Dine With Me is a sweet (and savory) love story that is an homage to the senses and a meditation on what truly makes us who we are.
–Roan Parrish, author of The Middle of Somewhere and Riven series
Delicious, devastating, and utterly gorgeous, I devoured this book in two sittings. Could not put it down. An absolute must-read for any romance driven foodie, or indeed, food driven romance.
–Garrett Leigh, author of the Skins and the Misfits series
Layla Reyne’s DINE WITH ME is a contemporary m/m romance following a dying chef on a last tour of his favorite meals, and the travel companion who must convince him he’s more than his taste buds and that the cost of love is worth living for.
Dine With Me by Layla Reyne
Release Date (e-book and audio): September 16, 2019
Page Length: 69k words
Life never tasted so good.
Miller Sykes’s meteoric rise to award-winning chef is the stuff of culinary dreams, but it’s all crashing down around him. He’s been given a diagnosis that could cost him something even more precious than his life: his sense of taste. Rather than risk the very thing that defines him, Miller embarks on a last tour of his favorite meals while he still can.
But there’s a catch: he needs a financial backer to make it happen, and he doesn’t want anyone to know he’s sick.
Dr. Clancy Rhodes has two weeks to come to terms with putting aside oncology to work at his father’s thriving plastic surgery practice. When the opportunity to travel with a Michelin-starred chef presents itself, the foodie in him can’t believe it. It doesn’t hurt that Miller’s rugged good looks are exactly Clancy’s cuppa joe.
As Clancy and Miller travel from coast to coast and indulge in everything from dive bars to the most decadent of culinary experiences, they’re suddenly sharing a lot more than delicious meals. Sparks fly as they bond over their love of flavors and the pressures of great expectations. But when Miller’s health takes a turn for the worse, Clancy must convince him he’s more—so much more—than just his taste buds. And that together, they can win a battle that once seemed hopeless.
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On the edge of New Orleans’s French Quarter, Port of Call wasn’t flashy from the outside. An older building with gray siding, dark storm shutters, unmarked awnings, and a weathered wood sign over its entrance. The inside wasn’t flashy either. Woven ropes below an exposed ceiling, wood-paneled walls, a big wooden bar, and seating areas with basic wooden tables. It reminded Miller of a hulled-out ship, which, given the name and location, only a few blocks from the river, he supposed was the point. But Port of Call wasn’t a seafood joint. A waiter set a monster burger and baked potato in front of Miller, both covered with freshly grated cheese, and he forgot all about ships.
Now this was something to look at.
Across from him, Greg was tucking a napkin in his shirt collar, preparing to get down and dirty, and beside Greg, Clancy had already picked up his burger and had on his how-do-I-attack-this face.
“I know it’s not Brennan’s or Commander’s Palace…” Miller said.
Clancy didn’t take his eyes off the burger. “No complaints here.”
“Don’t overthink it,” Greg said, dark eyes twinkling. “Just go for it.”
Clancy nodded and did just that. Grilled mushrooms escaped out the back, cheese from the sides, and grease down Clancy’s chin. Laughing, Miller snagged one of the extra napkins the waiter had wisely left behind and reached across the table. He stopped a few inches short of his intended target, caught in the laser beam of his friend’s stare, no longer mirthful but sharpened with curiosity.
“Here, Doc.” Miller handed the napkin to Clancy instead.
Already on the scent, Greg shifted in his chair toward Clancy. “Not the New Orleans stop you were expecting?”
“Well, no, but holy shit, this is the best burger I’ve ever had.” Clancy paused to wipe his chin, then took another bite and had to repeat the whole hilarious process over again. He looked blissfully happy—not quite Oh-God-Truffles happy but pretty damn close.
“That’s why we’re here,” Miller said. “No one does burgers better.”
Loved this book! Clancy and Miller for the win. This is a dual POV contemporary novel and much different from her previous novels that I’ve read. This book made me happy and sad at the same time. Broke me apart and then fixed me back up. It gave me hope. Clancy an Miller are perfect together. Clancy just lights him up inside. Also I want this line on a T-shirt:
Logic was hard, s’mores were easy.
Oh, after finishing this, I was so fucking hungry! Miller is such an amazing chef. And I loved Sloan. Layla Reyne writes some badass females. One of my favourite things!! The epilogue was wonderful but I’d have liked the book to be a little more longer.
Very fun read!!!
*ARC provided by the author via A Novel Take PR and Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
About Layla Reyne
RITA Finalist Layla Reyne is the author of the Agents Irish and Whiskey, Fog City, and Changing Lanes series. A Carolina Tar Heel who now calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, Layla enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart-pounding romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. Layla is a 2019 RWA® RITA® Finalist in Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length) and 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.
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