Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Chef, by Xavier Neal


The Chef, an all-new standalone Sexy Forbidden Romance from Xavier Neal is AVAILABLE NOW!


My entire existence begins and ends with food.
It gives me purpose.
It gives me peace.
It gives me pleasure.
Or it did before my best friend’s little sister tempted me into taking a taste of the forbidden.
Spoiled me with her flavors.
Slaved my senses.
Now, the only thing I love more than my career as the “Charming Chef” is the one woman I know I’m not supposed to want.
After being ripped from everything I knew and everyone I loved, I realized just how truly short life can be.
How people don’t take enough risks.
How people don’t treat life like an adventure.
How people hide who they are.
While I’ve learned to embrace what most people fear, I’ve also taught myself the art of keeping others at a safe distance.
Yet, one secret moment with my brother’s best friend, and all I want is for him to come closer.
To touch me.
To take me.
To love me…
I know the danger that comes with getting attached to someone, but I’d rather die happy than live forever without him.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Super sexy forbidden love story between chef Wyatt and Julez, the little sister he never knew his best friend Paxton had. The book opens with a SIZZLING encounter in a closet during Paxton’s engagement party, with neither Julez or Wyatt knowing who the other was. And the story just got hotter from there as they try to fight their attraction… and fail miserably.

So there is “the incident” from her past that has Pax being waaaaay overprotective of his sister. I felt that he was a bit over the top, but that watchdog attitude of his was also needed to set up the conflict/forbidden relationship with Julez and Wyatt.

I’d read The Substitute, but missed the other books in The Bros series. The Chef is a standalone, but there are few plot points that I was confused about since I missed two books in the middle. But overall, this was a clever and sexy story. Julez really comes into her own, and Wyatt is such a devoted boyfriend! Swoon!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Xavier Neal

Xavier Neal lives in Texas where she spends her time getting lost in writing, reading, or fandoms she recently discovered. Whether she is enjoying books or movies, she continues finding inspiration at every turn to bring more exciting stories to life.


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