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Can they fake it til Tate makes it? Tate Ward is in a bind. His food truck hasn’t been the runaway success he’d always dreamt it would be. When he tries to join a new food truck collective to gain a larger following, his sales aren’t even high enough to win a spot. What he needs is a high profile endorsement—and he knows just the guy. Tate hasn’t seen Chase Riley since high Can they fake it til Tate makes it? Tate Ward is in a bind. His food truck hasn’t been the runaway success he’d always dreamt it would be. When he tries to join a new food truck collective to gain a larger following, his sales aren’t even high enough to win a spot. What he needs is a high profile endorsement—and he knows just the guy. Tate hasn’t seen Chase Riley since high school. It’s been ten long years of watching from a distance as Chase conquers football fields and fan’s hearts. Tate never wanted Chase to know that he had the world’s stupidest crush on him, because he always believed Chase was straight. But desperate times call for desperate measures . . . When Chase offers a tempting plan that could fulfill all his dreams, Tate knows he can’t say no. All he has to do is pretend that his very real feelings are actually fake. But faking it with Chase, while leading to wild success and even wilder nights, is everything that Tate feared it would be. All it’s done is leave him wanting the impossible: Chase’s heart. A Fake Boyfriend Food Truck Romance


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Can they fake it til Tate makes it? Tate Ward is in a bind. His food truck hasn’t been the runaway success he’d always dreamt it would be. When he tries to join a new food truck collective to gain a larger following, his sales aren’t even high enough to win a spot. What he needs is a high profile endorsement—and he knows just the guy. Tate hasn’t seen Chase Riley since high Can they fake it til Tate makes it? Tate Ward is in a bind. His food truck hasn’t been the runaway success he’d always dreamt it would be. When he tries to join a new food truck collective to gain a larger following, his sales aren’t even high enough to win a spot. What he needs is a high profile endorsement—and he knows just the guy. Tate hasn’t seen Chase Riley since high school. It’s been ten long years of watching from a distance as Chase conquers football fields and fan’s hearts. Tate never wanted Chase to know that he had the world’s stupidest crush on him, because he always believed Chase was straight. But desperate times call for desperate measures . . . When Chase offers a tempting plan that could fulfill all his dreams, Tate knows he can’t say no. All he has to do is pretend that his very real feelings are actually fake. But faking it with Chase, while leading to wild success and even wilder nights, is everything that Tate feared it would be. All it’s done is leave him wanting the impossible: Chase’s heart. A Fake Boyfriend Food Truck Romance

30 review for Hit the Brakes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Annie's Readingtips)

    I absolutely loved this adorable fake-dating, second chance m/m romance! It was so addictive that I binge-read it in just a few hours! For his senior year in high school, Tate Ward had Home Economics together with the big football star Chase Riley. He also had the biggest crush on him. A crush that he’d never really recovered from ten years later either, compulsively following Chase’s football career and whereabouts on social media. When his sister suggests that they use Chase’s name to help thei I absolutely loved this adorable fake-dating, second chance m/m romance! It was so addictive that I binge-read it in just a few hours! For his senior year in high school, Tate Ward had Home Economics together with the big football star Chase Riley. He also had the biggest crush on him. A crush that he’d never really recovered from ten years later either, compulsively following Chase’s football career and whereabouts on social media. When his sister suggests that they use Chase’s name to help their food truck business survive the desperate situation they’re in, he didn’t expect Chase himself to turn up on his doorstep. And he certainly didn’t expect Chase to give him an offer he couldn’t refuse. An offer that will help his dreams come true, as long as he can pretend that his very real feelings are actually fake… This book has so many things that I love, like a sports romance, a fake dating trope, wonderful siblings and supportive friends. And food! All foodie scenes from the food truck added such a wonderful vibe to the story! And the characters… I immediately rooted for both Tate and Chase and I loved the wonderful chemistry between them. They were both such amazing and relatable characters, with depth and as far from any stereotype cliches you can come. I really appreciated how Beth Bolden showed Chase’s problems with anxiety, loss of self-control and panic attacks, and Tate’s insecurity and feeling of not being worthy of Chase’s love, but also the amazing character development they made throughout this book. I also really appreciated the discussion about there not being a ‘right’ way of coming out, and how ‘coming out’ is not something you do once, but a statement you constantly have to make in any new situation. This is the second book in the Food Truck Warriors series, but each book can be read as a standalone as they focus on different characters from a group of food truck owners and their relationships. I loved getting glimpses of the characters from the first book in this one too, I love when an author creates her own universe by weaving stories together the way Beth Bolden has done with both her Food Truck Warriors and Kitchen Gods series. All in all, I absolutely loved this swooning, sweet and emotional rollercoaster for a love story! I read it in one sitting, it was so addictive and I rooted so much for all characters that I just couldn’t bear to put it down until the very end! Highly recommended, and the bonus scene was to die for, it completely melted my heart! Thank you to Gay Book Promotions for the ARC and blog tour invitation! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily Hernandez

    I'll admit that I was a little skeptical about the premise of this story, but Tate and Chase were too adorable to resist. Their romance wasn't the most conventional, but I could tell that their hearts were absolutely in the right place the entire time. Seeing the sparks of attraction Tate and Chase had in high school was a fantastic way to set up their future reunion. Even though their adolescent flirting never went anywhere, I could tell there was some serious chemistry waiting to be unleashed. I'll admit that I was a little skeptical about the premise of this story, but Tate and Chase were too adorable to resist. Their romance wasn't the most conventional, but I could tell that their hearts were absolutely in the right place the entire time. Seeing the sparks of attraction Tate and Chase had in high school was a fantastic way to set up their future reunion. Even though their adolescent flirting never went anywhere, I could tell there was some serious chemistry waiting to be unleashed. It does feel a bit miraculous that a single semester was enough to ignite a decade's worth of longing, but I can't deny that it's so freaking cute to think that Tate and Chase were waiting for each other the entire time they were apart. Ten years later, these men were different in a lot of ways, but that only made it sweeter to see them rekindle their affections. Based on my experience in the previous books, I was not expecting to like Chase in this story. His attitude was carefree to the point of being flippant, and some of the stunts he pulled made no sense to me. Seeing the man behind the goofball mask was surprising and gave me a lot more respect for him as a character. Chase is the perfect example of a guy who seems to have his life in order but is struggling behind the scenes to keep his emotions in check. Seeing his genuine regret for his outlandish behavior and how earnestly he sought help for himself made it hard not to fall in love with him. Yes, in this story Chase did make some disastrously impulsive decisions, but instead of annoying me I felt even more invested in seeing Chase dig himself out of the hole he made for himself.  The instant Chase stepped out of his car and back into Tate's life, I knew the two of them would never be the same. I was prepared to see them trip all over themselves in their haste to hide their feelings from each other, but I was totally not expecting how swoony their love could get. Tate and Chase knocked my legs right out from under me with their sweet-talking, and don't even get me started on how incredible they were between the sheets. How the two of them convinced themselves they weren't in love for as long as they did is a mystery to me, because their connection was as bright as the sun.  As much as I was consumed by the physical side of their relationship, what melted my heart even more was seeing Tate and Chase open up to each other emotionally. I won't lie and say it was easy for the two of them to confess their secrets to one another, because it wasn't, but the fact that they did it anyway showed me how much they truly cared for each other. That's why it hurt so much to see Tate and Chase fall apart after a particularly out-of-control emotional spiral. Yes, it was a catalyst that Chase desperately needed to make a lasting change, but that didn't make my heart hurt any less while the two of them were apart.  At the end of the day, Chase and Tate chose to be together, chose to love each other exactly as they were. Love didn't magically fix either of their problems--only hard work, time, and patience could do that--but it did put everything else into perspective. Seeing how happy the two of them were in that epilogue left me with no doubt in my mind about how lasting their relationship will be. **I voluntarily read an ARC of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.   

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jean Malherbe

    HIT THE BRAKES by Beth Bolden I enjoyed this story very much, despite second chance romance not being a favourite trope of mine. This one was, somehow, totally different in its approach. I really loved the way the author took two guys who kind of had the hots for each other in high school, but never placed them in any kind of "relationship"... yet (thanks to a really adorable prologue). This was actually the first book I've read by Beth Bolden, and I was impressed. This really is a basically sweet ro HIT THE BRAKES by Beth Bolden I enjoyed this story very much, despite second chance romance not being a favourite trope of mine. This one was, somehow, totally different in its approach. I really loved the way the author took two guys who kind of had the hots for each other in high school, but never placed them in any kind of "relationship"... yet (thanks to a really adorable prologue). This was actually the first book I've read by Beth Bolden, and I was impressed. This really is a basically sweet romance of grand gestures and hard work to get to where our guys needed to be. No insta-love here, but also not exactly slow burn. I found this book to be exceptionally well written (very few editing errors, even for an arc) and well paced with a solid, consistent plot. The world building is excellent and the characterisation of the Mcs (and side players) spot on. (you'll even learn how to make a perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Lol) Just a few factors that I didn't love: *I found it strange that for the duration of the story, the two Mcs never actually address one another by name. I recall, maybe two occasions when they refer to one another by their respective surnames; the rest of the time, they just talk. I loved that the dialogue is lively and realistic, but, for me, it's weirdly disrespectful to never call someone by name. *Enough with the toys already! I may be in the minority here, but the constant referral to and insistence on sex toys does nothing to enhance an intimate scene. In fact, this pulls me out of the scene every single time. *I found that the physical descriptions of the Mcs were lacking. We're told, repeatedly that Chase has long hair, but the author never actually gave me a clear picture of what he looks like (except for his height and his sculpted body). The image of Tate is even more obscure. *Lastly, there were times when I found it hard to imagine the MCs being almost 30. Their self-doubts and insecurities made them seem more like teenagers sometimes. But, that being said, I couldn't possibly award any less than four stars for this. This was a fabulous read, a beautiful story, and a well rounded book. Recommended! ° STANDALONE story featuring side characters from prior books. ° Heat level, around 3 flames for infrequent and moderately explicit adult content and limited profanity. ° Dual pov, third person, past tense. (epilogue included) ° Disclaimer : I received a complementary copy of this title through Neon Rainbow ARC Reviews. I have voluntarily and willingly read and reviewed this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    I read this book so long ago as I beta read it for Beth but it's still as clear as day to me. It fits perfectly into Beth's wider universe for any reader who is familiar with the rest of her books. But it's also a good standalone for those who don't know who Colin O'Connor is (foolish people, he's the best, go read Rainbow Clause immediately! 🥰 ) as he makes a special guest appearance. And if you haven't read Wyatt/Ryan's Kitchen Gods romance or the other Riptide NFL books there's still enough exp I read this book so long ago as I beta read it for Beth but it's still as clear as day to me. It fits perfectly into Beth's wider universe for any reader who is familiar with the rest of her books. But it's also a good standalone for those who don't know who Colin O'Connor is (foolish people, he's the best, go read Rainbow Clause immediately! 🥰 ) as he makes a special guest appearance. And if you haven't read Wyatt/Ryan's Kitchen Gods romance or the other Riptide NFL books there's still enough explanation given to root the narrative for Chase and Tate's romance. It's a beautiful second chances relationship between two guys who almost kissed in one confused encounter in high school before going their separate ways. Now 10 years later Chase is an NFL star with the Riptide and Tate is running his food truck and struggling to keep it going. He has a chance to join the Food Truck Warriors but only if he can demonstrate higher sales His sister realises superstar Chase is the same guy Tate had a crush on and launches a social media campaign making it sound like he loves their grilled cheese sandwich. Chase reconnects with Tate but this time he isn't running away. He proposes a "fake boyfriend" scheme to help with Tate's sales and all bets are off. Their sexual exploration and emotional connection really is on fire and there's loads of humour in this one. It's probably the funniest so far as Tate fights against his feelings, which are all still just waiting to burst out. It's not all plain sailing though, Chase has a self-destructive streak which pops up whenever he's under stress and he explodes big time when he's challenged on his motivation for 'coming out' by a fellow gay NFL player. Apart from Colin and Nick, these two make a great case for beating Heath and Sam into second place as my faves from Beth. There's just something truly wonderful about people finding love in a place where they almost had it except for circumstances. The Food Truck Warriors are all utterly brilliant and just wait till you get book three 😉 #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    *4.5* Hit the Brakes is an enjoyable second book in Beth Bolden's Food Truck Warriors series. Tate and Chase were paired up in high-school for home economics and then went their separate ways for college and adult life. That one semester stayed on both of their minds though and one tweet from Tate about Chase liking his food truck's food reunites them under slightly odd circumstances. Of course, Chase being a famous wide receiver for The Riptides has a much bigger impact that even Tate was expecti *4.5* Hit the Brakes is an enjoyable second book in Beth Bolden's Food Truck Warriors series. Tate and Chase were paired up in high-school for home economics and then went their separate ways for college and adult life. That one semester stayed on both of their minds though and one tweet from Tate about Chase liking his food truck's food reunites them under slightly odd circumstances. Of course, Chase being a famous wide receiver for The Riptides has a much bigger impact that even Tate was expecting. What follows is a crazy mix of fake relationship, coming out, and old crushes becoming so much more. Tate works hard with his sister to keep their food truck, Say Cheese, going and the boost they get from Chase's involvement is insane but so worth it for that but also getting to reconnect with his high-school crush. He's totally followed Chase over the years and it's sweet how obvious it is to everyone how much he likes him. Although, when their friends see the two men together, they can all tell how much the two like each other. It's just them that stick to the fake relationship ruse that Chase turned into a thing with one tweet on social media. Bless Chase, my heart went out to him with the moments that he's clearly struggled. He has a great support system of his friends and agent but what he really wants, is Tate. Getting closer to the other man and experiencing everything he's ever wanted since he was a teenager, makes him so happy but comments from others and a possible wrench in the works regarding his career drives him to make a mistake that may bring it all crashing down. The coupe are really good together, a lot of sweet and fun moments mixed in with some hot ones that they've both been waiting years for. I really liked the added aspect regarding mental health, how it can affect anyone and the support available for those who need it. This was a really enjoyable story and I loved the MC's and the side characters that come across from other Beth Bolden series. It's great how they all link up and bring all of the characters together. Again, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Juniper Greer-Ashe

    I love the world this novel is set in, and it’s deeply rewarding to see so many characters from the author’s other books. You can read this story completely as a standalone, and all the characters will still be awesome, but having the context of the previous stories just makes it that much better. There’s something deeply sweet about Chase as a character, and even when he’s being oblivious or making choices he shouldn’t, he’s likeable as heck. It’s easy to want his relationship with Tate to succ I love the world this novel is set in, and it’s deeply rewarding to see so many characters from the author’s other books. You can read this story completely as a standalone, and all the characters will still be awesome, but having the context of the previous stories just makes it that much better. There’s something deeply sweet about Chase as a character, and even when he’s being oblivious or making choices he shouldn’t, he’s likeable as heck. It’s easy to want his relationship with Tate to succeed because he wants it to succeed, and honestly, they do have great chemistry and some really adorable moments. However, Tate was my least favorite part of the novel and there were definitely times I found him deeply unlikeable. For me, there was something a little uneven about the way Tate and Chase’s respective characters develop. This novel makes a big deal out of Chase turning over a new leaf, beautifully so, but honestly, I’d like to have seen Tate acknowledge the need to make some serious changes too. Chase’s anxiety, it’s causes, and his need for help is highlighted, as is the progress he makes, in good and positive ways-- you see him grow as a character, and he just gets easier and easier to root for. Tate, on the other hand, wallows in his inferiority complex and negativity for pretty much the entire novel, which leads him to do some really hurtful things in the name of protecting himself. He really lost me toward the end of the story, (vague here because spoilers are not ok) when it comes time for him to apologise to Chase, and he has to be tricked into it, because he can’t find the courage or the compassion to reach out on his own. When prompted, however, he steps up, and that’s not nothing. Plus, we get an awesome epilogue to see that everything works out, so I can’t hold the grudge for too long. Overall, I found this to be a super enjoyable read, and an interesting take on the fake-boyfriend and second-chance-romance (sorta) tropes. *An ARC was provided to me and I have chosen to publish a fair and honest review*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I really do love a good second chance type story and even though Chase and Tate weren’t really together when they were young, since they both had the feels for each other this feels like a second chance for them. These guys are just so loveable and I really enjoyed their sweet story! In high school Chase and Tate had home economics class together and despite their differences, they made a connection. While Tate was the quieter, not out but gay kid with plans to go to NYU, Chase was the star footb I really do love a good second chance type story and even though Chase and Tate weren’t really together when they were young, since they both had the feels for each other this feels like a second chance for them. These guys are just so loveable and I really enjoyed their sweet story! In high school Chase and Tate had home economics class together and despite their differences, they made a connection. While Tate was the quieter, not out but gay kid with plans to go to NYU, Chase was the star football player with hopes of a football future. Sure, Tate had a super crush on Chase and maybe Chase seemed to flirt a bit over attempting to make biscuits and gravy, but there couldn’t possibly be a future for the two, right? Years later Tate and his sister are running a food truck together, just trying to make it a success. He still follows Chase’s football career and still harbors a bit of a crush on the guy. His sister Rachel suggests a fake endorsement from Chase to help sales, he probably won’t notice. Well Chase certainly does and it brings the two back together. For Chase it’s an opportunity to come out and help his friend and maybe throw in a fake relationship that he secretly hopes becomes real. The problem, both of these guys have real feelings for each other. This was a sweet and emotional ride, these characters are easy to fall in love with, they are very real, but also make some very real mistakes. Chase thinks he has something to prove as a gay man and doesn’t always have the right approach. Tate has his own insecurities, especially when it comes to the possibility of a relationship with a celebrity athlete. The emotion in this book felt very genuine, the good parts and the heartbreaking moments too and I loved every bit of it. Definitely a recommended read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    3.5 stars. This was cute! It wasn't 100% what I was expecting based on the premise, and I did feel like the book kept almost going down certain routes that could be interesting, but never really explored them. Like the fake dating premise, which basically becomes real almost immediately? Or Chase working at the food truck prior to them hooking up – I was looking forward to upping the UST there, but it doesn't happen (I think he only works there once before they get together). It's not like the w 3.5 stars. This was cute! It wasn't 100% what I was expecting based on the premise, and I did feel like the book kept almost going down certain routes that could be interesting, but never really explored them. Like the fake dating premise, which basically becomes real almost immediately? Or Chase working at the food truck prior to them hooking up – I was looking forward to upping the UST there, but it doesn't happen (I think he only works there once before they get together). It's not like the way the book went was wrong, I just kept thinking, "Oh, this will be a fun situation!" and then it would immediately go in a different direction. I did like it though! Chase and Tate were cute together, and I liked that Chase was confident in what he wanted and knew he just needed to gradually convince Tate he was serious. I wasn't a big fan of the ending conflict. (view spoiler)[It seemed like Tate overreacted massively to Chase screwing up for the first time, but acted like it had been an ongoing problem between them when it wasn't, really? I was glad Tate apologized when they reconciled, but it still bugged me a bit. The whole conflict seemed so unnecessary too because his team ends up signing him anyways, so it all just felt pointless. (hide spoiler)] This is also the second book in this series, and I haven't read the first, but it seems like the author borrowed characters from her other books/series as well, and I was a bit confused at times about if I should have an idea of who any of them were or not. I could still follow the story, but it felt a bit much at times. Anyways that's a lot of criticism for something I generally enjoyed a lot! I would check out more by this author in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    4.5 Stars. Tate and Chase crushed on each other in high school. When Tate needs a way to quickly increase his food truck sales, his sister recommends his use his buddy, a current NFL player, for an endorsement. Instead of being pissed, Chase comes up with a plan to help Tate, and comes out in the process. Life is messy and up in the air for both men, and developing feelings for their “fake” boyfriends just adds to the chaos. They have to work hard to keep their professional dreams and each other 4.5 Stars. Tate and Chase crushed on each other in high school. When Tate needs a way to quickly increase his food truck sales, his sister recommends his use his buddy, a current NFL player, for an endorsement. Instead of being pissed, Chase comes up with a plan to help Tate, and comes out in the process. Life is messy and up in the air for both men, and developing feelings for their “fake” boyfriends just adds to the chaos. They have to work hard to keep their professional dreams and each other. I didn’t look too closely at the author when I picked this book up. I’ve read, and even DNF’d, a couple other books by Bolden and didn’t really enjoy them. This book has made me reconsider looking into her other works. I found it really well written, and absolutely fell in love with Chase. He’s such an endearing character and was surprisingly relatable for being a super rich professional athlete. The plot was well thought out and went at a good pace. There were several subplots that worked together to create an engaging story. Even though the book is part of a series, it could definitely be read as a standalone. The couple from the first Food Truck Warriors does show up as secondary characters in the book, but so do characters from several other of Bolden’s novels. Having their backstories adds some depth, but not having them doesn’t take away from this plot. Overall, this was a very enjoyable fake boyfriend, childhood friends romance that has made me reconsider adding it’s author to my collection. (I received a free ARC of this book from the author and am voluntarily leaving a review.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Quick back story. I have been following Beth Bolden for a while now but have not read one of her books. It just seemed like the timing was off, or I'd have another obligation, but I never seemed to make it work. Then I saw that Hit the Brakes was coming out in April, and I just decided I needed to make time for this book. I love MM romance, and I've always been interested in this author's work (hence me following her), so now is the time. Why did I wait again? Now I feel stupid that I haven't be Quick back story. I have been following Beth Bolden for a while now but have not read one of her books. It just seemed like the timing was off, or I'd have another obligation, but I never seemed to make it work. Then I saw that Hit the Brakes was coming out in April, and I just decided I needed to make time for this book. I love MM romance, and I've always been interested in this author's work (hence me following her), so now is the time. Why did I wait again? Now I feel stupid that I haven't been reading her books from the beginning! I flipping adored this book; here's why. What I loved: While I usually shy away from the fake relationship trope, I thought the set-up in Hit the Brakes was perfect. There is an unrequited love from long ago, but it's a bit of a second chance romance too. The plot makes sense not thrown together to capture our attention. The story kept me interested because it IS interesting, not because the author decided to throw in tons of drama around every corner. Chase Riley has to be the most adorable alpha hero I have ever read. You would think, for a professional football player, he would have this arrogant, I'm amazing attitude, but he's really the opposite. He's so considerate of other people, and sweet and goofy and just utterly adorable that it's almost a fault. Overall: Did I say I loved Hit the Brakes? Because I looooooved Hit the Brakes. I smiled and felt and devoured every word of this book. I can't believe I waited this long to read Beth Bolden! I'm ready for the next book in this series, like yesterday!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brianne McCallum

    M/M Second chance Friends to lovers Slow burn I was given a free arc copy from the author and Neon Rainbow reviews. The 2 MCs were home ec cooking partners in high school. They were both secretly into each other though Chase was on the football team and expressed that he was straight. Fast forward 10 years. They haven't seen each other but both still love each other. Tate works at a food truck and Chase is still playing professional football. When business is bad Tate uses Chases name to say he ea M/M Second chance Friends to lovers Slow burn I was given a free arc copy from the author and Neon Rainbow reviews. The 2 MCs were home ec cooking partners in high school. They were both secretly into each other though Chase was on the football team and expressed that he was straight. Fast forward 10 years. They haven't seen each other but both still love each other. Tate works at a food truck and Chase is still playing professional football. When business is bad Tate uses Chases name to say he eats there. Of course its front page news and Chase ends up stopping by the food truck to find out what happened. There he agrees to endorse it but asks Tate to fake date him on the pretense that he wants to come out and it would help him out but really he just likes Tate. So they agree on a month and are both too stubborn to just say how they feel. This was such a great, low angst with just a bit of drama, sweet story with some steamy scenes and a swoony ending. It is also frustrating but not in a bad way. Just in a just kiss already kind of way. It's a slow tease with lots of anticipation and major sparks flying. I was drawn in right from the start of the prologue with all the sexual tension and chemistry going on between them and couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the plot and thought the writing was great. Aside from loving the 2 MCs all the friends are great too. It can be read as a standalone but the group of friends are so much fun it is better to read them all in order. I would definitely recommend this and I hope there are more in the series to come. Note: There is a bonus scene on book funnel

  12. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    What happens when an innocent tweet about the hottest NFL player’s favorite lunch items draws your childhood crush to the window of your food truck? Can it even be called a childhood crush if you’ve secretly been in love with him for the last 10 years? That is the premise of the second book in the “Food Truck Warriors” series. Tate and Chase started out as high school classmates and Home Ec partners. Back then Tate was an adorkable guy with a mad crush on Chase, the star of the football team and What happens when an innocent tweet about the hottest NFL player’s favorite lunch items draws your childhood crush to the window of your food truck? Can it even be called a childhood crush if you’ve secretly been in love with him for the last 10 years? That is the premise of the second book in the “Food Truck Warriors” series. Tate and Chase started out as high school classmates and Home Ec partners. Back then Tate was an adorkable guy with a mad crush on Chase, the star of the football team and all-around popular jock. But, they had chemistry together in their combined class. Or so they both imagined and dismissed b/c neither was “out.” Fast forward 10 years and that innocent marketing tweet brought them together again. Tate can’t believe Chase’s intentions are real when he suggests a fake dating relationship that would both help out the food truck’s revenue and his ailing public image, instead of the lawsuit he was anticipating. Chase, for his part, just wants a second chance to go after the one thing he truly wanted from Tate while in high school. Can these two men get out of their own heads enough to see they are perfect for each other and believe what they have is real? Or will both their insecurities and inner doubts break up something really special? Their respective friends, both food truck and NFL, rally around the couple and it was nice to see support from both sides and get glimpses into future potential couples. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarita Chapdelaine

    This is a delightful addition to the Food Truck Warriors series and I was fully engaged from the first page to the last. Hit the Brakes is well written, sweet, emotional, super sexy, deals very well with some difficult issues, the characters are amazing and very real, I love the storyline and nothing makes me happier than two people that are so different but absolutely perfect for each other finding their HEA. Tate is a sweetheart and I love how determined he is to make the food truck he and his This is a delightful addition to the Food Truck Warriors series and I was fully engaged from the first page to the last. Hit the Brakes is well written, sweet, emotional, super sexy, deals very well with some difficult issues, the characters are amazing and very real, I love the storyline and nothing makes me happier than two people that are so different but absolutely perfect for each other finding their HEA. Tate is a sweetheart and I love how determined he is to make the food truck he and his sister own a huge success even if he has no idea how to make that happen in time to join the new food truck collective that would give them the stability that they need. Chase is just lovely and even though he is an accomplished athlete his anxieties and insecurities are very real and I think that the author does a wonderful job showing how important mental health issues are. I love their history together and how ten years later they both still have feelings for each other. They have smoking hot chemistry, a strong connection and I love how their relationship evolves. They do have a few obstacles to deal with but it will be worth it in the end. My favorite part of this story is how supportive and accepting Chase's team is of everyone. The secondary characters add so much to this story, I love seeing some of the couples from previous stories, the ending is perfect and I can't wait to read the next book in this exciting series. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews

    Hit the Brakes is a great sports romance by Beth Bolden. Add in that it's the second book in the Food Truck Warriors series, and you can't go wrong. It's easily read as a standalone, but features plenty of men who you'll recognize from her other books. Chase and Tate went to high school together. They were never super close and a long time has passed since they last talked. Chase is now a famous NFL football player, while Tate is trying to make his food truck work. Everything about these two is Hit the Brakes is a great sports romance by Beth Bolden. Add in that it's the second book in the Food Truck Warriors series, and you can't go wrong. It's easily read as a standalone, but features plenty of men who you'll recognize from her other books. Chase and Tate went to high school together. They were never super close and a long time has passed since they last talked. Chase is now a famous NFL football player, while Tate is trying to make his food truck work. Everything about these two is wonderful. I love that Chase can't forget about the only guy he ever crushed on. I love the high school flirting. And I adore their reunion. The way things develop for these two is unique and entertaining. It's definitely nothing I predicted. They have to deal with insecurities and doubts, yet not quite as you'd expect. And the obstacles all fit in well. If you are in the mood for a second chance romance between two men who flirted but never even kissed, you'll love this book. Their story has a fake boyfriend aspect to it, which of course leads to them dating for real. God, I just adore both men, their backgrounds, and their journeys. They're both lovable, yet flawed. Both have their own insecurities to deal with. And both have their share of personal growth to achieve. I love it all. Hit the Brakes is a delightful sports romance. Beth Bolden combines plenty of sweet moments with a hard fought win for love.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Smut Librarian

    Hit the Brakes by Beth Bolden starts with teenage Chase and Tate in high school where they are partners in a home economics class. Their adorable secret crushes are a fabulous opening to the story… and it just gets better from there! Chase goes on to have an amazing football career, while Tate obsessively watches everything he does on TV and online. Meanwhile, Chase never stops thinking about Tate and wondering what could have been. Through a dodgy marketing decision, they meet again and before Hit the Brakes by Beth Bolden starts with teenage Chase and Tate in high school where they are partners in a home economics class. Their adorable secret crushes are a fabulous opening to the story… and it just gets better from there! Chase goes on to have an amazing football career, while Tate obsessively watches everything he does on TV and online. Meanwhile, Chase never stops thinking about Tate and wondering what could have been. Through a dodgy marketing decision, they meet again and before either of them can think, they are fake dating to raise the profile of Tate’s food truck, Say Cheese. These men are so swoony and sweet, and their journey so achingly vulnerable, that I couldn’t help but fall completely for them. Readers who are looking for a story with imperfect people, adoration and a strong cast of supporting characters will gobble up this wonderful tale. Even though some side characters in this story are clearly established from Beth’s other series, I had no trouble following along. This can definitely be read as a standalone – you won’t even need to have read book one in this Food Truck Warriors series. A magnificent side dish to Hit the Brakes, by Beth Bolden, is the description of all the mouthwatering food! Honestly, I’ve never felt so hungry during a novel in my life. Make sure you’ve grabbed a snack before diving into this delicious read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ru

    This was another fun, and also intriguing, read in the Food Truck series. It has the 'high school crush meet up again' and the 'fake relationship' tropes working for it, plus with two characters who were interesting and had great chemistry together. To begin with I was a bit skeptical about the fake relationship part - it often seems a little weak to me, but here it seemed especially so, and the usual undercurrent of 'halp they don't know I actually like them!' was also diminished here by the fac This was another fun, and also intriguing, read in the Food Truck series. It has the 'high school crush meet up again' and the 'fake relationship' tropes working for it, plus with two characters who were interesting and had great chemistry together. To begin with I was a bit skeptical about the fake relationship part - it often seems a little weak to me, but here it seemed especially so, and the usual undercurrent of 'halp they don't know I actually like them!' was also diminished here by the fact that they quickly do become aware of their school crush etc. So I was prepared to just withhold my skepticism in favour of enjoying the well written story, however! As the story develops we see more and more of Chase's pysche and emotional hangups, the impulsive and a bit random impulse to start the fake relationship becomes a lot more understandable and interesting. Essentially the more the story developed, the more intrigued I was and the more involved I became, especially with Chase! Another plus point is how the characters from the other linked in series are involved too, I really appreciated the sense of community. I do feel a lack of diversity in the group though. *I received a free ARC and this is my honest review*

  17. 4 out of 5

    LE

    MM – Food Trucks – Fake Boyfriend – 2nd Chance Love – Happy Ending They flirted in high school but never acted on their mutual attraction. Ten years later they get their second chance, but it does not come easy. This is fun fake boyfriend, second chance romance filled with great friends and great food. On a serious note, the book tackles the subject of men’s mental health. It lets the reader know that talking to a professional therapist is okay. Hit the Brakes is part of Beth Bolden’s Food Truck MM – Food Trucks – Fake Boyfriend – 2nd Chance Love – Happy Ending They flirted in high school but never acted on their mutual attraction. Ten years later they get their second chance, but it does not come easy. This is fun fake boyfriend, second chance romance filled with great friends and great food. On a serious note, the book tackles the subject of men’s mental health. It lets the reader know that talking to a professional therapist is okay. Hit the Brakes is part of Beth Bolden’s Food Truck Warriors series, a spin-off of her Kitchen Gods: The Complete Series. P.S. Tate’s grilled cheese recipe sounds amazing! *Thank you for Advance Reader’s Copy. I am happy to leave my voluntary review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alexleo

    She did it again! Beth Bolden managed to write once again a wonderful, touching, heartwarming story about two men who were in love in high school but didn't realize it nor acted on it, who pined for each other for almost ten years and when they finally met again, their grown-up selves had to face the fact that they were soul mates. I loved that Chase and Tate were very insecure about their feelings, struggled to reconcile their year-long dreams and yearnings with the reality of their relationshi She did it again! Beth Bolden managed to write once again a wonderful, touching, heartwarming story about two men who were in love in high school but didn't realize it nor acted on it, who pined for each other for almost ten years and when they finally met again, their grown-up selves had to face the fact that they were soul mates. I loved that Chase and Tate were very insecure about their feelings, struggled to reconcile their year-long dreams and yearnings with the reality of their relationship, and went through all those doubts and self-depreciation typical of the first stages of any normal love relationship. Maybe Chase was at times over the top, and Tate might have chosen the wrong way to protect his heart, but they are only humans. Add to the mix great and supportive side characters, most of them coming from the other books by the author regarding the players of the LA Riptide team (go check "The Rivalry" and "Rough Contact", two other great books by this author and you will get some additional background information on Chase and his friends), and you end up with a story that gives you hope.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    What a fun ride this was! It had me wanting to make grilled cheese and tomato soup as I read this book. So be ready to start craving some comfort food as you dig into this one. From high school romance to grown-up romance Tate and Chase will keep you on your toes. You can taste the longing they have for each other as they reconnect 10 years after a semester of home economics together. Real life problems enter in to this world the author created. Anxiety and overwhelming emotions are a true and sc What a fun ride this was! It had me wanting to make grilled cheese and tomato soup as I read this book. So be ready to start craving some comfort food as you dig into this one. From high school romance to grown-up romance Tate and Chase will keep you on your toes. You can taste the longing they have for each other as they reconnect 10 years after a semester of home economics together. Real life problems enter in to this world the author created. Anxiety and overwhelming emotions are a true and scary thing for a lot of people. This was handled very delicately and accurately. Many characters from previous books by this author make guest appearances so it’s like catching up with some old friends as well as making some new ones. The character development is so well you want to see how they’re doing later on, which is always a plus when you connect with the character to see where they are now. If you were a foodie or a sports romance kind of person this will speak to you. The worlds these to live in collide and it makes for some interesting situations. Be ready to not be able to put this one down.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Manuela

    This is the second book in the food truck warriors and it was really easy to read. Established couples from previous books make their appearances and the main couple Tate and Chase fit right in. They have known each other since High School when they partnered up in Home Economics class. Tate loved going to this class because he had a massive crush on Chase. What he didn't know was that Chase was crushing on him, too. So this is some sort of second chance when after 10 years they find each other This is the second book in the food truck warriors and it was really easy to read. Established couples from previous books make their appearances and the main couple Tate and Chase fit right in. They have known each other since High School when they partnered up in Home Economics class. Tate loved going to this class because he had a massive crush on Chase. What he didn't know was that Chase was crushing on him, too. So this is some sort of second chance when after 10 years they find each other again. Naturally it has to do with food trucks and NFL players, with coming out, staying out, and trying not to burn a melted cheese sandwich. I had more fun reading this, but I also rolled my eyes about the pet peeve of no communication, as usual. Thank God that supporting characters pick up the slack and make them talk to each other. It is emotional, low angst and has enough comic relief to make you want to read on. There is mention of mental health issues and Chase has on and off the pages breakdowns. <<<< I won this ARC >>>>

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I really love following along with a group of men who need, deserve, and want love as much as anyone. The community and friendships and rivalries provide a really great backdrop for this series and I'm always happy to read. This particular book though, worked a bit less for me than Drive Me Crazy. I'm never a fan of the hesitations, back and forth, and woe-is-me attitude and this book had a whole lot of all of that. Chase was all that and more for me. As much as I loved him, there was a severe l I really love following along with a group of men who need, deserve, and want love as much as anyone. The community and friendships and rivalries provide a really great backdrop for this series and I'm always happy to read. This particular book though, worked a bit less for me than Drive Me Crazy. I'm never a fan of the hesitations, back and forth, and woe-is-me attitude and this book had a whole lot of all of that. Chase was all that and more for me. As much as I loved him, there was a severe lack of balance with Tate and his character. Tate nearly ruined the story for me for quite a number of reasons. He just...ugh...he just rubbed me the wrong way on many, many different occasions. I didn't even really like them together for most of the story, unfortunately. But it was the combination of Chase and a fantastic epilogue that really brought everything together in the end. It redeemed my hopes for the men together and assured me that things were really working out in a believable and heartfelt way. I'm definitely coming back for more from the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I really love these food truck books! They are fun, good food and some really fantastic guys! Chase is a NFL player, hiding in the closet and always thinking about the one guy he wished he could have. Tate, owner of Say Cheese food truck, was crazy for the home economics partner from high school and 10 years later still followed every mood Chase made. When Chase boost their sales, things heat up between them. It takes some time but they get to a good place, Chase is out, their relationship is gr I really love these food truck books! They are fun, good food and some really fantastic guys! Chase is a NFL player, hiding in the closet and always thinking about the one guy he wished he could have. Tate, owner of Say Cheese food truck, was crazy for the home economics partner from high school and 10 years later still followed every mood Chase made. When Chase boost their sales, things heat up between them. It takes some time but they get to a good place, Chase is out, their relationship is growing but when someone says something to Chase to put him into a spiral, things go bad fast. It’s a great story, high school “friends” both too stubborn and scared to tell the other how they feel. The years later is their chance but so many things could go wrong and do. It’s about learning to accept yourself, to be yourself and to get help when you need it. Nothing to be ashamed of and I love that is a big part of this book and of course the love story and HEA ♥️

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Note: An ARC was provided by Neon Rainbow ARC Reviews. Ooh! I quite enjoyed this second Food Truck Warriors book! I liked the first one, Drive Me Crazy, but Beth Bolden has amped things up with Hit the Brakes. Funnily enough, the fake relationship trope isn't one of my go-tos, but Bolden did a great job making me cheer the main characters, Tate and Chase, on to their happily-ever-after. The connection between these two was undeniably ever-present, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them go from fake Note: An ARC was provided by Neon Rainbow ARC Reviews. Ooh! I quite enjoyed this second Food Truck Warriors book! I liked the first one, Drive Me Crazy, but Beth Bolden has amped things up with Hit the Brakes. Funnily enough, the fake relationship trope isn't one of my go-tos, but Bolden did a great job making me cheer the main characters, Tate and Chase, on to their happily-ever-after. The connection between these two was undeniably ever-present, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them go from fake to real (although if we're being honest here, those feelings were real before they had to fake it!). I've read the Kitchen Gods series and Riptide books, so the bonus of touching base with familiar characters was there for me. That being said, you'll still be able to fully enjoy this new book even if you've never read those previous ones, which is another plus for this book. All in all, Hit the Brakes was a great way to spend my time off, which is why it gets 4.5 stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Stauffer

    We first met Tate in Kiss & Tell (if he was in book one, I’m drawing a blank, but I’m so, so bad with names) and we got our first look into how his business was in trouble (business meaning his food truck). I was delighted to see that he was getting the next book, because I was already intrigued. I enjoy the fake relationship trope, Tate having had a crush on Chase—FOR TEN YEARS—made it all the sweeter. Watching their chemistry ignite time after time was entertaining. Beth Bolden is a talented sto We first met Tate in Kiss & Tell (if he was in book one, I’m drawing a blank, but I’m so, so bad with names) and we got our first look into how his business was in trouble (business meaning his food truck). I was delighted to see that he was getting the next book, because I was already intrigued. I enjoy the fake relationship trope, Tate having had a crush on Chase—FOR TEN YEARS—made it all the sweeter. Watching their chemistry ignite time after time was entertaining. Beth Bolden is a talented storyteller. It is not hard to fall into a book trance while reading one of her books. This was no different. The characters always have such depth to them that you forget they aren’t real. They seem like people you know and would befriend with ease. Tate and Chase were such characters. I loved their story, and I cannot wait for the next book! ***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alison Daniels

    Another excellent edition to the Food Truck Warriors world! I loved Chase Riley in the Riptide series and was hoping to see his story in an upcoming book. Tate was such a snarky and sweet character that owns the Say Cheese truck with his sister and is trying to get into the Food Truck Warriors lot and ends up using his high school crush's fame as a professional athlete to help save his business. One of the best aspects of Hit the Brakes was the normalizing of mental health care. Chase struggles Another excellent edition to the Food Truck Warriors world! I loved Chase Riley in the Riptide series and was hoping to see his story in an upcoming book. Tate was such a snarky and sweet character that owns the Say Cheese truck with his sister and is trying to get into the Food Truck Warriors lot and ends up using his high school crush's fame as a professional athlete to help save his business. One of the best aspects of Hit the Brakes was the normalizing of mental health care. Chase struggles with anxiety and gets overwhelmed with his emotions, not to mention he has recently come out, and seeks help from a therapist to help him find balance in his life. There is so much stigma surrounding mental health care so to see it embraced and normalized here was refreshing. Tate and Chase were so sweet together and I love that they finally found a way to communicate in the end. Can't wait to see what is next in the Food Truck Warriors world.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Larissa

    Hit the Brakes is the second book in the Food Truck Warriors series, but you can read as a standalone. This is sort of a mashup of a sports romance and the unique food truck premise. Chase and Tate have known each other since high school where they flirted a bit but never really progressed beyond crushing and pining. Now Chase is now a famous NFL football player. Tate hasn’t quite been as successful with his career so far as he is struggling with his food truck business. This is sort of a second Hit the Brakes is the second book in the Food Truck Warriors series, but you can read as a standalone. This is sort of a mashup of a sports romance and the unique food truck premise. Chase and Tate have known each other since high school where they flirted a bit but never really progressed beyond crushing and pining. Now Chase is now a famous NFL football player. Tate hasn’t quite been as successful with his career so far as he is struggling with his food truck business. This is sort of a second chance romance and sort of a fake boyfriend dynamic here as well. So some great tropes at work but none of them are what you’d expect. I liked that these two men, who are well written, multifaceted characters, develop their romance in an usual, unexpected way. Very enjoyable read with a refreshingly different storyline.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pontiki

    Tate is trying to increase sales in his food truck, so his sister suggests they use famous Chase’s name to promote their grilled cheese, since he ate it in their high school home ec class. For Tate, that’s where he fell in love with Chase. For Chase, it’s where he started figuring out he was queer. But, 10 years later, it’s still only Tate Chase has feelings for. Due to the ad about the grilled cheese, Chase, football player and loose cannon, connects with Tate and impulsively comes out. They de Tate is trying to increase sales in his food truck, so his sister suggests they use famous Chase’s name to promote their grilled cheese, since he ate it in their high school home ec class. For Tate, that’s where he fell in love with Chase. For Chase, it’s where he started figuring out he was queer. But, 10 years later, it’s still only Tate Chase has feelings for. Due to the ad about the grilled cheese, Chase, football player and loose cannon, connects with Tate and impulsively comes out. They deal with the fallout, fake but really date, and Chase has to address his destructive behaviour. I don’t like that Tate doesn’t stick around to support Chase after his impulsive party, but it would have made more sense if it made him take Chase off a pedestal, which was vague. I like Chase’s vulnerability, and willingness to get help, eventually. Pretty good story in this series. KU

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I was so excited to read Chase's story as I had wondered about him in Rough Contact the series before this one. The chemistry between Chase and Tate could be felt from their first moment together in Home Economics. I loveBeth's writing and the fact that we have sports and cooking elements in their book, two of my favourite things to read about. I enjoyed seeing the guys from previous books and series coming together to support Chase and Tate. Tate's sister was a firecracker! It was tough seeing I was so excited to read Chase's story as I had wondered about him in Rough Contact the series before this one. The chemistry between Chase and Tate could be felt from their first moment together in Home Economics. I loveBeth's writing and the fact that we have sports and cooking elements in their book, two of my favourite things to read about. I enjoyed seeing the guys from previous books and series coming together to support Chase and Tate. Tate's sister was a firecracker! It was tough seeing Chase struggling at times but they are so good together despite their differences. I don't think yo can go working with Beth's books , her formulas just for for me, chemistry, laughs, great banter, amazing friendships formed and not al to of anxiety.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Two men who shared a class in High School reconnect 10 years later and what a reunion it is. Tate and Chase are both very likeable characters who are realistic, flawed and have huge amounts of chemistry between them. Circumstances lead them into a fake boyfriends relationship and when that morphs into friends with benefits things really heat up. There’s a few feels, a bit of angst and drama in this well written, engaging story but Tate and Chase eventually find their way to a HEA. Many of the si Two men who shared a class in High School reconnect 10 years later and what a reunion it is. Tate and Chase are both very likeable characters who are realistic, flawed and have huge amounts of chemistry between them. Circumstances lead them into a fake boyfriends relationship and when that morphs into friends with benefits things really heat up. There’s a few feels, a bit of angst and drama in this well written, engaging story but Tate and Chase eventually find their way to a HEA. Many of the side characters are from other books within this wider universe, which I’ve not read, but this can be read as a standalone.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Hit the Brakes was sweet and steamy, about childhood crushes turned fake boyfriends. Chase is a sweetheart and always has good intentions, but can be impulsive and struggles with his emotions. Tate hides his insecurities by being kind of rude and pushing people away it seems. His surly attitude bugged me. He eventually won me over, though, and definitely didn't have to do anything to win Chase over. They both carried a torch for years. I like how this story also focused on how important it is to Hit the Brakes was sweet and steamy, about childhood crushes turned fake boyfriends. Chase is a sweetheart and always has good intentions, but can be impulsive and struggles with his emotions. Tate hides his insecurities by being kind of rude and pushing people away it seems. His surly attitude bugged me. He eventually won me over, though, and definitely didn't have to do anything to win Chase over. They both carried a torch for years. I like how this story also focused on how important it is to accept yourself and work on your struggles, not just having the one you love magically fix everything.

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