Hi there! Today I’m so excited to share a review for a new contemporary M/M romance out today from Parker Williams. OF LOVE AND CORN DOGS is a an odd couple romance between a young waiter and the billionaire he cheers up at a restaurant. It’s very sweet with a little bit of steam.
About the book:
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.
Darwin Kinkade is a billionaire CEO running his family business and being a decent human. He’s out, and always has been, but hasn’t dated any man since his first love and former husband, Dean, died of cancer six years ago. He takes a little salacious pleasure in observing his favorite waiter at his standing reservation–and is upset when that man doesn’t show one evening. Ricky, the replacement, is kind and attentive, in a way that disarms Darwin, and gets him moving out of his workaholic comfort zone.
Ricky is a frugal student making ends meet as a waiter. He’s subtly charmed by prickly Darwin, especially when Darwin returns to his restaurant with a special meal: corn dogs–recommended by Ricky and previously untried by Darwin. They share a meal, and a night out, but neither is willing to push for more. Ricky’s always liked to move slow, and Darwin isn’t sure how to get started.
As they develop a closeness, and continue dating, Darwin decides he doesn’t want to tell Ricky about his money. He likes that Ricky seems to like his personality, and he’d been schooled by his parents that “money changes people.” It’s also his experience, and he knows that Ricky is a very proud man; he fears that Ricky will think they are too different to stay together if he learns the truth.
Naturally, the truth comes out–and I liked how that happened. It was very honest, and the reactions were also genuine. It was upsetting for Ricky, and left him feeling less-than-worthy due to their great income inequality. I really enjoyed how the secondary characters in this story felt so real, and how they weren’t afraid to call Ricky or Darwin on their nonsense. Each MC has a loving and accepting family, and those relationships are a big part of the narrative.
Expect a break-up-to-make-up scenario that’s very sweet and full of tears, and a wee bit o’ primo scotch. And, there’s a bit o’ steam but you gotta wait for the end. The HEA is full-on with the stage set for another book featuring Darwin’s bestie, Hensley. I look forward to it.
About the Author:
About Parker Williams (or at least his voices):
Good day! We are the voices that live inside Parker Williams’s head. The ones who whisper to him constantly, beckoning him to speak of our adventures, to tell of our love, and perhaps, if we’re in a mood, kill a person or two.
We guide his hand as he tells our tales where love is the most powerful force, but must be worked for, molded, and finally, embraced. There can be no shortcuts or substitutions on the path to a happily ever after.
We hope you will join with us as Parker fulfills his obligation to ensure our stories are told and, we hope, enjoyed.
Thanks for popping in and keep reading my friends.