Place Setting (Kristin F’s Review)

Title: Place Setting
Author: Claudia Mayrant
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 70
Reviewed by: Kristin F
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5


Cameron Dunlop has lived in the Lowcountry town of Summer Corners, South Carolina, his whole life. He loves his home, but his little town in the Deep South doesn’t offer much in the way of dating options.

Chef Gray Callahan has enjoyed success in the kitchen, but his last relationship sunk like a bad soufflé. When plans for his sister’s wedding go awry, it provides the perfect excuse to pack up and go home, where he can help out as he decides how to start his life over.

Gray’s path crosses Cameron’s, and he realizes together they might have all the ingredients to save the day—with maybe enough left over for something sweet just for the two of them.

Cameron – “Cam” works as a property manager for a rental company and is surprised to see Gray back in town looking for a place to rent. Cam still remembers his unrequited crush on Gray in High School.

Gray, frazzled from his failed relationship and having to walk away from his dreams of working in his own restaurant, is back in town to help with his sister’s wedding.

As Cam leaps in to help Gray find a place to live and a spot for Gray’s sister’s wedding, the two find they have something in common.

This is a pleasant enough short story, set in the Low Country of South Carolina. If you’ve never visited the coast between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, it’s a beautiful part of the country, with some rich history and amazing food.

While I enjoyed the setting and the premise of the book, I did think this could have benefited from being longer. It also would have benefited from some kind of drama or conflict that our main characters would have to work through to solidify their feelings for each other or the overall relationship. The romance was, in my humble opinion, rather vanilla and the light drama revolved around the Sister’s wedding.

Ultimately this was an amiable read, set in one of my favorite places in the States, but could have benefited from being longer.

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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: "Never leave home without a book (or two or three)." Though once I learned how to knit that became "Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project." A long-time fan of science fiction, I've since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian's (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that's not a run-on sentence, I don't know what is... I'm not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult. Thanks for reading my reviews! No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson
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