Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Philip Alces
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/10/2015
Length: 02 hours 50 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
A Tale of the Curious Cookbook
Emmett Gant was planning to tell his father something really important one Sunday morning—but his father passed away first. Now, nearly three years later, Emmett can’t seem to clear up who he should be with—the girl with the apple cheeks and the awesome family, or his snarky neighbor, Keegan, who never sees his family but who makes Emmett really happy just by coming over to chat.
Emmett needs clarity.
Fortunately for Emmett, his best friend’s mom has a cookbook that promises to give Emmett insight and good food, and Emmett is intrigued. After the cookbook follows him home, Emmett and Keegan decide to make the recipe “For Clarity,” and what ensues is both very clear—and a little surprising, especially to Emmett’s girlfriend. Emmett is going to have to think hard about his past and the really important thing he forgot to tell his father if he wants to get the recipe for love just right.
I think Amy Lane is one of the masters of the short novella. This story was just so strong and so well done. I loved Emmett from the very beginning, even if the opening of this story was a bit gruesome. I loved Emmett and his need for a family. I wanted to reach into the story and hug him so hard! I love the way Amy seems to so easily include the idea that family is what you make it and can come in many forms. This story perfectly displayed that sentiment.
I loved that this was not just a quick sexual encounter. That there was backstory and growth and a love that was anything but instant. A love that quietly developed in the background while Emmett has his head stuck up his ass. There was such a great connection between Emmett and Keegan. That kitchen scene when they were making those recipes together, OMG I could feel the teasing tension. And when it finally exploded, HOLY HELL it was HOT. I did feel a bit bad for Christine, but honestly, the reader saw that coming a mile away. Maybe not the exact situation, but the outcome was easy to predict.
I love when an author gives me a characters to love to the point of tears. To love to the point that I want to be a part of their life if only to slap them on the back of the head to make them see their worth. To make them see what is right in front of their faces. I love when I so easily form a connection with the MCs because then I am invested in their story and their outcome and it makes my reading experience so much better.
Ms Lane has provided me with another comfort read story which I will revisit time and again when I need something loving and happy.
I love Philip Alces as a narrator for Amy Light. His voice always seems to be just right for the characters and their emotions. He was just fantastic at capturing that uncertainty and shy quality in MC and I loved every minute of this narration.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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