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A Helping of Love by Andrew Grey

A Helping of Love

A Helping of Love by Andrew Grey

Series: Of Love, Book 3
Published by: Dreamspinner Press on March 15, 2012
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Peter Christopoulos had it all. He was attractive and athletic, with the possibility of being an Olympian one day. But since his accident three years ago, he’s had to adjust to a completely different life. And while being in a wheelchair isn’t so bad on its own, it’s hard for Peter when no one seems to look past the chair to see him. Even so, he’s managed to become a successful salesman in the restaurant supply industry. And it’s on a job that he meets Russ Baker, an attractive chef who gets Peter going.

Russ is in a relationship, which leaves Peter disappointed at first. After seeing Russ and his boyfriend interact one day, however, the disappointment turns to concern. And Peter is there for Russ when he finally gets up the courage to leave his abusive relationship. Peter’s support touches Russ, and he decides to give Peter a chance and see where things go. Around the same time, Peter learns he has a half-sister that he’s never met and that his mother was never able to track down. As they both navigate their new emotional realities, Peter and Russ need to decide together what it all means for the two of them.

One of the nice things about this series is that you get to see the characters from past installments. It helps to underscore that this all taking place in the same world, even though the books focus on one couple at a time. The connections provide a solid backdrop for the story without having to explain who the side characters are in any in-depth way.

My only issue with this book is how quickly Russ rushes into the relationship with Peter. Granted, it’s not an impossible sort of thing. It just struck me that he doesn’t really take any time to get over his trauma. And then things just seem to settle in an odd sort of way.

But the way Russ’s friends gather to help and support him is inspiring…

A Serving of Love by Andrew Grey

Serving of Love

Book Info

Title: A Serving of Love (Of Love, Book 2)
Author: Andrew Grey
Published: May 23, 2011
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Sebastian Franklin is the front of the house manager at Cafe Belgie and is looking forward to the challenge of running the restaurant while his boss is on vacation. But it’s just his luck that someone decides to rob the place the first night he’s in charge. Luck strikes twice, however, when the robber is thwarted by a customer who stumbles on his way into the restaurant. And the third time’s the charm when it turns out the customer, Robert Fortier, is tall, handsome, and possibly interested in Sebastian. They two spend time together and discover that their mutual attraction is quite strong. But there are some complications. For one, Sebastian’s ex-boyfriend, Gabriel, has resurfaced in his life. Although Gabriel hurt Sebastian greatly, he’s too kind-hearted to send Gabriel away when he’s in need. And then there’s the issue that Robert, recently elected as a judge, is just starting to come out. The fact that he wasn’t open about his sexuality before the election might become an issue to some people in their small town. But even with all of their troubles, Sebastian and Robert might be best suited to get through this if they try to do so together.

This was a nice little gem of a story. The relationship is quite complex, but it builds in a very realistic and engaging way. The side characters really round out the world in which Sebastian and Robert live, making for a complete and interesting plot. I’ve read the first book (and you don’t have to do so to enjoy this one, but I’d recommend it), and I’m really enjoying the crew of Cafe Belgie. There are two more, and they are on my to-read list!

A Taste of Love by Andrew Grey

ATasteofLove

Title: A Taste of Love (Of Love, Book 1)
Author: Andrew Grey
Published: November 8, 2010
Pages: 199
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
Darryl can’t really complain about the fact that his restaurant is doing so well–except that he needs to hire more staff to cover the lunch rush. Enter Billy, a young man who desperately needs a job and shows promise. Darryl hires him and is very impressed by how quickly he picks up the job and his work ethic. But Billy has a secret that he won’t be able to keep forever and Darryl is faced with the ethical dilemma of finding himself incredibly attracted to one of his staff. And each of them has something more lurking in their past that might cause everything to unravel.

This was an adorable and sweet story. It was very easy to connect with both Darryl and Billy and the connection between the two of them builds easily. It’s interesting to see the ways in which these two grow–individually and together–over the course of the book. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows and parts of hit are truly heart-rending, but I really did enjoy this one.

One thing that did sort of throw me, though, is the way Darryl’s past trauma is handled. He’s been carrying major issues/doubts/beliefs about his sexuality for most of his life and they seem to be magically lifted after one quick phone call with his parents. While the point of the call is to reassure him that what he believes happened wasn’t the truth, it just doesn’t seem like that’s something that could just change like the flip of a switch. And that’s what gets this three stars from me, because while I enjoyed the story and recommend it, it did have a hard time trying to look past that major unrealistic plot point.