Book Reviews

Bay Leaves and Bachelors (Recipe for Romance 1) by Ari McKay at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 30-July-2013

Book Blurb

When a carnival fortuneteller gives him a bag of bay leaves to sleep on, telling him it will make him dream of his perfect man, lonely historian Clay Turner is skeptical, to say the least. Since he has nothing to lose, Clay tries it, and that night, he dreams of a handsome, dark-haired man. But even that doesn’t prepare him for the next day, when he literally runs into the man from his dream on the street!

Rhys Montgomery is a rich, successful restaurateur, and he seems smitten with Clay, who is dazed by the attention. Rhys claims that he wants a slow, romantic courtship, but Rhys’ continuous refusal to take their relationship to the next level plays on Clay’s insecurities.

Is Rhys really interested in a happily ever after with Clay, or does his interest mask a far more calculating motive?

Book Review

Carnival fortunetellers, or anyone who claims to be able to predict the future, for that matter, are a fascinating subject. As becomes obvious in this story, they have the ability to make even otherwise skeptical people believe in what they say. And why do they have this "special power"? Because we give it to them since we want to believe certain things. What I really liked about this story, though, is that there is just enough additional information in the fortuneteller's words to make it clear that she does know more than seems possible. It's what makes this story fiction, rather than a memoir, and adds just a little touch of magic to the story of Clay and Stephen.

Clay is a historian, a man of facts who lives in his head, and has no idea how sexy he is. Following the fortuneteller's advice more because he figures he has nothing to lose than because he believes she "saw" anything about his future. The shock of actually meeting the man he dreamed about is considerable, and despite all of Rhys's efforts to make Clay see how much Rhys likes him, Clay's deep-seated uncertainty remains a major obstacle and leads to the new couple's biggest crisis.

Rhys seems to have it all. He is rich, good-looking, a people person, a successful restaurant owner, and determined to court Clay in the way he deserves. He has his hands full trying to convince Clay that he doesn't think of him as boring, Unfortunately, as well-meaning as his efforts are, they're not what Clay needs and Rhys's slow, methodical seduction backfires. I was yelling at him to get with the program, but he sure takes his sweet time!

If you like stories about men who are well-matched, but only one of them seems to be able to believe they belong together, if you enjoy reading about men who go from shy and withdrawn to self-confident once they find the right partner, and if you're looking for a cute read with lots of dates in fine restaurants, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 97 pages/26400 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-November-2012
Price $4.99 ebook
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