Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Release Day Review: Twice Baked by Andrew Grey #Review #Giveaway

Title: Twice Baked
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Tiferet Designs
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Length: 193 pages

Reviewed by Truus


When the pickiest eater in America is tapped to judge a cooking competition along with his chef ex-boyfriend, will it be a recipe for a second chance… or disaster?

Luke Walker’s humor about foods he can’t stand made him an internet celebrity and his blog, The Pickiest Eater in America, a huge hit. He plans to bring that same lighthearted comedy to the show—but he won’t be the only host.

Meyer Thibodeaux might be a famous chef, but he’s solemn, uptight, and closeted. He’s also  Luke's ex. As different as they are, the sparks between Luke and Meyer never really went out, and as they work together, each begins to see the other in a new light, and the passion between them reignites, hot as ever. But secrets, gossip, and rumors on the set could sour their reunion

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Luke has a popular internet blog The Pickiest Eater in America, where he talks in his witty way about the food he loves and explicitly hates.

He got an invitation from The Cooking Network to be one of the judges at their cooking contest.
Luke loves the concept an goes along with this great opportunity.
But dang, now he understands who is also judging, his ex-boyfriend Meyer.
Meyer is a famous chef and owns several restaurants. Three years ago he flew to Los Angeles away from Luke, he was far in the closet and left a heartbroken Luke behind.
Meyer is rude and hostile; Luke just laughs and shows his sparkling character. When Meyer tries to get closer to Luke again, Luke hesitates. No way he wants a repeat like years ago. The attraction is still strong, Luke is again charmed by Meyer, he’s so afraid his heart will be broken again because Meyer still isn’t out. The food contest is a hit, only there are some disturbing things happening.

I love this author’s work, always, and this one was again wonderful. I read it in one sitting.
It had witty comments, the best snarky behavior, sweet romance, beautiful and delicious meals, there is even some mild angst. The magic and ugliness of TV were loud and clearly described. It’s all about keeping up appearances.
I loved Luke, he has a big personality, he was honest, open and considerate.
Meyer was far more reserved, has little joy and still holding himself back. Watching him in the kitchen preparing meals was awesome!
The way of storytelling was entertaining, with engaging mature characters, it was various and captivating, all written with a warm kindness. The whole plot was well thought out and well worked out, it had a good balance with romance, progress of work and relationships, it had also some beautiful side stories. I especially loved Felix, Louis, and Rosco, they gave this story a heart-melting swing.


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