Title: Dinner at Jack’s
Author: Rick R Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 3, 2016
Genre(s): Gay romance, mild violence, PTSD
Page Count: 243 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Personal chef Beau St. Clair, recently divorced from his cheating husband, returns to the small Ohio River town where he grew up to lick his wounds. Jack Rogers lives with his mother, Maisie, in that same small town, angry at and frightened of the world. Jack has a gap in his memory that hides something he dares not face, and he’s probably suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Maisie, seeking relief from her housebound and often surly son, hires Beau to cook for Jack, hoping the change might help bring Jack, once a handsome and vibrant attorney, back to his former self. But can a new face and comfort food compensate for the terror lurking in Jack’s past?
Slowly the two men begin a dance of revelation and healing. Food and compassion build a bridge between Beau and Jack, a bridge that might lead to love.
But will Jack’s demons allow it? Jack’s history harbors secrets that could just as easily rip them apart as bring them together.
Oh my!!! Talk about a story that hits you square in the chest and brings you to your knees. This story broke my heart in so many different ways. It is truly a story about love being a healer and love conquering all.
Beau is a chef in Seattle and loves his profession. He also loves his husband but it is soon made known to him that that love no longer exists in his husbands eyes. Beau finds himself at a fork in the road and honestly does not know which way to turn. The one person he wants to share his grief with is his mother but she is no longer with them so he decides to do the next best thing and goes back home to Ohio to start his life over again. This in my opinion is where the story truly begins and is where fate has stepped in and decided to right some wrongs of the past.
Jack is reclusive. So much so that he does not leave his room and if he does it is only when his mother is not home or is asleep. It has not always been this way but after a very tramtic event happened and left him with a deal seated fear, Jack cannot bring himself to face pretty much anything. Basically he is a dead man walking. He has no memory of the night with the exception of the nightmares that he has and even those are to horrible for him to face. Jack is completely the opposite of the man he used to be so much so that he does not recognize himself and his mother does not recognize him either.
His mom decides that she is going to try something extreme and takes out an ad on craigslist to hire someone to come in a couple of nights a week for Jack. She does not expect anyone to reply but Beau does.
This is the beginning of a very painful journey for both Beau and Jack. And as I stated the beginning of fate righting a wrong.
This book truly made me cry for the pain and heartache that not only Jack went through but for Beau and for Jack’s mother as well. The journey that each of these individuals had to take was heartbreaking. But not only that but I found myself mad for the characters also because what they all had to go through should have never had happened. I found myself upset with Jack at times for the way he treated the people around him but as the story progressed and more of the trama that Jack indured came out, I got a better understanding of him and that he was only lashing out because that was really the only thing he felt in control of.
This book was an incredible read even though it was truly heartbreaking. I am just glad it ended on a better note then it definitely could have. Rick R Reed always seems to amaze me with the books he comes up with and this one was no exception.
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