Breaking Bonds (The Walker Boys #2)

Title: Breaking Bonds (The Walker Boys #2)
Author: Ari McKay and Kirt Graves (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date Book: June 1st, 2017
Release Date Audio: June 15th, 2017
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 190
Audio Length: 5 hours, 26 minutes
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.2 stars out of 5

From the frying pan into the fire.

After a critic’s review attacks both Chef Liam Walker’s culinary skills and his personal life, Liam can no longer take the heat of the cutthroat New York City restaurant scene. He needs to get out of the kitchen—at least long enough to cool down and regroup.

At the Overlook Resort in North Carolina, Liam meets owner Carter Galloway. Carter has a passion for the hospitality business to rival Liam’s own, and it’s not hard to see where their shared interests—and attraction—could lead. But Carter has no interest in a fling, and Liam has no intention of walking away from the career he fought so hard for. If they want a taste of happiness together, they’ll have to find the courage to break the bonds threatening to pull them apart.

You won’t probably believe me, but I was kinda addicted to a TV show Rach, der Restauranttester, a real soap opera that was launched in Germany in 2005 and run for almost 10 years. Well, I wasn’t interested in this TV program for that long, but I still can remember my exciting at the beginning when I waited for every episode once per week to see Rach, a celebrity star cook, acting as a troubleshooter to help a restaurant with problems to save it from bankruptcy. In only one week.

Breaking Bonds reminded me A LOT of this show. Only Chef Liam Walker isn’t at the Overlook Resort in North Carolina on his rescue mission – he escaped from the heat and intrigues of New York City restaurant scene (in the first place from ONE special scandal) to cool down, to gather his thoughts, to forget and to gain new strength. But could he stay quiet and pretend that’s none of his business when the meal he has been served and a view from his table doesn’t match together.

But could he remain angry when he faces this friendly and sympathetic young man who came immediately after he asked for a manager and who happens to be an owner of this beautiful Resort middle in the picturesque nature? DIFFICULT. Carter is a wonderful character, it is not THAT unexpectedly that Liam feels compassion, sympathy and readiness to help. (Who doesn’t ?!) Liam declares himself to help Carter with the restaurant for the time of his
stay in the Resort. Of course, Carter, has no idea that this attractive and competent OLDER stranger is a star chef from NY. And Liam, on his side, has no intent to give his undercover away.


Is it possible for a star cook from New York City who can’t imagine to live somewhere else and a young ambitious Resort’s owner from a small town in North Carolina who can’t give up his dream of a successful hotel business to be happy together? And if YES, then WHERE? New York or North Carolina?

Someone has to make a very important decision.

I enjoyed this story, it is a perfect quick read for those readers who likes slow burn with a little drama and characters who are ready to sacrifice their life dreams for love but have guts and a strong personality for not to sacrifice their principles for a momentum .

I think I COULD have enjoyed it more if the narrator COULD have convinced me MORE. I feel bad to complain about Dorian Bane , because he did actually a good job. He voiced differently Liam, Carter and other characters. He was/is actually VERY recognizable, he has a VERY striking voice. It is rather my personal problem than of the audio book. His Liam sounded just TOO old. He wasn’t THAT old as he appeared in the audio book. But it is just one of my tiny problems with the audio book.

I think it is A MUST read for all MM romance readers. Nice. Heartwarming. Sweet. Hopeful. Lovely.

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.