I’ll Have What He’s Having

Forever: Grand Central. Aug. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9781538739518. pap. $17.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
When Farzan pays a visit to a local wine bar, he encounters David, an employee who mistakes him for an important food critic. David proceeds to give Farzan the VIP treatment, and after an evening full of electric chemistry, they go home together and share an unforgettable night. It’s only the next morning that they realize the case of mistaken identity that brought them together. They decide to embark on a friends-with-benefits arrangement, since David’s not able to commit to anything serious. His ambition is to pass the master sommelier exam and leave Kansas City for a bigger city and a higher salary. So they strike a deal—Farzan will help David study for the test, while David will help Farzan manage the Iranian restaurant his retired parents recently handed over to him. But as they get to know each other, their bond grows into love, despite believing they don’t have a viable future together.
VERDICT With an eminently likable group of characters, a generous helping of wine and foodie culture, and an extra steamy and tender love story, YA author Khorram’s (The Breakup Lists) first foray into adult fiction will warm readers’ hearts.
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