In the Fire


 By Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels

Genre: M/M, Foodie Romance

Length: 93,000 Words

Series: In the Kitchen

Release Date: November 3, 2014

Publisher: Carina Press


Because the way to a man’s heart…

Eight years ago, the world was their oyster. Until, that is, competing chefs Ethan Martin and James Lassiter’s hot and heavy relationship fizzled after Jamie left for an internship in Paris. Even though Jamie’s career has taken off since his return to the States, with his own television show and a lot of fame, his feelings for Ethan have never quite gone away.

Ethan’s culinary career has developed more slowly, but he’s almost saved enough to buy the restaurant where he works and re-open it as his dream spot, Bistro 30. If only he could get the sexy chef who loved him and left him out of his mind.

But when someone starts sabotaging the restaurant and a fire threatens to take away everything Ethan holds dear, his only option is to rely on Jamie for help. Back in close quarters, the two men will have to find a way to work through their past if they hope to save the restaurant—and their future.

When we made it to the sofa I nudged him to sit. Instead, he turned to face me. Even intoxicated, the way Ethan looked at me now, heavy lidded eyes tinged with heat, was the way I’d remembered him. No anger, no accusations, no bitterness, just a hint of my Ethan. But he wasn’t my Ethan anymore, was he?

When he slid his hands up my arms to cup my face I should have moved. I should have told him no. But I didn’t. Instead my heart warred with my mind over what was right and what I had dreamed of since we said our last goodbyes all those years ago. This was the reason I couldn’t stay with anyone. No one but Ethan had ever made me feel alive like this.

I watched with shock as he leaned in close and brushed his lips over mine. A sigh escaped him as his fingers curled against my skin. Overwhelmed by how good he felt against me, I closed my eyes and breathed him in.

When I parted my lips, Ethan’s tongue brushed against mine and my resistance broke. My fingers tightened against the fabric of his borrowed T-shirt, pulling him closer as he deepened the kiss. I startled when a hint of metal brushed my tongue, knowing I’d discovered a new piercing.

Ethan’s low groan echoed mine and I turned my head, kissing him deeper. Passion warred with possessive need as he responded, both of us vying for dominance as we each tried to control the kiss. This was too much. With a pained sound, I pulled back, my breath uneven as I rested my forehead against his. As good as this felt, it was too much to digest after too much time had passed, coupled with alcohol and bad judgment.

“You need to sleep.”

He nodded and I stepped back and grabbed a blanket from the closet, nudging him to lie on the couch. I spread it over him and Ethan’s eyes finally closed as his body sank against the cushions. When I straightened up to shut off of the lamp next to the couch I froze at his barely audible words.

“I would have chosen you.”

See how Ethan and Jamie’s romance began in In the Raw


what reviewers are saying:

images“Griffin and Michaels create a fabulous sequel…. This passionate page-turner is a great balance of romance and sex, and the secondary characters support a solid plot. Readers will eat this up like the men’s next fabulous meal.” – Library Journal



reviewertoppick2Night Owl Reviews gave it 4 1/2 Stars and said, “The connection between James and Ethan is powerful. This book does a great job of showing how hard relationships are even with the best of intentions and how others can throw monkey wrenches into things. Ethan and James are older in this book and not willing to let a chance at happiness get away from them. The sex scenes were scorching.”

7d10f317-a426-4997-a224-400753924259_zps44881629“I was so emotionally wrapped up in this story I had to constantly remind myself THESE ARE NOT REAL PEOPLE. Have you ever read a book where the characters come to life so realistically you begin to think of them as people you actually know?  People you’d like to hang out with, maybe kick back and share a drink? That’s Jamie and Ethan for me. I wish I could visit a restaurant where one of them is preparing an amazing meal, sit and just observe him in his element.” – 3 Chicks After Dark

“I am completely in love with this book. As I finished the last page I just wanted to squeal with happiness. Jamie and Ethan are two of my favorite characters ever.” – Tattered Book Blog


Follow the chefs from Bistro 30 in Book 3 in the In the Kitchen Series: In the Distance.


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Text Copyright © 2014 by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin
Cover Art Copyright © 2014 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved.
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