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Publisher's Summary

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 12 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 contemporary gay romance, and while it is the second book in the Kitchen Gods series, it can be listened to as a stand-alone.

©2018 Beth Bolden (P)2019 Beth Bolden

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Not bad.

Okay, I had a hard time getting into the story because the setting was... not very credible. And this was said by someone who loves the fake-relationship trope.

I liked the style of the writer, and her characters were well delineated, although the story slides to melodrama by the end. Nevertheless, it's entertained and, by moments, very sweet.

Wyatt Baker does a good job narrating.

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great!

I'm usually not a fan of the fake relationship trope but I liked how it was done in this book. Wonderful story! I'm looking forward to read the next book in the series. And the narrator was absolutely brilliant!

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Yeah - don't waste the credit

I knew I should have quit by chapter 4. I forced myself to finish, but it never got any better. I like Wyatt (character) and I was looking forward to his story. Unfortunately, Ryan is an asshole who lies, manipulates, and treats him like shit throughout the entire book. About half of the dialog is cliche garbage, and a lot of it doesn't make any sense. We're supposed to sympathize with Ryan because he's afraid of rejection- but him being afraid is used as a free pass for him to get away with being a piece of crap human being. Honestly, the ending reminded me more of the Stockholm of abuse victims than a happily ever after. This book was bad enough that I plan on returning the first book in the series as well, so I don't ever get tempted to put myself through this again.

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Guilty

I feel so guilty, because this audio has been in my library for a long time now and I’ve just gotten around to listening to it. It was really good and it had a couple of tear jerking moments which I love. I love when an author writes so well that I feel all the emotions when reading. The narrator was amazing too, and I can’t wait to listen to the rest of this series!

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I’m definitely caught!

I loved this story! A little bit of fake boyfriend action except their feelings are too real even before they try to be fake. The characters were both complex and it made them so loveable. I just wanted to take them home and save them. Narration by Wyatt Baker was excellent as usual.

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Great writing

This is second book I’ve listened to by this author. She is great. Narrator is excellent as well. HEA ending that makes your heart happy. A+++++

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Love it!

Loved this book! The audiobook just made it better. This is my first Wyatt Baker narration and I love how he made this book come to life.

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Enjoyable

Enjoyed the audio of Catch me By Beth Bolden! I liked the story a lot though it isn't my favorite of the bunch. Ryan just falls a little flat as a character for me...these books do continue to get better and better though so I do recommend this one! Wyatt Baker does a nice job narrating this.

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An enjoyable listen

This book was an enjoyable listen and I really liked both Wyatt and Ryan. Wyatt is a chef and applies for a job as a private chef for a baseball star. Wyatt is doing this for two reasons - firstly he’s beginning to feel stale in his current job, but mainly because he needs to earn more money to help look after his Nanna. Nanna has Alzheimer’s and as my own Grandma had Alzheimer’s my heart broke for him knowing what he was facing as the illness progressed. I really felt the author did a fantastic job of portraying Wyatt’s fears and heartbreak over his Nanna’s condition. Ryan is a baseball star and an adrenaline junkie. His need for adrenaline seemed to stem from his ex telling him he was boring and he doesn’t ever want to be a disappointment to anyone else for the same reason. He also doesn’t want to commit to another relationship for the same fear. Ryan’s boss sees him as a party boy and to not be traded he needs to show he’s steady and dependable, so his agent suggests a fake boyfriend. When the two men meet at a club they are both drawn to each other and have an amazing hook up, but Wyatt is at a disadvantage as he doesn’t realise Ryan will be interviewing him tomorrow and Ryan already knows who he is.

I love a good fake boyfriend story, but this one just had too much angst for me to really get into it. If the two of them had just talked to each other they would have saved themselves a lot of heartache, although it would have caused chaos for the storyline if it was all smooth sailing!! I’m conflicted about giving this 3 stars as I really liked both the men and they were great together, but I just never got as fully involved in the story as I wanted to. I have a lot going on in my own life right now, so maybe I just needed to listen to something smooth sailing instead of something with angst. We all love different things in a story though so I do recommend listening to this and making up your own mind!

Wyatt Baker did a great job as a narrator. He’s always a good listen.

I received an arc of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review

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*sigh* Disappointing

Ryan Flores needs a fake boyfriend, and the one he wants is Wyatt Blake. Each man agreed to that, after a long time denying their desire for each other and an almost contract with an actor to fill the role was happily aborted. However, they still took forever to pull their heads out of their behinds and admit that they wanted to be boyfriends for real because they each were developing feelings for each other. I found that whole song and dance frustrating and irritating. I appreciate the writer wanting to make this a real relationship by not rushing them into anything committed too soon, but I felt as though all the extras, such as the extended conversations between Wyatt and Ryan and various secondary characters, or the endless descriptions of their inner fears and concerns began to be repetitious. That they kept trying to pretend that their feelings still remained the same as they had been in the beginning, trying to convince themselves that things were far less serious than they were, was teeth-grindingly painful after a while. And their talking themselves out of telling each other that they were falling in love also got old.

The performance was okay, despite a few flubs, though it certainly didn't help to make these irritating narrative practices feel any better. And by the way, how old ARE these guys? If Wyatt's mom dies eight years before when he was thirteen, that makes him twenty-one, but he doesn't seem THAT young, and there's no indication of how old Ryan is. And after the accident at the end which, by the way, was overkill in the drama part of this story -- eye-roll-worthy overkill -- I wouldn't be surprised if Ryan is no older than twenty-one himself. Maybe if I knew how old they are my impatience with their behavior would dissipate, or at least I'd understand it.

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 09-16-20

Keeps you wondering

All the ups and downs of love, every day something different ,the heartache and the excitement and it takes crashing a Maserati to bring them forever. listen and enjoy.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 10-23-19

Baseball Player hires Hot Chef as Fake Boyfriend

Beth Bolden and the Kitchen Gods series are new to me, but I have heard other books narrated by Wyatt Baker before and I've enjoyed those as he's one of those narrators who can bring the characters to life, including Ryan Flores' Puerto Rican auntie and Wyatt's elderly Nana. You don't have to have read the first book win the series to enjoy this though the characters from that book do make several appearance in this story too.
I do like a fake boyfriend trope and Ryan hiring Wyatt to be his personal chef/fake boyfriend fits the bill quite nicely. They do have plenty of ups and downs in their relationship with things getting very bumpy right before they get real. I do recommend this for lovers of Contemporary MM romance with a Fake to Real relationship and HEA.

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  • Fortuna
  • 10-23-19

I want to punch Ryan!

Which means that Beth Bolden is a great writer! If an author gets me to the stage that I actually want to do physical harm to a character, it pretty much means they’re believable.

I loved Wyatt, I could even forgive him for letting Ryan treat him like a fool as he was such a nice bloke! Ryan, on the other hand was a very frustrating chap to say the least. I understand the way Wyatt felt about him but I’d have smacked him in the face!

I enjoyed the narration, I would listen to more of Wyatt Bakers work.

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  • choccygrl
  • 10-20-19

Disappointed

I was looking forward to this story as I've read others in the series and enjoyed them. Unfortunately I can't say the same for this one. It's the fake relationship trope which I love but I struggled with the reasons given and the fact it was hidden from Wyatt at the beginning. I didn't like Ryan, I found him manipulative and a liar by omission. And Wyatt just annoyed me , he acknowledged he was being lied to but allowed lust to cloud his judgment and things only got worse once they were 'in a relationship '. I struggled with the pacing and found the passage of time didn't seem to fit.
Overall a disappointment.

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  • Cassi
  • 10-20-19

Fun fake boyfriend

Fake boyfriend is always a hit or miss for me but I really enjoyed this one! I love books with cooking aspects. Add in the sports star too and you have one steamy combo!

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 10-20-19

Loved it

This was a really great audiobook.
Dynamic characters, fun writing and a great story.
I can’t wait to listen to more of this series.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 10-20-19

Entertaining...

4 Stars!

So, I had the chance to read this book before, so I knew what I was getting into by listening to Catch me in audio. This series needs to be read/listened to in order, so don't forget to grab Bite Me before reading Catch Me. 

I liked Wyatt a lot, he was nice and even if he was in the closet to his family, he had good enough reasons to be. My main problem with him was how doormat-ish he acted with Ryan, I get being attracted to the man, but Wyatt pretty much let Ryan walk all over him. And Ryan, well, I kept wavering between somewhat liking him and wanting to throttle him, unfortunately, in the end, the wanting to throttling him won. His reasons for not wanting a real boyfriend were flimsy at best and he acted like an immature twat in the last bit of the story, especially when he was supposed to be trying to win Wyatt over. Which brings me to one of my pet peeves, the fact that Wyatt just forgave Ryan so easily after both his stunts, made me want to scream. Wyatt and Ryan had good chemistry and I liked their interactions when Ryan wasn't annoying me. 

I loved Wyatt's grandma and catching up with Xander, Kian and Miles and while this wasn't my favorite book in the series, it was still entertaining and enjoyable.

I found Wyatt's voice quite pleasant and he did a great job narrating the book and giving each character a distinct tone. 

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  • Tanya
  • 10-19-19

great story

Both the author and the narrator were new to me. I struggled with the narrator at first but LOVED the story the author wrote. I will be sure to pick up more from this author and go back and read book one of this story.

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  • Suzanne Christie
  • 10-17-19

Fake boyfriend

I love me a fake boyfriend story and although not the best I’ve read it was enjoyable.

Ryan and Wyatt get into things pretty quick, Wyatt is just down for a one time thing but Ryan has ulterior motives. This didn’t sit with me very well, there was a lot of manipulation going on at the start and I did feel sorry for Wyatt.

I did like the way the story developed however and we saw how these guys were falling in love with each other albeit without saying anything to one another. I did find their relationship believable despite the rocky start.

Wyatt Baker is a new narrator to me and I really enjoyed listening to this book, the voices were good and distinct. He was really able to make you feel the ups and downs of this romance.

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  • alias11
  • 10-17-19

Great characters; took a while to understand Ryan

I loved these fun, sexy characters Ryan and Wyatt have great chemistry, but misunderstanding, poor communication, and some subterfuge on Ryan’s part leaves Wyatt disappointed and almost derails any chance they have of finding love for real. It takes quite some time before the cause of Ryan's high-flying adrenaline junkie persona is explained, but when it is, everything makes more sense. Wyatt is caught in the cross-fire, wanting more with Ryan than a fake relationship, but trapped by his own fears of disappointing his failing Nana and falling in love with someone who can't or won't love him back.

The narration was great and really made the characters come to life.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.