Book Reviews

Pen Name - Doctor Chicken (Pen Name Series 1) by KC Burn at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 27-November-2013

Book Blurb

Sometimes Stratford Dale feels like Doctor Chicken consumes his life. It’s his pen name for a series of wildly popular children’s books. They were his brainchild; he meant for them to be a way to pay his many bills while he pursued his dream of publishing graphic novels. But the Doctor Chicken contract was a raw deal. Instead, he churns out book after book for a pittance, leaving him broke and no closer to his dreams.

Stratford’s dreams of love have fared no better, but he’s still trying. After yet another disastrous date, he’s intrigued by a man going into a cooking class—so he takes the class too. Vinnie Giani is a successful, self-made man who is charmed by Stratford’s bow ties, sharp humor, and clumsiness—which leads to an opportunity to take Stratford in for stitches. Vinnie is, above all, responsible, having taken on the care of his mother and sisters from a young age. Perhaps it’s natural when he begins to treat Stratford more as a child who needs a parent than as an equal partner. But when Vinnie tries to “fix” Stratford’s career woes—including the Doctor Chicken problem—and ends up making the situation worse, their fledgling relationship may not withstand the the strain created by blame and lies.


Book Review

"There was a certain romantic touch to the butt plug discussion over shrimp, devolving into a dessert discussion on whether silicone, rubber, or glass was preferable for dildos."

OMG I haven't laughed that hard over the description of a first date in my entire life. Since this is my first experience with a KC Burn story, I'm pretty sure I'll be reading a lot more of hers in the future. I really empathized with Stratford when he finally gets away from Creepy Guy only to find he'd missed his bus and has to walk home in the cold and the wind. Oh, been there done that. So, when he sees the warm glow coming from the windows of the community center he can't help but stop to peek inside and watch the cooking class. When he sees the hottest guy imaginable, well, Stratford just has to keep watching trying to figure the guy out, until the guy turns and catches him looking. Oops! Vinnie knows how to cook, he grew up early taking care of his mom and sisters, but he only knows how to cook Italian. The community center's around the world cooking class appealed to him so he could learn a little variety. I mean, who knows? Now that the company's successful, maybe Vinnie has time to actually have a boyfriend. Not that he's got a clue how to go about finding one.

Stratford with his bow ties, clumsiness, witty sense of humor, skittishness, and hopeless romantic just did it for me. I wanted to wrap him up and protect him. Luckily, so did Vinnie. Vinnie who has spent the past fifteen years growing a business while taking care of his mom and little sisters is the ultimate protector and I fell for him, too. Of course the fact that Vinnie is so used to taking care of the people he loves, and he has no experience with relationships, makes him endearing and lovable but also gets him and Stratford, both, into trouble. Not bad trouble, just the kind that can happen until you're willing to open up and be completely honest with the other person.

I adored this story. The writing is wonderful, the characters are warm, and very lovable, and the relationship vulnerabilities are true to real life. I'm so glad I read this and can't wait to read more by this author.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/63436 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-November-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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