Tortilla Pie (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Tortilla Pie: A Recipe for Romance
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: RCubed Books
Release Date: May 28th 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Short read
Page Count: 32
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5


When Anderson, homeless on the streets of Seattle, first spies Josh, a volunteer at TeenCare, he immediately falls for him, even though TeenCare forbids client/volunteer interaction. Anderson thinks: “And speaking of noticed, I think I was, just a few minutes ago. One of the volunteers was coming by and we locked eyes. You know, the way two guys do. Two gay guys, anyway, who like what they see. It’s not like a casual glance—those only last for a second or maybe two at the most—but when two gay dudes notice each other, man, that eye-to-eye lingers. You know what I’m sayin’?

“And that boy? He was fine. Or to roll back to one of my mama’s expressions from back in her day—he was fly.”

In spite of the youth center’s policy of volunteers and clients interacting beyond the most superficial ways, will love discover a way around the policy, so Josh and Anderson can be together?

Sooooo incredibly sweet and charming!

This was exactly what a novella should be. Short, sweet, believable and fun.

Josh volunteers at a homeless kitchen with a non-fraternization policy. While it’s never been an issue in the past, this day he sees Anderson and there’s an instant spark. And it’s perfect timing because it’s Anderson’s last day at the shelter.

Insta-love in a novella is so many times a cringeworthy component, but that’s not what this was about. This was far better than that. This was hope. It was a start of something. Of two people deciding on giving it a chance. It was adorable and cute and very reminiscent of a John Hughes-esque romance. And totally recommended by this reader.

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Galley copy of Tortilla Pie provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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