ADRIAN POWELL has a secret, a secret he’s guarded for 17 years. But it’s come at a cost—few friends, fewer lovers and a lifetime of loneliness. If he’s a bit grumpy and a tad pessimistic, who can blame him? So, exactly how he’s ended up with a bunch of nosy friends, a beautiful lakeside cottage and a successful business, is beyond him.
It’s a life he never imagined, and one that includes a problematic new neighbour, NIALL CARMICHAEL–an irritating, equally grumpy, sexy as hell silver fox, who kisses like a dream, shakes every one of Adrian’s walls, and who might just prove Adrian’s undoing.
But secrets have a way of catching up with you. And when Adrian’s past comes knocking, it might just threaten everything he’s built.
LOL: I’ve just realized that all the books of this series written by Jay Hogan, an author whose writing style and stories work quite fine with me, have titles related to sweet. And yes, all the books in this series – that can be read as standalones - have been a sweet treat for me so far.
Of course, I’ve been intrigued by Adrian when he was introduced in Powder and Pavlova : taciturn, pessimistic, enigmatic…but beneath that armor, it’s easy to see a good and reliable man.
I was not disappointed with this “pot-meets-the-kettle” romance. It was really entertaining to see Adrian, relishing his privacy, butts head with Niall, his new and older, divorced and workaholic neighbor whose plans are to renovate his house as a B&B: the horror for Adrian.
They shouldn’t have worked together, but of course, they did and in a great steamy way, while settling their personal issues, with the help of Niall’s family and of Adrian’s friends and co-workers.
I liked the sense of humor, the pace of the relationship, the steam, the level of angst. A few passages that were borderline OTT for my tastes, but it didn’t last very long and I can say that it’s a nice addition to this series.
ARC of “Flat Whites and Chocolate Fish” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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