Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Helping of Love

Title: A Helping of Love
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61372-393-7
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Russ Baker has the chance to run the new restaurant being started by his current boss.  Deciding to try a new supplier, Russ meets Peter for the first time.  After being the victim of his boyfriend’s abuse once too often, Russ decides to leave the man and with the help of his new friend, finds his way back to being the person he once was. 

A Helping of Love is the newest story in the Taste of Love series by author Andrew Grey.  In this story we meet two interesting characters who are struggling with issues in their lives.  For Russ, those issues involve the abuse he receives from his boyfriend.  Not only does his boyfriend beat him, but he also tears down Russ’s self-confidence.  Peter’s struggles center around the fact that he is now in a wheel chair and not only does he continue to learn a new way of living, but he also has to learn to live with peoples’ new perceptions of him.   Each man finds something in the other that allows them to move forward in their lives.  I like that although the attraction between Peter and Russ is evident from the beginning, the author allows them to find their way to the physical side of their relationship slowly, making the story seems more realistic.   

A Helping of Love also has some angst in it as both men must handle personal issues.  For Peter, that means finding out he has a half-sister, while Russ has to handle the fact that his ex is now stalking him.  To me, it seemed as if both these side stories played out predictably, but that did not keep me from enjoying the story.

Previous couples showed up to lend Russ and Peter a hand and new characters were introduced, leaving me wondering who will get the next story.  This story, like the others in the series, is a well-written, feel good story that I will be reading again.

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