Monday, February 22, 2016

Gay Guy Straight Girl #BookReview - Tall Order by @IrenePreston #MMRomance #GayRomance

Tall Order
By Irene Preston

Lisa's Rating - 3.5 Stars
OJ's Rating - 3.8 Stars

Release Date: February 16, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9968099-1-7
74 pages
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Chef Dylan Trevino screwed up bad, and he knows it. When he left Austin, his job, and his boyfriend behind, Dylan was confident Aston would follow him to New York. Now he’s back home and working for the worst caterer in town just to pay the rent. Being head chef at a party thrown by a famous rocker doesn’t make up for serving bland tacos while dressed like a dime-store cowboy. Thank god his ex can’t see him now.

Aston Winkler’s steampunk guitar mods are all the rage with musicians and he’s got invites to every hot party in town. Too bad he’d rather be listening to garage bands than networking in a penthouse. From his 6’7” vantage point, Aston has no problem spotting Dylan at the crowded SXSW party. Getting his boyfriend back? That’s a tall order.

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This isn’t a buddy read. Our co-reviews are done on a blind basis. We both choose the book we want to read, but from there on out we don’t discuss any of our thoughts before the review is live.  We think it’s more fun this way and we won’t influence each other.

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Lisa Arbitrary

Well this was delightful little morsel. A story of second
chances and growing up and realizing a perfect life isn’t always the most
glamorous.  Set in Austin, Texas amid Win’s
art, Dylan’s culinary debacle, and the SXSW scene, I’m betting by the end of
the first chapter you’ll be craving more.


Here I was, minding my own beeswax, reading happily away at a yet to be reviewed book, when Lisa says: Hey, I got this here book, you wanna do a GG/SG? I read the blurb and thought, hmmm… OK. Little did I realize this would be such an enjoyable, delectable morsel, this book did not fail to excite my literary taste buds, tickle my reading palate, make me cry as if cutting up fresh, savory onions, and satisfy my M/M sweet tooth. Here’s the spicy SXSW results – oh, yeah, it’s got some cayenne kick to it, too.

PS: My inner gear head rejoiced over Izzie, the Isetta, and of all things a Jeep Wagoneer! Like red meat to a gear head!
Personal Tags: Foodies, Food, Geeks, Chefs, Hot Sex, Hot Angst, Betrayal, Collectible Cars; Tall Dudes; Indie Rock; SXSW; Hipster



Aston Winkler (Win) - A 6’ 7” nerdy creampuff! I just ate Win up and could totally
go for seconds. Even if I did keep getting his name messed up. Aston/Austin/Win/Winbaby???

Dylan Trevino - Chef du jour – here today, gone tomorrow? I spent a good
portion of the book pretty sour on Dylan, but eventually I could see his heart
and head were true.


Aston Winkler - At 6’7” tall, Aston Winkler was impossible to miss even in a penthouse crowded with SXSW partiers. When Dylan rounded the corner, the sight of the familiar face towering above the rest of the crowd knocked the wind slap out of him. …He wasn’t ready to face Win yet. But Dylan couldn’t move for a full minute. …Eleven months, two weeks, and three days since he’d last seen the man he loved. He refused to call it a year.

Dylan Trevino - He glanced down at his blue Roy Rogers-style shirt and brown polyester pants. He looked like something out of a bad fifties western. He was a walking joke. Fitting, because Joe Bob’s Texas Catering Company was a joke to everyone in the Austin culinary world. A year ago, if anyone had told him he would ever touch food prepared by Joe Bob’s he would have laughed his ass off. Now here he was, Joe Bob’s new pet chef, hired on for the SXSW music festival to trot out in front of V.I.P. clients. …Dylan was the perfect size. 5’11”, not too thin, not too bulky. Average. If someone stared at Dylan, it was because he was hot and beautiful, not because he was a human giraffe.



Dylan is a guy down on his luck. He left Win in Austin to go
build his career as a chef in the Big Apple. He returns to Texas amid SXSW, humiliated,
but determined to get it right this time. Aston is a guy who was betrayed and forced
to learn how to keep on moving forward on his own. He just had to find some

The backstory is mixed throughout the book and it fills in nicely.
Sometimes this can annoy me, but not here. These two do have a history and a
foundation to build on, even if Dylan let it go up in flames. The pacing stayed
quick and fresh. The two of them are so in love it’s an absolute delight to get
to watch them figure out the right recipe to make their soufflé rise.


I didn’t have any pre-conceptions at all about this story, or even really what it was all about, and what a sweet, melt in your mouth tidbit it is. Dylan’s running away from his sexy, geeky, artsy, tall and insecure boyfriend to run to the bright burning chef’s kitchens of New York City is a good story plot enhanced by the way Aston (Win) rises to the occasion like a tasty, fluffy quiche. The batter that holds this literary culinary concoction together to its delicious, fulfilling conclusion is the way it is written. This isn’t a heavy as Christmas fruitcake story, more of a nouveau cuisine masterpiece: light and just this side of totally filling, yet satisfying.


Snappy and spicy storytelling with no angst at all. There is a sprinkle of jealousy and a good helping of self-doubt, but it all rolls up into a tasty bite. This is my first book from Irene Preston and I am pleasantly surprised. She could have easily drowned me in syrupy sweetness here, but she didn’t and I am grateful. Love the cover too! Oh, and I didn’t even tell you about the sexy bits. You’ll just have to peel this one for yourself to find out.


Honestly? At first I was taken aback by the writing. It’s totally straightforward storytelling, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. That’s what had me a bit off kilter at first and then I got carried on into it, smoothly, and I realized that this type of writing is what I always look for. Writing that carries me along and lets me enjoy the story without having do crossword puzzles to figure it out.

Ms. Preston did a good job of weaving Aston and Dylan’s relationship after Dylan comes back from New York to Austin and encounters his ex-boyfriend way before he’s ready to. The interplay between Aston’s insecurities and Dylan’s perfectionism and his protectiveness towards Aston is well done and carried consistently throughout. The characters are true to their personalities the whole way through the book to the point that I was actually in tears at the end. Not bad at all. I’m not going to give you spoilers, I’m just going to let you know that if you want a tasty, not too filling, sweet read, this is it. Enjoy. I’m going back for seconds.


For OJ

1) The elevator scene. Too harsh? Or was she asking for it?
2) There was a bit of jealousy in this, do you like that or not? A lot of people just don't do       jealousy.
3) That first time, when Dylan climbs Aston, yeah? Dylan was starving for a touch, starving for Win. I was like, "Oh me too!"

For Lisa

1) What is it that called to you about this book for us to do a GG/SG review?
2) Did you think the characters were sufficiently developed?
3) In a similar situation, would you have done as Aston did with their relationship? Or not.


Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one.  As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe.  Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of AustinTexas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.

Where to find Irene

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I would like to thank Irene Preston for providing us with a review copy in exchange for our honest reviews.

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