Sunday, November 08, 2015

Audiobook Review : Just Desserts (A Tale of the Curious Cookbook) by Mary Calmes ~ with audio excerpt.


Title: Just Desserts

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Length: 2 hrs + 54 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release: 4th August 2015

Genre: M/M Contemporary



Boone Walton has tried hard to create some distance between himself and his past. He's invested in his new life, his New Orleans art gallery, and his friendship with Scott Wren. Things finally seem to be settling down to normal, and Boone couldn’t be happier.

Chef Scott Wren wants much more than normal with Boone. He wants to raise things to the next level, but Boone is terrified—and not because of the ghost in Scott’s apartment or Scott’s relatives. No, Boone's past is about to pay him a visit, and the only thing that can get between Boone, Scott, and a hinky recipe for chocolate mousse found in a curious cookbook is the river of pain Boone had to swim across to get to this side of The Big Easy. There’s a secret behind the ingredients, though—one that might reveal the trust and love that have been missing from Boone’s life.




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Mark’s Review

I have loved every story so far in this series and this one was just the cherry on the cake. No, the cake was not from Granny B - lol!  Going by the title then you usually have your dessert last, so i decided to keep this book until last. This one is a beautiful story that deals with unrequited love and how with the intervention of a sneaky dessert from Granny B’s cookbook all dreams come true.

Boone is an interior designer with an art gallery and this is how he meets Scott, a chef and restaurant owner, while Scott is looking around his gallery. the attraction is there immediately but it most definitely isn’t instalove as Boone plays his cards very close to his chest and Scott reads the signals all wrong. I just love these stories that are based on getting the signals and signs all wrong and then getting things sorted which is exactly what Granny B’s chocolate mousse dessert is designed to do.

Scott is looking for the one partner and although he seems to appear to be in and out of relationships it’s really only because of his trusting and loving nature. You could say a little gullible but he is the type of person who always tries to see the good in everyone and then ends up disappointed when things don’t turn out the way he would like. Boone is his exact polar opposite. Reserved, a little cynical and suspicious of anyone’s motives, he is just down for the one night stands for physical relief and no emotional attachment. However, we get the vibes early on that Boone has a past, a past that stops him from forming any kind of relationship on an emotional level has he is afraid of getting hurt.

He has a past and when his past does catch up with him we learn why he has been the way he is. OMG! I was once again reduced to tears. Seriously, what it is with this collection of stories and authors? Anyway, Boone is a man that had a great love but lost it all. This is why he is so afraid of loving again as he doesn’t want that hurt. A man that has had to start over again from nothing and worked hard to build up what he has achieved today. They say it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all and this is so true for Boone. So Scott and Boone remain “friends” believing” that they rather have the friendship as to take the next step. As friends they are made for each other, but Boone denies himself that he is in love even though all his friends can see it is as plain as the nose on his face. However, he first needs to put the ghosts of his past at peace. The only thing is he is missing out on any happiness that someone could give him.

So this is where Granny B’s dessert for sorting comes into action. Again I just loved the way that The Curious Cookbook arrives on the scene and works its magic with Boone and Scott. The situation between them seriously need sorting or more’s to the point give them both a wake up call. So dangerous desserts or just desserts, Granny B’s chocolate mousse recipe was exactly what was needed!

So this collection of stories for me represent some of the finest authors in M/M romance and couldn’t have been better. Loved all audiobooks and a great collection to have.


Again Dreamspinner Press have chosen a great selection of narrators for this series and Greg Tremblay was by now mean an exception. His voice felt comfortable on the ears from the very beginning, his voice characterisations perfect and even his Japanese sounded at lest to my ears convincing. Not that I would be able to tell the difference anyway. Will have to leave that assessment to a Japanese native speaker – lol! Why Japanese? Well, you’ll have to listen to the book and find out about Boone’s history.  SO all in all loved the books, loved the narrations.


Audio Excerpt


Meet Mary Calmes

iconMary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.

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