Growing up in a foster home in a small Midwest town, Sean
Whitcomb planned from the day he turned sixteen to somehow escape. And
he does to the big city of Des Moines at a lawyer’s firm. Now up for a
shot at a partnership, he needs to deliver the goods, and it’s not what
he thinks. No, it’s a family style meal for the founding partners and
their spouses. Which causes Sean a major issue, because not only is he a
single gay man, but he can’t cook to save his life, and his boss is
expecting a home cooked meal — complete with a family or there will be
no partnership offer.
In desperation, Sean turns to the man he left behind in his pursuit of
the golden ring, Isaiah Waterston. Not only is Isaiah hot enough to
still turn Sean’s crank but he’s also a world class chef at one of the
hottest eateries in town. Now all he has to do is convince the man he’d
left behind to give him a single night of his time, prepare a
mouth-watering meal, and pretend to be his lover for a few hours. Sounds
easy right? Well it is until Isaiah attaches his own stipulation –an
entire weekend with Sean at his mercy.
Genre: Contemporary, foodie romance, GLBT/gay, interracial, erotic, BDSM
Heat level: 5Word count – 29700
Cover art by Tibbs Designs ~Excerpt~ “Never once have I considered you my kept man. There’s nothing wrong
with me wanting to take care of the man I love. I may be a lot of
things, but I never once acted like I was better than you, or like I
thought you were inferior to me. We were in love, and when I asked you
come with me to Iowa City, you said no. You could’ve graduated a year
early, but instead you wanted to stay in that Podunk town. I had to take
advantage of the scholarship to U of I, so I left.”
“You could’ve stayed. It was only a year.”
“Could have, should have—it doesn’t matter now. It’s all water
under the bridge. What I want to do is to offer you a substantial amount
of money to come to my home, prepare a meal for myself and the
Sinking down into the chair, he rubbed the back of his neck. There has to be a catch. Old lovers just don’t show up and offer vast amounts of money, Waterson. “But?”
“But now, I have a feeling no amount would be enough to get you
to pretend to be my lover for the night, and that’s what I need from
A bitter laugh passed his lips at the irony. “This is just grand.
I never thought I’d hear the mighty Sean Whitcomb offer to pay someone
to pretend to be his lover. You’re a lover extraordinaire who could have
a man any day of the week. Isn’t that what you told me before you
left?” Unresolved resentment peppered his voice as his anger boiled
over. He wanted to do more than punch Sean. He wanted to hurt him right
where his heart lived. “So why don’t you go find one of them to do it?
Better yet, see if you can’t call one of the modeling agencies and have
them send over some hot guy to play the role, because the only thing
that would convince me to agree is if I got to top you for a whole
weekend. And it would be no-holds-barred sex. You’d be my bitch, for
once—and I’d make sure you screamed with pleasure.”
“Is that what it would take, Isaiah?”
The soft tone should’ve warned him, but anger made him rash.
“Yeah, it’s the only damned way…but we both know you’ll never agree to
it. You never bottom, you never give up control, so this discussion is
“No it’s not over. I agree to your terms,” Sean said. “One meal, a
couple hours of pretend, and you get me for the whole weekend. I’m sure
you’ll enjoy your pound of flesh. I’ll call tomorrow with the details.”
A click in his ear told him Sean had hung up.
Sarah's Review: Thanks to Decadent Publishing and Dakota Trace for giving me the chance to read and review this story. Again, this is a story one that is not something I usually read but the story caught my attention so I wanted to read it. I love foodie stories and that is what caught my attention, then the fact that it was a second chance love story was what drew me in. Sean and Isaiah are both strong alpha males that want what they want and they want each other. Time apart doesn't dwindle that want for the two of them. I love watching two of these reconnect and fall back in love again. My favorite part was the dinner and the events before the decision was made.
I don't feel like I am doing this story it's due justification, but that is because I am trying not to tell you all the goodness that happens.