Today, I’m hosting author BL Maxwell’s latest release Green Eyed Boy, a m/m contemporary romance, and part of the All-American Boy series. Be sure to read my review. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
Book Title: Green Eyed Boy
Series: All-American Boy
Author: BL Maxwell
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Tropes: Small Town Romance, vacation romance, workplace romance
Themes: Fresh start, Moves for Love
Heat Rating: 3 flames
Length: Approx. 25-30 000 words
Release Date: April 6, 2022
Publisher: BL Maxwell
A small-town MM vacation romance.
Blurb: After quitting his job, Billie Watts hits all the food festivals he can as he drives across the country. When he finally reaches Stony Brook, Maine, he’s excited to find he’s there just in time to try one of the lobster rolls he’s heard so much about. The bright neon yellow food truck with a giant red lobster on top looks like the perfect place to try it.
Lance Karl is as ready as he can be for the start of the three-day Tall Ships Festival and hopes to sell enough lobster rolls out of his food truck to make a good start towards owning a restaurant. The day begins cold and misty, and a text from his nephew saying he can’t help him is not the perfect start he’d hoped for.
When a green-eyed stranger interrupts his frantic morning, Lance doesn’t realize meeting Billie will not only change his day, but maybe even the rest of his life. Two strangers, drawn together over their work ethic, and sealing the deal over delicious lobster rolls. They could just be the perfect match.
Note: It is a standalone book and does not end on a cliffhanger.
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Not wanting to wait a moment longer, I took a big bite.
It was delicious. Sweet lobster in a light mayonnaise sauce with just a touch of lemon juice and chives. But the bread, the bread made it, which was saying a lot for a lobster roll. I wondered if he baked it himself or if he outsourced it, then gave myself a mental slap for worrying about the business side rather than just enjoying how good the roll was.
I finished eating far too soon and hated I’d only ordered one. As I stood and debated getting another, I noticed the long line that had formed while I’d been sitting. The guy inside was rushing around, and from where I stood it didn’t look like he had any hope of filling all the orders he was about to get.
My feet were in motion before my brain had a chance to catch up. “Need some help?” I asked as I cracked open the door he’d entered at the side of the truck.
“Are you kidding? Because if you’re kidding, I’m probably gonna hurt you. But if you’re serious, what are you doing standing there? Put an apron on”—he pointed at the door— “the order book is right here.” He tossed the order pad and pen at me, as I tied on the apron I found hung on the door. “Have you worked in a restaurant before?” he asked as he rushed back to fill the orders he’d just taken.
“Yes, many times. What do you want me to do?”
“Take the orders, I’ll fill them.”
“Got it.” I walked out to the line and asked the people at the front if they’d ordered before I worked my way toward the end, bragging about how good the food was as I went, and taking a lot of orders I hoped he’d be able to fill. “You won’t be disappointed, believe me. I drove all the way out here from California just to try a lobster roll, and I can honestly say it was totally worth it,” I told whoever would listen as they waited patiently.
If you enjoy food truck romance, this one is for you. Food trucks are gaining tons of popularity, and the author’s romance between Billie and Lance revolves around Lance’s food truck. Plus, I’ve read and reviewed a couple of other novels by this author, so I knew I was in good hands with this one since the author doesn’t disappoint.
The story opens with Billie, who has left his job and is road tripping across the USA, checking out all the food trucks wherever he stops. When he’s in Maine, he spies Lance’s food truck. Of course Billie finds Lance easy on the eye. After ordering one of Lance’s specialities, Billie heads back for seconds, but I’m thinking it’s another look at Lance he wants LOL.
As for Lance, he’s up to his ears in food and customers since his nephew failed to show up for work. When Billie offers to help out, Lance is all for it. Now, Billie offering to help surprised me (until later when I unearthed something new about Billie, and then it all makes sense). But it was something I accepted. And Lance trusting a complete stranger to assist him also surprised me, but desperate times call for desperate measures. And the leap of faith each character takes pays off.
The two not only connect within the cozy confines of the food truck, they also connect when they leave the truck.
I must say I really enjoyed the setting of Maine. There is something cozy and comfortable about a small-town romance taking place at a sea-side fishing village. And the author chose the perfect place to set her cozy romance. Because that’s how I felt while reading the novel—cozy. Even their friendship and sexual chemistry is cozy. The two simply clicked, and being confined in a food truck for a three-day festival was quite believable.
The novel is short, more along the lines of a novella. So don’t go into this expecting a heavy romance fraught with intense conflicts. The word count doesn’t allow for that. Instead, the author focusses on friendship, food, and a nice partnership forming between the two.
Green Eyed Boy is a sweet novella of everything small town, including the romance. I enjoyed this read, even with my one quibble of it being a wee bit too heavy on descriptions regarding food, serving food, and the food truck. I think what would have made this a better novella was if the author had concentrated more effort to what was unfolding between the two during all of this fooding. Still, as I said, it’s a nice easy read, and one I recommend. The writing, as always from the author, is wonderful.
If you’re looking for a nice easy read of romance filled with warm friendship, do yourself a favour and purchase a copy.
BL Maxwell grew up in a small town listening to her grandfather spin tales about his childhood. Later she became an avid reader and after a certain vampire series she became obsessed with fanfiction. She soon discovered Slash fanfiction and later discovered the MM genre and was hooked.
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