Review: Blue Plate Special by Layla Reyne

Posted May 9, 2023 by Lola in Contemporary, Review, Romance / 0 Comments

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Blue Plate SpecialBlue Plate Special (Table for Two #2)
Layla Reyne

My Rating: 4 stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MM

Giving orders in the kitchen is chef Noah Becker’s specialty. He’s made a name for himself dishing up seasonal, farm-to-table comfort food at the local diner. A name that isn’t really his.

The last person Ezra Rosin expects to find while he’s on sabbatical in a small town is his son’s best friend. The one he helped disappear thirteen years ago. The one who’s grown into a hauntingly beautiful man.

Noah and Ezra grow closer, reconnecting over their shared love of food and wine until their friendship smolders into more. They agree to explore the unexpected dynamic, to enjoy each other while Ezra finishes the semester, but when past and present collide, Noah and Ezra must decide if their chemistry across the table and between the sheets is enough to cook up a delicious future together.

Blue Plate Special is a stand-alone M/M foodie romance novella in the Table for Two universe. It features an age-gap romance between mature characters, family finding their way back to each other, and lots of noshing.

My Review

I received a free copy through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

Blue Plate Special is part of the Table for Two series. I really like this series as it has great romances and a strong foodie theme. Blue Plate Special was a great read. I liked seeing Ezra and Noah meet each other again and how they grew closer and fell in love. There are plenty of scenes with food in it and it feels like an important part of the book.

This book starts off with a short prologue where Noah back when he still was called Hudson escaped from his abusive dad. It was a sad and tough scene to read, but sets the stage for the rest of the book and introduces both main characters. The story is told from both their point of views and I liked reading about Ezra and Noah. They have an instant connection when they meet again after all these years, but it takes some time for it to grow into a romance and turn physical.

I liked the romance between Ezra and Noah. Age gap isn’t a trope that I read a lot, but I found it worked well here as the connection between the two was clear and I liked them together. There is a bit of steam later in the book, but the main focus is on the connection and deepening bond between the two characters. I liked how it wrapped up with a satisfying conclusion.

There are plenty of scenes involving food. Noah works as a chef in a kitchen and he cooks for Ezra. There’s also Ezra cooking for Noah or providing food. I liked the integral part the food played in the story as well as reading about all the dishes they made.

To summarize: I like this series, it’s a great series to pick up if you like foodie romances. The romance in this one was great with the connection between Ezra and Noah building throughout the book. I liked the two of them together. I liked how the author wrote these characters and how they were together and I enjoyed the ending and how it wraps things up. There’s plenty of food and the character sharing meals in this book and it was fun to read about all the dishes.

4 Stars


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