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 by Parker Williams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It's rare to read a book about a billionaire that's actually sweet. That's what you get with this book, and I think the title helps in that regard. If you're looking for a sticky sweet read, this is your book.
Darwin, CEO and owner of his own company, has been stagnant in the love department since his "husband" passed away 6 years ago, burying himself in work.
He started going to this restaurant because one of the waiters caught his eye, but seeing as how the waiter never showed any interest, he never made a move. On a particular day he went in and got a new waiter, and everything changed for him.
Coming off as rude he decides he wants to apologize to this new waiter, Ricky, and does something super sweet for him. Which in turn gets him a quasi-date and then a real date. Things move quickly for these two. I liked how Ricky brought out the playfulness in Darwin. Having been somewhat sheltered by his parents, he never got to enjoy "normal" things, such as junk food. Which he finds he's rather quite fond of after a suggestion from Ricky.
Darwin finally has the guts to tell Ricky who he is. Ricky is so unsure about all this. Being from two different worlds he's uncomfortable and doesn't feel he lives up to what he "thinks" Darwin's expectations are. Thus causing a rift between the two.
After seeing this side of Darwin, it was a little heartbreaking that Ricky could just dismiss it all so easily, well it wasn't necessarily easy, but he didn't seem to put a lot of thought into it.
I don't want to give much more of the story away, but just know that there is an HEA, for a lot of characters involved.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Happily Ever After Comes With A Pricetag Parker Williams began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family. Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and Happily Ever After always has a price tag.
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