Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Egg Whites and Blue
SERIES: Yolks on You #2
AUTHOR: Jessica Payseur
LENGTH: 201 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2016
Kiko and Dom are still getting used to settling in with each other, a task made difficult by their conflicting schedules and habits. With Mount Angus’ Knee High 4th of July Festival approaching, they anticipate spending some quality time together again, if only for a weekend.
But the arrival of Kiko’s ex, a well-known chef who seems to be taking interest in him again after a decade, throws up unnecessary tensions. And when Dom stumbles across a body with a pie server in its back, they find themselves drawn into another small-town mystery where the dark secrets of family recipes and a generous serving of danger could very well get them killed.
Our two MCs, Kiko and Dom, managed to survive the murder attempts at Easter and have spent the previous few months settling into their relationship. They’ve made it all the way to the Fourth of July weekend before stumbling across a dead body and another smarmy ex-boyfriend. Dom is excited to once more put his amateur sleuthing skills to work, and hopefully prove that the killer is none other than Kiko’s good-looking ex. Kiko’s main concern is surviving Dom’s baking.
This book was just as well written as the first in the series, as once again I was left laughing at the antics of the population of Mount Angus, Wisconsin. So, two books with two murderers, two ex-boyfriends, and two festivals. The author has ingeniously included all of the same elements but has written two individual stories. I actually enjoyed the fact that some components of the story were exactly the same yet totally different. I did actually wonder if the cleverness the author exhibited in writing the “you can’t guess who-done-it” aspect of the first book was a fluke, but she did it again here, so kudos for keeping me guessing.
We see further development of the bond between Dom and Kiko, yet they are also still ironing some kinks (not kinky kinks) out of their new relationship. I think the author did a good job of not having them fall deliriously in love during the interval between the first book and this one. Despite the fact that they rushed to move in together they are still in a getting-to-know-you phase. In my opinion the author could definitely squeeze another book or two out of these men, but at the same time, if she chooses to end the series here, I’m happy with the place their relationship is at.
I definitely recommend reading the first book in the series. I guess that you could read this book as a standalone, but you’d miss the story of Dom and Kiko getting together. And you’d miss your introduction to the town of Mount Angus. My review of Shell Shocked, the first book in the Yolks on You series, can be read here.