Falling in love isn’t an option for Mina Sinclair. Not when she has a toddler to raise, bills to pay and a cooking competition to win. But those aren’t the only reasons she’s sworn off love – if anything, they’re just excuses. At her core, Mina is terrified of being hurt again. She should have known her friends with benefits arrangement with celebrity chef Gavin Rothe would never work. Sure, they’re friends. Sure, there are benefits – steamy, toe-curling ones, at that.
But falling in love is like tumbling off a cliff: you can claw at the earth all you want but gravity always wins out in the end.
She doesn’t want to care about Gavin. She tries to talk herself out of her feelings. But it’s use. Mina is head over heels for the man everyone loves to hate…until he lies on national television and unfairly cuts her from the contest she so desperately wanted to win. Love can warp into loathing in the blink of an eye. On some level, the betrayal just confirms everything Mina has come to believe about life, love and men. But when Gavin follows Mina to her parents’ house, all bets are off. This book contains explicit adult situations. It is the second part of the Palate trilogy.