Reviewed by Ami
Title: A Full Plate
Author: Kim Fielding
Series: Dreamspun Desires, #56
Heroes: Tully * Sage
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Opposites come together for a spicy surprise.
Bradford “Tully” Tolliver has everything—money, a great car, a beautiful condo, and a promising career as one of Portland’s hottest young lawyers. Sure, he puts in long hours and has no social life to speak of, but who needs romance when corporations pay top dollar for his expertise? He hesitates when a colleague asks if her cousin can live with him, but the arrangement will last less than a year, and then the cousin—Sage Filling—will return to his tiny hometown.
But Sage is handsome and intriguing, and his cooking makes Tully swoon. Sage has obligations back home, though, and Tully has offers he might not refuse from a persistent—and very wealthy—ex. Since Tully and Sage each have a full plate, can they make room for a side of love?
Bradford “Tully” Tolliver reluctantly agrees to help out his colleague, Carrie, to let her cousin Sage Filling (yes, snicker all you want) to stay at Bradford’s spare bedroom for about a year until Sage gets enough money to send to Sage’s family back at Hair Shaker, Oregon. Carrie promises that Sage will not bother Tully much, and he can help Tully with some housekeeping, including cleaning and cooking, as payment.
First, I need to highlight the number of FOOD TALKS here; because Sage is an AMAZING and BRILLIANT cook!! The way that he passionately works with ingredients to create food for Tully makes me salivating. I genuinely wish that I can be inside Tully’s house so I can try the food that Sage prepares.
I enjoyed the relationship between the two men … at first, because of their busy schedule, they are two strangers sharing the same condo. But slowly, as Sage leaves food for Tully, and Tully comments on them via post-it, they become friends and start finding time to spend together; just enjoying the food, or shopping for groceries.
I love that the progress feels natural. Both men don’t immediately jump into their physical attraction. There’s this slight matter of the difference of their economy level; and how Sage doesn’t want to feel like he’s taking advantage of Tully’s money. There’s also another complication with Sage’s responsibility back home and that his time at Portland is not indefinite. All of these make the ‘I love you’ revelation worth waiting for.
I think the only ‘letdown’ of this book for me is because it is only told from Tully’s perspective. I still want to know what’s going on in Sage’s mind; to know him better than the person I learn via Tully.
All in all, A Full Plate is a sweet opposite-attracts story with a low steam spectrum that fits nicely to the Dreamspun Desires line.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*