Sunday, April 7, 2019

Yes, Chef (Amuse Bouche #2) by T. Neilson


A savory slice of first love.

Simon’s dad died when he was young, leaving Simon to take the reins of the family restaurant business—and the responsibility for his mother and brothers. His commitment to his duty left Simon time for little else, least of all romance.

Argentinian celebrity chef Luke Ferreya has wanted Simon since their culinary-school days, but for Simon, family always came first. Now Luke’s back in Simon’s life—briefly before he returns to South America—and he’s determined to give Simon a sample of everything he’s missed out on.

Simon’s brothers are grown, and his mother is doing fine on her own, and Luke is offering a second chance for a future full of the pleasures of fine food, wine, and especially love. Without his obligations to hide behind, can Simon finally allow himself to say “Yes, Chef”?

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Yes, Chef is an interesting romance by T Neilson. Revolving around living the life one's expected to live, versus living the way one wants to live, it's a fantastic theme. The second of the Amuse Bouche series, it's easily read as a standalone. 

Luke and Simon, former classmates and friends, meet up again, bringing up a whole lot of complications. I enjoy the way Luke dealt with his career and his desire to get out of his restaurant business. Simon's situation, however,  is heart-breaking, as he was never given a choice.  

Their romance is an emotional one. The two men are sweet together, as they help one another. Along the way, Luke and Simon have a lot of complications to deal with, including being honest with each other, and re-building trust. Simon's never been with a guy before, and their first time together is beautifully written.

Their romance deals with the struggle of figuring out who one wants to be, and how to deal with one's own expectations. The author does a wonderful job exploring the problem of not knowing what one wants, who one is, or who one wants to be.

The locations are well described, with the atmospheres being written is a great way. I could completely picture the land and the restaurants. 

Yes, Chef is a good read, full of hope and a chance to take control of one's direction in life. T Neilson definitely entertains in this tender romance. 

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