Bethany review ‘Of Love and Corn Dogs’ (Oh Love And…Book1) Self-Published on September 23rd, 2016. 168 pgs
Why I read this book: I have read Parker Williams ‘Shifting Needs’ series and really enjoyed it so I was more than happy to try this one.
NOTE: We were provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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.
This week was reviewer’s choice, and I wasn’t quite sure what I was in the mood to read. I had just finished a pretty angsty book so I know I needed something light, sweet and a guaranteed happy ending. Well I got that in spades with this book.
You know that saying that money can’t buy happiness? Well money also can’t keep cancer from taking the man that Darwin thought he would spend the rest of his life with. My heart broke for Darwin, I can’t imagine finding love, thinking you have a lifetime with them, then to have them so cruelly taken away. He is so lonely, truly believing he will never find that kind of happiness again. The one thing he finds happiness in is having dinner once a week and being able to mildly flirt with his waiter. Till one week that waiter is no longer working there, and in his place is Ricky. This does not make Darwin happy at all and he voices that not making a very good impression on Ricky. But don’t worry he makes up for that.
Ricky is what you would call Darwin’s polar opposite. He doesn’t have money, doesn’t know what it is like to have a driver, a cook, a staff at his beck-in-call. What he knows is living pay check to pay check, student loans, budgeting, and when corn dogs and fries are like a gourmet meal. So what happens when Ricky takes Darwin out and buys him a corn dog, fries and a shake? A friendship forms. A friendship that leads to a mutual attraction. But Darwin is afraid to let Ricky know who he really is, a multi-millionaire with more money than he could spend in his lifetime. He thinks that will get in the way and will show Ricky just how different they are.
But you see the closer they get they harder it is for Darwin to tell Ricky, and when he finally does well it goes as you would expect. Ricky doesn’t want to be taken care of, which is exactly what Darwin wants to do. This is were things get a little dicey, Ricky isn’t sure he will fit into Darwin’s world. Watching these two men struggle to find a balance that works for both of them was beautiful. It was a true testament to how communication is a must in a relationship. I loved watching these two fall in love with each other and fight to make it work.
Parker Williams know how to write a true love story. This was a wonderfully written, beautiful, sweet low angst story. I can’t wait to see where Parker will go with book two. I highly recommend this one if you want a lovely opposites attract book.
Parker Williams believes that everyone deserves a chance at happily ever after. He also knows that it seldom comes without a price tag.
He writes men who are flawed, but redeemable by love – usually.
He writes m/m romance in several sub-genres, but one thing remains consistent: Love is power, no matter who you’re in love with.
Find Parker here: Parker Williams