Barney Teegarden knows what it’s like to be alone. He knows what it’s like to have a romantic heart, yet no love in his life to unleash the romance on. With the help of a friend, he acquires a lease in a seedy apartment building perched high on a hill in downtown San Diego. The Belladonna Arms is not only filled with the quirkiest cast of characters imaginable, it is also famous for sprinkling love dust on even the loneliest of the lovelorn.
At the Arms, Barney finds friendship, acceptance, and an adopted family that lightens his lonely life. Hell, he even finds a cat. But still true love eludes him.
When his drag queen landlord, Arthur, takes it into his head to rescue a homeless former tenant, he enlists Barney’s help. It is Barney who shows this lost soul how to trust again—and in return Barney discovers love for the first time in his life.
It’s funny how even the hardest battles can be fought and won with laughter, hugs, friends, plus a little faith in the goodness of others. All it takes to begin the healing is the simple act of coming back.
The first book in the Belladonna Arms series, Serenading Stanley was my first John Inman book. I kept seeing reviews and post on how funny it was and back when it was published in 2013, I was just starting out in the MM genre and funny MM was new to me. After about 20 pages I was hooked, and he has become an auto buy ever since. Now I know he writes across the board from sexy, funny to damn scary. And I love them all.
All three in the series could possibly read as stand alone but all the charaters are heavily involved in all the books so I would read in order.
In this one we have Pete’s friend needing a place to live, Barney is your typical geek friend. Doesn’t think he’s cute, doesn’t think anyone would ever love him back, doesn’t think he’s worthy. Just breaks your heart. I love those charaters.
And then we bring back Ramon, it’s hard to see the former vibrant person he was in the last book, become the person he is in this one.
Barney and Ramon are so perfect together. Helping each other over there insecurities. Understanding they need to be friends first. And the rest of the building helping out, going to bat or under the shears as it were. It’s been a long time since I laughed that hard over a scene in a book!