With more money than he could spend in ten lifetimes, Darwin Kincade still couldn't keep death from stealing his lover. A little older and a whole lot wiser, flirting with his twice-a-week waiter is the perfect no-risk substitute for a real relationship. Until the night his routine is upended by the restaurant's newest employee.
Ricky Donnelly loves people. While being a server isn’t his dream, he’s good at it. When a grumpy man is seated in his station, Ricky sees there’s more to him than he lets on, and when the man relaxes, he’s actually sweet.
As the two men bond over a discussion about corn dogs—something Darwin’s never heard of—he realizes how much he’s missed out on in his life. He vows to open himself to new experiences—including, perhaps, a chance at finding love again.
Not wanting anything to muddy their blooming relationship, Darwin hides part of himself from Ricky. He likes the look in Ricky’s eyes, unclouded by Darwin’s notoriety. Unfortunately, the truth can never stay hidden, and when it comes out, Darwin may lose any hope of holding onto the future they’ve begun to build.
A Story That Could Inspire a Meal
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Cross-cut cover design featuring two men, one appearing to be a waiter, the other in a suit. Below, there's a combo plate of corn dogs and fries. Funny title, cute synopsis. Love other works by this author and wanted to give this one a try.
> > Looking Deeper < <
Ricky first meets Darwin when Darwin comes to the 5-Star restaurant Ricky is a server at. After a short conversation, Darwin leaves to eat a meal which was recommended by Ricky... Corn Dogs!
Though both characters were very different from one another, they got along well and truly enjoyed each other's company. Their chemistry was enjoyable to watch develop into a relationship. Darwin's wealth is a big obstacle to Ricky, but several well-meaning secondary characters help the two men find neutral ground. Ricky's insecurities are finally eased to allow them a chance together.
This was more of a sweet contemporary than what I normally read from this author. It conveyed plenty emotion, had just enough plot depth to support the story, and although the dynamics were somewhat weak, there was enough conflict to be resolved to give it the push that the plot needed to keep it from being too flat. Predictable elements were minimal to nil. The conclusion is solid and satisfying, though I wonder what happened at Rossi's.
Overall, it was a sweet, quick contemporary M/M romance that I am glad I purchased to read and it inspired our dinner for the night! Corn Dogs, and Waffle Fries! :)
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.9 ~ Stars: 4