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