is "trying too hard." It was so over descriptive and wordy that I was

    . I like dirty talk, but you're doing something wrong if you guys are full out monologuing each other during sex. Shouldn't you be just a smidge more carried away by the moment?

    The fact there were sex scenes constantly meant that I was bored the majority of the book. When I wasn't bored, I was usually pissed off. The object of my rage was Jenna. I wanted to reach through the pages and take her out of my misery

    badly! She was completely mental! Seriously, what was going on in her brain??? She said she wanted a relationship with Bryce, but I honestly don't think she did. No one could be that stupid without trying to deliberately sabotage things!

    Jenna decided to give Bryce a "taste of his own medicine" and play the playgirl because...why exactly? Anytime he made a move toward building a relationship she treated him like a booty call. All to keep him panting for more, of course. Right... Also, what kind of drugs was this girl on? She was so hot and cold she seemed bipolar! She made it impossible for him to approach her for anything but sex, but then she sobbed and whined about him only wanting her for sex. I seriously wish Bryce had just dumped her and taken up with his hand. At least then I could have understood why he even liked his love interest.

    Bryce wasn't a bad guy, but there wasn't anything about him that really stood out. He was just a prop for Jenna's lust and craziness. I was way more interested in Trey and Sarah. Now there's a couple who seems to have some tension. Maybe their relationship would actually be more interesting than watching paint dry!

    The only conflict in this story was manufactured. If Jenna hadn't descended into her neurotic, whiny behavior (for no real reason) the book would have only been about 50 pages at the very most. It was just sex scene-Jenna drama-sex scene-Bryce tries to understand crazy Jenna drama-more sex, rinse and repeat.

    Toward the end we got The Big Misunderstanding. It was resolved easily, but I was still ticked that Bryce was the one begging for another chance when Jenna's the crazy chick who has been lying to him the whole time. After The Big Misunderstanding was resolved I thought it would be smooth sailing. Nope! Right before the end

    Big Misunderstanding popped up. It related to the first one, but wasn't resolved when that one was. It seemed to be there solely to give Jenna another excuse to have a meltdown and Bryce another reason to crawl for her. Not what I find interesting...

    I was going to give this book a 1 star grade, but I liked the interactions between Trey and Sarah enough to bump it up to a 2 star.

  • Rain ~miss kinky knickers~

    A miss... HUGE miss! Sorry, but this is so wrong that it's "I need to do a review" level of wrong.

    Here goes...

    Bryce is a chef with some reputation trouble, caused by his

    blabber, that made his fans turn their backs on him. He needs a U-turn in his career, so he calls his friend Jenna - PR girl - to make a strategy. The same Jenna - plain Jane, shy and insecure - that's in love with him for ten years... ever since she sp

    A miss... HUGE miss! Sorry, but this is so wrong that it's "I need to do a review" level of wrong.

    Here goes...

    Bryce is a chef with some reputation trouble, caused by his

    blabber, that made his fans turn their backs on him. He needs a U-turn in his career, so he calls his friend Jenna - PR girl - to make a strategy. The same Jenna - plain Jane, shy and insecure - that's in love with him for ten years... ever since she spotted him in school cafeteria, and dumped a tray of meat loaf and mac and cheese in his lap.

    Anyway, they're discussing the perfect plan for bringing Bryce's fans back to him, while at the same time she's thinking of ways to make him notice her as a woman, and he's so hot for her it's almost unbelievable.

    Did I say almost? I meant un-fuckin'-believable!

    What happens next is my first big issue with this book.

    Bryce shows up at her apartment, one thing leads to another, and they end up having sex.

    News flash? BORING!

    The next morning Jenna suddenly decides that's not how her plan should go, she doesn't want him to regret it, and - what a marvelous idea - she'll be a player. Hard to get, just sex, no emotions involved kind of player.

    Bryce, on the other hand, decides she's great, he wants more, he wants it all, and he'll do anything to get it.

    Is it me? Like three pages before this she was shy, insecure, soooo in love with her friend, but couldn't make herself do anything about it. And, he was a serious player, who

    . YES, that's a quote!

    Suddenly, it's like reading about some other characters that have the same names like the ones at the beginning of the story. WTF?!

    I won't tell you what happens after that. Mostly because it's sex-misunderstanding-sex-plot-sex-plot-sex...

    Sex that was NOT hot, and the rest of the story that was so poorly executed I wanted to cry.

    It's suppose to be sizzling, burning, over the top sex. There's a lot of food play (well, he is a chef!) and quite graphic descriptions all the way.

    It was BORING!

    There was lots of it, so I was bored a lot.

    When they weren't having sex, it was even more boring, and frustrating, because there were like fifty different things going on - none of which was explained, or made sense.

    He's a player/He's in love with her for years. ?

    She's shy/She's hell on wheels and spineless. ?

    His brother has some serious issues with their father. ?

    His brother and her sister have something going on, but why, how...?

    You know what? This is a case of an erotic story where the sex is boring, characters are cardboard-ish and I have no idea what they're actually suppose to be like, and adding all that unexplained pieces of drama just makes this too much for me.

    I. AM. SO. FRUSTRATED.

    Once again, I'll overlook the cover, and think of the title as a joke. In a very,

    bad way!

    Here's the BAD godzilla facepalm to prove it!

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