Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Breaking Bonds
Author: Ari McKay
Series: The Walker Boys #2
Heroes: Liam & Carter
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 190 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: From the frying pan into the fire.
After a critic’s review attacks both Chef Liam Walker’s culinary skills and his personal life, Liam can no longer take the heat of the cutthroat New York City restaurant scene. He needs to get out of the kitchen—at least long enough to cool down and regroup.
At the Overlook Resort in North Carolina, Liam meets owner Carter Galloway. Carter has a passion for the hospitality business to rival Liam’s own, and it’s not hard to see where their shared interests—and attraction—could lead. But Carter has no interest in a fling, and Liam has no intention of walking away from the career he fought so hard for. If they want a taste of happiness together, they’ll have to find the courage to break the bonds threatening to pull them apart.
I LOVED Striking Sparks when I read it last year so when I saw there was a sequel? Oh man, I jumped at the chance to read it! This one is about Beau’s cousin, Liam, who’s a big time city chef who just had a bad review and needs some time off to get out of the kitchen. When he picks a random place in North Carolina, he just wants to relax but the first time he eats at the resort kitchen, he can’t help but demand better service from the owner. As soon as he meets Carter, he feels a bit bad for the guy and before he knows it, he’s offered to help out in the kitchen until things pick up for Carter. The more time he spends in the kitchen, the more he realizes what cooking is all about and the more he gets to know Carter. But Carter won’t do flings and Liam has a life back in New York. When things heat up in and out of the kitchen, will they be able to find a way to make it work?
I absolutely ADORED this story! At first, I wasn’t sure what to think because Liam starts off really needing anger management, IMO, lol. But when he first meets Carter, I fell in love with them both. It’s obvious Carter is in over his head but Liam’s heart melts just a little bit and he doesn’t know why but he offers to help Carter. I LOVED that he did that. He’s starts off cold and aloof but then turns into this passionate, sweet guy. As for Carter, he’s so vulnerable and almost insecure at first but he becomes so confident by the end and I just loved him with Liam.
My only issue was Carter’s parents and Liam’s mentor. I felt like their roles were a little forced at times. I didn’t really understand why Carter’s parents would come visit if they didn’t approve of what he was doing and he really didn’t have contact with them. And Liam’s mentor was obviously a manipulative guy from the first time he was mentioned. I’m surprised Liam didn’t realize it either.
Overall, I loved this book! I loved the chemistry between Liam and Carter and I loved that this was a slow-burn story. I was so fascinated from the start and I just couldn’t get enough of them dancing around each other. Definitely give this a go if you enjoyed Striking Sparks. I hope we see more of the Walker clan soon!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*