After moving from Santa Fe to Asheville
to start a new job, Thomas Stone is not pleased to find out
the club he's supposed to be managing isn't opening yet.
Broke and in need of a place to stay, Thom sets off to find
a temporary job. He ends up finding a job bartending at The
Happy Onion, a vegan restaurant. He celebrates by going out
to a club, intending to get laid.
Philip Sorrells is bored with the scene
at his favorite hangout, at least until a hot young man
walks in the door. He's more than glad to pick the guy up,
and the night and morning that follow are incredible.
Things get weird, however, when he learns his one-night
stand is working at his restaurant. Phil wants to pursue a
relationship with Thom, but Thom's reluctant to have any
sort of relationship with a boss. Other issues intrude as
well. Can these two very different men figure out a way to
The Happy Onion has a little something for
everyone. There's humor, emotion, hot sex, and even some
suspense. The characters are all very likeable, especially
the hot-tempered, young-looking Thom and Phil, whose delight
in annoying Thom just to get a reaction made me snicker.
The conflicts between Thom and Phil struck me as realistic,
especially given how different the two men were and how Phil
felt about Thom's future employers. Of course, the love
scenes between them are hot and sometimes emotional as
well. While The Happy Onion won't be
replacing Eight Arms to Hold You or Willow Bend
as my favorite Ally Blue book, it was certainly an enjoyable
read. If you're a fan of Ms. Blue or just gay romance in
general, you're sure to enjoy The Happy Onion
just as I did.