ARC Review: Hot In Here

ARC Review: Hot In Here by Sophie Renwick

Releases June 2, 2009

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 girl-next-door, but when some bad publicity threatens everything he’s built, Jenna gets down to business— and shows a side of herself that is take-charge and totally irresistible.

Soon things are heating up in and out of the
kitchen—and all of Jenna’s secret fantasies about Bryce start coming true. But will she be the one to tame his heart, or is the sexy chef just indulging
another one of his cravings?

Sophie Renwick may be a debut name with a debut book but don't doubt her "new" craft for Ms. Renwick is also the seasoned and amazingly talented Charlotte Featherstone whose become a wonderful fixture for many in Blogland. This lovely lady is the author of 'Addicted', a favorite book of many and I'm also happy to add that she's a complete hussy for delicious heroes having written so many yummy bad boys herself. When you open up a Sophie Renwick/Charlotte Featherstone novel, you can be sure that your inner hussy will be sublimely satisfied.

Bryce Ryder is the ultimate player. After being burned before by a woman who nearly took him for everything he had, Bryce is terrified of commitment and has resolved to only partake in the one night stand. It's so much safer. Besides his number one loves are his restaurant and TV show, Heating It Up. When a gossip rag misconstrues the context of Bryce's words, he suddenly finds his reputation in ruins, not to mention the fact that Greenwood Financial is now ready to back out of a major deal that has become near and dear to Bryce's heart. He's got four weeks to turn this catastrophe around and Bryce knows just the woman who can pull him out of hot water.

Jenna McCabe is turning 28 today and she's going to get her birthday wish - Bryce naked in her bed. For ten years she's been in love with him and enough is finally enough. Well aware of Bryce's reputation with woman, Jenna has a master plan on how to get Bryce and keep him. His call for help is the perfect opportunity too. Owning her own marketing firm and working tirelessly to build a solid reputation, Jenna knows she can help Bryce with his current dilemma.

Meeting Jenna for dinner at his restaurant, Bryce is appalled by Jenna's suggestions on how to recoup his reputation. He didn't ask that his fans be house wives. But unfortunately they're what bring in the money and they're also the ones that his words offended. He has to make amends but not by cooking with the elderly. No way! There must be something wrong with Jenna. Not only does she propose this horrible plan but she's also acting totally out of character. His best friend has suddenly developed a back bone where he's concerned and Bryce can't help but stand up and take notice and that's not the only thing that's standing up. Jenna totally has his blood fired up and his cock standing at complete attention. He wants her. Bryce wants shy Jenna McCabe. What is going on?

Jenna's in the mood to play a little hard to get. She certainly just can't hop into bed with Bryce the first night. That would be too easy for Bryce and Jenna would just be one more in a long list of romps in the sack. But Jenna's plans are soon tossed out the window after Bryce shows up unannounced at her apartment carrying a steaming hot platter of something that smells positively sinful.

Plying her with dessert is exactly what Bryce has in mind. He's not at her apartment for sex, he just wants an excuse to try and understand these new feelings that are bombarding him over Jenna. But his good intentions fly out the window when Jenna opens her apartment door dressed in a silky chemise that leaves little to the imagination. As one hot and delicious spoonful of custard dripping with chocolate and Carmel leads to another, Bryce and Jenna are soon overwhelmed by the eroticism of the moment and it's not long before these two get hot and heavy between the sheets.

Completely humiliated by last night's bed play and afraid that it all was one big fat lie on Bryce's part, Jenna escapes the confines of her apartment and heads to work. Shaken to the core, Jenna could kick herself for deviating from her plan of playing hard to get. Bryce's nonstop phone calls and unexpected visit at her office with breakfast is making things even worse. Jenna needs time to think and plan her next form of attack. Besides her emotions are completely raw and a moment to regroup is really all she wants. Well that and Bryce's cookie dough pancakes!

Now Jenna has a new plan with the help of her gorgeous and confident employee, Rachael. Give Bryce a little dose of what he's been dishing out all these years: hot sex with no strings.

When a marketing deal near and dear to Jenna's heart goes sour, Jenna hightails it Italy to save the account. Bryce is steaming over the fact that Jenna didn't tell him she was leaving the country. If it wasn't for his brother, who unbeknownst to both Bryce and Jenna is conspiring with Jenna's sister Sarah in an effort to get Bryce and Jenna together once and for all, he never would have known she was gone. But Bryce sees where he can possibly take advantage of this situation by whisking Jenna away to his Tuscan villa.

The days in Tuscany with Bryce are some of the best days of Jenna's life. In a perfectly sublime moment, Bryce tells her that he loves her. While her own heart has been engaged for years on end, Jenna's hesitant to tell Bryce her own words of love. She still can't believe that what he's saying is real. But what Jenna doesn't say she shows Bryce her love with her body as the two embark on some of the steamiest love scenes in the novel.

Of course when everything is just starting to feel secure for Jenna, disaster strikes. A rather nasty email was sent earlier to Bryce by his conniving brother Trey, all in the effort to get Bryce to realize his love for Jenna. While at the time Bryce thought of Trey's words as cruel, it did work to get his attention. But having the email read by Jenna turns the words into a whole new context.

Horrified by her behavior and her near proclamation of love to Bryce, Jenna is hit hard by the email's revelations. Those hesitant feelings with regards to Bryce's words of love are proving not only to be her savior, but reaffirming her earlier denied knowledge that Bryce simply can't commit. Humiliated, Jenna takes off for some much needed time alone on her family's farm.

Bryce is not about to let the one woman he's ever loved get away. With true heroics, Bryce tracks Jenna down with the drive of a hungry lion stalking its prey. He will win her heart no matter what it takes. But as more lies pile up, Bryce needs to do some fast talking or he may very well end up the way he'd always imagined - alone.

'Hot In Here' was a fantastic escape read. Bryce is an intense hero who is originally a bit frightened by the sudden spark of lust that he feels for his long time friend. But he shows real strength with his fast and determined commitment to Jenna. If anything, Jenna is the one with commitment issues, IMO, but much of that can be blamed on Bryce's earlier behavior with women.

Also, food has never read so sexy. I've developed new meaning to words like custard, gelato, and Carmel. Chocolate needs no added eroticism, it's a dessert that's always been associated with sex and boy was I reminded why.


Take a moment to look at Sophie Renwick's website. She has a lot of exciting new releases coming up including a new "Druid-Gothic shape shifter" paranormal series called the Annwyn Chronicles. All of which I'm itching to get my reader paws on.

If you wanna read a REAL review of 'Hot In Here'? Check Barbara of Happily Forever After and her Review HERE!


Lea said...


Wonderful review. It refreshed my memory with respect to many of the scenes in the novel.

I also liked the small town family dynamic and the long history of friendship this couple shared.

I'm hoping Sophie writes "Trey's", story because I'm really intrigued by his character.

You always write such thought provoking reviews. I've enjoyed and learned from them from the first time I visited your blog. :)

Warm Regards

Barbara said...

Hey, VFG!! Great review!!! I'm halfway done with mine. As you know, I loved Bryce but I'm dying for Trey...

I really can't wait to see what these Annwynn Chronicals are all about. I don't know how she does it. Paranormals, historicals and contemps? Damn! That's a great imagination.

Go, Charlotte!!!

Cecile said...

Hey VampFanGirl!!!
Wow...what a review... You gave detail.. but not enough to give away the story.. you gave us the tease... I loved it!!! I can't wait to dive into my copy of it!!!
Damn this woman can write... For thoses of you who are new here... GO GET HER BOOKS!!!!

Erotic Horizon said...

Still haven't read it yet, but it's on my soon to read list....

Great review - I am so now looking forward to reading this..


Cecile said...

Oh PS... Glad to see you back!!! Missed you!!! =)

VampFanGirl said...

Hey Lea!

Thanks for enjoying the review and for your super kind comments. *blushing* :)

OMG, I'm dying for Trey too. Sigh... He'd make a fantastic hero.

(((hugs))) VFG

Barbara!! Are you highjacking your neigbors internet link?? LOL! I hope the cable guys are coming soon to repair your connection.

I really did enjoy Bryce. It was nice to see him fall so hard and so fast. Plus, I loved that Jenna didn't make it easy for him. He didn't deserve easy. ;)

(((hugs))) VFG

Thanks Cecile! I know, seriously Sophie/Charlotte is AMAZING and not just cause I consider her a friend. The girl has wicked talent.

Have a great weekend!


Mornin' E.H.! HIH was really a fantastic escape read. I hope Sophie can continue the series and give Bryce's brothers their own HEA.

:) VFG

LOL, Cecile! I know, I finally broke down and let Rehvenge go... I love that sin-eater. *wink*

:) VFG

Mandi said...

Wow - great review!! I have yet to read this author (I know!! I really want to!! Must go buy Addicted!)

So excited to hear she has a "druid-gothic shape shifter" series coming out!!

Heather D said...

Great Review.

VampFanGirl said...

LOL, Mandi! You beat me to the punch but I'll reinforce your words with YES you should buy 'Addicted'!! :)

I'm really looking forward to Sophie's paranormals too. She's got some great info regarding the Annwyn Chronicles on her website. When you got some time, you should definitely check it out.

Have a great weekend!

:) VFG

Thanks Heather D! I hope you check out 'Hot In Here' when it releases on June 2nd!

:) VFG

ann marie said...

Hi VampGirl,
Thanks for another great review. Have a great weekend. :)

VampFanGirl said...

You're welcome ann marie. Have a wonderful weekend!

:) VFG

Blodeuedd said...

Sounds great :)
Yay, I am gonna start on my copy this weekend or during the week. So it will be hot everywhere

VampFanGirl said...

LOL, Blodeuedd! It certainly will be hot everywhere when everyone posts their review. ;)

Happy Steamy Reading,

MsMoonlight said...

This is such a HOT cover! Its one of those ones that you grab and buy just because it looks so good!
Great review VFG.

VampFanGirl said...

Hey MsMoonlight!

Yup, Sophie was definitely gifted by the Cover Gods. :) Thank you go likin' my review.

Have a great weekend!

:) VFG

Sophie Renwick said...

Hi there! VFG, thanks for the super cool review. I appreciate all the time you spent writing it up and putting such thought into it!

I also wanted to thank all you bloggers for welcoming me, not as an author but as a fellow romance junkie. I've loved making friends with you all and talking books and those scenes that make us hussy pant! It's really, really special to me.

Have a great weekend, guys!
And thanks again for the beautifully written review!

Kristie (J) said...

Great review!! Thanks for putting this one on my radar *g*

VampFanGirl said...

Hey Sophie!

You're super welcome! ;)

I'd like to thank you too for becoming part of our little online group here. (((hugs)))

I can't wait to talk about the Lords with you. Maddox has already stolen my heart. He's so wonderfully tortured! I'm lovin' it!!

Have a great weekend!

:) VFG

HI Kristie!

Thanks for enjoying the review.

:) VFG

Barbara said...

You took it down! I knew I loved you! LOL!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...


Great Review!

Between your review and Barbara's, I can't wait to read this book! Sounds too good. Sophie is one talented lady as are you! Really great look into the book!

Wow....sounds soooo hot!!

Dottie :)

Sophie Renwick said...

Well, I've really had so much fun just talking books and man candy with you guys! First and foremost, I'm a romance junkie so it's nice to find like minded people, and you guys are all so warm and welcoming. Plus, I've discovered some great new books and authors!!!!

Maddox...sigh..yep, he's wonderful. But what about Reyes???? lol! What Lord is doing it for you right now and which one do you find yourself wanting to learn more about?

And I do have high hopes for Trey....

VampFanGirl said...

Anything for you Barbara *wink*

Hey Dottie! Thanks for enjoying my review. 'Hot In Here' certainly is HOT! It's a great read and I can't wait to read what you think of it.

Have a great weekend!

:) VFG

LOL, Sophie! I'm trying to pleasure dely with Reyes. lol! Obviously we know who his heroine in and I'm already likin' her. I'm really into Maddox at the moment though. He's so crazed. Now there's a man that you want on your side in a life or death situation.

Poor Reyes though. I've yet to decide who has the worst Demon. Maddox's additional punishment is pretty horrific though. I'm feelin' Aeron too. Gotta love a man with wings. OMG, and Torin! I can't imagine four hundred years of never feeling another's touch.

Be ready to let out your hussy side very soon when I put up reviews.

:) VFG

Sophie Renwick said...

Oooooh, I LUV Torin, too. And Paris!!!

Glad you're enjoying it!

Caffey said...

The more I read about this, the more I so can't wait to read and put up on my blog too. Its like I want everyone to read this and not miss this read. I so love her historicals that I discovered on NCP and even got the prints. They are keepers. I know don't throw tomatoes, but I haven't been able to get ADDICTED yet.

VampFanGirl said...

Hey Caffey!

You'll love 'Hot In Here'. Obviously Charlotte's voice is different as Sophie Renwick, but the writing is still superb. OMG and the Sex!! HOT! :) I can't wait to read your thoughts.

I hope you having a great weekend.

:) VFG

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...


Thanks for the pimpage! I really, really appreciate it!

You're too sweet!

Dottie :)

VampFanGirl said...

You're welcome Dottie!

(((hugs))) VFG

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