The lunch rush at Darryl Hansen’s restaurant, Café Belgie, is getting to be too much for one man to handle, and Billy Weaver is a young man in search of a job—any job—to support his family. Billy gains Darryl’s respect with his earnest nature and willingness to work hard, but Billy’s admiring looks resurrect pain and shame from Darryl’s past.
Until Darryl stumbles across Billy’s secret, Billy is suffering in silence: his father died a few months earlier, leaving him struggling to raise his twin five-year-old brothers. Darryl takes Billy and the boys to the restaurant, where they’ll stand together to face the smorgasbord of troubles in their future… while Davey, Donnie, and Billy all worm their way into Darryl’s heart.
I do really enjoy Grey’s books. A Taste of Love is the first in his ‘Of Love’ series, which seem to revolve around the restaurant business. Darryl has closed himself off of relationships for years because of abuse heaped on him by an anti-gay doctor years previous. But when Billy comes to his business looking for a job, he finds that closed door suddenly opened.
There are several stories going on here and they coalesce quite well. I do think the whole Darryl getting over things quickly twice was a bit too much to accept, but the overall story I did enjoy. I felt for Billy the most as what he goes through is horrible and even if things are for ‘the best’ I still felt bad for his loss.
Another good Andrew Grey book.