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I did have a few moments of anxiety when Jimmy was added to the mix of Bo and Larry. But I needn't have worried. Mr. Inman resolved it all in a very satisfactory manner for this reader.
There are some sexy, steamy moments in the story, but not enough to overwhelm the story and turn it into erotica.Enjoy this book. I know I did.
When I see a John Inman book pop up on our review list, I always grab it immediately before anyone else at Love Bytes gets a chance. He is one of my favorite authors, and he never fails to please. He can be counted on to develop a story, with great background, character development and story line, and I always fall into his books and read way too late at night to finish them!
In Love Wanted, Mr. Inman brings us a fun, fast moving tale of a couple men down on their luck who answer an advertisement for live in employees. Both men have just been through life altering events and both are desperate for a change. They meet each other when they show up for the interview at the swanky mountain estate of a reclusive extremely wealthy gay man who lived with his partner for 70 years before the man died. Mr. Stanhope is looking for just the right employees and instantly focuses on our MCs, Larry and Bo. The two men have hung back from the crowd of polished young gay men, who it appears seem to think the ad was for something else entirely… namely an older man looking for a young live in.
When Bo and Larry are hired, their journey has only begun. There is something strange going on, but they don’t know what. When Bo figures it out, things get dicey.
Then a young Native American applies for the open gardener position. Will he be a third wheel?
No more spoilers. I really liked this one. And did I mention there is a ghost? I highly recommend it to all.
Then we meet Larry eating peanut butter on toast staring at an eviction notice. My heart went out to him. Larry is such a sweetie. Then we meet Bo. A chef in training working in a greasy spoon and his culinary school closes stiffing him his tuition.
The two men meet at the interview and chemistry is there, so it seems. We get to watch as David and his maid watch them on hidden camera's and even do a bit of meddling when things seem to go awry to get them back on track. There is a twist I didn't see coming and we also have Jeremy in the mix, David's dead lover that refused to leave David even in death ( *swoon*). The story line is fun, sweet with some sex tossed in.
I love the older people so much I think they nearly stole the book. I would love to read the story of David and Jeremy (*hint hint*)
If you love meddling old people, ghosts, pugs, a bit of a twist, sweet romance with some hot ma-sex you will love this.
Roger David Stanhope is 93, he lived with Jeremy, his partner of over seventy years, in their mansion on a mountain, but two years ago Jeremy died after a long battle with cancer. Roger knows that he also doesn’t have much time left, but with the help of his live-in housekeeper, Mrs Price, who’s close to her own retirement, he begins his plan to bring two younger men to the estate to work as cook and housekeeper. The only stipulation is that they must be single, gay and looking for a new beginning. Roger has hidden security cameras set up all over the house and estate because his plan is to put the two men together to see if they can be almost manipulated into falling in love with each other, with Roger watching it all unfold. Except Roger isn’t watching alone because when Jeremy died, he didn’t really leave Roger. His spirit is still in the house, and every now and again makes his presence known, sometimes by being a little mischievous, but mostly by giving Roger the love and support that he misses.
Larry Walls is 23-years-old, he’s not having an easy time of it lately. He’s very short on money, his hours at work have been cut, and he’s returned home to an eviction notice on his door because he’s late with his rent yet again. When Larry sees the help wanted ad in the newspaper, he knows it would be the answer to all his problems, so decides to take the chance and go for the interview.
Robert ‘Bo’ Lansing works as a short order cook at a Naval Station. He was also a part-time student at a culinary school, but that has just closed down suddenly, and the owner has taken all of the money. With no chance of completing his chef course, no money and no future as a short order cook, he’s told about the help wanted ad by a friend. Bo decides this fresh start might just be what he needs.
When Larry and Bo arrive at the mansion on interview day, there are more applicants than they thought there would be. But when the two men meet and start talking to each other they hit it off straight away, they both agree that working together would be perfect as they’re already getting along, but neither believe that they’ll both have the luck and get hired by Mr Stanhope. Little do they know that Roger had been watching them since they arrived, and he’s already decided that they would be perfect for his plan/experiment.
Larry and Bo have a great time working together and also form quite a close friendship. Bo is actually very attracted to Larry, and Larry to Bo. When they finally give in to the attraction, Bo believes it will be the start of a serious relationship between them, but Larry isn’t as keen and tries to distance himself from Bo a little, which causes some problems and friction in the house. When the new and extremely handsome estate gardener, Jimmy Blackstone, arrives at the house, a spanner is thrown in the works, and all of Roger’s best-laid plans are ruined.
I loved absolutely everything about this book and story. It totally surprised me, there was an unexpected twist. I laughed on more than one occasion, but I was also filled with joy and happiness seeing love expressed in the words I was reading. It was the perfect story.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***