Book Reviews

Straight Men Can't Cook by Anna Birmingham at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-June-2013

Book Blurb

Dear Author,

I’m running out of time to prepare something delicious, errr… edible for my date. I mean, friend. I mean… Okay, okay, I had a bet with a friend, whom I’ve been infatuated with since… forever! We’ve been roommates in college. He’s an out and proud and smart gay guy. But not so smart since he never figured out my secret or that I’ve been lusting after him all those time we’ve been roomies.
Anyway, we haven’t seen each other since college days and yesterday I bumped into him at the supermarket. I was there helping my pregnant neighbor with groceries and he with his own list to buy. He just moved a few blocks down from my place. We talked while queuing to pay, and I don’t know how he turned up challenging me to prove that straight men can cook. It just did. I’m not straight. And I can’t cook. And why the hell did I have to prove anything to him?
Please help me out with this. And if you can somehow make him eat his words, or eat me, I would be delighted!

Photo Description:
A cute twenty-something guy with damp blond hair chops vegetables in his kitchen. His only clothing is a towel wrapped around his middle.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.


Book Review

There's nothing like a good, old-fashioned challenge to bring out the best in people – and, in this case, to set the stage for an exploration of mutual feelings that should have happened three years ago. Told in a humorous way, with lots of funny comments about lack of cooking skills, this short story turns out to be about far more than Russ's disputed abilities in the kitchen.

Russ cannot believe he ran into his old college roommate/crush in the grocery store. Except, he denies the crush part so vehemently, that I kept thinking "Russ, thou dost protest too much". Back in college, Russ still thought he was straight and even now, when he is again faced with the temptation who is his ex-roommate Tristan, he keeps telling himself he is straight. It's the easier option as he sees it, and yet…prolonged exposure over dinner and a movie prove his undoing.

Tristan may mock Russ's ability to cook, and challenge him to prove he knows how to prepare "real food", but he is clearly interested in sampling more than Russ's culinary delights. Even though he has no real reason to suspect anything more behind Russ's sudden interest to keep him around after the meal, he is curious enough to stick around. And when he finally puts two and two together and figures out that Russ is trying to seduce him, he jumps at the opportunity to finally see more than the odd bit of skin.

If you like stories about men who try very hard to pretend they're straight when it’s glaringly obvious they are at the very least bi, if you enjoy reading about old friends meeting up years later under new circumstances, and if you're looking for a read that is as sweet as it is funny, then you will probably like this free short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 30 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-June-2013
Price FREE
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