Dear Ms. Blackwell,
I hadn’t read an m/m in a while and decided to splurge on this story of one hot Parisian chef who meets his match in a cool English food critic.
Luc Tessier is hot tempered, sexually demanding of his minions – who really don’t seem to mind too much, a top vegetarian chef and determined to wow Daniel Sheridan despite all the food critic’s past critical reviews. The opening daydreams Luc has of what he’d like to do to Daniel came as a bit of a shock, especially since Luc is a vegetarian. Is this supposed to signify Luc’s hot bloodedness? Anyway, once past those Luc and his monumental ego became amusing.
It was a long wait until you finally gave us a scene from Daniel’s POV and once there all I could think of was “prissy, coy cockteaser.” Really, Daniel comes off – no pun intended – as some stuck up, missish, ice god(dess) despite the hot, after hours encounter in Luc’s kitchen. Daniel puts out, screams as he comes then fixes his clothes and acts like it’s nothing more than a cheap, one off, sordid fuck which he’s both ashamed of and above.
Luc’s sardonic gift of the phallic vegetables followed by the sex toy kept me firmly on his side of this relationship. The gifts he lavishes on Daniel to woo him are sweet and sexy while Daniel keeps acting like a prig who’s embarrassed by his regretted roll in the hay. He couldn’t have been any more stuck up if he’d had a broomstick up his ass.
Which then doesn’t jibe with his almost blatant “come on” statement before the cooking contest, which I agree with Luc is obviously meant for the Frenchman. But oh, no then Daniel retreats to his prissiness during the contest and afterwards as Luc hijacks Daniel to his hotel room. Then there’s a whiplash change of heart again during which these two have pages and pages of hawt sex and Luc decides that any man whose semen he likes to taste must be the man for him. Daniel then flips character yet again and becomes a coy, sex kitten. Huh?
Though I like Luc and hope he’s happy with his catch, I can’t help but think that Daniel is going to turn out to be a high maintenance queen who flouts off whenever he’s on the rag.