ARC REVIEW with GIVEAWAY: A Taste of You by Irene Preston


Our lovely friend Lily agreed it was a shame we weren’t posting many reviews anymore. And good news, she’s agreed to step in and share some of thoughts on the books she’s read.

The first book she read was, A Taste of You by Irene Preston and she loved it.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for a Guest Post from Irene Preston. She’s visiting Two Men on 11th March.

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A Taste of You

 A Taste of You by Irene Preston

Coming March 10, 2015 from Fated Desires

Contemporary LGBT romance (m/m)

146 pages

The Blurb

Hell’s Kitchen has nothing on the flames Giancarlo and Garrett ignite at Restaurant Ransom…
Garrett Ransom is America’s hot chef du jour. He has a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, a hit reality TV show, and a new man in his bed every week. Yes, he secretly thinks his business partner, Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo, is hotter than a ghost pepper, but he would never jeopardize their friendship with a fling. Then Garrett overhears some juicy gossip among the crew and realizes he’ll have to break Giancarlo’s cardinal rule, no banging the staff – for Carlo’s own good, of course. Just a taste of Carlo should be plenty. Long-term relationships aren’t on Garrett’s menu.
Giancarlo’s been in love with Garrett forever. He’s sure Garrett will eventually realize they are destined to be more than business partners. But when Garrett installs his latest boyfriend as their new chef d’cuisine and announces plans to leave Carlo in New York while he opens a second restaurant on the west coast, Carlo is forced to re-evaluate his life.
Can a high-strung British chef and a nice Italian boy from Brooklyn find the perfect fusion of fine-dining and family-style?

Review by Lily

This culinary decadent and gay romance story was beautiful from the first page till the very last one. The story line reflects passion for life driven through one’s five senses through to the heart and mind.

Both Garrett and Carlos were absolutely lovable for me and it felt real too. Garrett for all his quirks, he was a very wounded soul, emotionally stunted, with some significant attachment issues. He was insightless about how much he cared for those around him. For example he fed and pampered a cat, which he never actually owned, he just protected, fed and brought the cat to his bed…or the way he talked with Carlos’ little niece about passion for cooking was another example of how caring he was but never thought himself that way. He was brutally honest with the little girl who made her brownie but he also understood this little child’s passion for cooking, hence he continued talking and discussing the ingredients.  He had some significant OCD traits in the kitchen area and he was deep down very lonely. It is no wonder I loved him. He was the ultimate wounded hero for me to adore a HEA story.

I guess one part in the story that left me puzzled was Garrett’s parents. They very briefly appeared in the story and quickly disappeared. These were the parents that left Garrett emotionally scarred so I wish I had more to read about the dynamics between Garrett and his parents. For me, that part in the story was unclear but this did not lessen my pleasure or captivation of the story. Garrett touched my heart a lot and left me feeling choked at times, especially with his inability to express himself like he wanted to, but did not know where to start from or even how to start. I felt so glad and relieved that the writer created Carlos for him.

Carlos is exactly the right man for Garrett. He was intensely loyal, kind, patient, and empathic. He was like a safe haven for Garrett. He simply grounded Garrett.

As I was reading I felt like I was at a cinema watching a movie called “A Taste of You”. It was so easy for me to visualize those awesome meals from the pea soup or the meat balls sub that Garett detested so much. Even though, I am not a good cook and would practically eat anything that is vegetarian, reading this book made me wish I had the love of cooking or the interest…since I did not have either, reading this story made me feel like I knew about the love of cooking.

I thought the dialogue was engaging and fluent. The plot is very detailed yet easy to follow. I love the writer’s style of weaving her story with such aplomb. The angst, the gentle humor, pulse increasing sensuality, romance, and love were simply oozing out of the pages for me.

RATING: 4.5 stars

Reviewed by Lily


Screw “not too eager.” His legs must have moved, but Giancarlo couldn’t have said how he got from Point A to Point B. He knew only that Garrett was home, and they were together again. They were doing their usual greeting, a mash-up of a bro-hug and a more European double-cheek air kiss. And how had two gay men come up with something so awkward?

Or maybe it wasn’t awkward to anyone but Carlo because he didn’t want the bro-hug or “air kisses.” He wanted to sweep Garrett into his arms and soul kiss him until they were both dizzy and panting. He wanted the real damn thing.

Instead, he held himself awkwardly rigid while he leaned in to welcome his best friend home—upper half only on the hug so an indiscrete brush of thigh wouldn’t reveal exactly how happy he was to see his business partner. He inhaled carefully on the second kiss, and his knees nearly buckled. Garrett was the only chef he knew who never seemed to smell like his kitchen. No fish. No beef. No spices. Never in a million years the fry station. Garrett smelled sweet—warm cookies, vanilla, and sugar—like he should have been the pastry chef instead of Grace. The aroma always blindsided Giancarlo. Garrett wasn’t known for sweet. The scent was a secret thing. The Garrett no one knew but him.


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About the author

Irene Preston has to write romances-after all, she’s living one! As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe. Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.

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