Title ~ Tall Order
Author ~ Irene Preston
Published~ 16th February 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Chef Dylan Trevino screwed up bad, and he knows it. When he left Texas, his job, and his boyfriend behind, Dylan was confident Aston would follow him to New York. Now he’s back home and working for the worst caterer in Austin just to pay the rent. Being head chef at a party thrown by a famous rocker doesn’t make up for serving bland tacos while dressed like a dime-store cowboy. Thank god his ex can’t see him now.
Aston Winkler’s steampunk guitar mods are all the rage with musicians and he’s got invites to every hot party in town. Too bad he’d rather be listening to garage bands than networking in a penthouse. From his 6’7” vantage point, Aston has no problem spotting Dylan at the crowded SXSW party. Getting his boyfriend back? That’s a tall order.
**This story was originally published in the Romancing Austin anthology and is now available as a standalone read.***
Freya’s Book Brief
Catering for an SXSW party, Dylan was almost looking forward to it, until he saw his ex of 11 months, Aston aka Win, among the guests. Both, Dylan and Win, wanted the other back, so this story primarily revolves around insecurities, does he doesn’t he, jealousy and all the reasons of non-deserving.
Tall Order, has some legs though I stumbled a little on the way. For this seasoned bookworm, I found myself re-reading some parts for clarification. Small bits, here and there, like talking about a previous boyfriend, when said man was sitting next to them. Similarly, there were some phrases and acronyms I didn’t understand, like badge-people, ska, geegaws and Acura-buying. Maybe it’s my age, or the British in me. I’m certainly not an Austin-bred, music scene lover. Eventually, I resorted to Google. Having to do searches interrupted the flow of the story. So, if you already know most of the answers to the above, then you will probably appreciate this story more than I did.
I can understand why authors self-publish. There are some excellent self-published stories out there. But, I also believe self-publishing can sometimes restrict the target audience. If an author’s pre-readers or editors also hail from a similar district and have similar tastes, then they don’t always pick up on things that would confuse Jo Public. Editors at publishers, root out these types of things, giving a book a wider appeal.
I picked up Tall Order for review because the blurb suggested, a sweet tale of two men in love who found each other again. For me the character who holds this story together is Aston (Win), he has a kind soul and a good heart. He is the reason I kept reading – I had to know what was in store for him. Dylan, on the other hand, acts like a dick. To like him, one has to understand his position, which is – his pride and ambition has taken a tumble. With him, I had to see if he eventually got his head out of his arse and stopped mentally hurting Aston. In places, I found this story awkward, but there is no doubting that for some reason, these boys need each other. For me, that arc made Tall Order an interesting read.
Meet Irene Preston
Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one. As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe. Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.