Author ~ Ari McKay
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 17th May 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Boone Phillips needs a girlfriend—now! If he shows up to the family reunion alone, his mother will throw every woman in sight at him. But the only “woman” Boone trusts enough to ask is Honey, the drag queen alter ego of his best friend, Rob. It’s a crazy idea, but Boone is desperate.
Boone wins Rob over to the idea after first going on a “date” with him as Honey, but everything feels different once the plan is set in motion. Between nosy relatives, illegal moonshine, and the sight of Rob in white lace panties, Boone starts to wonder if he’s as straight as he thought. When an earth-shattering kiss sends Rob running, however, Boone learns some surprising things about both his family and himself. Now he needs to convince Rob to give him another chance, or his first taste of Honey might also be his last.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2016.
Freya’s Book Brief
A Taste Of Honey is one of those oh so loved best friends to lovers stories, only there’s a touch of emotional blindness along the way.
Boone is your typical butch, quarterback style man with a good heart. Rob, his best friend, is his opposite. He is much smaller with legs and a figure many women would envy. Rob also has his performing alter ego, Honey. And when Boone needs a girlfriend to ward off potential suitors from his domineering, but well-meaning family - aka mum – he ropes in Honey.
When back home in Charleston, the older generation can see what Boone can’t. They can see that there is clear affection between the two that is possibly love. Only Boone is straight, and Honey makes an extremely convincing girl.
This story is well written, containing none of those little one liners or words that put my teeth on edge – so yayyyyy. The boys are so in tune with each other; Honey is the sweetness on Boone’s bagel. Boone’s family, too, aren’t the stereotypical southern gay-hating family. They are, nice, world wise, accepting and have a few secrets of their own.
I found A Taste Of Honey to be a charming story with an aww factor, the occasional lump in the throat and an itty bit of angst. An ideal read for that afternoon when the cockles of your heart need warming or you need that spoon of sugar to sweeten your day. If you’re old enough to remember that great classic, The Waltons, and want the gay version – this is it.
Meet Ari McKay
Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.
Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.
McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.