I will admit, the first thing that attracted me to this book was the title. One of my favorite Americana bands has an album titled “Under the Table and Above the Sun”. This title just reminded me of that and made me smile. So like any good review blogger, I asked for a copy 🙂
Title: Under the Table and Into His Heart
Author: Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher
At the Under the Table host club, Valentine’s Day means one thing: cash. Neglected housewives, newly ex-girlfriends, and lovelorn thirtysomethings pay for the attention of handsome men. Shy bartender Jem has always wanted to be a host, and when the club’s owner, Miss Rye, accepts a contract from a MensLove Convention, Jem volunteers to flirt and make out with another host for the ladies’ entertainment. Bailey, an older man who’s had his eye on Jem, convinces Miss Rye to let him be Jem’s partner, and everyone gets more than they expected—especially Jem and Bailey.
This is the first published work for Raine O’Tierney, and I am honored to be able to review it here. Since it is my first experience with this author, I went in with no expectations. I had barely even skimmed the blurb. Under the Table and Into His Heart is part of Dreamspinner’s February “A Valentine Rainbow” collection. It isn’t the great American novel, but, considering my reading list lately (looks sideways at Precog in Peril, Queers, and In the Absence of Monsters), I didn’t want or need that. I needed light, short, and sweet. Under the Table fit the bill perfectly.
Usually in the romance genre, the story is told in one from the POV of one or more of the main characters with the occasional head hopping into a secondary characters mind. This one was a little different. It is told largely from the view of an outsider (in this case the boss of the two MCs, Miss Rye), so you get an outsider-looking-in feel. Once you can wrap your head around that, it is a very cool way to look at the relationship. Now when things heat up, you get to see the point of view of Jem, of course, because Miss Rye can’t be in the bedroom with them. 😉
I love Jem. I have a soft spot for shy main characters, because I am shy myself (stop laughing; it is true…). I never got a good feel for Bailey; there just wasn’t time for that in the short/story novella format. However the most important thing is he wanted Jem, and he finally got up the courage to do something about it, comfort zone be damned. I am interested to see what O’Tierney can do with a full length story.
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