Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Love Wanted
AUTHOR: John Inman
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 270 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2017
When it rains, it pours. Not only has Larry Walls been evicted from his apartment, but his hours have also been cut at the department store where he works, leaving him facing homelessness.
Meanwhile, Bo Lansing, a total stranger to Larry, toils at a dead-end job as a fry cook while attending night classes to become a certified chef. When the school closes its doors without warning, leaving Bo in the lurch for thousands of dollars in tuition, his dream of becoming a chef is shattered and his financial troubles spiral.
Desperate for a new beginning, each man answers an ad for live-in help posted by a wealthy recluse, and wonder of wonders, they are both hired! Just as their lives begin to improve, a young Kumeyaay Indian named Jimmy Blackstone joins the workforce at the Stanhope mansion.
When Mr. Stanhope’s true reason for hiring the young men is discovered by one of the three, a fourth entity makes its presence known.
With all these players vying for position in a game of intrigue orchestrated by one lonely old man and a mischievous ghost, can a simple thing like love ever hope to survive the fray?
When I see a John Inman book pop up on our review list, I always grab it immediately before anyone else at Love Bytes gets a chance. He is one of my favorite authors, and he never fails to please. He can be counted on to develop a story, with great background, character development and story line, and I always fall into his books and read way too late at night to finish them!
In Love Wanted, Mr. Inman brings us a fun, fast moving tale of a couple men down on their luck who answer an advertisement for live in employees. Both men have just been through life altering events and both are desperate for a change. They meet each other when they show up for the interview at the swanky mountain estate of a reclusive extremely wealthy gay man who lived with his partner for 70 years before the man died. Mr. Stanhope is looking for just the right employees and instantly focuses on our MCs, Larry and Bo. The two men have hung back from the crowd of polished young gay men, who it appears seem to think the ad was for something else entirely… namely an older man looking for a young live in.
When Bo and Larry are hired, their journey has only begun. There is something strange going on, but they don’t know what. When Bo figures it out, things get dicey.
Then a young Native American applies for the open gardener position. Will he be a third wheel?
No more spoilers. I really liked this one. And did I mention there is a ghost? I highly recommend it to all.