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Giovanni Romero had been dealt his fair share of heartbreak throughout his 30 years, including losing his beloved parents in a horrible car accident. After suffering yet another devastating loss, he decided to chase his dream of opening his own restaurant and was soon the proud owner of Romero’s, a hugely successful and critically acclaimed Italian restaurant, nestled in the heart of Chicago.

Knowing that one more blow to his heart could destroy him, Giovanni had built walls up around his heart to protect himself. He had created strict rules for himself about the men he slept with, which included never exchanging names and absolutely no repeat performances. That was until he met a young man whom he found impossible to forget. 

After spending the last few years traveling throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, working as an apprentice to some of the world’s top chefs, 23-year-old Caleb Greene was finally moving back home. While he had enjoyed his studies, he couldn’t wait to reunite with his big, crazy, loving family, especially his twin brother, Carter. Most importantly, he hoped to finally begin his career working as the head chef for Chicago’s most prestigious Italian restaurant, Romero’s. 

After a night of celebration with Carter, Caleb finds himself in a rare position, going home with a tall, dark, and sexy stranger. Caleb had never had a one-night stand before, but there was something about the man that drew him in. Unfortunately, the man insisted they could be together for only one night.

Unable to get the intriguing young man off his mind, but resolved to let him go, Giovanni was shocked to find that Caleb had been hired as his new head chef. Working in such close proximity to each other, could he keep his carefully erected walls in place and protect his heart, or would Caleb have the strength to tear those walls down, setting Giovanni free?

©2016 Annabella Michaels (P)2017 Annabella Michaels

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Sexy and sweet story...amazing narration.

A story of love strong enough to break through walls complete with sexy men, steamy scenes, tender moments and a happy ending...Just my kind of story. And with the Michael Pauley for narrator, this tale of love went from good to great. That man knows how to tell a read a story! Hope the rest of this series comes to audible soon and they keep him on as narrator.

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awesome book

love the series and love that is now on audio Michael did a wonderful job

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More!!!

I always enjoy when Michael Pauley narrates a story and, once again, he had me hooked on the storyline. Having read Feeding The Soul I felt that Pauley brought the characters, their emotions and their personalities to life. Hip and Caleb are soulmate, neither was out looking for love but it found them. Their interactions are real and we get introduced to Greene family. all I can say is, I hope Pauley and Michael's hook up for the next book in the series, "Music of the Soul." Please.

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😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

I just love this book..its an emotional rollercoaster. I love all the characters. it was simply devine and Michael Pauley like always did an amazing job.

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Feel Good And Heartwarming

I'm not great on writing revues but this book started me on a journey of heartwarming characters. Based on a family of close-knit family members even tho they don't all appear throught the whole book.
This was my first Annabella Michaels book and I enjoyed her story so much I went on to read the rest of her series pls her other books.#heartwarming, #funny #tearcausing #wonderfulfamily#lovelycharacters

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This audio is a great addition my library

I read this book when it was first released by Annabella Michaels. I fell in love with Gio and Caleb at that point, but after not reading this series for a while I found myself falling in love with them all over again with the addition of the wonderful Michael Pauley providing the audio for these two wonderful characters. Gio and Caleb meet and have a fun filled one night stand, only to find out the very next day that they will be working together. Giovanni has no desire to enter into a relationship with anyone after his divorce and Caleb has put all of his efforts into building his career and avoided relationships since high school. These two are explosive together and have some of the sweetest moments that melt a heart. I really enjoyed not only the book but the audio as well.

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Awesome

Awesome start to the series! Fell in love with Giovanni and Caleb right off the bat! You'll be addicted and want to read the next book right after it! Michael Pauley is perfect with this, each scene flows together and gets you catch up in his voice. With Gio beginning a little broken and scared to start again, and Caleb all heart and sweet you'll want to listen to this more then once. These two together are adorable and hot all at the same time. I love all the side characters and can't wait to see their stories.

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The perfect love match: restauranteur and chef


I was so excited to revisit the story of Giovanni and Caleb.  I enjoyed the beautifully written words Annabella weaved to create this wonderful m/m romance.  Gio and Caleb’s story takes place in my favorite city, Chicago and I enjoyed all the memories brought up throughout the book.  After working his way through Europe learning the ins and outs of cooking, Caleb comes home to Chicago.  Imagine his surprise when his one-night stand turns out to be his new boss, Giovanni. Giovanni owns Romero’s, where the job as head chef, has brought him finally home.  Which is the just the beginning of a romance filled with love, sex, intrigue, and angst.  I had read this book when it was released in June of 2016 and was so excited when the audible version became available.  I was given a chance to listen to this book and was eager to hear Annabella’s words come to life.  Michael Pauley as the narrator of this book is impressive. Michael brings the Feeding the Soul: Souls of Chicago book to life.  He brought to life the story and mastered the Chicago accent, that I remember from my childhood.  Michael switches from character to character with ease.  He brings the words to life and brings the already steamy sex scenes to a higher level of eroticism.  I will definitely be revisiting this story again and again.
 

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Truly entertaining

I have never really listened to audible before so this was mostly a new experience.
I read the book and loved the story but listening to Michael Paulie narrate the story just added to it on a whole other level. Very entertaining listening he did a great job.

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Loved It!

There are some books where the story just comes to life when it’s narrated, and this is one of them. I absolutely loved this book even more in audio. This book is such an emotional read, but in a wonderful way. I laughed and got a little teary, and I truly felt the emotions of Caleb and Giovanni. The love that Caleb felt for Giovanni was so heartfelt and you could truly feel it while reading the book. Giovanni’s reluctance to accept Caleb’s feelings was understandable from his prior relationship experience and he left you hurting with him. The characters and the story was so well developed. While I always want more of beloved characters, you get to experience their HEA. I can’t wait to see who is next in this wonderful new series.

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  • Katie townsend
  • 10-31-18

Amazing and beautiful

Having Caleb and Giovanni journey being brought to life was so amazing and beautiful i felt more of the emotions that Caleb and Giovanni were going through ups downs laughter tears heartbreak heart warming moments was such a wonderful thing to feel

Michael pauley did such a beautiful job of bringing annabella Michaels wonderful characters the storyline and Caleb and Giovanni journey to life

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  • Joanne1988
  • 10-27-18

Oh wow!!!

I absolutely loved this. This series is one of my favourites so hearing it come to life by Micheal paley was just fantastic I can wait to listen to the rest of the series.

Michael did a great job bringing Geo and Calab to life.