Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: King of the Kitchen
Author: Bru Baker
Heroes: Beck & Duncan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 06, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Rising kitchen talents Beck Douglas and Duncan Walters have been on the foodie paparazzi radar for years, since their status as heirs to two of the biggest celebrity chef empires around makes them culinary royalty. Beck is known for his charm and traditional food as cohost of his uncle’s popular TV cooking show, while Duncan earned himself a reputation as a culinary bad boy, both for his refusal to work in his father’s restaurants and his avant-garde approach to cooking.
They’re also heirs to a food rivalry that could put the Hatfields and McCoys to shame, and when they’re photographed in the middle of a heated argument, the press goes wild with speculation. Damage control ensues, with a fake friendship engineered by PR cronies that leaves both of them secretly pining for more.
Beck chafes under his uncle’s micromanagement, and Duncan’s relationship with his homophobic father becomes even more tenuous when Beck and Duncan start getting closer. It’s hard to hide their chemistry on national television when Duncan joins Beck’s cooking show, but they won’t be able to take their relationship—or their careers—to the next level without breaking a few eggs.
Beck and Duncan’s first meeting didn’t go too smoothly and now years later, they’re interactions are far from friendly. But when one interaction gets a little out of hand, they’re left with trying to save face with the media, which leads to a little friendly competition on Beck’s uncle’s cooking show. What started out as a way to settle bad press turns into much more when Beck and Duncan act on their attraction.
I’ve made no secret that I’m a fan of Bru Baker’s stories so when I saw this one coming out, I was super excited because I couldn’t wait to read it! I wasn’t disappointed either! I loved the banter between Beck and Duncan and how easy they were around each other once they got passed their initial problems. As individuals, I liked that they were so different. Beck was the one who did everything he was supposed to, tried to follow in his uncle’s footsteps, while Duncan was the bad boy who didn’t want to follow his dad or be like him. I just adored them together and couldn’t get enough of their chemistry.
This book was a deliciously slow burn but my biggest, and really only, issue was that it was a bit repetitive at times. Some things were thought/discussed in one POV and then reiterated in another POV, which grew a little excessive.
Even so, I absolutely loved this story. I loved that Duncan and Beck didn’t just jump into things and they had a little bit of a feud going on. I also liked that under that feud there was so much chemistry and I just LOVED all the recipes. I hope this isn’t the last we see of Duncan and Beck because I really want another story of them!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*