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A Taste of Love

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Fantastic Read

    The old saying "the devil is in the details" is certainly applicable even when turned on its head. The sublime experience is in the details, as well. This lovely, well-crafted story accomplishes a number of things, dramatically and emotionally, but it's in the loving descriptions that Mr. Grey truly pulls the reader close. There are beautiful sketches of Carlisle, a charming town I was gratified to revisit, if only on the pages. There are wonderful descriptions of food and the preparation thereof, which the author pulls off in realistic and often mouthwatering fashion. Even the descriptions of the threadbare apartment the boys live in are painted in heartbreaking detail.

    The more of Mr. Grey's work I read, the more I see this as his greatest strength-his ability to choose difficult subjects and unfold them in front of us in such a way that would stir even the hardest hearts. In Billy, we have a young man in a situation all too common these days. Thrust into the role of parent far too young, not because of bad choices on his part, but because no one else is available to fill the role, Billy struggles to provide to his two small brothers. While this is always heartbreaking to watch a young person put aside childhood and youth to shoulder such overwhelming responsibility, Billy does it with admirable determination and optimism. One doesn't get a feeling of issue for the sake of melodrama here, but rather a sense of something very real. Too many children in our country go to bed hungry, and Billy's struggle to provide for them day by day comes across as the desperate bargaining with circumstances it so often becomes.

    Darryl, the other half of our story, deals with the guilt and self-doubt still with him from a stay in a 'reprogramming' facility. This could have been a story of its own, but we've met Darryl many years later and Mr. Grey chooses to show us his struggle towards normalcy rather than the terrible immediate effects of such misguided emotional abuse. By Darryl's actions, the way he approaches life and deals with his employees, the reader sees he is a moral, compassionate person, yet he still doubts himself and his motives.

    While we have a typical older man-younger man pairing here in the physical sense, our couple is otherwise anything but typical. We see that they truly need each other's strengths and that there is the possibility, despite the employer/employee dynamic, for a balanced relationship, a meeting of equals.

    The only small nits I had with the story, and they are small indeed, were some of the "kid-speak" portions of dialogue, which didn't always ring quite true to me, and the fact that Darryl's epiphany about himself seems to come too abruptly. Not that it can't happen suddenly, but as a reader I felt a bit jarred.

    Overall, this is a story told with heart and with loving care, with characters who the reader can't help but love. Food, the element that holds all of the story's characters together, comes through in marvelous presentations and mouth-watering detail. The next time I'm in Carlisle, I'll be tempted to look for Café Belgie. I know it won't be there, but that won't stop me from wishing.

    Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

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    Grey cooks up another great romantic novel!

    Darryl Hansen has accomplished a lot professionally, for someone who is only thirty years old. He has realized his dream of owning and operating a Belgian restaurant in the beautiful and historic town of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. But he is alone as a gay man, and doesn't see that changing, the result of an emotionally-devastating happening in his youth. So, when charismatically attractive and eager Billy Weaver is hired as a new waiter for his business, Darryl is uncomfortable with how much he finds himself attracted to the young man. That attraction turns to admiration, when he learns that Billy is the sole financial and emotional support for his adorable five-year-old twin brothers, and he cautiously explores a relationship with Billy and plays surrogate uncle to his brothers. Both wonder if their relationship will last, but neither of them could have anticipated what happens next, which threatens to take away the boys and possibly cause Billy to leave with them.

    This is the third of Grey's romantic novels I have read, and I love the smooth, even tone and realism he brings to his stories, including the subtle erotic content. Well written and engaging from the first page, this one will absolutely have you rooting for the couple against all odds. Five perfectly-cooked stars out of five!

    - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Sweet and Typical Andrew Grey

    Andrew Grey is like potato chips - you cannot just read one of his books. This one is part of his four-book restaurant series and it is delightful, if a bit formulaic.

    Erotic M/M romance, adults only.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Great read

    I enjoy reading series especially when the MC's are as wonderful as these and keep appearing in the subsequent books. This is the 1st book in a very pleasurable series and I highly recommend reading all of them (there are 4 out now). Each story is interesting, different and the MC's are all perfectly imperfect in sexy and charming ways.

    This story is a great beginning and the MC's have a lot of personality. I hope the author keeps writing about loves in Carlisle!

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