Title: My Busboy
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 210 Pages
At a Glance: As is his usual style when writing in this genre of romantic comedy, this author pulls everything together in the final chapters of this novel, and rewards his readers with a lovely happy-ever-after.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: Robert Johnny just turned thirty, and his life is pretty much in the toilet. His writing career is on the skids. His love life is nonexistent. A stalker is driving him crazy. And his cat is a pain in the ass.
Then Robert orders a chimichanga platter at a neighborhood restaurant, and his life changes—just like that.
Dario Martinez isn’t having such a great existence either. He needs money for college. His shoes are falling apart. His boyfriend’s a dick. And he has a crap job as a busboy.
Then a stranger orders a chimichanga platter, and suddenly life isn’t quite as depressing.
But it’s the book in the busboy’s back pocket that really gets the ball rolling. For both our heroes. That and the black eye and the forgotten bowl of guacamole. Who knew true love could be so easily ignited or that the flames would spread so quickly?
But when Robert’s stalker gets dangerous, our two heroes find a lot more to occupy their time than falling in love. Staying alive might become the new game plan.
Review: John Inman once again delivers a humorous and romantic story complete with murder and just a touch of mayhem. In his latest release, My Busboy, Mr. Inman looks at the life of a once best-selling author who has since lost his groove and his boyfriend. Now, left to his own devices, he writes what he considers tripe, and tries once again to hold his good friend at bay despite the fact that that same friend is obviously in love with him. To add just a little bit of spice to his life, he has acquired a stalker, somewhat benign and yet still an annoyance in his already aggravating life. One evening while out to dinner, he runs headlong into a gorgeous busboy who just so happens to have a copy of his bestselling novel in his hip pocket. Trying not to feel flush with both lust and giddy with glee over the fact that he still has loyal fans, Robert does the next best thing–flirts outrageously with Dario, much to the disgust of his friend Chaz.
To Robert’s delight, Dario flirts right back and the two begin a relationship filled with lusty encounters that morphs into a sweet and gentle romance. However, not everyone is thrilled with Robert’s new love–particularly not his stalker. As physical attacks on his friends increase and the police step in, it is obvious that what was once a simple infatuation from an online stranger has turned deadly. Now in a race against time, Robert must figure out who is after him and stop him before he loses not only Dario but his own life as well.
John Inman once again gives us a novel that is well balanced on the edge of humorous and mysteriously deadly. Weaving a suspenseful plot line throughout this romantic comedy, this author once again shows us the incredible skill he has in creating fabulously flawed characters that you can’t help but root for in the end. Robert was not the nicest of guys and yet, when Dario entered his life he did what most true friends turn lovers do best–make the one they love a better man. Less self-indulgent and much kinder, Robert discovers what it means to care for another person in a deep and satisfying way.
As is his usual style when writing in this genre of romantic comedy, this author pulls everything together in the final chapters of this novel, and rewards his readers with a lovely happy-ever-after. These types of stories, which John Inman does so well, offer a witty take on the travails of love lost and gained. While not as intricate as some, still, this was a most entertaining story that allows the reader a brief respite from the serious side of life by focusing on the happiness that love so often brings to those who least expect it.
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