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PW2019 Adult #29: ANYONE BUT YOU (Contemporary Romance)
Tara Martin
Mentored by:
Laura Brown
Book Title:
2019 Adult Entries
Contemporary Romance
Word Count:



Pastry chef Aubrey Dennison can't hide her crush on #hotchef Liam Linley when they're thrust into a competition for restaurant space. She must focus on the prize, not Liam's stupidly handsome face. The last thing Liam needs is to catch feelings for his annoyingly adorable opponent, since he desperately needs to expand his restaurant. As they battle through challenges, neither can ignore the heat that blazes between them. But this competition has real-world stakes, and the only clear outcome is a broken heart.



The bastard was after her eggplants.

Aubrey forced her way through the Monday morning farmer’s market crowd until she was shoulder to shoulder with Liam.

More like shoulder to elbow, but whatever.

“Hey, lay off my eggplants.”

Liam turned, his fingertips pressed into the tender flesh of the vegetable. Which made her brain take a flying leap. Liam probably had an amazing eggplant of his own not the kind priced at two dollars a pound.

Oh, God. He was staring, like her filthy thoughts were broadcast on a billboard.

“What does a pastry chef need with vegetables? I wanted to do a modern take on eggplant parmigiana for tonight’s menu.”

There was the #hotchef bravado. “Oh, I was wondering what this week’s modern take would be. Tell me, will it be a fresh spin on breakfast cereal next?”

“At least I’m feeding the masses.” He flicked one hand absently in her direction.

Liam’s restaurant, Elevation Eatery, was two doors down from her patisserie, Petit Chou. Since the space sandwiched between had become vacant, they’d both pleaded their case to their landlord to claim it, in order to expand their business. Now, it was finally decision day.

11 responses to “PW2019 Adult #29: ANYONE BUT YOU (Contemporary Romance)”

  1. Kim Lionetti says:

    Hi Tara: This sounds fun! I’d love to see the full manuscript and synopsis. Please upload them here: QueryMe.online/KimLionetti/PitchWars. Can’t wait to read! – Kim

  2. Marlo Berliner says:

    Love that first line and I’d love to read more! Please send the full with Pitchwars Adult in the subject line to marlo.jdlit@gmail.com. Looking forward to reading!

  3. Amanda Jain says:

    This sounds like such a fun read! I’d love to read more of it. Please send your query letter, synopsis, and full manuscript as a .doc attachment to ajain@bookendsliterary.com with PitchWars in the subject line. I look forward to reading!

  4. Sarah Phair says:

    Dear Tara,

    This sounds interesting, and I’d love to take a look. Could you please send me the first 50 pages as a word document with your query letter as the first page? You can send it to me at sphair@sjga.com, and please include Pitch Wars in your subject line.



    Sarah Phair
    Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.
    55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
    (212) 206-5611 | http://www.Greenburger.com

  5. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Ms. Martin,

    You have a captivating opening, and I like the enemies to lovers premise. Please do send the complete to me at atuttle@dystel.com. I look forward to hearing from you.


    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  6. Jessica Errera says:

    Hi Tara! I would love a look at the first 75 pages of this. You can send them as an attachment to jerrera@janerotrosen.com Looking forward to reading more!

  7. Ashley Blake says:

    Hi Tara, this sounds very fun! I’d love to see the first three chapter. Query me at ashley@reesagency.com and put QUERY in the subject line. I hope to hear from you soon!

  8. Kerstin Wolf says:

    Yes! Food, romance, and a good dash humor! I love it all! I would love to see the full manuscript of this! If you think we might make a good match, please submit your full manuscript using this link: QueryMe.online/kerstinwolf/Pitch_Wars

  9. Colleen Oefelein says:

    I love it! I’d love to read the full! Please email me directly at colleen@adventurewrite.com. Paste your query and synopsis directly into the body and attach your full. Thanks and looking forward to reading!


    Colleen Oefelein
    Associate Agent
    The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
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  10. Carlisle Webber says:

    I’d like to see this! Please send a query letter and 10 pages to carlisle @ fuseliterary .com with the subject PitchWars: TITLE. Thanks!

  11. Laura Bradford says:

    Enemies to lovers + food? I’m in! Please email me the full ms + synopsis and make a note in the subject line that this is a Pitch Wars entry. laura at bradfordlit dot com. Can’t wait to see more!

    Laura Bradford
    Bradford Literary Agency