Book: My Busboy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 4, 2016
Length: 225 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
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.
This is my first John Inman book and he truly is a gifted writer! This is one of those books that is such an odd combination of things that you wouldn’t think they would fit but truly they do quite perfectly. It’s sweet and amusing with a dash of dry humor thrown in and a sprinkle of cute but with a great mix of mystery. And it’s the mystery that the fantastic way this author writes that kept me hooked!
Robert Johnny is a well-known author who is currently in crisis. He has what all authors dread...writer's block! Robert has one friend, Chaz who is in love with him, a cat, Clutch, who hates him, a stalker he is just trying to ignore, a nonexistent writing career, and a supreme love of chimichangas. One thing he doesn’t have is love. Guess he never thought his love of chimichangas could bring him more than some extra weight someday, but instead they bring him, Dario.
Dario Martinez is a pre-med student by day and a busboy at Sombreros by night. His life is just about as peachy as Robert’s; with having no money for school, or shoes, and a crappy boyfriend to boot. Who knew a platter of chimichangas could bring him face to face with the good looking Robert Johnny, the author of one of his favorite books!
Who knew something so simple could change the course of two people’s lives? Who knew all it would take is the love of Dario to bring Robert out of his slump? Robert sure didn’t because even though he knows how he feels about Dario he still can’t grasp the idea that young, smart, gorgeous Dario could feel the same for him. Even with all the good changes this relationship has brought strange things keep happening to Robert and his stalker is just getting started.
The mystery of his stalker was fabulous! I mean the figuring of who it could be seemed so simple at one point until the author brought up another stalker possibility but even then I was totally leaning towards my first choice! But this author is good because when you figure it out you are completely surprised. Which is seriously not an easy thing to accomplish because most times I can guess so I am loving that I was shocked by the who done it!
The love between Dario and Robert was super sweet and they had great snarky banter between them which I freaking love in books! What I also found interesting was because of who these characters were the age difference isn’t truly felt accept in financial circumstances. Dario reminds me of an old soul wise and grown up beyond his years. Robert is still young at heart, even if he feel ancient compared to Dario, so he kind of links up with Dario in that sense. There were some parts of the book that I thought that could have been longer and shown more of what was happening but overall the story was well paced and characters were well developed. Like I said earlier John Inman is a truly gifted writer and has unique style all his own which makes it a unique read all on its own.
Maybe this will help you want to read it! This is one of my favorite parts was one that showed the snarky dynamic between Dario and Robert:
“Come on,” he said around another smile. “Show me your mountain. And don’t worry about your boner. I’ll act like I don’t see it.” “Sweet Jesus,” I mumbled. “Is nothing sacred to you?” Dario howled with laughter and dragged me toward the cabin door.
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