As a penniless drifter, Alex Walker never saw himself settling down or having a steady job. But after narrowly escaping with his life in a crash just outside the small Kentucky town of Berwood, he is left with no choice but to abandon the road and hustle for cash.
There's just one problem: Nobody's offering work for drifters. Not, that is, except for a small, run-down artisanal Chocolatier, whose owner isn't so much an artisan as he is an antisocial asshole—At least, that's what people tell him to expect.
But the green-eyed, messy-haired owner of the business turns out to be an alluring mystery, who soon has James forgetting his urgency to get back on the road.
Finding himself growing addicted to his employer's odd manner and sharp, acerbic tongue, James seeks to unravel more of Tom's troubled history and help save his struggling business. In the process, he begins to wonder if his old life is really something he is so keen on returning to.
He wants to stay with Tom. But can he afford to take that risk? Or will his past finally catch up and put them both in danger?
“Stay another night? Not on the sofa, this time.”
Tom Hughes thought everything would change when his ex-business partner died. It didn't. In fact, nothing changed at all, which was the worst thing that could have possibly happened. Stuck in a rut and too stubborn to accept help, he let their once-flourishing business—and himself—fall into disrepair.
Until he met James.
Fair-haired, blue-eyed, and obviously too good-looking to be halfway smart, there was no reason to think James would have any interest in a broken thing like him. But if there was one thing Tom knew for a cold, hard fact, it was that appearances can be deceiving.
James showed him that it doesn't matter whether you succeeded or fail, the important thing was to not give up. But Tom wasn't the only one with a stormy history... and when a ghost from James' past threatens to tear them apart, he will need to find it within himself to keep fighting—even against impossible odds.
The Taste of Him is a 60k MM Romance with some strong language and contains adult scenes suitable for a mature audience only.