Title: Dinner at Fiorello’s
Author Name: Rick R. Reed
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2015 – 210 pgs
Henry Appleby has an appetite for life. As a recent high school graduate and the son of a wealthy family in one of Chicago’s affluent North Shore suburbs, his life is laid out for him. Unfortunately, though, he’s being forced to follow in the footsteps of his successful attorney father instead of living his dream of being a chef. When an opportunity comes his way to work in a real kitchen the summer after graduation, at a little Italian joint called Fiorello’s, Henry jumps at the chance, putting his future in jeopardy.
Years ago, life was a plentiful buffet for Vito Carelli. But a tragic turn of events now keeps the young chef at Fiorello’s quiet and secretive, preferring to let his amazing Italian peasant cuisine do his talking. When the two cooks meet over an open flame, sparks fly. Both need a taste of something more—something real, something true—to separate the good from the bad and find the love—and the hope—that just might be their salvation.
Wonderful Italian cooking and two beautiful, troubled men? A fantastic combination. Henry is a brilliant character – I love his independence, his spirit and his bravery. Vito – older, guarded, grieving – is equally as attractive and a perfect match for the younger man.
The secondary characters in this story are just as great as the leads. Henry’s formal, traditional parents are carefully offset by the warmth of the staff at Fiorello’s.
From the characters to the food, Dinner at Fiorello’s is a warm, sweet and emotionally raw story of love and loss, independence and interdependence. I loved it.
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). His novel, Raining Men, won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary General Fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”