Wyatt Parker has a good life—he owns his own construction company, his own house, and he eats home-cooked meals every day. But cooking for one while watching the foodie network is more than lonely. When he learns about an upcoming reality show centered on becoming the personal chef for his favorite rock star, Wyatt leaps at the chance to audition.
Tully Randolph is the drummer for the band Unusual Potatoes. With a chef for a mom, love of good food runs in the family. When he’s asked to host a cooking competition, he’s all in—especially after he meets Wyatt, who is just the kind of big, hairy guy who gets Tully’s juices flowing. With a heart as big as he is, Wyatt wows Tully with his skills in the kitchen… and in the bedroom.
But if their relationship is found out, Wyatt could be drummed out of the competition—and out of Tully’s life. All the ingredients for a happy future are in front of them, and they just need to figure out how to bring everything together.
This was wonderful!
I’d been in a reading slump lately – only tried and true had been working for me – then I read this – and POW – we’re back on track – two authors that are new to me but totally hit one out of the park!
Wyatt is a chubby, older “bear” who loves the band Unusual Potatoes, his construction job is fine, and he loves to watch the food network and experiment in the kitchen. He has no real misconceptions about himself – but he decides it can’t hurt to try out for the reality show – can it?
Well – something about Wyatt strikes a chord and he ends up being a contestant. What the world doesn’t know is that Tully – who is out and proud – loves him some bears and not the twinks the media pairs him with.
As the competition gets underway, Tully and Wyatt make a food and love connection, while all the other contestants make fools of themselves.
Eventually there is a bit of drama at the end but then our HEA.
This hit on so many of my “buttons”! First, I was leery because I DESPISE reality TV and really hate cooking shows… but the name.. man, that totally got me. It sounded like the authors had a sense of humor and that – to me – is magic. So… I gave it a shot.
Wyatt – as a character – is that perfect blend of sweet and shy but with enough of a backbone that once he sees he’s got some appreciative looks coming his way he’s not gonna let those go. He’s chubby but not really? He’s just a normal guy. I love that! As far as I can tell we don’t even ever know his age… just that he’s older than Tully. So, that’s something else awesome.
Next, Tully, who obviously loved his mama, and seeks in Wyatt those things he’s missing since her death – but not in a creepy way – in a way that we all identify sources of love with our own experiences. I loved that too!
I also loved the friendship between the band mates especially Kemper. I thought the ending was so great – win, win, win for everyone – made me so happy!
The smexy times – hot!
The only thing I missed was more time with the music and I thought that Wyatt had a bit “too much” kitchen knowledge to be believable. Other than that I thought this was PERFECT!
4.5 of 5 stars, highly recommended!
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