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Boone Walton has tried hard to create some distance between himself and his past. He’s invested in his new life, his New Orleans art gallery, and his friendship with Scott Wren. Things finally seem to be settling down to normal, and Boone couldn’t be happier.
Chef Scott Wren wants much more than normal with Boone. He wants to raise things to the next level, but Boone is terrified—and not because of the ghost in Scott’s apartment or Scott’s relatives. No, Boone’s past is about to pay him a visit, and the only thing that can get between Boone, Scott, and a hinky recipe for chocolate mousse found in a curious cookbook is the river of pain Boone had to swim across to get to this side of The Big Easy. There’s a secret behind the ingredients, though—one that might reveal the trust and love that have been missing from Boone’s life.
Those who know me in the reading world know that I heart me some Mary Calmes. Now, saying that, I’m not someone who blindly loves all her books. I just know what to expect, and know when I need that, and more often than not, she delivers. So, though “Just Desserts” never had been on my radar, I was still happy to read it.
Other than the fact that I love Jory and Sam with all my heart, and other than the fact that I’ve read Frog 3 times and just finished the audiobook, and other than the fact that Rand is my one of my TOP TWO book boyfriends…this book…randomly…may just be…
MY FAVORITE MARY CALMES TO DATE.
Now, I feel nervous saying this. But I just…loved it. Maybe because I didn’t really know it existed and it was a nice surprise. And maybe because I was in just the right mood. But, mostly because, though not the highest rated nor the most talked about nor the most obvious of her books, it was just a GREAT story! All the best parts of Mary Calmes in a tidy package that had me reading straight through and then going right back and reading it again…and I NEVER do that.
Looking through other ratings, I noticed it’s not a slam dunk among her fans. But here’s why I loved it:
Boone & Scott are best friends. Like codependent type of friendship (which I love…see “Take My Picture“). Like know-each-other-better-than-anyone-else type friendship. Like need-you-to-breathe type friendship. Love.
Scott is a chef. Love.
Boone is a man with a mysterious past. Love.
There’s some unintentional jealousy that leads to revelation of feelings. Love.
There’s some funny bits. Love.
There’s some sexy bits. Love.
Then there’s this whole unfolding of Boone’s past…really REALLY love.
There’s a bit of supernatural what-the-heck’ery with a dessert in a mystery cookbook…didn’t think I would but I did love.
And there you have it…a book that made me suuuuuper happy.