Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Catch Me
Author: Beth Bolden
Series: Kitchen Gods #2
Heroes: Wyatt & Ryan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 85k words
Release Date: June 9, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Chef Wyatt Blake is finally ready to move on from his thankless job. He gets no wiggle room, zero praise, plenty of abuse, and on a good day, he might only spend twelve hours in the Terroir kitchens. A friend of his recommends a private chef position, but despite the boost in pay, Wyatt doesn’t want to babysit some spoiled, rich LA family.
Imagine his shock when the family isn’t a Kardashian clone, but Ryan Flores, the only professional baseball player to ever come out of the closet.
Ryan is also at a career crossroads. His team’s management wants to see his more responsible side, which means no more late night hookups and no more adrenaline-charged stunts. When his agent suggests he find a fake boyfriend to give him an air of domesticity, he’s only reluctantly interested.
Until Ryan goes to a local bar and spies the cute private chef he’s supposed to be interviewing the next day. Maybe a quieter life wouldn’t be so bad, as long as Wyatt is part of it?
Wyatt believes Ryan could be more than just a crappy boss, but he isn’t sure about leaving the kitchen for the life of a professional boyfriend. Especially when he wants the reality so much more than the fantasy.
I am absolutely adoring this series so far! I love this author’s writing and how she’s able to build her characters with such strong personalities and create situations that aren’t the norm, so to speak. In this one, I loved that Wyatt was the one that was in the closet and Ryan, the athlete, was out. It was a nice change since the athletes are usually the ones who are in the closet. I loved the conflict this gave to their relationship but I also adored the fact that both of them wanted a real relationship but didn’t know how to make that work when Ryan needed a fake relationship to show how settled down he was.
At first, I wasn’t sure I was enjoying the fake boyfriend aspect but then I started to really like the turmoil it caused especially since it was the fact that Wyatt couldn’t be Ryan’s fake boyfriend that changed their relationship. As for their personalities, Ryan is the typical arrogant and selfish famous person at times but he’s also very sweet and sincere. But Wyatt really has my heart because he put his grandma in front of his own desires. Basically everything he did, he did to make his grandma’s life better and I absolutely loved him for it. Sure, he could be surly and rude at times but he thinks about others before himself. The two together are absolutely enchanting and I loved the friction they caused in and out of bed.
While I really enjoyed this book, I had a few issues. For one, there was way too much sex for my tastes. It felt like instead of talking, Wyatt and Ryan would have sex so I didn’t feel like they worked through their problems as much as they could have. Also, the ending was too rushed, in my opinion. Just when things settled for Wyatt and Ryan, then BOOM something happens and instead of any repercussions, it was like it was swept under the rug and everything was okay. I felt like there should have been some consequences for what happened. Plus, Wyatt and Ryan’s names are way too close for me (this is just a pet peeve) so I kept stumbling over who was talking.
All in all, I really liked this book and it was definitely a great addition to the series. I loved that we got Wyatt’s book and more into his life. I loved that Ryan was out but Wyatt wasn’t and I adored their struggle in trying to make a fake but not fake relationship work when the situation wouldn’t allow it to. I can’t wait to see who gets their book next in the series because I’m loving this author’s work so far!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*