Title: Return of the Chauffeur’s Son
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 6/2/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.
But now Luca’s home, and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action—but he’s fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage he’s ready to chuck the fairy tale—unable to even imagine Dylan’s power to make his dreams come true.
5 fun loving drinking stars!
I love just about everything that Tara Lain writes, and this story definitely doesn’t disappoint! We meet Luca on the airplane heading back to his childhood home, stuck between two busybodies – who eventually come to his rescue. The thing is, Luca has been dreading coming home because his childhood crush, a straight guy who happens to also be the son of his dad’s employer, is there… and he still carries a torch for him.
Now look, it’s clear from the beginning how the story would unfold, so there isn’t a great mystery per se, but there are a few exciting bumps and turns along the way – just as you think you know what’s going to happen. I can’t quite put my finger on the “why” I loved this book so much – but I truly did. The main characters, Luca and Dylan, were just so delicious (food pun, on purpose). Their relationship built throughout the story and seemed to fall in place – just for their worlds to be shaken up. It’s a great HEA fairy-tale, filled with great lovable characters, money and station in life not being a barrier, and the love of family after all.
I would recommend this book for anyone who loves a good (and maybe a tiny bit sappy) love story. I read it in one reading because I just wanted, so much, to see how they would work together… and if it would happen.