Review, Guest Post and Giveaway: Depending on You by J.E. Birk

It all started with a diabetic kid who wouldn’t stop eating cookies. And a best friend who’d just announced his bisexuality and hit on everything that moved. And a kind pediatric nurse with an amazing rack, a lying ex-boyfriend, and a nasty case of the chicken pox.

But mostly, it started at table 42.

When Benjy Moreland almost collapses during his restaurant shift, Dr. Kyle Penners wants nothing more than to take care of him… but if there’s one thing former foster kid Benjy values, it’s his independence. A dying man and a sick little boy force Kyle and Benjy to work together, and both of them have to make some important choices about what it means to depend on someone.

This was a fun and interesting story. I loved how Benjy and Kyle went through so much just to get together. Plus their relationship was slow to build, or even start.However, Luis nailed Kyle’s problem pretty easily and laid it out for him to see. So glad he helped Kyle figure out how to fix his relationship with Benjy. They were adorable together, even when they weren’t dating yet. It’s like they couldn’t help but be drawn together constantly. I would have liked another chapter or two to see what choices they made, and how they handled them. Also a little firmer of a happy ending. However, this is a prequel to a story in the Grand Adventure Anthology so I may just read that to find out what happens next! I truly enjoyed Ms. Birk’s writing style and hope to read more by her in the future.
Four and a half

Guest Post:
So I asked Benjy and Kyle to stop by and talk about what they’re up to now that Benjy is done with his beer dumping days. Gotta say this is all kinds of epic. Read and enjoy!
Kyle: Ben, are you almost finished studying? We’re supposed to be interviewing each other for that blog, remember?
Benjy: Don’t they know it’s finals week?!
Kyle: Ben. You can take five minutes out of your busy life to talk to your boyfriend.
Benjy: I mean, it’s not like I don’t appreciate that people want to read the book about us. It’s just that I still have this other paper to write by next Monday and I haven’t finished studying for—
Kyle: Stop! I promise you’ll have plenty of time to study. Take a break, okay? You’ve been at it for hours.
Benjy: Okay, okay. What do they want to know?
Kyle: They want to know what we’ve been up to since we got together.
Benjy: Oh, since Depending on You ended? Well, we’ve sure been doing a lot more of what we did at the end of that book…. (Pokes Kyle in the side)
Kyle: (Smirking) Don’t you think these people know enough about our sex life?
Benjy: Hey, you can never have enough fuzzy-bumping.
Kyle: (Looks incredulous) Fuzzy-bumping?
Benjy: I know, it’s kind of ridiculous. But Brett started calling it that. I don’t know where he got it. And now he’s got it stuck in my head.
Kyle: (Laughing) Yes. Well. Anyway…what have we been up to…do you think they heard about the whole Twinkie incident? You know, when you almost set your apartment on fire?
Benjy: They must have heard about that! It was in that anthology. You know, Grand Adventures.
Kyle: Oh yeah, I forgot. (Shakes his head.) I still can’t believe you did that.
Benjy: What? You’d have freaked out too if you’d never had a birthday party before and suddenly someone wanted to throw you one
Kyle: Yeah, probably. But only you could turn a small freak-out like that into a raging fire involving a Twinkie.
Benjy: (Blinking his eyes rapidly like a damsel in distress): Ah, probably true. But you love me anyway.
Kyle: (Leaning over to kiss him) Yeah. You know I do.
Benjy: (Blushing slightly) Well. I guess they’d want to know that I’m starting grad school in the fall, and that I’m going to keep interning for Alex, which is cool. And that Brandon’s doing really well, and he’s laying off the Oreos. Thank God. And that you’re still working at the hospital.
Kyle: And that Brett’s still single?
Benjy: Maybe let’s not go there. Then everyone will want to know if Brett’s ever gonna get his own story, and can you imagine Brett being romantic enough for someone else to write about it? (Snorts) Not likely.
Kyle: You never know, Ben. Who would have thought we’d end up together? I mean, you did dump beer all over me the first time we met.
Benjy: (Kisses him) And I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

YEARS LATER, when people would ask Benjy and Kyle how they ended up together, Benjy would usually say this: “Oh, he came into my restaurant one night, and I thought he was cute, so I dumped beer all over him. Saw it in a romantic comedy once, so it seemed like a good idea.” People always laughed at that, and Kyle always rolled his eyes. And then they’d slyly smile at each other, and maybe Kyle would wink a little bit, because, as Benjy was fond of telling him, he liked winking way too much, and both of them would think about how there was so much more to the story than that.

Like a diabetic kid who wouldn’t stop eating cookies.

And a best friend who’d just announced his bisexuality and was intent on hitting on everything that moved.

And a kind pediatric nurse and her amazing rack.

And a lying ex-boyfriend.

And most of all, a nasty case of the chicken pox.

But before all that, it had started with Benjy dumping beer all over Kyle—and before that, it had really started with Benjy, a twenty-two-year old college senior, waking up with a horrible taste in his mouth.

About J.E.:
J.E. Birk has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them since she was introduced to the alphabet. She hails from Colorado, where you can usually find her skiing, training for a 5k she won’t end up running, or trying to figure out why a good strong housecleaning never lasts longer than two days.

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11-May: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

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