Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: Home for the Hollandaise by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga

Reviewed by SinChan
Home for the Hollandaise by Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga
Torquere Press
Short Story: 49pgs
3 Pants Off

Jack hates going back to the East Texas town where he was raised. Even as a successful chef in Austin, he feels like that awkward gay kid all over again. But his dad is sick, and wants Jack’s famous hollandaise sauce for holiday breakfasts. When Jack finds out his old flame Kent is in town for Christmas, too, he thinks things can’t get much worse. Can Kent convince him Christmas miracles can happen?

Short Review
Jack sounds really bitter about life and his holiday situation. His dad is losing his memory and he's stuck in his old hometown that he hates for the holiday to cook for his parents. He just wants to get everything over with and go back to his life and restaurant in Austin, Texas. Coincidentally, he meets Kent, his ex from college in the same town. Both of them are stuck with the parental units and trying to reconnect.

Jack sounds like a bitter man in the beginning but gradually, throughout the book, I realize that his attitude is because of his family situation and being back in the town he hates. He actually has a sense of humor and is serious about getting back together with Kent. His breakup with Kent is well explained through the story and their romance is believable.

Overall, this is a wonderful short story for the holidays, with interesting characters and lots of yummy details on food.

3 Pants Off

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