- Dreamspinner Press
- Release Date
- November 2013
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ
Sometimes Stratford Dale feels like Doctor Chicken consumes his life. It's his pen name for a series of wildly popular children's books. They were his brainchild; he meant for them to be a way to pay his many bills while he pursued his dream of publishing graphic novels. But the Doctor Chicken contract was a raw deal. Instead, he churns out book after book for a pittance, leaving him broke and no closer to his dreams.
Stratford's dreams of love have fared no better, but he's still trying. After yet another disastrous date, he's intrigued by a man going into a cooking class—so he takes the class too. Vinnie Giani is a successful, self-made man who is charmed by Stratford's bow ties, sharp humor, and clumsiness—which leads to an opportunity to take Stratford in for stitches. Vinnie is, above all, responsible, having taken on the care of his mother and sisters from a young age. Perhaps it's natural when he begins to treat Stratford more as a child who needs a parent than as an equal partner. But when Vinnie tries to "fix" Stratford's career woes—including the Doctor Chicken problem—and ends up making the situation worse, their fledgling relationship may not withstand the the strain created by blame and lies.
Nov 26, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
134 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes when love seems too good to be true, it really is true and worth going after.
Stratford Dale, aka Doctor Chicken, is a famous author of children's books. A bad contract has him living paycheck to paycheck while working at a horrible company until he can get all of his student loans paid off. He's never been in a good relationship, but he keeps hoping to meet his one true love.
Vinnie Giani has been taking care of his mom and sisters since his dad died. He's finally at a point where he can start to enjoy life, and he's ready to share that life with somebody. These two immediately hit it off, but they have to deal with a few trust issues before their relationship will be solid.
I adored both of these guys! Stratford is very shy and has abandonment issues after being dumped by his parents for being gay. He has a heart of gold and a sharp wit. Vinnie is a successful businessman and loves to be the protector of his family. It was enjoyable watching these two really get to know each other through dates and some incredibly sexy scenes. They both had reasons not to fully trust each other right away, but it was hard watching them jump to the wrong conclusion sometimes.
Fortunately, they were both mature enough to deal with the issues and talk through them. However, this was not a story with major trust issues or a lot of arguing. It was just two slightly insecure people, who weren't used to being in a relationship, trying to make sure they were truly wanted by each other.
I was completely absorbed in what was happening in the lives of Stratford and Vinnie. I just wish the ending had included an epilogue. I wanted more of these two characters and would have loved to have seen how everything worked out. In fact, I would love another whole story about them.
Enjoyable character driven romance with a couple of nice guys finding their true love.
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