Review: If You Love Something by Jayce Ellis

As executive chef at one of the hottest restaurants in DC, DeShawn Franklin has almost everything he’s ever wanted. He’s well-known, his restaurant is Michelin starred and he can write his own ticket anywhere he wants. Until his grandmother calls him home and drops two bombshells:

1) She has cancer and she’s not seeking treatment.

2) She’s willing half her estate to DeShawn’s ex-husband, Malik.

Make that three bombshells.

3) That whole divorce thing? It didn’t quite go through. DeShawn and Malik are still married.

And when DeShawn’s shady uncle contests Grandma’s will, there’s only one path back to justice: play it like he and Malik have reconciled. They need to act like a married couple just long enough to dispense with the lawsuit.

Once DeShawn is back in Malik’s orbit, it’s not hard to remember why they parted. All the reasons he walked away remain—but so do all the reasons he fell in love in the first place.

My thoughts

I love a Jayce Ellis romance. DeShawn and Malik are soooooo hot together. If You Love Something is so steamy it should melt in your hands like chocolate. It is that good.

“If he thought I was letting him go again, he had another think coming.”

DeShawn, Loc. 1078

Ellis gives us both characters point of view so we get to see the angst felt by Malik and the determination of DeShawn. There is humor, love, and passion. I cannot say enough about that (chuckle). You will also need to keep some sweets by your side because Malik can bake and damn Ellis’ description makes you hungry.

We also get some family drama because what isn’t some home romance without some drama (smh). I wanted to smack James upside the head more than once. Christopher, who isn’t family but butts his head in like he is, can be surprising at times. My favorite family member who I think is everyone’s fave, Grandma Monroe. I agree with DeShawn that she is strong and loving.

Ellis gives us an old-fashioned second chance romance. I love If You Love Something for DeShawn and Malik, Grandma, and of course the path of their true love.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Carina Adores, 9781335517159, December 28th 2021

Cover Design:



Settings: Baltimore, MD, U.S. 

Pages: 320

SC: Gay


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