A Stella Review: Melting For You (Neighborhood Shindig #1) by A.M. Arthur

RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

After his father’s heart attack, Isaiah Morrell gave up cooking in his own high-end Atlanta restaurant to return home to Reynolds, North Carolina, in order to help his father Thomas heal and to keep an eye on his business Neighborhood Shindig. A collection of food trucks and other small businesses, Shindig is a popular destination in this college town, but Isaiah longs for the fast pace of a big-city kitchen. Until he meets Joel…

Joel Fisher has been out of commission from a serious illness for the better part of a year, but now he’s ready to reclaim his life—except his apartment has been sublet, his partner is missing, and their shared food truck is stripped of everything not attached. In short, Joel has nothing. After an uncomfortable night sleeping on the food truck floor, Isaiah and Thomas Morrell give Joel an offer he can’t refuse: a rented room in their house, as well as their help creating a new food truck concept. Joel hates accepting charity, but he’s hit rock bottom and has nowhere to go but up.

Working with seemingly uptight Isaiah is actually pretty fun, and the pair bonds over a challenge to create a unique grilled cheese sandwich. Light flirting melts into a deeper connection neither man expects, but Isaiah isn’t in Reynolds for much longer, and Joel can’t get attached to the gorgeous professional chef. As Isaiah’s feelings for Joel strengthen and grow, he entertains the idea of staying in Neighborhood Shindig for good—but Joel hasn’t asked him to…

Welcome to Neighborhood Shindig, a friendly place where you can snack on a lamb kebab while getting your hair done, pick up your favorite herbal tea blend, and then go listen to live music under the pavilion. We’re happy to have you.

It has been some time since I’ve read a story by this author, I almost forgot how good she is. This new novella, the beginning of a new series called Neighborhood Shindind, was a true gem, a joy to read. Sometimes I really need books like this one, so well done, with no drama or too angst. Just a sweet love story between two young men. What conquered me was how real the whole story felt to me. Joel and Isaiah were the sons, friends and lovers everyone should have. Full of heart and ready to sacrifice his own life to help his father recover from an heart attack, Isaiah was willing to run his father business and then come back to his chef career. He didn’t consider his meeting for Joel. Joel, who stole my heart,how brave and strong he was, although his illness. He fought to return to the job of his dreams, unaware of the betrayal from his partner. Still, he found in Isaiah and his dad a huge support and probably a HEA with a great man.

I feel to recommend Melting For You by A.M. Arthur if you’re looking for a quick and sweet reading, well written and engaging, with a different plot and some amazing characters.

The cover art by Sloan J Designs is not so eye catching, I think the book so deserved something better.



Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 137 pages

Published June 13th 2019 by Briggs-King Books


Edition Language English

Series  Neighborhood Shindind #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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