Author: J.E. Birk
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/04/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
A prequel to The Twinkie Ignition
It all started with a diabetic kid who wouldn’t stop eating cookies. And a best friend who’d just announced his bisexuality and hit on everything that moved. And a kind pediatric nurse with an amazing rack, a lying ex-boyfriend, and a nasty case of the chicken pox.
But mostly, it started at table 42.
When Benjy Moreland almost collapses during his restaurant shift, Dr. Kyle Penners wants nothing more than to take care of him… but if there’s one thing former foster kid Benjy values, it’s his independence. A dying man and a sick little boy force Kyle and Benjy to work together, and both of them have to make some important choices about what it means to depend on someone.
Well the prologue had me hooked. It was well written, easy to read, and full of snarky humor and promises of a fun story. But while the prologue promised fun and humor, the story was so much more than that. There was depth and emotion and a bond that promised to last a lifetime.
This one was well written and well put together. The writing style flowed and was easy to read, which made this one feel fast paced but not rushed. And underneath the humor and light tone of the writing, there was a story with heart and developed, likable characters. Benjy and Kyle were both complex characters, complete with well established histories and baggage to overcome. Their interactions were great and when they were continually thrown together, character growth happened. As their true selves and baggage were revealed, each man was forced to see the other in a new light and forced to re-evaluate himself in relation to the new information. It was really great to watch these men fumble and adapt. As bits of each were revealed, Kyle and Benjy became real and emotional characters, they became likable and I connected to both of them while becoming invested in their outcome.
I was very impressed with this story. Everything just worked so well together. The storyline, the characters, the growth, the romance, were all intertwined in this one to form a cohesive unit. No one element was thrown in last minute or felt out of place. Each bit was needed to drive another forward and it resulted in a story and characters I totally fell in love with. Now I need to read the next story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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