Cate Ashwood

New Release Review: Home Skillet by Cate Ashwood & Sandra Damien

Happy Monday! Today I’m excited to share Home Skillet by Cate Ashwood & Sandra Damien! This was a fun read and flash back to the ninties! I hope you’ll check out the book and my review!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

Home Skillet Final

Title: Home Skillet
Series: Culinary Kings
Home Skillet is the first book in Culinary Kings, which is a series of foodie-related books, however, they are all standalones with no overlapping characters or storylines
Authors: Cate Ashwood & Sandra Damien
Length: 50,000 words
Genre: m/m contemporary historical romance (set in the late 90s in New York/New Jersey) Release Date: May 31, 2018

Blurb:

Sometimes the only way to move forward… is to go back.

JAMES
I don’t know what’s more shocking—the sudden end to my marriage, or the fact that I’d married a woman at all. But now I’m broke and homeless, kicked out of my Upper West Side apartment while my ex-wife walks away with everything we’ve ever worked for.
So what’s an executive chef stripped of his dignity gonna do?
Go back to Jersey with his tail between his legs, that’s what.

BEN
I can’t say that spending a decade pining after my best friend was the best use of my time. While I’d pretty much become an expert at the whole unrequited love thing, I’d resigned myself to the fact that Jimmy and I were never gonna happen. But when Jimmy turned up on my doorstep in his hour of need, I jumped at the chance to offer him my bed—er, couch. I mean, what are friends for, right?
Now that he’s released from the shackles of matrimony, I can’t wait to show him exactly what he’s been missing out on all these years.
What I didn’t anticipate was him showing me that maybe I’d been missing out too.

AMAZON

GOODREADS

Jenn Review

3.5 – 4 Stars

Home Skillet is a second-chance, finding yourself kind of story! Ben and Jimmy have been best friends for years but in the last five or so years they’ve drifted a part a bit. Ben has always known who he is and doesn’t hide it, he’s also been in love with Jimmy for pretty much as long as he’s known him. Jimmy has always known who he was professionally, but personally – he’s been hiding that. He has spent the last 5 years in a marriage that looks good on paper, but there’s no real love between him and his wife. It’s more of a business relationship, and when she decides she’s done Jimmy is left with nothing. He calls Ben looking for help, and of course Ben is there for him, but everything between these two is about to change. Jimmy has to figure out who he really is and Ben has to finally admit his feelings.

Jimmy, Jimmy, let’s be honest, he’s a bit of a hot mess! Professionally and personally he really doesn’t know what to do with himself and I can understand why it made Ben a bit crazy. I really liked Ben, I thought he had such a great heart and it’s clear it’s always belonged to Jimmy. I enjoyed watching these two figure it out together, it’s not always easy but Jimmy really does learn how to finally be himself, and to love Ben like he’s always deserved. Ben is a rock, I loved how he supports Jimmy through the tough times and shows him that he’s been there all along and isn’t going anywhere.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and the food, a lot of the moments at Bucks made me laugh/cringe picturing that restaurant. I really liked the way this story came together and felt like the end was perfect for these two! I’m definitely looking forward to more of this series!

Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in White Rock, B.C, Cate loves living just a stone’s throw from the ocean. When she’s not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her husband, and their two cats.

Sandra Damien

There’s two sides to Sandra Damien: some days she’s utterly hilarious (at least in her head), and there are times her dark twin reigns. Her stories reflect both, but the one thing that unites them is, of course, love.

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New Release Review: Alaska by Cate Ashwood

Today I’m excited to share my review of Alaska by Cate Ashwood, I loved this story and hope you’ll check it out!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

Alaska

AUTHOR: Cate Ashwood

TITLE: Alaska

SERIES: Sawyer’s Ferry (Book 1)

GENRE: Contemporary m/m romance

LENGTH: Novel (53,000 words)

COVER DESIGN: Cate Ashwood

BUY LINK: hyperurl.co/SawyersFerry1  (Please note that, as before, this is a smartURL, as the book has not yet gone up on Amazon. I’ll be changing the destination of the link as soon as the book is live, but if you use affiliate links, please feel free to change it. 🙂 )

BLURB:

Nobody says no to a Prescott.

Not even one of their own.

Holden:
Living up to expectations had never been easy, but when I went after something, I got it. Success. Money. Victory. I was standing on the doorstep to having it all. There was only one thing standing in my way.

Gage:
Power and prosperity are overrated. Especially when they come at a price. When enough became enough, I walked away. Nothing had ever tempted me to look back, until one day the past showed up in my backyard.

I’m not so sure I can walk away a second time.

Jenn Review

4  Stars

This is one of those stories I was all excited about and Cate Ashwood really delivered for me! It was fun, sweet and sexy – a story about how sometimes when we think the worst is happening, it turns out to be the best thing that could happen!

Holden has been under his father’s thumb for his entire life and now daddy dearest has given him an impossible job to do and threatens to cut him off if can’t complete the job. Now Holden is off to remote Alaska to try to talk Gage in to returning to New York and working with his father again. Nope, just not going to happen. When Gage immediate shuts him down, Holden starts off miserable, thinking his life as he knows it is over, but he doesn’t give up. Then he starts spending time with Gage and in there small hospital and starts to see things a little differently.

Holden and Gage together – so much passion, and sass in the beginning, and eventually heartmelty love! Initially neither man wants to like the other, not even a little bit, but soon they grow on each other a bit plus they have this amazing physical connection. As time goes on and Holden is still in Alaska, he sees the work Gage does, work he’s started doing there as well. These two fall hard for each other, not something either of them was prepared for, but they definitely fall! I love the relationship that builds between them, it’s natural and genuine, even the struggles they face. I think Cate really does a great job bringing this story together, the willingness of these two men to do what it takes to stay together – swoon! I really enjoyed this book from start to finish, totally fell for these two and am already to looking forward to more of this group!

* I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy provided by the author

ABOUT CATE:

Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in White Rock, B.C, Cate loves living just a stone’s throw from the ocean. When she’s not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her husband, and their two cats.

Cate loves to hear from readers. You can contact her at cateashwood@gmail.com or on her website http://www.cateashwood.com.

If you’d like to get up-to-date information, exclusive excerpts and content, and giveaways, be sure to sign up for Cate’s Newsletter or join her at Cate & Co, her facebook group for readers

New Release Review: Textual Relations by Cate Ashwood

Textual Relations

Title: Textual Relations

Author: Cate Ashwood

Publisher: Cate Ashwood

Genre: Contemporary m/m romance (GFY)

Length: Novella – 32,500 words

Goodreads Linkhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35668308-textual-relations

Sales Link: http://hyperurl.co/khnznx

Blurb:

Evolutionary psychology professor Henry Hathaway is ready to spend his birthday the same way he does every year: a good teeth cleaning followed by lunch with his brother. But when he receives a wrong-number text confirming the details of a date, he does what any considerate person would—he goes to meet them and explain why they’ve been stood up.

Asher Wescott hadn’t expected his blind date to go well, because when do they ever? Henry shows up instead, and things are suddenly looking up. Socially awkward and attached to his routines, Henry is nevertheless one of the most charming and kind men Asher has met in a long time.

Too bad he’s not Henry’s type.

An accidental date, an impulsive kiss, and a few conflicted feelings later, can Asher get Henry to see the world—and him—in a different light?

Release Date: August 10th, 2017

jenn-review

4 Stars

If you are looking for a sweet, low-angst read with an adorably clueless main character – Textual Relations is for you! This story is just feel-good love from start to finish and I adored Henry and Asher!

Henry is a psychology professor, he’s pretty particular and always follows a routine and is quite awkward. Every year on his birthday he has dinner with his brother and it’s then that he receives a text about a blind date. He’s sure the person has the wrong number but goes to meet them so he can let them know, so they aren’t sitting there waiting for someone to show up. This is how he meets Asher, fun-loving, never do the same thing twice Asher. Asher convinces Henry to hang out and explore with him and so begins their journey.

Henry, in his sweet naivete does not realize that Asher is gay and that he thinks it’s a date until at the end of the night he ends it with a kiss. A kiss that changes Henry’s whole world. He always thought he was straight, but being with Asher ignites something completely new in him. I felt like this story really was about Henry coming to terms with who was and really figuring out what he wants.

There is definite chemistry between these two and it does go deeper than just in the bedroom. It was sweet and romantic and a bit awkward being in Henry’s head at times, but a great read. This was one of those books that just made my heart happy! I definitely enjoyed this book from Cate Ashwood and look froward to more from her!

About the Author:

Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in White Rock, B.C, Cate loves living just a stone’s throw from the ocean. When she’s not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her husband, and their two cats.

Cate loves to hear from readers. You can contact her at cateashwood@gmail.com or on her website http://www.cateashwood.com.

If you’d like to get up-to-date information, exclusive excerpts and content, and giveaways, be sure to sign up for Cate’s Newsletter.