Author: Irene Preston
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Chef Dylan Trevino screwed up bad, and he knows it. When he left Texas, his job, and his boyfriend behind, Dylan was confident Aston would follow him to New York. Now he’s back home and working for the worst caterer in Austin just to pay the rent. Being head chef at a party thrown by a famous rocker doesn’t make up for serving bland tacos while dressed like a dime-store cowboy. Thank god his ex can’t see him now.
Aston Winkler’s steampunk guitar mods are all the rage with musicians and he’s got invites to every hot party in town. Too bad he’d rather be listening to garage bands than networking in a penthouse. From his 6’7” vantage point, Aston has no problem spotting Dylan at the crowded SXSW party. Getting his boyfriend back? That’s a tall order.
**This story was originally published in the Romancing Austin anthology and is now available as a standalone read.***
Review: Tall Order is a short story about a guy named Dylan who reached for his dreams and fell flat on his face. He also lost the love of his life, Aston. Or he thought he did. Dylan left Austin thinking he’d made it but returns with nothing. No job. No money. Full of shame and not wanting to face or burden his friends or family by imposing himself on them. So he takes works in a diner. Lives in a dump and takes a job he never ever thought he would with a crappy catering business. It’s at a hip SXSW party he’s catering he sees his immensely tall ex-boyfriend he left behind. Win was once a struggling artist who couldn’t take care of himself but he seems to have move up in the world. They’ve essentially switched places in life.
This was a cute little short about two guys growing and realizing they still have a chance at an HEA together. That maybe it be better a second time around if they can just work it out. Dylan was always very confident and a take charge kind of guy. Which is what Win needed a year ago. Dylan leaving him forced Win to take charge of his life. His art is selling. He’s a big deal on the Austin scene. Win has made it in terms of his career but what he wants most is Dylan back in his life. Dylan has a lot of shame a guilt to work through but he wants Win back as well. He just has to realize that their dynamic has changed. Win doesn’t need him to take care of him anymore. Dylan also has to learn to depend on Win when needed and allow him to be who he is.
I feel like I really got to know the characters in this short story. There’s also a lot of off page history packed in the smaller package. It felt like a meaty short about characters I’d love to read more about. I adored Win. He’s such a gentle likable guy. He seems like a nice balance to the more determined and ambitious Dylan. I liked reading about their journey back together. I adore second chance love stories. Dylan and Win were meant to be together. You could feel their yearning and love for each other. I really liked this story. I also love the cover.