Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Provided by Publisher
Blurb: A Mary’s Boys Novella
Darwin Michaels is living his dreams in the Mile High City. While Denver offers the perfect job, scrumptious dining, and whirlwind dating options, Darwin is losing hope he’ll find the right man to spark his interest for more than a one-night stand—until he sets eyes on Cody Russell.
Cody has just accomplished his life’s goal—get the hell out of Kansas. In one fell swoop, he lands a job at Hamburger Mary’s and gets a newfound family and the chance to be with other gay people! All that’s missing is someone special. But when Darwin shows his interest, Cody is sure it’s too good to be true. After all, what can Darwin possibly see in the high school dropout serving him nachos?
As Darwin falls in love, Cody struggles to realize his worth. When his past threatens the fragile life he is building, Cody spirals into a moment of dark desperation. But Darwin is determined to show Cody that love and family and home are there for him… will Cody accept what is offered?
Review: This was a super sweet and cute novella about a couple who meet at a restaurant called Hamburger Mary’s. A gay bar and grill with a drag show. Darwin has been a dating machine. He’s been on a ton since moving to Denver but nothing ever lasts. His latest disastrous one ends when his date is pulled onstage. Good riddance! The young waiter Cody is much more appealing. It’s refreshing how real he seems. Darwin is drawn to him. Cody has some self esteem issues though. He’s happy where he is in life because it’s better than where he’d been. Darwin wants Cody to realize how amazing he is but Cody has a hard time with it.
I have to admit cute and sweet aren’t really my thing. That being said this book will probably appeal to most readers. Darwin is an all around good guy who sometimes says the wrong thing. Cody comes from a trailer park in a small town. He doesn’t think he’s worthy of much. On one hand this was frustrating and sad but I understand where he’s coming from also being from a small town myself. Cody had to be in the closet his entire life so being in Denver is a very freeing experience. Darwin of course wants to show him he’s worthy of love and happiness. I liked how they complimented each other. There’s some humor. Some character growth. A little sass and a touch of raunchy from the twins, the bartender and the queens. It’s a fun quick read that is firmly on the sweet side. I hear this is going to be a series. More fun to come!