Dinner at Home

Dinner at Home It only takes a few days for Ollie D Angelo to lose his boyfriend his job and his home Instead of mourning what he doesn t have Ollie celebrates what he does the freedom to pursue his real passion

  • Title: Dinner at Home
  • Author: Rick R. Reed
  • ISBN: 9781627988360
  • Page: 459
  • Format: ebook
  • It only takes a few days for Ollie D Angelo to lose his boyfriend, his job, and his home Instead of mourning what he doesn t have, Ollie celebrates what he does the freedom to pursue his real passion cooking He begins Dinner at Home, a home catering business, and it takes off Late one night, Ollie catches Hank Mellinger, a streetwise hood down on his luck, about to robIt only takes a few days for Ollie D Angelo to lose his boyfriend, his job, and his home Instead of mourning what he doesn t have, Ollie celebrates what he does the freedom to pursue his real passion cooking He begins Dinner at Home, a home catering business, and it takes off Late one night, Ollie catches Hank Mellinger, a streetwise hood down on his luck, about to rob his car Ollie soon discovers that appearances aren t necessarily what they seem Hank isn t a criminal caught red handed, but a hungry young man trying to make a life for himself and the four year old niece he s trying desperately to take care of Instead of calling the cops, Ollie offers Hank a job and a way to pull himself up by his bootstraps Together, they discover they can really cook and that their shared passion for food just might lead to a passion for each other

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    1. Real Men True Love.Rick R Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love He s the award winning and bestselling author of than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book Lambda Literary has called him A writer that doesn t disappoint You can find him at rickrreed or rickrreedreality Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband and their Boston terrier.

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    1. Dinner at Home is not at all what I expected I thought I was getting a foodie romp, but there s nothing light about this book It deals on the surface at least with some serious issues, including homelessness and drug abuse Ollie, 31, loves to cook His life changes in 48 hours when he s dumped by his boyfriend of one year and loses his advertising job to a company layoff Ollie takes the opportunity to soul search and start a home catering business When he catches 22 year old Hank breaking into hi [...]


    2. I m hungry.You know how they say you shouldn t grocery shop while you are hungry Well, you shouldn t read this book if you are hungry It is filled with the most mouthwatering recipes, I found myself nearly drooling with anticipation for the next chapter recipe I especially appreciated the collection of recipes at the end.Per Rick Reed s style, things begin rather lovely Warm and comforting even Almost as if you are invited in for an afternoon of relaxing nibbles and beverages, but as you go to s [...]


    3. I enjoyed reading this although it did make me feel hungry It is a nice comfort read story about Ollie who loses his job and his boyfriend, but uses these misfortunes as an opportunity to turn his life around He starts to focus on his passion cooking and sets up his own business Ollie eventually meets Hank who is seriously down on his luck Together the two men learn to work together, creating food, falling in love and then creating family.It is al lovely story about a journey to new love and new [...]


    4. This book is 75% drama, 20% recipes and 5% romance.Is harsh in a lot of scenes that I feel were totally innecesary It gets pages and pages speakeng about recipes and the making of them and then we have these MC that they meet like around the middle of the book, with very strange time lapses and like 2 or 3 good scenes together The sex scene with another character was longer and detailed that the ones with the actual other MC Sorry but I HATE when they show us in precision the sex with another r [...]


    5. I didn t read far enough for the two characters to meet, wouldn t normally rate without getting further but the struggle it took to get as far as I did was telling I ve not even bothered to skim further.Italics it s a strain of willpower to get me to read anything over a paragraph, add pages of italics and you re losing me.Recipes If I want to read a recipe I own several very nice cookbooks I buy romance to read romance If there s a recipe of note in the text and it s added at the end then okay [...]


    6. Dinner at Home the book creates the same feeling of contentment in the reader that Dinner at Home the business portrayed in the book tries to create in its customers It is warm and cozy and fulfilling Everything one expects from a Rick R Reed novel.Ollie D Angelo loses his boyfriend of one year, the house said boyfriend owns and then his job All in the course of four days But Ollie is surprised by how little he is emotionally affected by the losses, especially the loss of his job Instead of feel [...]


    7. Full review can be found at My enjoyment of this author s work is well known After the last book I read of his, I was eager for something a bit lighter Dinner at Home fit the bill perfectly Don t get me wrong, this is not all rainbows and roses It covers real issues that had me teary almost from the first page But it still ended nicely and with a perfect HEA The story is also unique, as recipes are placed in front of some of the chapters I found myself highlighting or scribbling them down, eager [...]


    8. Overall book rating 4 stars Audio book Narrator Michael Anthony 4 Stars Book cover 3.5 Stars This was a sweet, sweet book Ollie and Hank made an awesome couple This was truly a feel good book It was sad at times but with a HEA story Ollie will always be there to catch Hank no matter what.


    9. 3.5 stars.I really enjoyed this one It was all about family, whether it was by blood or by choice A cute love story.I didn t care about the recipes though Those could have been left out and I would have been fine Of course, I burn water so I really can t say much about recipes.


    10. Ultimately I liked this book but there were some things here and there irked me enough to bump down the rating.The main one beingAddison.Okay, I have not so tiny any humans I also work with tiny not so tiny humans So I m pretty well versed in how kids generally speak act at certain ages Given that my job is at a DV domestic violence shelter, I ve also got pretty good experience with being around kids who are dealing w various levels of trauma.While it s absolutely true that there are kids who ar [...]


    11. 3.5 stars.This was well written, and a quick read, too, but it lacked depth in exploring the heavy themes it raised.What I liked The recipes I have plans to try out every one of them they all sounded quite yummy, and easy enough to make I loved the idea of the Dinner At Home business, and I loved that the recipes were mostly comfort food good, hearty meals, the kind you would cook at home, if you had the time and inclination Ollie he was honest, straightforward, good hearted, empathetic After ha [...]


    12. A Joyfully Jay review 4.75 starsDinner at Home was an interesting read for a few reasons It was an easy, enjoyable story that had quite a bit of depth and complexity Reed focussed on creating a realistic snapshot of a man s life and those who end up caught up in his gravitational pull The main characters, Ollie and Hank, are complex and well formed with strengths and weaknesses, pasts and goal for the future The secondary characters were also well thought out and have layers, depth, and emotion [...]


    13. I am quickly becoming a huge fan of this author This was a feel good book with some angst, but not enough to take away from the warm and fuzzy feeling this book brought me The food sounds delicious and made me so hungry Ollie is a big cuddly bear of a man with a huge heart Hank makes me want to wrap him up and keep him safe, he is perfect for Ollie, and their relationship is wonderful OMG Rose just about broke my freaking heart Great book.


    14. Rick Reed AGAIN turns me into romantic mush The man can make me LAUGH, CRY, LOVE AND become HUNGRY in this book Funny, I think Rick must have written the Ollie character based on my Partner I couldn t help but instantly fall in love with Ollie Rick Reed is always a MUST read for me LOVED this book


    15. Note This audiobook was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviewsin exchange for an impartial review Ollie D Angelo is a tall, bearded, handsome Italian guy who loves to cook He s also the guy who lost his lover, his home, and his job all over the course of a few days Talk about bad luck But Ollie isn t the kind of guy to mope around and he uses the opportunity to tap into his savings and furnish his tiny new apartment and to stop and think about what he really wants to do w [...]


    16. For my honest and true view of this book, please readMORE TOS compliant review I think, let me know when they tell us what the rules are The book I just read is about two or three lovely people, written in beautiful language, by a very good and prolific author I liked it very, very much.It is for sale on DISCLAIMER My reviews now all have this pretty face, so that all and everyone on can stay happy and beatific I ll let you know if I change my mind See the real review above for my thoughts on th [...]


    17. This was my first book by Rick Reed It is not a food story, or a foodie story, it s a love story It is also a story about family ties and how they are forged, but also so very fragile I think readers who enjoy hurt comfort themed books will like this one It s not always shiny, but it has some very bright spots and some equally delicious moments.Please see my full review at Prism Book Alliance


    18. 4.5 Well, there s that But I m serious We re both about feeding people and showing love through what we put on the table Feeding them is loving them, and I don t think there s a better or basic way of letting someone know you love them than by giving them something wonderful to eat and filling up their bellies Excerpt From Rick R Reed Dinner at Home iBooks This material may be protected by copyright.


    19. 3.5 starsWow I got so much than I expected from this book.I expectedght, fun, food porn, slightly angsty but easy read at least that s what I was thinking.What I got was an, emotional, heartbreaking, at times tear inducing read That covered some really heavy topics.It was not what I was expecting but I m glad I read it.


    20. I really enjoyed this story it just kept tugging at my heartstrings Ollie was a sweetheart with a huge heart I enjoyed the food and will definitely try the Bad Ass Broccoli Soup Addison was a scene stealer when she was on page Hella funny as well.I liked Hank and Ollie as a couple and they definitely made their own family.


    21. BeautifulI ve laughed I ve cried what can you say when you ve just read a perfect story I really never wanted to stop reading.


    22. Original Blog Post multitaskingmommas 201Dinner At Home A book with recipes When I saw that teaser from the author, knowing his talent in the kitchen from all the mouthwatering pics he posts on his FB page and finally his recipe blog, I had no doubt this was one book I would love to read Well, I did have fun reading this book it was such an adventure, getting caught in the midst of a voyeuristic adventure what with all the orgasmic moans and groans This is a story of one man s love affair with f [...]


    23. Dinner at Home, the book, creates the same feeling of contentment in the reader that Dinner at Home the business portrayed in the book tries to create in its customers It is warm and cozy and fulfilling Everything one expects from a Rick R Reed novel.Ollie D Angelo loses his boyfriend of one year, the house said boyfriend owns, and then his job All in the course of four days But Ollie is surprised by how little he is emotionally affected by the losses, especially the loss of his job Instead of f [...]


    24. I d like to take a moment and apologize to the author, Rick R Reed, that Dinner at Home is the first book of his that I ve read I ve heard many good things about his previous works, but I hadn t gotten around to any of them With that said, let me just say nom nom for opening this book with detailed food porn and recipes I probably shouldn t have read this while I was hungry, but too bad, the grocery store will have to forgive me my midnight run I m totally blaming you, Rick It was difficult not [...]


    25. This was such a lovely story There was a little angst throughout but not too much, just enough to keep the tension Both main characters were well written with strong, believable secondary characters to add depth to the story.Ollie is not your average M M pin up model hunk which is a refreshing change He doesn t have a six pack or abs to die for What he does have is a lovely nature and a warm heart with a love of cooking which gives him the skills to start his own business.The story begins with h [...]


    26. Readers should be ready to grab their pots and pans and be ready to cook while savoring Rick R Reed s latest gay romance Talk about a bad day At breakfast, Seattle ad executive Ollie D Angelo finds his boyfriend has had another lover for six months and now wants Ollie to move out, then when he gets to work, he finds his position has been eliminated.A perpetually upbeat person and cook at heart, Ollie rallies to decide this is his chance of a lifetime to do something he s always wanted With his s [...]


    27. Title Dinner at HomeAuthor Rick R ReedCover Artist Reese DantePublisher Dreamspinner PressReviewer JayGenre ContemporaryType RomancePairing GayLength NovelHeat Rating Book Rating This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewWhile comfort and food is involved, Dinner at Home is a love story that covers hard issues such as homelessness and drug abuse It isn t a light story and most of its characters are damaged and troubled It is about loss, rebounding from that loss, an [...]


    28. I was a bit disappointed with this one.It s slow, nothing much happens, except for bad things for Ollie and Hank Their bad luck made me feel so impotent, I wanted them to be mad, to react and lash out, but they just took it.Then, things happen so fast and when they finally have a break and everything seems to be going well, the past comes for them and all is going down the drain again.I would have loved it ig things had gone different and Hank sister and niece had stayed instead I don t see why [...]


    29. I normally just buy anything that Rick Reed writes I guess I shall have to stop that policy and carefully read about them before I buy it This was a dark story filled with recipe fluff that did not yield well as an audiobook I kept listening thinking it would get turn around It did not I do not enjoy giving poor ratings to a book but at the same time I did finish it and did not return it audible Had I not finished it, this would have been left unrated.


    30. Rick Reed always has me crying His characters always suffer so much and his descriptions are so vivid I enjoyed I don t know if that is the right word the book Every horror or sorrow they felt, I felt too I appreciated that the romance was built from a friendship level I just would have liked some joy.


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