Â Sometimes Stratfordâ€™s dreams of love have fared no better, but heâ€™s still trying. After yet another disastrous date, heâ€™s intrigued by a man going into a cooking classâ€”so he takes the class too. Vinnie Giani is a successful, self-made man who is charmed by Stratfordâ€™s bow ties, sharp humor, and clumsinessâ€”which leads to an opportunity to take Stratford in for stitches. Vinnie is, above all, responsible, having taken on the care of his mother and sisters from a young age. Perhaps itâ€™s natural when he begins to treat Stratford more as a child who needs a parent than as an equal partner. But when Vinnie tries to â€œfixâ€ Stratfordâ€™s career woesâ€”including the Doctor Chicken problemâ€”and ends up making the situation worse, their fledgling relationship may not withstand the strain created by blame and lies.ford Dale feels like Doctor Chicken consumes his life. Itâ€™s his pen name for a series of wildly popular childrenâ€™s books. They were his brainchild; he meant for them to be a way to pay his many bills while he pursued his dream of publishing graphic novels. But the Doctor Chicken contract was a raw deal. Instead, he churns out book after book for a pittance, leaving him broke and no closer to his dreams.
Â â€œABBY, I swear, Iâ€™m never going to find my own Thad.â€
Â Stratford should have waited until heâ€™d gotten home to call Abby, because the wind was going to freeze his fingers into a permanent curl around his phone. Gloves, scarfs, and wind-resistant fabrics hadnâ€™t suited his super-sexy Barry-bait outfit. Unfortunately, the Barry bait had been too enticing. Or the wrong kind of enticing. Sluts might wear shirts and pants as tight as his, but they didnâ€™t wear bow ties, did they? At least he was able to grab a latte on the way home. Aside from being one of his few expensive indulgences, it was keeping his left hand warmish.
Â â€œOf course you will. Are you sure youâ€™re not judging him too harshly? You sometimes have unrealistic expectations.â€
Â He snorted. No one had to know heâ€™d had a sneaking little thought that heâ€™d so dazzle Barry with his erudition and joie de vivre that the man would immediately become smitten and fall in love. Besides, Abby already knew he was a hopeless romantic.
â€œThere was a certain romantic touch to the butt plug discussion over shrimp devolving into a dessert discussion on whether silicone, rubber, or glass was preferable for dildos. A dead giveaway, if Iâ€™d been paying attention. I mean, anyone who has enough information to write a dissertation on dildo production materials is either way too oversexed for me or hasnâ€™t had enough sex with other peopleâ€¦ and probably for an excellent reason, as I discovered.â€
Â An older man in a fedora, walking in the opposite direction, gave Stratford a raised-brow look, and Stratford simply rolled his eyes and shrugged.
Â â€œFord, you slut. You didnâ€™t! On a first date?â€ Abbyâ€™s light, teasing tone hadnâ€™t the slightest hint of censure, but it could have. After all, Stratford had had his slutty moments, to be sure, but slutty wasnâ€™t the best way to snag a boyfriend. He didnâ€™t think. Or at least, not too slutty. What man didnâ€™t like a hint of slut? Monogamous slut. If there was such a thing.
Â â€œUh, hello, you still there?â€
Â â€œWhat, oh, yes. Sorry.â€ Stratford had to stop drifting to his fantasies of a fairytale ending.
Â â€œYou dog. You did it, didnâ€™t you? And how was it?â€
â€œNo. Really, I didnâ€™t. I mean, he blew me a little bit.â€
Â This time it was Abby who snorted. â€œBlew you a little bit? Kind of like being a little bit preggers, you know.â€
Â â€œItâ€™s never a good sign when you have to say â€˜watch the teeth,â€™ followed closely by â€˜donâ€™t bite that.â€™ Puts a damper on things.â€
Â â€œYou think?â€ Loud gales of laughter buffeted him across the wireless waves, and Stratford pursed his lips. Why was his dating life such a fucking joke?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own â€“ getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day, and neglecting her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men, she was uprooted yet again and now resides in California. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun sheâ€™s had in a long time, and she hopes youâ€™ll enjoy them as much as she does.
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Â Review-3.5 Stars
Pen Name-Doctor Chicken, is not what I expected out of a novel.Â As a fan of KC Burn I was very excited to be able to read her newest book. Itâ€™s veryÂ different from her other novels, but her unique voice makes you fall in love with the characters. Â â€œFordâ€ is a typical starving artist, with too many ideals and not enough cash to make it happen. Vinne is a fantastic family man, with three great girls- only theyâ€™re his sisterâ€™s. Heâ€™s devoted his life to supporting his family, now itâ€™s time for Vinne to have some fun an â€œFordâ€ is the guy who catches his eye. Pen Name-Doctor Chicken is a fun and light read, you can really lose yourself in the pages. I felt the ending was a bit rushed, I would have preferred to have the last few chapters explored a bit more, but overall a very enjoyable read. 3.5 stars.