Super sweet, sexy, and lovely!
Author: LE Franks
Publisher: MLR Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Chef Christian De Guisse can’t trust a man who doesn’t love his food, while Detective Andrew Simmons won’t let any man close who thinks he’s broken—somewhere between these two points, love is possible, but only if they get real.
When Chef Christian De Guisse accidently outs Celebrity Chef Jordan Slayer during a fight in front of The Times entertainment reporter—it only gets Christian ex-boyfriend status and a one-way plane ticket to culinary exile in Oregon. But a fortuitous meeting with Detective Andrew Simmons at the Portland airport keeps Christian and his collection of exotic herbs out of the hands of Homeland Security, starting the chemistry simmering between them. Andy isn’t much of a foodie and for a chef who communicates love through his cooking this may be one hurdle too high…until they’re finally ready to get real.
When Christian outs his longtime lover Jordan, a Celebrity Chef who has been using Jordan’s incredible culinary talents for years, Jordan denies a relationship with Christian, and promptly fires him from his job as the lead chef of a posh New York City restaurant. After wallowing in misery for a while, an old friend convinces him to move to Oregon to be the chef in a new restaurant. At the Portland, Oregon airport Christian is detained as a suspected drug smuggler (he has cooking herbs and spices with him), and Detective Andy rescues Christian from the overly aggressive Homeland Security agents. The attraction between the men is immediate, and they slowly begin a relationship. Unfortunately, Andy doesn’t share Christian’s enthusiasm for food, and Christian is at a loss when he cannot rely upon his culinary skill to communicate his feelings for Andy. Andy becomes convinced that Christian thinks he’s “broken,” and resents any mention of the issue.
Can This Be Real is one of the sweetest, most lovely stories I’ve read recently. The chemistry between Christian and Andy is vibrant – they are just adorable together. While Andy’s disinterest in cooking and food may seem like an insignificant issue for the couple to overcome, Andy best sums it up when he tells Christian, “Food is your music, your lyric, your chorus. It sings through you .” Andy’s willingness to appreciate how important cooking is to Christian, and Christian accepting that Andy isn’t “broken,” is truly touching.
The love between Christian and Andy is lovely and sincere. I especially enjoy that they are both confident in their love of each other when faced with past hurts. I highly recommend this lovely, sexy story – it’s the perfect book for an afternoon of reading delight!
I would like to thank MLR Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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