Fennel and Forgiveness

Ari McKay
Contemporary romance
Available from Torquere Press
ISBN: 978-1-61040-470-9
May 2013

Seven years ago, Darious Cooper's heart was broken. In an effort to start anew, he left Atlanta and moved to South Carolina. He's working as maitre d' at Montgomery House, one of the finest restaurants in Charleston. The owner, Rhys Montgomery, has recently loaned out the restaurant for filming of a wedding reality show. When Darius finds out the director is Max Boyd, the man who broke his heart, he's fit to be tied. Max knew he made the biggest mistake of his life losing Darius and he wants him back. Darius is wary of being hurt again and is mistrustful of Max's intentions. It will take every weapon in Max's arsenal to get them back together. He won't give up until Darius is in his life for good.

Fennel and Forgiveness is the follow-up to Bay Leaves and Bachelors. Some of the major players from the first book have prominent roles in this story. I really liked the setting but the read was just okay for me. The writing was engaging in part. I found Darius and Max as a couple sort of bland. I didn't fully connect with the romance as I should have. What really had me intrigued was the secondary characters, particularly Stephen. His character was so strong and inviting, he totally upstaged the main event. I wanted to know more about his relationship with his assistant Robert. The seven year separation with no contact didn't jibe with Max's urgency to get back together. By the end, I just didn't care whether they rekindled their love. The overall idea was promising but I just wasn't feeling it. I hope Stephen and Robert's story is next.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Beverly
May 13, 2013

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