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.
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A great short story
This is a great short story with a lot packed into it. Greg Tremblay’s incredible narration is just the whipped cream on this fabulous confection.
I enjoyed (and there was maybe a tear or two for) Boone’s back story in Japan, which made me see why he had been reticent to pursue a relationship with Scott.
I also loved the way it was left open for his pseudo little brother, Satoru, to maybe have his own story. *hint, hint*
As an aside, only Mary Calmes could have two men who have been sleeping around with multiple different partners for years throw away the condom for their first time and say they’re doing it bare without getting tested or already having test results and not have me lose my mind. Well, only Mary Calmes and Cardeno C.
Also, for those of us nerds: I love “Easter eggs” in movies or when a book references another character or series…and we get that here!
I absolutely LOVE Boone got some of his ink at Hizoku Ink, Ichi’s Shop from Rhys Ford’s novels, which ties in perfectly to the shout out Rhys gave Mary Calmes at the end of Dirty Deeds. Anyway…I’m a nerd and it’s awesome.
Is There a Sequel in the Offing Here?
Tails of the Curious Cookbook is the series name for an anthology of five short stories by five great writers. The writers, R.J. Scott, Amy Lane, Marie Sexton, Amber Kell, and Mary Calmes have written vastly different M/M romance stories with the unifying theme of a curious cookbook entitled Recipes for the Heart subtitled Mystical Meals and Dangerous Desserts hand written by the anonymous Granny B. The stories come in either a Kindle e-book or audible format. The cookbook is depicted as very old, tattered, faded, leather bound, and rich with notations from its users adding clarifying notations and reactions to the varies magical recipes. The recipes when prepared and served is intended to aid in sorting out some confusing romance aspect of the stories or make one feel better after a broken heart. These books will appeal to those with a romantic soul and believe in the magic of comfort food served with a side of the power of suggestion of magic.
I have written five separate reviews for each of the five stories. Please refer to the list below when looking up the appropriate review:
1. For a Rainy Afternoon by R.J. Scott
2. Food for Thought by Amy Lane
3. Lost Along the Way by Marie Sexton
4. Cookies for Courting by Amber Kell
5. Just Desserts by Mary Calmes
Just Desserts: Tails of the Curious Cookbook by Mary Calmes narrated by Grieg Tremblay. Boone Walton is the self-made respected business man in America haunted by a grief of loss from a past life in Japan as an assumed son of a powerful Japanese underworld godfather. Chef Scott Wren is a successful restaurateur and best friend Boone, pining for Boone to see the longing for love he has for Boone. Until that day happens Scott dates one after another frivolous suitors much to Boone’s irritation.
The story is set in New Orleans complete with Scott living in a ghost haunted apartment. Scott is seeking a signature dessert for his restaurant when Granny B’s cook book appears as part purchase of a decorative antique stove by Boone for Scott’s restaurant. Scott finds Granny B’s recipe for chocolate mousse for lovers. He tries it out at a dinner party for six including the Doctor Scott is currently dating. It tastes terrible to the Doctor but is ambrosia to Boone. Following the dessert Boone finally sees Scott and his unrequited love only to have to face the unresolved issues with his past from Japan.
The ending even sets up a potential sequel should the author care to expand on the idea of Boone’s dead lover’s younger brother coming to America following the impending death of the Japanese godfather who is Boone’s pseudo father figure from his youth. Could Boone rescue this pseudo half sibling from being consumed by the pressures of his pseudo father’s crime syndicate and being destroyed like his first lover was?
Grieg Tremblay is one of my favorite narrators. He does a first class job of this first person prospective story. He breathes life and attitude into the character of Boone and his view of his friends and associates around him. He makes the book a great listen in a way that reading it would not be nearly as satisfying.