Title: Twice Baked
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/ Gay Romance/ LGTBQA
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Oct 9 2019
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print (1st Edition)
When the pickiest eater in America is tapped to judge a cooking competition along with his chef ex-boyfriend, will it be a recipe for a second chance… or disaster?
Luke Walker’s humor about foods he can’t stand made him an internet celebrity and his blog, The Pickiest Eater in America, a huge hit. He plans to bring that same lighthearted comedy to the show—but he won’t be the only host.
Meyer Thibodeaux might be a famous chef, but he’s solemn, uptight, and closeted. He’s also Luke's ex. As different as they are, the sparks between Luke and Meyer never really went out, and as they work together, each begins to see the other in a new light, and the passion between them reignites, hot as ever. But secrets, gossip, and rumors on the set could sour their reunion.
Clare leaned forward. “What’s really the issue here? Does this have anything to do with Meyer Thibodeau?” The way she said that name and the glazed look in her eyes was almost more than I could stand. Thankfully it only lasted long enough for me to start grinding my teeth. “It does. I still can’t believe the two of you used to be together.”
“I told you that in confidence, and you had better not be spreading it around.” It was my turn to fix her with the scowl of death. “But yeah, I guess.”
Three years ago, about the same time that I’d started the blog, Meyer had been an executive chef in Philadelphia. He and I had been dating for nearly two years at that point. I knew it was a disaster waiting to happen, because Meyer hadn’t been willing to step out of the closet. The warning signs were there—I should have seen them. I really should have. Honestly, I can’t even blame Meyer, because it was my own damn fault. I fell in love with him.
Meyer had been doing a regular spot on one of the local television channels, and he’d gotten a call from the Cooking Network to come out so they could talk to him. Since then, he’d been all over the network and had become a television celebrity as well as a restaurateur, with customers packing every table in his restaurants each night.
“Did he shatter your heart into little pieces?” Clare asked.
“No. I can’t say that he did. I broke my own heart.” I sighed. “It would be so easy to blame Meyer, but he had been up front with me about what he was willing to do and how far he was willing to go. It sucked, but I was the one who kept hoping he would change and realize I was there and would be there when he allowed himself to be true to who he was.” I had been a fool of the highest order. “Then he got a call that was too good to pass up, and that was that. He was gone in a few weeks and went on to much bigger things and people than me.” I tried not to admit it, but I thought about him sometimes. I’d be flipping channels and catch one of the shows he was hosting, and I couldn’t help stopping just to watch him. Of course I didn’t tell Clare that. She didn’t have much time for “what could have been.” That wasn’t her thing, and I wished I could be more like her sometimes.
“That is the biggest bunch of bullshit I think I have ever heard in my life. A stand-up kind of guy would have broken it off. But I’m willing to bet that Meyer kept coming back to you even when you backed away.” She sighed, and I couldn’t deny it. “I know the type. I’ve dated plenty of losers in my life. The good ones are in hiding somewhere, or up in their apartments, blogging, and are gay.”