Title: Table 26
Author: Kanata Pierre
Publisher: Torquere Press
Characters: Cam Phillips, Anderson Montgomery
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, May/December
Twenty-three-year-old Cam Phillips is a waiter at Newark Airport’s The Layover and has aspirations of owning his own restaurant in New York. With a lust for older men and stormy eyes that demand affection, Cam has a troubled past with airport regulars that includes bathroom rendezvouses.
Every Thursday night, Cam rebuffs the advance of Anderson Montgomery, a corporate lawyer more than a decade older, who always sits at Table 26. Anderson seems different from Cam’s usual encounters, having class and offering kindness, but Cam’s troubled past keeps him from committing to a relationship that seems more take than give. What is he willing to give to Anderson, and what can he give—other than cayenne pepper in Anderson’s meals?
I know there are readers who do not care for May/December romances, but I have to admit, I’m a fan of them. I really like watching two heroes from different generations find a common ground, so they can have something special between them.
I thought the author did a really good job at putting these differences out there with this couple. Cam is a popular waiter at an airport restaurant. He’s funny, likeable and personable with his customers. When he waits on the very handsome, but older Anderson, Cam is attracted to him, but because he’s been hurt and used in the past, he’s always leery about hooking up with customers.
Anderson is a very successful businessman who has been working on a million dollar deal for his company. Although he’s attracted to Cam, he’s even more intrigued by the way Cam talks to him. Anderson is used to people not seeing him for himself. When they look at Anderson they see money, so he relishes the fact that Cam treats him like a regular person.
Even though it takes time for Anderson to get Cam to go out with him, he’s determined to have something special with the younger man. But, both men have their own hang-ups that cause knee-jerk issues between them, and they must work through these issues, if they want to pursue a relationship together.
I really liked both heroes a lot. The banter between them had me laughing at loud at times and I enjoyed their chemistry together. I liked how the author wasn’t afraid to have her characters face hard issues, as well as the reality of them coming from very different backgrounds. This was a really good, light read with enough angst to keep the story moving quickly and I enjoyed it.
Table 26 is a funny, lighthearted romance that left me with a smile on my face. I’ve read one other book by Ms. Pierre and liked it as well. I’m looking forward to reading more books by her in the future. I like her easy-style of writing and her sexy stories are definitely something that this reader really appreciates. Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi