Review: Savor Me by Beth Bolden (Kitchen Gods #3)

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Vibrant Promotions.

Savor Me is the third novel in Beth Bolden's Kitchen Gods series, and it's just become my favorite one among the three available books. This is the story of two strangers whose paths cross on a stormy night, not realizing that it would be a first meeting that would pave the way for them to find their way back to each other and to a future neither of them expected. When sous chef Xander Bridges's presence is requested by a customer, he isn't entirely sure how to react, especially when he realizes that the customer is none other than Damon Hess, heir to Hess family fortune and a legacy founded on expensive and in-demand wines. It's a legacy that Damon has spent the past year trying to rid himself of; after all, inheriting a vineyard presents a huge red flag for a recovering alcoholic like him. It was also a year ago that Damon first met Xander--both strangers yet Xander's presence while Damon was removing the grape vines from his land gave him some semblance of peace, quickly followed by giving him purpose. Damon's offer to make Xander the head chef at a new restaurant he's planning opens the door for the two to become not just business partners but friends as well. The question is: could they end up becoming more?

From the moment Damon and Xander meet in the middle of the darkness and the dreary rain just as Damon is ripping his vineyard apart, I was hooked. There was no turning away from the story of these two men and how they somehow find a fresh start and a new (and better!) direction for both their lives by getting together--both professionally and personally. Damon has his demons, no thanks to his past alcohol addiction and his less than familial ties with his father who can't quite wrap his head around the fact that Damon wants nothing to do with their legacy. On the other hand, Xander, who has always been the bossiest among the four roommates, learns to take chances with Damon, and not just because he suspects Damon is straight in the beginning. I liked seeing this softer side to Xander and that fact that he's moved on from Miles and is focusing his energies on someone other than Kian and his friend's crush on "The Bastard". I loved the angst here as well as the romance, and having the rest of the guys around was a definite bonus. I know Kian's story is up next and is billed as the final Kitchen Gods book but I'm holding out hope for a novella for Nate too! Fingers crossed! I enjoyed Savor Me and give it 4.5 stars. ♥


Read my reviews for the Kitchen Gods series:

Bite Me (book one) - three stars - My Review

Catch Me (book two) - four stars - My Review

Savor Me (book three) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)


Date Read: 14 October 2018

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