OMG, I loved this. I was in the mood for Mary Calmes but I didn’t know I’d get tattoos, yakuza and an adorable chef as well.
Okay….so I’ve read Just Desserts (Tales of the Curious Cookbook #5) by Mary Calmes. A little while back I read Lost Along the Way by Marie Sexton, that’s book #3 in the series of the Curious Cookbook, but since they’re standalone I don’t think it matters in what order you read them.
Boone, an art gallery owner, was raised in Japan but has tried hard to leave his past behind him. His best friend Scott is a chef who works hard every night in his restaurant. Boone does everything he can to make Scott’s life easier – he fix things, makes sure Scott eats and sleeps as he needs.
The only thing Boone doesn’t do is sleep with Scott. Not because he doesn’t want to, he does, but…
Boone is all tattooed growliness and Scott is a hardworking flirt and yet they fit together like two pieces of a puzzle. They love each other but no one puts words on what they feel, not until a certain dessert brings out the possessiveness in them.
But this story is so much more than dessert, it has a dark past, lots of grief, and it has a ghost. They’re in New Orleans so there has to be a ghost, right? LOL
A lovely friends to lovers book.
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.