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- Print Length: 126 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019BFJSNY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Poor Thom, never sure of himself, even during his culinary school days. He was a star of the school, but even then he wasn’t quite sure why the hottest guy with the amazing credentials and skills wanted him. And then when it ended badly, following a professional crash and burn of epic proportions, his confidence was rocked even further. At last taking the helm of a noted restaurant in one of the foodie capitals of America, he worries about a repeat of his disgrace. Having Blake walk back into his life is both thrilling and terrifying, and completely entwined with the food.
Thom was the more fully realized character for me, with one thing after another piled on him, from an insubordinate chef who needs a swift kick to parents who mean well but are just Too Much, plus enough in his past to make any man look over his shoulder twice. I wanted to cook him mac and cheese and tell him everything would be okay, right after I kicked his mother in the shins. Sweet guy that he is, he finds his balance and his balls, and let him take necessary risks in both his restaurant and his love life.
Blake would have been just as interesting without the overkill background (Harvard Law? Really?). Handsome and gifted in all areas except perhaps courage, we get to watch his guilty conscience torment him into doing the right thing, and then going overboard.
I’m not sure if it was the blurb or something early in the text (can’t find it now, but terrible blurb, don't read it, read the story) that took the impact out of a big revelation, but if it didn’t surprise me, it certainly surprised Thom, who was rattled right down to his bones. The author jerks him around so hard on the way to letting him find forgiveness in his heart, and Blake too, for needing it and earning it.
The romance progresses with food, both in the restaurants and what they feed each other. Thom’s concoctions for his tasting menu sound divine, and Blake’s lobster grilled cheese sandwiches are the new food of love. The sensuality of the food carries over into the bedroom. The sex was wrapped with body image. I could see what it was supposed to for the story, it just seemed tacked on and took away from the joy in the delicious things they were putting in each other’s mouths.
I was flicking pages eagerly, wanting to see how exactly they were going to launch this new chapter in their relationship, and then… Well, I have high hopes for them.
This was definitely a delectable romance, and I wish I could eat dinner (and peek at the chefs) at Graze.
I love the characters. Thom I could really relate to. His story starts out at a famous cooking school where he's 50 pounds overweight, but he's brilliant in the kitchen and has terrific recipe ideas. I love this character and his ambition and drive to succeed coupled with his self-esteem issues. Blake, the other main character, who is the romantic interest of Thom, is good, but it felt like his character was not fully developed.
The first half of the book is all about Thom at the restaurant in his kitchen. It's about his kitchen staff and the meals he's preparing and the holiday menu he's developing. This was a bit boring and the story just dragged. The latter half of the book it picks up but is still lagging. The highlight was when Thom found out what Blake did. The ending also felt incomplete. When I turned the page to read more I was surprised that that was it.
The concept and the plot I feel was good, I just wish there was more interaction between the main characters and that there was more of a storyline. That their relationship could have been more developed. It seems like he had more interaction with his parents then with his love interest.
I do recommend this book for the serious foodie. I believe they will enjoy it.
I received this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.
EM Lynley has done it again. I love her Delectable series and this story story novella was stellar. I did take ½ star away because I didn't like the ending. In this story we had Thom who lost his first chef position when accused of stealing recipes when it was opposite. Blake was his boyfriend and was involved in the theft (in a way) you'll have to read the book to see what happens. For someone who's not a chef Ms. Lynley really comes up with some great recipes. I loved hearing about all the great recipes and how Thom was able to salvage his reputation. This was an excellent story centered around Christmas.
I was given this book to read by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.