Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Nachos & Hash
Author: Brandon Witt
Series: Mary’s Boys #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 105 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 25, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Darwin Michaels is living his dreams in the Mile High City. While Denver offers the perfect job, scrumptious dining, and whirlwind dating options, Darwin is losing hope he’ll find the right man to spark his interest for more than a one-night stand—until he sets eyes on Cody Russell.
Cody has just accomplished his life’s goal—get the hell out of Kansas. In one fell swoop, he lands a job at Hamburger Mary’s and gets a newfound family and the chance to be with other gay people! All that’s missing is someone special. But when Darwin shows his interest, Cody is sure it’s too good to be true. After all, what can Darwin possibly see in the high school dropout serving him nachos?
As Darwin falls in love, Cody struggles to realize his worth. When his past threatens the fragile life he is building, Cody spirals into a moment of dark desperation. But Darwin is determined to show Cody that love and family and home are there for him… will Cody accept what is offered?
Review: What a fun and sweet story this was! Cody and Darwin both come from small towns, but with very different upbringings. They find each other by chance at a bar/restaurant, Hamburger Mary’s, in Denver, where they hit it off and their sweet romance begins.
Cody is such a sweetheart! He works at Hamburger Mary’s, a place that has given him a family and place of belonging that he yearned for after his parents basically disowned him for being gay. He’s a simply shy guy who is happy living his dream of being able to be himself and has found that in Denver and at Hamburger Mary’s. He has very low self-esteem, thanks mostly to his useless alcoholic father, which led Cody to experience meaningless hookups with basically not many really good experiences.
Darwin, on the other hand, is further along in life, has a great family and is ready to settle down. He has basically been speed dating his way through Denver, without any success. It is on one of his latest unsuccessful dates that he meets Cody and is immediately enamored.
These two are super sweet together, without being all fluffy and flowery. There was such a genuineness about them that made them so endearing. It takes a while for Darwin to get through to Cody that he is worthy of more, that a relationship is possible and what that actually means. They hit some rough bumps with this as Cody deals with his past, but he now has Darwin and a wonderful new family of friends at Hamburger Mary’s to help him through.
This was just a wonderful feel-good story that was cute and funny, sexy and sweet. It made me long to visit Denver, and I can’t wait to see what else is in story for this fun little series. I definitely recommend it and look forward to meeting more members of Hamburger Mary’s!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*