Review: Intercepting the Chef by Rachel Goodman

Posted April 2, 2017 by Karen in Karen, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Intercepting the Chef by Rachel GoodmanIntercepting the Chef by Rachel goodman
Series: How to Score, #1
Published by Pocket Star on May 2nd 2017
ISBN: 1501158929
Pages: 315
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“Smart, sexy, and funny” (Publishers Weekly) contemporary romance writer Rachel Goodman is back with a brand new series about a quarterback trying to score in the most important game of his life—the game of love.
Gwen Lalonde is a rising star in the eyes of the elite restaurateurs of the world. But when her celebrity chef boss and now ex-boyfriend fires her, she finds herself playing a different game. Forced to flee San Francisco and return home to Denver, Gwen lands a spot as the executive chef at Stonestreet’s, a new restaurant owned by NFL golden boy and Colorado Blizzards quarterback Logan Stonestreet. When Logan starts pursuing Gwen romantically, she pulls a classic duck and weave and avoids any advances by throwing herself into reestablishing her reputation in Denver.
But Logan Stonestreet is persistent—he didn’t become one of the best football players in the league by throwing in the towel at the first rejection. Something about Logan’s unwavering determination—and amazing body—keeps Gwen around, and soon there’s more that’s sizzling than just the steak on the grill. Things are getting more serious than either side cares to admit, and when Logan suffers a severe injury in the playoffs, they’re both forced to make game-time decisions. The perfect romance for football fans and foodies alike, Intercepting the Chef is a delicious read that’ll have you hooked until the very last play.

Cocktails and Books received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

This is the first book in the How to Score series and the first book I have read by Rachel Goodman and I found it a pleasant surprise.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this compelling story about Logan, a football quarterback and Gwen, a feisty chef.

Gwen is devastated when her celebrity chef boyfriend unexpectedly fires her and without any other options, she returns home to Denver.  Logan Stonestreet is the quarterback for the Denver Blizzard and he is also opening a restaurant called Stonestreet.  Gwen’s brother and Logan have been best friends since childhood and are now teammates on the Blizzards.  So when Gwen’s brother asks Logan to hire Gwen as executive head chef, he immediately agrees.

There has always been an attraction between Logan and Gwen and now that they are working together, they find it hard to fight their feelings for each other.  Logan is sweet and sensitive and I really liked him.  He lightheartedly teases Gwen but he is also sensitive and caring.  On the other hand, Gwen is hurt and doesn’t trust easily so she has a snarky attitude and honestly, it got on my nerves and I wondered what Logan saw her.  Logan needs Gwen to be there for him but she is so consumed with her own issues she doesn’t seem to notice.

This story realistically depicts life as a football player and I feel sorry for Logan when he is forced to go out and play after being injured.  Logan understands that he is important as long as he is healthy and can help the team win.  Winning is the only thing that matters and everyone loves Logan as long as he is winning.  Logan and Gwen have to figure out if it is possible to have a career and a personal life, too.  This story is told from alternating POV so, we know what Logan and Gwen are both thinking.  This is an engaging and emotional story with some fun and sexiness mixed in.

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I love a contemporary romance loaded with banter and chemistry with a protective alpha male pursuing a feisty female. When I’m not reading I’m spending time with my family and fostering dogs. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since April 2013.

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