Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it's her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who is fueling her hormones with a generous serving of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She's vowed never to blur the lines again . . .
After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he's had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can't stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she joins an online dating site-and the thought of his Jules with another man makes Tad's blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can't stop himself from turning up the heat this time.
I definitely enjoy reading Hot and Bothered especially best friends turn into romance. The story is like contemporary romance but has a little twist to it. I truly enjoy reading about Jules so much. Jules is passionate independent single mom, who is hot and funny. Her family is full of chef that it definitely run into her blood, but she has so much problems with it since she has dyslexia. Tad is perfect for Jules because he is sweet and gentle. Tad is sweet with Jules when it comes to her struggle to learn about the wines that he offer a book to help (it has a lot of picture and not a lot of big words). They are so perfect for each other that you just want to cheer them on. The writing is simple and great, which make the reading quick. Great story!