Temperatures rise when there are two cooks in Jude’s kitchen…
Jude’s drowning in guilt when he can’t save his family business single-handed. The last person he expects to throw a lifeline is Rob, a rival chef who once beat him to first place in a cooking contest.
Two chefs working together won’t be easy. Not when Rob is everything Jude isn’t—popular, extroverted, and a one-time hook-up. What’s worse is that Rob wears his heart on his sleeve while Jude’s still in the closet.
Jude’s dilemma doesn’t end there. Rob’s rescue package comes with conditions that mean sharing everything from the profits to Jude’s sleeping quarters. Sleeping with the enemy will either be a disaster or signal a much brighter future, but only if Jude can meet Rob’s final condition and love him in the open.
Featuring opposites who attract, rivals to lovers, and an out-for-you storyline dripping with hurt-comfort feelings, His Horizon is the first in a shared-world series of standalone MM romance novels from Con Riley.
Wow. Just…wow. I have a bookshelf deemed ‘oh my heart’ and at this rate, I think I should rename it ‘Con, here’s my heart’ because that’s how I feel every time! But this time, I want to scream to the cinema gods because THIS BOOK NEEDS TO REACH ANOTHER AUDIENCE. I close my eyes and I hear the sea and feel the salt on my lips from the gusty breeze…I see the beauty of Porthperrin in my dreams and it’s simply stunning. From elite sailing to gourmet cooking, the crystal clear writing paints the pages. I love it when reading a story becomes a physical experience. I always adore slipping into one of Riley’s worlds but this particular case was special. I was sitting on the edge of my seat and biting my fingernails as the emotional storm crashed and calmed. There was so much going on but it was never ‘too much’. I was captivated, entranced, or possibly even lovesick but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. This was a glorious escape when I needed it the most…thank you Con, you’re a star!
Speaking of stars, Britain’s latest cooking contest boils down to the top two contenders and they clang and clash in the kitchen. That is, until Jude up and leaves just before the finale. Rob believes it’s personal…and it is, just not the way he thinks. Then to complicate matters, Rob appears in Jude’s safe haven. It’s not familiar or even safe anymore. How are you supposed to find your sea legs when the ground continues to shift under your feet?? Jude has lost a piece of himself at sea but to his great surprise, Rob becomes an anchor and shelter from the turmoil he has found himself in. Rob is full of life and desperately in love with Jude. Tragic that Jude is locked in the closet. Will he find the key? Can he claim his happiness in the one place that has always called to his soul?
Riley delivers a multifaceted tale with rugged terrain that swept me off my feet. Extraordinary secondary charters with a family-focused core and two saucy chefs will take you on an adventure you won’t soon forget. I do hope you give them a chance to see how the sky and land meet off the shores of Cornwall. It’s a token I shall cherish and can’t wait to see them again!
A cold shoulder becomes a fevered fall. Family can be magnificent and maddening, often at the same time. And hang tight and hold on, because answers will come and the ending is sure to leave you breathless.
This story is anything but smooth sailing but if you’re searching for a family-focused journey with heartache, humor, and heat….hop on, you won’t want to miss this ride.