Friday, August 7, 2020

ARC Review : His Horizon by Con Riley

Blurb :
A His MM Romance Novel

Temperatures rise when there are two cooks in Jude’s kitchen...

Jude’s drowning in guilt when he can’t save his family business single-handed. The last person he expects to throw a lifeline is Rob, a rival chef who once beat him to first place in a cooking contest.

Two chefs working together won’t be easy. Not when Rob is everything Jude isn’t—popular, extroverted, and a one-time hook-up. What’s worse is that Rob wears his heart on his sleeve while Jude’s still in the closet.

Jude’s dilemma doesn’t end there. Rob’s rescue package comes with conditions that mean sharing everything from the profits to Jude’s sleeping quarters. Sleeping with the enemy will either be a disaster or signal a much brighter future, but only if Jude can meet Rob’s final condition and love him in the open.

Featuring opposites who attract, rivals to lovers, and an out-for-you storyline dripping with hurt-comfort feelings, His Horizon is the first in a shared-world series of standalone MM romance novels from Con Riley.

Christelle's rating:

If I have a use one word to qualify this contemporary MM romance set up in the Cornish coast, it would be “atmosphere”. And I love that.

The tropes? listed in the blurb: opposites who attract, rivals to lovers, and an out-for-you storyline dripping with hurt-comfort feelings. And it delivered aplenty. I could add to that the impacts of assumptions: how it can ruin relationships, whether familial or romantic.

Jude left his family and the pub where he grew up for making a career as a chef. To do so, he entered a cooking contest where he met Rob, his opposite in character and background and with a “not-so-ugly-mug” if Jude dared to admit. But just before the final, Jude quits everything to look for his parents who has disappeared during a world-boat trip after hitting a typhoon.

One year later, fruitless, he returns to his village, his sister and the pub, facing challenges and uncertainties. And unexpectedly facing Rob as well. Could Rob be the anchor he needs?

As I said, a lot of “atmosphere” coming from the story and from the writing: I was transported into this village and into the pub, and I felt the grief, the angst, the questioning and was drowned into the familial dynamics. As for Jude and Rob, they complimented each other very well and gave and received in equal measures.

The ending around Jude’s parents left me perplexed though and shadowed a little bit the wrap-up, but apart from that, the emotions were there and was glad I read this book.


ARC of “His Horizon” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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