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The Old Man Who Flirted with Young Waitresses by [Bruno, Frank J.]
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The Basic Story Line

The basic story line of The Old Man Who Flirted with Young Waitresses is set forth in the novel’s first-person prologue:
“When I was sixty-three years old, I impregnated nineteen-year-
old Terry Mezzogiorno. She was unhappy about it. I was unhappy about it. My forty-three-year-old girlfriend was unhappy about it. It turned out that Terry’s ex-boyfriend, at the time in prison, was unhappy about it. My mother was unhappy about it. I felt that I had been thrown – or had thrown myself – into a deep pit. I couldn’t see the light. And I didn’t know how to dig myself out. And yet, as they say in Chinese philosophy, “From good comes bad. From bad comes good.” Consequently, I have quite a story to tell.”
Roberto Mastroianni is the protagonist of the novel. He is, as already indicated, its first-person narrator. He is sixty-three-years-old, a retired professor of English literature, and lives with his domineering Italian mother, eighty-year-old Luisa. He is, when the novel opens, a mamone, or “a mama’s boy.” He spends is life in limbo wandering between Boom-Boom’s Café, hanging out at his best friend Dino’s liquor store, working sporadically on a novel called Tough Guy, and dating his girlfriend, ex-stripper Julia. The status quo of his life is turned upside down when he begins a relationship with nineteen-year-old Terry, a waitress at Boom-Boom’s Café.
It is Terry who seduces Roberto. She is just using him for sex and a little companionship while waiting for roughneck Johnny Dalton, her boyfriend, to get out of prison. Terry is on the wild side. She ran away from home and her wino father, Garibaldi, at the age of sixteen.
When Johnny comes out of prison and finds out Terry is pregnant with another man’s child, the situation becomes complex and difficult. Terry continues to profess her love for the abusive Johnny.
A satisfactory resolution of the novel’s central problem is eventually achieved. I won’t spoil the book for you by giving away the details of its ending.

Character List

Roberto Mastroianni. As already indicated, Roberto is the protagonist of the novel. He is a retired sixty-three-year-old professor. He and his pals flirt with waitresses. It’s all pretty innocent. Then Terry Mezzogiorno gives him a note that says: “Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is?”

Terry Mezzogiorno. She’s nineteen, wild, and impulsive. She ran away from home she was sixteen years old. She has a tattoo of a butterfly on her left breast. She eventually falls in love with Roberto, even though he’s old enough to be her grandfather.
Johnny Dalton. He’s Terry’s boyfriend. He is in prison when the novel opens. He wears a black leather jacket and drives a Harley. He’s cocky and self-confident. When he finds out that Terry is pregnant with Roberto’s child, he wants her to have an abortion.

Luisa Mastroianni. Luisa is Roberto’s mother. She’s dominating, but loving. She provides a stable home base for Roberto, and, later, Terry.

Dino Leone. He’s sixty-two, owns a liquor store, and is Roberto’s best friend. Dino is a lady’s man. He acts on his impulses, and is almost stabbed to death by his long-suffering wife, Simone.

Julia Davis. Julia is Roberto’s long-time girlfriend and an ex-stripper. She is also a talented avant-garde painter. She provides Roberto with both sex and nurturance. However, she ends her sexual relationship with Roberto when she learns about Terry.

Fortuna Russo. Fortuna is from New York. She’s a law student, and considers herself to be a psychic. She does a belly dance for Roberto in a motel. This leads to sex, but no commitment. She’s in love with her law professor at Columbia. She makes an important statement on a folded slip of paper. Roberto opens the message toward the end of the novel, and it plays an important part in resolving Roberto’s conflict with Johnny Dalton and Terry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1398 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Coraggio Press (3 December 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018YCCM7E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Age Is Only A Number 19 August 2016
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I spend a good amount of time reading and enjoy reading all types of books mystery, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, and more. Many of my favorites have been in the Historical Romance and Action & Adventure genres. When I read the description on the product page, I became intrigued by the set of characters that were introduced in the prologue. Don't let the unassuming cover fool you, The Old Man Who Flirted with Young Waitresses by Frank J. Bruno offered a fresh storyline to an often redundant genre. I had never read a romance novel with an older gentleman as the focal point and was impressed with how well the author developed the relationships between each of the characters. Flawless writing, smooth transitions, along with vivid descriptions of places and the personalities of characters in this novel make this one of the best reads of the summer. The relationships between parent and adult children, best friends, boyfriend and girlfriend, acquaintances, and of course lovers all come together to create a well-rounded and believable story thanks to this masterful storyteller. Growing up with both my parents having Italian heritage and seeing the interaction with my grandparents and great grandparents as read I was reminded of so many conversations that I eavesdropped on as they sat around the kitchen table with company from the old country. It was refreshing to read about man's appreciation for the human form, lust, romance, sex, emotions, morals, character, etc. from a male perspective. Best of all it was done without being vulgar or distasteful. I am looking forward to more great reads from this well versed and talented author.
Disclosure: I will receive reimbursement for the cost of this book, however, this in no way influenced this review. We only write honest reviews regardless of whether we purchase a product at full price, at a discount, or received for free.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not for me 21 August 2016
By Stephanie - Published on
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It took me a while to find the words to write this review. This story is definitely not what I was expecting, but I suppose if you are under the impression that age is nothing but a number you'll find the story intriguing. It's a love story and it took me a while to get into it because of the age difference of the characters. It's not your typical romantic love story though it has some curves in it that you're not expecting. I think the concept of the story is interesting and for that I was willing to give it a shot and I'm glad I did. Generally stories like this are not my cup of tea and I don't want to say that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but it wasn't one of my favorites. If the age difference wasn't so large maybe I'd be a little bit more willing to recommend this book. Overall I think this story deserves three stars in my opinion because it couldn't really hold my attention for very long.
4.0 out of 5 stars New and raw 24 December 2016
By Mimi Jazman - Published on
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The Old Man Who Flirted with Young Waitresses by Frank J. Bruno is a standalone novel that revolves around the life of a sixty-three-year-old, a retired professor of English literature, Roberto Mastroianni whom life is routine and about to change overnight. I have read a very amazing book, Forbidden Fantasies: Lulu that has the same main idea as this book; its about the age difference between two lovers. This book triggers the feeling that I got when I first saw Forbidden Fantasies: Lulu and because of that, I picked up this book.
The plot of this book is strong, the plot and the scenes transitioning are seamless. The story moves at a steady pace and gradually becomes faster towards the end. The book starts with how Robertos life normally, his background and his routine for every day. He lives with his eighty-year-old mother and he is a true mamas boy. He spends most of his time in Boom-Booms Café where a nineteen-year-old Terry Mezzogiorno often serves him and this is where his routine life about to change. Terry is the one who starts seducing Roberto for sex while waiting for her boyfriend, Johny Dalton to be released. Roberto impregnated Terry during their short unexpected relationship and when Johny is out of the prison and finds out about the truth, he hurts Terry and left her in front of Robertos door.
I think its amazing actually to see how a mature male at his 60s fighting for his love. Im not really a big fan of this couple because the age difference is too huge; I would be more happy and delighted if Terry is in her 30s but regardless, it was still refreshing to see how positive Roberto is during this complex situation. This book has a happy ending but it doesnt mean I like it. Im not looking forward to that and to be honest, I am shocked that the book ends there. The author really did a good job in characterization as he writes about Terry, Roberto and Julias past to make sure we know our characters deeply. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a rare romance story and to anyone who could keep an open mind.
4.0 out of 5 stars in that it is a little different from how most authors love to come up with fantastical and overly “flowery” titles 1 September 2016
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Although the title of this novel is quite literal, it also grabbed my attention, in that it is a little different from how most authors love to come up with fantastical and overly “flowery” titles. The cover is also fairly unassuming, but I appreciate that it is quite reflective of the story content and sometimes it is nice to find a cover which isn’t too overdone or dramatic. The writing and editing in this novel is also quite good, and I really respect that the author has chosen a main character and narrator who is outside the norm of what heroes and male protagonists are usually like in romance type novels – this one is obviously far older than the normal male lover typecast into such stories, and it was interesting to get more of a perspective about, and consider the motivations of why, there would be an attraction to enter into a relationship between an older man and a much younger women. The story has a lot of depth actually, has good characterization, believable relationships, and deals with issues related to love, sex, attraction, family, and morality. I quite enjoyed this story, and I recommend the novel to readers who are looking for an easy to read, non-typical “romance” book, which still has a reasonable amount of depth to the story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Roberto can’t help but fall in love with her 26 August 2016
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Sixty-three year old Roberto was a mama’s boy, and he was ok with that. His days were routine, breakfast with the guys, Sunday church with mama, Friday nights with his girlfriend. When Terry, his nineteen year old waitress, slips him her phone number, he eventually takes her out. Even though her boyfriend will get out of prison soon, Roberto can’t help but fall in love with her. True to her word, Terry drops Roberto immediately upon Johnnie showing up. But soon after, Johnnie deposits a bruised Terry at Roberto’s door. It seems she’s pregnant with Roberto’s baby. When she goes back to Johnnie though, Roberto realizes he must step up and fight for what he wants.

This book was a pleasant surprise. I went in thinking the read would be totally different than it actually was. I liked Roberto from the start. In true form, he was a typical Italian mama’s boy bachelor. All the surrounding characters were well-rounded and thought-out. I was rooting for Roberto and Terry to be together, but I also know how hormonal nineteen-year-old girls can be. Without giving it away, I can only say that I loved the ending even though it left me wanting more.

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