Title: Alpha Chef (J.T.’s Bar #2)
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: self published
Release Date: September 27, 2017
Page Count: 250
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When Greg Mitchelson’s home is torched and his employer killed, Greg fears it’s retribution for his past testimony against a notorious drug gang. Alone, with no money and only the clothes on his back, Greg turns to Colm Riordan, the Deputy US Marshall who’s protected Greg for the last 3 years. But Riordan doesn’t return Greg’s phone calls, and the local Marshal’s office refuses to help him.
In desperation, Greg goes on the run to Wyoming to find his brother, Mitch, whom he hasn’t seen in over a decade. As he reconnects with his brother, Riordan appears, searching for his missing witness. But Greg needs the answers to a lot of questions before he’ll trust Riordan again. Why didn’t he return Greg’s call? Is Riordan there to help Greg – or kill him?
The story starts with Greg in a heap of trouble: he is on the run once again, as the man he put in prison is out for revenge. Abandoned by Witsec, he runs to his older brother, hoping that despite years without contact, he will protect Greg as he used to.
It’s not US Marshal service leaving him in the cold that hurts: Greg can’t reach the marshal he liked and trusted to. Riordan ignoring him hurts.
The story held my attention from the beginning and events followed quickly one after another. It’s a gripping story and moves seamlessly from one danger filled moment to the next. The relationship part was nicely blended in. The attraction between two men isn’t overt, but is very much present: it’s obvious whenever Greg thinks of Riordan and vice versa. Neither of them made a move so far, but now the game has changed.
So to summarize: unresolved sexual tension, cozy little cottage in the woods and two hot men.
The plot manages to mix several different threads, at the same time allowing men to deepen their connection. Both Greg and Riordan face their past as they fight for their future. It was solidly developed story with nice mix of action and emotional moments.