Better with Bacon
Title: Better with Bacon
Author: Matthew Lang
Series: Perchance to Dream Collection
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2017
When Patrick’s long-term girlfriend Li Ling dumps him just as he’s working up the nerve to propose, he ends up drunk on David’s couch—and later in David’s bed. Although initially reluctant to pursue anything beyond a one-time drunken tryst, David throws caution to the wind during an intimate dinner, where the two men also discuss Patrick’s dream of entering the food industry. Just as the friends-turned-lovers are settling into their new romance, Li Ling calls Patrick—she’s pregnant.
Convinced the announcement spells the end of their love affair and a return to their platonic friendship, David flees to Sydney to escape his heartbreak. But upon his return to Melbourne, David discovers the situation hasn’t gone the way he’d expected. There might still be a chance for David and Patrick’s dreams to come true if they can forgive each other’s mistakes and move forward.
Better with Bacon – Author Matthew Lang infiltrates the enemy city.
Do you know what the capital of Australia is? You probably know how to mispronounce the name of our Prime Minister already (please, keep doing it, it’s hilarious), but if you said Canberra, and you haven’t visited the country, you’re ahead of the game. Canberra, as some people know, is off to the west of Sydney, and long story short, was chosen because no-one could decide between Melbourne and Sydney. And that hasn’t changed. Well, okay, the people who live in each city are each convinced it’s the best in the country, Band I live in Melbourne, which tells you almost everything you need to know right there.
In Better with Bacon, workaholic David runs away to Sydney after things take a turn for the worse with his best friend, Patrick. Work calls, and it’s an easy decision to take himself out of the picture for a while. It just might not be the right one. Melburnians like myself will often accuse Sydney of not having a grassroots creative scene, which keeps Melbourne full of gigs and shows that seem harder to come by in Sydney. Admittedly, I don’t live here, but I do have friends, even if they keep leaving the city for other states—like mine.
And, yeah, you probably caught that, right? I said ‘here’. I’m in Sydney, running away from my regular life to get some writing done, catch up with friends and do a bit in the city. I don’t have a huge amount of time, but I’m planning on hitting the Sydney Fish Markets tomorrow, and the botanical gardens the day after, and if I’m lucky, maybe the zoo. I’m also going to do an escape room, because, why not? The thing I like about the Fish Market is that you can buy super fresh sushi by weight, which works out cheap, fresh, and most importantly, delicious. The botanical gardens are right by the harbour, and I wandered through several years back, and it was amazing with the sea breeze, and I want to explore it more.
If you’re visiting for the first time, I suggest checking out the harbour bridge climb, and if you’re gay and into the nightclubs, pick one on Oxford Street, but well, it’s hard to say how the strip is now that the law has changed to not allow people to change venues after 3AM. I’m told it’s killed the city. I don’t know if that’s true, but I’ll have to go and see for myself when I get the chance. One of my favourite places that is still around is The Bookshop – Darlinghurst’s gay bookstore. Go give them some money and keep them in business if you can. And get a good book while you’re at it!
In the downtime, I’ll find a place to perch with my laptop and get some work done—including giving you all a special sneak peak of what I’ve been up to – first up, my trip to Sealife, the Sydney Aquarium. I don’t mention David going to visit while he’s in town, but I think he’d get a kick out of seeing the Dugong. I know I did.
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Matthew Lang writes behind a desk, in the park, on the tram, and sometimes backstage at amateur theater productions. He has been known to sing and dance in public and analyze the plots of movies and TV shows, and is a confessed Masterchef addict. He has dabbled in film, machinema, event management, and even insurance, but his first love has always been the written word. He is suspected of frequenting libraries and hanging around in bookstores, and his therapists believe he may be plotting some form of literature.