Life, Love and Lemon Cookies

Life, Love and Lemon Cookies

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by Ally Blue
     
 

When life hands you lemons…make cookies.

A Love’s Evolution Story

Chris Tucker’s perfect life has just gone up in smoke. The fire that destroyed the best restaurant in Asheville took his head-chef dream job along with it—and the owner is walking away. Sure, Chris still has his beautiful home and blissful marriage

Overview

When life hands you lemons…make cookies.

A Love’s Evolution Story

Chris Tucker’s perfect life has just gone up in smoke. The fire that destroyed the best restaurant in Asheville took his head-chef dream job along with it—and the owner is walking away. Sure, Chris still has his beautiful home and blissful marriage to his soul mate, Matt Gallagher. But for the first time in his working life, he’s unemployed and spiraling into depression.

Matt’s trying hard to be supportive, but it’s tough when every time he tries to get Chris to open up, the man shuts down tighter than a live clam. Maybe it’s best to hide his hurt and back off. Yet as Chris’s fruitless search for work wears on, Matt begins to wonder if his lover will ever come around.

As the tension between them reaches breaking point, Chris faces the fact that it could be the end of an era for him and Matt. Unless one sweet idea can turn his mounting troubles into a fresh-cut path back to the arms of the one man who makes him whole.

Warning: This book contains gay sex, lots of angst, occasional smartassedness, and an abundance of cookies. Ally Blue and Samhain Publishing will not be held responsible for any resulting food-porn habit.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609285777
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
08/16/2011
Series:
Love's Evolution
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
58
Sales rank:
628,976
File size:
784 KB

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Life, Love and Lemon Cookies 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BooksRMyFood More than 1 year ago
I liked this sweet movella, but it's really too short. I want more depth and the characters could have been expanded. But it was fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these characters and so glad there was a 2 book (not counting the 1.1 Hard Candy free short story). Sexy, different and loving - what great guys!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short and falls flat. Before I begin I feel I should mention that I knew this was going to be a short story, and the entirety of the eBook on my Nook is approx. 160 pages, but this story only occupies about 100 of them. The last part of the book, some 60 pages, isn't Life, Love, and Lemon Cookies but a preview for another book that I did not enjoy and didn't get through. Part of my negative rating comes from that. Previews for other books are something that I know and that I'm used too, but not a preview that is roughly one third of the entire text. I felt a little cheated that I paid for something and got something else. I enjoyed what this story was supposed to be, but the description promised me something that the book didn't deliver. I purchased after reading the sample chapter which ends in the middle of the fire that destroys the restaurant, cutting off just as Chris has dragged another employee near the exit and stopped to crawl a little farther on his own before succumbing to smoke inhalation. The beginning segment was written well, there was just enough detail in the action to get through the panic of situation without going into overload, and Chris' internal dialogue was interesting. For me the book was lost immediately afterward. When Chris is told that the restaurant will never reopen he becomes understandably depressed, becoming distant and cold to his husband Matt. He immediately locks down and tries to bake away his troubles, stress relief, and makes love to his husband who is greatly worried. From that point on Chris is struggling with trying to find work while Matt tries to support him without getting caught in Chris' angst. Here there were good points, from inside Chris' head we can see that he's sitting on a fence between being genuinely depressed and not realizing the effect that he's having on his husband and being intentionally mean. He acts like he's the only one in the world that can understand what he is going through. I can understand this behavior, but his feelings take up a lot of space in this short story. It felt like a majority of the time I was reading about Chris brooding and trying to figure out a way to make it the fault of someone else. It probably wouldn't have affected my enjoyment of the book so much if it hadn't been so short. Other than this there was a short scene were Chris is taking interviews, they have sex a couple of times, Chris makes his favorite lemon cookies as stress relief and when he's realized he did Matt wrong he brings a batch to Matt's workplace, a tattoo parlor, to apologize in the middle of his husband's workday where a coworker says something like "You could sell these" and it sparks the idea that he can start his own business BAM problem solved. We only really see how it happened in an epilogue, and that's the whole book. Too little plot, not enough depth, and vague character attachment. And as for me, the sex scenes were short and very harlequin romance novel, they're pretty tasteful but did really make me feel an emotional attachment to the men in the book. In fact there was one moment where Chris makes note of the fact that that Matt is doing something in bed that he only does when he's trying to apologize to Chris, when Chris was the one that did something 'wrong,' and doesn't do anything until the last second to show Matt that it wasn't his fault that made me feel like Chris was a little skeezy, for lack of a better term. Dirty in a way that wasn't intended.
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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Who knew lasting love could come from a simple cookie? This is my first book by Ally Blue and I have to say that if the other books are this good, my auto-buy list just got longer. The words simply flew from the page. I felt like I was right there with the characters and I kept thinking about them far after I turned the last page. This is a book where a character faces something lots of people can identify with--losing a job. There's emotion and reality in each passage. I couldn't stop reading. I'm not sure which character I liked more. Matt is the ultimate optimist. It's easy for the reader to see his side of the situation. He wants to make Chris smile again. I loved his stamina--there were times when I was sure things would go one way and they zagged another. Great reading. Then there's Chris. He's a chef, a darned good one. His knack for cooking when he got emotional was so realistic and a neat way to blow off steam. There were times when, sure, I wanted to conk him on the head. But, honestly, I could identify with his situation. The depression and confusion are palpable. Ally Blue does a bit more than just tell the story. The story is related in a way that I didn't feel spoken down to or preached to. I felt like these were real guys going through a really rough time. I rooted for them all the way. And did I mention the love scenes? Holy cow. My computer is still smoking with the singe marks. I didn't feel like I was on the outside looking in with these scenes; rather, it was like I was right there going through the motions and emotions with both men. Well written. If you want a sexy book that's perfect for a chilly evening, then you need to read Life, Love and Lemon Cookies. Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews
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