Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Bite Me
Author: Beth Bolden
Series: Kitchen Gods #1
Heroes: Miles & Evan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 357 pages
Release Date: February 10, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Talented pastry chef Miles Costa is bored. Working at the celebrated Napa Valley restaurant Terroir is supposed to be the cherry on top to a promising career, but instead it’s a creative desert. So when he gets an offer to turn his online video series into a career, he leaves his three best friends in Napa and swaps Terroir for Los Angeles.
With the resources now at his fingertips, turning his pastry series into a hit should be easy. Then Miles meets his producer, Evan Patterson, and realizes he’s screwed. And not even in the good way.
It’s not a meet-cute . . .
Evan lives to work and loves every minute detail Miles loathes. Not only that, he seems hell bent on micromanaging every aspect of Miles’ show despite the fact he knows nothing about the culinary arts. Evan doesn’t even like sweets—until Miles seduces him with a rainbow of delectable confections he can’t resist.
. . . it’s a collision.
With every confrontation, the intensity between them flares even hotter until they’re not sure if it’s hatred they feel . . .or something else. Is it possible for two people with nothing in common to discover common ground and romance?
I wasn’t planning on reading this one but the beginning of Catch Me, the sequel, had me thinking it might be wise to read Bite Me first. Not that it’s necessary to read this to read the sequel but there are a few things that connect them and overall, I think the series may be about the four guys who originally worked at Terrior together. So I felt that I may need to read this one first and I’m glad I did because I loved it. I liked that Miles was a pastry chef and posted videos of himself baking. The concoctions he came up with sounded a bit off-putting at times but then when you think about it, it became interesting. Anyway, I loved that Miles would get so involved in creating recipes and that Evan had been harboring a crush on Miles and his videos for a while.
Which is why it was a bit of a shock to Evan when he didn’t immediately get along with Miles. I liked that there wasn’t an instant love between them even though they both expected things to go differently. I liked that Miles was so headstrong, although, I’m not quite sure why he would still have 100% control over a show that someone else bought the rights too because he obviously didn’t read his contract lol. At the same time, I enjoyed the fact that Evan was just as stubborn and their clashing point of views didn’t mesh well because they were determined not to let the other win. It was so funny to see how Miles wouldn’t even consider some of Evan’s ideas and how Evan didn’t seem to explain his views right so that Miles would realize it was his choice and not a demand of how the show would run. Their constant bickering definitely built strong chemistry and when they finally gave into that attraction, it made things all the more sweeter.
I enjoyed this one but I felt like the constant hatred between Miles and Evan went on too long for my liking. At first, the push/pull of their relationship was intriguing but it just kept on going and going and when they would take one step forward one of them would say something and it’d be two steps back, which grew frustrating after a time. Also, I felt like the ending was too rushed and tied up too nicely for the amount of pressure they put themselves through.
All in all, I really loved this one. I loved the chemistry between Miles and Evan and how their relationship started out rough but then became so much more. I wish the hostility didn’t go on as long as it did and the ending had more meat to it but overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and looking forward to the next book!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*