My Busboy (Kristin’s Review)

My BusboyTitle: My Busboy
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 4, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 210
Reviewed by: Kristin
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.

This is a sweet, witty, and humorous story that had just enough of a mystery to keep the emotions from spilling over into saccharine-sweet. The author has a very droll sense of humor that really shines through his characters. From one sentence quips to observations about the suckiness of life, I was either smiling or chuckling out loud.

The blurb sums the book up fairly readily – Robert’s published three books (quite an accomplishment for a 30 year old!) but book number four is just not happening. Enter Dario, a Latino hottie working as a busboy to make ends meet while pursuing a degree in veterinary science. It’s instant attraction on both sides.

And this is where I had a few issues with the story – total and complete insta-love. 0-60 in about two chapters even with all of Robert’s inner monologues about taking things slow, not wanting to take advantage of Dario, and concerns about the age difference. Istruggled with the age difference in that I didn’t see a problem with a 30 year old being attracted to a 21 year old. I had more of a problem with Robert acting older than he was. But, that’s my quirk and others won’t feel the same.

What I really enjoyed was the plot twist at the end, which I won’t give away because it was well done and should be enjoyed without spoilers. There was one more case of insta-love that came out of left field, which I suspect was done to perhaps set up another book.

Ultimately, a feel-good book where even the cat will make you smile.

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Galley copy of My Busboy provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: “Never leave home without a book (or two or three).” Though once I learned how to knit that became “Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project.”

A long-time fan of science fiction, I’ve since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian’s (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that’s not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is…

I’m not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult.

Thanks for reading my reviews!

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