RELEASE DATE: 08th January 2016
BLURB: Nick DiGiaccomo waits tables at Fortissimo, an exclusive restaurant in Oilton, Alberta. He loathes drama, particularly the kind that makes its appearance on Valentine’s Day.
This Valentine’s Day is especially bitter. Eight months ago Nick’s heart was broken when his lover walked away without a word over a misunderstanding. Too proud to call, Nick’s heard nothing from him since. But on this, the most romantic day of the year, he keeps his feelings well-hidden and his professional smile firmly in place.
That is, until he sees his ex-lover, Mark Mishimoto, at a table for two in his section—and his Valentine’s Day goes from bad to downright horrible.
To make matters worse, a winter storm descends, hours earlier than forecast. When the restaurant closes, Nick finds himself stuck downtown in the middle of a blizzard with no way to get home and nowhere to go. Mark lives conveniently close by, and he’s offering up his couch. Nick could use a place to lay his head—but is it worth risking his heart?
Table for One is a nice, feel-good short story for everyone who has ever gotten their heart broken. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has imagined what would happen a year after… what would happen if the ONE who had gotten away showed up… what we would say… how we would react… behave… Here we get a possible scenario on ‘the most romantic day of the year’. Yeah I know… I’m a cynic or rather realistic… just as much as Nick in the story. I love his inner thoughts about Valentine’s Day, romance and the way it all lost its real meaning for so many people. I agree with him from the bottom of my heart, but just the way he does, I also believe in the power and intimacy of love.
The writing is solid, the set is perfect with just enough details to make it sound interesting and very professional, spiced with lots of heart. My favorite part is how the present storyline is woven together with the past. It’s very well done. I feel the conflict a little weak, and the ending a bit too abrupt, but it only means I wanted to read more about them. I find the characters believable and lovable, the plot well structured, and the building tension very well written. This is an enjoyable read to give you a bit of fun. Enjoy!
**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in Exchange of an honest review.****