Dempsey’s Grill

Book Cover: Dempsey's Grill
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 17.99
ISBN: 978-1645830054
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 322
Kindle: $ 4.49
Pages: 322
ePub: $ 4.49
ISBN: 9780463393895
Pages: 322

Gibson Baker had it all. A beautiful house in Seattle, a beautiful girlfriend and a steady teaching job.

But when Gibson’s loses his job and his girl on the same day, he’s forced to crawl home to Eugene, Oregon.

At least Mom’s happy to see him.

His successful realtor sister, Hope, is not impressed and makes it clear he needs to land another job, and soon! Dempsey, Gibson’s best friend from high school, arrives with promises of ‘the opportunity of a lifetime’. Dempsey wants to open a restaurant. But Dempsey’s dreams are always that – dreams. And Gibson’s not eager to get involved in yet another doomed venture. Until Gibson’s childhood sweetheart, Gail shows up.

What starts out as a wild dream, a desperate plan and a dare, soon takes on a life of its own. With Hope’s help, the trio of misfits finds the perfect spot for the restaurant, but as the grand opening approaches, each must face unresolved issues from their past.

Can they pull together and grow beyond their previous failures, or will they give up their dreams to do the safe and responsible thing?

Publisher: Foundations
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Gail stormed into the house, out the front and slammed the door. I opened my mouth to say…I don’t know, something, when the door flew open.

"For the record," Gail announced loudly as she marched back into the ring, "I didn't know he was married! It's not my fault his wife was so busy breeding she didn't even notice his wandering gaze. He lied to me just as much as he lied to her, so I don't see why you're so pissed at me, Hope. I didn't do anything to you.”

"Ladies," I pleaded with a panicked grin. "Let's go back to our pleasant non-male hating conversation. Please? Hope? Your truck?"

"Shut up!" they shouted in unison.

Hope strode across her patio to stand face to face with Gail. Picture a steel cage match minus the screaming drunks and you'll come close to what I witnessed. I was hoping for a handshake and goodwill. Not today.

"So, tell me, homewrecker. Did you have to pay for your abortion, or did it come out of his wife's purse?"


Gail shook her head, a savage grin on her face. "You're pathetic. No wonder your husband cheats on you."

"Get! Out!" Hope screamed and snatched Dempsey's iced tea glass. I didn't know if she really would have thrown it at Gail's head, but fortunately, Gail didn't wait around to find out. She ducked back into the house and a moment later we heard the front door slam again as she exited out to the front yard.

“So, when do we leave to get my grill?” Dempsey asked. Both Hope and I turned and stared at him.


Reviews:on Amazon:

I received an ARC copy of Brian Fagan's "Dempsey's Grill", and as with all books, I wondered what I was getting. I finished Chapter One and knew Fagan's book was a winner. He provided a full range of emotions. I loved some characters, wanted to strangle one, and had one or two that bounced between love and hate. The relationships between the characters were genuine, and by the time I reached the end, I had fond feelings for all of them, even the one I wanted to strangle. Fagan's writing is smooth, fluid, and took me from event to event, making me feel like I was part of the story. It was a quick, thoroughly enjoyable read, and I recommend it with no reservations.

on Amazon:

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and I'm glad I did. It's been a while since I read a story that left me with a smile on my face at the end.

Dempsey's Grill tells the story of Gibson, a teacher who is fired and dumped by his girlfriend (one of the most insufferable characters you'll ever meet on a book page) and has no choice, at the age of twenty-nine, but to move back to his home town and in with his parents. There he meets up with childhood friend, Dempsey, who has a crazy idea about opening up a grill that sells the best burgers in town. Joining in on this venture is Gibson's first love, Gail; an old neighbor who he last saw when they were fifteen, and someone who brings out the best in him. As they help Dempsey achieve his dream, hijinks ensue, friendships are tested, Gibson learns about his own family and self, and what he truly needs to be happy.

Bryan J. Fagan writes in such a fun, conversational tone that you'll feel like your hearing this story from your best friend. I definitely recommend this book for those looking for a feel-good story that teaches you a little something about growing up when you're already supposed to be grown, and the relationships that help shape you.

on Amazon:

I was gifted a copy of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were quirky but believable and it was fun to see them grow as the story evolved. I appreciate a good belly laugh and this book delivered many. I love reading first novels because they usually unearth a wonderful story that has just been waiting to be hatched. Fagan delivers...

on Amazon:

Dempsey’s Grill is a quirky, delayed maturity, coming of age story. Gibson and his best friend, Dempsey, are on the cusp of turning 30, the age they believe is their last chance to get their acts together and perform as fully functioning adults. Their lives are going nowhere fast. Neither of them has a real job or relationship, and the time is now or never. Their decision to start a burger joint plunges them in the deep end of the occupational pool, and their efforts to figure out what the heck they’re doing provide an amusing romp. Adorable, relatable characters make the reader root for them to succeed, and the crazy plot twists keep you guessing. The satisfying ending ties up all the story threads. No cliff-hangers, this is a complete stand-alone.

on Amazon:

Dempsey' s Grill is a quick witted, fun and emotional ride that you will not want to end! The characters are loveable and real, always providing a giggle or a gasp. A wonderfully told, heartwarming story of the joys and perils of youthful ambition. I highly recommend treating yourself to this well written, very enjoyable read by Bryan Fagan.

on Amazon:

Dempsey's Grill is full of coming of age, you CAN go home again fun. Best friends reunite in their home town and decide to open a burger place. Some shenanigans ensue as they set out to accomplish this task, and , of course, there is a love interest as well. You will enjoy the characters Bryan Fagan has created. I would enjoy more by this author and you will too!
Pick up Dempsey's Grill and loose yourself in this delightful book.

on Amazon:

While this is not the type of book I typically read, I thoroughly enjoyed it. From the very beginning, I felt as though the author was telling me the story himself. Fagan created a delightful group of characters, from likeable to deplorable and yet somehow managed to make me like them all by the end. Watching the characters grow and mature through their antics and challenges was both funny and heartwarming. I recommend this book for anybody who wants a quick, light, enjoyable read.

Paperback - $17.99

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