Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 29 Pages
At a Glance: The perfect amuse-bouche for love… and a great little appetizer for the heart.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: 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.
Review: Smart, sexy, successful, Daniel is a personal chef in New York and too busy to realize he is lonely. Love Has No Expiration begins a few days before Valentine’s Day, with Daniel shopping for vegetables from the sidewalk stalls where he meets Keith. A few corny vegetable puns later, and some asparagus, and Daniel’s life will never be the same again.
This is a story about happiness and how we will never be completely whole unless we stop and make time for love. Daniel is busy, Keith is busy with 2 jobs and school, but together they make a team that makes the busy worth it. Daniel is 14 years older than Keith, but as he realizes, “I took the bunch of asparagus out of the produce bag, staring at them and feeling a sickening combination of guilt and sudden determination. Romance didn’t have an expiration date. It didn’t go bad once your twenties were behind you, not even four years after your fortieth birthday.”
Love Has No Expiration is a fantastic short story. We get a slice of these men’s lives when they meet and first fall in love, and it leaves you feeling satisfied with the story just how it is told. It is the perfect amuse-bouche for love… and a great little appetizer for the heart.
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