Man Walks into a Bar (Gigi’s Review)

Title: Man Walks into a Bar: A Trio of Short Stories
Author: Lissa Ford
Publisher: Lissa Ford Books
Release Date: January 19, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 93
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.67 stars out of 5

Three spicy-sweet stories of unexpected encounters that turn into something more…

Insta-lust. Secret attractions. Boozy bar hookups. They’re all here in a trio of contemporary m/m romances perfect for a night in.

New Yorker Jake Winthrop gets nailed for speeding along the rural back roads of eastern North Carolina. But when he again encounters Landry Blue, the hot-as-hell trooper who tagged him, at the local watering hole, let’s just say the lawman has more on his mind than keeping the peace. Once Jake gets a taste of Blue’s brand of Southern hospitality, he starts wanting more. Can Jake convince Blue to give their relationship a shot? Or does Blue want Jake to keep on driving, right out of his life?

Living in a small town meant that Bo Hinkle had to put up with childhood nemesis, Hank Womack, his whole life. But when Womack steals the Hinkle family’s championship chili recipe and uses it to win the village’s famous chili cookoff contest for himself, the line between sort-of-kind-of-hot-asshat and downright shady has been crossed. After a lifetime of rivalry, Bo vows teach Womack a lesson he won’t forget.

Garrett Ziegler’s life was upended when a workplace romance derailed a promising career in finance. So it’s just Garrett’s luck when he learns the cute Los Angeles hipster he hooked up with for a mindblowing one-night-stand turns out to be the founder of a private equity firm, and said firm was in the final stages of interviewing Garrett for his dream job. Garrett has to convince venture capitalist Anthony Sendejo that their encounter was a random accident, and that Garrett’s romantic history wasn’t repeating itself. Trouble is, Tony isn’t convinced. And Garrett’s words ring hollow because as tempting as the job is, Tony is even more enticing. Is Garrett about to screw up his life again because he slept with the boss?

A 35,000 word collection. Each spicy story contains adult matters and are intended for mature audiences.

When I saw one pop-up on Goodreads I thought:

Oh, sounds like 3 one-night-stand stories. Pretty much porn with no emotion. I think I’ll pass.

But then I noticed it was written by Lissa Ford. I love her work so I took a chance and I am SO GLAD I did. The first story, Jake and Blue, was a spectacular 5 star read for me. (And HELLO COVER!)

Jake’s Story

Two men, honest, hard-working and good down to their toes. Definitely book-boyfriend material! And Blue and Jake did not disappoint.

Hot sex, good deeds, lots of emotion and plenty of passion. HFN, but I have no doubt these boys her their HEA. 5 stars.

Bo’s Story

Hank and Bo have been dancing around each other their entire lives. Told from Bo POV, he considers Hank an annoying meathead and new rival for his yearly trophy at the Crockett Chili Cook-off.

A bit of enemies-to-lovers, Bo was whiny and irritating, but the flashbacks with Hank were sweet and told a lot about their budding attraction.

No sex in this one, but still a sweet HFN, with HEA on Bo’s mind in the end. 3 stars.

Garrett’s Story

This is the story of a casual hookup between two people who end up being boss and employee, before Garret knows Tony is the owner of the company he is applying at. The hookup sex was blisteringly hot but I was very disappointed in the relationship the two had after they realized they would be working together. The emotions weren’t there and since this one was from Garrett’s POV, we had no idea what was in Tony’s head.

We do get a HFN, but I didn’t get the sense of a HEA or any passion. This one could have been great but was merely OK. 3 stars.

My Final Thoughts

Read this story, if only for Blue and Jake. It was fantastic and worth the price of the entire book.

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Galley copy of Man Walks Into a Bar provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.