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Perfection isn’t everything, although it’s everything Leo wants. His desire to become the perfect chef may keep him at the top of his class, but it drives his friends and family crazy while keeping love and passion on the back burner.

Then Leo meets Dock, owner and chef of the new and popular restaurant, The Birches.

Although Dock isn’t a trained chef, Leo finds the food he
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Kindle Edition, 73 pages
Published August 5th 2017 by JMS Books LLC (first published October 24th 2011)
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Ann
The cover on this one is a little misleading. It's not a fluffy lighthearted romance like the cover would lead you to believe and I actually liked it more than I thought because it wasn't fluffy. If it were I probably would have forgotten it already, but because it was much deeper than I expected and was a well written character analysis of the hot mess that is Leo. That dude is tightly wound, he knows it, it makes him unhappy but he can't seem to help it. He meets Dock, the untrained and incred ...more
LutaWolf
Three and a half stars

This was frustrating on so many levels, I’m literally wanting to cry that I couldn’t give this a higher rating. The author is completely capable of a five star. The characters are well rounded and imperfect which was a nice change of pace and the plot itself, while not untried, was anything but stale. The writing style was so simple but utterly lovely.

So why didn’t it get a higher rating? First there is the fact that they just started to get to know each other and don’t
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
~ 4.5 Stars ~

Leo is so tightly wound and so very unhappy to boot. Since the loss of his mother, his one driving desire has been to be the best chef, hands down. So, while it leaves him frustrated, angry and always feeling as though he is a failure, it is still his life’s passion. When his friend convinces him to have lunch at a small restaurant outside town, Leo refuses to admit that not only is the food to die for but the chef is mouthwatering. But, despite the growing attraction, there’s too
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Elisa Rolle
The Birches is all about pleasure: the pleasure of food, the pleasure of sex and yes, the pleasure of simple things. Leo has not a bad life, he has the support of his father following his dream of being a chef, the right teachings he received from his mother, good memories about his life as a teenager; sure now his mother is dead, and maybe not having had the chance to prove to her he was able to reach that dream is still something that weight on his heart; plus his father is following in love w ...more
Nikki McCarver
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out by saying that this was my first experience with an M/M book. It was just like reading a romance book, just imagining the characters being both male, and it wasn't hard to get into. I would assume its harder for M/Ms to hook up, which may have accounted for part of the anger in our main character Leo. Leo is going to a fancy cooking school, to learn the in and outs of how to be a gourmet chef. His creations are beautiful and he follows the recipes right down to the precise measurem ...more
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So why didn’t it get a higher rating? First there is the fact that they just started to get to know each other and don’t really know enough about each other but bam they are having unsafe sex. It threw me out of the story which is such a freaking shame as I mentioned above that I do love the author’s writing style. I kept thinking, um if Dock is that experienced let’s hope he wrapped it up with the other men or otherwise the sex better be to D
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James Cox
As was stated in other reviews, there wasn't much connect between the characters. A longer novel may have straightened (lol) some of these issues out. Still a decent read.
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Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not to my taste at all. The writing seemed stilted to me and the pacing was odd - so slow that I kept skimming to see if it got more interesting and then bam, naked cooking / unsafe sex. Because we only get Leo’s POV, I didn’t feel much connection to Dock and definitely didn’t really get his connection to Leo.

I like the concept of falling for someone through their food, but the execution didn’t work for me.
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