Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: My Busboy
AUTHOR: John Inman
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 210 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 4, 2016
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.”
I started reading this book yesterday while sitting in a customer lounge at a car dealership waiting for my husband’s car to come out of service. I will warn you. Do not read the first chapter of this book in public, unless you don’t care that people will look at you oddly when you are giggling maniacally!
We meet the main character through a string of very humorous descriptors related to his having been writing for three days, without coming up for air. Anyone who has been in a similar situation will instantly sympathize with the MC. I particularly sympathized with these two sections and had to share them with you.
“Swearing under my breath through gritted teeth, I slammed down the phone with a bang, startling my cat, Clutch, who sailed off my lap with a screech of terror, leaving claw marks in my crotch and making me wail even louder than he did.”
“Then I reached for my coffee cup. Only when I had the cup inches from my mouth did I notice the coffee was ice cold and had sprouted a fungi-like layer of crap over the top like pond scum. Not unlike what my unwashed dick had no doubt formed as well.”
Robert Johnny is a successful author, but is in a funk. While his first book made the bestseller list, and his second was also a success, his third tanked. Now he is working on his fourth and it is totally crap. He is hovering over the delete key when he realizes he has to meet his friend Chaz who is taking him out to dinner to celebrate his thirtieth birthday.
When they end up at a Mexican restaurant and too many cocktails are consumed while waiting for their table, it opens the way for another hilarious mental comment from the MC, and then they see the busboy.
Dario Martinez is a twenty-one year old college student with a full boat scholarship, but works part time as a busboy to make spending money for those little things…like shoes without holes!
A book hanging out of the busboy’s back pocket pulls Robert and Dario together, but the road won’t be smooth. An abusive boyfriend, a secret stalker, and a close friend’s unrequited love will all jump into the mix, to make life just that much more complicated.
I’m just going to say it. I loved this book. It was funny, it was suspenseful, it had well written and fleshed out characters and it had some sharp twists that I didn’t expect. It kept me guessing most of the way through the story, and just when I thought I figured it out…nope…I, and the MC’s were incorrect.
I very highly recommend this book. I couldn’t put it down. I had other things I had to do yesterday, which didn’t get done thanks to you Mr. Inman! Now I’ll have to work twice as hard today to catch up! Great writing! For a sneak peek at the full first chapter, follow the link at the bottom of my review to ARe. But I warn you…you will be hooked!
Pick up this book, you won’t be sorry.