Author: MJ O’Shea and Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Tristan Green left his small English town for Manhattan and a job at a high profile ad agency, but can’t seem to find his bearings. He spends a lot of time working late at night, eating and sleeping alone, and even more time meandering around his neighborhood staring into the darkened windows of shops. One night when he’s feeling really low, he wanders by a beautiful little bakery with the lights still on. The baker invites him in, and some time during that night Tristan realizes it’s the first time he’s really smiled in months.
Henry Livingston has always been the odd duck, the black sheep, the baker in an old money family where pedigree is everything and quirky personalities are hidden behind dry martinis and thick upper east side townhouse facades. Henry is drawn to Tristan’s easy country charm, dry English wit, and everything that is so different from Henry’s world.
Their new romance is all buttercream frosting and sugared violets until Tristan’s need to fit in at work makes him do something he desperately wishes he could undo. Tristan has to prove to Henry that he can be trusted again before they can indulge in the sweet stuff they’re both craving.
This book was sweet and fun and gut wrenching and made me hungry… dammit. Each chapter is closed with a recipe relevant to the chapter or story as a whole. With one of the main characters being a baker… well they all sounded damn good.
Tristan and Henry are your typical lust at first site couple… Well, except that thing where neither knows that the other is gay… Oh and that thing where Henry is a trust fund baby… There is also that thing where Tristan is in America from England and sort of hates his job… Okay, so there is some typicalness and some not-so-typicallness. What they are together is sweet and hot and fun and loving… and apparently pretty insecure.
Henry has reasons to be insecure. Growing up on the society pages when one wants to be anywhere else will do that to a person. For Tristan’s part, he just wants to be accepted by his team at work. They are, after all, why he is even IN New York to begin with. Why he left his home and moved across an entire ocean.
There are so many aspects of this story that I adore. First and foremost is the slow nature of the relationship. It isn’t slow-burn, but the main characters also do not fall into bed together on the first meeting. It actually takes a while for them to get together and even longer to umm consummate the relationship. A much-appreciated departure from so many stories I read in this genre. That isn’t to say there wasn’t heat. Oh boy, there was some heat generated with only lips and hands.
Everything is going along great, but in typical romance story fashion, everything must come crashing down. I loved the way the authors handled the crash and burn. It wasn’t drawn out, but it also wasn’t a simple tiff. Some might say that Henry was probably a bit immature in his reaction, but I can see myself reacting in a similar fashion to the situation. A combination of nerves and experience led to that moment. Add in a little miscommunication, and you have a meltdown of epic proportions.
The overall effect was an enjoyable read with characters I would love to revisit, whether in a re-read or in a sequel of some sort.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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