Yummy Indulgences is a sweet romantic read that explores the love between Allen Garner, rugged, masculine, only out to his family and Shiloh Ballard, a lean, openly gay, bakery chef and owner. Throughout this story, author Andi Anderson maintains a purity to her writing and to her characters. The emotions, their struggles, and the conclusion travel along a pleasant path that keeps you wondering what will happen next, but which also rings true and believable.
What drew me in most while reading was the complexity of the two main characters. Without beating the reader over the head, Ms. Anderson skillfully reveals why each protagonist struggles, what past events have led to their current situations. I felt, by the end of the book, that I knew these two characters and I certainly now why they belong together.
There were a couple of aspects to this story that I would have liked to have seen further developed. Questions which remained unanswered by the end of the book. Such things as why Shiloh holds off on sex, the struggle Allen faces as his relationship progresses with Shiloh and as he runs the very real risk of being outed at work, the impact of Shiloh's family history and how that has shaped who he is. Each of these things is addressed, but I found myself wanting more from these plot developments and others.
With that being said, the simplicity of the story and it's development is also the story's strength. It follows a clean story line, one that does not leave gaping holes and which rolls along with the right balance of tension/conflict and happiness until we reach the ending.
All in all, this was a highly pleasurable read.
What should have been just another day, ended up changing Allen Garner’s life forever. He’d just finished the night shift as a supervisor at the rendering plant, when his sister gives him a frantic call asking him for a favor to meet with the local baker, Shiloh Ballard, and pick out his parent’s fortieth wedding anniversary cake. Reluctantly roped into doing this chore, when all he wants to do is go home and sleep, Allen is surprised and immediately enchanted by the beautiful baker the moment he lays eyes on him.
Shiloh can’t believe a strong, masculine man like Allen would ever be interested in a rainbow flying, petite baker like himself. Immediately sparks fly between them and they are swept up into a whirlwind romance which soon turns into a deep love neither man expected. But there is one problem. Allen hasn’t revealed his sexuality at work and because of this, their relationship must be kept a secret, causing both men to wonder if their relationship is strong enough to survive living together as a couple out and proud.