RELEASE DATE: 23rd September 2016
BLURB: 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.
Of Love and Corn Dogs is the first story in Parker Williams’ upcoming series and I was really excited to read it. I am a big fan of corn dogs, especially the honey battered variety, so the title gave an extra layer to my anticipation. This is a sweet and heartwarming love story with some angst thrown in the mix to enhance your reading experience.
This book tells the tale of how a rich businessmen, who lost the love of his life to cancer at a very young age and closed himself off of the world around him, meets a kindhearted, friendly, younger man who oozes optimism and life, and how this meeting changes his view of the world and his purpose in life.
I liked a lot of things about the book. The writing is solid, the characters well-built though sometimes not too logical. I really liked Darwin and Ricky in the first half of the story. I enjoyed the build-up, the way they got to know each other.
However, when the conflict happened, the whole atmosphere changed, and I no longer understood Ricky and his actions, and I lost my connection with both main characters. Their chemistry faded in the midst of all the confrontation and conflict, and there were parts when I felt these two should not be together. Luckily, when they manage to solve their problems and find common ground, their wonderful chemistry comes back, and their blooming relationship moves back to the right track.
My favorite character is Henley, Darwin’s childhood best friend/driver, and I was hoping for his own story, but I guess our author had other ideas.
Although there are parts of the book that are a bit confusing to me, and I didn’t really understood why and how they happened like that, I truly hope it was just me, and you’ll enjoy this book a lot.
****I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity and privilege of reading this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book****