Book: Feeding the Soul
Series: Souls of Chicago #1
Publication Date: June 1, 2016
Length: 246 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Giovanni Romero had been dealt his fair share of heartbreak throughout his thirty years, including losing his beloved parents in a horrible car accident. After suffering yet another devastating loss, he decided to chase his dream of opening his own restaurant and was soon the proud owner of Romero’s, a hugely successful and critically acclaimed Italian restaurant, nestled in the heart of Chicago.
Knowing that one more blow to his heart could destroy him, Giovanni had built walls up around his heart to protect himself. He has created strict rules for himself about the men he sleeps with, which include never exchanging names and absolutely no repeat performances. That is until he meets a young man who he finds impossible to forget.
After spending the last few years traveling throughout Europe and The Mediterranean, working as an apprentice to some of the world’s top chefs, 23-year-old Caleb Greene was finally moving back home. While he had enjoyed his studies, he couldn’t wait to reunite with his big, crazy, loving family; especially his twin brother, Carter. Most importantly, he hoped to finally begin his career working as the head chef for Chicago’s most prestigious Italian restaurant, Romero’s.
After a night of celebration with Carter, Caleb finds himself in a rare position, going home with a tall, dark and sexy stranger. Caleb had never had a one night stand before, but there was something about the man that drew him in. Unfortunately, the man insisted they could only be together for one night.
Unable to get the intriguing young man off his mind, but resolved to let him go, Giovanni is shocked to find that Caleb has been hired as his new head chef. Working in such close proximity to each other, could he keep his carefully erect walls in place and protect his heart or would Caleb have the strength to tear those walls down, setting Giovanni free?
This is book one of Annabella Michaels’ Souls of Chicago series. I’m late to the game with this series but I’m so glad I finally started reading it. In Feeding the Soul we meet so many people. It focuses on Caleb and Giovanni. It starts with us basically watching Giovanni’s life fall apart. Like right out of the gate you’re like, “This guy is having a bad day.”
When Caleb comes into the picture years later Giovanni’s whole foundation of “no relationships” is shaken. Caleb not only is gorgeous he’s kind, smart, loving, and he has a huge family. I found Caleb’s character to be flawlessly wonderful. There wasn’t a single thing about him that was unlikable. His entire family rocks and it’s like he and they are exactly what Giovanni needs.
Giovanni is hurting through a lot of this book and it isn’t until he gets his much needed closure that we really start to fall hard for the guy. His ex is a horrible woman who should suffer a thousand deaths but that would be illegal so I guess I can just hope she falls into a dark depression that makes her skin peel off.
This is a happy story and though there’s sad moments this isn’t a very angsty book at all. It’s got great flow and it was very hot! If you haven’t started this series than you really want to!
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