August is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. This hot-and-steamy month is, appropriately, Read-a-Romance Month, 31 days dedicated to swooning and melting, yearning and burning. We asked Bobbi Dumas, founder of this homage to romance novels, to pick her favorite book each week. Naturally, we'll be complementing her suggestions with something to snack on. And since you're likely to get hot and bothered, we decided to go with food pairings to help cool you down.
New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Philips is back with another match made in Chicago. Aspiring private eye Piper Dove lands her first job — tailing Cooper Graham, the recently retired quarterback of the Chicago Stars — only to get caught in the act. Before she knows it, she's ensnared in Graham's new nightclub venture and trying to save the charming former football star's life, all while still juggling a roster of demanding clients (including a gaggle of Middle Eastern princesses).
Cool Eat: Cheesecake
Chicago makes us think about steakhouses, which make us think about cheesecake. And really, is there anything better to go with a steamy summer thriller than a slice of chilled, cherry-topped cheesecake?
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Editor's note: First Star I See Tonight hits bookshelves August 23, but it's available now for pre-order.