The Missing Ingredient (Tosha’s Review)

Title: The Missing Ingredient (Dreamspun Desires #63)
Author: Brian Lancaster
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 170 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


It can take losing everything to realize what you had all along.

Up-and-coming London chef Marcus Vine is poised on the edge of success, but the only men courting him are investors. That leaves Marcus with some free time—which is fortunate, because his godchildren need him.

A year ago, a horrible accident killed Marcus’s best friend, Raine, leaving her children without a mother and her husband, Tom, without a partner. Consumed by grief, Tom has been going it alone, refusing help, but when Marcus sees him out with the children, it’s obvious that Tom and his two daughters need someone. His persistent caring finally wears Tom down, allowing him to accept the comfort Marcus offers. Soon Marcus is up to his elbows in homework, home-cooked meals, and after-school activities. Over time he helps them rebuild their world, until soon their lives are approaching normal.

Then the unexpected happens: Tom confesses he has romantic feelings for Marcus, and nothing can ever be the same.

I really enjoyed this book. It is sad how the two men got together in the first place but in the end they made one another and the children that are involved happy so that made this an even better read.

Marcus is a famous chef. He loves his business, so much so that he is the process of trying to open another restaurant like the one he owns now but in New York City. Other than his business his personal life is pretty much a couple of short term relationships, if you could call them that. He has not found the man that makes him want to stick around for the long haul. Besides that he already has two goddaughters that he has not seen in a little over a year.

When he bumps into his goddaughter and their father, Tom, Marcus decides then and there he is not going to let Tom push him away anymore. After Marcus’s best friend and Tom’s wife died tragically in an automobile accident, Tom pushed Marcus away. Tom told Marcus he wanted to settle in with the kids and start a new normal and then he would get in touch with him. But that time never came and now that Marcus has seen with his own eyes how things are faring out, he will not be pushed away again.

What Marcus never expected was for Tom to develop feelings for him. Tom has always been very much straight, but now it seems Tom has opened his heart and eyes to someone new in his life and he will not let anyone scare that away for him.

Tom never thought he would be happy again, much less love someone else but now that he knows he wants Marcus, he will not let Marcus go.

These two men have many obstacles ahead of them if they truly want to be together. Will they be able to weather the storm together?

This is a Gay For You read. I really enjoyed how Tom was able to get a second chance at love and that Marcus was finally able to find love. Now if they can hold it together and not let the outside forces come between them, they will have exactly what they have both hoped for but did not dare to think was possible.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.