Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: 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 bakes pies. It’s become his whole life. Allowing pies to become his whole life was a conscious decision. Pies don’t ruin your life the way a boyfriend can. When Joe finds a beautiful but wounded man in his garden he helps him. It’s the right thing to do. Unfortunately, that man doesn’t know who he is. Joe and the beautiful man decide they will call him Tom. Joe’s pie shop staff likes Tom. Joe likes Tom. Tom appears to like Joe. However, things aren’t right. Tom refuses to go to a hospital or talk to the cops. Something is up with Tom, but Joe finds himself trusting him. Joe finds himself protecting Tom. Joe and Tom find themselves falling in love. Then the bad guys show up. It was bound to happen. Tom really isn’t Tom, he was never Tom. Tom was always a temporary person waiting for his memory to return. Now, Joe finds himself trying to trust a real person.
This book is a wonderful escape. It’s completely unreal and completely adorable. There is tension, romance, action, and they all fit the story. Joe and Tom click immediately. We learn why it felt so immediate for both men. Joe really had a hard time coming back from a horrible boyfriend. Despite the obvious mystery of Tom and his origins, this was really a story about Joe coming out of his self constructed shell (It’s taken all my willpower to not say crust.) after his hellacious relationship with Blake. This was the kernel of reality in a fun and fanciful tale of second chances and relationships that were meant to happen.
I didn’t think the Dreamspun Desires titles would be something I’d go for. I tend to go for well built worlds, convoluted plots, and a somewhat dark subject matter. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the titles from this series I’ve read. My favorite authors are still my favorite authors, regardless of format or trope. I’m happy I took a risk on this book. I was rewarded with a fun book about someone trying love again after heartbreak. I’ll absolutely read this book again.