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Spaghetti Western

(Delectable #5)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Cordon-Blue trained pastry chef Riley Emerson arrives in Aspen, Colorado for a summer season at the best restaurant in town, only to discover his jerk of a boyfriend has dumped him, leaving his heart and his summer plans in tatters. Doubting himself and longing for a change of pace, he takes a low-paying position as chef at a guest ranch, the Rocking Z. The scenery is gorg ...more
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Published September 17th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
4.25 stars

Take one Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and one Plaid Cowboy.

Add a family ranch failing to make a profit.

Throw in well-meaning but slightly meddlesome relatives.

Then top with a snooty, wealthy capitalist named Beef (he deserves to be called nothing else).

And what have you got?

This gem: a sweet, moderately angsty novel full of smex, cowboys, and sunsets.

Let's all take a moment.

The ranch life here feels pretty authentic. Colby is a real working cowboy. He wears boots, rides a horse, herds
Lou~❧Powerless Over 1-Click❧

The author provided me with a copy of this book through the Goodreads MM Romance Group's DBML program for an honest review.

I didn't realize how many dark, depressing, angst-filled novels have accumulated on my recently read bookshelf until I had the pleasure of reading Spaghetti Western by EM Lynley. Although there were no bone-chilling, hold my breath as I pull up my big girl panties moments in this book for me, I couldn't wait to turn the
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, cowboys
I loved this book! It's a solid 4.5 stars. Not only did I enjoy it, I will be reading it again.

Riley has just come back from Paris and Cordon-Blue. He's eagerly looking forward to seeing his boyfriend in Aspen, Colorado; so much so that he even skipped visiting his family to get to Denny. In a week, Riley will be starting his new job as a pastry chef in the same restaurant as Denny. He gets to the place they are going to be living together, only to find Denny with another man. He drives away and
Veronica of V's Reads
I received this book via Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Stars for this contemporary M/M romance.

Riley Emerson is a new graduate of Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and reuniting with his fellow chef and lover, Denny, in Aspen CO when he learns Denny is two-timing schmuck. Oh, and that all the high cuisine restaurants in Aspen have hired their staff for the summer season. Recognizing that he's stuck without a job, or a place to live, in Colorado and unwill
Tully Vincent
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book free from the author through a Goodreads program in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars
Haven’t read any other books in the series, but I don’t think that impacted my understanding of this one so I consider it to work well as a standalone read.

This story started out grabbing my interest right away with one of the MC stranded in a lovely backroads locale after a breakup. Really enjoyed the bar scene near the beginning and the rescue by the handsome cowboy. I had a hard t
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - I liked the story, but there was just something about it, something lacking, that kept it from reaching a 3 star rating.
Kade Boehme
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Definitely my fav of the series, if not my fav EM lynley book this far. Fabulous. And I'm def trying out a couple of these recipes. I just adored Riley and Colby. Great story :) ...more
When EM Lynley offered me this book for review prior to release, I jumped at the chance. I mean, have you read the blurb? A cowboy and a chef? A heartbroken chef at that? With a chance at some cowboy loving? Hell yeah, sign me up!

The blurb is almost giving away too much of the actual plot. Almost. I mean, I knew there was gonna be some angst, and I was right.

What hooked me though, from the first word, was Riley. Walking in like he did on Denny - so not cool. Denny is a real ass, and good riddanc
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
[DBML Event: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review]

This is part of the "Delectable" series but it could be easily read as a standalone.

One of the thing I liked most of this book is Riley: he's such a good guy!
He grew up in a very rich family and, instead of taking the privileges that comes with it for granted, he took his own path. Even when he found himself stranded and without the boyfriend and the job he thought were waiting for him, he tested his own ability as a che
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle, m-m, arc
What could be more intriguing than a recent graduate of Paris's Le Cordon Blue and a cowboy? See? That was my reaction too, when I read the blurb. I had such fun pictured in my head for 'Spaghetti Western', book five in EM Lynley's 'Delectable' series. I will mention that each of these books can be read as a stand alone and they do not have to be read in order.

Riley arrives in Aspen, Colorado a week early to surprise his boyfriend, only to find him in bed with a new boyfriend. What now? Riley ca
Cathy Brockman
This is book five in the delectable series but it stood alone perfectly. I will say I want to read the others now just because I liked this so much.
Riley has just finished his training in Paris at the Cordon Bleu school. He is coming to Aspen to be with Denny his boyfriend of two years and work as a pastry chef in a fancy resort for the summer. He arrives a little early to find Denny in bed with another man. Broken hearted he goes to the nearest gay bar, gets wasted and finds himself waking up i
I received a free copy of this book via the Goodreads Don't buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 adorable stars

This is a light, somewhat fluffy read. I didn’t feel anxious about what would happen next, but I did want to keep reading. I enjoyed seeing Riley and Colby move from one night stand (sort of) to partners. Colby owns part of the ranch where he lives and works. This is also where the story takes place. Riley is a chef without a job or a home (due to a really bad no
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book via the Goodreads Don't buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.

When I first submerged myself in MM genre books full time. Cowboy theme books were on top of most read theme for several years. But as the years went on, I read less and less ranch setting books till I didn't notice that I stop reading this genre at alI.

I saw this book and knew I wanted to get back there. The cover looks good and the blurb sounds right up my alley. When I finally go
Karen Wellsbury
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogger-girls
I really enjoyed this, a lovely well written character driven romance.
As a result I have now got some sourdough starter on the go, and am looking for cowboy boots.

Full review will be at
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
This was the kind of cute book I needed to read at the time. But the guys not talking to each other and making assumptions drew weary after a while. I wanted to smack them. Of course the solution to the "problem" at the ranch was so freaking obvious I wanted to smack someone. ...more
***a free copy of the book was provided by the DBML program on GR in exchange for an honest review***

"Spaghetti Western" is a M/M love tale incorporating themes of heartache, forgiveness, redemption, growth, and oh so good cooking. It was a well paced story that captivated and held my interest from beginning to end. Main characters Ridley and Colby and the miscommunications that transpire between the two are relatable. The food eaten throughout the book and recipes shared at the end were scrumpt
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western, dreamspinner, 4-5
4.5 marbles

Well, this was a roundup of emotions, a couple crossed signals, and an excellent ending. I've been reading this series, where the books can be read in any order, and enjoying them greatly. We get a tiny cameo from Josh Golden from Lighting the Way Home, another novel in the series, but the story lies in the mountains of Colorado.

Riley and Colby are such opposites, but they have a huge similarity – they’ll take what the other one says at face value, which makes for a couple of problems
Dec 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
*** May contain unintentional spoilers, so read at your own risk. Just have to vent this out. ***

Disclaimer: On top of everything I've written here I am just going to point out that had they been interrupted differently, had Colby himself ended the progression of things instead of being saved by circumstance itself, taking the tough decision out of his hands, my rating for this book would have been ENTIRELY different. As it stands, I can't trust what "might have happened" or that he might have e
Heidi Ryan
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
I fell in love with this author's writing when I read Out of the Gate. This latest offering is every bit as wonderful as that story. I love how she combines a terrific story line with out of this world research. No fact is left undiscovered, and you not only get a fabulous tale, but you learn a little too. And this book has a huge bonus! The recipes from the ranch are at the end of the book and I cannot wait to try some of them out. This story is so full of hope and new beginnings, it makes for ...more
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

"Spaghetti Western" by E.M. Lynley is part of the Delectable series about relationships forming amidst delicious food. The book stands on its own very well, and I had no trouble following the story despite having only read one other book in the series so far.

The main characters of the book are Riley Emerson, a professionally-trained pastry chef, and Colby Zane, a cattle rancher. The setting of Colorado played a
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unexpectedly stranded in Aspen Colorado, homeless, boy-friendless, and unemployed, Riley decides to take a job cooking at a local ranch. After blowing off some steam with a sexy cowboy, Riley realizes that something about the peaceful Colorado country calls to him. A summer cooking job may be just what he needs to reevaluate his priorities and decide where to go next with his life.

Colby struggles to carry the weight of guilt over the fragile financial state of his family's ranch. He's opposed to
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, foodie, cowboys
I'm a big fan of this series and really enjoy the recipes in each book. As I'm reading I wonder which ones I'll want to make, and I'm already working on my sourdough starter.

This book is on the lighter side for E.M. Lynley, especially coming on the heels of the angst-fest roller coaster of Bound for Trouble. But it was a nice change of pace.

The romance between Riley and Colby was so beautiful as it unfolded, pulled off track by a few miscommunications while each man dealt with his own feelings
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angst-lite, family
Riley and Colby ... love how they met. It involves cowboys, loud country music, boots and ends in a hotel room. Both men totally enjoy themselves and think they will never see each other again. Fate is fickle bitch.

Colby's aunt hires Riley a formally trained chef to work on the "dude" ranch side of the family's business. The ranch is bleeding money and the tourist side is all that is keeping it afloat. The family is hoping that a wealthy investor in the dude ranch will save them. They hope Riley
Sarah Madison
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cowboys
Oh, this was a fun read! Riley, a newly minted cordon blue pastry chef, travels to Aspen to meet with his boyfriend and a new job, only to find himself dumped and looking for a both work AND a place to stay. His world crashing around him, he makes some terrible choices, and winds up being rescued out of a bad situation by a hunky cowboy. A simple hookup, and he'll get on with his life, right?

Only it's not so simple. He still needs work and he's not ready to leave the area. A city boy at heart, t
Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
A free copy of the book was provided by the DBML program on GR in exchange for an honest review.

This story is so sweet!!! It was fun and easy reading it.
Riley and Colby were an interesting couple, even if all the angst in this book is cause the miscommunication between them.
Riley is afraid of being hurt again, after the betrayal of his ex Danny,he's insecure to claim his relationship with Colby. And Colby is so deep in his problems with the ranch that he can't see the mistake he's about to mak
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 05-mm-read, m-m, dbml
I was given this book free by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

After walking in on his boyfriend with another man, Riley heads to the local bar where he gets drunk and is saved by Colby. Colby takes Riley back to his hotel room. In the morning he wakes to find Riley gone.

Riley in the meantime has gone to a local job fair and has been offered the position of chef at a local ranch.
As luck would have it, it's Colbys ranch.

I enjoyed this story. A fun read that wasn't too angsty.
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
I really enjoyed this book. I liked that the drama was low-key instead of very dramatic. The drama and misunderstandings could have gone completely different, so I'm glad it wasn't like that. I'm glad that Riley and Colby's relationship was strong enough to not let Wellington mess it up. ...more
Daniela Green
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well, this one bored the hell out of me. It reminded me of Mary Calmes' books. And for me this is not a compliment. Quite the opposite. ...more
58% - DNF. I’m bored and already skimming. Might come back to, but highly doubt.
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Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: quiltbag, read-2015
Riley is a matyr.
Colby... geez, if you're thinking about sleeping with a rich guy to seal a business deal, maybe you should check that richie rich agrees to the terms first. Dumb skank.
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EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. Her Precious Gems series is best described as “Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone”—only gayer. The Delectable series is Gay Romance with Taste.

A Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she'd rather

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