Season three of TV’s hottest cooking competition, Under the Knife, is gearing up, and Nate is equal parts excited and terrified that he’s one of the twelve competitors. But the prize is a quarter of a million dollars, and that’s worth a few weeks of being stressed and afraid.

It may not, however, be worth weeks of putting up with Zachary, the cold, snotty competitor who definitely thinks he’s better than everyone else. The man can cook, and he’s the hottest man Nate has ever seen, but every time he opens his mouth Nate hates him all over again.

He came here to be driven crazy trying to prove he’s the best chef in the world, but if Nate can’t learn to block Zachary out it won’t be the competition that pushes him to the breaking poin

Under The Knife Book Cover Under The Knife
Laurin Kelly
Contemporary Romance
Less Than Three Press
July 18, 2016
eBook, Paperback


I'm normally not the biggest fan of nice guys, and Nate was nice, he rarely lost his temper, he was honest, he was just NICE. Yet I loved him, I loved Carmen and Zach as well. Nate was the classic sweet guy, he was also that one guy in reality shows that never lost their shit, always composed and had that 'I don't have time for this bullshit' face. Dammit, I wanted him to crack!

Zachary started off as this cold but perfect chef, as the book progressed we began to see behind the cold facade, his character grew from that cold buy sexy twink that we assume has had his heart broken too many times and decided not to care anymore (Okay I'm just projecting my initial thoughts, there was no heartbreak... well there is the thing with his family)

Nate and Zach's relationship was kind of adorable, it was sexy mostly the 'handy' thing they did during the challenge where they had to prepare and serve the food for a couples 25-year anniversary. While it had it's passionate moments, I found it sweet and adorable. I find jealousy annoying sometimes but OMG Zach's jealousy had me wanting to kidnap him and put him in a glass cage... I swear I'm usually not this creepy.

I was hoping to see the scene where Mara finally gets evicted as she was starting to become the major antagonist. Instead, I was told she fell under the knife (A.K.A. she got evicted)

I could ramble about Nate and Zach as characters as well as the obvious attraction between them was was easy to pick up on even, but in my opinion, the best thing about this book was the experience.

I'm not a big fan of reality shows or drama shows, to be honest, I don't watch television but I loved this book. It felt real... not like real life, but like a reality show.

Under The Knife wasn't just a book, once I started reading the book, the words turned into a play being acted in front of me, I could see the contestants cooking, I could feel their nervousness, I could see every screw up they had, it felt just like watching it on TV. The author was descriptive but not overly so that my trance was broken. The book has this hypnotizing effect, that sorts of drags you from your world into the world of Under The Knife and that to me, is the best part of this book.

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