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Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.

But now Luca's home, and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action - but he's fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage, he's ready to chuck the fairy tale - unable to even imagine Dylan's power to make his dreams come true.

©2017 Tara Lain (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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Wow!

I have to say Tara Lain knocked this one out of the park! Love, love, love her unique twist to my all time favorite fairytale romance Sabrina, and a great choice in narrators. Greg Tremblay did a amazing job bringing all of the characters to life. This book is definitely top of my list of books I will listen to again and again. Looking forward to your next book!

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Sabrina remake with three hot men – audio review

Some books just hit the perfect note and Tara Lain’s Return of the Chauffeur’s Son is that book. I was never a huge fan of the movie Sabrina, but this remake is creative, imaginative, and just plain fun.

Luca is the chauffeur’s son, recently returned from a prestigious position in a restaurant, who has come home to Napa to be close to his dad, take a new job, and see if his boyhood crush on James Armstrong is still as fierce as ever.

Always treated respectfully by the Armstrong family, Luca grew up close to the younger son. Only when he returns does he discover his crush and friend is engaged to a very nice woman. Disappointed, although not as much as he thought he would be, Luca throws himself into this new job at Culinary Arts. All the local restaurants partake in an annual cooking competition and Luca’s new employer has lost several times to its archrival. So all hopes and pressure are put on Luca to win the prize.

No pressure, right?

Except there are rumours of spies everywhere. Oh, and James has decided he’s bisexual and puts Luca in his sights, despite his sweet fiancée.

Chaos, right?

Could be, except for Dylan, the eldest son in the Armstrong family. He is openly gay – not experimenting – and he sees James callously hurting everyone around him. He is focused on growing the family business, but keeps a close eye on his younger brother and tries to head off trouble at the pass.

I love the trope of a pseudo-love triangle. Because although Luca has always had a crush on James, Dylan is now on his radar. There is also a lot of love in the Armstrong family and that includes Luca and his father. Proof that not everyone views social class as everything.

The ending is predictable, of course, but I love the dénouement. Like I said, another Tara Lain hit. Low angst, lots of laughter, and most of all, a world where men are loved for who they are and not who they are attracted to. Or who they eventually fall in love with.

Greg Tremblay is one of my favourite narrators and he did a great job. This is a great listen.

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Cute MM Sabrina.

This was a cute MM Sabrina Storie.
very cute, love the narration. ..
it did not quite did it for me .
For some reason the Characters
were not very fleshed out.
they all felt a bit on the shallower side to me .
The latest movie Sabrina with Kenner
and Ford did it for me .
But this storie need it a bit more heart
on the love area.
The ending was very cute.


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An interesting story

I don't know if im wording this review correctly but i am going to try. first it was an interesting title . totally one i would have looked over. i did enjoy the book once it got started. i like the twist with thr brothers .I think overall it was an interesting story. i love food so i was hanging on . great job

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Not an original storyline!!

Was a gay version of “Sabrina”. It was almost exactly that storyline except which photographer for Chef.

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I love this book/recording

What did you love best about Return of the Chauffeur's Son?

I found this book to be a reboot of the Sabrina story, but oh, so better in many ways. Luca to me is more lovable than Sabrina was and less flighty. I recognize that might have been the era, but this author really does the story justice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luca is sweet, self-deprecating and generous. He is knowledgeable, and able to hold his own in his chosen profession-chef.

Which scene was your favorite?

So far as favorite scenes go, I love the scene when Dillon takes down the Culinary Arts arrogant bast*** and sets him in his place. I despise the type of personality that Reynaud has.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me pump my fist at time, laugh out loud, scream at the characters and let loose a lengthy awwww.

Any additional comments?

Greg Tremblay did an amazing job as the narrator. He used his voice eloquently to help us "see" the various characters. He switched back and forth between Dillon, Luca, James, and all the others with stunning ease. I look forward to discovering other books he has narrated.

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cooked to perfection!

i loved every part of this book! Gerg Trembley did an awesome job! loved all the charactors in the book! i hope theirs more to come?

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loved it. enjoyed hearing it while i was doing other things around the house. thumbs up

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Love love love it

A sweet romantic story of leaving your childhood fairy tale to open your eyes to the world and the beauty that is waiting for you. The love Luca has period is breath taking but to see how he feels about people and his passion is wonderful. Also his knight in shining armor Dillion is no slouch in the take your breath away department. I hope we get a sequel to know how the story goes.

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Tug of war meets love triangle

Who says you can't go back home? You can, but you might find yourself seeing things differently. When Luca returns to his childhood home with an exciting new job, the last thing he expects is for the guy he's crushed on since he was a teenager to possibly feel the same way. But things aren't as they seem. What if you were handed the one thing you always thought you wanted on a silver platter? Only to realize, it's not at all what it seemed.

What Lain has done here is taken one of the best chick flicks ever, Sabrina, flipped it upside down and made it her own. I loved the dialogue between the three men; Luca, Dylan and James; and the way they all had a different kind of relationship. The story flowed well from start to finish and kept my attention throughout.

Narrated by Greg Tremblay and he did a great job distinguishing the different characters with tones and voices that gave them each their own distinct personality. I have to say, Dylan was probably my favorite. The way his was written, his personality and presence within the story really stood out to me.

If you're a fan of the Author or the Narrator then this title is probably already in your library or your wish list. I think fans of fun, quirky, "which way do I go?!" romances will enjoy this book as well.