A Full Plate (Belen’s Review)

Title: A Full Plate (Dreamspun Desires #56)
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 17th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 218 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Opposites come together for a spicy surprise.

Bradford “Tully” Tolliver has everything—money, a great car, a beautiful condo, and a promising career as one of Portland’s hottest young lawyers. Sure, he puts in long hours and has no social life to speak of, but who needs romance when corporations pay top dollar for his expertise? He hesitates when a colleague asks if her cousin can live with him, but the arrangement will last less than a year, and then the cousin—Sage Filling—will return to his tiny hometown.

But Sage is handsome and intriguing, and his cooking makes Tully swoon. Sage has obligations back home, though, and Tully has offers he might not refuse from a persistent—and very wealthy—ex. Since Tully and Sage each have a full plate, can they make room for a side of love?

A Full Plate is told from Bradford “Tully” Tolliver’s POV. Tully agrees to help out his colleague and friend, Carrie, by letting her cousin Sage Filling (Yes, he’s heard all the jokes!) live in his spare bedroom for a year while he earns some money to help his family back home. In exchange for the room Sage, who’s a brilliantly inventive cook, will cook and do some light housekeeping for Tully.

At first the two don’t spend all that much time together. They both have busy jobs that take up a lot of time and, for the most part, Tully’s glimpses of Sage are rare. Their few interactions have spark though, and it’s only a matter of time before it all ignites.

This is a low steam story in keeping with the Dreamspun Desires line, which I was expecting, but it was a little slow to get going for me, which I wasn’t. However, towards the middle – mainly when Tully and Sage start spending actual time together – this picked up and I couldn’t devour Fielding’s words fast enough. I loved Tully and Sage being together and navigating how different their lives really are. It made my heart happy to see how much Tully, who really only wants to find a home, came to love Sage and his family.

A Full Plate, is an opposites attract, sweet, low steam, low angst romance with a wonderful HEA ending that just made me happy while reading. I think this has been my favorite Dreamspun Desires title so far.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future