Title: Table for One
Author Name & Publisher: Ava Hayden (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 8, 2016 – 35 pgs
Nick DiGiaccomo waits tables at Fortissimo, an exclusive restaurant in Oilton, Alberta. He loathes drama, particularly the kind that makes its appearance on Valentine’s Day.
This Valentine’s Day is especially bitter. Eight months ago Nick’s heart was broken when his lover walked away without a word over a misunderstanding. Too proud to call, Nick’s heard nothing from him since. But on this, the most romantic day of the year, he keeps his feelings well-hidden and his professional smile firmly in place.
That is, until he sees his ex-lover, Mark Mishimoto, at a table for two in his section—and his Valentine’s Day goes from bad to downright horrible.
To make matters worse, a winter storm descends, hours earlier than forecast. When the restaurant closes, Nick finds himself stuck downtown in the middle of a blizzard with no way to get home and nowhere to go. Mark lives conveniently close by, and he’s offering up his couch. Nick could use a place to lay his head—but is it worth risking his heart?
This book just missed the mark for me. Nick is trying to get on with his life, he’s working, going through the motions and surviving. In walks his ex, Mark, on what should be the most romantic holiday of the year… Despite that, all Nick’s friends know that he doesn’t really believe in Valentine’s Day – especially since Mark broke his heart.
We are given a few flash backs in order to understand how Nick and Mark were brought together, but really, there was only the scene in the restaurant where Mark spends a ridiculous amount of money on wine, all while waiting for Nick to hear him out. There was no development in this story. It was too onedimensional for me.
Then, to make the lack of dimension worse, the story just ends. There was really nothing Mark needed to do to earn Nick’s forgiveness? Really?
Super short story about a couple who broke up over a misunderstanding. After not seeing each other or talking for eight months they see each other again on Valentine’s Day when Mark reserves a table in Nick’s section at the restaurant he works at. This had the potential to actually be a nice book if it was longer. We heard all about the break up, then about the entire night at the restaurant and then the book was over.
Ava Hayden lives and writes in western Canada but grew up in the southern United States. She is thrilled to be publishing with Dreamspinner Press. Follow her on Instagram: avahayden.ab.