Of Love and Corn Dogs by Parker Williams ~ Book Review by Caroline

32058184Title: Of Love and Corn Dogs
Series: Of Love and… Book 1

Author: Parker Williams

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/23/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Gay Romance


With more money than he could spend in ten lifetimes, Darwin Kincade still couldn’t keep death from stealing his lover. A little older and a whole lot wiser, flirting with his twice-a-week waiter is the perfect no-risk substitute for a real relationship. Until the night his routine is upended by the restaurant’s newest employee.

Ricky Donnelly loves people. While being a server isn’t his dream, he’s good at it. When a grumpy man is seated in his station, Ricky sees there’s more to him than he lets on, and when the man relaxes, he’s actually sweet.

As the two men bond over a discussion about corn dogs— something Darwin’s never heard of—he realizes how much he’s missed out on in his life. He vows to open himself to new experiences—including, perhaps, a chance at finding love again.
Not wanting anything to muddy their blooming relationship, Darwin hides part of himself from Ricky. He likes the look in Ricky’s eyes, unclouded by Darwin’s notoriety. Unfortunately, the truth can never stay hidden, and when it comes out, Darwin may lose any hope of holding onto the future they’ve begun to build.

My View:

If you are fan of Parker Williams and you read Haven you are probably reading the blurb for Of Love and Corn Dogs and thinking you have the wrong author – this book is as sweet as they come! This is a quick, light and mostly angst free story that has a modern day fairy story feel to it and that left a smile on my face.

At first glance Darwin has it all but as is often the case looks can be deceiving. He has the money, oh boy does he have the money, he has the mansion, he has the limo with the driver and he has a lot of peoples respect. The money couldn’t save his lover though nor can it bring him back, the mansion was passed down through the family and he doesn’t use most of it, the driver is his best friend and it was him that picked out the car and he has the respect of the people around him because most of them work for him and he is an incredibly good employer. He is a pretty selfless man who is stuck in the past due to fear and grief – the one highlight in his life is a one sided crush on a waiter at a restaurant where he doesn’t even like the food!

Ricky is delightful! He has no money, no nice things but he has heart – he has enough heart for everyone he meets! In his pokey apartment with his eclectic furnishing and a cat he found on the street he aims to stay optimistic in the world even when the world seems determined not to give him a break. In a new job at a classy restaurant the last thing Ricky needs is a rude and grumpy customer giving him grief for just being there but Ricky turns the confrontation around with the strangest of topics and a weird and wonderful friendship begins.

It was fun watching this pair open up and fall in love. It’s a nice slow pace and the author chose to make them suffer just a teeny bit with the dilemma over their differences. They each had so much to learn from each other and whilst some of it was quite mundane all of it was important. Great first book in a new series from a favourite author and I look forward to seeing where he takes us next.


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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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