Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Just Desserts
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 102 pages
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.
This Anthology couldn’t have ended in a better way. This last installment by Mary Calmes was without a doubt my absolute favorite. It’s no secret that I am a Mary Calmes fan. She’s one of my most favorite authors and I gravitate to her stories. This story was so good. I loved the best friends to lovers theme. I was anxious throughout most of the book because I was dying for them to be together and it was just torture waiting for it to happen.
Boone Walton is a man with a past. He’s lived through tremendous hurt and pain but he has started over. He’s made a new life for himself. He’s been able to start a successful business as a gallery owner. He’s also been able to make great, long lasting friendships with many people. His best friend, local restaurant owner/chef, Scott Wren holds his heart though.
Scott Wren comes from a close tight knit family. He takes New Orleans by storm, opening up a restaurant that is a huge success. Not liking to be alone he jumps from relationship to relationship, biding his time.
Boone hides his attraction to his best friend really well. He hides it so well he’s been able to convince himself that he doesn’t love Scott. Right when he gets the courage to reveal himself to Scott, Scott starts a new relationship with someone else.
Thinking he missed his chance again, he lays low and gives Scott time to explore his new relationship. Surprisingly enough things aren’t as they seem and Scott has a big surprise for Boone.
When these men come together is so satisfying and so incredibly hot.
Boone’s past comes to visit and I really enjoyed the insight we were able to deduce from this interaction. I didn’t even realize I needed this closure but I did, it made the end so much sweeter.
I definitely recommend this story and the anthology as a whole. Overall, they all had cute aspects and the addition of the magical cookbook was a unique little twist.
Very sweet reads!