Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Type: Novella in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Steven Conley loves the excitement of owning his own Hamburger Mary’s restaurant in Denver, Colorado, and his chosen family of coworkers makes life even better. Steven never regretted leaving the corporate grind behind until his father’s harsh deathbed words leaves him doubting himself.
Ryan Fuller abandoned a lucrative career to start his own party-planning business, but he keeps afloat by coordinating funerals for the local mortuary. When Ryan bumps into Steven—his best friend’s uncle and the man Ryan has secretly crushed on forever—the attraction explodes into a night of passionate abandon for both men.
Steven is blown away by the care and deep connection he feels for the hot young mortician—until Ryan admits who he really is. Reeling from the recent upheaval in his life, Steven must decide whether to give Ryan a chance. To find love, they must risk it all….
Review: Oh, I’m sad. This was the final book in the Mary’s series and I don’t want it to end. I ADORED this series. I think I’m going to have to go back and re-read it already. This is a series where I became invested in each and every character and I wanted to be part of their world. I wanted to walk into Mary’s and see Vahin behind the bar and Cody serving. I wanted to see ManDonna perform with Ariel Merman and have them heckle the audience. The atmosphere was great and I loved it. Steven created that safe environment/atmosphere.
Steven in this book surprised me. He was more melancholy than I would have thought. It was kind of a downer and made me think I was reading about a different character. Maybe if we had gotten a hint of what the real Steven was like I wouldn’t have been so shocked when I finally got to his book.
Ryan was young and fun. He seemed to know what he wanted and went after it (even if that was Steven). He gave him space, but then grabbed on and held on for the ride when he needed to. I think Steven needed someone like Ryan in his life.
I do think this should have been longer, because I didn’t get a good sense of character development in this one. Ryan and Steven really weren’t fleshed out like they should have been and I wanted to get to know them more, especially Ryan. Then there was the lack of SOMETHING. I was kind of bored while reading this. I wanted/needed something to happen. There was the age thing that came into play (there’s 18 years between the two), but other than that nothing else. Is it bad that I needed more conflict?
Two words: Christmas party!
The closest Mary’s to me is in Kansas City and this series made me want to get in my car and drive the 4 hours to get there. I miss Mary’s both the real bar/restaurant and this fictional one.
Overall, this was a good addition to the series, but I think I would have liked to have had an epilogue that told me how the rest of the crew was doing.