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For original review see The Prism Book Alliance® Blog online
Even with Amy Lane’s sweet books, there is a little bit of sadness. Food For Thought is no different. As always though, her strong “family is what we make of it” message comes through and our hearts are by no means battered in this novella.
Emmett’s life hasn’t been sunshine and puppies, but not without love. Still he struggles with his sexuality and a broken heart. Keegan’s family is not supportive, and he doesn’t see why Emmett would want one, but he is drawn to Emmett anyway.
When Emmett is handed the Curious Cookbook by his best friend’s mother – the closest thing he has to a mother of his own – he is skeptical but intrigued and sets about making some of the recipes hoping for some clarity.
I liked the chemistry Emmett and Keegan had, though I felt awful for Christine and what happened with her. It reduced my enjoyment of the story.
However, that aside, I enjoyed the cooking, the cat and the realizations Emmett made. I liked Vinnie and his mother and their support. I liked the story :)
Talk about the worst case of self-denial ever. Emmett is so in the closet, but why? This is a wonderful coming out story. Not that Emmett has a problem with his sexuality he is just scared of losing what he holds dear and that is family. He fears that he will be rejected and therefore tries to fit all the norms as best he can. He is dating a sweet young girl and pretending that with time he could learn to love her but deep down knows that this will not be the case. No sex, just chaste kisses and pecks on cheeks is his idea of going out with a girl.
I can so understand Emmett’s predicament. Telling friends is one thing but telling family something completely different. The fear, upset and anguish of losing the love a family is enough in itself to keep a lot of people in the closet. He longs for a family, has heteronormative values so to speak but just can’t see that having a family and being gay can also work. He grew up without a mother and a father who loved him but wasn’t exactly the most communicative person. So he sees his best friend's family as his own. My goodness I loved this family too, especially the mother, Flora, a force to be reckoned with enough love for a whole battalion. She also loves Emmett dearly too and hates seeing the facade he is hiding behind.
One conversation in the kitchen with Flora had me in absolute hysterics as she was trying to wheedle the truth out of Emmett. My sides were splitting feeling Emmett squirming away from the truth while Flora put him right on the spot and started to try and squeeze the truth out of him. She had his number as did his best friend and Flora’s son Vinnie. But it had to be Emmett’s job to come clean. This family just had so much love so there was reason for Emmett to be afraid of telling them the truth but this is always easier said than done. They would only ever be happy to see Emmett happy. A case of every one else knew Emmett was gay but he didn’t.
He has a neighbour, Keegan, who is out and proud. They enjoy each other’s company so much that it as plain as his nose on his face but he keeps Keegan at a distance. That is until Granny B’s cookbook comes into play. OMG! These recipes are hot! The dam breaks and Emmett realises that there is no denying what he feels for Keegan anymore. The recipies work their charm and there can be no more confusion left for Emmett or Keegan after this. The first erotic scene with Keegan and Emmett was hot but also a little comical. Talk about a food fight - lol! Absolutely adored it!
A sweet, short story that had me laughing, had its very poignant moments and I’ll never look at almond shortbread the same way again. I’m so loving this series of books and will be moving straight on to the next one. For a Rainy Day by RJ Scott coming up next!
Again nothing to criticise with the narration really. Wonderfully spoken and the voice characterisations were perfect. I loved Keegan’s voice, exactly how I would have imagined him even if I had read the book as opposed to listening to the audiobook. For me personally all I can say is a job well done Mr Alces.
Reviewed by Mark for Sinfully...Addicted To All Male Romance
I have to smile about Emmet falling in love with Jordyn (male) and Keegan (male). Two names that could be interpreted as female. ..
Emmet is described as this long faced normal guy but as we read about him and his life, his personality shines. His love of having a family is wonderful. Rarely do we see that so strongly in a m/m read. But Emmet has always had it and he wants to keep it. Keegan isn't as well characterized but he's there for Emmet. The friend that listens. The one that keeps him company and shares interests.
The cookbook thing is creative and cute. I know just how that is holding on to a family cookbook with all those notes in the margins. Taking the time to jot down your own. Just the stained pages where you can open the book and go right to your favorite recipe. Yup.
Wonderful little story about two men coming together. Unlike the cover the cat doesn't take center stage. - Dan's Wife
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This was just brilliant. Like Keegan said, there is something genuine about Emmett that is so sweet that you can't dislike him even when he is being an idiot. And keegan.
I may be Amy Lane’s biggest fan. Whenever I’m down, re-reading The Locker Room or Beneath the Stain will usually sort me out.Read more
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