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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  32 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 s
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Kindle Edition, 205 pages
Expected publication: September 16th 2019 by Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~3.5~

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
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Cadiva
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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*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
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Veeeery curious about this book. I'm getting for the simple fact that I'm assuming the MC has some form of oral cancer and I want to see how the author writes those scenes. Stay tuned!
haletostilinski
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
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Sahitya
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
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Anna
Apr 07, 2019 added it
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!
Rachel
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***ARC courtesy of publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a review***
Carol (bookish_notes)
I AM NOT OKAY.

*ugly cries*

THIS BOOK, Y’ALL. THIS BOOK.

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
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Dísir
‘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
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Maria
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amy Aislin
Not gonna lie, I was a bit skeptical at first. As a super picky eater, I was a little icked out by the thorough descriptions of food I wouldn't eat if you paid me.

But.

Miller and Clancy. They stole my heart. The chemistry between them was off the charts. I wish they were real people and that I was their friend because I would love to see more of this wonderful couple. We do get an epilogue, but I would be so happy with a full-length sequel (hint, hint, nudge, nudge, Layla!). And the story itself
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Elle
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always an amazing story from one my favourite authors, a very well written, poignant read. It's nice to read a book that is so realistic that you feel part of the characters.

It's not an easy story to read, I must admit that it made me quite tearful at times. I also understood Miller's attitude, in that he didn't want to be a burden to his loved ones, he does appear defeatist, who am I to judge anyone? I felt Miller's fear, pain and despair.

The addition of Clancy as Miller's love interest, was
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Rachel Reid
Very romantic and full of delicious food!
Erika
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This. Book. I loved it. Why? Ok - so first, there is the food descriptions - they are on a 2 week all expense paid foodie trip across the U.S. and each course is described in detail. Yum.

Second, how can you not get to know someone better when they're taking you to all these food places that are basically their history in food service. You can't - you're developing a relationship over great food and conversation.

Third
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Lola
I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

Once I saw Dine With me on Netgalley my interest was piqued, then I read the blurb and started doubting as it sounded like a tough read with the cancer topic and sad too. In the end my curiosity won out and the fact that Carina Press promises a HEA or HFN, so I knew it would have some sort of happy ending. Even though for a long time I couldn't see what or how that ending would come to pass.

I really enjoyed Dine Wi
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Alicia
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had so many things I was supposed to be doing today instead of reading this book. Guess how that worked out?

I should start by saying that, while this book is by a foodie for foodies, I am not a foodie and I gobbled it up like ice cream on a summer day.

Given that the premise is that Miller has chosen to die of cancer rather than attempt the debilitating treatment, this book dripped with angst pretty much from page one. WHICH I LOVE. (I'm sure it will shock no romance reader to hear he changes h
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Sarah Peters
Beautiful gay romance between a cancer-stricken top chef who rather die than lose his tastebuds and a young doctor who answers the ad to accompany him on a 2-week foodie extravaganza. Just when he thinks his life is over following a throat cancer diagnosis, Miller meets Clancy, a young doctor about to join his father’s plastic surgery practice in LA. The tasting trip is his parents’ congratulatory gift to him, but the true gift is the love that blooms in the face of impending tragedy. Will Clanc ...more
Sarah Peters
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful gay romance between a cancer-stricken top chef who would rather die than lose his tastebuds and a young doctor who answers the ad to accompany him on a 2-week foodie extravaganza. Just when he thinks his life is over following a throat cancer diagnosis, Miller meets Clancy, a young doctor about to join his father’s plastic surgery practice in LA. The tasting trip is his parents’ congratulatory gift to him, but the true gift is the love that blooms in the face of impending tragedy. Will ...more
Charlotte Kinzie
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, m-m-romance
This story has everything that a romance novel should have. When Clancy and Miller meet, they are on a foodie adventure of a lifetime. Miller has decided that he wants to revisit all of his favorite restaurants and he takes Clancy along with him. There’s an instant connection between the two men because Miller realizes quickly that Clancy is non-nonsense and genuinely interested in the experience.

Reyne has made an art of writing sexual tension. This book is a really long, slow, tasty build up. T
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S
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Terri Jones
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got to read the NetGally ARC of this story. This is my honest review.

This is a good romance. It takes place over a short span of time, but feels longer due to all the delicious details. The author maintains good tension throughout, walking the line between Miller's choices with enough delicacy that I didn't actively want to punch him. His choice is fine, but keeping it a secret is awfully selfish and self-serving when he habitually puts others before himself otherwise, and that's why I give i
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Calila
Received ARC via Netgalley

So...I mostly really enjoyed this. DO NOT READ ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. I really liked the romance and the "dates" of the journey. But what I didn't like was the judgement and pressure on Miller and how he decided to handle HIS diagnosis. I did not like it one bit. It's his life to decide how to handle it. No one else's. Period. I recognize that this is probably an unpopular opinion but I'm okay with that. Also didn't care for his ex-wife or the random worship she seemed to
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Sebastian
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2019, arc, lgbt, romance
Rating 4,5

Now I'm hungry!

This was such a good read. My first one from Layla Reyne and I'm hearing great things about her previous work so I'm excited to catch up. Dine With Me is both a romance between two men and between both the men and food. The food theme is present throughout the novel and it's so well done and written that it feels like you're there with Miller and Clancy, tasting all the delicious food (but you really aren't, so don't read while hungry)

Both MCs have amazing chemistry. The
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Lisa
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good read that I was unsure about when I started it. From the other books that I have read of Ms. Reyne's this one was different from the rest. I enjoyed Miller and Clancy's story as they were well written characters that had believable issues that a reader could relate to. The chemistry between the pair was palpable and the push pull between them throughout their story. Where the story revolved around Miller's food tour, at times I felt that I could taste some of the dishes th ...more
Joey
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one got me right in the feels. I generally don't love the sad ones because of reasons, but I can't resist a Layla Reyne book ever and I am super glad that I didn't let this one pass me by. Miller is a chef and he's facing some pretty heavy stuff and he links up with Clancy to do a tasting tour of wonderful restaurants. First, reading this made me wicked hungry!!! So I recommend reading with some snacks (and tissues) handy.

I felt like I was on their journey with them and that is the work of
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Angelique
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very different book by Layla Reyne,her other books are more action packed and have more
suspence and steam.
Butt Dine With Me is a slow burn romance,with sweet and lovely MC,s both are great in their
own way.Clancy and Miles are good together and I liked the build up in the romance,loved to
have a bitt more steam and hottness,because of course it is layna reyne.
A very good read,sweat,sad and fun with loveable characters.
a minor point is the overall present ex,too much from her and Clancy`s parents
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Joscelyn Smith
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Clancy and Miller, even though going in I knew it was going to be sad the growing relationship between them brought me a lot of joy. They were very engaging characters and they were surrounded by a loving cast of secondary characters that gave them so much support. I liked how realistic the expectations were, there was no last minute miracle cure. All in all this was a poignant but ultimately satisfying read.
Sara
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It hurts so good! I was super nervous at the onset about the illness related piece of the storyline and when I read a review that reminded me Carina Press promises a HEA I felt much better about the whole thing.

This is different than what I’m used to from Layla Reyne with her romantic suspense series. Dine With Me is suspenseful in a slightly different way I suppose - less threat of violence and more threat of emotional upheaval. It pulls at your heartstrings for all the good and sad reasons. A
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Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of ...more
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