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.
- Belen "I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres."
Definitely an entertaining read!
Oh hell yes! I love the merging of Calmes writing and Tremblay's voice.
Scott. He was this real life energizer bunny and I loved that Tremblay conveyed that when voicing him.
Boone. I want to see those tattoos.
Boone Walton lives his life inside a box. A painful past full of misery, loss and death caused Boone to lock his heart away, never really letting anyone get close enough to feel the sting of betrayal or hurt again. When Scott Wren walks into Boone’s gallery, all bets are off. Boone is instantly taken with the adorable, blonde Chef that is both lively and exuberant. But he keeps Scott firmly slated in the friends zone, unwilling to ever give his heart to another man and chance it being shattered.
Boone nurses Scott through break-up after break-up, knowing that he wants to be the other man in Scott’s life, but terrified to admit it. It’s not until someone shows a serious interest in Boone that Scott finally says enough and tries to stake his claim to his big, brooding, aloof best friend. Then right about the time it looks like good things come to those who wait, Boone’s past pays him a visit and the outcome could be disastrous.
This little novella was jam packed with content let me just say. There is love, lust, silly shenanigans, a yakuza connection, magical mousse and a saucy ghost that has not only taken up residence in Scott’s apartment… she has taken quite a liking to Boone and will be damned if any other man will lay claim to Scott. Add to that the intricate writing of Mary Calmes and the multi-tonal voicing of Greg Tremblay and what you have is a can’t miss audio book. I really enjoyed the flow of the story and how each new piece slowly revealed itself over time. When you finally learn the truth of Boone’s past, why he is so guarded with his heart, it will break yours. As usual, Tremblay gave each character a voice to match their personalities. Boone is this big, brooding, secretive guy and you can hear that in his voice. Then you have Scott who is the real life energizer bunny and that characteristic is completely conveyed in his tones and nuances.
It’s Mary Calmes and Greg Tremblay, that should be reason enough to trot right over to audible and grab a copy. This was just a fast, fun, emotional and completely engaging read for me.
- Tams (TTC Books and more) "Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author."