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.
I absolutely adored this story! Darwin and Ricky are so perfect together and they are exactly what the other needed when they needed it. They’re both so sweet to each other and I could feel their love and devotion for each other clearly as I read. They both had to get over their fears to be together and watching them tackle those obstacles was beautiful to see.
Ricky was a wonderful character that I couldn’t help but admire for his conviction, morals, and tender heart. He led with heart and he was so firm in his desire to do things himself without any handouts. I felt bad for him when he got overwhelmed and lost faith in himself when Darwin revealed his secret. But I was quite glad when he and Darwin worked out their differences.
My heart broke for Darwin. He was hurting so much and barely going through life. But getting to see him come out of that shell and come alive again was amazing. I loved how Darwin did little things for Ricky to show he was listening and cared but at the same time allowed Ricky his independence and didn’t steamroll over him. I was nervous right along with him when he told Ricky his secret and then heartbroken when they broke up briefly. Darwin went off the deep end a tiny bit during the breakup. However he reacted with his heart and I wanted to cry for how hurt he was. I was so glad when they worked that out.
Their happy ending is wonderful. You can tell these two are going to make it and won’t let anything get in their way. They still are going to work at it and want to let their feelings grow. But the final scene proves they’ve got goals of being together as long as they live. I really enjoyed the other characters in the story. They made a fun family and cast of people rooting for Darwin and Ricky to make it. I’m eager for the next book in the series to see both Darwin and Ricky again, plus see Henley and how he works towards his happy ending.
Four and a half
Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that come with melding lives together. Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Parker held his job for nearly 28 years before he decided to retire and try new things. He enjoys his new life as a stay-at-home author.