My Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Yes, Beautifully Damaged #3, but it can be read as a standalone.
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: Falling in love in the best way.
Avery Collins has just landed her dream job, pastry chef for the posh-Manhattan restaurant Clover. Her new boss, Trace Montgomery, even helped with securing her an affordable place to live: a beautifully restored carriage house owned by his friend, Rafe McKenzie—a man that makes her catch her breath and stirs her imagination. Trouble is, he's involved with someone, his father is being released after 25 years in prison and Avery is just his tenant. Exploring the attraction that sizzles whenever they're together would be the icing on the cake, but Avery knows all too well that you can't have everything. Of course, what's cake without icing?
Rafe McKenzie's world shattered at nine when his father Liam—the only parent he knew—was arrested and convicted for armed robbery. Growing up in the system, Rafe managed to survive his childhood and now has a job he enjoys, a house he's restoring and a tight circle of friends. He's even working on reconciling with his dad, both eager to put the past in the past.
Happy for the income a tenant would bring, Rafe agrees to rent his carriage house to Clover's new pastry chef. When Avery Collins pulls up his drive, she's not at all what he's expecting. Funny, sexy and as sweet as her desserts, it doesn't take long for things between them to heat up. Just when it seems as if they'll have their cake and eat it too, the past comes back with deadly intent leaving Rafe to figure out who's pulling the strings before his world shatters again.
I got this book by the author for an honest review on Netgalley and fell in love with the characters right away!
Rafe and Avery's story was beautiful! They are such good characters that you just know they deserve to be together.
They had a perfect "Meet cute" when she sees him walking out of his workshop, that just told me it was going to be a great book!
Avery is this cute pastry chef who has a thrive for life like no one I've ever seen. But she is lonely, even though she wasn't aware of it till now, once she has the dream job, she wants the dream man.
Rafe is perfect! He is SUPER hot and a perfectly nice gentleman. We love him from the moment he appears on the book.
He's had a rough childhood and now he thinks he is passed that, but in reality, everything that happened to him changed something within, he is broken and Avery might be just what he needs to be full again.
The story is lovely, the almost love scenes are so good! I was shouting at my book asking them why couldn't they just get over it and kiss. It was obvious they were perfect for each other.
Their chemistry was impressive, they were so attuned to each other that even though they didn't actually have an intimate scene yet, they left the reader hyperventilating.
A beautiful story about family and love, in a conventional and an unconventional way.
The family we choose for ourselves, the friends that walk alongside us in our life and who sometimes are the only Family we get.
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