But real life means that when you suffer trauma, there are lasting effects. Having someone try to kill you... that definitely falls under trauma. Mal tries to hide it, but it's there. He suffers from debilitating attacks, and the only thing that brings him back from the horror in his mind is Bran's voice, Bran's scent, Bran's touch.
Bran loves Mal, so he's willing to come running anytime, every time. His life isn't perfect though. He's decided on a career, a way to make him happy in love and life, but where he's at isn't going to help him fulfill those goals. Mal can't fix himself--he believes he's broken even if he won't admit it--but he can fix Bran's problem.
I won't say anymore about the plot. To do so would be to rob readers of the journey they take when two people who love each other dearly face the daily challenges of life, the good, the bad, the mistakes and the miracles. We met the main characters and a few of the secondary characters that appear in Beignet back in book one, Coffee Cake. Beignet gives us a new setting, new secondary characters, new plot twists and turns. The best part of this book is that it all feels real, which is absolutely essential for me to enjoy a contemporary romance.
Beignets is absolutely a buy recommendation from me with 4.5 out of 5 stars!
Series: Coffee Cake
Author: Michaela Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Length: 200 Pages
Release Date: October 9, 2015
Blurb: Malachi Warren barely survived a series of assaults on his life. But survive he did, though not without baggage. Now, Malachi must pick up the pieces of his shattered life—the most important piece being his boyfriend, Bran Kendrick, who is dealing with problems of his own.
Stagnating at his job at a small-town café, Bran’s pride keeps him from asking Malachi—or anyone—for help. Desperate to do something, Malachi secretly pays a celebrity chef with a bakery in New Orleans to take on Bran as his apprentice.
As Malachi and Bran begin to make a new life in New Orleans, the specter of Malachi’s PTSD and the growing stress over the secret he hides from Bran threaten their relationship. Before it’s too late, Malachi must confront his past and face his fears about the future, all without losing himself—and Bran—in the process.
He’d covered Bran’s back with a pale gray first, from shoulders to hips. It was the exact color of the Vermont sky outside his window: the pearlescent hint of winter, cold and serene.
The trees were next, bare limbs black against the gray sky. The green stretched out under the trees, a wide expanse of withered brown that defied its commonly used name. On the other side of the green, the library rose above the branches, glass and stone and modern architecture. Two figures sat on a bench in front of the library. The smaller one had his head in the other’s lap, knees bent to brace his sketchpad. The taller figure was absorbed in his book, brown hair falling in a haphazard manner over his forehead.
And in the distance under the farthest tree, a tiny, malevolent, brown spotted llama lurked, biding its time.
Michaela Grey told stories to put herself to sleep since she was old enough to hold a conversation in her head. When she learned to write, she began putting those stories down on paper. She and her family reside in the Texas hill country with their cats, and she is perpetually on the hunt for peaceful writing time, which her four children make difficult to find.
Winner’s Prize: Signed Paperback of BEIGNETS
Runner-up Prize: E-copy of BEIGNETS
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