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  • ebook
  • Seared (Master Chefs, #1)
  • Suleikha Snyder
  • English
  • 23 November 2016

10 thoughts on “Seared (Master Chefs, #1)

  1. Sarah Sarah says:

    Recommended by Tiffany Reisz Enough said


  2. K.J. Charles K.J. Charles says:

    Erotic romance with tropes up the wazoo stepbrother evil manipulating parents billionaires soap operatic antics done in a very funny conscious intelligent way I took a while to get to this because ugh stepbrother and also I'm not into formalised BDSM with people being official subs and calling each other Master and what have you The BDSM remained a closed book to me though evidently it works very well for those who like it if Tiffany Reisz says so I'm taking her word but the stepbrother element was I thought handled very well and didn't suick me out at all they don't grow up together It came across as a highly inconvenient way to meet underpinning the later conflict rather than sexy taboo faux incest and as such it worked very well And the story outside the bonking was fantastic Naya is a great character who writes soap operas for a living omg which the author uses to joyous effect to undercut the wild soapy tropiness of the plot and Lachlan's Hero Behaviour It is an extremely funny book with some great lines and knowingly absurd plotting you can really tell the author had a lot of fun and thus so does the reader And while there's plenty of 'meant to be together' and submission stuff we also get a strong sense that the MCs really enjoy one another's company and make a great couple outside the bedroomdungeon If you want an erotic romance that delivers on plot and fun and characters here you go And a lovely cover too


  3. JenReadsRomance JenReadsRomance says:

    I’m not even going to lie to you I asked for this ARC sight unseen and knowing nothing about it just because I think Suleikha Synder is a BAMF on Twitter As soon as I started reading I wondered if perhaps I was not the intended audience It’s a stepbrother romance which isn’t my favorite; Lachlan and Naya are in a dominantsubmissive relationship which is sometimes too much for me personally; but most damning Lachlan is a celebrity chef and I really hate cooking Like A lot I especially hate people who tell me to watch cooking shows when they hear I don’t like cooking This is not helpful advice and I’d sooner watch a show about cooking as I would about doing laundry But not to worry this book is freaking great and all of my doubts were uickly swept away by this amazing writer and her utterly fantastic characters Naya and Lachlan are step siblings but their parents married when she was 16 and he was 20 Although there was a flirtation feelings of connectedness and the beginnings of a nebulous something between them Naya was sent off to boarding school Now it’s 10 years later and Lachlan’s father is dead There are no impediments to them finally getting together which they both crave I could probably go on and on about all the things that work for me in this book but I’m going to restrict myself to talking about three things I think Seared does superbly well First Suleikha Snyder builds fascinating well rounded believable characters I wouldn’t call this a second chance at love romance because although there was chemistry their relationship was platonic when they were younger One of my biggest problems with the second chance at love trope is when one of the characters gets put on ice after the separation and let’s be honest it’s usually the heroine People grow and change and experience new things It’s cheap lazy writing to halt a character’s emotional development after a failed romance So imagine my delight at Naya’s description of her last 10 years She thinks “I wasn’t one of those girls those women I should say who withered away without their man or turned into a blank page My pages were all full with scribbles in the margins And now that I was back in Lachlan’s world I knew we had entire books to fill together” Thank you Suleikha Snyder When characters have a gap in their relationship I expect their time apart to be formative than the time they spent together Otherwise why bother separating them? Both Lachlan and Naya have lived full meaningful lives When they reunite it’s not only that they are interesting to each other but they are also interesting to me as a reader Second although there is a ton of dramatic plot in this book but it never overshadows the romance As it turns out it was Lachlan’s father that separated them and he did it in the worst possible way Lachlan thinks “the cruel bastard had known how much they adored one another First he’d made it ugly Then he’d taken it away” Even from the grave he’s determined to keep them apart There’s some lawyerly blackmail in the will and Lachlan is furious that his father is still trying to manipulate him from the grave By the way I loved the Iago like nature of these machinations There’s no real satisfying reason for Lachlan’s father to be such a dick he just is The uestion isn’t why but instead it’s how how will Lachlan and Naya move forward given these new constraints?Finally let’s talk about the care and handling of the male ego Lachlan isn’t entirely honest about Naya regarding the contents of the will but Naya knows damn well something happened with it Lachlan decides he should follow the terms of the will not because he cares about the money but because of the threats towards Naya and her mother Naya knows full well that he is trying to push her away This is where we get the payoff from those 10 years apart she was sent away once before she’s not going to let that happen again Suleikha Snyder shows Naya to be both heartbroken and also determined to fight for him and I loved that Women can be sad and pissed and crying and determined to fight for their happiness all at the same time One last thing the book is super hot and sexy On Goodreads Tiffany Reisz said “It's fan fucking tastic with the emphasis on the fucking OMG so hot” It would be downright churlish to uestion Tiffany Reisz on a heat rating right? I also want to address my initial worry that the BDSM scenes would be too intense for me but it was fine The kink they are exploring is what worked for them and I could see how the scenes built intimacy between them Even an anti foodie like me thought this one was a delicious treat And trust me I’ve been trying like hell to avoid all food related metaphors for this entire review Just read this delightful book crossposted from The Book ueen's site


  4. Adele Buck Adele Buck says:

    A very fun fast HOT read I adored their affection for each other I don’t usually go in for stepsibling romances as a stepsibling myself but this was handled in such a way that it was clear they never considered each other brother and sister but rather best friends


  5. The_Book_Queen The_Book_Queen says:

    4 12 STARS Sexy kinky and emotional Loved it I need book 2 though I need Wil's story And I need some unanswered uestions wrapped up 3


  6. Xan West Xan West says:

    35 stars A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewI really liked the heroine in this story a lot She’s complex and compelling she knows what she wants and goes after it she’s got a tremendous amount of strength and a lovely vulnerability She is badass and awesome and deserves someone who would step up for her and be brave and match her vulnerability and honesty I wasn’t sure that the hero deserved her Her feelings for him her trust in him didn’t feel earned in the context of the story The thing I liked best about him was that her awesome mom thought he was good for her But I honestly wasn’t sure I agreed I felt like I was told about their being fated and right for each other but I didn’t get to see that in action really Perhaps because of that for me this story was effective as erotica than it was as romance It’s very much a stepbrother fantasy kink In the present you will find Ds pain play fisting orgasm control a range of sex acts all deeply consensual between adults In references to the past when he was the older stepbrother and she was a teenager it teases at dubcon elements like grooming without going full on there in a way that feels like it’s mostly about evoking the this is forbidden but we can’t help ourselves kind of stuff It also plays with the chef as dominant thing and is the first story I’ve read that does that I liked that element a lot Seared brings the heat and the UST and makes a clear consistent effort to show the heroines consent to desire for and pursuit of the kink that occurs I really enjoyed that about it The descriptions of fisting did not fit my experience of it but it’s rare that I find erotica that describes fisting in ways that resonate for me Early in the story the diversity of sex acts was something I really appreciated about the erotic scenes in the book So I was caught off guard by the later uite marked framing of PIV as the ultimate and most real and most intimate sex act The heroine references being into bottoming to folks who are a range of genders and only wanting sex with men I really appreciated the way it differentiated between attraction for sex vs attraction for kink something I would love to see stories do as it resonates both with my own experience and with what I see in kink communities I hesitate to call the heroine bisexual or pansexual as it’s about kink not sexual attraction and we don’t really have current shorthand for kink focused attractionThe story has a lot of lovely humor I especially appreciated the jokes about chef rivalries the soap opera references the food jokes and the jokes about 90s music I enjoyed the way the book felt a bit cheeky and like it was winking at me while also being unabashedly cheesy in other moments and full of angst at yet other moments That than anything except perhaps the way it embraced the forbidden aspect made it feel like a soap opera which added an enjoyable element to my reading experience When it ends it feels like there is to come while still feeling like this arc is resolved Which also feels a bit like a soap opera now that I think of itTrigger warnings view spoiler Multiple references to intimate partner violence controlling abusive parent and especially child emotional abuse in the past Step brother kink Ds pain play brat play fisting sex on the page Attraction began when heroine was a teenager and hero was an adult and there are grooming elements to the relationship from that time period hide spoiler


  7. Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism) Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism) says:

    I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO BE A BDSM STORYOk now that that's out there I can breathe again I don't mind BDSM stories and I've enjoyed several in the past but it would have been nice to know it was one going inBut honestly that was torture and not of a good kind It started out ok if a bit on the erotica sans plot side Then a plot was introduced but I never cared Because I couldn't bring myself to care about the charactersFine I cared enough to force myself to the finish line but only because the book is like 150 pages long And yet it took a lot of willpower to read one page after the next But I got there and I can say with 100% certainty that this book and I were not meant for each other I just found it increasingly dullThere was a lot of weirdness with everyone having kinks Like I know everyone has their own particular tastes in the background but it was super weird that stepsiblings were even beginning to explore DS in a non sexual way when one was underage Plus the totally random nuggets of info about other people's kinks? Were they necessary??? I mean I would not want my mom to know what I get up to in the bedroom and it's not even that kinky WowI keep using the word kink because the author kept using it Over and over always talking about kinks and rules and spanking WE GET IT It's almost like the author did all this research on the subject and felt the need to drive it home how much she knew It was never subtle She wanted to prove a point prove she was not EL James who gives BDSM a bad name But instead it was like the whole book was primarily about Being a Submissive or Being a Dominant and oh aren't we just perfectly imperfect? Everything suffered at the hands of the need to make this A BDSM Book the characters the plot my will to live All I can say about Lachlan is he is a chef who likes to have control; likewise the only things I know about Naya are that she's a writer for a German soap opera who likes pain And she had to keep bringing it up It was all just sex in this book and not anything that got me excited because it was too forcedI will say that the one thing the book had going for it was that it featured a POC for its heroine and not in a stereotypical way I could relate to Naya on the international upbringing and having a chameleon accent so it was nice to see that I also liked how she pushed for clear boundaries and consent even when Lachlan initially tried to impose his control on her at their reunion at the startI can't really say anything because that was basically the whole book It was painful and I am just glad it's over Let's hope the next book I read for this month's food romance theme is betterThis review was originally posted on Love in a time of Feminism


  8. Jess Jess says:

    55 stars for heat 35 stars for plausibility of plot 45 starsI just kept thinking about the ethics violations the evil lawyer was opening himself up to and it distracted just a smidge from the kink but otherwise I was super into this and can't wait to read in this series


  9. Mel González Mel González says:

    → new fave→ forbidden romance→ ex step sibilings → Indian American heroine→ she's a writer he's a celebrity chef→ BDSMkink → super interesting power dynamics and relationships→ they've loved each other for 10 years💖


  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    Very fun and fast I don't know if it'll stick in my mind at all in the future but I have it on ebook if I'd like to revisit it I will keep an eye out for the seuels as I can already see some of the possible characters for those books


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Seared (Master Chefs, #1)❰PDF❯ ✐ Seared (Master Chefs, #1) Author Suleikha Snyder – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk It’s been 10 years since Naya saw her stepbrother Lachlan Christie In that time he’s become a famous chef complete with his own hip and trendy Manhattan restaurantand she’s become the woman who It’s been years since Naya saw her stepbrother Lachlan Christie In that time he’s become a famous chef complete with his own hip and trendy Manhattan restaurantand she’s become the woman who can give him everything — especially her body and soul But the past doesn’t always stay dead and you can’t escape it no matter how far you fly or how hot you burn Naya’s determined to win Lachlan and secure them a happily ever after no matter what it takes — but is love enough to save her master chefIn the first book in the Master Chefs series the forbidden meets the possible — and passion cooks up a storm.


About the Author: Suleikha Snyder

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10 thoughts on “Seared (Master Chefs, #1)

  1. Sarah Sarah says:

    Recommended by Tiffany Reisz Enough said

  2. K.J. Charles K.J. Charles says:

    Erotic romance with tropes up the wazoo stepbrother evil manipulating parents billionaires soap operatic antics done in a very funny conscious intelligent way I took a while to get to this because ugh stepbrother and also I'm not into formalised BDSM with people being official subs and calling each other Master and what have you The BDSM remained a closed book to me though evidently it works very well for those who like it if Tiffany Reisz says so I'm taking her word but the stepbrother element was I thought handled very well and didn't suick me out at all they don't grow up together It came across as a highly inconvenient way to meet underpinning the later conflict rather than sexy taboo faux incest and as such it worked very well And the story outside the bonking was fantastic Naya is a great character who writes soap operas for a living omg which the author uses to joyous effect to undercut the wild soapy tropiness of the plot and Lachlan's Hero Behaviour It is an extremely funny book with some great lines and knowingly absurd plotting you can really tell the author had a lot of fun and thus so does the reader And while there's plenty of 'meant to be together' and submission stuff we also get a strong sense that the MCs really enjoy one another's company and make a great couple outside the bedroomdungeon If you want an erotic romance that delivers on plot and fun and characters here you go And a lovely cover too

  3. JenReadsRomance JenReadsRomance says:

    I’m not even going to lie to you I asked for this ARC sight unseen and knowing nothing about it just because I think Suleikha Synder is a BAMF on Twitter As soon as I started reading I wondered if perhaps I was not the intended audience It’s a stepbrother romance which isn’t my favorite; Lachlan and Naya are in a dominantsubmissive relationship which is sometimes too much for me personally; but most damning Lachlan is a celebrity chef and I really hate cooking Like A lot I especially hate people who tell me to watch cooking shows when they hear I don’t like cooking This is not helpful advice and I’d sooner watch a show about cooking as I would about doing laundry But not to worry this book is freaking great and all of my doubts were uickly swept away by this amazing writer and her utterly fantastic characters Naya and Lachlan are step siblings but their parents married when she was 16 and he was 20 Although there was a flirtation feelings of connectedness and the beginnings of a nebulous something between them Naya was sent off to boarding school Now it’s 10 years later and Lachlan’s father is dead There are no impediments to them finally getting together which they both crave I could probably go on and on about all the things that work for me in this book but I’m going to restrict myself to talking about three things I think Seared does superbly well First Suleikha Snyder builds fascinating well rounded believable characters I wouldn’t call this a second chance at love romance because although there was chemistry their relationship was platonic when they were younger One of my biggest problems with the second chance at love trope is when one of the characters gets put on ice after the separation and let’s be honest it’s usually the heroine People grow and change and experience new things It’s cheap lazy writing to halt a character’s emotional development after a failed romance So imagine my delight at Naya’s description of her last 10 years She thinks “I wasn’t one of those girls those women I should say who withered away without their man or turned into a blank page My pages were all full with scribbles in the margins And now that I was back in Lachlan’s world I knew we had entire books to fill together” Thank you Suleikha Snyder When characters have a gap in their relationship I expect their time apart to be formative than the time they spent together Otherwise why bother separating them? Both Lachlan and Naya have lived full meaningful lives When they reunite it’s not only that they are interesting to each other but they are also interesting to me as a reader Second although there is a ton of dramatic plot in this book but it never overshadows the romance As it turns out it was Lachlan’s father that separated them and he did it in the worst possible way Lachlan thinks “the cruel bastard had known how much they adored one another First he’d made it ugly Then he’d taken it away” Even from the grave he’s determined to keep them apart There’s some lawyerly blackmail in the will and Lachlan is furious that his father is still trying to manipulate him from the grave By the way I loved the Iago like nature of these machinations There’s no real satisfying reason for Lachlan’s father to be such a dick he just is The uestion isn’t why but instead it’s how how will Lachlan and Naya move forward given these new constraints?Finally let’s talk about the care and handling of the male ego Lachlan isn’t entirely honest about Naya regarding the contents of the will but Naya knows damn well something happened with it Lachlan decides he should follow the terms of the will not because he cares about the money but because of the threats towards Naya and her mother Naya knows full well that he is trying to push her away This is where we get the payoff from those 10 years apart she was sent away once before she’s not going to let that happen again Suleikha Snyder shows Naya to be both heartbroken and also determined to fight for him and I loved that Women can be sad and pissed and crying and determined to fight for their happiness all at the same time One last thing the book is super hot and sexy On Goodreads Tiffany Reisz said “It's fan fucking tastic with the emphasis on the fucking OMG so hot” It would be downright churlish to uestion Tiffany Reisz on a heat rating right? I also want to address my initial worry that the BDSM scenes would be too intense for me but it was fine The kink they are exploring is what worked for them and I could see how the scenes built intimacy between them Even an anti foodie like me thought this one was a delicious treat And trust me I’ve been trying like hell to avoid all food related metaphors for this entire review Just read this delightful book crossposted from The Book ueen's site

  4. Adele Buck Adele Buck says:

    A very fun fast HOT read I adored their affection for each other I don’t usually go in for stepsibling romances as a stepsibling myself but this was handled in such a way that it was clear they never considered each other brother and sister but rather best friends

  5. The_Book_Queen The_Book_Queen says:

    4 12 STARS Sexy kinky and emotional Loved it I need book 2 though I need Wil's story And I need some unanswered uestions wrapped up 3

  6. Xan West Xan West says:

    35 stars A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewI really liked the heroine in this story a lot She’s complex and compelling she knows what she wants and goes after it she’s got a tremendous amount of strength and a lovely vulnerability She is badass and awesome and deserves someone who would step up for her and be brave and match her vulnerability and honesty I wasn’t sure that the hero deserved her Her feelings for him her trust in him didn’t feel earned in the context of the story The thing I liked best about him was that her awesome mom thought he was good for her But I honestly wasn’t sure I agreed I felt like I was told about their being fated and right for each other but I didn’t get to see that in action really Perhaps because of that for me this story was effective as erotica than it was as romance It’s very much a stepbrother fantasy kink In the present you will find Ds pain play fisting orgasm control a range of sex acts all deeply consensual between adults In references to the past when he was the older stepbrother and she was a teenager it teases at dubcon elements like grooming without going full on there in a way that feels like it’s mostly about evoking the this is forbidden but we can’t help ourselves kind of stuff It also plays with the chef as dominant thing and is the first story I’ve read that does that I liked that element a lot Seared brings the heat and the UST and makes a clear consistent effort to show the heroines consent to desire for and pursuit of the kink that occurs I really enjoyed that about it The descriptions of fisting did not fit my experience of it but it’s rare that I find erotica that describes fisting in ways that resonate for me Early in the story the diversity of sex acts was something I really appreciated about the erotic scenes in the book So I was caught off guard by the later uite marked framing of PIV as the ultimate and most real and most intimate sex act The heroine references being into bottoming to folks who are a range of genders and only wanting sex with men I really appreciated the way it differentiated between attraction for sex vs attraction for kink something I would love to see stories do as it resonates both with my own experience and with what I see in kink communities I hesitate to call the heroine bisexual or pansexual as it’s about kink not sexual attraction and we don’t really have current shorthand for kink focused attractionThe story has a lot of lovely humor I especially appreciated the jokes about chef rivalries the soap opera references the food jokes and the jokes about 90s music I enjoyed the way the book felt a bit cheeky and like it was winking at me while also being unabashedly cheesy in other moments and full of angst at yet other moments That than anything except perhaps the way it embraced the forbidden aspect made it feel like a soap opera which added an enjoyable element to my reading experience When it ends it feels like there is to come while still feeling like this arc is resolved Which also feels a bit like a soap opera now that I think of itTrigger warnings view spoiler Multiple references to intimate partner violence controlling abusive parent and especially child emotional abuse in the past Step brother kink Ds pain play brat play fisting sex on the page Attraction began when heroine was a teenager and hero was an adult and there are grooming elements to the relationship from that time period hide spoiler

  7. Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism) Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism) says:

    I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO BE A BDSM STORYOk now that that's out there I can breathe again I don't mind BDSM stories and I've enjoyed several in the past but it would have been nice to know it was one going inBut honestly that was torture and not of a good kind It started out ok if a bit on the erotica sans plot side Then a plot was introduced but I never cared Because I couldn't bring myself to care about the charactersFine I cared enough to force myself to the finish line but only because the book is like 150 pages long And yet it took a lot of willpower to read one page after the next But I got there and I can say with 100% certainty that this book and I were not meant for each other I just found it increasingly dullThere was a lot of weirdness with everyone having kinks Like I know everyone has their own particular tastes in the background but it was super weird that stepsiblings were even beginning to explore DS in a non sexual way when one was underage Plus the totally random nuggets of info about other people's kinks? Were they necessary??? I mean I would not want my mom to know what I get up to in the bedroom and it's not even that kinky WowI keep using the word kink because the author kept using it Over and over always talking about kinks and rules and spanking WE GET IT It's almost like the author did all this research on the subject and felt the need to drive it home how much she knew It was never subtle She wanted to prove a point prove she was not EL James who gives BDSM a bad name But instead it was like the whole book was primarily about Being a Submissive or Being a Dominant and oh aren't we just perfectly imperfect? Everything suffered at the hands of the need to make this A BDSM Book the characters the plot my will to live All I can say about Lachlan is he is a chef who likes to have control; likewise the only things I know about Naya are that she's a writer for a German soap opera who likes pain And she had to keep bringing it up It was all just sex in this book and not anything that got me excited because it was too forcedI will say that the one thing the book had going for it was that it featured a POC for its heroine and not in a stereotypical way I could relate to Naya on the international upbringing and having a chameleon accent so it was nice to see that I also liked how she pushed for clear boundaries and consent even when Lachlan initially tried to impose his control on her at their reunion at the startI can't really say anything because that was basically the whole book It was painful and I am just glad it's over Let's hope the next book I read for this month's food romance theme is betterThis review was originally posted on Love in a time of Feminism

  8. Jess Jess says:

    55 stars for heat 35 stars for plausibility of plot 45 starsI just kept thinking about the ethics violations the evil lawyer was opening himself up to and it distracted just a smidge from the kink but otherwise I was super into this and can't wait to read in this series

  9. Mel González Mel González says:

    → new fave→ forbidden romance→ ex step sibilings → Indian American heroine→ she's a writer he's a celebrity chef→ BDSMkink → super interesting power dynamics and relationships→ they've loved each other for 10 years💖

  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    Very fun and fast I don't know if it'll stick in my mind at all in the future but I have it on ebook if I'd like to revisit it I will keep an eye out for the seuels as I can already see some of the possible characters for those books

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