Thursday, June 13, 2019

Melting for You by A.M. Arthur


After his father’s heart attack, Isaiah Morrell gave up cooking in his own high-end Atlanta restaurant to return home to Reynolds, North Carolina, in order to help his father Thomas heal and to keep an eye on his business Neighborhood Shindig. A collection of food trucks and other small businesses, Shindig is a popular destination in this college town, but Isaiah longs for the fast pace of a big-city kitchen. Until he meets Joel…

Joel Fisher has been out of commission from a serious illness for the better part of a year, but now he’s ready to reclaim his life—except his apartment has been sublet, his partner is missing, and their shared food truck is stripped of everything not attached. In short, Joel has nothing. After an uncomfortable night sleeping on the food truck floor, Isaiah and Thomas Morrell give Joel an offer he can’t refuse: a rented room in their house, as well as their help creating a new food truck concept. Joel hates accepting charity, but he’s hit rock bottom and has nowhere to go but up.

Working with seemingly uptight Isaiah is actually pretty fun, and the pair bonds over a challenge to create a unique grilled cheese sandwich. Light flirting melts into a deeper connection neither man expects, but Isaiah isn’t in Reynolds for much longer, and Joel can’t get attached to the gorgeous professional chef. As Isaiah’s feelings for Joel strengthen and grow, he entertains the idea of staying in Neighborhood Shindig for good—but Joel hasn’t asked him to…

Welcome to Neighborhood Shindig, a friendly place where you can snack on a lamb kebab while getting your hair done, pick up your favorite herbal tea blend, and then go listen to live music under the pavilion. We’re happy to have you.

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Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars

This is the first book in a new series, and I think that I am going to enjoy following the adventures of those who work at the Shindig. I love the concept of a static truck park for foodies and other stores in pods. As we learn how it came about, it is rather a lovely reveal.

Joel has been through the wars with a chronic illness, but now he is back to resume his life... when he finds it has nearly all been taken away from him. His attitude is wonderfully resilient for a man who is ill for a year. Luckily some of his friends are there to support him, and most of all Isaiah, son of the man who owns the Neighborhood Shindig. He is back to look after his estranged father after a heart attack.

As everything slots into place, we then have the fun of watching them create a new food concept and make it a reality. DO be warned, it is best not to read this book when hungry! As we get to meet the other truck owners and their wares, it is easy to imagine how Arthur will be able to write a whole collection of stories about these people – and hopefully we will get some more about Isaiah and Joel. I also think that Thomas is probably due a taste of love too.

A very lovely book, not too long, and full of interest, lust, and definitely love.



A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone's throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She's been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn't been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur's work is available from Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, SMP Swerve, and Briggs-King Books.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

Contact her at am_arthur@yahoo.com with your cooking tips (or book comments).

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Melting for You (Neighborhood Shindig #1) by A.M. Arthur to read and review.

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