Love Stories GIVEAWAY: Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish

Posted February 14, 2020 by meezcarrie in Bethany Turner, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Love Stories 2020, romance / 47 Comments

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Happy February – official (according to me) KissingBooks month! And welcome to another Love Stories giveaway post! This LOVE STORIES giveaway series is thusly named for two reasons – first, because I love stories and second, because I love Love Stories.

Throughout the entire month of February, I’ll be spotlighting swoony Christian fiction & ‘clean read’ romances. Three cheers for KissingBooks!!! So… grab a fan or two, your trusty fainting couch, and maybe a freezer just to be safe and start making your KissingBooks tbr list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Today’s first book on this VALENTINE’S DAY is Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner – complete with a delightful excerpt!

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2020
PAGES: 352

Celebrity chef Maxwell Cavanaugh is known for many things: his multiple Michelin stars, his top-rated Culinary Channel show To the Max, and most of all his horrible temper. Hadley Beckett, host of the Culinary Channel’s other top-rated show, At Home with Hadley, is beloved for her Southern charm and for making her viewers feel like family.

When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum, he’s sent packing to get his life in order. When he returns, career in shambles, his only chance to get back on TV and in the public’s good graces is to work alongside Hadley.

As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona and reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along, but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . and maybe even love. In the meantime, hide the knives.

Fan-favorite Bethany Turner serves up a heaping helping of humor and romance with this thoroughly modern story centered on cooking, enemies, and second chances.


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“You frustrate me!”

He blinked rapidly several times before the corners of his mouth began turning upward. “I bet I do.”

“Mainly just because you confuse me.”

Nodding—and still smiling—he said, “I’m not trying to frustrate you. Or confuse you. If that counts for anything.”

“You knew about Renowned,” I said, finally resuming the very important thing I had been trying to discuss in Pancake Pantry. “When you showed up last night, you already knew.”

“I did.”

“And you . . . what? Thought you could get on my good side so I’d agree to do it?”

“My goals were not so lofty as to think I could get on your good side, but I guess that was the general idea.”

“Oh.” Honesty. Hadn’t expected that. “But what if I hadn’t called you? And . . .” Hang on a minute. “You’re the one saying you aren’t going to do the show.”

He shrugged. “I’ll just say this, Chef Beckett: Not a single moment between us, since the very first moment we met, has gone according to plan.”

What was that supposed to mean? And whatever it meant, why were the words, combined with the sly half-smile on his face, putting me at ease and also issuing a danger warning, all at the same time? Not to mention causing the pink splotches to start making their way back up my neck.

Definitely time to go.

“Look, you’re doing Renowned,” I stated, arms crossed in front of me. “You know it and I know it. Because it’s Renowned, and you just don’t say no, but also because they, whoever they are, don’t get to decide what we’re known for. We decide that. At least we try. They sure don’t get to pigeonhole us. So, you’re doing it. We’re doing it. And that’s that.” I spun on my heel and began hurrying to my car in a desperate need to get away. A desperate need I didn’t understand. But of course, I also felt a desperate need to be polite. “And thank you for the pancakes,” I tagged on, turning back quickly.

“I think you paid!” he called out with a laugh. “At least . . . I hope you did. I didn’t!”

I nodded my head and, without facing him again, stuck two thumbs-up in the air—which caused him to laugh a deep, genuine laugh that resonated all the way to my vehicle.

“Thank you!” he shouted.

I reached my car and climbed in as quickly as I could, turned the key in the ignition, and got the air conditioner pumping. I fastened my seatbelt and checked my mirrors, knowing nothing was going to stop me from getting away from him before I was forced to consider, one more time, whether it was actually possible that he wasn’t the scum of the earth. Or at least that he was sincerely trying not to be.

And before I was forced to acknowledge to myself that a relatively decent human being—with that smile and those eyes . . . and those arms—could pose more threat to me than the old Maxwell Cavanagh ever had.

Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she’s chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.

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Bethany Turner is offering a print copy of Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish (once available) + a The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck mug, a Wooding Cadie McCaffrey candle and pen, and a signed copy of winner’s choice of one of the first two books to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What interests you most about Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish? (And don’t you adore all of Bethany’s covers?!?)

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47 responses to “Love Stories GIVEAWAY: Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish

  1. Amy M.

    The fact that Bethany Turner wrote it is what interests me most!! I’ve read her other books and laughed until I cried and then just for kicks reread them time again for more laughing and crying. She’s so great at writing romantic tension in a very ‘real and unapologetic’ way that I find refreshing in Christian fiction. Can’t wait to get a hold of this one.

  2. Brittaney B

    I’ve loved both of Bethany’s books so far, but I must say, this excerpt has completely captured my attention!

  3. Megan

    This sounds so good!! I love the friends to lovers stories, and having them face off against each other makes it even more fun.

  4. Nicole

    I can’t wait to read this book! Bethany Turner’s first two were amazing, so I know this one will be as well!

  5. Elizabeth Litton

    This interests me because Bethany Turner wrote it! I loved her first two books, especially The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck. The topic was so realistic and intriguing!

  6. Pam K

    Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish interests me because I read Bethany Turner’s previous books and found them very fun to read.

  7. I can’t wait to read HadBeck because:
    1. I recently discovered Bethany Turner’s book, The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and LOVED it. She nailed my feelings on romance books—so much more romantic with all the tension between characters without graphic sex scenes!
    2. I love Turner’s authorial voice. It comes through in her books and in her blog. I think we could be BFFs. ?
    3. I’m a sucker for an illustrated cover, not to mention a good hate to love story!

  8. Arletta

    Well, I’ve read Bethany’s other two books so I love her sassy sense of humour and her characters. I know I’ll love this book as well, if it all follows in her previous writing style.


    I want to know what set him off to get fired. What exactly did he say? Does he continue to have his temper tantrums?

  10. Trixi

    I’ve read all of Bethany’s books and I LOVE her writing!! So, so funny!! If course, I can’t WAIT for this one ?

    Thank you for the giveaway chance!!

  11. Karen VanAntwerpen

    My son is a Sous Chef so I love the story line of your book!! I can tell it will be a fun read!

  12. Colleen H.

    The plot on this just sounds so good! I also loved The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, so I am looking forward to reading more by Bethany Turner!

  13. Hallo, Hallo Carrie,

    It reminds me of a few Hallmark Mysteries – such as the Morning Show Mysteries and the Gourmet Detective – where there is this tongue-in-cheek type of friction and where sometimes the people you fall in love with are closer than you first realise. I love these kinds of set-ups and thought it would be a wicked good romance to read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  14. Cassandra D

    I like polar opposites into a story that involves the culinary arts which peaks my interest in this book.

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