Remy Babineaux loves his family and he loves cooking, so it’s a given that he’d love Lumiere, the family restaurant he runs. It’s his life and his happiness. But now a chain is trying to buy his family out and Remy can’t have that.
Joe Fitzgerald is good at what he does. Acquiring failing business and turning them profitable is his forte, but he never saw Remy coming.
The night before the big meeting with Pineapple Joe’s, Remy needs to let off a little bit of steam and the tourist he met at the bar is just the right distraction. Then he finds out, after the fact, that Tourist Joe is the Pineapple Joe asshole trying to take his family’s livelihood. When the Babineaux family is conflicted about selling, Joe sees an opportunity to sleep his way into Remy’s good graces. Remy secretly sees the same opportunity. Maybe he can even find another spot for Joe to do his work.
While both men are trying to outsmart each other, they find something together then never expected. But someone close to them is working on a secret deal—one that will either make or break Pineapple Joe’s and the fire building between Remy and Joe.
Devil’s Food at Dusk is the third book in M.J. O’Shea’s and Anna Martin’s Just Desserts series and it’s my favorite so far. Is it the Deep South, Louisiana boy charm? Is it the enemies to lovers? Is it the amazing food? It’s all of the above and then some. This book is so fun and sexy and precious. These authors did a wonderful job creating a story of love and unexpected betrayal. Remy and Joe’s side games keep this story alive. It’s a conflicted situation for them both—conflicted and destined to crash and burn. But also to be spectacular. I loved every angsty, heart-wrenching second.
Both Remy and Joe are passionate characters. Remy loves his family and loves his food more than anything. He’s given up pretty much everything to save a drowning business, and he has no regrets. Joe is the golden kid in his line of work. The closer. He doesn’t fail—and he doesn’t let personal things get in the way. These guys were a train wreck waiting to happen, all heat and secret and desire. I couldn’t look away. I didn’t want to because once they came together, really came together, the combustion was nearly palpable.
My favorite part of this one is the Babineaux family (minus Sal). Mom and Dad are sweet and wise. Grace is a fourteen-year-old ball of fire with her own drama unraveling. Magnolia and Stella are a welcome bundle of warmth into the chaos that is the Babineaux clan. Estelle, the grandmother with her own illness setting in, is still a large part of the heart of this home. But outside of Remy, Andre is my favorite. Hot headed, stubborn, passionate Andre who would rather go down fighting than walk away. This family is a mash of personality and heart.
I loved Devil’s Food at Dusk. It’s sweet, funny, and charming with many breaks for the smexy times. Though can we really be surprised I’m in love with something southern? I highly recommend Devil’s Food at Dusk by M.J. O’Shea and Anna Martin.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.