|Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson|
by Michaela Grey
Length: 220 Pages
Genres: Gay (M/M), Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Romance
Bran Kendrick never expected to fall in love. He’s asexual, after all. What chance does he have of finding someone who’ll see past that? So when Malachi Warren catches his eye, Bran tells himself his crush will pass. Malachi disagrees. He has been attracted to Bran for some time, something he is delighted to find Bran reciprocating. They begin to date and feel their way through an intimate relationship that meets both their needs.
Suddenly Bran finds himself juggling a new boyfriend, a demanding job, and a college degree he’s not sure he wants, but he couldn’t be happier—until a series of seemingly random accidents befall Malachi. When they escalate, Bran realizes someone is trying to take away the best thing that ever happened to him, and he must scramble to keep Malachi safe while they search for the would-be killer.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I loved the character development between the main characters. Malachi's acceptance of Bran as he explores his sexuality is refreshing. Bran's journey of self discovery is very well written and is the backbone of this coming of age romance.
The mystery alluded to in the synopsis sneaks up on readers as Bran and Malachi's relationship unfolds. Honestly, I didn't realize when I started reading that it had an element of suspense, as that aspect is not introduced until the latter portion of the story. I would have liked to see this element developed further, as it felt rushed to me.
The chemistry between Malachi and Bran, combined with bits of humor and adventure make COFFEE CAKE a fun and well written story. This is the first book I've read by Michaela Grey but I'll be looking for more of her stories in the future.
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.
When she’s not writing, she’s knitting while watching TV or avoiding responsibilities on Tumblr, where she shamelessly ogles pretty people and tries to keep her cat off the keyboard.