Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who’s filling in for Olivia’s cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can’t help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?
Olivia pounded on his chest, but it was a futile effort. He just grabbed her wrists and went on kissing her. She felt her knees weaken as the kiss intensified, so much that she found herself clinging to him just to stay upright.
“What do you want from me, Olivia?” he asked, voice deep with wanting, when they surfaced for air. He stared at her so earnestly, his eyes pleading for her to utter the words he wanted to hear. It was a desperate look, one that said he’ll finally walk away if that was what she wanted.
Olivia didn’t know what to do. She was attracted to Nate, she knew that at least. But what did she want? Her hands slid from his shoulders to his nape. She searched his face for answers. Her brain told her to walk away, but all she could hear was her heart thumping his name in an odd rhythm. Nate. Nate. Nate.
This time, it was she who was reaching up to kiss him. Tentatively, as if she was hoping to find the answer between his lips. Her fingers made small movements on his nape, the tips flicking through the stubby hair by the top of his spine.
“Liv, we can’t go on like this,” he protested, desperately not wanting to get caught up in uncertainty. “I’m through with this pointless game. What do you want from me?”
Olivia stared at Nate, asking herself the same question. With Nate’s arms wrapped around her, everything was so real. But reality was fickle, and this same Nate could pack his bags and fly off the next day, a wave going where the current takes him. Still, Olivia knew what she wanted.
“You,” Olivia replied. She was done fighting her feelings. Perhaps she would regret it all later. But for now, Nate was hers. Possibly just for the moment, but hers nevertheless. “I want you.” She went crashing into him, the full weight of her emotions finally making itself known.
It’s a tough question since I don’t really choose books based on category / genre. I read a little bit of everything so my selections don’t necessarily belong to the “mature” genre.
• Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series
Your classic Regency series, the sex scenes are restrained befitting the genre, but it’s always full of heart, humor, and endearing characters. I’ve read almost all of Julia Quinn’s books but the Bridgerton series is my hands down favorite.
• Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door
While this is YA, I decided to include this because I love how Ms. Fitzpatrick writes her love scenes. It’s never a graphic illustration of what happens between the sheets, but a delicate emotional unfolding that takes you into the character’s mind and heart.
• Everything Yoshihara Yuki
I am a voracious reader of Japanese manga, and my favorite mangaka when it comes to sexy reads is Yoshihara Yuki. Her handling of relationship dynamics are a memorable mix of sexy and funny, delivering laugh out loud scenes and sweet yet steamy moments.
• Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate
Sensual and magical, Like Water for Chocolate is a sensory treat that tugs on your heartstrings and leaves an indelible mark. The narrator’s retelling of her great Aunt Tita’s sad tale is wistful, romantic, and leaves one yearning for food and love.
• Bianca Mori’s One Night at the Palace Hotel
I don’t get to read many Filipino mature titles written in English, so the short stories that were part of #buqosteamyreads were very welcome. One standout among the ones I’ve read is One Night at the Palace Hotel because it delivers in both story and sizzle. And despite it being about the rich and the really rich, I found it pretty compelling, the same way you’d be engrossed to high society gossip.
About Chrissie Peria
When not obsessing over fictional people doing fictional things, Chrissie obsesses about food: the eating, the cooking, and the procuring of it.
An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking, and babysitting a tiny human and a curly-haired dog. She still plays with dolls and she thinks that bacon is the answer. Her first book, All’s Fair in Blog and War, is a finalist in the 2014 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards.
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