Why I Love Waiters, by T.A. Chase (2nd edition)
Series: The Why I Love… series, Book 2
Published by: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Rating: DNF at 50%
Note: Originally released by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure in 2011
As a member of a covert military unit, John Davidson isn’t scared of much. Yet one look into Heath Kane’s dark blue eyes and he knows a different kind of fear for the first time. John can’t be gay, at least not out and proud in his unit, even with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed. He’s never been interested enough in any man to risk the fallout.
Heath’s hometown wasn’t the best place for a gay kid to grow up, but his grandmother did her darnedest to make it good for him. Now he’s paying her back for all her love. She’s getting older and needs help, so he returns home to wait tables at the Corner Café while taking online courses to get his degree. Even though the Army base provides him with a lot of buff eye candy, he knows it’s best to keep his head down.
Neither Heath nor John can deny their attraction, and John’s finally willing to act on their mutual interest. But holding on to each other will mean big changes in both their lives.
Warning for mention of gay bashing (off page)
I think it would be in everyone’s best interest if I say as little as possible about this book. The fact that it is my first DNF should tell you all you need to know, but here are a few things that made this book a hot mess.
1. Internalized Misogyny
Example 1: “…I don’t ever plan on sleeping with her. Not that she’s not beautiful, but she’s a girl. Eww!” John agreed with Heath’s reaction to sleeping with girls.
Example 2: God he sounded like a girl
Example 3: “…I only just asked Herb to marry me. We’d have to figure out where we were going to do it and when. There’s so much crap to think about. I don’t know how women do it.”
“They’ve been trained since birth to understand all the intricacies involved in a wedding.”
2. Flirting as “asking for it.” (this comes just after the MCs first chat and before their first date)
Example: Shooting a quick glance over his shoulder, he caught John ogling him. He put a little extra swing in his hips, and John grabbed his arm before he slipped through the swinging doors.
“I know what you’re doing, and you better be careful.”
“We won’t be having dinner or a movie when we get to the city. We’ll be having sex in the hotel room all night long instead.”
3. Discussing your sex life in front of your partner’s brother
Example 1: “Good thing Chuck and I have sex all the time”
Example 2: “I’m very gay considering what I let John do to me this morning in the shower. It was amazing and perfect. Your brother is an awesome lover.”
I just cannot with this book. The characters are ridiculous and OTT, which *may* been okay if there weren’t so many cringe-inducing scenes, or things that happened that made me want to throw my iPad across the room in anger. I hated everyone.
Suffice it to say, I will not be recommending this book.
There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates me and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how I share those insights. I live in the Midwest with a wonderful partner of thirteen years. When not writing, I’m watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.
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