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Monday, August 22, 2011

Life, Love and Lemon Cookies by Ally Blue

Life, Love and Lemon Cookies by Ally Blue
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, masturbation
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Nymphaea

When life hands you lemons…make cookies.

A Love’s Evolution story.

Chris Tucker’s perfect life has just gone up in smoke. The fire that destroyed the best restaurant in Asheville took his head-chef dream job along with it—and the owner is walking away. Sure, Chris still has his beautiful home and blissful marriage to his soul mate, Matt Gallagher. But for the first time in his working life, he’s unemployed and spiraling into depression.

Matt’s trying hard to be supportive, but it’s tough when every time he tries to get Chris to open up, the man shuts down tighter than a live clam. Maybe it’s best to hide his hurt and back off. Yet as Chris’s fruitless search for work wears on, Matt begins to wonder if his lover will ever come around.

As the tension between them reaches breaking point, Chris faces the fact that it could be the end of an era for him and Matt. Unless one sweet idea can turn his mounting troubles into a fresh-cut path back to the arms of the one man who makes him whole.

Who knew lasting love could come from a simple cookie?

This is my first book by Ally Blue and I have to say that if the other books are this good, my auto-buy list just got longer. The words simply flew from the page. I felt like I was right there with the characters and I kept thinking about them far after I turned the last page. This is a book where a character faces something lots of people can identify with--losing a job. There's emotion and reality in each passage. I couldn't stop reading.

I'm not sure which character I liked more. Matt is the ultimate optimist. It's easy for the reader to see his side of the situation. He wants to make Chris smile again. I loved his stamina--there were times when I was sure things would go one way and they zagged another. Great reading.

Then there's Chris. He's a chef, a darned good one. His knack for cooking when he got emotional was so realistic and a neat way to blow off steam. There were times when, sure, I wanted to conk him on the head. But, honestly, I could identify with his situation. The depression and confusion are palpable.

Ally Blue does a bit more than just tell the story. The story is related in a way that I didn't feel spoken down to or preached to. I felt like these were real guys going through a really rough time. I rooted for them all the way.

And did I mention the love scenes? Holy cow. My computer is still smoking with the singe marks. I didn't feel like I was on the outside looking in with these scenes; rather, it was like I was right there going through the motions and emotions with both men. Well written.

If you want a sexy book that's perfect for a chilly evening, then you need to read Life, Love and Lemon Cookies.

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