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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Chef Dylan Trevino screwed up bad, and he knows it. When he left Texas, his job, and his boyfriend behind, Dylan was confident Aston would follow him to New York. Now he’s back home and working for the worst caterer in Austin just to pay the rent. Being head chef at a party thrown by a famous rocker doesn’t make up for serving bland tacos while dressed like a dime-store co ...more
Published February 16th 2016 (first published May 5th 2015)
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Kasia Bacon
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Your last boyfriend was a jerk,” Dylan said. “You should forget everything that asshole said.”

Aston pondered the idea. His last boyfriend had also called him Winbaby and told him he loved him.

This adorable, standalone short story, set in Texas, was originally a part of the Romancing Austin anthology.

Tall Order might be much lighter and sweeter than the reads I naturally gravitate towards. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it

This is a story, in which past mistakes are rectified, lovers reunite a
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this to be an absolutely adorable story. A true feel good tale. We jump right into the "after the relationship" part of Aston and Dylan's situation. There were these little parts that broke my heart. The struggle these two went through when they were a part. The struggle they still go through. How much them being together seems almost vital to them. It isn't until you really see them together that you realize they just can't be a part . This is sweet story about how important it is to go ...more
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
My half of our Gay Guy / Straight Girl Co-review. Click the blog link below for the full review and discussion.

3.5 Stars


Well this was delightful little morsel. A story of second chances and growing up and realizing a perfect life isn’t always the most glamorous. Set in Austin, Texas amid Win’s
art, Dylan’s culinary debacle, and the SXSW scene, I’m betting by the end of
the first chapter you’ll be craving more.


Aston Winkler (Win) - A 6’ 7” nerdy creampuff! I just ate
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adorable! Really, this rekindling of an old flame romance is just the sweetest. It's obvious these guys are still really into each other, and they're using circumstances to cover stubbornness. Well, Dylan is. Win is just... *happy sigh* Really, really lovely. I loved the contrast between his personality and his build. I also liked the fact he had a solid will going on beneath the marshmallow coating.

I'd love to read an expanded version of this--from the moment Dylan went to New York, to the fin
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here's my half of the review from - for the full, joint Gay Guy/Straight Girl review please see the link at the end of my review.

Tall Order, by Irene Preston
Review by OJ

Rating: 3.8 stars


Chef Dylan Trevino screwed up bad, and he knows it. When he left Texas, his job, and his boyfriend behind, Dylan was confident Aston would follow him to New York. Now he’s back home and working for the worst caterer in Austin just to pay the rent. Being head chef at a party thrown by
Christi Snow
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Review:
I love that a lot of Irene Preston's stories take place in Texas, since I'm from there. And this one takes place during the iconic South By SouthWest in Austin.

Dylan left Austin a year ago to chase his dream of running a kitchen in NYC. Aston was his boyfriend at the time, and an artist not really making a living on his art. Dylan expect Aston to follow him, but that didn't happen. Now Dylan is back in Texas, broke and broken and Aston is the one picking up the pieces.

There were thin
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
A cute short story if a bit jumbled, but if I never read the word baby again it'll be too soon. It drove me bat shit crazy.
Angela Goodrich
Having enjoyed Preston’s M/M romance You Can Leave Your Boots On, I was quite happy for the chance to read Tall Order. Because Dylan and Win have a past, there’s no need for relationship building. However, the author does a nice job of trickling out the information about their past as it is needed to heighten the tension between the men as they dance around possible reconciliation a year later. Between Dylan’s pride and Win’s shyness, their reconciliation is not only long in coming, it’s also no ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Review can be read at It's About The Book

Tall Order is a short story about a guy named Dylan who reached for his dreams and fell flat on his face. He also lost the love of his life, Aston. Or he thought he did. Dylan left Austin thinking he’d made it but returns with nothing. No job. No money. Full of shame and not wanting to face or burden his friends or family by imposing himself on them. So he takes works in a diner. Lives in a dump and takes a job he never ever thought he would with a cr
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Hearts

This super cute, quick read was a lot of fun. Irene Preston is a new to me author and I’m really glad I picked this one up. It should be noted that this is a short story with a fabulous amount of angst. I am somewhat of an angst junkie so this was right up my alley.

Dylan Trevino is down on his luck. Having lost his dream job and his boyfriend he’s back where he started except working at a place he hates.

Aston Winkler lost his boyfriend Dylan to a big misunderstanding and a horrible lack
Sherry Bohrmueller
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tall Order
4 stars

Tall Order was a very quick sweet read of second chance at love.
Because it was so short it skimmed on many topics that were important to the story.
Win was very self conscious of being so tall but had a wonderful heart which was hurt by Dylan. Dylan left Win but never considered them broken up, which I thought was odd, I mean he left and never called him. After Dylan came back I thought it took Dylan awhile to realize he needed to let Win help him.

I wished it had explaine
3.5 Stars
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This was a bit disappointing because one of the main characters, Dylan, was kind of a jerk for a big chunk of the book. Dylan left his boyfriend Win when he left New York for a new restaurant job and simply expected Win to drop everything and follow. Win didn't follow and the New York restaurant didn't make it so Dylan came back to Austin and has been hiding from everyone he knows while he tries to get back on his feet. That is until Win shows up at an event Dylan is working at. E
Cute Second Chance romance

This was a cute second-chance romance but I didn’t find it quite as satisfying as A Taste of You had been. The length worked really well for the pairing and I like the way they found their way back to each other. Do wonder about why Dylan was so reluctant to feel like a mooch or like he was depending on anyone other than himself, though.
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chef, artist
Adorably cute read that drives home the need for communication and honesty in a relationship.
Anu Vaarama
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good and well-written story, quite unique way to tell things to reader - via emotions.

Dylan Trevino is back in Texas, though he never expected that to happen. He left for New York to pursue his dreams, even though it meant leaving Aston Winkler behind. Dylan's new position with one of the worst caterers in town is beneath him. But when you've burned bridges and you need to start over, you have to take what you can get. With a gig like a major party at SXSW, Dylan hopes he might be able to wow and surprise his way to something new. But Dylan's in for the real surprise when Aston (
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-baby
For its length it was really good! I loved the characters too.
Joyfully Jay
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

I enjoyed this short novella, and really liked the characters within. Dylan is a strong, cocky, confident guy, but he’s had some hard times and is now struggling. Aston, or Win as Dylan calls him, is geeky and insecure, much of which stems from his abnormally tall height. The two men were good together when they were actually together. But the past almost year has been tough on them both. I loved the premise here, and it’s what got me interested in the book. A re
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 *
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tall Order by author Irene Preston is a fast paced book with a lot of angst inside. Dylan is coming home after epically failing to be a chef in New York City. He used to be a big shot now he was barely making it at the local greasy spoon. Aston his ex boyfriend who did not want to go to New York with him, he is now successful as an artist. Dylan used to take care of Aston, to help him with his art. Now Aston doesn't need the help Dylan does. But Dylan is a very proud man he doesn't want to have ...more
Debra Guyette
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chef Dylan Trevino is back in Austin. He made a big mistake when he left for New York. He was sure his boyfriend, Aston, would follow him. Nothing worked out as he thought and now he is back, reduced to working for the worst caterer in town just to pay his bills. He is thankful Aston cannot see him now.

Aston Winkler’s steam punk guitar mods are all the rage now. He is invited to all the musician’s parties and concerts. He would rather be home though, listening to garage bands. At 6’7”, Aston has
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Not a bad read. I don't like flash backs. That's my only complaint about this book.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omg, I am so sorry but I would have stared and I would have wondered how it works between the two of them. The books was really good and I liked the chemistry between the characters. What I didn't like was that there was no explanation really why Dylan did not get another Chef position in Austin? Why did he work at a fast food outlet close to the airport? What made him hit rock bottom? I enjoyed the development of Aston from a young "starving" artist to a successful one, who was his own man and ...more
Blaine Hall
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have wanted to read this for some time, and am glad I finally got the chance. Being tall as well, although only 6'4", I understand where Aston is coming from. I loved the fact that we started the story after the innital relationship story happened. Also liked to see them switch (Dylan jobless and Aston doing extremely well) it was a very nice change. Without giving anything away, the story was well written and I really liked how Irene Preston worked both of her characters. Plus, there is nothi ...more
John-Torleif  Harris
This felt like the second half of a larger book

There wasn't much of anything in the way if character development here. Both Dylan and Win had already experienced their growth before the book began and these two characters simply were reuniting after their choices leading to growth had driven them apart.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely little story, and I absolutely adore Win, Dylan not so much, though. But if Dylan is what Win wants, well, that's enough for me too, and I am delighted to see them taking off into the sunset - with Izzie, of course ;-)
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I'm not a big fan of the second chances trope, but this one was really sweet, and I loved how vivid the world around the MCs was.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a short sweet read. I'm a fan of second chance stories, and was so glad Win and Dylan got their HEA.
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Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one. As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe. Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.

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