Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Shoes & Ties
Author: Jena Wade
Series: Shoes & Ties #1
Heroes: Ashten Brody & Trent Cole
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 33,500 words
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: October 2013
Available at: Loose Id, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ashten Brody is a chef fresh out of college. He lands his dream job working as a personal chef to Trent Cole, local luxury hotel owner. As it turns out, Trent is also his dream man.
After working together, the two are unable to deny their attraction. One late night they can’t hold back any longer. Too bad Ashten rushes off soon after.
In the weeks that follow, it appears to Ashten that he has landed his dream man and his dream job. He and Trent appear to be on the path to a serious relationship and life-long happiness. Life seems to be just too perfect…
This was my latest challenge book chosen by JustJen for me to read; and to keep myself in suspense, I didn’t even read the blurb before diving in.
Shoes & Ties is a cute little story about Ashten Brody, a young personal chef, falling for his boss, Trent Cole, a wealthy hotel owner. Trent wants someone in his home to cook his daily meals, and of course he can’t get the attractive Ashten out of his head. All that leads to increased sexual tension between Trent and Ashten…until they finally give in to one another. Honestly, they didn’t fight it very hard at all. Everything is going sweet and uncomplicated, until Trent decides to ask for more. Then some crazy person from Trent’s past tries to intervene.
All in all, this is a simple story without much going on. It doesn’t even have much angst, unless you count their silly, little separation near the end that really made no sense at all. It does get a little intense when the stalker shows up, but that was easily predictable with all the hints that were being dropped throughout the early parts of the story.
I really liked both Ashten and Trent, even though they couldn’t communicate when it mattered. Of course, eventually they figure themselves out and run off into the sunset to live their HEA. I would have liked for the epilogue to have been a bit longer, but hopefully I will see a bit more of them in the next book of the series: Lumber & Law, which looks to be about Ashten’s twin brother Jesse…and Troy? Now that looks interesting.
Overall Impression: I Liked It!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*