Deep Autumn Heat by Elisabeth Barrett

Deep Autumn HeatBook: Deep Autumn Heat (Loveswept)

Author: Elisabeth Barrett

Series: The Star Harbor Series

Review by: Onnica

Basic Story: Lexie Meyers moved from California all the way to Star Harbor, Massachusetts to build her business, mend a broken heart and begin her life again. She’s successful, well-liked and has big plans for the future. Those plans do not include a man. She’s staying single after the last disaster made her flee the West coast. So when Sebastian Grayson – famous chef, former-son of Star Harbor, ex-bad boy and well-known womaniser enters her diner – although struck by his good looks, his arrogance and rudeness makes for a disastrous first impression. Having put him in his place, she wants nothing more to do with him; but Seb is attracted to her confidence and no-nonsense attitude. Despite his brothers’ warning that he should stay away from Lexie, he just can’t help himself. (Did I mention he had three other brothers, all hunky with a twin thrown in? Well, he has…)

As Lexie gets to know Sebastian better, she realises that there is more to him than his strong physique, arrogant nature and predatory gaze. She respects his work and the feeling is mutual. She is attracted to him, but is determined to protect her heart from what must be for him, just an autumn fling. Besides, she has more to deal with in the shape of a psychotic former-lover who may just have moved halfway across America to stalk her once more. If that wasn’t enough drama, she also has a competitor who is dying to find out what she puts in her famous coconut cake and make it her own!

Why you should read this: This book is the first in the Star Harbor series, featuring the fabulous Grayson brothers. I’ve never been to Cape Cod, but the narration really made me feel as though I was experiencing it first-hand. Lexie, for me is a good combination between gutsy heroine and damsel in distress. When she’s in trouble, she accepts the help! The backdrop of this story was the culinary world and what’s better than good food and sexy times? Sebastian Grayson is hot, arrogant but also a character that shows depth and is capable of changing his ways. I’m really looking forward to reading more about this family.

What you might hate: There’s nothing to hate about this book – there’s a lot of book for your money; there were a few sub-plots I wasn’t completely sold on but overall, the pace of the book was on-point.

Rating: I give this a solid 3/5 – I love Loveswept books and this is a great addition to it. It’s great opener to what will probably be a great series. The cover says it all – hot hero, astride a motorbike. Enjoy the ride. Look out for Blaze of Winter, which is Theo’s story, who just happens to be Sebastian’s twin!

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