Melting For You
Neighborhood Shindig Series, Book #1
Contemporary MM Romance
Release Date: 06.13.19
Cover Designer: Sloan J Designs/https://www.facebook.com/sloanjdesigns/
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.
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Waaaaaay back in the day (well, more like three-ish years ago), I was on the hunt for my next M/M book to read. I wanted it to be part of a series that I could totally invest myself in. I’ve always been drawn to the “friends to lovers” and “gay for you tropes”, I stumbled onto a book that had a combination of both. Getting It Right was the first book I ever read by A.M. Arthur. I devoured it, and virtually everything else she’s written.
That said, I was ecstatic to find out she was starting a new series. Couldn’t wait to get my hands on the first book. I was not disappointed.
This is vintage A.M. Arthur. Her characters are beyond relatable. Both Joel and Isaiah are normal, everyday guys. Neither has a high paying, high power job. Isaiah is helping his dad recuperate after a heart attack, and part of that involves keeping an eye on a group of food trucks called Shindig. Think of each food truck as a small restaurant you would find in the food court if a mall. That food court would be Shindig, and each truck, trailer, or pod serves a different kind of food.
Joel had to leave his food truck in the (uh hem) capable hands of his partner, Steve, when he got sick. Returning after a year-long absence, he finds things not quite how he left them. Of course, that’s a serious understatement.
Isaiah and Joel work together to concoct a new food truck idea, and in the process…well, you can figure that out on your own. Isaiah’s dad may have helped things along a little. Just sayin’.
If you haven’t taken the time to read anything else she’s written, do yourself a favor and pick this up. This series is off to a great start!
I have to go now so I don’t burn my grilled cheese.
About the Author
A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone's throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She's been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn't been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur's work is available from Carina Press, SMP Swerve, and Briggs-King Books.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.
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