Title: Food for Thought
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Philip Alces
Length: 2 hrs + 50 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release: 7th October 2015
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Emmett Gant was planning to tell his father something really important one Sunday morning—but his father passed away first. Now, nearly three years later, Emmett can't seem to clear up who he should be with—the girl with the apple cheeks and the awesome family, or his snarky neighbor, Keegan, who never sees his family but who makes Emmett really happy just by coming over to chat.
Emmett needs clarity.
Fortunately for Emmett, his best friend’s mom has a cookbook that promises to give Emmett insight and good food, and Emmett is intrigued. After the cookbook follows him home, Emmett and Keegan decide to make the recipe “For Clarity,” and what ensues is both very clear—and a little surprising, especially to Emmett's girlfriend. Emmett is going to have to think hard about his past and the really important thing he forgot to tell his father if he wants to get the recipe for love just right.
Talk about the worst case of self-denial ever. Emmett is so in the closet, but why? This is a wonderful coming out story. Not that Emmett has a problem with his sexuality he is just scared of losing what he holds dear and that is family. He fears that he will be rejected and therefore tries to fit all the norms as best he can. He is dating a sweet young girl and pretending that with time he could learn to love her but deep down knows that this will not be the case. No sex, just chaste kisses and pecks on cheeks is his idea of going out with a girl.
I can so understand Emmett’s predicament. Telling friends is one thing but telling family something completely different. The fear, upset and anguish of losing the love a family is enough in itself to keep a lot of people in the closet. He longs for a family, has heteronormative values so to speak but just can’t see that having a family and being gay can also work. He grew up without a mother and a father who loved him but wasn’t exactly the most communicative person. So he sees his best friend's family as his own. My goodness I loved this family too, especially the mother, Flora, a force to be reckoned with enough love for a whole battalion. She also loves Emmett dearly too and hates seeing the facade he is hiding behind.
One conversation in the kitchen with Flora had me in absolute hysterics as she was trying to wheedle the truth out of Emmett. My sides were splitting feeling Emmett squirming away from the truth while Flora put him right on the spot and started to try and squeeze the truth out of him. She had his number as did his best friend and Flora’s son Vinnie. But it had to be Emmett’s job to come clean. This family just had so much love so there was reason for Emmett to be afraid of telling them the truth but this is always easier said than done. They would only ever be happy to see Emmett happy. A case of every one else knew Emmett was gay but he didn’t.
He has a neighbour, Keegan, who is out and proud. They enjoy each other’s company so much that it as plain as his nose on his face but he keeps Keegan at a distance. That is until Granny B’s cookbook comes into play. OMG! These recipes are hot! The dam breaks and Emmett realises that there is no denying what he feels for Keegan anymore. The recipies work their charm and there can be no more confusion left for Emmett or Keegan after this. The first erotic scene with Keegan and Emmett was hot but also a little comical. Talk about a food fight - lol! Absolutely adored it!
A sweet, short story that had me laughing, had its very poignant moments and I’ll never look at almond shortbread the same way again. I’m so loving this series of books and will be moving straight on to the next one. For a Rainy Day by RJ Scott coming up next!
Again nothing to criticise with the narration really. Wonderfully spoken and the voice characterisations were perfect. I loved Keegan’s voice, exactly how I would have imagined him even if I had read the book as opposed to listening to the audiobook. For me personally all I can say is a job well done Mr Alces.
Meet Amy Lane
I am creative, distracted, and terribly weird. I love my children to distraction, and I love my hobbies even when they piss me off. I come from a double line of extremely creative, intelligent people who hated authority so much they dodged higher education, and I married a wonderful man who is quiet, conservative, devastatingly funny, and perfect.
Our children are constant reminders that God and Goddess have a profound sense of humor, and that all of the things you dislike most about yourself but pretend don't exist really do come back on the karmic wheel to kick your ass when you least expect it.
My family keeps me young and humble and I try every day to make them proud. I've written seven books, VULNERABLE, WOUNDED, BOUND, & RAMPANT which are all part of the Little Goddess series, BITTERMOON I and II, and Keeping Promise Rock, found at Dreamspinner Press. I write to placate the voices in my head, profanity is the element I swim in, and knitting socks at stoplights has become my twitch.