There’s more to life than work, and love has no expiration, even for those approaching their forty-fifth birthday.
Daniel Richards is a private chef in New York City who has committed over a decade to his skills and passion. He has carved out a name for himself in the industry and has bookings for parties and dinners months in advance. Now that he’s in his midforties, however, he’s come to the realization that he’s lonely and desperate for companionship. Two days before Valentine’s Day, he meets Keith Maxwell at a farmer’s market and can’t keep the much younger man out of his thoughts. Keith is eager and willing to take a chance with someone older, but Daniel’s reluctance stops Keith’s every attempt. Worried his career will suffer if he dedicates time to a serious romance, or that Keith won’t be satisfied with someone so much older, Daniel nearly thwarts his own attempts at finding happiness.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”
Some authors are able to capture you with their short stories, other are perfect increating long novel. C.S. Poes captured me with her short stories a second time. ❤
This short story was a sweet read and even the short lenght didn’t reduce the entertainment I had while reading.
Keith and Daniel (please, don’t call him “Dan” 😉 He hates when you shorten his name) are sweet together, the chemistry right there from the start.
Though it moved from “seeing each other for the first time” soon to “I guess I like the guy” it is awesome how sensitive the two guys get together, how well build the whole story is by C.S. Poe.
There is an age gap – which is the major “problem” for Daniel – but the gap is about 10 years, nothing really extraordenary and with two guys over 30 it’s not a real problem (for me). But on the other hand I can understand why he is thinking this. Only talking to other people around him and having time to reflect his thought let him take a decision.
I really love the writing, the puns were funny and hilarous.
The character, though we haven’t much time to get to know them were believable and charming, it felt that Keith as well as Daniel were already known by the reader, they weren’t over the top or dull.
It was less dramatic, more the reflection parts were the focus of the story. I could imagine a second story with both guys, they have enough space for more stories. 🙂
This is the second (short) story I read by C.S. Poe and I am excited to read her full novels. :3
Highlighly recommended and therefore I give the story
5 out of 5 stars