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Dine with Me

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  190 reviews
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
ebook, 107 pages
Published September 16th 2019 by Carina Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I wish I loved Dine with Me, by the talented Layla Reyne, but the truth is that even though I enjoyed it, it also frustrated me.

I'm pretty snobby about books that involve chefs or food, as I've been to multiple Michelin-starred restaurants and live right outside NYC (yeah, I know that makes me sound like a brat), and I can be pretty critical of chef-romances, but Layla Reyne got the chef stuff right. It's clear that the author loves and respects food, and her culinary tour made my mouth water.
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Not having ever read a Layla Reyne book before, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not entirely sold on the writing style (there is something lofty about the prose I didn't care for), but I can't fault the storyline or the sheer poignancy of two men falling in love when one of them is hellbent on dying.

Both characters felt real: Clancy with his honesty and determination to break through Miller's shell, and Miller, stoic, scared, but convinced playing martyr is the right, the only, thing to d
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

This book made me wax nostalgic about the good ole days, and by 'good ole days' I mean pre-COVID. When we could all move about freely without fear of everyone that comes within 6' feet of us potentially being someone that could quite literally kill us and we were able to touch things freely without first ensuring we have hand sanitizer and/or gloves. Every time they talked of menus or the sommelier pouring their wine or even flying, I sighed. I remember those days fondly.

I digress.

The foodie
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars!

A bit of a departure from the Layla Reyne I am used to - I think I prefer her romantic suspense books a bit more.

But the blurb on this one called to me, and I found the story-line both different and interesting.

The pacing was just a bit too slow for me. Definitely a slow-build. And the MCs did have some pretty good chemistry. But I may have wanted to slap Chef upside the head a few times.

Miller and Sloan's (Miller's ex) relationship was interesting - she was perhaps a bit too presen
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ 32%

I'm not rating this because a) I didn't get far enough in to justify it, and b) it may just be a total preference thing, because frankly, I could see a lot of people loving this book! That said, despite how excited for it I was and how convinced I was that I'd enjoy it, this did not work for me at all. It was an absolute chore to even reach the 32% mark because I was so miserably bored.

These characters feel tremendously one-dimensional, I'm having the worst time trying to actually beli
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very food focused and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but at times it does overshadow the romance somewhat.

It also has a general air of melancholy for a long time as the reader knows what is going on with Miller while Clancy doesn't. It meant for most of the book I was wanting to kick Miller up the backside and tell him to stop being so defeatist.

Now, that might seem a bit harsh, given that I truly could understand Miller's fears of losing what he felt made him him - his sense o
Narration 5 Stars! ❤️❤️
Story 3.5 Stars

The perfect book for a foodie!! 🍔🥩🍕🍷🍻This book make me drool 🤤🤤with the never ending descriptions of food and how they tasted! I am a total food lover and admitted food snob—this book was like food porn for me!!

I was all sorts of happy with the descriptions of the restaurants and meals our chef and doctor shared on their trip across the country. For our foodie doctor, it was the trip of a lifetime to get to eat with a reknowned chef. For our chef, it was a t
If you’re thinking tearjerker I’ve got to tell you… you’re right.

Layla Reyne’s Dine With Me has to be one of the most heartbreaking premises for a story I can imagine. A man who is completely devoted to his life’s passion, finding out the odds are that he’ll never be able to do that work again - much less even survive with treatment - is an incredibly sad story.

Luckily Layla Reyne is a romance novelist so fans, stay the course! It is SO worth it.

In addition to a beautiful story of devoted friend
Lost in a Book
3 Stars

To say I was hungry throughout this book would be an understatement… I was hangry. If you’re a foodie, this might definitely be your cuppa. I’m not a foodie, I don’t have a sophisticated palette but with all the food mentioned, I lived in a perpetual state of hunger throughout the duration of Dine With Me.

The blurb does a great job of setting up the story and there weren’t any surprise plot elements outside of the outline mentioned that had me scratching my head. Miller is very much on a
Listen, I knew going into this that one of the MC's has cancer. But I also knew going into this that it has a HFN/HEA (it does) so I always wasn't crazy worried. Still didn't make this all that much easier to read.

Even though Miller lives, and makes it through, it's still tough reading about everything before that happens. And this is truly a HFN because you never know when cancer might come back with someone in remission (it fucking sucks. Cancer can fuck right off.) But since it's a HFN and a
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.5 Stars***

You better have some food nearby, because there's no way you're gonna read this book and not wanna shove your face in a plate of something! Layla Reyne says she's a huge foodie and that this book is a love letter attesting to that...I can confirm that's 100% accurate! Admittedly, I'm not much of a seafood eater, but some of these meals sounded so damn delicious that I was all "gimme a net and a bucket, and point me to the sea!"

Miller and Clancy are at a crossroads in their lives.
It’s probably more of a 2.5 but I’m rounding up.

I was very excited to read this book because I’ve really enjoyed the author’s two previous trilogies and I wanted to see how her attempt at a standalone romance novel would turn out (especially without the suspense elements). I’m so sad to say that it didnt live up to my expectations.

The one thing you’ll consistently see me saying about this author’s books are that they are very fast paced and I always end up finishing them pretty quickly. However
Like the perfect meal, this hit the spot :)

Seriously though, I think this was one of those perfect timing type reads. I had the time, it grabbed me and I read it in one day and really, couldn't put it down.

I pretty much loved it.

It blended all that it was, and at times, it was a lot, and at others it felt magical, perfectly. Even though some of it was heavy it never felt overly heavy. Even though it could have gone full blown medical crazy, it didn't do that either. And even the food, I love th
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
This one was ok, there was a lot of potentials, but the pacing was off. There wasn't enough relationship action- I don't know, it was slow. The best part of the book was the travels and the food- not the romance. ...more
I beta-read this in draft form, and loved it. And yes, I did give critical feedback, but overall the book was absolutely lovely. Different from Layla's RomSuspense and different from her New Adult books. This is quieter and more personal to the characters, I'd say.

I can't wait to buy and re-read the final version!
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed every book by Ms Reyne - the detail, research and heart put in them make the stories absolutely amazing. In this regard Dine With Me is no exception. It's well-written, with a lot of thought put into the theme of the book. This is a whole new level of dining. That said, the majority of the book is centered on gourmet food that sometimes overshadows everything else including the MCs.

Miller Sykes is chef extraordinaire, a true connoisseur of gourmet cuisine and fine dining experien
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Layla Reyne and I'll definitely be going back to read some of her backlist. Really enjoyed this one, a really sweet, romantic read. Loved all the food descriptions, if you're not hungry when you start this book you'll certainly be hungry when you've finished. ...more
True Loveislovereview
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
Miller and Clancy

An beautifully layered, emotional story.

The most part of this story was quite depressive. Miller, top chef, walks his last tour along all his favorite restaurants where they serve his favorite menus. Clancy got the opportunity to go with him.
When they first meet Miller thinks “stunning”, but not for him, never.
Both men travel and they get closer and closer. Clancy desperately tries to turn Miller’s head, to look at the bright, positive side. Miller almost can’t resist Clancy, al
Carol (bookish_notes)

*ugly cries*


This definitely was angsty but sad tears turned to happy tears at the end, so that’s good, right?? I KNOW Carina Press promises a HEA/HFN at the end of all of these books, BUT STILL I DOUBTED. I’ve read romance books that bent the meaning of what a HFN meant, but this one ends 100% in a good place and I would definitely count it as a HEA.

THAT SAID. This isn’t an easy read. Miller is an award-winning chef and he has a health diagnosis that
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I don't want to be unnecessarily harsh on this book, because this is definitely just a matter of taste. But boyyy did I dislike this.

I just wasn't able to suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy this, as it just made zero sense to me why anyone would want to go on a holiday with one (1) total stranger, and how that person could then just fall in love with them so deeply that they already know they want to spend the r
Joyfully Jay
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

This book has a heavier tone as it deals with Miller being given a grave diagnosis and thinking that not seeking treatment is what is best for him. He’s a chef, he needs his taste buds, and a life without that doesn’t seem like a life worth living to him.

The men are put together through a series of circumstances and Miller tries to keep his condition secret. But medical issues don’t always stay hidden and Clancy is an intuitive doctor.

If you like reading about rest
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Dine With Me’ is as much as a tribute to food as it is to romance: two weeks with an ailing celebrity chef (his self-imposed last rites, so to speak) and a foodie doctor on the verge of a career shift.

Layla Reyne takes a different direction with ‘Dine With Me’ and by turning to gastronomy, automatically helped keep the pages turning as I lapped up the descriptions of food as much as I did of the growing tension and stark differences between Clancy Rhodes and Miller Sykes—one with an unfailing
Rachel Emily
Although this book has a slow start, I kept with it, and I am glad that I did since the last 30% of the book is wonderful, emotional, sweet, and brings all the feels. I just think that it felt like it took so long to get to that last 30%, and while the start of the book is a foodie's dream, I needed more focus on the characters and the romance.

I appreciate all the attention to detail with the food, the meals, the restaurants and experiences that Clancy has while on his whirlwind food tour with
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqa, mm-culinary
Arc provided courtesy of LesCourt 
All reviews are voluntary and my honest opinion.

A sensual culinary journey -- the food more sinful than the actual intimacy.

If you're a bit obsessed with Gordon Ramsey or Cutthroat Kitchen, you may want to add this gem to your cart. 

There's underlying sadness and the need for some care and intimacy as Chef Miller has advanced cancer, and has decided that without his sense of taste there's nothing left to live for. 

Wonderfully written dining scenes that were eith
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: various, netgalley, doctor
- Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -
An exciting journey through the universe of food and restaurants from the personal perspective of an award-winning chef, “Dine With Me”, by Layla Reyne, features two great male heroes who connect through more than culinary and taste.
Miller is a great, original, wounded hero, his drama poignant and real. He’s a mixture of largeness and gentleness and his talent as a chef is so alluring… That he desires to run his own restaurant with
Crystal Pinson
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good! It was quite the heartwarming story with perfect main characters who both needed the other. Of course, there was the fact that the story was wound through a great deal of food talk.... yum!

I loved the playfulness of the attraction between the two main characters even though reality often intruded. My heart broke for Miller through most of the story, but I loved how Clancy knew just how to draw him out and make him consider how much he wanted to live.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
CW: cancer

I LOVED this. The food descriptions are marvelous and while the romance takes place incredibly quickly, I really felt the development before they become more in that short time period? The book is really a mish mash of my favorite and least favorite things, and I wasn't sure if it would end up working for me, but it did and I'm so glad to have read it.
Lelyana's Reviews
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019, netgalley, mm

I was excited when I started this story, always did every time I found the new to me author. I heard good words about Layle Reyne. before, that's why I was eager to dig in.
But as I continued to read, I didn't find a great chemistry between the main characters, and that;s a little disappointed. Hoping this was a romantic story with a chef and a doctor, this was just an okay read with lots of food experiences.
I was a bit disappointed by Miller's decision about his life. Sure he changed (in just o
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
I absolutely LOVE Layla Reyne's romantic suspense books so I thought I'd love this one as well. I liked it but I didn't love it. The two main reasons were the pacing was a bit slow and there was SO MUCH talk about food - yes I understand this book had a chef as an MC and they were going on a food journey so it was inevitable there would be a lot of food talk. However, for me it just bogged the book down even more. I'm FAR from a foodie and I don't like to cook so those aspects of the story didn' ...more
Leigh Kramer
When I read this book’s synopsis, I immediately thought of chef Grant Achatz. Was this somehow based on his story? Even though I tend to stay far away from books about cancer because of my former career as a hospice social worker, I could not resist this premise.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Achatz is a Chicago chef most known for his restaurant Alinea. In 2007, he was diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth. I still lived in the Chicago suburbs at the time and paid c
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Layla Reyne is the author of the Fog City, 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.

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