Catching His Name by Christie Gordon (Mesa Boys Book 4)

Christie Gordon's Mesa Boys series is back in its fourth outing, Catching His Name. Angel and Heather shared their reviews.

From the blurb:

Dana sees a challenge in Nate. Nate sees a safe place to call home in Dana.

Dana Summers likes his current life, even though he grew up in poverty after his mother died and his father became disabled. He’s finally become the bakery manager at the local grocery store, and he’s gotten over a relationship that nearly wrecked him a few years back with a man who gaslighted him until he wasn’t even himself anymore. Hanging out with his friends at the local skatepark is just icing on the proverbial cake, one he’s poured his heart and soul into.

Nate Walker should be living the dream after winning a small fortune in the lottery. But when his family and friends abuse the situation and scam him, he runs. While travelling the world to lick his wounds and find himself, he experiences a bi awakening in Thailand. He ends up in Mesa, Arizona with this newfound acceptance of himself, and eating a sandwich outside the bakery counter where Dana works.

Dana recognizes the hurt and loneliness in Nate right away and comes to Nate’s rescue when the manager tries to kick him out for being a vagrant. He tempts Nate with the delicious treats he bakes and in the process, the two find a mutual attraction. But Nate’s reluctant to disclose too much about himself, fearing the money could change everything, and Dana is wary of another man who might gaslight him. How can Nate find a way to trust Dana with his biggest secret and find a safe place to call home?

Catching His Name is a secret millionaire, hurt/comfort romance with an HEA and no cliffhangers. It features a kind-hearted skater with a motorcycle and a passion for baking, and a hot mess of a man who’s in the process of reinventing himself. This is book four in the Mesa Boys series. Each book features a different couple and can be read as a standalone.

Trigger Warning: This book has references to a parent who has died and has another parent who is in recovery from alcohol addiction.

Angel's Review:

Catching His Name by Christie Gordon was a delectable read. I devoured this in one sitting, everything was really well written and the characters were exceptional. The attention to detail was fantastic and much appreciated. I love when a character is a baker and there was so many baked goods featured in this story; quiches, donuts, mousse.. apple pie. All of which made me want to go bake something. 

At first I thought that these characters moved too fast in their relationship but I think they evened  each other out. I loved Dana and all of his friends, they accepted Nate and were supportive of him from the get go. 

I felt so bad for Nate, I couldn't even imagine what it would be like to have all of your family turn their back on you because of you winning the lottery. You would think that they would be happy for you but not Nate's family. 

Dana and Nate help heal each other and support each other no matter what. Nate helps Dana with his dad, and Dana helps Nate with his ungrateful family. I loved watching these two men figure out there feelings and what they wanted their relationship to be. I think this was so well written and such a good book. 

I highly recommend reading this, be prepared for cravings though! You'll be wanting doughnuts, mousse, and quiches by the time you're done reading this. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I absolutely loved Nate and Dana together!  From their meet-cute to the epilogue, Catching His Name was a sweet read with some emotional roller coasters and some good communication...  Nate is enthusiastic, caring and a little lost and Dana is the perfect foil for him - just as caring, but more down to earth and grounded by his upbringing and his past hurts...

I think this was my favourite Mesa Boys book so far - it's a little bit more insta-love than I usually like, but once again, where Nate runs, Dana walks and that made it very sweet... almost as sweet as Dana's chocolate custard... which brings me to my warning - do not read this book while hungry or you'll find yourself with baking plans or a trip to the nearest bakery.  There are a couple of other potential triggers - homophobic and racist statements from someone other than the MCs, previous death of a parent and substance abuse issues, again not directly with the MCs.  

Overall, this was a great read, well paced and a great chance to catch up a little with the previous couples and get a sneak peak at Jamie's book... I think it's best read in order, but it's a complete story and can be read standalone as well.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Catching His Name is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.