Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Dreamspun Desires
Summary: He’s hot. He’s dangerous. And he can’t remember anything.
As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.
Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.
Review: Joe Applin is the kind of guy I’d like to meet. He’s not only a sweetheart, he owns a small NYC café, appropriately named Apple’n Pies, where he features his homemade pies—pies that people come from all over the city to get. But he’s also been emotionally scarred by his past boyfriend, a wealthy, spoiled, rich guy who’s deep in his closet and threw Joe under the bus to protect his cover. Joe lost everything, including his self-worth, so it’s very hard for Joe to trust another man.
Until he meets the very hot, very dangerous man he finds in the garden behind his shop— unconscious. When he awakens, he doesn’t know who he is, so for lack of a better name, Joe names him Tom. Tom becomes Joe’s helper, friend, and eventually his confidante and lover. But it takes a while to get there, and Tom has to prove just because he can’t remember his name, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know his own heart.
Charlie Cochet may be well known for her paranormal law enforcement series, but she knows how to write a sweet romance better than most. This story displayed some of her diversity as an author in that we not only get a sweet MM romance with well-developed characters and a host of secondary characters worthy of outshining any other sidekicks out there—Bea, Donnie and Elsie were a hoot!—We also get a great law enforcement-related mystery that kept me on my toes throughout the book. Darn, I hate when I can’t figure out a mystery by the time it’s revealed, but this one kept me in the dark.
I’ve been enjoying these Dreamspinner Desires stories, and this one is right up there with the best. I highly recommend it, especially if you love a tall, dark, mysterious stranger who comes into the life of a sweet, shy, man deserving of love and then sweeps him up into mystery, suspense, and romance. So good!