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Malachi Warren barely survived a series of assaults on his life. But survive he did, though not without baggage. Now, Malachi must pick up the pieces of his shattered life—the most important piece being his boyfriend, Bran Kendrick, who is dealing with problems of his own.
Stagnating at his job at a small-town café, Bran’s pride keeps him from asking Malachi—or anyone—for help. Desperate to do something, Malachi secretly pays a celebrity chef with a bakery in New Orleans to take on Bran as his apprentice.
As Malachi and Bran begin to make a new life in New Orleans, the specter of Malachi’s PTSD and the growing stress over the secret he hides from Bran threaten their relationship. Before it’s too late, Malachi must confront his past and face his fears about the future, all without losing himself—and Bran—in the process.
In this follow up to Coffee Cake, Malachi and Bran are moving forward in their relationship, moving to a new city, meeting new friends, taking on new challenges. Challenges this time around come from a whole new area. Before, when Malachi and Bran had issues, they were reacting to incoming stimuli. This time around issues trust and communication are at the forefront of their relationship, not to mention Malachi’s PTSD.
Still recovering from his ordeals in book one, working on healing mentally and physically, all Malachi really wants is to love Bran, make Bran happy, and feel secure. None of these thing is possible until he is able to heal himself, so of course things go wildly wrong before they get any better. Through the entire story, the love Malachi and Bran feel is nicely shown. The way Malachi helps Bran through situations he’s very uncomfortable with, how Bran shows his love for Malachi by knowing exactly what he needs. It’s sweet and really enjoyable to read a couple who seriously tries to bet the best partner they can be. Even when mistakes are made, you know the best intentions were always there.
It’s a great addition to this series. I hope that there will be more.