Dinner at Jack's

Personal chef Beau St Clair, recently divorced from his cheating husband, returns to the small Ohio River town where he grew up to lick his wounds Jack Rogers lives with his mother, Maisie, in that same small town, angry at and frightened of the world Jack has a gap in his memory that hides something he dares not face, and he s probably suffering from post traumatic strPersonal chef Beau St Clair, recently divorced from his cheating husband, returns to the small Ohio River town where he grew up to lick his wounds Jack Rogers lives with his mother, Maisie, in that same small town, angry at and frightened of the world Jack has a gap in his memory that hides something he dares not face, and he s probably suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.Maisie, seeking relief from her housebound and often surly son, hires Beau to cook for Jack, hoping the change might help bring Jack, once a handsome and vibrant attorney, back to his former self But can a new face and comfort food compensate for the terror lurking in Jack s past Slowly the two men begin a dance of revelation and healing Food and compassion build a bridge between Beau and Jack, a bridge that might lead to love.But will Jack s demons allow it Jack s history harbors secrets that could just as easily rip them apart as bring them together.
Dinner at Jack s Personal chef Beau St Clair recently divorced from his cheating husband returns to the small Ohio River town where he grew up to lick his wounds Jack Rogers lives with his mother Maisie in that sa

  • Title: Dinner at Jack's
  • Author: Rick R. Reed
  • ISBN: 9781634776714
  • Page: 362
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “Dinner at Jack's”

    1. It's probably no secret that I really enjoy Rick R. Reed's mad writing skills. For example, Reed's Big Love is one of my 2016 favorites. His latest book "Dinner at Jack's" is in the same vein as "Big Love" in that it really delves into the two main characters - Beau St. Clair and Jack Rogers - and its conclusion is heartfelt, satisfying and well worth the wait, much like a lovingly prepared home-cooked meal. Beau is a trained chef who has recently broken up with his cheating spouse and moved fro [...]

    2. I always enjoy Rick Reed's books and find myself reading them straight through without a break. This one was no exception. Rick is simply a gifted writer, and I love his way with prose. I liked the small town Ohio setting and the descriptions of the river and the hurt/comfort aspect of the romance. Recommended.

    3. 1,5 stars, and can you believe it, but extra half a star is because the book turned out a lot shorter than I expected (with all the recipes in the end). I know, I know, it's hard to believe when you look at the blurb that anyone can hate this book. But yeah, I hated it. It's the second book by Rick R. Reed I've read, and I disliked the first one, too. But 'Dinner at Jack's' sounded so good, with cooking, PTSD, second chances and hurt/comfort - that I was sure nothing could go wrong with a book l [...]

    4. 4.5 Stars When I read the blurb for this book it really caught my attention. Something whispered to me, “Read it and you will be glad you did.” I’m so glad I listened to the voices in my head.Dinner at Jack’s is so many things. Beau St. Claire is going through a tough time with his soon to be ex. I have to say when I read that in the beginning I feared a huge depression from this character, but not Beau. Beau is such a strong person. He pushes ahead and I found him to be admirable. He an [...]

    5. I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 StarsDinner at Jack's is the first books I've read by Rick R. Reed, and I found the writing style to be fluid and organic, easily hooking me after the prologue. Note for more serious readers: to be honest, during the prologue, I was very close to making a decision on whether or not the book was to my tastes, as it was very sugar-coated, in-your-face romance. But I continued to read on to be sure, and I'm so thrilled I did. Whi [...]

    6. 4.5 stars.We first meet Beau St. Clair in the prologue, during a memory of a date eight years back, a first date with a great guy named Jackson, a date he enjoyed so very much. Sparks flew during their date, over Gnocchi's at Soldano's, an Italian restaurant in Seattle, and Beau was looking forward to their next date when they said good-bye for the night. Only, he never heard from Jackson again.Fast forward eight years, and Beau, now a personal Chef, finds out one morning during an innocent copy [...]

    7. 4.5 starsThat was really good pacing was perfect. As a reader, one thing I can recognize about writing a book is that page length, coupled with content, matters. I’m not trying to say that books have to be a certain number of pages to tell a good story. I don’t complain when a good book is long, or if a good book is short. If the book really struck a chord in my heart then it was probably the perfect length, no matter what.The reason I’m talking about page length is because when I started [...]

    8. Oh My gosh this was such a good story I stayed up all night reading. It is everything a good romance needs plus some enticing recipes tossed in.Beau found out his husband was cheating on him by a silly cut and paste mistake. He finds himself divorced and back home in Ohio where he vowed he would never go again. He was a personal chef in Seatle so after he kisses a FROG(Furnished Room over Garage) in a personal ad and answered an ad for a personal chef that was just for a couple hours a week for [...]

    9. Никогда не понимала восторгов по поводу этого автора. Его слог всегда казался мне слишком сухим. Да и пишет он скорее gay fiction, а не mm romance. Но тут внезапно зацепила аннотация, которая просто кричит hurt/comfort (у меня это любимый поджанр наравне с disability, уж не знаю, что это обо мне го [...]

    10. *´¨✫)¸.•´¸.•*´¨)✯ ¸.•*¨) ✮ (¸.•´✶ (¸.•The food displayed was overwhelmingComedic, yet poignant. Dinner at Jack's sets up newly divorced personal chef, Beau (I lost my husband to cut and paste) heading back to the hometown he vowed never to return. Even his father forbade him from returning to the going nowhere town. But Beau was as he stated on the precipice of a brand-new life. Wanting to make a change, he soon found himself "kissing" a FROG (furnished room over ga [...]

    11. ~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~The blurb of this book had me so excited to read it, as soon as the book hit my Kindle I was off to read. I had so much hope for this book but I was let down. This book was slow, very slow and I kept waiting for something to happen and nothing much did. There was more action between Maisie and Beau’s dad then the two main characters Beau and Jack. I found myself putting the book down and going back later hopin [...]

    12. After being gay-bashed, Jack moved home with his mother, where he rarely leaves his room and never leaves the house. But he doesn't know the reasons behind his fears. Beau's cooking is the impetus for him remembering.Some love is meant to be — just a little later than anticipated.Recipes!

    13. (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review.)Dinner at Jack’s was a book that dealt with second chances. We start out with a glimpse into the MC, Beau St. Clair’s, past. He was living in Seattle, and met and was instantly connected to a man named Jackson on their first date. But Beau had to leave town to travel to Ohio for Christmas…and when he got back Jackson didn’t answer or return his calls or emails.Bereft, he stumb [...]

    14. As I sit here coating my spoon with the goodness that is Dark Beer and Beef Stew, I can’t help but be really disappointed. Why? Because it ended. The book ended. It ended soooo good, but still I will never get another glimpse into the lives of Beau and Jack. Overall I am happy and content, the story filled my proverbial romance tank the same way the delicious stew is filling my belly—but, like reaching the bottom of the bowl, I hit the end of the story. My voracious appetite for stories and [...]

    15. 3.5 starsjustloveromance.wordpressFirst off, I have a small problem with books that switch between first person and third person point of view and if this is something that grates on your nerves, you might prefer to give this one a miss. Personally, I prefer the author stick with one or the other, but If you’re totally okay with it, then keep reading because this might be the book for you.Dinner at Jack’s oozes sweetness and romance. From the charming characters to the delicious descriptions [...]

    16. A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words ReviewThis is a story full of hurt and lots and lots of comfort. It deals with PTSD after a violent attack, though the attack isn’t described explicitly.At first, I couldn’t stand Jack. He was a mean, horrid person most of the time. Even knowing he suffered from a mental illness, I couldn’t make myself like him. But soon enough, he got his own chapter from his POV and I started understanding him better. The two POVs are essential to me. I don’t think [...]

    17. I didn't want this to end. Well, to be honest, I thought it ended too soon. I needed more. I know I always say that, but it's true in this case. I needed more time with Jack and Beau.The story starts out and it's a slow burn. The relationship between Beau and Jack was forming and everything was going good with all the ups and downs one can have when dealing with PTSD. It was not sugar coated or glossed over. I wanted inside Jack's head more to see what struggles he was going through with his tem [...]

    18. “Dinner at Jack’s was an emotional and touching story filled with mouth-watering recipes – a solid 3.5 stars. Honestly, the first 30 pages or so were extremely confusing to me. The main character, Beau, is narrating the story in first person and talking to himself, his dog is talking, and it was hard to figure out just what was going on. It was so jarring in fact, that I had to ask a friend about it – to make sure my ARC wasn’t missing something. But, as soon as you move past the openi [...]

    19. Yeah, so this doesn't quite read like a romance to me. It was really despair and depressing to me. I don't really mesh well with this author's writing style. I felt like Jack's voice was completely lost in the story. I understand him being the victim of a hate crime trends to leave a person lost at sea, but it never felt like we had enough of him. Beau was okay, I don't know if he was authentic. Divorcing from your spouse and moving home is a big thing. Taking up a side project is smart, it take [...]

    20. ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is a well written book, which has some wonderful humour, some very poignant moments and a great twist. Oh, and some fun recipes too! With a strong emphasis on feelings, emotions, and loss, we are transported very effectively to a small town with some big characters. As we fall into their reality, we discover just how life can change in an instant - both for Beau with a cut & paste, and Jack with a decision to wa [...]

    21. Surprisingly I enjoyed this one. Rick is a bit of a hit or miss with me. I don't really know what I'm gonna get, but this one was pleasant. It's always tough to tackle a situation like severe PTSD from a violent personal attack. And that's what Jack had. And I'm not sure yet how I feel on how it was delivered. Jack's issues stemmed from his not being able to remember exactly what happened. Because Beau was such a strong emotional part of the evening, it makes sense that his presence would begin [...]

    22. TeaserIn Dinner at Jack’s, Rick R. Reed is the rare breed of author who uses subtlety in demonstrating how psyches knit back together. The plot moves slowly, at the pace of realistic healing. And, even better, many chapters start with recipes. Yum!Read Full Review at Kimmers' Erotic Book Banterbit/2dU07wjRELEASE DAY REVIEW: 'Dinner at Jack's' by Rick R. Reed | kimmerseroticbbTitle: Dinner at Jack’s Author: Rick R. Reed Published: October 3, 2016 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Cover Artist: Re [...]

    23. What a great love story. Beau and Jackson, Maisie and Niles or Mary Beth and Brad, all these couples are major love stories in their own right. As usual Mr. Reed hits on topics that are extremely important : AIDS, gay marriage/divorce, hate crimes, senior love, mental illness, and more. Not only does he touch on these subjects, he does so with his usual class. I loved this read.

    24. What I love most about Rick Reed's books is that they read like love stories. The romance never feels rushed for the sake of getting to the good stuff. More, we get time to get to know the characters - who they are, who they want to be. Who they will be together.Another aspect of Rick's books I really enjoy is the feeling he is sharing a part of his life with us. Either someone he once knew or someplace he's been. There's a sense of reality to most of his stories and whether my observations are [...]

    25. Dinner at Jack’s by Rick R. Reed is a contemporary, second-chance romance. But that totally undersells it. When Beau St. Clair moved from Seattle to his small Ohio hometown after divorce, he takes a job helping the mother/caretaker of Jack Roger – a man so traumatized by events he can’t remember that he quit his job as a lawyer, and essentially the world. His mother has become overwhelmed with his attitude and needs. Jack and Beau share a connection neither can explain, but it opens a wind [...]

    26. A really sweet book about second chances. I liked the story and the characters. It was sweet and easy to read. Not as much angst as one would expect with the PTSD and amnesia. I did have trouble with the writing style. It took me almost half the book to get in to it and even then it was a struggle at times. I also wish it had been deeper in some parts. The breakup with Ross was just glossed over and I didn’t really feel the feelings between Beau and Jack. You were told they had great chemistry [...]

    27. It’s not often these days I give a 5 ⭐️ Rating, but Dinner at Jack’s deserved it. Besides the yummy recipes and a snarky Pug named Ruth there was just enough angst for the perfect recipe or in this case story. The way Jackson dug himself out of his darkness when Beau came back into his life made for an interesting read. Beau’s dad and Jackson’s Mom hooking up was a nice touch.

    28. 2.5, maybe | bit of a disappointment for me, story wise :(This felt more like Beau's story than anything else, really.The romance was more like an afterthought sometimes, and with Jack's behavior and problems they didn't have the chance to grow close, like, at all, when suddenly the book ended. Huh, yeah it felt like it was over just when the story picked up and got interesting. Everything else was too drawn out and boring for my liking, though the writing style was very, very nice! I would have [...]

    29. I started this book on the bus on the way to work, read at lunchtime, and then finished it in a rush this evening. Along with "Dinner At Fiorello's" this was one of my favourites of Rick Reed's novels, and I found it hard to put down. It's unabashedly romantic, and Reed fleshes out his characters well in a story that is genuinely moving at times. An excellent addition to the M/M Romance genre.

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