Restaurant Wars by Shawn Lane

Restaurant Wars by Shawn Lane
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (36 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Thomas MaCaffrey never expected to see his high school crush, Noah Petrie, again let alone have him start working at the same restaurant as Thomas. Noah is hotter than ever and just as annoying, ingratiating himself with the staff and patrons alike. But when Noah becomes the restaurant’s new darling, the war is on.

Opposites can attract, especially when there’s history involved.

I love a friends to lovers story and this one fit the bill. I liked the characters and zipped right through the book. Noah and Thomas were interesting and I would love to see them in a longer book. I liked them as a couple and since this was a shorter story, a little more would definitely make this reader happy. I want to spend more time with them and got emotionally involved.

There were a couple of minor point of view slips and quite a bit of telling versus showing me the story, though. A few times I wasn’t sure whose point of view I was in. Also, the author intrusions took away from the plot, but I was able to keep going. Another run-through by the editor for typos and repeated words would make this gem really shine, too.

The characters are great and interesting. Thomas is relatable because he’s so guarded. He’s been through a lot and came out on the other side in one piece. I liked him. Then there’s Noah. The guy could be clueless, but it was oddly endearing. I liked seeing him grow through the short tale.

If you want a hot story and are short on time, then this might be the right book for you.

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