by Meg Benjamin
How is Going Up in Flames connected to Sapphire Falls?
Hero Jorge Delgado is a line cook extraordinaire. He’s come to Sapphire Falls for the festival to run a food truck belonging to the one and only Barbecue King and introduce the people of Sapphire Falls to the wonders of Texas barbecue. Heroine, Kirsten Engstrom, is no slouch as a line cook herself, and is hired to be Jorge’s assistant for the festival. Her folks own a farm outside town but Kirsten herself is curious about life in exotic places like Konigsburg, TX, particularly with exotic people like Jorge.
The chef is hotter than the barbecue sauce.
Jorge Delgado can cook anything, and this time around it’s barbecue. Running the Barbecue King’s food truck for the Sapphire Falls Town Festival should be a no-brainer, but his new assistant is a major distraction. She’s got him feeling some heat that doesn’t come from the firebox. And as if that weren’t enough, someone’s trying to sabotage his smoker and keep the people of Sapphire Falls from discovering the delights of Texas barbecue.
Kirsten Engstrom thought she was taking a temporary kitchen assistant job at her hometown festival. She didn’t know Texas barbecue came with a heaping helping of tasty chef. Now she’s dreaming of a future with a hot cook after the festival closes down—a future that can’t happen with one of them in Omaha and the other in the Texas Hill Country.
Can a couple of cooks beat the odds and stir up something sweet together? Maybe. But for now they’ve got a vandal to catch—and barbecue to cook.
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