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A Taste of You by [Preston, Irene]
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Editorial Reviews


"This book was wonderful from start to finish. We had a bit of everything, there was angst, there was humour, there was romance, there was passion, both in the kitchen and out of it....A well-written, sensual romance that will leave you smiling at the end." -- Zipper Ripper Reviews 

"[A Taste of You] is provocative and thought-provoking .... you will truly enjoy this tasty treat." -- The Romance Studio 

"The angst, the gentle humor, pulse increasing sensuality, romance, and love were simply oozing out of the pages for me." -- Because Two Men Are Better Than One

From the Author

I hope you like food, because Carlo and Garrett are cooking up a lot of it in A Taste of You.
If you enjoy chef heroes, you might want to check Tall Order. It's about Carlo's cousin, Aston, and a down-on-his-luck chef in Austin, Texas. It's not a sequel, but Carlo does make a cameo appearance.

Product Details

  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 23, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Look, I try not to go crazy with the 5-star reviews, but this book does so many things right I really can't help myself. Garret and Giancarlo are long-time business partners. They run a hot New York restaurant together - Garret's the Chef (with a capital C) and Carlo is the businessman. They both want more from the relationship, but they've been friends for so long (and Garret's track record for relationships is so awful) that they hold onto their "no banging the staff" rule like it's the key to forever.

Except Garret is crazy...and I'm not being flippant. The guy has issues. He's a creative genius, but between his parents and his demons, he's not so much for the interpersonal skills. No one in the world understands him like Carlo, and in return he challenges Carlo, drawing him into a wider world than the little corner of Brooklyn where he grew up.

When Garret's dickishness goes too far and seriously risks his relationship with Carlo, his trump card is seduction. But what then? They've both got too much at stake for things to go wrong. And they could. Easily. Badly.

Garret's the reason this book got five stars from me. He could be easy to dislike, but I think Ms. Preston slipped in just enough vulnerability, glimpses of the naked, needy guy underneath the crazy, for him to work. Carlo is real, and I couldn't help but love him, even when he made me shake my head. The supporting cast - restaurant workers, Garret's boytoy, Carlo's family - are vital and well drawn and fun. And Ms. Preston sold me on the scene - the food, the lifestyle, the restaurant culture. This book took me outside my own life and showed me something different, and I loved it.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic, high-stakes love stories, hot Italian men, crazy Brits, and food. Because YUM.
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Carlo and Garrett have been best friends for years and they are co-partners in an upscale, very popular restaurant, Ransom. Garrett is the chef who is also the star of a reality show and he’s busy and very particular with his kitchen, not so much with his love life. He’s had a lot of bed partners. This would be okay except it’s slowly destroying the hope of Carlo, who loves Garrett and has always believed they would be together once Garrett realized what they meant to each other.

Carlo has been patient and deals with Garrett’s sort of diva behavior without much protest. That is, until Garrett decides they are going to open Ransom West, in California. He springs this on Carlo after telling him that filling in his place as chef of the current Ransom will Matt, Garrett’s boyfriend. I don’t know, that seemed the height of cruelty to me, even for someone as completely oblivious as Garrett even if it is all about saving Garrett from a network mess.

I admit to very, very conflicted feelings about Garrett because I found him incredibly selfish most of the time. There were times I honestly couldn’t think of why Carlo didn’t just move on. I guess I agreed with Andi!

The interesting thing is that once Carlo finally realizes he needs something for himself and he decides to open Rotolo’s with his cousin, Joey, you hope that Carlo will get some happiness. When Garrett hears some gossip about Carlo pining for someone, he is outraged. How dare someone not realize how great Carlo is!! So off he goes to seduce his friend, not be a boyfriend of course, but seduce him.
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This is the best m/m book I've ever read hands down. It's beautiful, a true love story and oh my god the food. I wish I could read it again for the first time. Irene Preston is going to be a star. Bravo. A truly unforgettable read.
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Garrett and Carlo have been best friends since college and they are co-owners of a popular, upscale restaurant called Ransom. Garrett is the reigning chef and also does a kitchen reality show on the side while Carlo handles everything else.

Carlo has been in love with Garrett forever, but has virtually given up ever having a chance with him. He is travelling constantly, a bit of a celebrity, and has a new man every week. Then there’s the employee golden rule of not getting involved with any members of the staff. Because of this, he decides to open his own restaurant, sans Garrett, just for himself.

Garrett is jealous of Carlo spending time away from Ransom. When he overhears the staff gossiping about a man Carlo could never have, Garrett decides to make that man jealous by seducing Carlo. Just a taste he rationalizes. Garrett is unaware that he is, in fact, the man that they are speaking about.

I loved A Taste of You from start to finish! Food plays a huge role in the book and everything revolves around it. It allows us to see both of their strengths and vulnerabilities. Garrett just plain never saw beyond Carlo being his best friend and business partner. Once his eyes were opened, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery. It was delicious (pun intended) to see this play out! There was something for everyone here-romance, humor, angst, and of course, love. The sex scenes were not too graphic and it would be a perfect book for someone new to the m/m genre to read. Love is love! It was well written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

This book was provided to me by The JeepDiva for the express purpose of an honest review. The opinions and rating in this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.
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