Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: Home Skillet by Cate Ashwood and Sandra Damien

Home Skillet 
(Culinary Kings #1)
by Cate Ashwood,  Sandra Damien
Release Date: May 31, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance

Sometimes the only way to move forward… is to go back.

I don't know what's more shocking—the sudden end to my marriage, or the fact that I'd married a woman at all. But now I'm broke and homeless, kicked out of my Upper West Side apartment while my ex-wife walks away with everything we've ever worked for.
So what's an executive chef stripped of his dignity gonna do?
Go back to Jersey with his tail between his legs, that's what.

I can’t say that spending a decade pining after my best friend was the best use of my time. While I'd pretty much become an expert at the whole unrequited love thing, I'd resigned myself to the fact that Jimmy and I were never gonna happen. But when Jimmy turned up on my doorstep in his hour of need, I jumped at the chance to offer him my bed—er, couch. I mean, what are friends for, right?
Now that he's released from the shackles of matrimony, I can't wait to show him exactly what he's been missing out on all these years.
What I didn't anticipate was him showing me that maybe I'd been missing out too.

Home Skillet is a friends-to-lovers / second chances romance between two best friends. Ben and Jimmy are high school friends who used to be fuck buddies, but due to Jimmy's ambitious nature, he decided to stay in the closet and married a woman. Gasp! The more I read on mm romances, the more I have no patience for closet case. I just want to hit Jimmy repeatedly for being a total jerk to Ben. Granted that he didn't know Ben has feelings for him, I'm still mad on Ben's behalf. 

On present day, Jimmy's marriage and career are in tatters and he ended up bunking with Ben while figuring out his next move. We know how close proximity will bring forth tons of issue. I have a lot of conflicting feels during the first half of the book. Ben is a bit of a doormat, though he tried not to succumb to Jimmy's charm. I assumed he had been through the wringer with Jimmy's life choices. But Ben do have some admirable traits, he stood by his best friend no matter what and never demand things from Jimmy. As for Jimmy, let just say I need some time to warm up to him.

By halfway point, I started to really enjoy the story as a whole. That was the turning point for Jimmy to finally owned up to his mistakes and embrace his true self. Granted he used to be an asshole, at least he redeemed himself in my eyes. In the end, I just want to see Ben's decade-long unrequited love is paid off. The ending is really sweet and perfect.