A Helping of Love is a sweet, tender story about two people with two sets of issues finding themselves meeting through work and b uilding something new. The blend of each character's strengths and insecurities, and the low points and high points, as well as the miscommunication that develops are what makes the story one I like reading (and re-reading). There is drama, but it's more of what develops over time in a bad relationship - and it is dealt with. There are secrets that are uncovered and are also dealt with. What makes the story special (as with every story I have read of Mr. Grey's) is that the situations and how the characters work through them are everyday ones and the characters could be next door neighbors, co-workers, family or friends. Another keeper.
Peter Christopoulos meets Russ Baker when he gives Russ a quote for restaurant equipment, but is turned down. Things are not always what they seem and Russ is at a crossroads in his life. When Russ finds out Peter may still have an interest, things begin to develop between them. Not everything is going well as Russ's ex wants him back and Peter finds out that he may have a sibling he never knew.
If Peter Christopoulos has learned one thing from his last three years in a wheelchair, it’s that people have a hard time seeing past the hardware. When he asks out Russ Baker after giving him a quote on equipment for a new Greek restaurant, he’s disappointed but not surprised to be turned down.
Russ has been covering for his abusive boyfriend for so long it’s almost automatic, but with a little help from his friends, he finds the courage to break it off. To his surprise, Peter is still interested, and soon they’re falling hard and fast. But then their world is thrown into turmoil: Peter finds an old letter indicating he has a half sister he's never met, and Russ's past interferes when his ex makes it clear he'll do anything to get him back.