This was the first book that I have read by Rick Reed, and I am sure it will not be the last. I love a good comfort story, and between the food and the love, this one is exceptionally comforting. It is also rather heartbreaking at times, and features characters who are hurting and need healing. That mix along with the recipes in the book make for an unusual combination.
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
It only takes a few days for Ollie D’Angelo to lose his boyfriend, his job, and his home. Instead of mourning what he doesn’t have, Ollie celebrates what he does: the freedom to pursue his real passion—cooking. He begins Dinner at Home, a home-catering business, and it takes off.
Late one night, Ollie catches Hank Mellinger, a streetwise hood down on his luck, about to rob his car. Ollie soon discovers that appearances aren’t necessarily what they seem. Hank isn’t a criminal caught red-handed, but a hungry young man trying to make a life for himself and the four-year-old niece he’s trying desperately to take care of.
Instead of calling the cops, Ollie offers Hank a job and a way to pull himself up by his bootstraps. Together, they discover they can really cook… and that their shared passion for food just might lead to a passion for each other.
Don’t expect a light and easy story. It is not. The characters are troubled, and at times have some really serious shit going on both in their pasts and in the present. Despite some of the interesting road blocks and diversions I found the journey to be a pretty entertaining one.
One of the things that really struck me about this book is the idea of family. Families are complicated, no parent is perfect, and some are pretty freakin’ terrible. Adding a child into the mix of an adult love story is always a risk, but I think that it can also add some interesting dimensions. Hank’s four year old niece plays a significant role in the book and she has quite the potty mouth. I am not sure how realistic it is that a small child would talk like she does, but I will say she was an unusual character. Ollie and Hank make their own family, and I really love that they try to build something strong together out of the ashes in their lives.
This is not a food story, or a foodie story, it’s a love story. It is also a story about family ties and how they are forged, but also so very fragile. I think readers who enjoy hurt/comfort themed books will like this one. It’s not always shiny, but it has some very bright spots and some equally delicious moments.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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