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Hell’s Kitchen has nothing on the flames Giancarlo and Garrett ignite at Restaurant Ransom... Garrett Ransom is America’s hot chef du jour. He has a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, a hit reality TV show, and a new man in his bed every week. Yes, he secretly thinks his business partner, Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo, is hotter than a ghost pepper, but he would never Hell’s Kitchen has nothing on the flames Giancarlo and Garrett ignite at Restaurant Ransom... Garrett Ransom is America’s hot chef du jour. He has a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, a hit reality TV show, and a new man in his bed every week. Yes, he secretly thinks his business partner, Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo, is hotter than a ghost pepper, but he would never jeopardize their friendship with a fling. Then Garrett overhears some juicy gossip among the crew and realizes he’ll have to break Giancarlo’s cardinal rule, no banging the staff - for Carlo’s own good, of course. Just a taste of Carlo should be plenty. Long-term relationships aren’t on Garrett’s menu. Giancarlo’s been in love with Garrett forever. He’s sure Garrett will eventually realize they are destined to be more than business partners. But when Garrett installs his latest boyfriend as their new chef d’cuisine and announces plans to leave Carlo in New York while he opens a second restaurant on the west coast, Carlo is forced to re-evaluate his life. Can a high-strung British chef and a nice Italian boy from Brooklyn find the perfect fusion of fine-dining and family-style?


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Hell’s Kitchen has nothing on the flames Giancarlo and Garrett ignite at Restaurant Ransom... Garrett Ransom is America’s hot chef du jour. He has a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, a hit reality TV show, and a new man in his bed every week. Yes, he secretly thinks his business partner, Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo, is hotter than a ghost pepper, but he would never Hell’s Kitchen has nothing on the flames Giancarlo and Garrett ignite at Restaurant Ransom... Garrett Ransom is America’s hot chef du jour. He has a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, a hit reality TV show, and a new man in his bed every week. Yes, he secretly thinks his business partner, Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo, is hotter than a ghost pepper, but he would never jeopardize their friendship with a fling. Then Garrett overhears some juicy gossip among the crew and realizes he’ll have to break Giancarlo’s cardinal rule, no banging the staff - for Carlo’s own good, of course. Just a taste of Carlo should be plenty. Long-term relationships aren’t on Garrett’s menu. Giancarlo’s been in love with Garrett forever. He’s sure Garrett will eventually realize they are destined to be more than business partners. But when Garrett installs his latest boyfriend as their new chef d’cuisine and announces plans to leave Carlo in New York while he opens a second restaurant on the west coast, Carlo is forced to re-evaluate his life. Can a high-strung British chef and a nice Italian boy from Brooklyn find the perfect fusion of fine-dining and family-style?

30 review for A Taste of You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    The love story between Carlo and Garrett was very hot and sweet. I will definitely be checking out other books by this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    mwana

    This was so painfully average but what hurts is how promising it sounded. I love an oblivious romantic lead and a great deal of jealous angst but that was resolved so fast I wondered what the point of the next few hundred pages was. Garrett has plenty of issues he needed to work on and him briefly mentioning therapy two pages to the end isn't enough. This book tried with the abrupt ending but it doesn't come off satisfying, more try-hard. At the very least, I'm happy it didn't have the most irri This was so painfully average but what hurts is how promising it sounded. I love an oblivious romantic lead and a great deal of jealous angst but that was resolved so fast I wondered what the point of the next few hundred pages was. Garrett has plenty of issues he needed to work on and him briefly mentioning therapy two pages to the end isn't enough. This book tried with the abrupt ending but it doesn't come off satisfying, more try-hard. At the very least, I'm happy it didn't have the most irritating of contemporary romance tropes. Additionally, this book has quite the food porn.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I think the premise of this book is one I’d typically enjoy. Best friends to lovers. Restaurant backdrop. Melding of two different types of people…a Brit and a Brooklynite. And the bare bones of the story was enjoyable for the most part. Both the character of Carlo, an Italian with a big family, the brains & business behind the restauarants and Garrett, the transplated chef who becomes the face of the restaurant in front of the camera and a playboy behind it…are interesting and likable enough. The I think the premise of this book is one I’d typically enjoy. Best friends to lovers. Restaurant backdrop. Melding of two different types of people…a Brit and a Brooklynite. And the bare bones of the story was enjoyable for the most part. Both the character of Carlo, an Italian with a big family, the brains & business behind the restauarants and Garrett, the transplated chef who becomes the face of the restaurant in front of the camera and a playboy behind it…are interesting and likable enough. The hardest part of me about this entire book was it was just entirely too much telling. Page after page we’re stuck in Carlo’s head and listening to him go on and on. And for every 5 chapters of tell, there’s 1 chapter of actually showing. Possibly that my own pet peeve, but it was really starting to wear me down. Though I was invested in seeing them to their HEA, I really struggled with tempation to skim. I’d say all in all, it’s a decent read. I didn’t love it…it was ok.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

    LOVED the food! I'm still thinking about Nonna's tortellini and the scallops and the braised lamb shanks… The romance, though, feels a little underdone. Garrett is a high-profile, celebrity chef who has to be based upon Gordan Ramsay, who I don't like. I was never able to bridge that gap. Garrett is a diva in the kitchen, goes through men like Kleenex, never connecting with any of them and all of whom are short term, essentially fuck buddies. But it's not just the fuck buddies he doesn't conn LOVED the food! I'm still thinking about Nonna's tortellini and the scallops and the braised lamb shanks… The romance, though, feels a little underdone. Garrett is a high-profile, celebrity chef who has to be based upon Gordan Ramsay, who I don't like. I was never able to bridge that gap. Garrett is a diva in the kitchen, goes through men like Kleenex, never connecting with any of them and all of whom are short term, essentially fuck buddies. But it's not just the fuck buddies he doesn't connect with it's everyone. He is completely out of touch with his emotions thereby rendering him aloof, callous and difficult to connect with as a character. What I really took issue with regarding Garrett was the way in which his intensity as a chef who strives for perfection was pathologized. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I speak chef. I study and follow them and Garrett is a chef. A diva chef, but all great chefs are flighty, intensely perfectionistic and insecure. I will concede that he, when faced with intense emotions, takes solace in the kitchen to the extreme, but I disagree with the message that being passionate about something equates to a mental illness. *stepping off my soapbox now* You can find the rest on the blog!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Liv Rancourt

    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 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

    This friends-to-lovers M/M romance between two chefs is so complex and messy and real, I almost didn't know what to think of it the first time I read it. On second read I loved it. Giancarlo Rotolo is painfully in love with his best friend and restaurant business partner, British expat chef Garrett Ransom. Carlo's almost ready to confess when Garrett brings his latest boy toy to their restaurant and installs him as chef so Garrett can move to another city. What follows is kind of a disaster, to This friends-to-lovers M/M romance between two chefs is so complex and messy and real, I almost didn't know what to think of it the first time I read it. On second read I loved it. Giancarlo Rotolo is painfully in love with his best friend and restaurant business partner, British expat chef Garrett Ransom. Carlo's almost ready to confess when Garrett brings his latest boy toy to their restaurant and installs him as chef so Garrett can move to another city. What follows is kind of a disaster, to be honest. Garrett is IMHO is either on the autism spectrum or has a mental health issue, and seems to be undiagnosed. Neither dude has a framework for understanding some of his reactions. He also has zero relationship skills, especially with regard to actually talking about anything. But of course, he and Carlo start sleeping together. They're the most important people in each other's lives, but Carlo is convinced it's all doomed because Garrett doesn't do relationships. (Granted, this pushes him to some personal and professional growth that he probably did need, so okay.) I was intensely struck by the talking-to Carlo finally gets from someone in his life that helps him see Garrett's motivations more clearly. It felt like so much clicked into place once Carlo could really SEE Garrett instead of a distorted picture through a lens of what love and relationships are supposed to look like. Very compassionate and distinctive, with an HEA that really fit the characters. Content warning: Garrett has issues with food. He does end up seeing a therapist for this and other reasons.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    This friends-to-lovers blurb scared me, with a MC who is blind to his best friend's feelings. That can get uncomfortable for me because I usually harbor some disgust for the selfish MC. After reading some reviews, this turns out to be the case so I am going to skip this one. This friends-to-lovers blurb scared me, with a MC who is blind to his best friend's feelings. That can get uncomfortable for me because I usually harbor some disgust for the selfish MC. After reading some reviews, this turns out to be the case so I am going to skip this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ro

    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 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. Between Garrett seducing Carlo, Carlo and Joey opening Rotolo’s and Garrett trying to do long distance not-boyfriends as well as open Ransom West amidst problems, there is a lot going on for both of them. It’s difficult and it’s frustrating. Particularly Garrett’s just complete refusal to be totally with Carlo, even though that’s what Carlo needs. Garrett has some food quirks that made think of Chef Ramsey for some reason. Everything is very particular, he can’t eat much of anywhere because he’s always dissecting how it can be done better. The meatball sub/amuse bouche made me smile because that summed up the two of them so well. It takes a long road, some pain and a ton of frustration to get these guys where they need to be. I really wavered on this book because I loved Carlo, I liked the staff at Ransom very much, especially Andi, Hector and even Matt, and I loved the idea of the plot revolving around the restaurant world and especially the food. It’s actually Garrett that rubbed me the wrong way. Regardless of his past, his history and his quirks, I wanted him to treat Carlo as he deserved. Readers who are foodies and/or fans of difficult characters in particular will enjoy this story. It is well written, interesting and flows well. Recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tinnean

    I liked it a lot, but I swear there were times I wanted to smack Garrick.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews From the start of Irene Preston’s A Taste of You I could tell this wasn’t going to be an easy romance and I was right; two men friends for a very long time, business partners in a very successful restaurant, one in love with the other forever, and one completely oblivious to the other’s feelings. Complicated and difficult doesn’t even begin to describe what these two men go through as the move from friends to lovers and face difficult decisio Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews From the start of Irene Preston’s A Taste of You I could tell this wasn’t going to be an easy romance and I was right; two men friends for a very long time, business partners in a very successful restaurant, one in love with the other forever, and one completely oblivious to the other’s feelings. Complicated and difficult doesn’t even begin to describe what these two men go through as the move from friends to lovers and face difficult decisions as their lives become even more intertwined. Sometimes you fall in love with a character immediately and that was exactly how I felt about Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo. Smart, funny, dedicated to his business, his partner, and his family he sacrificed much to keep things going when Garrett Ransom, celebrity chef and his business partner was out of town and he did it out of love. Carlo has been in love with Garrett forever but he doesn’t want to be just one of Garrett’s men, he wants to be his forever man but Garrett has intimacy issues that even he doesn’t understand. At times I really wanted to hate Garrett because he seemed so oblivious to everything going on around him except what was happening in his kitchen. While I believe he appreciated everything Carlo did to keep the business going I’m not sure he realized just how much he owed Carlo for all the sacrifices he made. There’s no doubt that Garrett is self centered, a wee bit conceited, and somewhat temperamental but it was also obvious that when he thought someone was jacking Carlo around that he felt the need to protect Carlo and give him what he deserved. As they moved into a sexual relationship I felt it was more out of caring and I didn’t really feel the lust between them at first. Over time it grew as did their feelings leaving both men trying to figure out where they stood and what they wanted. While not an easy road to get to their happily ever after, ever step meant something and every leap drew them closer helping them both realize they really were better together in all aspects of their lives. Review copy provided for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    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 membe 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. 4 Stars, 3 Flames

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aerin

    2.5 stars Why does this book have such a high rating?????????? Really, why? I'll never ever understand! I couldn't do any better than 2 stars because rounding it to 3 stars would've been too much! GR needs half star ratings, it really does. All the internal 3rd person monologue drove me nuts. So many fucking questions and so much insecurity, when all the characters needed was a good honest talk aka COMMUNICATION. And we don't even get a complete hot steamy sex scene, they all fade to black. Blah! 2.5 stars Why does this book have such a high rating?????????? Really, why? I'll never ever understand! I couldn't do any better than 2 stars because rounding it to 3 stars would've been too much! GR needs half star ratings, it really does. All the internal 3rd person monologue drove me nuts. So many fucking questions and so much insecurity, when all the characters needed was a good honest talk aka COMMUNICATION. And we don't even get a complete hot steamy sex scene, they all fade to black. Blah!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    this one surprised me! i actually flew through it! yes the seks scences were amazing! but there was an story line that was also very good. I loved both restaurants Ransom & Rotolo. Yes Gareth is an complete idiot for not realising that he loves Carlo sooner but also Carlo should have acted sooner. I really liked Joey and his blabber mouth and Nonna is the kind of grandmother i would have liked to have and the food! o my god! only the description was enough to make my mouth water. overall a fantas this one surprised me! i actually flew through it! yes the seks scences were amazing! but there was an story line that was also very good. I loved both restaurants Ransom & Rotolo. Yes Gareth is an complete idiot for not realising that he loves Carlo sooner but also Carlo should have acted sooner. I really liked Joey and his blabber mouth and Nonna is the kind of grandmother i would have liked to have and the food! o my god! only the description was enough to make my mouth water. overall a fantastic book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to start with the ending. WTF? That's how it ended? (view spoiler)[With a marriage proposal and then no more? I needed a little more after that folks. Their relationship had been in major upheaval and then BAM! Marriage proposal, acceptance, The End. Nope, nope, nope. I'm not asking for a lot, just a short epilogue with the two going to Dubai, or, visiting with Nonna. Something!. But didn't get it. Really bummed me o I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to start with the ending. WTF? That's how it ended? (view spoiler)[With a marriage proposal and then no more? I needed a little more after that folks. Their relationship had been in major upheaval and then BAM! Marriage proposal, acceptance, The End. Nope, nope, nope. I'm not asking for a lot, just a short epilogue with the two going to Dubai, or, visiting with Nonna. Something!. But didn't get it. Really bummed me out. (hide spoiler)] Having said that, I did like this book. Garrett Ransom is the hot chef going with a TV show in California, and plans to open a new (2nd) restaurant there too. Garrett is pretty obtuse when it comes to the outside world and how to interact with people. He's probably got OCD as well as possibly a spectrum of autism. He's a temperamental chef, yes, but he's obsessive with it to a point that comes across as very unhealthy. The good news is that Garrett's business partner and long time friend Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo is there for him. Carlo and Garrett met in college and have been friends ever since; best friends for 10 years. But Carlo has also been in love with Garrett since they met, with Garrett being totally oblivious. Everybody knows how Carlo feels about Garrett, and one night at the restaurant, Garrett overhears two employees talking about Carlo and his love for some "jerk." Well, of course the jerk is Garrett, but Garrett doesn't know that and he decides that Carlo doesn't deserve to be treated badly by this "jerk" and is determined to seduce Carlo away from him. And he does. :) Carlo can't believe his good fortune and doesn't ask too many questions of Garrett about their relationship because he doesn't want to rock the boat. He know that Garrett isn't with anyone for long and he wants their time to together to last as long as possible. What I found interesting is the fact that Garrett seems to care very deeply for Carlo but just doesn't realize he is in love with the man himself. The story is told from alternating POV's and that was very helpful in understanding where each man was coming from. BUT!!! It didn't always help because huge shifts happened without it being on page. It's hard to articulate here in a review but simply put, a character will feel one way about something and then off page change their mind and all of a sudden on page we get the result. It was bizarre and little hair pulling because I didn't always understand what the hell was going on. Like at the ending (see spoiler above). It totally came from out of nowhere. There was no hinting, no lead up, just BAM! Overall the book was good, I thought it could have been fleshed out more to include those off page thoughts/actions. Including the sex! *Don't forget to mention* there is a lot of off-page sex. There is some lovemaking on page but most of the time it fades to black. But again, overall, an enjoyable read. I do recommend you read it; it's a short story with flawed characters who I thought were pretty well developed. 4 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christi Snow

    My Review: I have always enjoyed food themed books, but this one was an especially good one. Carlo and Garrett have been partners forever. Carlo has the business smarts. Garrett is the talent. They have a very successful restaurant in NYC and Garrett has a very successful TV show in California. For years, they've balanced their very close friendship. What neither has ever admitted though is that they are interested in something more in their relationship. I love a friends to lovers trope, but thi My Review: I have always enjoyed food themed books, but this one was an especially good one. Carlo and Garrett have been partners forever. Carlo has the business smarts. Garrett is the talent. They have a very successful restaurant in NYC and Garrett has a very successful TV show in California. For years, they've balanced their very close friendship. What neither has ever admitted though is that they are interested in something more in their relationship. I love a friends to lovers trope, but this one is made so good by Garrett, because Garrett has issues. He has extreme OCD and isn't so great with interpersonal relationships. He reminded me a lot of Sheldon on Big Bang Theory, but instead of physics, he's obsessed with food...to the point that he usually can't eat out or other people's food because they don't do it "right." But Carlo has worked with Garrett a long time...he understands his idiosyncrasies He just doesn't quite get how that translates into a relationship with the man. Huge kudos to the author for showing Garrett's OCD so beautifully in this book. It's obvious from the start that he's particular, but I loved the way she slowly revealed just how debilitating his affliction is and how it affects every part of his life. Watching their relationship develop was both painful and rewarding. There were many times when I was left with a smile on my face after a scene between them. Carlo is so good for Garrett, even when neither man thinks this relationship will work out long term. Neither wants to lose either their friendship or romance, but Garrett has the worst track record with men. The difference is Carlo knows and accepts Garrett's issues. And of course, we have to talk food. The author did a great job showing all the many layers and contrasts in the foods...from the tiny artistic portions at the restaurant versus the huge thrown together Italian meals at Carlo's family gatherings. The food (and Garrett's issues with them) play a huge role in this book and I loved how the author used that to further the story perfectly. It's definitely a book I recommend, especially if you are a foodie. I am not a foodie, but I loved it all the same. I live vicariously through the foodie's in the restaurant themed stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    DNF at 31% My friend liked this -- but she and I are rarely seeing things eye to eye (although the case where she likes books that I end up liking is more often than the other way around), and this is one of the case. I always like friends-to-lovers trope so I gave this one a try. However, I only made it to around 1/3rd of the book before I gave up. One) The fact that Garrett brought his lover Matt, and then told Carlo that he wanted to hire Matt (without Carlo's input) because ... get this ... M DNF at 31% My friend liked this -- but she and I are rarely seeing things eye to eye (although the case where she likes books that I end up liking is more often than the other way around), and this is one of the case. I always like friends-to-lovers trope so I gave this one a try. However, I only made it to around 1/3rd of the book before I gave up. One) The fact that Garrett brought his lover Matt, and then told Carlo that he wanted to hire Matt (without Carlo's input) because ... get this ... Matt is the son of an executive producer, and Garrett wants a messy break-up, and if Matt works for him then Garrett cannot date him ... OMG! What kind of an ass-reasoning is that?!? Yeah, my opinion of Garrett dropped below zero at that point. Two) The writing was a bit exhausting; too much telling and internal monologues. Usually I can deal with internal monologues, but this time, it wasn't appealing to me. Maybe because I already disliked Garrett? But the part where I decided to give up, due to the writing, was when I read this line: "... I am going to eat you out. I want to know what your balls taste like, your ass, your come. I'm going to feast on you." Nope. Just No. URGH, taste balls and ass, and saying it out loud. URGH. My asexual brain is making a huge protest. I know I usually skip sex scenes anyway, but my brain is already making a huge protest based on the sample of the writing about the sex scenes. Oh, and the author uses one of my most hatred endearment *shudders*

  17. 5 out of 5

    J

    I appreciate when an author does enough research to bring the MCs' professions and setting to life, allowing readers to more easily understand the significance of particular plot twists and turns in context. The culture and hierarchy within a celebrity chef's kitchen, the social and business pressures swirling around it, and the careful negotiation of customers' changing tastes and expectations were well done. Unfortunately, that solid groundwork lacked an accompanying sizzle to the scenes betwee I appreciate when an author does enough research to bring the MCs' professions and setting to life, allowing readers to more easily understand the significance of particular plot twists and turns in context. The culture and hierarchy within a celebrity chef's kitchen, the social and business pressures swirling around it, and the careful negotiation of customers' changing tastes and expectations were well done. Unfortunately, that solid groundwork lacked an accompanying sizzle to the scenes between MCs. As the story progressed, Garrett's erratic behavior became harder to understand, and I felt this could have been remedied by more effective development of his own inner monologue. The head-hopping between the two MCs' points of view felt unbalanced, with more time spent exploring Carlo's emotions and reactions. Nonetheless, I do think many readers will overlook these weaknesses and deliver a higher rating than I did, satisfied with how they spent their evening in Preston's world.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is my first m/m romance read. It was good! I loved the characterization of both men. I could easily see them in my head and they were each so well written, it was if I knew them. Even if you thought you might not relate to a m/m - the author does such a good job with the building of the romance/relationship that really my impression was love is love. AND that was great!! I received an ARC of this book as a professional courtesy in return for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This book sizzled. Good romance writing. Even better food writing. Captivating setting (trendy restaurant), interesting characters (temperamental chef, love-sick manager). Probably the only gay romance novel I've ever read. I want more from Irene Preston. Keep the books coming, girl. This book sizzled. Good romance writing. Even better food writing. Captivating setting (trendy restaurant), interesting characters (temperamental chef, love-sick manager). Probably the only gay romance novel I've ever read. I want more from Irene Preston. Keep the books coming, girl.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    *** 4.25 ***

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tanwen Cooper

    I enjoyed this book. It was nice and sweet and a good way to pass an afternoon though I will warn you now: do not read this book while hungry. This wasn't the story I was expecting from the blurb. I thought this was going to be a slow burn, man A waiting in the background for Man B to realise they've been in love all along, but they actually get together fairly quickly, and then it's all about them Sorting Their Shit Out(tm). At first, I was a little unsure about the main couple. Garret appeared t I enjoyed this book. It was nice and sweet and a good way to pass an afternoon though I will warn you now: do not read this book while hungry. This wasn't the story I was expecting from the blurb. I thought this was going to be a slow burn, man A waiting in the background for Man B to realise they've been in love all along, but they actually get together fairly quickly, and then it's all about them Sorting Their Shit Out(tm). At first, I was a little unsure about the main couple. Garret appeared to be an arsehole and Carlos was an enabling doormat. But as the book it became obvious that Garret has OCD (with perhaps a touch of AS) and Carlos was actually being supportive and understanding of this. It was nice to see a portrayal of mental illness/neurodivergency that was handled in a subtle way while still being part of the characters and story. Garret's OCD isn't portrayed as either a curse or a super power: it's a little of both, but fundamentally it is part of who he is. So yeah. Enjoyable read that will make you love food as much as you love the characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Life plans and unexpected detours This was a very easy to read book. I picked it up and before I knew it was half way through, so I finished it all it one sitting. It flowed nicely and managed to focus on the romance without making it to angsty or dramatic. The relationship in this book is very much of friends to lovers where one friend has already been in love forever. The thing is, truthfully, both men are in love. The problem is their ideas of relationships and the dreams they have for the futu Life plans and unexpected detours This was a very easy to read book. I picked it up and before I knew it was half way through, so I finished it all it one sitting. It flowed nicely and managed to focus on the romance without making it to angsty or dramatic. The relationship in this book is very much of friends to lovers where one friend has already been in love forever. The thing is, truthfully, both men are in love. The problem is their ideas of relationships and the dreams they have for the future. One is a man who has no good basis for relationships and can't imagine doing well in one; the other is a man who imagines family mixed with his large family, and a settled life together, but can only see it with the one person who never would. When they take a step further in their current partnership and things begin to change they each have to come to terms with how much change they can handle, and how much they mean to each other. Very nicely done.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natalija

    I'm emotionally exhausted after finishing this book. Ms. Preston packed a lot into this story, and although I'm still on the fence how I feel about it, one thing is clear - I want to read more from this author. I considered giving it a higher rating, but I couldn't agree with the message it sends out. It felt too much like a sacrifice instead of a compromise. On the other hand, I dont think there could be a different solution with someone like Garrett. As for Carlo, it's impossible not to like t I'm emotionally exhausted after finishing this book. Ms. Preston packed a lot into this story, and although I'm still on the fence how I feel about it, one thing is clear - I want to read more from this author. I considered giving it a higher rating, but I couldn't agree with the message it sends out. It felt too much like a sacrifice instead of a compromise. On the other hand, I dont think there could be a different solution with someone like Garrett. As for Carlo, it's impossible not to like this guy, and the fact that he accepted and loved Garrett the way he was, made me respect him even more. While this may not be everyone's cup of tea, I really do recommend it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anu Vaarama

    A love story situated in restaurant and kitchen world. Or, maybe quite much a ”hurt story” because that’s the main emotion here.. the MC:s don’t have too simple relationship. The background for that is not much told but reader accepts that sometimes it’s just really complicated, all the relationship thing. Everything is told us really fluently, with high quality kind of writing, the plot is in balance, there’s everything just fine in this writing. Also - there are some moments, some sentences th A love story situated in restaurant and kitchen world. Or, maybe quite much a ”hurt story” because that’s the main emotion here.. the MC:s don’t have too simple relationship. The background for that is not much told but reader accepts that sometimes it’s just really complicated, all the relationship thing. Everything is told us really fluently, with high quality kind of writing, the plot is in balance, there’s everything just fine in this writing. Also - there are some moments, some sentences that so powerfully did stop me - I’m sure I forgot to breathe - just needed to read the piece of text over and over. That’s magical writing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    This was, at times, a painful story to read. Carlo is a sweetheart, while Garrett is a selfish, reckless man breaking Carlo's heart over and over, I could find very little redeeming qualities in him, except for the few occasions he was romantic because he wanted sex. My heart hurt for Carlo all the way through this story, hoping things would turn around and get better, only to read a very abrupt ending, that’s not really an ending, leaving so many unanswered questions. A well written story, lots This was, at times, a painful story to read. Carlo is a sweetheart, while Garrett is a selfish, reckless man breaking Carlo's heart over and over, I could find very little redeeming qualities in him, except for the few occasions he was romantic because he wanted sex. My heart hurt for Carlo all the way through this story, hoping things would turn around and get better, only to read a very abrupt ending, that’s not really an ending, leaving so many unanswered questions. A well written story, lots of angst, but it will leave you sooooo frustrated at the end, surely there is a book two to continue the tale, one can only hope.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    3.5 stars rounded up. I really enjoyed this friends to lovers story. Carlo and Garrett are both great characters. I'd have liked a little more detail on what exactly was up with Garrett's parents because that was a huge part of his personality and there was only one small glimpse of them through Carlo's eyes. I also thought it ended a bit abruptly but it was a sweet ending. I loved all the food and the glimpses behind the scenes of running a restaurant. I liked that Carlo had to work through som 3.5 stars rounded up. I really enjoyed this friends to lovers story. Carlo and Garrett are both great characters. I'd have liked a little more detail on what exactly was up with Garrett's parents because that was a huge part of his personality and there was only one small glimpse of them through Carlo's eyes. I also thought it ended a bit abruptly but it was a sweet ending. I loved all the food and the glimpses behind the scenes of running a restaurant. I liked that Carlo had to work through some things even if Garrett had more issues to resolve. Overall, enjoyable read, I would re-read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Temperamental Chef and the log time partner who’s in love with him. This book was an okay read. There were a lot of issues that were just brushed away or disappeared suddenly. Going to therapy dies not excuse bad behavior. The characters were flat. I only know very surface things about them. There was not enough to decide if I liked them.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey

    A good solid read The story was pretty good, the story line was compelling with unique characters. The only complaint was it was a bit rushed at the end and seemed to elevate Garrett's quirks a past what they'd been in the story. A good solid read The story was pretty good, the story line was compelling with unique characters. The only complaint was it was a bit rushed at the end and seemed to elevate Garrett's quirks a past what they'd been in the story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jes Jester

    Nice story of a couple falling and staying in love through their love of food and ambitious natures. The underlying theme of childhood neglect morphing into adult issues was tastefully drawn into the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Why Carlo put up with Garrett, I will never understand. He deserved better. Everyone deserves a Carlo in their life. Also, the food descriptions made me so hungry. I’m going to need to make tortellini soon...

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