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A fabulous frenemies to lovers foodie romance

57431907._SY475_On a Roll by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third book in Beth’s excellent Food Truck Warriors series and it’s my favourite one so far.

The tension between Gabe and Sean is palpable and they come together and fight like two mating stags, raging and expecting the other to back down.

However, as the story progresses, the reader becomes aware of Sean’s reason for his truck’s name and at once sympathies begin to twist and turn and Gabe’s determination not to change his seems less important and more just stubbornness.

Of course, Gabe doesn’t know the reason, because Sean’s just as big a stubborn donkey as Gabe is and there were times while I was reading this (once I again I beta read for Beth) that I wanted to bash both their heads together and tell them to grow up!

It’s very clear though that they both need something from the other and if they could only get over themselves and actually talk about the situation, a compromise could be found.

Tony gets involved in the stirring and forces them to work together, in turn prompting the heart to heart both have really needed and then setting them on the path to happiness.

Full of all the foodie love this author is known for, On A Roll is beautifully paced, steamy and sweet.

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A combination of fake relationship and second chances makes this a winner

56241486Hit the Brakes by Beth Bolden

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 😉

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Lane adds a geeky duo to her rock band series and they’re a delight

55816373._SY475_Starting From Somewhere by Lane Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, that was just what the doctor ordered – a sweet, low angst, no dramady romance between two people who appear polar opposites but who are much more alike than the surface would indicate.

Bobby J is the guitarist with Dec’s band Jealousy, Cody is an analytics genius heading for NASA but interning at the record label to look at social media algorithms at Charlie’s request.

They meet by accident in the dive bar as Cody’s going through his bucket list of things to do to “experience life” before he heads to his job at the end of summer.

Bobby J is drifting a bit. He loves his band gig, but he’s actually a bit of a nerd with a perfectionist complex and he’s still dealing with the aftermath of dropping out of med school so when he bumps into Cody, the combo of innocence, geekdom and a smart mouth is something he can’t resist.

They fall into a friendship as Bobby helps Cody experience some of his bucket list, and it’s not all sexual, there’s things like go skinny dipping, go to a concert, have a date, but the ones which do involve getting naked are utterly delightful.

It’s just a whole load of fun, with sparks flying, connections being made and Cody wondering how he managed to fall in love while he was only supposed to be experimenting with life.

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