I have been wanting to read a story by Chris Quinton, and when I saw this collaboration with RJ Scott I knew the time had finally come!
Author: Chris Quinton & RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Serving up passion, family, love and hate, with a side order of arson.
Lewis has lost nearly everything, and now it seems that Devon is here to take the last thing he has left – working in his beloved restaurant, Laurels. But when an arsonist threatens everything Lewis loves, he realizes sometimes everyone has their ghosts, and he discovers an unexpected ally who is prepared to risk everything for him.
et in the small cathedral city of Salisbury, Master Chef Lewis Mandineau no longer owns the Laurels, the restaurant that had been in his family for generations. Betrayed and robbed by an ex-lover, he’s had to sell to Carnegie Enterprises, an American corporation. That isn’t all Lewis has to contend with. Rachel, his beloved younger sister has been left severely hurt by the car crash that killed their parents, and taking care of her has to be his priority.
Enter Devon Trelawney III, sent to assess the viability of the restaurant and its staff. Devon knows all about family tradition. But he also knows sentiment has no place in business matters, and the Laurels’ potential is swamped by the debts it has accrued. Devon is a hardheaded businessman, first and foremost, but Lewis and Rachel test his resolve in different ways. Soon Devon is forced to admit that what seems like an impossible love can sometimes become something very real.
I have read this book twice since I first acquired it. I hate to review a story unless it’s fresh in my head. This is why I decided to do a re-read before I wrote this. I am certainly glad that I did. There were a lot of wonderful little details about this book that I had forgotten.
I really adore an enemies to lovers storyline. There is something very satisfying about watching two men with animosity toward each other fall in love. These two guys definitely start off in the “not friendly” category. The circumstances of their relationship sets the tone for all sorts of bad feelings. What saves the day though is that they are both likable characters, and seeing them lower their defenses and open their hearts is very rewarding.
Another aspect of this story that I really enjoyed is that it has a hurt/comfort feeling to it. Lewis really needs something good to happen in his life, because he is a very good guy who has had some very bad things happen to him. Even if he and Devon start off with discord it doesn’t take long for Devon to become a bit of a white knight to Lewis. The way Lewis’ sister Rachel is used as a common ground for them to bond is very sweet, and makes what would be a fairly simple relationship a bit more layered.
I think that since it is not a long story that things have to move along fairly quickly between the two men – and they do. The fast pace keeps the story light, and even the darker moments move by quickly. More than anything I enjoyed it because it is easy to read, very entertaining and filled with lots of love.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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