Opposites come together for a spicy surprise.
Bradford “Tully” Tolliver has everything—money, a great car, a beautiful condo, and a promising career as one of Portland’s hottest young lawyers. Sure, he puts in long hours and has no social life to speak of, but who needs romance when corporations pay top dollar for his expertise? He hesitates when a colleague asks if her cousin can live with him, but the arrangement will last less than a year, and then the cousin—Sage Filling—will return to his tiny hometown.
But Sage is handsome and intriguing, and his cooking makes Tully swoon. Sage has obligations back home, though, and Tully has offers he might not refuse from a persistent—and very wealthy—ex. Since Tully and Sage each have a full plate, can they make room for a side of love?
I can’t deny I’m a total angst junkie. I love it when a story puts my nerves on edge and slowly tortures me. But there are times I crave a light story. A laid-back, easy-going flow that pulls me effortlessly through the pages. Fielding delivers exactly this with Full Plate and I enjoyed it immensely. She combines opposites attract and big city meets small town with Tully and Sage, and there’s a bit of tension here and there but I was confident as the chapters flew by that they would see their HEA. It was refreshing and fun.
Tully is living the dream. Financial security, fancy car with a snazzy apartment and everything else money can buy. But he’s seriously lacking in the things money can’t buy. He’s married to his job and comes home at night to a cold sterile place. No warmth, no spice, and no one to love. He has a sparse handful of friends and no family but does his best to convince himself he’s content. Until, he’s forced into a favor from his best friend and is stuck with an unwanted roommate. He knows nothing about the man he’s agreed to board in exchange for meals and isn’t exactly eager to find out. Until the quiet and cute stranger finds a way to awaken his stomach. Some say one way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and Tully quickly discovers the truth in this statement. In all honesty, the food is amazing but it’s really the fact that someone cares about him. Wants him to eat well and wishes to bring a smile to his face. What Tully was missing was not only delicious meals but someone to take care of him and take care of in return. Before long Tully craves Sage’s presence and the spark he’s brought into his life. Sadly, Sage isn’t staying in the city. An expiration date on their living arrangement was okay, that is before they brought their hearts to the table.
As with all of Fielding’s books, the writing draws you in and then the characters hold you tight. I enjoyed the fun city life but craved the quiet country time. There is a mysterious vibe when it comes to the back story. I knew there was something about Sage and was surprised to learn what he was hiding. I couldn’t get enough of Sage’s cooking. If he was making cheese or a simple breakfast, I was attentive (and drooling) whenever he was in the kitchen. I enjoyed Tully and his dedicated drive but it was Sage that brought life to this story…and to Tully. I am always drawn deeper into stories where the MC’s strengthen each other. And Tully and Sage help, push,and pull each other in such a beautiful way.
It’s definitely the couple that bring this story from the good shelf to the great shelf. Sage is easy to love. However, his life has been anything but. Once his precious secret is revealed, I couldn’t help but love him even more. And I was thrilled when Tully did the same. They are from completely different worlds but when they look into each other’s eyes, none of that matters. Tully has to work with his ex and I can guarantee you’ll find him just as obnoxious as I did. The only thing good about him is the stark reminder of what he was missing out before Sage came into his life. Thanksgiving was a pivotal point in their relationship and I was smiling so hard my face hurt. When it boils down to it, this story is about the romance and I was a swooning happy reader.
Two different men are tossed together but rather than clash, they connect. They share more of an emotional link than a sexual link, designating this story as sweeter than sexy. And a total tosser of an ex tries to butter his way in. Your tummy might growl a time or two but I’m certain you will be sated by the end.
If you are looking for a lighthearted story about two men on opposite paths that intersect and merge, I suggest you jump on this journey. It’s quite delicious.