Title: Place Setting
Series: States Of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publication Date: January 18, 2019
Length: 70 pages
Reviewed by Erin
Cameron Dunlop has lived in the Lowcountry town of Summer Corners, South Carolina, his whole life. He loves his home, but his little town in the Deep South doesn’t offer much in the way of dating options.
Chef Gray Callahan has enjoyed success in the kitchen, but his last relationship sunk like a bad soufflé. When plans for his sister’s wedding go awry, it provides the perfect excuse to pack up and go home, where he can help out as he decides how to start his life over.
Gray’s path crosses Cameron’s, and he realizes together they might have all the ingredients to save the day—with maybe enough left over for something sweet just for the two of them.
Small towns, coming home and finding love, and a wedding are three of my favorite things so I couldn't wait to read Place Setting by Claudia Mayrant, the newest States of Love book from Dreamspinner Press. These short books are set all over the country in some places I know well and in some I don't ... but sure wish I did. This is the case with Place Setting, which takes place in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I loved the "feel" of the book, that small town, nostalgic ambiance that reminds you of a different time. Gray Callahan might have spent the last few years in the big city as a talented chef but when a failed relationship has him leaving his beloved restaurant and his no good ex, he arrives in Summer Corners, South Carolina not expecting to find the perfect man.
Cameron Dunlop might not have ever left Summer Corners but that doesn't mean he doesn't have dreams of his own. He has a job he loves and a hometown he enjoys being a part of, the only thing missing is someone to share his life with. When he crosses paths with Gray Callahan it seems like fate has stepped in and dropped the perfect man right in his lap. Helping Gray save his sister's wedding is the perfect opportunity to spend more time with the handsome man and Cameron might have the way to come to the rescue.
This was a really quick and sweet book. I loved the setting, Cameron and Gray were super cute together, and all the food was an added bonus. Things move really quickly based on the length of the book and if there's one complaint I have it's that Place Setting wrapped up WAY too quickly and didn't give me quite the satisfied happily ever after I was hoping for. In my opinion, an extra chapter or two really would have made this an even better story. Otherwise, this was a really fun book and I would love to see more of Cameron and Gray.
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