Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Spiced Right by Gigi Templeton

A cowboy who cooks.

Jillian Parks doesn’t need her hybrid scorpion pepper to set her pulse racing. Wildly charismatic rancher Jack Reed does that all on his own in this scorcher from Gigi Templeton.

Don’t ever think I didn’t want more time with you, darlin’.

Those were her college boyfriend’s last words to her after a phone call summoned him home to Texas. In the ten years since, Jack Reed has taken over his family’s ranch, and Jillian Parks has experienced devastating losses with traumatic repercussions.

Now a reclusive insomniac, she podcasts about the specialty hybrid chili peppers she grows in her Seattle greenhouse, keeping a closed door between her and the past. But when Jillian’s producer coaxes her to make a surprise call in to Jack’s YouTube BBQ channel, their chemistry still sizzles!

An invite to the ranch for a follow-up collab is a scary proposal for Jillian. But forward movement is key to her recovery, and it’s time to take the bull by the horns. With Jack’s commanding yet soothing presence, maybe this charismatic cowboy is just the right ingredient to help her heal—while adding a different kind of spice to her life.


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Spiced Right by Gigi Templeton

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
Audiobook (US) Narrated by Aiden Snow & Amanda Stribling
Paperback (US)
~ Also Available to Read & Listen with KindleUnlimited ~




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Jillian Parks has built her world of hot sauce. She grows and blends peppers to make new flavors that tempt buyers to her website.

Jack Reed found his true love when he was in college, but a family emergency had him leaving school and her behind. Now, 10 years later, she is calling his show.

When Jillian calls into Jack's cooking show, their banter makes the fans of the show go crazy. Jillian decides to go to Texas for a week to do several shows with Jack. Each show is fun and flirty, and the fans are loving it. Her sales are going through the roof.

Jillian tells Jack about her past, which is heartbreaking, and Jack takes it upon himself to help her overcome her fear of crowds by having her join his family for meals.

Jillian and Jack were each other's first loves, and the feelings are resurfacing. Can Jillian make a life change and move to Texas or will both of them be heartbroken forever?

I enjoyed this story and was hoping Jillian and Jack would end up together. As their story unfolds, you will see that they belong together. This story is filled with painful pasts for both Jillian and Jack. Jack has a large, loving family that accepts Jillian from the first meeting, a family that she didn't realize she needed. I hope you give this one a chance and that you enjoy it too. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.



Author Bio

With works ranging from contemporaries to rock star romances to romantic suspense to paranormals, GIGI TEMPLETON is an international bestselling author. Her novels and novellas have been published under three pseudonyms by traditional publishers, including St. Martin’s Press and Hachette/Forever, digital publishers such as Harlequin’s Carina Press, and serialized fiction apps such as Radish Fiction and YONDER. Templeton’s Spiced Right won the Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America’s (MMRWA’s) Best Banter Contest in November 2022. She was also a finalist for the Romantic Times Best Book of the Year and Seal of Excellence.

Templeton lives in Arizona with her real-life hero and her rescued Maltese, and she is currently studying culinary arts and food photography.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided with a free copy of Spiced Right (Spiced Right #1) by Gigi Templeton to read and review.

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