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Confused Spice

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  25 reviews
"The author beautifully melds the art of cooking with rising romantic desire." - Kirkus Reviews

This delectable tale revolves around twenty-nine-year old Pierre Jackson, who dreams of becoming a renowned pâtissier and chef. He moves from Detroit to Toronto with his handsome fiancé, DeAndre Harris, who has just landed a prestigious job at a major news station in the city. Ev
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by CreateSpace
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Brown Girl Reading
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: LGBT
Here is the live show discussion we had with Mathis Bailey the author. I was joined by Michael Reads, ArtBooks Life Denise D. Cooper and Morgan_Gayle to discuss Mathis Bailey's book. You can watch the video here: ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
More like 2.5
Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
It wasn't quite 4 stars, but still an excellent read. This book was a great start to what could be a wonderful series. I sure hope the next book is already in the making because I can't wait to see what happens with Jay & Pierre.

WARNING: Do Not read this book while hungry! LOL! The food was the unspoken 3rd main character. I loved the cooking, food descriptions, and recipes in this book.

More of my thoughts will be in a video coming soon. Link will be placed here.
Alicia (PrettyBrownEyeReader)
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I enjoyed this debut novel. Looking forward to a sequel!
Elizabeth, Jasmine & Rebeca Pizarro
Vijay and Pierre are to very different men that reside in Canada. Pierre attends culinary classes during the night and enjoys cooking Indian cuisine when he is at home. He meets his neighbor Vijay and they hit it off. They become close friends that cook together and talk about their lives. They enjoy each other's company so much but circumstances tear them apart. Is there more to their relationship than just friendship?
I enjoyed Pierre's character the most. I feel that he is a fantastic human b
Kya Publishing (Toronto)
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel for more than one reason. Ever since meeting the author Mathis Bailey at the Toronto Urban Book Expo, I have looked forward to opening the pages of "Confused Spice." I follow Mathis on social media, and have seen him make major advances with his book: a placement in Chapters/Indigo (huge) and other signings and promotions. I knew the story would be good, and now I can finally understand what makes it such a gem.

Needless to say, I love that the book takes place in Scarborough
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bois
Pierre and Jay were both flawed, but that's what made their story captivating. I want to know where they go after this.
Puja Kshirsagar
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Plot summary:
The story centres around Pierre, a homosexual, who is dealing with heartbreak after his bisexual boyfriend cheats on him. Stuck in a boring job, Pierre doesn’t find anything exciting to do with his life unless he meets Vijay, fondly known as Jay. Vijay and Pierre are next-door neighbours and soon become good friends. Vijay often calls Pierre over to his apartment to cook for him since Pierre is an incredible cook.
Pierre, however, is attracted to Vijay from the very first day. Vijay,
Jennifer Lieberman
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Totally FUN and FLIRTY read!
I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in a day...and that was before my 'corona quarantine'. It’s not often I breeze through a book so swiftly; “Confused Spice" is fun, flirty and fabulous so I couldn’t put it down. Pierre’s adventures in love, loss and the culinary arts take the reader on an enjoyable and savory journey through the life of a confused young man trying to find his place in the world and in someone’s (worthy) arms. The author has a talent for e
Kathleen Jones
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun read!

Both Pierre and Vijay are strong and likeable characters. The author’s use of descriptive detail brings the characters’ world to life. He also has a good ear for dialogue. All in all, a fun read.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Wish there had been more of a resolution. The chemistry between Pierre and a Jay was fantastic, and Jay's unwillingness to acknowledge his feelings felt real. I like the friendship between both of them, and food they cooked all sound delicious!
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really good debut novel. Can't wait to see how Mathis grows as a writer.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, giveaways
I won this debut novel in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Look forward to reading more by Mathis Bailey in the future. Also hope there is a sequel
(A) (h)uge (dev)ourer *of books*
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
It was a nice breezy read, have to thank the author for that first!

Though I’m not a fan of LGBT romances, the relationship between Pierre and Jay was beautiful and the words portray the emotions as such! You can feel both their views and you travel along with them on their journey. The story moves in a good pace and you can’t stop until you know what happens to them next!

Cooking plays a major part both in the story as well as in the reader’s mind – the way the author has penned will definitely
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5. Kindly read my review until the end!

Received a copy from the author exchange for an instagram post and honest review.
I enjoyed over all but there were some aspects I had some issues with. For one, I was not a fan of Vijay's character development. It just lacked depth and his parts in the novel seemed half baked. You could tell Pierre's chapters were much longer than Vijay's. Second, the cheating. Dre physically cheats while Pierre emotionally cheats. So why all the fuss with Dre but Pierre
Stacy Lingeman
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a debut novel from this author, very well done! It was a very easy to follow, free flowing novel that had you wanting more at the end. You wanted to discover more about the characters, you wanted to know what happens when the end of the book comes. This was a romantic novel, normally not my type of read, but had a little whimsical to it instead of a get done and deep romance novel. You take a little journey with the main character Pierre and how he is dealing with the new breakup of him and ...more
Jalapeño Party
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
It was average. The writing was really simplistic, the characters were one note (with the exception of one of the main protagonists), and the dialogue was extremely odd.
There was a weird amount of slut shaming geared towards multiple women and it made things so awkward. Calling women thots and hoodrats was weird too.
The dialogue was....not good at all. A lot of it made it seem like the characters were aliens trying to sound human. I'm not referring to the slang either, just the way they spoke
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Pierre is gay, African-American, engaged and living in Toronto, and meets Vijay, his maybe bisexual, and hypermasculanized neighbour. They become friends and a lot of cooking happens. Being a middle aged straight white guy I had trouble relating to anything or anyone in this book, but I did find getting inside these two guys' heads interesting (the story is told first person from each of their points of view). The writer perhaps needs a little time to develop, this is a first novel, but there's ...more
Nerdy Lola
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
In taking my new Kindle Unlimited subscription for a run, I stumbled on this nice little gem by this debut author. Confused Spice meshes the love for cuisine and spirituality into a tale of two men navigating their way through a relationship. Be warned don’t read this book when you are hungry. The description of spices and cooking methods was enough to get me excited about the fate of these two men. Despite all the food references, at the core is a good story that explores homesexual perceptions ...more
Tony Weaver
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really fun read I breezed through. Couldn’t put the book down. I don’t read many lighthearted books with gay leads so it was a refreshing time spent with this book. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
I received this book for free from the author, in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is one of the only few m/m romances I've ever read.

Why I Recommend Bumping This Up On Your TBR: It's written in dual POV and the voices are so distinct that it feels like you're reading from two diaries. It's an #ownvoices novel with 2 diverse characters who describe and discuss their races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, spiritual/religious ideaologies, etc. They actually explore a lot about themsel
Dec 29, 2016 marked it as maybe-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-sucker




Aaannd now I'm hungry.
Charles Quinn
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it.
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mathis was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. He moved to Toronto and completed his education in Journalism from York University.

Mathis Bailey is the author of Confused Spice, which is his first novel. The story idea came to him when he took a Creative Writing program in Toronto.

He has a penchant for the culinary arts and travel.


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