Review: Death of a Bachelor by M. A. Hinkle

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Death of a Bachelor is M. A. Hinkle’s first book, but I definitely see myself going back for more of incredibly constructed character relationships and banter.

Death of a Bachelor CoverCathal Kinnery is an arrogant, overeducated jerk, and Damon Eglamore is not afraid to tell him so. But Damon married Cathal’s best friend, so they have an uneasy truce. Then she passes away. Now they’re stuck together in close quarters, trying to honor her memory without shouting at each other all the time.

At first, they have no idea how to move forward. Damon is a chef, but all his favorite recipes remind him of his late wife. Cathal would love to start tomcatting around town again, except for that annoying promise he made to his best friend about looking after Damon.

Then Damon’s son comes to them for help, convinced the only way to win over his first crush is a gender-bending Shakespeare production. After that, Cathal talks Damon into taking up baking as a new way to use his talents. Next thing they know, they’ve begun a new life working as a team instead of jumping at each other’s throats. But can they trust each other long enough to make it last, or will they fall into old bad habits again?

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I received an eARC of Death of a Bachelor from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The bachelor in mention is Damon, who is recently widowed and who is there but his wife’s best friend Cathal who coincidentally made a promise to Era on her deathbed. Problem is Cathal and Damon don’t like each other. They’d met twenty years ago and Cathal was a bit of an asshole. Damon isn’t the type of guy who’d go out of his way to clear the air.

After Era dies, the two end up helping each other whether out of obligation or spite. Damon does it because he is not a mess. Cathal is mainly motivated by a need to annoy Damon and keep his word to the only person he had in his life who cared for him.

I deeply loved Cathal and Damon but the character who stole the scenes for me was definitely Damon’s son, Felix. The teenager jumped into every scene and made me cackle as he went through his own agony over romantic feelings. I adored the questioning representation in Felix’s arc. Also, he provided a point where Cathal and Damon joined powers. They did their best to annoy him and ask him a lot of questions about his crush.

The romance between Damon and Cathal is intertwined with food, working together at annoying Felix and working through their grief from losing Era. I loved that the book gave them the slowest of burns a relationship can have and made me cackle as Damon cooked Cathal one weird dish after the other as Cathal begrudgingly ate it.

There’s also dyslexic representation in Damon. It’s briefly mentioned but I appreciated that Cathal helped Damon read online by showing him to choose the dyslexic-friendly font. There’s a lot of soft moments between them but also arguments and rehashing of the past. I loved this book.

ABOUT DEATH OF A BACHELOR

Title: Death of a Bachelor
Author: M. A. Hinkle
Publisher: Ninestar Press
Length: 265 Pages
Release Date: October 29, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ / Five stars
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Representation: Dyslexic bisexual Main Character, Gay Main character, Questioning supporting character

 

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