Cal Buchanan needs a top-flight chef to take over his failing Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. He can afford to hire the best in town; the only problem is that the best happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson.
Penny really needs this opportunity, but she does n't want the distraction of working with her ex. She 's sworn off romance, she 's ven having a baby on her own. But before she nows it, the heat is on and the attraction between her and Cal moves from a low simmer to a full boil!
The rest will be easy as pie, but th secret from Cal 's past could spoil everything. Maybe it 's true that too many cooks spoil the broth or maybe two is enough to ake it irresistible.
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Published February 1st 2006 by HQN

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If only life ever went as planned, right? I enjoyed reading about Penny 's struggle& successes as a pregnant chef in what she calls " woma 's world " full of cussing, flying knives,& quick tempers.

There are no words for this evil woman, but I am genuinel mpressed by how much I could hate one character.I ca n't tel it was most emorable book ever, but I never did enjoy the behind the scenes business stuff we saw& I look forward to the whole of series, esp.

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They joke around, are friendly, and re finally some kind of " friends. " Then Cal finds out that Penny is pregnant, by nother woma, and he flips out before running to Reid, his olde cousi, to bring out what Reid knew about it.

Turns out Penny had In Vitro Fertilization and used a sperm bank, and while Cal still is n't happy, he deals.Meanwhile, Walker, the third Buchanan sibling and youngest brother, comes home from the Marines and tells his family that he 's left the military for good this time.

He has a mission: Find Ben 's Ashley.After the whole baby debacle, things finally start getting back to normal between Penny and Cal. Until they become lovers again.

And they get even worse when Gloria tells Penny Cal 's deepest secret, one he never shared with anyone: he has a fiftee year old nephew.

ot many days later, Dani, the youngest Buchanan, comes to Cal and tells him that her daughte fails to give a marriag, after everything she 'd done for him and hate him and stayed by his side through his accident and being paralyzed.

While talking to his niece, Cal has a moment of crystal clarity and realizes that it must be best for Lindsey if he did n't remember her that he was her grandmothe.

hat evening, Penny move home with him to offer comfort and they fall back into their role as lovers.With the exception of Penny realizing that she was practically in love with Cal after all his time, everything was going great.

Reid, who also appens to e one of Penny 's best friends, begin to Cal and the two brothers proceed to get into a fist fight on the front lawn of Cal 's house.

She then forces Cal and Reid to o to he hospital because the First Aid Walker was applying was doing somethin for their wounds.At the hospital, Cal talks to Dani and realizes what he needs to wan to get Penny back.

Once he goes over to Penny 's house and begs for forgiveness and tells her just how much he like her, that he 'll do everythin to make her back, anything for her to marry him and have a family with him.

I enjoyed seeing Cal grow into himself and finally realize that it is sur to let others into his heart.Like Cal, I loved Penny from the other Buchanan books, but she drove me absolutely insane at times in memoi.

Actually though I 'd lready known about Hugh, the bastard, cheating on her and divorcing her and Gloria cruelly telling Dani she was n't a Buchanan, it hurt my heart to read thi.

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he las hing that really struck me with th nove as sad, is that there 's almost never any gay characters in this sens of romance.

Thi romance was good, but Cal kept making so many of the same mistakes again and again that it was nnoying and predictabl.

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However, what I had read about the first couple ’ s story always made this sound like the most excitin ook of he series, so I was happy to inally give it; ironically enough it turned out to be lmost the opposite of the story I was fearin, but very good anyway.Ex-spouses Cal and Penny find themselves in each other ’ s lives again when Cal hires Penny as the chef for a family restaurant that needs a major overhaul.

Cal is detached towards their relationship for much of he nove; at one point he hinks, “ Two year ago, he ’ d ever given Penny a thought. ” Normally I would be ncredibly turned off by that from the hero of romance.

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Overall, I enjoyed novel and I ca n't wait to see what the hell Gloria 's going to dish out to her " unworthy' grand kids.

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