Author ~ Parker Williams
Published ~ 23rd September 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M 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.
Darwin has more money than he could ever hope to spend. But, he’s also raised into a life of business and healthy eating. None of that eases the anguish of losing the love of his life to cancer. He also knows there is more to life than money.
Several years later Darwin is existing, sporting some small joy when being served by a particularly good looking waiter at a high-class restaurant. When his favourite server leaves, he is tended to by Ricky, who cheekily suggests a corn dog would be better than the house special. This small gesture shocks Darwin and opens him to a world of tasty, if not so healthy, food, along with some fun activities he never knew existed.
What follows is beautiful, fun, light, heart-warming story that totally made my day. Have no fear it has its moments of angst too, in just the right proportions.
The cast is delightful. For me, Henley stole the show. He’s the faithful best friend/chauffeur, and often, the voice of reason coupled with a wry sense of humour. His line of, “Suck it up buttercup,” creased me and was the embodiment of his character.
Ricky – the love interest – is the young, penniless waiter, with morals and a sense of humour.
As for Darwin; he’s like the Bobby Ewing (for those who can remember Dallas without the dream in the shower scene) of the multi-million-dollar empire. He’s the heart, instead of the one with business assassin tendencies. Though, he can play hardball when he wants to. This younger sibling also found himself named CEO of the company by his parents, over his older brother. There lies a side arc.
There’s the odd information dump, but they are appropriate and added depth. All the same, I couldn’t wait to get back to the main event of Darwin and Ricky. In a roundabout way, the side stories made me eager to read on. I also liked that the intimate times enhanced the story, and weren’t the focus.
I’d like to tell you more about the plot, but it would spoil the read. Suffice to say that the story explores the difficulties of people falling in love from opposite sides of the tracks. Darwin and Ricky have elements in common, but their differences are the wedges that could permanently separate them. I wanted certain things from this book, and I got them. For me, the timing, storyline and turn of phrase gave this tale that certain x-factor that made it a 5*.
Of Love and Corn Dogs, was like a breath of fresh air. Numerous sections as well as the humour, had me smiling, and several others had me shedding a tear. It made me believe that there are good people on this earth. I started this book with the intention of reading a couple of chapters and returning to it later. I finished it in one go.