Book Reviews

A Taste of Love (Taste of Love 1) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-November-2012

Book Blurb

The lunch rush at Darryl Hansen’s restaurant, Café Belgie, is getting to be too much for one man to handle, and Billy Weaver is a young man in search of a job—any job—to support his family. Billy gains Darryl's respect with his earnest nature and willingness to work hard, but Billy's admiring looks resurrect pain and shame from Darryl’s past.

Until Darryl stumbles across Billy's secret, Billy is suffering in silence: his father died a few months earlier, leaving him struggling to raise his twin five-year-old brothers. Darryl takes Billy and the boys to the restaurant, where they’ll stand together to face the smorgasbord of troubles in their future… while Davey, Donnie, and Billy all worm their way into Darryl’s heart.

Book Review

This is a great love story with the focus firmly on very loveable characters. The setting against the background of running a restaurant added color to the book and, being a foodie myself, increased my interest even more. The contrast between Daryl and Billy's loves is stark, and the fact that Andrew Grey tackled hunger and poverty in their story added a depth that I found very appealing.

Daryl owns a restaurant, but is isn’t a glamorous place, nor does he aspire to any Michelin stars anytime soon. Café Belgie is a neighborhood bistro, and I loved the behind the scenes look at all the issues he Daryl has to deal with. One of them is success, and a resulting need for more help in the kitchen. When he meets Billy he decides to give the man a chance, and ends up with a lot more than just anew employee. Being the wonderful man he is, he takes it all in stride, and is soon involved in a rapidly developing relationship on top of everything else.

Billy, as the blurb says, suffers in silence. His father dies and left him in charge of his twin five-year-old brothers, but it is all getting too much for him. Billy does his best, but finds it very hard to do them justice while earning a living to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. He is too proud to ask for handouts, and works hard to make ends meet. He is devastated when Daryl finds out his carefully guarded 'secret', but the relief when Daryl steps up to help, without making him feel pitied or less of a man, is enormous.

I originally read this book when it first came out, and have picked it up gain because I wanted to remind myself of the story before I start catching up with the series (book four was released recently). Reading this story again was as much fun as the first time, and I was as involved in the characters' lives as ever. They feel like real people to me, and I was really happy to see them get their happy ending. I only wish more of those would happen in real life! If you like stories about regular guys, if you enjoy reading about food and its preparation as well as running a business, and if you're looking for a heartwarming story with great characters, then you will probably like it as much as I did.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 204 pages/60384 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-November-2010
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.99 audiobook
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