Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Jeff Gelder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
A Taste of Love Release Date: 12/29/2012
A Serving of Love Release Date: 12/29/2012
A Helping of Love Release Date: 01/16/2013
A Taste of Love Length: 05 hours 31 minutes
A Serving of Love Length: 06 hours 02 minutes
A Helping of Love Length: 05 hours 27 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
A Taste of Love (Book 1)
The lunch rush at Darryl Hansen’s restaurant, Café Belgie, is getting to be too much for one man to handle, and Billy Weaver is a young man in search of a job—any job—to support his family. Billy gains Darryl’s respect with his earnest nature and willingness to work hard, but Billy’s admiring looks resurrect pain and shame from Darryl’s past.
Until Darryl stumbles across Billy’s secret, Billy is suffering in silence: his father died a few months earlier, leaving him struggling to raise his twin five-year-old brothers. Darryl takes Billy and the boys to the restaurant, where they’ll stand together to face the smorgasbord of troubles in their future… while Davey, Donnie, and Billy all worm their way into Darryl’s heart.
A Serving of Love (Book 2)
Sebastian Franklin has waited a long time to prove himself as front of the house manager at Cafe Belgie, but his first night in charge while Darryl, his boss, is on vacation is less than a success. The restaurant is robbed at closing time, and the Good Samaritan who foiled the robber comes with his own complications.
Robert Fortier is the county’s newest judge, and a reluctant one at that. He is well aware that a public life is not always easy, especially when your personal life makes you the target of a media frenzy. Still, Robert enjoys Sebastian’s company, and Sebastian is never without a serving of happiness and flair for his favorite public figure. But Sebastian is not without his issues either—family chaos and an ex in trouble will put the pressure on as they struggle for even footing in this new romance.
A helping of Love (Book 3)
If Peter Christopoulos has learned one thing from his last three years in a wheelchair, it’s that people have a hard time seeing past the hardware. When he asks out Russ Baker after giving him a quote on equipment for a new Greek restaurant, he’s disappointed but not surprised to be turned down.
Russ has been covering for his abusive boyfriend for so long it’s almost automatic, but with a little help from his friends, he finds the courage to break it off. To his surprise, Peter is still interested, and soon they’re falling hard and fast. But then their world is thrown into turmoil: Peter finds an old letter indicating he has a half sister he’s never met, and Russ’s past interferes when his ex makes it clear he’ll do anything to get him back.
A Taste of Love 3.5*
This story was sweet and full of love, just as the series implies. There was just enough angst to give it some depth, but overall this was a good, solid love story. The MCs were wonderful compliments for each other, both filling a void in the other and making a great partnership. The twins were adorable and brought out my emotions. I wish Darryl’s past would have been explored more. His past was a big deal and impacted his entire life, yet it was mentioned quickly and resolved just as fast. I just felt like it was inserted for some angst, but then ignored in favor of the easy, perfect route.
A Serving of love 3*
Once again, this story was classic early Andrew Grey. It was very much a new love/first time story full of the nervousness, anticipation, fumblings, and misunderstandings that come with a new relationship. In addition to the exploration of new love, Robert had to deal with coming out in the public’s eye, which allowed the author to inject some political statements and a bit of low level angst. This portion of the story helped cut through some of the sweetness, which I found to be almost too much. Everything was shiny and new just always so perfect and everyone was just so understanding and accepting, other than the haters of course. While I enjoyed this story for its romantic and loving feel, this one bordered on too easy and overly simplistic.
A Helping of love 4*
This was my favorite of the three. Peter was a great character and I always love an underdog story. Russ brought out my protective instinct and I was so invested in him finding his strength and his happy. These men together were great and their love was satisfying, even if it was a bit fast.
I liked that this one tackled some serious issues. There was emotional abuse, physical disabilities, adoption, and cancer. But each topic was handled with grace and the care it deserved. It made for an interesting and well rounded story. This one was more than just a happy romance. this one was a good story and I enjoyed it.
When I think of Andrew Grey audiobooks, I automatically think of Jeff Gelder. He has the perfect voice and reading ability to capture the sweet nature of most Andrew Grey’s earlier works. There were a few editing mistakes such as repeated phrases in these recordings, but overall, they were easy and enjoyable to listen to.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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