Barry and Maxine!

So, we just recently added Hulu to our streaming lineup, and discovered that they have all of the seasons of Top Chef! This makes the cook in me very happy, and Gregg and I have spent the last few months watching an episode or two of Top Chef at a time, catching up on all of the seasons we missed after getting rid of cable 8 years ago.

We’re in the Boston season now, and suddenly, I saw Barry and Maxine from Emerald Fire flash across my screen! Look!

padma and Rob Gronkowski

In reality, it’s model and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

But, have you ever seen a more perfect match of my two characters?

I wonder if they’d be interested in the parts if the film is ever created?

padma lakshmi and Rob Gronkowski

Emerald Fire, Book 2 of the Jewel SeriesA terrifying past imprisoned Maxine Bartlett all her adult life, shackling her with fear anytime a man even touched her.

In a spontaneous weekend, she unintentionally elopes with an unlikely groom. After a magical wedding night filled with love and passion, “Maxi” finally discards her dreadful chains.

She doesn’t know that her new husband has turned his back on God. Worried over how the world might see the completely unexpected – and some would certainly say inappropriate – marriage, in his pride he promises Maxine a quiet annulment.

Unwilling to let their marriage disappear as if it never happened, Maxine refuses to cooperate. Seeking God’s will, she moves in with him and informs him that when he decides to act like her husband again, he will find his loving wife waiting for him right there in their home. As the days stretch into weeks, the newlyweds slowly begin to trust and even love each other.

Then, just as they begin to live the “happily ever after” love story that neither of them ever dreamed could come true, a sudden and nightmarish catastrophe strikes that could wreck everything. Will her husband realize that he must trust God once more? Can he find peace and strength enough to carry them through the flames?


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