Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Tristan Love, the youngest of seven brothers, is back in his hometown. He’s left the New York food scene and an abusive relationship behind him, but he holds his love of French pastries close to his heart and is determined to put his skills to use in a bakery of his own.
Returning to his childhood home means his meddlesome brother Simon will butt into his business, but before the bakery even opens its doors, Tristan’s delectable creations have the town’s mouths watering, and Jake, a cute mechanic, asks Tristan out. It all seems worthwhile….
That is, until the bakery burns down, Jake’s criminal past comes to light, and Tristan’s nasty ex rears his head where he is decidedly not wanted.
This was a nice story. I liked Tristan’s determination and stubbornness to be the independent person he wants to be and with who he wants. Jake has worked hard to turn his life around though he is constantly being looked down upon.
This was a pretty fast paced story with a few time jumps that I was unsure about. These characters had great chemistry and weren’t afraid to support each other no matter what. Now, Tristan’s brothers and friends warning off Jake for no reason other than having been to jail sucked and I just hurt for him when people he thought were at least kind of his friends pretty much turned their backs on him. It wasn’t a surprise to see who the one was causing problems from the beginning.
Simon Ferrar did a nice job narrating this story. The different voices also helped with keeping track of the story, however the whiny voice he used for Tristan just put me off from his character a bit.
Cover art by Bree Archer is nice and I liked the visual of Tristan in his bakery.
Audiobook, 5hrs 49mins
Published July 13, 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English
Series: Amuse Bouche #1, Dreamspun Desires