Sunday, June 4, 2017

Book Review: Breaking Bonds by Ari McKay (Giveaway)

Title: Breaking Bonds
Series: The Walker Boys: Book Two
Author: Ari McKay
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Category: Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
Pages: 190
Dreamspinner Press  ~  Amazon

From the frying pan into the fire.
After a critic’s review attacks both Chef Liam Walker’s culinary skills and his personal life, Liam can no longer take the heat of the cutthroat New York City restaurant scene. He needs to get out of the kitchen—at least long enough to cool down and regroup.
At the Overlook Resort in North Carolina, Liam meets owner Carter Galloway. Carter has a passion for the hospitality business to rival Liam’s own, and it’s not hard to see where their shared interests—and attraction—could lead. But Carter has no interest in a fling, and Liam has no intention of walking away from the career he fought so hard for. If they want a taste of happiness together, they’ll have to find the courage to break the bonds threatening to pull them apart.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Breaking Bonds is Book 2 in Ari McKay's The Walker Boys series and is part of Dreamspinner Press Dreamspun Desires. Though this is book two in a series, it is possible to read it as a standalone. The characters from book one are mentioned a couple of times, but they're not included in this story.

Liam is a chef at a prestigious New York restaurant and is preening under the tutelage of his mentor when a food critic review attacks his cooking because of his background. When Liam next sees the food critic, he hits him. Liam and his mentor feel it's best if he takes a breather, and a vacation to get his head on straight. Liam randomly picks a resort in North Carolina and while sitting in the restaurant is served the worst food ever. He demands to talk to the owner and discovers Carter, who tells Liam that he needs help. Liam decides to give up his vacation time and instead help Carter.

Carter is in over his head with the resort that he's bought. He can't afford an expensive chef and hired a local boy who wants to go to culinary school but can't afford it yet. Carter has a lot riding on his dream of running a successful resort and restaurant and can't fail. He's open with Liam and accepts the help that is provided. He's attracted to Liam but isn't willing to risk further wrath from his parents for having an affair.

Both Carter and Liam are likable men and they fit together nicely. This is a sweet story between two men who have to decide what is their dream and find a way to make it happen. I loved that Carter and Liam didn't play games with each other. They were open and honest about what they wanted and wouldn't accept anything less. This is an easy read and very enjoyable!

Rating: 4 stars!

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  1. Thank you for the review. I can't think of a title on top of my head. I just remember it's something to do with chef and a food critics. But I don't remember the title. Gah!

  2. The Perfectionist by Rudolph Chelminsky about the life and death of three Michelin stars holding chef Robert Loiseau.
    I don't know any books based on movies. Most of the times it is the other way around and I don't particular like those. The movies are nearly as good as the books.

  3. My favorite book featuring a chef is the only one I can think of at this time is "A Taste Of Love" by Andrew Grey" I've read others but I really can't think of any more at the moment.

  4. I cannot really remember (I suck with details) but I like both of Ari McKay's books in this series...

  5. darn I cant think of one right now

  6. Book with a favorite chef is hard... Spaghetti Western by EM Lynley

  7. Heart by Garrett Leigh is my favorite book with a chef.

  8. Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly, great book. Movies based on movies? I don't think I know any.

  9. Can't think of a book based on a movie but wouldn't be opposed to it.
    Favorite book featuring a chef - the Unbreakable Bonds Series Book by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott. Love Ian!!

  10. Misfits & Strays by Garrett Leigh are my favorites with chefs.

  11. Congrats and thanks for the post. I just read a pretty good chef story, Personal Entanglement by Silvia Violet. - Purple Reader,
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