When the flames start to spark, Dale and Al, knotch it up even beyond their own beliefs.
Title: Play Chopin for Me
Release Date: May 13, 2017
Publisher: Max Vos, Inc.
Categories: M/M Romance & Fiction
After a devastating fire, Dale Lusk shows up at his sister’s door in nothing but his boxers and a raincoat, desperately needing her help. Losing both his restaurant and home has left Dale without direction or a place to live.
While pushing her handsome brother into a new wardrobe to match his model looks, Chrissie introduces Dale to Al Borkowski. Al is in desperate need of a roommate before his grandmother takes more control of his life.
Little did Chrissie know when she pushed the two men together the sparks that would fly and the changes that would happen in all of their lives.
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The audience finally sat back down and waited. Al was playing next. Dale thought he knew which piece he was going to play. It always made Dale smile when he played it. It reminded him of the Tom and Jerry cartoons he still loved to watch.
“And now performing Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody number two is Albert Borkowski,” the MC announced. There was more than a polite applause as had been the case with the other performers.
Dale couldn’t help but feel a little proud and was pleased that Al looked so good when he stepped onto the stage. He paused, standing next to the large piano and did a small formal bow before adjusting the piano seat. He flipped the tails of his tux out behind him as he sat.
It might have just been Dale, but he felt as if the whole room were holding their breath, waiting for Al to begin. They didn’t have to wait long. He couldn’t help but smile. It was the same song that he’d heard Al practicing. For some reason it made Dale want to jump up and dance and then act silly, running around chasing a mouse.
Dale tapped out the beginning rhythm on his leg. Gina reached over and took his hand, stopping him. He didn’t take his eyes off of Al, but did frown at her keeping him from playing along with Al, if only in his imagination.
After a few minutes, he pulled his hand away and did it anyway. He looked at her and with a look dared her to do it again. With his attention back on Al, he couldn’t help but smile. But during a slower more serious part, he had a feeling in his stomach. He couldn’t quite decide if it were fear or dread or what it was exactly. But it was Al’s playing that was giving him that feeling.
Another minute or so into the piece, the hair on the back of Dale’s stood on end. It was almost scary how it made him feel. It didn’t last long because right after that was his favorite part: the part where he wanted to jump up and chase a mouse.
He couldn’t help it, but not only was he tapping his thigh with his finger he was keeping time with his feet. Dale watched intently, Al’s fingers a virtual blur as they flew over the keys of the piano. Then it was back to the main melody, the part where Dale just wanted to dance and go back to beating the mouse.
Then… it was the end. Dale jumped from his seat applauding. He may have even done a fist pump, but wasn’t sure. All he knew was that Al had without a doubt, nailed it. Dale wasn’t the only one who was immediately out of their seats. The entire auditorium was standing. Many were shouting Bravo. Dale looked around and he then understood what, or more importantly, why people knew him. In this world, Albert Borkowski was a rock star.
Review by Debbie Attenborough
Dale’s home and restaurant are destroyed by fire. Turning up at his sister’s house in his boxers and a raincoat give Chrissie the opportunity to finally give Dale the make over she has longed to give him. Al’s roommate leave, and he needs a new one to meet rent. Dale and Al come together, and neither expected what it would lead to.
*insert another, deeper sigh*
I wanted to love this, I really did. But for a couple of reasons, I didn’t.
I struggled to connect with either Dale or Al. At only one point, when it all came out about Al’s grandmother and what she did, did I feel for Al. It made me cry. I don’t know why I struggled to connect, and it always pains me when I am unable to voice what I need to say. Pains me deeply. Especially when this is a new to me author and I get to meet him later this year!
I found there was a great deal of dialogue, and the gaps between were few. What there was in the gaps, though, was good!
I liked the connection between Al’s father and Dale’s solicitors father. I did not like what Al’s grandmother did!! I did like the way it came out though, just not the depths she went to to get what she wanted.
I loved how, one way or another, Dale, Al and Chrissie all ended up in Paris, at the same time! Cute, that. Really cute.
So all in all, a good book, but for ME, not a great one.
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Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and was urged to turn his talents to writing. ‘Cooking English’, a short story, now part of his anthology collection, Inappropriate Roads, is now available. My Hero was his first novel, which turned into an international best seller. Max now has a total of six completed novels, which are listed on his website, along with the entire Memories Series. My Hero: The Olympian, the sequel to My Hero was released late last year.
Max can be reached at
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