Boone Walton has tried hard to create some distance between himself and his past. He's invested in his new life, his New Orleans art gallery, and his friendship with Scott Wren. Things finally seem to be settling down to normal, and Boone couldn’t be happier.
Chef Scott Wren wants much more than normal with Boone. He wants to raise things to the next level, but Boone is terrified—and not because of the ghost in Scott’s apartment or Scott’s relatives. No, Boone's past is about to pay him a visit, and the only thing that can get between Boone, Scott, and a hinky recipe for chocolate mousse found in a curious cookbook is the river of pain Boone had to swim across to get to this side of The Big Easy. There’s a secret behind the ingredients, though—one that might reveal the trust and love that have been missing from Boone’s life.
Hot damn, this is my favorite Calmes book since Frog.
The theme of MAGIC in cooking is perfectly executed. One of the MCs is a chef, and the story takes place in New Orleans, that place of spirits and haunts.
There is a (bitchy except to those she likes) ghost named Florence, traditional Japanese irezumi (a method of tattooing the body by hand), yakuza on the prowl, and two best friends missing the moment.
Boone, an art gallery owner, has loved and lost. Raised in Japan, Boone is a big, burly man, a little scary looking until he smiles.
Boone is the first-person narrator of the story, and it isn't until halfway through that we realize he's not a particularly reliable one.
Scott, the chef, is the light to Boone's growliness. Scott flits from man to man, filling his time.
His latest conquest is Daniel, a rather stuffy doctor, but the chocolate mousse for sorting (recipe courtesy of Granny B, of course!) that Scott prepares has something to say about that.
This story is sweet and very sexy.
Both Scott and Boone get rather possessive. The scene in the kitchen where Boone strips and Scott is all, Back off, bitches, is hilarious.
Boone's past with his first love is heartbreaking (grab a hankie or two), and I was glad to see he found closure.
And the ending, oh yes, the ending is a FOREVER kind of HEA.
What a lovely conclusion to an all-around awesome series. I liked four out of the five stories.
You can't go wrong with the Curious Cookbook!