Title: My Busboy
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 4th, 2016
Page Count: 210
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
My Busboy is a great read full of dry humor and snark. This was my first book by John Inman and it won’t be my last. The author really did a great job in bringing out the “frustration” as well as the “Joy being recognized by a fan” of an author. Plus, there is a light mystery playing in the background of the story. There is a crazy stalker out to get Robert and he has to figure out who it is before the stalker catches up to him or harm his boyfriend, Dario.
The story starts with Bobby or Robert fighting a terrible Writer’s block and struggling to write a new book. He meets Dario in his favorite Mexican restaurant, where Dario works as a busboy. Robert is flattered when the young and “too good looking for his own good” Dario turns out to be his biggest fan. Dario is out of Bobby’s league and he knows that there is no chance that the young guy will find him attractive but fate intervenes. In the middle of a stormy night, Bobby becomes Dario’s knight in a not so shining armor. They strike a friendship that leads them to a weekend of “getting to know each other” and “sweet love making” in Bobby’s cabin in the desert. A weekend turns to a month and then more. Bobby’s life is now more or less back on tracks. He is writing again and his relationship with Dario is going pretty strong. But new horrors lie in wait, when Bobby’s friends are attacked one by one and Bobby is next on the stalker’s hit list. He needs to do his best to protect his Dario and himself from the new threat. Read this extremely well written book to find out what happens when a writer find his muse and also threatened by his stalker at the same time
This was a quick read and Bobby kept me charmed by his brand of humor throughout the book. The plot was not that interesting but GOD, the writing was so good. The author won my heart in the “Snark” department. You will love Bobby. He is intelligent, sweet, loyal and a complete gentleman. I got frustrated with his obsession with his age a bit but i adored him enough to let his stupidity go (I mean come on, he is only 30 and he kept on behaving that he is robbing the cradle by dating a 21 year old guy!!!) STUPID. This book was in only Bobby’s POV and i enjoyed it a lot.
As for the mystery part, i loved it as well. There are snippets of the stalker in the first 70% of the book but the end is all about the unknown guy escalating to harming Bobby and his friends. I am really good at guessing the culprit but i was quite surprised with how it turned out. It was not a mystery read per se, but whatever part there was, it was done in style. The ending was believable and very nicely written.
I am giving this book 3.5 stars, only because the plot was not that exciting but it gets 5 stars in writing style and for a great ending. If you want a sweet read about a snarky author and his romance with an equally sweet busboy with a sprinkle of mystery and danger , then give this book a try.