Malachi Warren barely survived a series of assaults on his life. But survive he did, though not without baggage. Now, Malachi must pick up the pieces of his shattered life—the most important piece being his boyfriend, Bran Kendrick, who is dealing with problems of his own.
Stagnating at his job at a small-town café, Bran’s pride keeps him from asking Malachi—or anyone—for help. Desperate to do something, Malachi secretly pays a celebrity chef with a bakery in New Orleans to take on Bran as his apprentice.
As Malachi and Bran begin to make a new life in New Orleans, the specter of Malachi’s PTSD and the growing stress over the secret he hides from Bran threaten their relationship. Before it’s too late, Malachi must confront his past and face his fears about the future, all without losing himself—and Bran—in the process.
I so love Bran and Malachi. They are so amazing together. Bran takes such good care of Malachi and all Mal wants is for Bran to be happy. This story is a wonderful sequel to Coffee Cake where you get to see how they handle the aftermath of the events right at the end of the first book. I felt bad for Malachi and his troubles. But by the end of the story he’s so confident in himself and able to get through his panic and fear on his own. The secret Mal was keeping though? I knew that was going to blow up in his face. Don’t be having secrets from Bran, even if you mean well! The scene where Malachi helps Bran with his erection is so sweet and heartbreaking. I really hope there’s another story with some of the other characters because they are a great support for Malachi and Bran. But they also have their own personalities that you can’t help but get attached to and want more of. The main story I want is Callan and Tristan. I so want to see more of Tristan and why he is the way he is.
He’d covered Bran’s back with a pale gray first, from shoulders to hips. It was the exact color of the Vermont sky outside his window: the pearlescent hint of winter, cold and serene.
The trees were next, bare limbs black against the gray sky. The green stretched out under the trees, a wide expanse of withered brown that defied its commonly used name. On the other side of the green, the library rose above the branches, glass and stone and modern architecture. Two figures sat on a bench in front of the library. The smaller one had his head in the other’s lap, knees bent to brace his sketchpad. The taller figure was absorbed in his book, brown hair falling in a haphazard manner over his forehead.
And in the distance under the farthest tree, a tiny, malevolent, brown spotted llama lurked, biding its time.
Michaela Grey told stories to put herself to sleep since she was old enough to hold a conversation in her head. When she learned to write, she began putting those stories down on paper. She and her family reside in the Texas hill country with their cats, and she is perpetually on the hunt for peaceful writing time, which her four children make difficult to find.
Michaela started her career with Dreamspinner Press. Her first book is called Coffee Cake, published in May of 2015, and its sequel is Beignets, coming in October of 2015. She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
Queer romance is her happy place, and she delights in pushing her limits, testing her abilities and forcing herself to write scenarios she’s not familiar with. Angst is her lifeblood, and she wants you to know that your tears are delicious. (But don’t worry, she’ll always give you a happy ending.)
When she’s not writing, she’s knitting while watching TV or avoiding responsibilities on Tumblr, where she shamelessly ogles pretty people and tries to keep her cat off the keyboard.
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