Souffles at Sunrise by MJ O’shea and Anna Martin ~ Book Review by Josie Goodreads

Souffles-At-SunrisejpgTitle: Souffles at Sunrise

Author: MJ O’Shea and Anna Martin

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: L C Chase

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/23/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

“Welcome to a new season of Burned, where we find fresh new cooking talent… and a few culinary disasters! Every season we do something a little different, and this time it’s all about the sweet things in life. Get ready in week one as twenty pastry chef hopefuls and dessert connoisseurs compete for the thirteen coveted workspaces in our Burned kitchen. With stakes this big, we ask the one question on everyone’s mind: Do these chefs have what it takes to rise to the top? Or will they get Burned?”

Burned contestants Chase and Kai are attracted from the start and can’t wait to spend more time getting to know each other… until they see the first episode treatment and realize the producers intend to portray them as bitter enemies. At first it’s fun to pretend to bicker—enemies on film, lovers when the cameras stop rolling—but soon it’s hard not to take the faux rivalry seriously. It’s only when their choice is to band together and bake their way to the final or get burned that they find where their real loyalties lie.

My View:

Soufflés at Sunrise is book two of the Just Desserts series by MJ O’Shea and Anna Martin. Luckily the stories are all standalone as I’m reading them backwards! I started with Devil’s Food at Dusk, the latest book in the series, and I haven’t read Macaroons at Midnight, the first book yet, although that is high on my TBR list. Soufflés at Sunrise is a delightful and entertaining story, especially for anyone that loves reality cooking shows.

Kailua Chin is a single-mined determined chef from Hawaii who moved to Los Angeles to gain experience in a large hotel, and to further his career. Chase Christiansen from Wisconsin is shy and reserved he owns his own business, an organic Ice Cream parlor. Both men are nothing alike and they meet as contestants on the cooking show Burned, where the prize is a chance to learn the art of pastry in Paris, a range of kitchen appliances, and a hundred thousand dollars.

Burned is a cookery show that’s been running for a few years, so both men know the formula, it’s made up of thirteen contestants and during filming they all live together in one apartment. Each show is filmed over a week and consists of various challenges which gain the contestants points and a weekly challenge after which a contestant is eliminated. This year’s show is dedicated to desserts.

Kai and Chase are drawn to each other from the moment they meet in the final elimination round but when they get on the show things get complicated. Both men are told they must act up the role of rivals to add some spice to the ratings. Neither man want to be rivals, in fact as the show progresses they become lovers, but as the finale approaches the fake rivalry threatens to become real. Where does that leave the tentative relationship they’ve begun to develop? And what happens when the show finishes, after all there can only be one winner.

I enjoyed the story a lot, I loved the characters of Kai and Chase and watching the two men get together was sweet and adorable. They were two totally different characters who matched each other perfectly in bed and out. Kai with his dark sultry looks and confident nature liked to submit in bed and Chase with his blond surfer boy looks and quiet and shy demeanor liked to take charge between the sheets and the sex between them sex was hot and intense.

The whole premise of the story was something new for me too. I’m not a watcher of reality shows, although I will admit to seeing more than one episode of MasterChef, and it was fascinating to imagine that this is what it’s really like behind the scenes of a show. The story is of course dominated by the show and I loved finding out what each challenge was and seeing what the contestants came up with. Kai and Chase’s relationship develops slowly as the show progresses, and obviously as the finale approaches the angst builds up.

Soufflés at Sunrise is a lighthearted sweet story that kept me thoroughly entertained. It’s a lovely easy read with a really nice twist at the end, and I’m looking forward to reading more from these two authors. Now where did I put my macaroons…?

Links

Souffles at Sunrise on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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