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A Foothills Pride Story
When his lover Jason’s drug addiction spiraled out of control, TV celebrity chef and cookbook author Adam de Leon walked away from him. Adam also abandoned his renowned restaurant in San Francisco to start a small bistro in the Sierra Foothills.
Five years later Adam is battling the conservative leaders of Stone Acres, California, to open a new restaurant in historic Old Town when Jason turns up on his doorstep—a recovered Jason, now going by the name David and claiming he’s overcome his addictions. What’s more, he begs Adam to take him back and says he’s ready for their happily ever after.
Adam has enough on his plate with problems plaguing the opening of his restaurant. And now he’s having a hard time deciding which to follow—his head or his heart.
I am a sucker for a second chance romance and when that second chance romance includes an MC who was an addict who is now clean and doing well for themselves? Well, my ginger butt can’t resist reading about them because I love redeemable people.
This is a short story told from the POV of Adam de Leon, celebrity chef and owner of a small bistro in the town of Foothills Pride. Adam is doing well for himself even though he quietly laments the love, lover and friend he lost in Jason five years ago. Walking away from a strung out Jason may have been the best thing he could have ever done but losing your love, losing your first love is always painful and carries baggage. When said love walks back into Adam’s life with proof of not only sobriety but success and redemption, things get interesting.
The letter Jason gives Adam was unexpected. I thought it would be one of the traditional make amend deals with the 12 step program but this so wasn’t. I like the twist of the list Jason gives Adam and how we learn the way the men met. Seeing them as young and in school, well that’s another thing I am a sucker for, the childhood friends to lover deal, I like seeing them as boys to how they are now and where they heck will they end up? I had to keep reading to find out.
At first it may seem odd that Jason comes back as David five years later but not when you really think about it. I can’t how many times in my younger years I wanted to just change my name and start over and for Jason, which is David’s middle name, he took the idea and ran with it. He didn’t change his name to Clover or something silly, just in my opinion, grew up and started using his first name and became the man he’d always wanted to be with David and left all the crap Jason did in the past.
So, David is back and has asked Adam for a job and Adam just so happens to have a position, among other things, needing to be filled and they begin to work together on the planning and opening of a new restaurant in Stone Ares which proves to have a few problems of its own.
Seeing David and Adam work together, to learn how to be with one another after being apart and yet having the history they do between them was bittersweet. I kept wanting them to give in and do more than just lie on a bed while mattress shopping, I wanted these to heal and be together again.
The cast of side characters in this Novella was enriching. I admit to not reading the previous books in the series and while I believe this can be read as a stand-alone, I am intrigued enough to know how everyone else and their story as well.
When Adam Fell is a lovely story about redemption and learning to love again. It’s a story about forgiving the ones who hurt you and forgiving yourself for your part in the hurt. It’s a story about being strong enough to lean on someone for support and being there for that same someone, so neither of you fall.