Beignets by Michaela Grey ~ Book Review by Sadie

beignetsTitle: Beignets
Series: Coffee Cake #2

Author: Michaela Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 2.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/09/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance

Blurb:

Malachi Warren barely survived a series of assaults on his life. But survive he did, though not without baggage. Now, Malachi must pick up the pieces of his shattered life—the most important piece being his boyfriend, Bran Kendrick, who is dealing with problems of his own.

Stagnating at his job at a small-town café, Bran’s pride keeps him from asking Malachi—or anyone—for help. Desperate to do something, Malachi secretly pays a celebrity chef with a bakery in New Orleans to take on Bran as his apprentice.

As Malachi and Bran begin to make a new life in New Orleans, the specter of Malachi’s PTSD and the growing stress over the secret he hides from Bran threaten their relationship. Before it’s too late, Malachi must confront his past and face his fears about the future, all without losing himself—and Bran—in the process.

My View:

Ooof. Beignets is the follow-up to Coffee Cake, which I thought was passable – but as sequels go, this one is a soufflé that just won’t rise.

Since Mal’s PTSD is mentioned in the blurb, it’s not a spoiler for me to say that he spends a huge chunk of the book having (or recovering from, or fighting off) a panic attack. I myself have struggled with mental illness, so I definitely don’t have a problem reading about the various things a character can go through; however, there needs to be more to a plot than someone repeatedly freaking out and then being calmed down, and unfortunately in this book there really…isn’t. I mean, yes, there’s also sex – but I was expecting a proper narrative and all the details and development that come with it, not just dicks and donuts, you know?

If you enjoy lots of syrupy sweet dialogue and exposition, you might like this title just fine. Fans of other writing styles should probably look elsewhere.

Links

Beignets 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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