Title: Feeding the Soul (Souls of Chicago #1)
Author: Annabella Michaels
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Page Count: 246
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Giovanni Romero had been dealt his fair share of heartbreak throughout his thirty years, including losing his beloved parents in a horrible car accident. After suffering yet another devastating loss, he decided to chase his dream of opening his own restaurant and was soon the proud owner of Romero’s, a hugely successful and critically acclaimed Italian restaurant, nestled in the heart of Chicago.
Knowing that one more blow to his heart could destroy him, Giovanni had built walls up around his heart to protect himself. He has created strict rules for himself about the men he sleeps with, which include never exchanging names and absolutely no repeat performances. That is until he meets a young man who he finds impossible to forget.
After spending the last few years travelling throughout Europe and The Mediterranean, working as an apprentice to some of the world’s top chefs, 23-year-old Caleb Greene was finally moving back home. While he had enjoyed his studies, he couldn’t wait to reunite with his big, crazy, loving family; especially his twin brother, Carter. Most importantly, he hoped to finally begin his career working as the head chef for Chicago’s most prestigious Italian restaurant, Romero’s.
After a night of celebration with Carter, Caleb finds himself in a rare position, going home with a tall, dark and sexy stranger. Caleb had never had a one night stand before, but there was something about the man that drew him in. Unfortunately, the man insisted they could only be together for one night.
Unable to get the intriguing young man off his mind, but resolved to let him go, Giovanni is shocked to find that Caleb has been hired as his new head chef. Working in such close proximity to each other, could he keep his carefully erect walls in place and protect his heart or would Caleb have the strength to tear those walls down, setting Giovanni free?
Feeding the Soul is a sweet,sexy and emotional love story with generous amount of angst and two easily lovable main characters. The book was a beautiful rendition of two men who found each other unexpectedly and fell in love.
Giovanni and Caleb are two characters who are real and the emotions they portray are relatable. Their chemistry and their connection and they way it has been portrayed makes us believe in them and their relationship right from the start. Giovanni is badly hurt due to his past and that leaves him in a position where he finds it hard to believe that he could have a relationship with Caleb. Caleb knows that pursuing Giovanni and falling in love with him would be futile but he is helpless against his feelings for him.They both had a wonderful and beautiful connection but Giovanni’s trust issues proves a hindrance and this leads to angst. But like any love story, they also fought their way through their issues and found their happily ever after. This book had an abundance of emotions and every single one of them captured my heart. I fell in love with Giovanni and Caleb and their heartwarming love story. The book also had a bevy of wonderful secondary characters who are equally lovable as the main characters.
Feeding the soul is a sweet yet sexy and emotional love story which is going to capture you heart. A must read for all M/M Romance lovers.