Friday, September 13, 2019

Dine with Me by Layla Reyne

Life never tasted so good.

Miller Sykes’s meteoric rise to award-winning chef is the stuff of culinary dreams, but it’s all crashing down around him. He’s been given a diagnosis that could cost him something even more precious than his life: his sense of taste. Rather than risk the very thing that defines him, Miller embarks on a last tour of his favorite meals while he still can.

But there’s a catch: he needs a financial backer to make it happen, and he doesn’t want anyone to know he’s sick.

Dr. Clancy Rhodes has two weeks to come to terms with putting aside oncology to work at his father’s thriving plastic surgery practice. When the opportunity to travel with a Michelin-starred chef presents itself, the foodie in him can’t believe it. It doesn’t hurt that Miller’s rugged good looks are exactly Clancy’s cup of joe.

As Clancy and Miller travel from coast to coast and indulge in everything from dive bars to the most decadent of culinary experiences, they’re suddenly sharing a lot more than delicious meals. Sparks fly as they bond over their love of flavors and the pressures of great expectations. But when Miller’s health takes a turn for the worse, Clancy must convince him he’s more—so much more—than just his taste buds. And that together, they can win a battle that once seemed hopeless.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really enjoyed this moving, amusing, romantic, and foodie-heaven novel. I love to read books which involve chefs and their lives, and this one was a winner for me.

Miller decides to have one last big hurrah before he leaves this earth, and wanting to taste all the most important meals in his life. His ex-wife, his best friend, helps him plan it, and finds the perfect person to help fund it. This turns out to be Dr. Clancy Rhodes, thanks to a gift from his family. Clancy's mother is super helpful too, as she runs the ultimate concierge business and helps with flights, hotels, and so on. In fact, these two women are essential in making this a trip to remember for both Miller and Clancy.

The travelling around eating and the stories that reveals is already a good concept for a book, but add in the chance of a romance and then the cancer diagnosis, and the reader should make sure that they are not hungry and that they have a tissue or three to hand. Never sentimental, but inevitably very moving, you would be wise to sit somewhere private to read this book.

I highly recommend this book to you.

Clancy, a doctor and a foodie, is taking the trip of a lifetime with Miller, a well-known chef, before he starts working as a plastic surgeon. For Miller it is something of a last hurrah after receiving a life changing medical diagnosis.

It was joyous watching Clancy and Miller fall in love over wonderful dinners as they shared little parts of themselves and their past with each other. But the knowledge of Miller’s diagnosis and the decision he has made, has sadness always hovering nearby. So much is experienced across the trip and life changing decisions are made. It feels like Miller and Clancy have known each other much longer than two short weeks.

I love to eat and even though I would not call myself a foodie the idea of travelling across America, eating lots of delicious food, is immensely appealing. The trip is a great backdrop for this beautiful romance and I know I’ll be thinking of Miller and Clancy next time I go out for a romantic dinner.

The blurb was very enticing and I was excited to read this. Honestly, this book was too slow for me and I found myself skimming at times. This was slow paced but at times it was slower than slow. The characters had good chemistry, but I found the ex-wife was in the book too much and it kind of turned me off to the story to an extent. There weren't even a lot of steamy scenes to make up for the slow pace. I am sure others will greatly enjoy this book, but for me it was a miss.

RITA Finalist Layla Reyne is the author of the Agents Irish and Whiskey, Trouble Brewing, and Changing Lanes series. A Carolina Tar Heel who now calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, Layla enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart-pounding romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. Layla is a 2019 RWA® RITA® Finalist in Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length) and 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dine with Me by Layla Reyne to read and review.

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