Too Hot To Touch

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I love stories where the main character is pulled back from the big city to her little hometown to deal with the family—and maybe the first love—she left behind. The drama, the relationships, the history…I can’t get enough of them!

So of course I wanted to write a homecoming story. But my version has a little twist: in TOO HOT TO TOUCH, the first book of my Rising Star Chef trilogy, it’s the hero, Max Lunden, who comes home after years wandering the world, learning exotic culinary techniques…and his tiny hometown is a village: Greenwich Village, to be exact, a neighborhood of Manhattan.

But Max does have to deal with his family and his family’s legacy, a steak-and-potatoes restaurant called Lunden’s Tavern. The Lundens need Max’s help to enter the biggest culinary competition in the nation…which brings us to Max having to deal with the girl he left behind.

Except Jules Cavanaugh was the one with the crush. And now that she’s all grown up and a talented chef at Lunden’s Tavern, she doesn’t think they need any help…even from the still-smoking-hot guy who made her teenage heart flutter. So despite their sizzling attraction, she’s determined to keep her cool—no matter how hot it gets…

Obviously, Max has a lot to contend with! To see how he juggles all those frying pans, pick up my latest release, TOO HOT TO TOUCH. In fact, one lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive a signed copy, along with a set of my Rising Star Chef romance trading cards!


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Congratulations on your new

Congratulations on your new release! I love the sound of it and can't wait to find out what happens.

Safari Poet


Congrats on the new release and series, Louisa. Can't wait to see how Max handles everything when he returns to his hometown.

Awesome idea!

Sounds like a fun romp! I'd definitely enjoy reading this one!

Love Foodie Romance Novels!

I cannot wait to read this book! I loved Louisa's first 3 books so much and recommended them to all my friends. This one is in my TBR pile for sure. :)


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This book is one I have been waiting for. Let me just say excellent choice for a cover ;). *drool*

I am so so excited to dig my claws into Louisa's new book. And I cannot wait for the rest of the series to come out as well. I read an excerpt and I already fell in love with the characters.

I have also heard that there are some recipes in the back so I will also have to give those a try.

Thank you so much for being an amazing author!!!


Alpha Chef

I am so, excited to read your books. Sue Grimshaw recommended your book on twitter, when I mentioned that I thought the perfect hero would be a cross between Emeril and Timothy Olyphant. I just put Can't Stand the Heat on my kindle and its next on my TBR list.

Too Hot To Touch

It sounds like the story is going to make your title true. Can't wait to read it! I read an excerpt...whew! Okay, and we won't mention the cover art...


Thanks for the post. I love

Thanks for the post. I love these types of stories. I'm looking forward to reading this. I love that he comes back home and helps Lundens . Should be fun.



Congratulations Jovial, you are the winner of the Louisa Edwards blog prize!

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Sherie's picture

First the cover is Too Hot To Touch. I don't think I even want to open the book! :)
Also I loved your first series. The Market Staff was great. I hope they make an appereance in this new series.
Cannot wait to get my hands on this book!


I have the book on my list to

I have the book on my list to add to my Kindle reading. I am just trying to finish off the last batch of books I bought for the Kindle. And I love anything to do with cooking so this series is fantastic for me

Oh boy - can't wait to get my

Oh boy - can't wait to get my hands on this one! Not only do I love the writing, the characters, etc. I'm a NYC native, born in Greenwich Village. This setting makes these books all that much better - not that they aren't terrific to begin with!

So looking forward to reading Too Hot to Touch!

Hi Louisa!

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This first book in your new series sounds wonderful! Congrats on a sure-fire winner. I'm still hoping you get a Top Chef appearance one of these days. :)

Kat Cantrell

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I love to win this book for I just want to read it. Your last book was so good! Anyways, just wanted you to know I like your books!

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I love coming home books! this sounds like a great one!!


The book looks intruing. I want to read it.