This was such an adorable, sweet and heartwarming m/m foodie romance! I loved that it was low on angst and drama, but still full of suspense and totally addictive! (I binge-read it in just a few hours, that’s how addictive it was…)
The story follows Tony Blake who is running a food truck together with his brother Wyatt. Whereas Wyatt is happily married to his hot baseball player Ryan, Tony is recovering from being dumped by his ex-boyfriend. When Wyatt gets too busy with his cook book projects, and hires Lucas Barnes to help Tony out for the summer, Tony might just have a chance on his own happily ever after. If only he dared to trust again… And if only Lucas could allow himself to break his no-relationship-rule… And if co-worker Jeremy could stop being a jealous jerk and stop accusing Lucas for the thefts that are happening…
I completely fell for both Tony and Lucas from the very beginning! I loved how sweet and kind, yet tough, Tony was and how self-aware he was. He’d been a rough time, but had come out stronger and with a realization of his own fault and problems. And Lucas, he was such a sweetheart. I loved how he always spoke his mind and how determined he was to make his vegan energy bar business a success. And the chemistry between them… it was absolutely sizzling and flaming hot! The tiny food truck kitchen was burning up by more than the heat from the cooking… The attraction was instant, but the romance was nevertheless a gorgeous slow-burning one, where both Tony and Lucas were scared by their strong feelings. The mystery part added a bit of extra suspense, but most of all a reason for Tony and Lucas to go on stake-outs together and building up such high amounts of suppressed longing and desire in Lucas’ small car that it was almost physically palpable for us readers…
For those of you that have read Beth Bolden’s books before, some of the characters in this book are known from her Kitchen Gods series (Wyatt and Ryan’s story was told in Catch Me), but all books can be read as standalones. I am so happy that I’ve found this new to me author and for the possibility to go back to her previous books to connect even more with the characters I’ve already come to love and how she’s created her own foodie universe by weaving her stories together. The food aspect really does add something extra to the stories too.
All in all, Drive Me Crazy was such a heartwarming and charming, sweet and romantic, and very sexy, story about two men falling head-over-heals in love with each other no matter how much they tried not to. Highly recommended and I can’t wait to continue with the second book, Hit the Brakes, and then to go back and read more about how Wyatt and Ryan fell in love in Catch Me.
Thank you to Gay Book Promotions for the free review copy for this wonderful book! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
4.5 swooning stars rounding up to 5
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