Book Review: Cocky Chef by J.D. Hawkins!

Cocky Chef by J.D. Hawkins was full of passion and a totally sweet and sexy romance! His descriptive writing of foods and flavors was incredibly vivid, and this was a such a fun and enjoyable read! 


You can call me arrogant as much as you want. But when you’re the best at what you do and have the hottest restaurant on the west coast, with enough Michelin stars to make Gordon Ramsay’s head spin, you’ve earned the right to your confidence.

When I give an instruction in the kitchen, it’s not a suggestion–it’s an order. So when a new chef thinks she can do things her way, and dares to say so to my face, even her sharp wit and gorgeous pouty lips don’t make it okay.

But I have to admit, she’s got talent. She’s creative in the kitchen and not even that double-breasted chef jacket can hide her perfect body. As I get to know her, I can’t help wanting to know everything she thinks. I’ve never met a more talented chef. And I’ve never met a sassier and sexier woman in my life.

There’s only one way this push and pull can end.

With her in my bed, begging for more.


DaisyGal’s Review:

I don’t know if I should really start with this, but I’m just going to say it anyway. I am always very intrigued by male authors who write in the romance genre. I don’t mean to stereotype in any way, but I have tried to read quite a few books written by male authors and have not finished them. It seems that many are quite brash and forget to add the actual ‘romance’ element into their stories. Yes, I know that sex sells, but at the same time, I feel there needs to be a balance.

That being said, J.D. Hawkins really delivered with Cocky Chef! This is my first read by him, and I have to admit that I am truly impressed. His descriptive writing completely brought the characters, setting, foods, and flavors to life. It was a sweet and lighthearted romance with the perfect balance of passion and a great story!

Cole and Willow absolutely fit their cooking roles to a ‘T’. I know how chefs can be quite the conundrum and very hard to please. They tend to be very complex, with their creative minds, usually determined in their drive for success, yet they can be very emotional, hot headed, and insecure. Cole and Willow definitely encompassed all of these characteristics, which made their challenges within themselves throughout the story very believable.

Although they were at different stages in their careers, Cole and Willow were a great match for each other. They were both driven, bullheaded, and feisty, but they also had a lot of heart to their characters. They were equally strong and independent but relatable in that they also had insecurities as well.  Willow’s creativity encouraged Cole to step outside of his set ways and try new flavors, and in turn Cole’s belief in Willow and her talent gave her confidence to grow. They complemented each other so well, and as their admiration and mutual respect formed, it was a really natural transition for their feelings for each other to grow so easily.

Cole and Willow seriously made food sexy! Their irresistible passion for foods and flavors just rolled into this steamy build of passion between them throughout. The ending of the story was so sweet and romantic, and I loved that it showed how much Cole believed in Willow’s success and what he was willing to sacrifice her!

J.D. Hawkins really has a true talent in his descriptive writing and conveyed it so well in this story! His detailed descriptions of the restaurant environment, staff, and behaviors were spot on. The smells and flavors with the foods, the ingredients of the recipes, and the tastes on the palate were all so vivid to me. It really brought me into the story, and allowed my imagination to feel as if I was experiencing them all myself. The passion that Hawkins created in the story between the characters and the foods gave the story even more life.

So, color me impressed! Cocky Chef was a quick, fun, and sexy read and totally hit the mark for me. I definitely recommend checking this romance out and look forward to reading more from J.D. Hawkins!

*** 4.5 Stars for Me! ***

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