Author: Sierra Riley
Genre: M/M Romance
Publication Date: August 19th 2016
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“I can't help unless you let me.”
“I might be alone, but at least I'm safe.”
Martin Painter has been a recluse since his parents died when he was seventeen. Sure, he has money and a sprawling house in an upscale neighborhood, but material things can't patch the holes in his heart. When his sister drags him to a charity auction, the last thing he expects to win is a date with a handsome stranger. He can feel the attraction starting, but it's pointless, isn't it? He's better off alone. He's too awkward for a platonic "date," let alone real love.
“Do you ever wonder if you made a wrong turn somewhere?”
Charity owner Travis Cole loves his work even if he misses the world of haute cuisine. But his charity is hemorrhaging money. He throws an auction to scrape together extra funds, and up on the auction block? Cooking lessons and a dinner with himself. He never thought the winner would be a man. And stranger still, he never expected to care so much about the soft-spoken, sad-eyed loner who won him.
“We've both got too much to lose, don't we?”
Martin isn't sure he's capable of love anymore. Travis isn't sure he's capable of loving a man. But they can't deny it: there's something between them as powerful as gravity, even if it's just a desire to help one another let go of the past. While Travis teaches Martin how to cook, can they teach each other to be happy?
4.5 out of 5 stars
Sierra Riley's books keep getting better and better! I really loved this one. I would say this is an opposites attract, GFY (gay for you), kind of romance.
Martin is a nerdy recluse that suffers from an anxiety disorder. He works from home and rarely leaves the house. He often holds back things he wants to say because he overthinks it too much or he freezes altogether. Travis is a trained chef that now runs a charity for the needy. He is a very caring person and once he realizes that Martin suffers from sever anxiety, is very understanding has a lot of patience.
This is one that I would definitely call a slow burn type of romance because they really take their time getting to know each other, and also because Travis is still questioning his sexuality. The "mystery" or conflict to this story was a little obvious from all of the foreshadowing, but I really didn't mind.
* I received an ARC of this title for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
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