My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read this book so long ago as I beta read it for Beth but it’s still as clear as day to me.
It fits perfectly into Beth’s wider universe for any reader who is familiar with the rest of her books.
But it’s also a good standalone for those who don’t know who Colin O’Connor is (foolish people, he’s the best, go read Rainbow Clause immediately! 🥰 ) as he makes a special guest appearance.
And if you haven’t read Wyatt/Ryan’s Kitchen Gods romance or the other Riptide NFL books there’s still enough explanation given to root the narrative for Chase and Tate’s romance.
It’s a beautiful second chances relationship between two guys who almost kissed in one confused encounter in high school before going their separate ways.
Now 10 years later Chase is an NFL star with the Riptide and Tate is running his food truck and struggling to keep it going.
He has a chance to join the Food Truck Warriors but only if he can demonstrate higher sales
His sister realises superstar Chase is the same guy Tate had a crush on and launches a social media campaign making it sound like he loves their grilled cheese sandwich.
Chase reconnects with Tate, but this time he isn’t running away. He proposes a “fake boyfriend” scheme to help with Tate’s sales, and all bets are off.
Their sexual exploration and emotional connection really is on fire and there’s loads of humour in this one.
It’s probably the funniest so far as Tate fights against his feelings, which are all still just waiting to burst out.
It’s not all plain sailing though, Chase has a self-destructive streak which pops up whenever he’s under stress and he explodes big time when he’s challenged on his motivation for ‘coming out’ by a fellow gay NFL player.
Apart from Colin and Nick, these two make a great case for beating Heath and Sam into second place as my faves from Beth.
There’s just something truly wonderful about people finding love in a place where they almost had it, except for circumstances.
The Food Truck Warriors are all utterly brilliant and just wait till you get book three 😉
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.