4 Star Review for My Busboy by John Inman #MM #Mystery

CoverTitle: My Busboy
Author Name & Publisher: John  Inman (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 4, 2016  – 210 pgs


Robert Johnny just turned thirty, and his life is pretty much in the toilet. His writing career is on the skids. His love life is nonexistent. A stalker is driving him crazy. And his cat is a pain in the ass.

Then Robert orders a chimichanga platter at a neighborhood restaurant, and his life changes—just like that.

Dario Martinez isn’t having such a great existence either. He needs money for college. His shoes are falling apart. His boyfriend’s a dick. And he has a crap job as a busboy.

Then a stranger orders a chimichanga platter, and suddenly life isn’t quite as depressing.

But it’s the book in the busboy’s back pocket that really gets the ball rolling. For both our heroes. That and the black eye and the forgotten bowl of guacamole. Who knew true love could be so easily ignited or that the flames would spread so quickly?

But when Robert’s stalker gets dangerous, our two heroes find a lot more to occupy their time than falling in love. Staying alive might become the new game plan.

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This was a sweet story that had a great mystery thrown in.  I enjoyed Inman’s story of connection, love, friendship and life.

Chaz is a great character.  He is a friend, wannabe lover, protector and ultimately he’s, hopefully found a new interest.  I enjoyed his snarkiness and his love of Robert.  He’s almost loyal to a fault.

Robert is a somewhat conundrum of a character.  He wants to be the bookworm, but he’s also supposed to be slightly more mature than Dario.  While his writing career is not going as well as he had hoped, he’s not without his successes.  I thought it was very “Robert” that he allowed his stalker to continue to write him without feeling the least bit scared.  Robert seemed to not be very interested in self preservation throughout this story.  However, you can see his kind heart when he continues to support (in whatever way he’s able) his friend, Bucky.  He wants better things for his friend, but can only help when Bucky is ready and willing.

Dario is a sweet kid.  He tries very hard to fit in to the grownup world, but his choice of boyfriends leaves something to be desired.  He also has somewhat of a starry-eyed view of Robert.  He does some growing up in this book, but for the most part, he starts to realize that Robert is just a man who is trying to build a relationship.

Overall, this was a good story with a mystery that helped create a bond for all of the characters.



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John has been writing fiction for as long as he can remember. Born on a small farm in Indiana, he now resides in San Diego, California where he spends his time gardening, pampering his pets, hiking and biking the trails and canyons of San Diego, and of course, writing. He and his partner share a passion for theater, books, film, and the continuing fight for marriage equality.


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