Rick R. Reed leaves no taste bud untouched in this luscious m/m romance.
Title: Dinner at Home (audiobook)
Author: Rick R. Reed
Narrator: Michael Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
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.
My View – Story:
The healing powers of food and family are dished out with healthy balance in Rick R. Reed’s Dinner at Home. When Ollie D’Angelo loses his job and his boyfriend in quick succession, he seizes the opportunity to begin his own catering business. After an evening of serving dinner to a client, he discovers a young man in his car, looking for something to steal. Down on his luck, Hank Mellinger is simply trying to survive and provide for his niece, Addison. When Ollie offers Hank a job assisting with the catering business, neither one realizes how their love of cooking and need for family may possibly change their lives forever.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The cited recipes and cooking scenes are mouth-watering, and the comforts found in the love and acceptance of family abound as characters Ollie and Hank work together to succeed in business and in life. Mr. Reed provides just enough local flavor to create what feels like an authentic Seattle atmosphere, from opulent suburbs to halfway houses for the less fortunate. The characters themselves are varied and colorful, and I was particularly taken with the theme of family connections and disconnections running through the entire story. Hardships and healing are portrayed in equal measure, and I appreciated the realities of broken ties and the resulting struggles presented through the imperfect relationships that so often occur within families. The attempts by the characters to perpetuate the good and to overcome the negative aspects in their lives are affirming and heartwarming.
I loved Ollie and Hank, complete opposites in many ways, yet their love of cooking brings them together in a fundamental way. I was particularly taken with Hank, his troubled history, and his monumental struggle to provide a life for himself and his niece, Addison. Although Addison’s mouth could have used a good dose of soap, she was a bright and integral part of the story, and I would have enjoyed seeing more of her character developed, along with her relationships with those around her. However, the interactions between characters were well done overall, and again, the importance of acceptance, family, and forgiving past mistakes were at the heart of many of the obstacles they faced.
Dinner at Home provides a touching read graced with flawed but lovable characters, difficult family relationships and histories, and the amazing comforts found in feeding those we love in the place we call home. I highly recommend this delicious m/m romance, as it is truly a feast for the senses and for the heart.
My View – Narration:
Michael Anthony provides a rich voice to this story. Whether reading out tantalizing recipes or portraying the petulant child, his narration is appropriately emotional and adds life and flavor to the characters and descriptions within the text. I would not hesitate to pick up other works he has narrated.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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