This is a feel good story that loses a little because everything develops really quickly. If you take out the short time frame Bernie’s caring for Tim is just too adorable and sweet. Sure, the gay friendly little diner in the middle of Texas may seem a little unrealistic, but I’ll take it in my romantic fiction.
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Leaving Minnesota, Timothy Gapin doesn’t have any plans except getting as far away from all the memories as he can before his money runs out. His secret lover has married, breaking his heart and making him chose a life in the open rather than a relationship built on lies.
Little does Tim know that four days later he would grab dinner at a diner and find a place to stop. Somehow this diner in the middle of nowhere becomes his home and the people who work there his family. In addition to the workers at the diner, Tim meets Bernie Capley, a long-haul trucker who isn’t all he seems to be.
Falling in love with Bernie is easy for Tim, but the past has a way of barging into the present, forcing decisions that affect their future…
Timothy Gapin knows he has to leave Minnesota. He was ok with being a secret, but the guy on the side now that the love of his life is married…no, not going to happen. Tim knows the only way he’ll ever free himself from Aaron is to leave. With no set destination in mind Tim finds himself just outside of Austin, Texas after one long bus ride. Sitting in a diner in the middle of nowhere doesn’t seem to be the spot to start a new life, but when Tim offers to help after a server quits on the spot that might just be what he’s found.
Bernie Capley is a long-haul trucker…some of the time. He’s always made the diner a stop on his route and enjoys chatting with Cookie whenever he comes in. But one look at the cute buns on the new server and there’s something else drawing Bernie into the diner besides the food. Still he’s not the type to dive into a random hookup. Bernie’s looking for a little more in life. He’s willing to make the time to see the boy if Tim’s interest is there as well.
I’m going to say this is pretty much an insta-love story. While I do like Bernie and Tim together I wish the events that occur in this story happened over a little more time. The two have basically gone on one date when the world drops out from under Tim. Bernie’s reaction is much more believable from someone you’ve been dating for a long time not someone you just met. Still I appreciated the actions he went through in support of Tim.
Honestly Tim’s pretty on top of things for such a young guy. He leaves a terrible situation and manages to land on his feet. He’s caring and really looking to help those around him. I loved how he reacted to Chad and his obvious PTSD type symptoms. He didn’t press, allowed Chad to maintain his dignity, but yet still found a way to help the guy out. If I had a slight unbelievable moment in this whole thing for me it’s just this…I have waited tables for over ten years. My inner server had a knee jerk “umm yeah right moment” to the one line stating Tim had no serving experience before diving into things at the diner. Sure serving isn’t rocket science, but it’s not that easy either. He seems to innately know what to do and let me tell you kitchens are confusing as all get out. Jumping into the dishwashing, sure, but first night there taking over and finishing a servers shift even on a slow night isn’t that simple.
Bernie is just a big teddy bear and you kinda gotta love him for it. I think I’m going to fake the time line in my head and just pretend there were months of get to know you that got skimmed over so all of his actions can be just as sweet as they were meant to be rather than a little creepy too soon. He does such a fantastic job of stepping up and helping Tim deal with a scary situation. Any illness to a loved one like that is bound to shake you and knowing there is nothing you can really do except hope it gets better is never fun. Bernie was the rock Tim needed to get through it all, especially when his douchebag ex felt the need to stir up even more trouble. Aaron needs a good kick to the ass. I was so happy when his poor wife was making her own escape as well.
This is one of those really fast read that skims the surface of the events and love story without really diving into the deeper feelings and reasons behind things. But it’s very sweet and easy on the brain and heart. I enjoyed the story without falling head over heels in love. I’d give it a 3.5 stars overall, but with round up eligibility since it was enjoyable.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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