Book Review: Stronger Than Passion by Katherine McIntyre

Stronger Than Passion

Author: Katherine McIntyre
Series: Chesapeake Days, book 2
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing (June 11, 2022)
Kindle edition, 251 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary M/M Romance


Hudson West is the enemy. Nico Shah is trouble. However, when they’re forced to collaborate on a town project, they can’t stop the passion from burning.

Hudson West is the enemy.

The calm, arrogant, stupidly hot owner of the rival restaurant in town never fails to push Nico Shah’s buttons. So when he and Hudson are invited to collaborate to cater the Chesapeake Days festival, he wants to say hell no. But with his mother’s upcoming transplant, he needs that money.

Nico Shah is trouble.

Hudson’s noticed the gorgeous, witty flirt and has veered far away. He’s looking for commitment while Nico’s looking for his next flavor of the night. Except now that they’re working together, neither can ignore the chemistry that’s one spark away from burning down a forest. And when they finally collide, the connection is beyond anything either has experienced.

But with Nico still terrified of the word “boyfriend” and Hudson needing someone who belongs to him, this can only end in heartbreak. 


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ah yes, enemies to lovers in a small town where they really can’t escape each other. My catnip. Add in a little forced proximity and *chef’s kiss* yes.

There were a few times where either Hudson or Nico’s reactions were way overdramatic, but in those cases they made my heart hurt in the most delicious way so I’ll allow it. 😉 The chemistry between them is explosive, whether they’re bickering as rivals or… well, still bickering but as lovers, haha. I love that their love language doesn’t change, and Nico’s “ew, feelings” attitude especially is hilarious.

Once again, while I completely fell in love with the main couple and their romantic storyline, I also really enjoyed all the side characters and friendships in this series.

This is the second book in the Chesapeake Days series. While it can be read as a standalone, you’re really better off reading the series in order starting with book one, Stronger Then Hope.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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