Author: M.J O’shea and Anna Martin
Narrator: John-Paul Barrel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C Chase
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/22/2015
Length: 08 hours 01 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Joe Fitzgerald hates New Orleans, but he’s stuck there until he convinces one stubborn local family to sell Lumière, the crumbling French Quarter restaurant they’ve owned for generations. The place is a wreck, and it’s hemorrhaging money. Joe figures he’s their best chance for survival.
Remy Babineaux despises Pineapple Joe’s and everything the chain stands for. He refuses to let Lumière become some tacky corporate tourist trap. Theme drinks and plastic beads in his restaurant? Yeah, right. Over his dead, rotting corpse. The last thing Remy wants is a meeting with the restaurant chain’s representative, but his father agreed to at least listen to the proposal. There’s nothing Remy can do about it.
Remy figures an anonymous hookup is exactly what he needs to decompress. When he ends up across the table from his fling the next morning, real sparks fly. Joe refuses to give up his prime location; Remy refuses to give up his legacy. It’s war, and they’re both determined to win at any cost. Neither of them counted on falling in love.
This is by far my favorite of these food novels by these authors. In my opinion it had the most connectable characters, the most plausible plot, and it was the most well executed emotionally. From start to finish the plot was utterly predictable but for me that took a back seat to the pull I felt between these men and the atmosphere created by the city. These men got under my skin and I felt every emotions right along with them. Even knowing the outcome I was outraged with the initial sales meeting, I was was charmed by Joe and Remy falling in love, I was hurt and shocked and confused when Joe and Tom told Remy about the sale, I was giddy when Joe redeemed himself. These authored worked my emotions like pros and I totally didn’t care about the predictability.
I have to admit I get very nervous when I read stories set in the New Orleans area since I was born and raised there. But I also have to admit that these authors did it justice. This was hometown New Orleans, that New Orleans I know as a resident. This was not the New Orleans found on TV or in movies, that cliched New Orleans tourists expect to see. Either one of the authors lived in the city for some time or grew up there or knows someone who did because there were so many small things that reminded me of growing up. Especially Grace and her all girls catholic school days. I laughed at her uniform and her Latin classes because her comments were exactly the comments I made when I was that age! It was fantastic and I will be reading this story again.
John-Paul Barrel’s narration was OK. I think his voice was clear and easy to listen to, but I was not a fan of the voices he chose for some of these characters. I also think he missed the mark on the softer emotions and that took something away from the story. He nailed the harder emotions like anger and frustration, but when times called for compassion or love, it wasn’t represented well.
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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