St. Martin's Press
On Sale: August 2, 2011
Featuring: Juliet Cavanaugh; Max Lunden
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When it comes to competitive cooking, Max Lunden is no
stranger to winning...though heâ€™s never been great at
working with a team. A master chefâ€”and major hunkâ€”heâ€™s
world, picking up new cooking techniques as well as
beautiful women. But when the prodigal chef returns home to
his familyâ€™s Greenwich Village restaurant, he discovers one
too many cooks in the kitchenâ€”and sheâ€™s every bit as
passionate as he isâ€¦
Juliet Cavanaugh used to have a crush on Max when she was
just a teenager, hanging out at Lunden & Sons Tavern, hoping
to catch a glimpse of the ownerâ€™s oldest, and hottest, son.
Now a chef herselfâ€”competing in the biggest culinary contest
in the countryâ€”Juliet will be cooking side by side with the
one man sheâ€™s always admiredâ€¦and desired. But despite their
simmering attraction, Juliet is determined to keep her
coolâ€”no matter how hot it gets...
85 comments posted.
Re: Too Hot To Touch
it was my brothers best friend and i think i was 7 or 8 at the time. he was so cute.
(Tammy Ramey 10:54am August 3, 2011)
My first crush was on Tom Cruise. I found a stray orange tabby
I took in at 11 years old, and I named him Tom Cruise.
(Stephanie Bondlow 10:58am August 3, 2011)
my first crush was the son of family friends. he had the most mezmerizing blue eyes!
(Kris Gilson 11:07am August 3, 2011)
My first crush was on my friend's boyfriend's brother, who was older than me. He was sizzling hot with a great smile. I did everything I could to make sure he noticed me and whenever possible, to be in the same room as him, lol. Ahh, young love and heart break.
(Karla Gray 11:08am August 3, 2011)
Every one seems like the first one!
(Janice Milliken 11:10am August 3, 2011)
My first crush was this adorable boy in first grade. He was blond and blue eyed and just cute. He actually just got married a few months ago!
(Angelique Richardson 11:19am August 3, 2011)
My first crush was the cute boy who sat next to me in fourth grade. He moved the next year and I was so sad until the next cute boy came along.
(Amanda Dietz 11:20am August 3, 2011)
my first crush was the neighborhood bad boy who rode his mini back and reeked havoc on neighbors lawns...gosh i loved that but i was in 4th grad and his was in 8th...so sad
(Chele Blades 11:24am August 3, 2011)
My first crush was my neighbor. When I was 8 years old. He was 8. We did everything together when we were young. Rode bikes went fishing. We even had a fake wedding where my sister was the person that married us..
(Tina Myers 11:27am August 3, 2011)
My First crush was on Billy Idol , I was about 6 or 7 , and I remember getting on my knees and praying to God to send Billy to my house!! LOL But my first true love is my hubby we met , went seperate ways then a few years later met up again and we have now been together 16 years. And some nights it does get way too Hot !!!
(Crystal Dotson 11:28am August 3, 2011)
My first crush was Jeff Stitt in fourth grade. I had a picture of him in a locket I wore and even a fake marriage certificate for us! Crushed on him in 8th grade ballroom dance lessons and even for a bit in college. Ah, first loves.
Love Louisa's books and can't wait for to read this one, too.
(Sue Peterson 11:28am August 3, 2011)
My first crush was a boy named Eric in my preschool class. I loved his glasses. LOL
(Crystal Broyles 11:30am August 3, 2011)
A boy in my Kindergarten class and all the girls loved him since he was so polite and never made fun of us.
(Maureen Emmons 11:31am August 3, 2011)
It strikes me that a lot of these first crushes seem based on convenience--a cute
older guy you happened to see often, because he was related to someone you
knew! Which is exactly the case for my heroines, Jules, too...
(Louisa Edwards 11:32am August 3, 2011)
My first crush was a basketball player on my High School's biggest rival. Wherever he was I tried to be too..He has been my only Blonde love....I followed that poor guy for several years...Thank you for the cahnce to win...firstname.lastname@example.org
(Leisa Prater 11:40am August 3, 2011)
Love your books, Louisa! My first crush was a boy in my class, who I "dated" for a few weeks in elementary school. I thought he was amazing and I so wanted to marry him. Now I look back and try to see what I ever saw in him.
(Sherie Lagarde 11:46am August 3, 2011)
a neighbor who was blond haired and blue eyed
(Carol Donnermeyer 11:53am August 3, 2011)
I think my first crush had to be John Taylor from Duran Duran. I bought every Duran album I could, along with books,etc. Saw them in concert and even named my pet rats after him and Simon LeBon.
(Amanda Tonar 12:00pm August 3, 2011)
Shaun Cassidy or Leif Garret... it was the 70's, so shoot me!
(Michele Powell 12:27pm August 3, 2011)
I had plenty of celeb crushes, I don't even think at the time I understood
what it was about Indiana Jones that made me watch over and over. But
my break my heart crush.. unfortunately, was a friend. We hung out,
knew people, went to movies, clubs, dinners, functions...years and years.
From helping with him being locally elected to him helping me through
my medical problems.. but I wanted so much more, looking in his eyes,
my heart would pause and flip and there was one time, but, life happens.
We email almost every week, I saw him 2 years ago and my heart still
flipped. Now I'm the one that he compares everyone to, but I wonder if
too much time has gone by. I still crush on him though, he still holds my
(Carla Carlson 12:32pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was my older brothers best friend,everytime he'd come over I would run to my room and change clothes and put my hair down instead of a pony tail. I was crazy he would say hi and I got all red. I use to bake and I love to bake but just getting a compliment from him was over the top! He's still my brothers friend and he's remarried but was a rock when my mom died, he was there for all of us. He's so sweet!And were good friends...
(Carole Fiore 12:34pm August 3, 2011)
I have spent a lot of time questioning myself over the years. Who am I? Will I ever know? Am I doing this right? Am I making the right choices? Etc, etc. But, falling in love for the first time...I KNEW. The first time I saw him...I 100% knew. I will never forget that feeling. It was life altering.
(Jennifer Young 12:41pm August 3, 2011)
Y'all are making me laugh AND cry with these stories!
(Louisa Edwards 1:25pm August 3, 2011)
Ah my first love.. I remember him like it was yesterday and it was many, many years ago. He was older, so sophisticated, and was also off limits.. But did that stop me from having my heart broken.. so sir.. He tried to let me down easy, but alas it did not happen. But life went on and so did I.
I can't wait to read this new book..
(Kathleen O'Donnell 1:35pm August 3, 2011)
I was in grade 5. :) The only reason that I like him was because he talked to me! Back then, it was a BIG deal. :)
(May Pau 1:48pm August 3, 2011)
Can't remember my first crush, but I do remember my first real love. When he broke up with me it broke my heart! We tried a reconciliation, but at our tender ages it just didn't work.
Good luck with your new title. Can't wait to read it!
(Sandi Shilhanek 1:54pm August 3, 2011)
Oddly enough, my first crush was the person I married. We dated for 9 years before we married and I loved him, and still do the whole time.
(Shirley Younger 2:07pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush... was a guy in my 6th grade class... oh boy, I loved that he sat at my group of tables everyday... I do not think he ever knew I had a crush on him...
(Colleen Conklin 2:14pm August 3, 2011)
I think one of my earlier crush was the actor who played Todd Wilkins in the Swee Valley High tv show in the 1990s. I already liked him in the books so it was a naturally transition to crush on him on tv as well. That and the boy in my grade 3 class. Valentine's Day was also cute hoping to get a card...even though everyone received one from everyone lol.
(Na S 2:36pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was a neighbour boy. I didn't think he treated me well, though, so good riddance!
(Elaine Seymour 2:45pm August 3, 2011)
My First Crush was my best friends ex but he was so lovely
and she treated him terribly! We were together for a while
when I found out he was kissing other girls behind my back,
Even my best friend! I was so heartbroken and I lost my best
friend because I couldn't trust her, eventually I forgave
her but it was never the same. I also forgave my boyfriend
and truly regret that because I couldn't love him like I did
before and eventually we both changed, we tried to stay in
contact but we are both different people and its too
(Bex Challoner 3:00pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was someone who made me blush and kissed my neck (first kiss) while I was bending over at my locker in high school.
(Alyson Widen 3:05pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was my best friend's older brother when I was six. I used to follow him everywhere and loved their mom since she always made him walk me home from gtheir place.
(Lisa White 3:10pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was a friend of my sister. He had no idea I was in lust with him. He would pick me up, let me ride on his shoulders and i would sit on his lap. I was so much younger than him that he thought of me as a little baby. He would even drive me around in his convertible. I never told anyone I was so hot for him. I just enjoyed every minute. :)
(Patti Paonessa 3:15pm August 3, 2011)
When I was old enough to realize what a crush really meant, it was a boy that lived by my cousins' house. Although the only times we spoke was when I went to see my Aunt or Grandmother, he did call my house and ask my Dad if he could take me out on a date. My Dad told him no. I was crushed (no pun intended), because my Dad felt he was from the "wrong side of the tracks." What my Dad didn't know was that he did come quite a distance to come see me on my job, during my break, just to get to know me a little better. Nothing ever became of it, but I still think about him all these years later. He was quite a looker, and from what I heard, a real family man who worked hard to provide for his family. All I ever wanted was one date with him, nothing more. Now if I could have a date with the guy on the cover of your book!! lol
(Peggy Roberson 3:42pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was my best buddy, but I never told him about it. Later he got together with another girl from our group, who treated him like shit. That hurt but he only saw his buddy in me.
(Danny BrĂĽggemann 3:44pm August 3, 2011)
My older brothers best friend. I followed them everywhere. I did get my first kiss from him.
(Stacy Schooler 3:48pm August 3, 2011)
oh it would have been rickey shcroeder, he was such a cutie
(Amanda Fenley 3:49pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was Scott Petty...we were playing football in a friends backyard and he tackled me and kissed me. I ran home crying. It was the 6th grade and I would love to have that chance again-:)
(Shannon Little 3:50pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was on the goalie of my favorite hockey team. He's since married someone else and has 3 young kids. But, it was fun while it lasted.
(Joelle Beebe 3:57pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was a boy that sat in the front of me in Math class in the
eighth grade. I was shy & never made eye contact with him. We only
made small talk about our work in class. One of my close friends told him
I had a crush on him & he asked me to the eighth grade prom!! We had a
(Tonya Fortier 3:57pm August 3, 2011)
My first serious crush was ELVIS when I was 10 :-)
(Cheryl Ricin 3:58pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was on a boy in first grade---so I tried to pick a fight with him---first graders have a funny idea of how to get someone's attention.
(Sue Farrell 4:13pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was a dark haired boy in grade school; chased him, but never caught him. Have always had a thing for dark hair. Can't wait to read your book!
(Jody Hollenbeck 4:41pm August 3, 2011)
The two brothers next door, they looked so alike ,it was too hard to choose.
(Deb Pelletier 5:05pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was an Eagle Boy Scout, who went to another school. Wonder where he is today?
(Barbara Ryan 5:16pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was on another "forbidden" classmate in middle school who also happened to be a great friend
(Tabitha Monroe 5:34pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was a boy in grade school. He knew I had a crush on him because of some of my big mouth friends. I think it embarrassed him because every time he saw me he blushed. Lol!
(Cathy Phillips 5:48pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was the proverbial bad boy in our high school, and the jerk broke my teen heart by sleeping with my best friend when we were dating. And we had not progressed that far............Needless to say a happy ending for Jules would be wonderful!
(Marcelle Cole 5:48pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was on a neighborhood boy... when I was still in elementary school... maybe 6th grade [long long long ago...]
(Cate Sparks 5:56pm August 3, 2011)
I guess mine would be my first "boyfriend". He was also my first kiss. He was the grandson of family friends. We were 4 goin on 5! There's still a picture of my first kiss floating around the family somewhere!
(Kelli Jo Calvert 6:02pm August 3, 2011)
Maybe we should all make a pact to look up our first crushes! At least on
(Louisa Edwards 6:11pm August 3, 2011)
I don't think I had any crushes until I was in jr. high or high school but basically I fell head over heals in high school and married him - it's been 42 years lol.
(Jeanne Sheats 6:30pm August 3, 2011)
First crush was my first hubby. Needless to say at 16 you are
NOT going to be the same person at 22. So of course it's not
going to last. Enjoy your crushes but wait for the real thing,
much less messier.
(Lisa Richards 6:35pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was one of the "bad boys" that ran around in the neighborhood. He never even gave me a second thought much less a glance. He moved away to Arizona. I wonder what happened to him.
(Cynthia Netherton 6:41pm August 3, 2011)
I don't think I ever had a crush on anyone, except my husband.
(Wilma Frana 6:53pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was Raymond Bodine when I was in the 2nd grade. He gave me a pearl bracelet for Christmas that year and I wore it until it started turning my wrist green. Ahh, young love!
(Jill Hayden 7:06pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was an older boy at school. I thought he was gorgeous.
(Mary Preston 7:11pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was in first grade. We were both in the advanced reading class, and I always tried to sit by him. Go foward 46 years and believe it or not he lives in the same town as I do and lives even on the same road. He runs past my house and always says hi to me. Really weird after all of these years.
(Cheryl English 7:18pm August 3, 2011)
MY FIRST CRUSH WAS A CLASSMATE WITH WHOM I WENT FROM 7TH GRADE THROUGH COLLEGE TOGETHER. WE ARE STILL FRIENDS. I AM IN IT TO WIN IT!
(Silvana Moscato 7:55pm August 3, 2011)
(Jennifer Beck 8:06pm August 3, 2011)
My first true love is still my only love! Aren't I blessed!
(Marjorie Carmony 8:19pm August 3, 2011)
wow the title and the book stand out is he the hot one or the pan
(Desiree Reilly 9:06pm August 3, 2011)
My firs serious crush and I met in high school. We actually ended up having getting married and having two children.
(Rachel G 9:54pm August 3, 2011)
My mom worked at the local dairy queen hamburger joint and there were a couple of junior/senior girls who worked there, my crush at age 7 was the boyfriend of one of those girls. There were a couple of the high shool boys who taught me to play pool and pin ball. I thought I was pretty cool.
(Lisa Kendall 10:00pm August 3, 2011)
Wow, I am running into Louisa Edwards books all over the place this week! I actually won a set of the trading cards on a book chat last night. I would love to win the book. My first crush was the son of one of my father's friends. If my family hadn't moved far away, we probably would have dated each other.
(Jennifer Beyer 10:05pm August 3, 2011)
My first crush was in my class. I was 8 years old and he make me smile and we were great friends for the year...so I was absolutely devistated when going back to school in the fall, I discovered that he had moved out of state.
(Cindy Olp 10:08pm August 3, 2011)
The boy next door!
(Dawn Staniszeski 10:09pm August 3, 2011)
It has been so long ago I can't remember. The first one I can remember was a
fellow student in college. He told me our different religions would preclude a
relationship. We were always good friends, but it never developed into
(Patricia Barraclough 10:35pm August 3, 2011)
Love the cooking references!
(MaryAnne Banks 11:00pm August 3, 2011)
Love your books. My first crush was when I was 4 and his was in kindergarten with me.
(L Green 11:37pm August 3, 2011)
Was the best friend of my cousin. He was a hotty back then and as the years went by he aged very, very well.
(Maude Allen 11:59pm August 3, 2011)
I had a crush on the son of some friends of my parents.
(Robin Daily 12:13pm August 4, 2011)
My first crush was about 2 years older than I and a family friend as well. He and I both had younger brothers very close in age with very similar names who were very good friends. My mother took care of his brother while their mother worked and G would come to pick the younger one up on his way home from school. Years later I was very glad that not been any closer.
(Sigrun Schulz 4:50am August 4, 2011)
My first crush was an older cousin. He was in the military and I love seeing him in his dress uniform.
BTW I love the cover art for your books. It is what first caught me attention..what is inside the cover kept me coming back.
(Robin McKay 8:21am August 4, 2011)
Am I too late? I love food related books and this series. I keep missing out on this latest giveaway.
(Pat Lieberman 8:54am August 4, 2011)
My first crush was a boy in my older sister's class ( year ahead of me. We roed
bikes with his friends. It was in fourth grade. I guess he must of thought of me
as "one of the guys" because my first kiss (still in fourth grade) was from his best
(Sandra Spilecki 9:08am August 4, 2011)
My first crush was my husband - he played baseball which I loved watching and he was on my rival team.
Louisa, I have been looking forward to this book - love to cook so I love food related books.
(Helen Livermore 12:16pm August 4, 2011)
Ooooohhh..another Louisa book! I can't wait. Don't remember my first crush, that was so long ago!
(G S Moch 2:05pm August 4, 2011)
First crush for me was my neighbour in kindergarden! is that too young? *bites nails* I got the lead as Mary for the Xmas play and he was Joseph. I put his arm around me and I was in heaven. Literally. We made baby Jesus, LOL!!
(Annie Tegelan 5:18pm August 4, 2011)
My first crush was on a set of twins in 8th grade. One was good and one was evil but they were both cute.
(Kathleen Yohanna 4:46am August 5, 2011)
I had a crush on the son of some friends of my parents, still stay in touch with him 40 years later...
(Deborah Rudd 9:32am August 5, 2011)
Thank you for all the amazing comments! I loved your stories of first crushes,
and I hope any of you who read TOO HOT TO TOUCH will enjoy my story of a
first crush that ends in true love...
I randomly selected a winner for a signed copy of the book:
Peggy, email your mailing address to me at louisa @ louisaedwards . com, and
I'll send your prize package to you! Congratulations, and thank you to every
single person who commented!
(Louisa Edwards 2:20pm August 5, 2011)
Mine was a neighbor. He was 19 and I was 12. He was teaching me to play the guitar. He gave me his guitar to practice with when he joined the Army and went to Vietnam. When I found out he had been killed, I held his guitar and cried for weeks. Finally I took it over and gave it back to his momma.
(Mary Baker 12:22pm August 11, 2011)
My first cruse was an older boy down the street he used to stop by when I was baby siting a lady's kids and I would sit outside when they had gone to bed. He would stop if he was riding by on his motorcycle. He had a southern accent, really dark tan and really white teeth, coal black hair, I was in lust. I was too young for him but I still wanted him!
They say they alwaays come back and usually when you don't want them any longer. That happened by then he'd been a long time drinker was a smoker (ack!) and wasn't working. I was married and not interested, my sister was but she dropped him like a hot potatoe after she got to know him. He liked to smoke pot too and she didn't want anything to do with that! I think I have a permanant love of cowboys, the twangs, the hot men in books! The fictional ones are the best!
(Brenda Rupp 9:24pm August 28, 2011)
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