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Published by Pocket Star on May 2nd 2017
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Source: Simon & Schuster
“Smart, sexy, and funny” (Publishers Weekly) contemporary romance writer Rachel Goodman is back with a brand new series about a quarterback trying to score in the most important game of his life—the game of love.
Gwen Lalonde is a rising star in the eyes of the elite restaurateurs of the world. But when her celebrity chef boss and now ex-boyfriend fires her, she finds herself playing a different game. Forced to flee San Francisco and return home to Denver, Gwen lands a spot as the executive chef at Stonestreet’s, a new restaurant owned by NFL golden boy and Colorado Blizzards quarterback Logan Stonestreet. When Logan starts pursuing Gwen romantically, she pulls a classic duck and weave and avoids any advances by throwing herself into reestablishing her reputation in Denver.
But Logan Stonestreet is persistent—he didn’t become one of the best football players in the league by throwing in the towel at the first rejection. Something about Logan’s unwavering determination—and amazing body—keeps Gwen around, and soon there’s more that’s sizzling than just the steak on the grill. Things are getting more serious than either side cares to admit, and when Logan suffers a severe injury in the playoffs, they’re both forced to make game-time decisions. The perfect romance for football fans and foodies alike, Intercepting the Chef is a delicious read that’ll have you hooked until the very last play.
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Where did the author find inspiration to write this new series, with a hot football player and an amazing chef?
The idea came to me several years ago when my husband and I were eating at Elway’s steakhouse, a restaurant owned by former Denver Broncos quarterback and NFL Hall of Fame inductee John Elway. As we were enjoying our food, I found myself wondering about what other professional athletes do once they leave the sport, how they cope with the change. As a competitive swimmer myself, I know first hand how big of an identity shift that can create and I wanted to explore that concept.
I also wanted to play on the idea of two people who are passionate about their careers coming together from cross-purposes. In the case of Intercepting the Chef, Gwen is afraid to succeed, so she holds herself back, and Logan is afraid to fail, so he puts himself (and his health) in compromising positions that he shouldn’t.
What resulted is a book centered on a feisty, hot-tempered chef and a wholesome, All-American NFL quarterback and all the ways their differences complemented and challenged each other and ultimately allowed them to fall in love.
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