An Alisa Review: For Better or For Worse by Emery C. Walters

Rating:  2 stars out of 5


It was just going to be a simple Spanish fabada bean and chorizo soup from his grandmother’s favorite recipe. Jake hoped for a nice meal and a better time with his widower father. His dad didn’t seem homophobic, but he just didn’t get that Jake was gay. A quiet dinner might clear the air.


But the trip to the supermarket was a disaster involving a bear and some sausage. Then his dad showed up accompanied by a health aide who isn’t quite what she seems. And the bear shows up, too.


Stress and rum piles up. Will Jake’s father get a new grandson? Does Jake have a bear in the kitchen and in the bedroom, too? Is this meal one big happy family gathering, or an even bigger disaster?


So, I went into this story thinking it would be a short, funny and romantic story, it was not.  This just felt like a big mess to me.  Jake seemed relaxed and calm about his dinner with his father and suddenly he’s inviting someone to join them but forgets to mention it to either.  This was a mess up of misunderstanding and “relationships” that didn’t add up either.  I’m not sure what seemed to push Jake to the bottom of the bottle but it couldn’t have been as new as it seemed for everything to happen the way it did.


The cover art by Written Ink Designs is a sweet picture of the characters cooking together, it just doesn’t go with the actual story.


Sales Links: JMS Books | Amazon | B&N


Book Details:

ebook, 40 pages

Published: September 23, 2017 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634864626

Edition Language: English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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