TV chef Cella Dawes journeys to an idyllic seaside town to write an Italian cookbook. She's also mourning a failed restaurant project, dodging her predatory agent, and finding respite from soul-crushing fame. When it turns out that her new neighbor, Max Piccarelli, is the nephew of a legendary Italian restaurateur, she convinces him to teach her authentic touches that will spice up her book.
This is a mixed blessing for guilt-ridden Max, who botched his own attempt to become a chef—a failure that’s left his aunt’s restaurant sitting empty for years. No one’s challenged Cella in the kitchen in ages. Max’s fiery disposition sparks her intuition and reminds her how to feel the food.
But the heat between Max and Cella may be hotter than the flames on the stove. Max's gentlemanly nature and Cella's professionalism stop being enough to keep them apart. With Max's vacation ending and Cella slated to return to L.A. at summer’s end, how will they ever say goodbye?