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Recipe for a Curse, by Lissa Kasey

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Recipe for a Curse, by Lissa Kasey

Book Info

Book Series
Romancing a Curse, Book 2
About the Author
Lissa Kasey is Ace/Aro and NB. Anti-LGBTQIA+ need not read. Lissa is more than just romance. Lissa specializes in depth characters, detailed world building, and twisting plots to keep you clinging to your book reader. All stories have a side of romance, emotionally messed up protagonists and feature LGBTQA spectrum characters facing real world problems no matter how fictional the story.
Publication Date
January 13, 2021
Available Formats
Kindle, KU, mobi
Content Warning
 references to LGBT homeless youth, PTSD, former military service, mentions of Covid-19 pandemic PTSD
Recipe for love: Take one chef, add a veteran with a curse, mix gently with a pinch of snowstorm, add a dash of gourmet food, and some sweet snuggles.

When a blizzard leads Montana to the home of local recluse and military veteran, Rio, he discovers the man he's been fawning over is food insecure and practically homeless. He’s determined to help, even if it means bringing Rio home with him.

But Rio is more than just shy and afraid to be around people. He’s cursed. He knows Montana doesn’t see the monster inside him, but Rio is afraid of losing control.

Montana doesn’t understand why Rio’s always hungry but he doesn’t care. The fact that he loves to cook and Rio needs to eat means they are a match made in heaven, right?

Editor review

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Sweet Mix of Chemistry, Heat and Affection
  1st person, single character POV
 Themes: military past, curse, age gap, PTSD, (brief) forced proximity, snowstorm
 Genre: MM, Romance, PNR, Shifter, Military

World-Building: ★★★★☆
Heat: ★★★☆☆
Chemistry: ★★★★☆
Plot: ★★★★★
Romance: ★★★☆☆


Recipe for a Curse starts off with Montana thriving. Sean and Zach are engaged, and the house is starting to resume normal activity, after all the debacles of Book 1. Book 2 begins on a much more positive, light-hearted note.

Still, Montana has a sad past. Kicked out by his parents, for being gay, Montana's experienced homelessness and food poverty, and has never forgotten that hardship. He makes it a point to remember to help the local food bank and make sure he feeds anyone he can.
In contrast, Rio is an ex-military man who is facing a curse – not just to shift, but an irrepressible, often dangerous, hunger that's never ending. He has disability pay, but mostly lives off hunting and the food banks, in a trailer that is caved in by snow. As an ex combat medic and EMT, he can no longer be around blood.

Together, their chemistry is a slow burn, but sweet and you can feel the heat between them countless times. The way Montana helps without being condescending or overbearing, and Rio accepts the help while worrying he's a burden, yet accepts Montana is only trying to ease his burdens not control him. Their relationship slowly progresses, because Rio is wary and Montana is crushing but doesn't want Rio to feel like he's obligated to thank him for all his help.

I really liked the way it highlighted the difficulty that the homeless and food banks faced during the pandemic, especially with those who didn't need to panic buying, which made it harder for the food banks to supply and stock up.

I found Rio intriguing, Montana sweet, and the story a bit more focused on the main couple, with less side characters. It was great to see Sean and Zach again, because they were just... *chef's kiss*

The execution of the writing was MUCH cleaner. I didn't spot any repetitions, no awkward phrasing, and I was able to zoom straight through without any niggles jolting me out of the moment. I'm really pleased because, if it hadn't been for those issues, Book 1 would have been 5*, and now I get to give Book 2 the rating it deserves, too.

I was a bit nervous about starting Book 3, when I realised I didn't know either of the MC's mentioned in the blurb. But, now that I've read Book 2, I have an idea of who Brand is and I'm excited to meet this friend of Montana's.

Recipe for a Curse is the start of a truly sweet romance. The romance itself doesn't develop much during the story – there are kisses and a dash of heat, but the characters are just starting to get to know each other – and I really liked that. Book 1 had a similar vibe, except their characters had a long history of knowing each other. Montana and Rio didn't have that, but you could sense they were a good match, and the mixture of chemistry, heat and affection between them shone off the page.


 Favourite Quote
 “It’s my curse.”
“To be hungry?” I wondered.
“Well you’ve met the right guy,” I told him without opening an eye. “’Cause I’m a chef and love feeding people.”

“Waking up to you is like being alive again for the first time in over a decade.”
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