31 July 2014

Taste Tour Stop!

One taste is never enough…

Spencer Waller’s main purpose in life is to protect and serve. After spending years in the military, he gets a coveted spot on the Secret Service detail protecting the president. Spence doesn’t have time for women or all the work having a relationship with one requires. But just because he isn’t looking for a lady doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate a beautiful one when he sees her. 

And he makes it a point to see one in particular every single day.

Elle Bond has literally chopped and fried her way to the top of the food chain. Earning a coveted position in the White House as the president’s personal chef, she figures her professional life can only get better. Her personal life, on the other hand, could use a little bit of an overhaul, and because of that, she tries to ignore the charm-dripping cookie thief every time he comes into her kitchen. After all, she knows better than anyone that just one taste of something good is never enough.

One night after work, Elle is assaulted, threatened, and given an ultimatum. She can’t go to the police, and she sure as hell can’t do what she was ordered. 

But she has to. Or else.

Pale, shaken, and scared to death, Elle confides in Spence, and his protective instincts take over. Together, Elle and Spencer have to uncover a sinister plot and stop it before someone ends up dead.
I have liked all of Cambria Hebert’s books in this series so far, and I’m glad to report that I found Taste to be one of my favorite installments. 
Elle is a young, single mother with big dreams.  She’s a chef and has worked hard to make it where she is now, which is in the kitchens at the White House where she prepares meals for the President and his family.  She also has an admirer in Spencer Waller, a Secret Service agent with a penchant for her cookies…and the cookies she bakes too.  When Elle is attacked in her home, and she and her son are threatened by mysterious men who want her to poison the President’s food, she doesn’t know where to turn.  So, she turns to Spencer.  This event brings her and Spencer closer together…but will they survive in order to pursue the passion that they have for each other?
Ok, I have to get this off my chest!  The one thing that really bothered me in this book is a little detail that really doesn’t matter overall, but I just have to say it for the sake of congruity.  Jack, Elle’s son, is supposed to be two.  But the way he’s described (no teeth, drooly, unable to get out of his own crib) makes him sound like an infant.  So…which is he?  Is he two, or is he an infant?  That just bothered the crap out of me for most of the book…little details. 
Anyway, I will say that Cambria’s books can be a bit formulaic, but I still find myself enjoying them.  The sex is good, the suspense is good, the chemistry between the H/h is always good…and the alphaness of her male leads never disappoints.  Spencer is delicious, and I would venture to say that Elle’s prize is finding Spencer almost makes all the trouble she goes through worth it.
Overall, I did like this book quite a bit.  Sexy, exciting and in its own way original.  The plot may be familiar territory, but the characters are really what separate it from her other books.  She always manages to make them original and fresh. 4 stars.
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The room was completely silent except for the light scrawling of my pen across paper. Maybe that’s why I heard the sound.
It was a low scraping sound, like wood rubbing against wood. I tilted my head, confused. It was an odd sound to hear in the middle of the night, something I might not even think twice about if it were daylight.
But it wasn’t.
A muffled thump overhead caused my entire body to tighten like a shoelace with a double knot. My head snapped back to stare up at the ceiling.
I was being crazy.
I was being paranoid.
There was someone in the apartment!
A surge of adrenaline so powerful it blurred my vision for a few seconds rocketed through me. My brain tried to think as my body went into overdrive. That first sound, someone had opened a window upstairs. The thump was when that someone dropped their up-to-no-good ass into my house.
Still clutching the pen, I raced for the stairs, out of my mind with fear. All the times my mother told me I needed to get a landline phone installed haunted me in that moment. My only means of calling for help was upstairs, beside my bed, in the form of my smart phone.
She was never going to let me hear the end of this.
If I survive. The thought floated through my head like a vicious taunt. Another light scuffling sound upstairs had my heart thumping even harder.
My God, it might not be me they hurt!
I wasn’t quiet on my way up the old wooden steps. In fact, I sounded like a herd of elephants that needed to lose about twenty pounds.
It would draw all the attention of the no good dirty rotten bastards in here.
Come get me, assholes.
It was dark upstairs except for the nightlight that lit up the hallway. Against the long wall across from that light, I saw a dark, lurking shadow pass. I gasped and my blood pressure skyrocketed so high that my scalp likely should have blown off the top of my head.
Holy shit, this was scary.
But I had to be strong. I had to be a fighter. I was a fighter.
The intruder appeared at the top of the stairs, slipping out of my bedroom just as I cleared the top step. His body tensed when he saw me, and then he rushed me without warning.
Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com


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