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Chef Wyatt Blake is finally ready to move on from his thankless job. He gets no wiggle room, zero praise, plenty of abuse, and on a good day, he might only spend twelve hours in the Terroir kitchens. A friend of his recommends a private chef position, but despite the boost in pay, Wyatt doesn’t want to babysit some spoiled, rich LA family.  Imagine his shock when the family Chef Wyatt Blake is finally ready to move on from his thankless job. He gets no wiggle room, zero praise, plenty of abuse, and on a good day, he might only spend twelve hours in the Terroir kitchens. A friend of his recommends a private chef position, but despite the boost in pay, Wyatt doesn’t want to babysit some spoiled, rich LA family.  Imagine his shock when the family isn't a Kardashian clone, but Ryan Flores, the only professional baseball player to ever come out of the closet.  Ryan is also at a career crossroads. His team’s management wants to see his more responsible side, which means no more late night hookups and no more adrenaline-charged stunts. When his agent suggests he find a fake boyfriend to give him an air of domesticity, he’s only reluctantly interested.  Until Ryan goes to a local bar and spies the cute private chef he’s supposed to be interviewing the next day. Maybe a quieter life wouldn’t be so bad, as long as Wyatt is part of it?  Wyatt believes Ryan could be more than just a crappy boss, but he isn't sure about leaving the kitchen for the life of a professional boyfriend. Especially when he wants the reality so much more than the fantasy.  Catch Me is a 85,000 contemporary m/m romance, and while second in the Kitchen Gods series, can be read as a standalone.


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Chef Wyatt Blake is finally ready to move on from his thankless job. He gets no wiggle room, zero praise, plenty of abuse, and on a good day, he might only spend twelve hours in the Terroir kitchens. A friend of his recommends a private chef position, but despite the boost in pay, Wyatt doesn’t want to babysit some spoiled, rich LA family.  Imagine his shock when the family Chef Wyatt Blake is finally ready to move on from his thankless job. He gets no wiggle room, zero praise, plenty of abuse, and on a good day, he might only spend twelve hours in the Terroir kitchens. A friend of his recommends a private chef position, but despite the boost in pay, Wyatt doesn’t want to babysit some spoiled, rich LA family.  Imagine his shock when the family isn't a Kardashian clone, but Ryan Flores, the only professional baseball player to ever come out of the closet.  Ryan is also at a career crossroads. His team’s management wants to see his more responsible side, which means no more late night hookups and no more adrenaline-charged stunts. When his agent suggests he find a fake boyfriend to give him an air of domesticity, he’s only reluctantly interested.  Until Ryan goes to a local bar and spies the cute private chef he’s supposed to be interviewing the next day. Maybe a quieter life wouldn’t be so bad, as long as Wyatt is part of it?  Wyatt believes Ryan could be more than just a crappy boss, but he isn't sure about leaving the kitchen for the life of a professional boyfriend. Especially when he wants the reality so much more than the fantasy.  Catch Me is a 85,000 contemporary m/m romance, and while second in the Kitchen Gods series, can be read as a standalone.

30 review for Catch Me

  1. 3 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I had a really hard time with this book, but I seem to be in the minority here. Huh. Almost from the start, I did not buy the set up to the story. Yeah, yeah, I know that this is fiction, but the whole convoluted plot of the baseball player needing a fake boyfriend and hooking up with a random guy at a club who he was really stalking as a fake-boyfriend candidate and then hiring him as a chef... I mean, really. I'm also not a fan of the speed of the relationship. It felt insta-lovey to me, which I had a really hard time with this book, but I seem to be in the minority here. Huh. Almost from the start, I did not buy the set up to the story. Yeah, yeah, I know that this is fiction, but the whole convoluted plot of the baseball player needing a fake boyfriend and hooking up with a random guy at a club who he was really stalking as a fake-boyfriend candidate and then hiring him as a chef... I mean, really. I'm also not a fan of the speed of the relationship. It felt insta-lovey to me, which I really despise. I found it also really irritating that they simply didn't communicate their feelings at all, instead letting things build and get out of hand. It wasn't my type of plot or storyline. I didn't hate the book, but I found it to be quite boring, which coupled with the way I felt about the set up and writing style, made it hard for me to read. I only got to 50% before I quit. Maybe this author just isn't for me. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

  2. 3 out of 5

    Cadiva

    I loved this one even more than book one in the series as its way less angsty and has more of a gentleness to the romance even with all the heat! Also, it's a sports romance and they have a special place in my heart because I live for the day when someone's sexuality has no bearing on their ability to be a great athlete. Beth also snuck in a couple more potential new subjects for future books as I'm hoping that Chef Bastard and Kian will be next but then there's still Xander and now I want Wyatt's I loved this one even more than book one in the series as its way less angsty and has more of a gentleness to the romance even with all the heat! Also, it's a sports romance and they have a special place in my heart because I live for the day when someone's sexuality has no bearing on their ability to be a great athlete. Beth also snuck in a couple more potential new subjects for future books as I'm hoping that Chef Bastard and Kian will be next but then there's still Xander and now I want Wyatt's brother Tony's story too! Fake boyfriends is also another favourite trope and this one's a doozy as both men fall head over heels but don't want the other to know in case it messes up the agreement to pretend. Seriously hot, there's plenty of chemistry between the two but it takes a dramatic moment to pull their heads out of their backsides. I also thought the B plot with Wyatt's Nana's Alzheimer's was handled well too, although I am left with questions as to what happened with their other brother, who sort of vanished out of the narrative! Overall, a great second book in this series. #ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    I’m not going to lie, reading the synopsis for this book that included the words gay and out professional baseball player had me raising my hand to read and review. I love the sport of baseball and while at times baseball romances can be hit or miss with me, this book intrigued me. Catch Me was a delightful story between two men both with a bit of baggage and lacking in communication skills, but it was easy to feel the chemistry between them and fun watching them both try and deny the emotions g I’m not going to lie, reading the synopsis for this book that included the words gay and out professional baseball player had me raising my hand to read and review. I love the sport of baseball and while at times baseball romances can be hit or miss with me, this book intrigued me. Catch Me was a delightful story between two men both with a bit of baggage and lacking in communication skills, but it was easy to feel the chemistry between them and fun watching them both try and deny the emotions growing between them each and every day. To say that Ryan Flores made a bit of a tactical error when he meets Wyatt Blake for the first time is putting it mildly and despite his growing celebrity as an out and proud short stop for the Los Angeles Dodgers he is basically a private person, but he wants a new contract with his club and changing his image is something his agent believe he must do in order to get it. What Ryan doesn’t expect is to get along so well with the man he has hired as his personal chef and hopefully to play his pretend boyfriend. I’ll admit that I don’t really enjoy it when people use half truths to get what they want and so I wasn’t enamored with Ryan from the start. I felt bad for Wyatt because he needed a job that paid better for a very good reason and despite the fact that he had reason not to trust Ryan, he took the job. The attraction between these two was tantalizing and fun to watch, but I was disappointed that neither man was completely honest for a good part of this book. I did enjoy this book and the fact that both men were falling for each other from the start even when they didn’t realize it or want to admit it kept my interest and helped me to fall in love with the characters. A hot baseball player and a sexy chef cook up all kinds of heat all while falling in love in Beth Bolden’s Catch Me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Truuss

    I loved this one, it’s the second in the series. A stand alone just like the first one. It has an wonderful vibe in it. Just the right tension and depth. Both main personalities were mature, considerate and adorable. Wyatt is a Chef and gets the opportunity to be a personal Chef for a sportsman. It will pay well and he needs the money. Ryan will hire a personal chef and will try to convince him to be his fake boyfriend, it will be good for his status as gay baseball player. Wyatt is shocked when he I loved this one, it’s the second in the series. A stand alone just like the first one. It has an wonderful vibe in it. Just the right tension and depth. Both main personalities were mature, considerate and adorable. Wyatt is a Chef and gets the opportunity to be a personal Chef for a sportsman. It will pay well and he needs the money. Ryan will hire a personal chef and will try to convince him to be his fake boyfriend, it will be good for his status as gay baseball player. Wyatt is shocked when he sees his future employer for the first time because it isn’t really the first time and Ryan isn’t quite honest. It’s all getting complicated when real feelings are getting involved with fake ones. There was just enough complications to feel the stress, the awkwardness and tension. All the dialogue made good sense. The cooking was such a great addition again. The family and friends who surrounded them had a good part in this story. It’s written in a captivating way. I loved the whole package. Kindly received an arc from the author

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ramona

    My reviews follow a pretty set pattern. A little background on characters, current issues, what I liked (or didn't). This one is different. Fake boyfriends isn't my favorite trope. But this one worked. Probably because even though it was supposed to be fake, Wyatt and Ryan were already on their way to love. Ryan is an out baseball player. And he is a player. To stay with the team and city he likes, it has been decided he needs a steady man in his life. Wyatt is a chef, mostly in the closet, need My reviews follow a pretty set pattern. A little background on characters, current issues, what I liked (or didn't). This one is different. Fake boyfriends isn't my favorite trope. But this one worked. Probably because even though it was supposed to be fake, Wyatt and Ryan were already on their way to love. Ryan is an out baseball player. And he is a player. To stay with the team and city he likes, it has been decided he needs a steady man in his life. Wyatt is a chef, mostly in the closet, needing to leave the job he is in. He applied to be a personal chef. He didn't know the amazing man he met the night before will be his new boss. Since Wyatt isn't out, being Ryan's fake boyfriend won't work for him. Mistakes, miscues, and interference from one of Ryan's exes set the stage for heartache. They tie themselves in knots trying to make things work. I liked the characters, they just worked together. This is part of a series, I haven't read the first book and don't feel like I needed it to enjoy this one. Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

    4.5 Stars First thing I’ll say, or rather ask is, how did I miss the release of book one in this series?! I must have had my head buried in the sand, but having not read book one, something I’ll be rectifying as soon as possible, I can say, this book definitely works as a standalone. Although the couple from book one makes an appearance, I never once felt lost for having not read their story. This was an interesting story. I love the fake boyfriend trope, and Wyatt and Ryan did fake so well, unt 4.5 Stars First thing I’ll say, or rather ask is, how did I miss the release of book one in this series?! I must have had my head buried in the sand, but having not read book one, something I’ll be rectifying as soon as possible, I can say, this book definitely works as a standalone. Although the couple from book one makes an appearance, I never once felt lost for having not read their story. This was an interesting story. I love the fake boyfriend trope, and Wyatt and Ryan did fake so well, until it wasn’t fake anymore that is. I really loved Ryan and Wyatt, they were both likable guys that you could really root for, although, at times, I wanted to knock their heads together. Wyatt was much better than Ryan though, I honestly wasn’t sure Ryan would ever pull his head out of his butt and get it together, but alas, he finally managed to see the light. The story was well-written and Ryan and Wyatt had amazing chemistry and they sizzled in bed, but I will say, I wouldn’t have minded another sex scene or two in the second half of the story(that’s just my preference). I loved the secondary characters, as well, well, most of them, Eric, Ryan’s agent, was a complete twat most of the time, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting to know Wyatt’s friends/co-workers from Terroir, as well as his brother Tony, who I really hope Ms. Bolden gives a book. I’m also looking forward to catching up with Ryan and Wyatt in future installments in this series. This was very enjoyable and definitely recommendable! *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fatimama

    Ryan was an idiot but this story really worked for me. I love Wyatt's character and I'm intrigued by the next books coming out (except book 1 coz that one sounds exhausting)

  8. 3 out of 5

    DepictonFiction

    A lot of great reviews so it must be me. I like a chef in a book, I like sportsmen in a book so if both of them are getting involved (did I mention a fake relationship?) I want to read it. Unfortunately I didn’t feel it. The insta- love... I found it hard to believe. Reading on every other page what they were feeling but didn’t say to each other? Mwah.... too much. And a chef (working 14 hours or more with a sculpted body? OTT. But like I said, it must be me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Becca Waldrop

    This was a really good book. I'm glad it could be read as a standalone, so I didn't miss really anything. There was some definite angst going on in this one. Brings a few tears to the eyes. But so worth it. Wyatt has had enough. He's in a job he hates because he's supposed to be a chef, but the boss of the place he works at, is a major ass. Trying to shake of the melancholy of life, Wyatt heads to a bar to maybe find a fling for the night. Maybe not. What he didn't expect was to sit and stare at This was a really good book. I'm glad it could be read as a standalone, so I didn't miss really anything. There was some definite angst going on in this one. Brings a few tears to the eyes. But so worth it. Wyatt has had enough. He's in a job he hates because he's supposed to be a chef, but the boss of the place he works at, is a major ass. Trying to shake of the melancholy of life, Wyatt heads to a bar to maybe find a fling for the night. Maybe not. What he didn't expect was to sit and stare at baseball’s out and proud gay man, Ryan Flores. He knows he will never have a shot with a man like that, but it's nice to dream. Being fed up with it all, he leaves the bar to get some sleep for his interview tomorrow. What he doesn't know is that Ryan has been watching him too, and followed him out of the bar. What passes for a hot sexual experience happens and they go their separate ways. Which wakes Wyatt up in a bad mood. He goes to his interview, and lo and behold, it's Ryan. Wyatt is pissed but he needs the money from this job, so he stays quiet. Ryan hires him as his private chef. Wyatt soon finds out, though, that's not all Ryan wants. After a few more sexual encounters, Wyatt is getting attached. But Ryan just wants him for a fake boyfriend to appease the managers of his team into signing him for more seasons. Wyatt says no but for many reasons. He stays on as chef and tensions are high. The more they're together, the more they are 'together’. Now it's just a matter of whether they both can get over bad pasts and hurts and make this real or let hearts be broken and move on. I think if I was in Wyatt's shoes, I wouldn't know whether to jump in with both feet or smack the crap out of Ryan. When feelings start getting involved, pretending at anything usually ends up bad. And with both having past bad relationships, that just sets it up for worse. I have to hand it to Wyatt, though. He keeps trying. He keeps trying to get the real deal, no matter how much Ryan screws it up. And I hate that it took something drastic to get Ryan to pull his head out of his ass. Relationships are never easy. They take a crapload of work. But both have to be willing to be in it for 100% or it don't work at all. And Ryan was torn. Most times he was running scared, and then he'd turn around and be all sweet. When you ride the fence, nothing happens. Actually the other party gets tired of it and leaves. So it was rocky. But persistence pays off. Just don't let something drastic have to happen to get through. Good good book. I'm intrigued by other characters in this book as well. I loved Ryan's best friend. She didn't take any crap and told Ryan how it should be quite often lol. But the other two that intrigued me were Wyatt's friends. Kian and Xander. Xander I wanted to smack most times, but Kian…. There's something about him. This is a good series. I need to go back and read book one, but from what I've read it's going to get even better hopefully. Happy reading! http://lovebytesreviews.com

  10. 3 out of 5

    Carol Jacobs

    I rate this book a 4.5 stars I really loved the blurb to this book when I first saw it. So, when I got my arc I was very excited. However, going into his book I was a bit nervous. I don't particularly like fake relationship books. I'm all about that Romance. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. I was up until 4AM reading because I just couldn't stop. This is the best fake relationship book I've ever read. I never really got bored, and I loved the plot. There were plenty of sexy times and I rate this book a 4.5 stars I really loved the blurb to this book when I first saw it. So, when I got my arc I was very excited. However, going into his book I was a bit nervous. I don't particularly like fake relationship books. I'm all about that Romance. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. I was up until 4AM reading because I just couldn't stop. This is the best fake relationship book I've ever read. I never really got bored, and I loved the plot. There were plenty of sexy times and not really much unnecessary information. There was one BIG mistake towards the end that I was very unhappy about. But, that's just my romantic side coming out. I thought it was really vital to the story so, while I'm not happy with the choice he made, I understand. I have not read book one to this series. And I didnt really feel like I was missing any information. So, I don't think it's necessary to have read the first book to completely enjoy this one. However, I will be reading it, soon. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  11. 3 out of 5

    mrs sarah frost

    Wyatt Blake works at top restaurant Terrior as a Line Chef where he's bored and he desperately needs more money to pay for his Nanas care. He gets his big break after getting a job as a personal chef to a Professional Baseball player in L.A. The move means leaving behind his Nana and friends Xander and Kian. According to openly gay professional baseball player Ryan Flores agent Eric, he needs a fake boyfriend and a personal chef. His sexy new chef who he happened to have met the night before, co Wyatt Blake works at top restaurant Terrior as a Line Chef where he's bored and he desperately needs more money to pay for his Nanas care. He gets his big break after getting a job as a personal chef to a Professional Baseball player in L.A. The move means leaving behind his Nana and friends Xander and Kian. According to openly gay professional baseball player Ryan Flores agent Eric, he needs a fake boyfriend and a personal chef. His sexy new chef who he happened to have met the night before, could also be be his fake boyfriend. Wyatt accepts and signs to be Ryan's fake boyfriend but with true feelings coming through will Wyatt finally come out to his family and will they become a real couple? ******* I really enjoyed Wyatt and Ryan's story and catching up with Miles and Evan from book 1. I'm looking forward to Kian's story which is hopefully next but saying that I'd like Xanders and now Tonys story too! I thought Beth Bolden handled the Alzheimer's part of the story really well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    MAKES YOU HUNGRY FOR MORE!!! What a fantastic, surprising, compelling cast of characters. Who knew that chefs and cooking, could be sooo sexy. Wyatt is an amazing chef, gorgeous, laid back personality and very under paid. When an opportunity becomes available to make more money, which is desperately needed to care for his Nana, he takes the job. Ryan is the first out and proud, major league baseball player. He needs to present himself as settling down into a committed relationship. His manager co MAKES YOU HUNGRY FOR MORE!!! What a fantastic, surprising, compelling cast of characters. Who knew that chefs and cooking, could be sooo sexy. Wyatt is an amazing chef, gorgeous, laid back personality and very under paid. When an opportunity becomes available to make more money, which is desperately needed to care for his Nana, he takes the job. Ryan is the first out and proud, major league baseball player. He needs to present himself as settling down into a committed relationship. His manager concocted a scheme of a fake boyfriend, until his new contract is signed. Wyatt and Ryan are a fantastic contradiction, in personality, temperament and goals. But what they do have in common are difficult pasts, love of family, sense of humor, willingness to try new things. This relationship was intense, passionate, full of longing and misunderstanding. This is a magnificent story that you can't put down. This is book #2 but can easily be read as a standalone. I also loved book #1 BITE ME. I am now hungrily waiting for book #3. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND THIS MAGNIFICENT NEW SERIES!!!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    3.5 stars. Sweet romance between adrenaline junky & pro baseballer, Ryan Flores, and nana's-boy chef, Wyatt Blake. M/M explicit. Wyatt Blake has a lot on his shoulders. He's supporting his beloved nana, who is slowly losing her memory. He's left his high profile job to work as a private chef in order to pay for his nana's care. And he's just realised that the celebrity who gave him a seriously hot blow job last night is going to be his employer. And they'll be living together. Ryan Flores need 3.5 stars. Sweet romance between adrenaline junky & pro baseballer, Ryan Flores, and nana's-boy chef, Wyatt Blake. M/M explicit. Wyatt Blake has a lot on his shoulders. He's supporting his beloved nana, who is slowly losing her memory. He's left his high profile job to work as a private chef in order to pay for his nana's care. And he's just realised that the celebrity who gave him a seriously hot blow job last night is going to be his employer. And they'll be living together. Ryan Flores needs to change his image. The only pro-baseballer to be 'out', he's facing a lot of heat for being a party boy and may just lost his contract over it. The (apparent) only solution? A fake boyfriend. And thankfully, Ryan knows the perfect guy for the job - his hot new personal chef. But Wyatt isn't out. And even if he were, things feel far too real for him to want to 'fake' anything. But can Ryan even have a real relationship? Wow was there a lot going on here. The characters of Wyatt and Ryan were really well fleshed out, and helped to create a solid story where normally I wouldn't have been especially interested. I liked how they both needed to recognise and address their own hang ups before the relationship could progress - it added a character arc that is usually missing from these sorts of romance books. I actually think Beth Bolden could have pushed it further still (Wyatt is a bit of a martyr and Ryan's selfishness causes some big problems) but just having it in there was a nice change. This was my first book by Beth Bolden, and I did feel a bit left in the dark every now and again when we met characters who were clearly protagonists in previous books, but it wasn't too bad all things considered. My main complaint would probably be that every so often Beth would include a really odd phrase that would take a while for me to parse. Maybe it would include a few double negatives, or just something completely strange, like this one: Wyatt piled a handful of watermelons into the cart (64%) How can you have a handful of watermelons?? I actually had to stop at this point and question the whole thing with my husband :P My other complaint is that for a story about a baseballer and a chef, I felt like there was a distinct lack of baseball (in fact there was none whatsoever), and the cooking wasn't a massive part either. This didn't bother me much, but I can imagine someone coming into the book expecting a bit of a sports angle would probably be disappointed. Otherwise I enjoyed it, and will read the rest of the books in the series (and probably start on Beth Bolden's other romances as well).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tanja

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story about fake boyfriends with a twist. It is fun and lighthearted, sexy and sweet. The story grabbed me from the first page till the last, and I kept turning the pages. The author gave this fake-boyfriend story a surprising twist. Wyatt and Ryan hook up at a club, but later they meet again when Ryan hires Wyatt to be his personal chef. Not that he really needs one, but he just can’t resist Wyatt. A complicating factor is that he does need a fake boyfriend to get him I thoroughly enjoyed this story about fake boyfriends with a twist. It is fun and lighthearted, sexy and sweet. The story grabbed me from the first page till the last, and I kept turning the pages. The author gave this fake-boyfriend story a surprising twist. Wyatt and Ryan hook up at a club, but later they meet again when Ryan hires Wyatt to be his personal chef. Not that he really needs one, but he just can’t resist Wyatt. A complicating factor is that he does need a fake boyfriend to get him another contract as pro baseball player. Management is okay with him being out but wants to see him in a steady relationship. He asks Wyatt to be his fake boyfriend, but Wyatt is not out, so a real friendship it is. I loved both men. Wyatt and Ryan are definitely cut out for each other. The chemistry is tangible. They can both agree on friendship alone, but they can’t deny the electricity between them. They keep dancing around each other, and more often than not the lines between fake and real are crossed. And every time I wanted to hit them on the head to get their acts together. They are just meant to be each other, but they are too stubborn to see. Just as I thought they finally see the light, they keep on doing something stupid. Oh, I could strangle them. That is what it is all about, really. That I am so engrossed in their lives that I keep yelling at them as if they are real. A bittersweet sub-plot is Wyatt’s Nana, who has Alzheimer’s. I loved how Wyatt does everything to give her the best care possible, and then cried when she doesn’t recognize him. How devastating that must be. Ryan might be a professional baseball player, but don’t expect on-page matches, because there aren’t any. What there is, though, are many enticing and mouthwatering food made by Wyatt and Ryan’s aunt, Flor. Wyatt’s roommates are making their appearance in this book again and Miles and Evan from the first book. There are several hints for upcoming books. I can’t wait to read them. This is the second book in the Kitchen Gods series and can be read as a stand-alone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Viecelli

    The Kitchen Gods have quickly become a favorite of mine, and Catch Me is a deliciously sweet and sexy addition to the series. I love fake boyfriend stories, and this book is one of the best I have read to date. Wyatt captured my heart in book 1, Bite Me, and knowing his story was next? I could. Not. Wait. He is such a compelling character for me, from the way he watches Ryan at the beginning, to the love he has for his grandmother, how he takes care of her, and his need to leave Terroir and his The Kitchen Gods have quickly become a favorite of mine, and Catch Me is a deliciously sweet and sexy addition to the series. I love fake boyfriend stories, and this book is one of the best I have read to date. Wyatt captured my heart in book 1, Bite Me, and knowing his story was next? I could. Not. Wait. He is such a compelling character for me, from the way he watches Ryan at the beginning, to the love he has for his grandmother, how he takes care of her, and his need to leave Terroir and his nightmare of a boss to finally spread his culinary wings. Ryan also quickly became a character I loved, though. An openly gay professional baseball player trying to climb to the top, he is looking for a fake boyfriend to keep his spot on his team's roster at the behest of his agent. He is also a serious adrenaline junkie. I will admit, there were a few times I wanted to throttle him until he opened his eyes... but he has his reasons for acting the way he did.. so I can't hold it against him. Too much. Really, though, Ryan is so sweet underneath it all and you cannot help but fall in love for him. When Wyatt is hired as Ryan's new personal chef, things don't go exactly as planned for either of the men. They are so sweet and sensual together, though, and I was rooting for them from the start. And as in the first book, the peripheral characters are fantastic. I definitely want more of these friends. Catch Me is full of heat (seriously - these two are smoking hot together), a bit of angst, love, friendship, family, and FOOD! Oh god, you might not want to read this book hungry. I want to try everything mentioned. Seriously. But I digress. This is a beautifully written story about the struggle to live authentically and openly, and learning to feel deserving of love and happiness. Another five star read from Beth Bolden!

  16. 3 out of 5

    Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie

    4.25 Stars! Catch Me is book 2 in the Kitchen Gods series and while it can be read as a standalone, Bite Me was so good that you don't want to miss it, trust me on this. Wyatt has decided to leave Terroir. While he's thankful for the experience of working in a Michelin-star rated restaurant, he's had enough of Bastian Aquino's mercurial moods, plus working as a private chef will surely be a whole lot more profitable. What he didn't expect was his potential new boss to be the famous baseball player 4.25 Stars! Catch Me is book 2 in the Kitchen Gods series and while it can be read as a standalone, Bite Me was so good that you don't want to miss it, trust me on this. Wyatt has decided to leave Terroir. While he's thankful for the experience of working in a Michelin-star rated restaurant, he's had enough of Bastian Aquino's mercurial moods, plus working as a private chef will surely be a whole lot more profitable. What he didn't expect was his potential new boss to be the famous baseball player with whom he hooked up the night before or that he might be asked to play the part of fake boyfriend, too. While he's insanely attracted to Ryan Flores, playing pretend might be a recipe for disaster. I loved Wyatt. He was laidback and very nice, too nice sometimes, almost bordering on doormat-ish, although I was very glad to see him stand up to Ryan near the end. And then we had Ryan, who I wanted to throttle so many times. He wasn't a bad guy, I guess, but he ran hot and cold with Wyatt for so long, I was almost afraid he wouldn't make things right before the book ended. Regardless of my feelings for Ryan, the chemistry between Ryan and Wyatt was undeniable, the sex scenes were hot and when Ryan wasn't being a twat, they fit very well together. I loved Wyatt's Nana, who was adorable, and it was great catching up with Miles, Evan, Xander and Kian and meeting Tony (who I hope will get a book, too) and Tabitha. However, I have to admit the book I'm anticipating the most is Kian and Bastian's, no matter if he's a bastard. ;) Overall, this was a solid addition to the series, and even if book one is still my favorite, I found it very enjoyable. Now, I'll be waiting eagerly for Xander's book! Very recommendable. *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure a review wasn't a requirement. ***

  17. 3 out of 5

    Michele

    Wyatt Blake was introduced in Kitchen Gods #1 as Mile's housemate and fellow chef working under the tyrannical direction of Chef Bastion Aquino at Terroir, a Michelin rated Napa Valley restaurant. Despite sharing a house with three other Terroir chefs, Wyatt struggles to pay for his Aunt Nana's long term care facility. Her advancing Alzheimer's disease makes it impossible to live independently. When offered a more lucrative position as a personal chef to baseball player Ryan Flores, Wyatt can't s Wyatt Blake was introduced in Kitchen Gods #1 as Mile's housemate and fellow chef working under the tyrannical direction of Chef Bastion Aquino at Terroir, a Michelin rated Napa Valley restaurant. Despite sharing a house with three other Terroir chefs, Wyatt struggles to pay for his Aunt Nana's long term care facility. Her advancing Alzheimer's disease makes it impossible to live independently. When offered a more lucrative position as a personal chef to baseball player Ryan Flores, Wyatt can't say no. Ryan Flores doesn't really need a personal chef. According to his smarmy, yet shrewd sports agent, he needs a stable relationship to counteract the stereotype that all gay men are irresponsible players...an image that currently threatens his contract renewal. Ryan isn't ready to commit to a real relationship, but is more than ready to pretend with the very attractive man applying for the personal chef position. Wyatt is an honest, mature and likable character who struggles with whether Aunt Nana can accept his sexual orientation. Her good opinion means the world. Despite a strong attraction to Ryan, he just isn't prepared for public outings as the faux boyfriend of a famous athlete. Wyatt would much rather have the real thing. Conversely, Ryan is more immature and less experienced. The one time he got close to someone, he got his heart broken. Since then, nothing but casual hookups. A bit angsty, but both characters eventually find their way to happiness.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Sarita Chapdelaine

    This is an entertaining and engaging story that I really enjoyed. The characters are appealing and their personal struggles make them very relatable. I wish there had been more content about Ryan's baseball career though and why do the sports agents always have to be jerks? The author does an excellent job portraying the beginning stages of Alzheimer's and how devastating it is for the loved ones of the people afflicted with this horrible disease. Wyatt will do anything for his Nana and he quits This is an entertaining and engaging story that I really enjoyed. The characters are appealing and their personal struggles make them very relatable. I wish there had been more content about Ryan's baseball career though and why do the sports agents always have to be jerks? The author does an excellent job portraying the beginning stages of Alzheimer's and how devastating it is for the loved ones of the people afflicted with this horrible disease. Wyatt will do anything for his Nana and he quits his restaurant job to be a private chef so he can pay for the specialized care she needs as neither of his brothers are willing to help out. Ryan's agent convinces him that the only way to stay in LA playing for the Dodgers is to have a stable relationship even if they have to hire a fake boyfriend. When Ryan lies to Wyatt about why he hires him he could lose the best thing that has ever happened to him. Wyatt is amazing and he is devastated to learn the truth as he had hoped for something more from Ryan. Their lack of communication and Ryan's fear of relationships causes angst for both of them. They have a lot of heat and chemistry between them and the potential for a long and lasting relationship if Ryan can get over his past. I love the secondary characters and I hope Kian's story will be next in this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮

    I have to say the Kitchen Gods series by Beth Bolden is a huge winner to me, maybe because I love food and cooking, moreover because the author has so far delivered two amazing titles. I liked Bite Me but I found Catch Me a little more tuned with me, especially because I adored the men together from the first chapters, I easily fell into the story and was sucked into the main characters lives. As Ryan, I too fell for Wyatt, his big heart, his fears, his dedication and strenght caught my heart. I I have to say the Kitchen Gods series by Beth Bolden is a huge winner to me, maybe because I love food and cooking, moreover because the author has so far delivered two amazing titles. I liked Bite Me but I found Catch Me a little more tuned with me, especially because I adored the men together from the first chapters, I easily fell into the story and was sucked into the main characters lives. As Ryan, I too fell for Wyatt, his big heart, his fears, his dedication and strenght caught my heart. I think his character was what made the novel a success, because let’s be honest, I didn’t find Ryan so interesting, at the end I liked him too because I saw how much he cared about his private chef. Just a couple of things stopped me from giving the novel more than four stars. First of all, I’m still dubious about Eric, Ryan’s agent. I din’t like him at all, perhaps I wasn’t able to understand him, anyway him being with Ryan was unaceptable to me and I would preferred the author would have given me a little more, a closure moment between them or just a glimpse of goodness in him, I don’t know. One more thing is related to Ryan past which I knew nothing, apart from the amazing aunt Flor, there is nothing else and I was curious and maybe would have helped me more to see his character clearer. That said, I can assure you I can’t wait for the next book in the series, I so hope it will be about Kian and the Bastard, I’m dying to know how and if they will get their HEA.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Light

    4 / 5 Stars Ah, fake boyfriend, one of my favorite tropes *happy sigh*. This was a delightful read. It has 3 pretty nice main characters that had the hots for each other, some misunderstanding, not too much drama or angst, the fake boyfriend trope plus the sport tropes work well without being too much nonsense. The story flows well and doesn't become tedious like it happened with the previous book. There are few loopholes in the story, however, but nothing that keep the attention away from the ma 4 / 5 Stars Ah, fake boyfriend, one of my favorite tropes *happy sigh*. This was a delightful read. It has 3 pretty nice main characters that had the hots for each other, some misunderstanding, not too much drama or angst, the fake boyfriend trope plus the sport tropes work well without being too much nonsense. The story flows well and doesn't become tedious like it happened with the previous book. There are few loopholes in the story, however, but nothing that keep the attention away from the main characters and their issues. Wyatt and Ryan have a great chemistry and they are fun when they are together. There're also several new characters, likeable even though we don't get much of their backgrounds. Hopefully we will get their own stories soon. Overall, I really liked this one, more than book 1. I will be checking the next ones.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Melissa

    Loved this book. This is about Wyatt and Ryan. Ryan needs a boyfriend according to his manager. He also needs a personal chef. Wyatt takes the chef position without knowing that Ryan and Evan want him to be said boyfriend. Wyatt becomes Ryan's fake boyfriend. He develops feelings for Ryan, Ryan develops feelings for Wyatt, neither tell each other. In the end both realize what they want. I realized that there were more books that lead up to this one and had to go back and read them. I have enjoyed Loved this book. This is about Wyatt and Ryan. Ryan needs a boyfriend according to his manager. He also needs a personal chef. Wyatt takes the chef position without knowing that Ryan and Evan want him to be said boyfriend. Wyatt becomes Ryan's fake boyfriend. He develops feelings for Ryan, Ryan develops feelings for Wyatt, neither tell each other. In the end both realize what they want. I realized that there were more books that lead up to this one and had to go back and read them. I have enjoyed reading all of them. I recommend all of Beth's books.

  22. 3 out of 5

    Crystal Lacy

    So hot and just the right amount of angsty fake boyfriend feels Loved this even more than the last Kitchen Gods book (although I did appreciate seeing Miles and the gang again). I love Wyatt and Ryan and their adorable and angsty repressed feelings. I love all the mentions of the characters’ families and how different they are. So many moments that add incredible depth to these characters. And I thought the ending was perfect. Love Ryan and his great gesture. Highly recommend!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Violet Marshall

    This is the second book in The Kitchen Gods Series. A sensational book the writing was great. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters likeable. The characters were developed and thought out. Ryan and Wyatt are the MC’s of this book. There was humor, a club, an interview, family and friends, kitchens, an agent no one likes, an accident and so much more in this book. I can highly recommend this book as a good read. I voluntarily read an adv This is the second book in The Kitchen Gods Series. A sensational book the writing was great. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters likeable. The characters were developed and thought out. Ryan and Wyatt are the MC’s of this book. There was humor, a club, an interview, family and friends, kitchens, an agent no one likes, an accident and so much more in this book. I can highly recommend this book as a good read. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Temberley

    Catch Me is an awesome story of love and lies and all that is between. Wyatt is a chef looking to improve his station if life with a better paying job to help with bills incurred by having to place his grandmother in a nursing home. Ryan is an “out” gay baseball player that is looking for a pretend boyfriend to help his career along. Neither is looking for commitment but what they find is so much more and the road to get to that point is rough and full of potholes so settle in and enjoy the ride Catch Me is an awesome story of love and lies and all that is between. Wyatt is a chef looking to improve his station if life with a better paying job to help with bills incurred by having to place his grandmother in a nursing home. Ryan is an “out” gay baseball player that is looking for a pretend boyfriend to help his career along. Neither is looking for commitment but what they find is so much more and the road to get to that point is rough and full of potholes so settle in and enjoy the ride to another HEA!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexleo

    I loved this story. What else can I say. I loved the first instalment of this series, and this second book didn’t disappoint me. There are sweet moments, great side characters, good cooking, deep feelings and hot scenes. Two men who pursue their dreams and each one supports the other in a well balanced relationship. Beth Bolden is on my favorite writers list!

  26. 3 out of 5

    Delphia Baisden

    Such a sweet installment of this series! Wyatt’s mature-beyond-his-years personality was a perfect match for the adrenaline-addicted Ryan. And I just adored the side characters in this one, even demanding Eric. It was also nice to see Miles and Evan again from Bite Me. Yet again, I cannot wait for the next book!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Pretend boyfriends. Love the pretend boyfriends becoming real boyfriends trope. There was lots of angst and heartache along the way with Wyatt and Ryan. The chemistry was hot from the first meeting, but past issues had Ryan feeling insecure and he messed everything up. Great series with incredible characters and writing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Em

    2.5 stars Sorry, I just didn't get it? I couldn't work out the motivation, the angst or the reasons for it. Apart from one very hot scene early on in the book this felt kinda pointless and annoying.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kaila

    this is such an adorable series.. i love the dynamics and the laughter.. i love the complexity of the characters and how they have to grow together and as individuals. i love this who thing. it was amazing

  30. 3 out of 5

    tammy rufo

    i love Wyatt and Ryan! Love the boss/employee relationship turn lovers. I also love when the one character finds some one they can see being with after being a "player". I can't wait for more from this series. would def recommend.

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