Sizzle in the Kitchen

He would’ve never guessed he was one perfect burrito away from falling in love…

Chef Baldwin Powell has everything he could ever want.

Until he doesn’t.

Fancy parties, celebrities, magazine write-ups, his own little empire of stainless steel and fire – he thought all of it was forever. It only takes one awful meeting for everything he’s worked for to be yanked out from underneath him. And one fateful meeting with the owner of food truck, of all things, to realize maybe what he thought he wanted isn’t what he needs after all.

They’re opposites in nearly every way – On paper it should be a disaster. But life and love in the wilds of Manhattan rarely work out the way anyone expects…

Anyone who says oil and water don’t mix hasn’t been in the kitchen with these two…

Bobby Diaz has worked his whole life to get where he is – running a restaurant with his two closest friends, no boss, no stress.

When his best friend Baldwin gets the opportunity of a lifetime, he asks Bobby to take over the restaurant while he’s gone. Bobby can’t wait to see if he has what it takes to do it on his own.

That is until Baldwin tells Bobby his cousin Cal is coming to help run Hearth&Oak.

Awesome.

Bobby and Cal don’t exactly hit it off—to put it lightly. Bobby resents getting Cal dumped in his lap. Cal doesn’t appreciate Bobby’s frosty attitude. They’re stuck together day and night, and their chemistry is undeniable… but will it be sweet summer love or a case of too many chefs in the kitchen?

In a year of impossible things, the most impossible thing of all came his way…love.

Chef Jake Casey has never been what you’d call… liked. By anyone. He was the odd outcast son of the town drunk, and he’s spent his adult life doing everything he can to be nothing like his father. If that meant stomping on a few dozen toes, so be it. But contrary to popular belief, he is human. It gets a little old being alone all the time. When he lands a new job on the other side of the country, Jake decides he’s going to change. New city, new restaurant, new Jake. 

It’s going pretty well until his first and only friend’s ex shows up with a fiancé in tow. Ty is horrified. Jake might not have much practice with the friend thing, but he decides he’ll do what everyone in the movies always does – he offers to be Ty’s fake boyfriend. 

It can’t go wrong.Right?

He played like a champion but dreamed of the sweet life…

Will Harrington had never treated a famous person before. Not until golden boy Shawn Farrell, star college quarterback and soon to be NFL draftee, came in with an injured shoulder and hundreds of people’s hopes and dreams on his back.

Shawn Ferrell never wanted to be a star football player. As unlikely as it sounds, it just kind of… happened. Now he’s stuck in the middle of a whole world he doesn’t really understand and surrounded by people who don’t actually know him.

Shawn would’ve never guessed that meeting one adorable physical therapist with a sarcastic mouth and a quirky group of small-town friends would help him become who he’s always wanted to be… a chef.

Sometimes life has to go up in flames before you find what matters most… love.

James has lost everything – his home, his ranch, and his grandfather who had been the only family he had left.

Austin has lost everything as well –  his football career, his boyfriend, his money…his self-confidence more than anything. 

When James’ smoker fails at the most crucial barbecue competition in his life, the most crucial moment of his life so far, he’s devastated. More than anything, James wants one more chance to prove himself. 

James and Austin both need a win – in life and in barbecue. 

Maybe if they team up, they can help each other out. And if things get a little heated? Well everyone knows where there’s smoke… there’s fire.

Chef in Love coming soon!!

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