Thursday, May 31, 2018

Home Skillet by Cate Ashwood & Sandra Damien





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Blurb:

Sometimes the only way to move forward… is to go back.

JAMES

I don't know what's more shocking—the sudden end to my marriage, or the fact that I'd married a woman at all. But now I'm broke and homeless, kicked out of my Upper West Side apartment while my ex-wife walks away with everything we've ever worked for.

So what's an executive chef stripped of his dignity gonna do?

Go back to Jersey with his tail between his legs, that's what.

BEN

I can’t say that spending a decade pining after my best friend was the best use of my time. While I'd pretty much become an expert at the whole unrequited love thing, I'd resigned myself to the fact that Jimmy and I were never gonna happen. But when Jimmy turned up on my doorstep in his hour of need, I jumped at the chance to offer him my bed—er, couch. I mean, what are friends for, right?

Now that he's released from the shackles of matrimony, I can't wait to show him exactly what he's been missing out on all these years.

What I didn't anticipate was him showing me that maybe I'd been missing out too.



REVIEW

I am so happy to have discovered Home Skillet by Cate Ashwood and Sandra Damien. It is a wonderful, sweet surprise. 

Past decisions are not always the right decision. Does one learn from their mistakes or stay on their current path?

James and Ben are best friends, who also have added some benefits to their friendship.  But James leaves, to get married and pursue his dream of owning a restaurant.  When he suddenly finds that his wife wants a divorce, he runs back to his hometown, where Ben allows him to move in temporarily, even at the risk of his own sanity. 

I love and adore Friends to Lovers stories. This one holds up. There are some twists and turns along the way. It definitely deviates from the normal storyline of a friends to lovers book, which is refreshing. I find it to be well written, with a light and fast style, a great plotline and some fantastic men! 

James and Ben are super together. Unfortunately James struggles with being out. As the story takes place 20 years ago, this addition to the story is even more relevant. At first, we have no clue why James makes the decisions that he does, but in time, it all makes sense.

In the end, their relationship is fantastic. I love that they are able to pursue their dreams together and support each other emotionally. They are truly a meant-to-be-together couple.

Cate Ashwood and Sandra Damien both do a fantastic job with Home Skillet.
Be sure to check it out.



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