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If You Can't Stand the Heat... (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted) by [Wood, Joss]
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About the Author

Joss Wood's passion for putting black letters on a white screen is only matched by her love of books and travelling and her hatred of making school lunches and ironing. Fueled by coffee and craziness, Joss is a hands on Mom and, after a career in local economic development and business lobbying, she now writes full time. Surrounded by family, friends and books she lives in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa with her husband and two children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern Tempted; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Firstly I'd like to thank the publishers for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. Modern Tempted (previously known as RIVA) is a fabulous new series from Mills & Boon, these books are fun, flirty, sexy and romantic but with a contemporary edge. I loved the sound of them all and couldn't wait to dive in.

I quickly became absorbed by If You Can't Stand the Heat..., Ellie's business was under threat when suddenly the gorgeous Jack was thrown into her life and things got even more complicated from that point onwards. Finding out about Jack's history was fascinating, in fact the whole storyline in general interested me.

The attraction between Ellie and Jack was clear from the beginning, this side of things was well written with the tension building throughout and fizzing off the pages at me. I loved that their emotional connection was just as strong as their sexual connection because it made the book about more than just the steamy parts.

I finished this book in less than a day, it was such a romantic read that really pulled on my heartstrings.
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Jack Chapman is a war correspondent, his work is dangerous and he has to travel to war zones all over the world. When he meets shy and self-doubting Ellie Evans, the daughter of a colleague, he finds the feelings of attraction he feels for Ellie to be far scarier than being an action man reporter. Jack likes to think himself of more of an observer than someone who would get emotionally involved or attached to someone. Can Ellie Evans change that?

Ellie Evans is attracted to Jack, but she cannot believe that someone as handsome as Jack would be attracted to her. She is afraid Jack may break her heart, but is it Jack’s heart that needs healing?

A heart-warming love story, all the romance you can expect from a Mills & Boon novel that has been wonderfully written into a pocket book, which can easily be read in one sitting. A sexy and sensual read not to be missed.
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It is AGES since I read a Mills and Boon and I really enjoyed this one. Its an easy read with lovely characters that I completely engaged with. Ellie Evans runs a cake shop and delicatessen and Jack Chapman, war reporter, ends up on her doorstep needing a bit of TLC. But who needs the most help? Set in Cape Town, this sweet romance is well worth buying.
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HASH(0x97f10f54) out of 5 stars Reviewed by Desere Steenberg 1 Sept. 2013
By Desere Steenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
All of us face difficulties in our relationships with our parents, very few are lucky enough to have the 'perfect parents'. For those of us that need to make due with each and every situation that does arise when it comes to our parents there is always a message of lean on your friends, in them you will find the courage you need to stand up and make yourself heard, tell your parents to back off or simply to let you go and give you the chance to spread your wings.

But when you instead keep it bottled up inside and just go from day to day without taking the leap, it manifests those issues and insecurities in our romantically linked relationships and disaster is a given.

So what do you do when you have been there, gotten the t-shirt and around comes the chance of a lifetime with a man you never thought you would even look at or consider going to bed with, nor did you ever think he would look at you with flames of lust in his eyes?

The answer is simple, if you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen! But of course that is easier said then done when the temptation is much like a sweet and delicious cake screaming "Eat me" when your diet is at it's most crucial point, and putting yourself out there is all you can do in the hope that you don't get burned.

In the new Joss Wood read these are the issues Ellie faces, she has come along way from the frumpy overweight girl she use to be, she has worked her way to a better self and is doing just fine, but then her never there for her father sends the I-cannot-resist-you Jack Chapman her way and her life spirals out of control faster than she can say cookies and cream!

Jack is the exact opposite of what Ellie is looking for in a man, he is a war correspondent and always on the go to seek out a story, and thus never around when needed, and Ellie knows and understands the reasoning behind this kind of life well, after-all her own father was and still is the same. She must resist at all costs, but she falls and falls hard not only for Jack's body but his heart and soul. Soon she knows she wants him around on a permanent basis, but Jack is already taking off for the next big story, will Ellie's love be enough to bring him back to her or will she once again hit rock bottom and go down in flames?

The character of Ellie was in the start one that most woman can associate with, your childhood has directly influenced your decisions on life and you have paid for them dearly. But like us all we cannot always control our feelings and a part of us always holds onto hope for what if this time it could be the real deal and you would hate yourself for not taking a chance. I loved that Ellie showed so much courage in taking a leap of faith in everything she does, even when so scared. The author made her the perfect "I have found the one hero that can push me to be the person I need to be" heroine.

The character of Jack was oh so sexy and one of those "Just say the words and am yours" hero's. A real tough guy always ready to take on the world. I loved that he holds back a part of himself due to his own childhood experiences, it made him able to help Ellie but also causes him to not see that what Ellie is facing is so much like what he is facing, making him a tortured hero in his own right. The author not only lets their relationship be a helping kind but also one of them both being so much alike on so many levels to the extent where I as reader wanted to yell at the both of them and just say "See what is in front of you and let go".

The backdrop settings were fun and inviting not to mention so hot and sexy that when entering a bakery from now on it will make me immediately think of Ellie and Jack. The dialogue was mostly very emotional and brought me to tears , here and there the author also incorporated some very fun and playful humour and when looking at cake of any kind I will forever be doomed by images of a hot man covered in nothing but flour!

I am taking away a message of letting your past hold you back from stepping up and taking the chance life gives you will yes in some instances cause you great heartache but it will also show you that you are much stronger and more valuable then gold to someone special , risk it for in the end it will be worth it, what does not break you makes you stronger all you need to do is risk it and then hold on for the ride.

I highly recommend this read for all fans of Joss Wood reads, she has once again created a story of romance meets the real world. Realistic characters and real life situations incorporated with a level of intensity so deep you will be left with feelings of seeking out your very own childhood insecurities and finding a way to let go so you can have the life you want! A best seller for sure!

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" Together they set in motion the flames of desire"

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f10fa8) out of 5 stars enjoyable contemporary romance 23 Aug. 2013
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If You Can't Stand The Heat
Joss Wood
Harlequin Kiss, Aug 20 2013, $4.99
ISBN: 9780373207299

Pari's Bakery and Coffee Shop has been at the same locale in St. James and False Bay for forty years, but owner Ellie Evans tells her BFF and maternity leave employee Merri that the septuagenarian owners of the building sold the property. They have six months to vacate with no prospect of opening the bakery anywhere in the area.

Jack Chapman stands outside the closed for the night bakery when Ellie calls her dad Mitchell to ask why the war correspondent her father considers his son is here. Mitchell explains a Somalian warlord battered Jack and took his cash and credit cards before dumping him on a U.N. plane leaving Cape Town. The reporter needs a bed to recuperate while also interviewing Mitchell's family for an article on life with him; Ellie resentfully thinks what life with Mitchell as he always covered all the hot spots but none of her highlight film. El and Jack feel the attraction between them, but he regains his mojo and she rejects her heart as she does not need another neglectful male in her life.

If You Can't Stand The Heat is a enjoyable contemporary romance as love may not be enough to forge a permanent relationship between the protagonists. Readers will appreciate this entertaining tale that focuses on how much a person loses when they must choose between their vocation and their family.

Harriet Klausner
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HASH(0x97d4596c) out of 5 stars HJ Top Pick! 29 Sept. 2013
By Harlequin Junkie Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ellie Evans grew up knowing what it's like to be missing a parent. Her father, Mitchell Evans is a famous field reporter - and he never put anything above his career. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop her from getting engaged to a man who seems different, but really isn't. You'd think she'd have learned.

Jack Chapman has learned a lot from Mitch Evans. How to stay detached from an emotionally charged situation, how to keep cool in a war zone, and most of all, how to live on the knife's edge of life. That's something he's determined to do no matter what. When he's injured and needs somewhere to lay low for a few days, Mitch suggests he go stay with his daughter. Jack can get background info for the book he's 'co-writing' with Mitch and Ellie's used to taking in her father's 'strays'.

Jack and Ellie *so* don't want to like each other. Neither of them understand the other. Jack sees Ellie as a woman who lets people walk all over her. Ellie sees a carbon copy of her father. I mean, yuck... right?

Well, life sure knows how to hit 'em where it hurts. *grin*

I don't want to get too in-depth with this review - so I'm going to stop the description there. Jack's backstory is literally heart-wrenching. Watching Ellie and Jack dance around each other while trying to keep their lives the same was incredibly riveting. And seeing their growth really drew the whole story together. Amazing book.

If you can keep it together in the last two chapters, I bow to you. Go read it... go on... go!
HASH(0x97f1124c) out of 5 stars Get Out Of The Kitchen? 4 Oct. 2013
By Maria - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first book I've read by author Joss Wood and it's a beautifully written, fresh story set in a beautiful country between two attractive main characters.

I loved the heroine Ellie, a young woman with an exotic mixture of parentage - both Irish and Indian. Just like my own children. The hero, Jack, is a war correspondent who travels to the trouble spots of the world and has commitment phobia.This is definitely not the first time I've read a war correspondent romance novel. But this author's treatment of the subject was unique. I absolutely loved the vibrant feel of the South African atmosphere which just came alive with Joss Wood's addictive style of storytelling.

A talented artistic young woman who has severe difficulty with the word no, Ellie learns to love and trust again through her relationship with Jack, a true hero, a man who braves hazards to get the news through to the world.When you fall in love, you rearrange your priorities. You may feel that your love affair may clash with your priorities, but sometimes your priorities can change. The main thing about this book is, you realize that you should never say never. I also enjoyed Jack's journey, coping with survivor's guilt and changing his priorities. No sugary romance, this. The author didn't spare the tough details.

An entertaining and absorbing story which I never wanted to end.

I received an ARC of the book in return for an honest review.

HASH(0x97d49420) out of 5 stars If You Can't Stand The Heat 19 Sept. 2013
By Nasreen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If You Can't Stand the Heat... (Harlequin Kiss)

IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT by Joss Wood is a new imprint from Harlequin series-Harlequin Kiss release.

Ellie makes cakes. She has a cake shop and roots in her small town. Then she meet world famous war reporter, Jack.

Jack goes where the action is. Will he be satisfied in a small town? Could he share his transplanted heart with Ellie?

IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT is a lively contemporary romance with a sexy, gorgeous hero you will swoon over and a strong heroine whom you'd love. Author Joss Wood brought this sparkling tale of unexpected and chance encounters turning into red-hot passion.

Highly recommended.
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