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Excerpt & Giveaway: When Sean Loves Rusty by Chris Cox

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When Sean Loves Rusty

by Chris Cox

Release: March 18, 2014

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Synopsis

Best friends since grade school, lovers since high school, Sean Delahunt and Rusty Duchene thought nothing could ever tear them apart. Then Sean graduates college and his world changes, while Rusty’s stays the same. Offered a job in Boston, Sean knows asking Rusty to leave New Orleans is a big sacrifice for his soul mate, who has a successful career and supportive family. Abused and rejected by his own family, Sean struggles with self worth and thinks this career opportunity will give him a new life. Rusty wavers in his trust but takes and chance and agrees to follow him to Boston. Alone for several weeks in a strange city, Sean is determined to make friends on his own. When Rusty arrives, this new Sean makes him feel insecure. Crushing student loans, being unable to find a job and suspicions about the nature of Sean’s friends strain an already tenuous relationship. A trip home for the holidays reminds both men of all they’ve left behind and makes them reevaluate what they want in their future. On the verge of wedding vows, a career crisis threatens to bring their lives back full circle. Money, moves and men…will this longtime love last forever or will life in the big city destroy their young love?

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“Sean wanted to go to him. To wrap his arms around the boy who always included him, to the man who always comforted him. Instead, he squeezed the pillow tighter and willed Rusty to turn around. If he would just turn around.

“Bravado. It was all bluff. I was scared shitless. Every time we moved, I was scared shitless.”

“What were you afraid of?”

“Of being alone.”

“Is that why you’re with me?” Rusty unfolded his arms and scrubbed both hands through his curls. “No, of course not. You would never have to be alone if you didn’t want to be. With the way you look, with the way you are, you’d just have to give a guy one of those sideways looks and he’d follow you anywhere.”

“No, Rusty. No. They wouldn’t. I wouldn’t.”

“You did. You said you really wanted to go to Boston.” Rusty turned around. The tears streaking his face broke Sean’s heart. “And I said I would follow you anywhere.”

“And now you don’t want to.”

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In Chris Cox’s stories, men climb steep mountains of emotion and brave treacherous valleys of personal growth on a journey to love. The Bayou Boys series is about deep relationships, about finding yourself as well as your soul mate, and about learning to feel right in your own skin. Sexy and complex, Chris’ writing delivers the stories that touch readers’ hearts. Born and raised in Louisiana, Chris worked as an electrical engineer before chucking the corporate ladder and becoming a full-time writer. Chris resides in Louisiana, where the gumbo is hot…but the men are hotter. You can check out more about Chris Cox by visiting http://www.chriscoxwrites.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook/chriscoxwrites.com and on Twitter: @ChrisCoxWrites.

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Cover Reveal: A Hunted Man by Jaime Reese

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After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his new found freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.

Hunter Donovan, Assistant State Attorney, is a man of justice who loves a challenge. After a lifetime of putting his career first, a milestone brings him to a harsh realization—he’s lonely.

Hunter’s world changes when he meets Cam. The wary young man intrigues him and awakens a desire unlike anything he’s ever experienced. When Cam’s past resurfaces and threatens to rip them apart, their budding relationship is challenged and Cam’s hope for a future begins to dim.

These outside forces hunting Cam will stop at nothing to send him back to prison. But they’ll have to get past Hunter first.

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Hunter stood in line and watched Cam tend to the few lingering post-lunchtime customers. Cam’s smile came a little easier and his stance less guarded.

His body, although still lean, was tighter and a little broader from the yard work at the halfway house. A slight tan colored his skin now, the faint golden tone further accentuating the blue in his eyes and the white of his smile. His hair had a sprinkling of highlights as if the sun had kissed his head. Sunrises gave him hope, but they also seemed to awaken a natural physical beauty that had been hidden for far too long.

“How can I help you? Sir,” Cam said when it was finally Hunter’s turn at the register.

Hunter leaned over the counter. “You know that drives me nuts.”

Cam smiled and grabbed Hunter’s tie to pull him closer. “I know.” After a quick peck, Cam released him.

Hunter reached over and rubbed Cam’s stubble. “Are you letting this grow out?”

Cam shrugged. He looked away and scratched his growing scruff. “It makes me look older.”

“Since when do you want to look older?”

Cam shrugged again and fidgeted with the receipts.

Realization finally hit Hunter. He grabbed Cam’s chin and forced him to make eye contact. “Are you doing that for me?”

Cam’s mouth narrowed and his brows lowered. “There’s not much I can do for you. So if growing some hair on my face will make you feel a little less self-conscious, then I’ll grow a full fucking beard if I have to.”

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Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

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The Lone Wolf Trilogy: The Good Wolf and The Bad Wolf by Meredith Russell

The Lone Wolf Trilogy:

  • The Good Wolf (book #1)
  • The Bad Wolf (book #2)
  • The Ugly Wolf (book #3) – Not yet released

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The Good WolfThe Good Wolf by Meredith Russell

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Sometimes the only way to let love in is to let the wolf in, too.

Ten years ago, Mason fell for his best friend while at university. Little did he know just two years later, that same friend would turn his world upside down in a way Mason could never have imagined. Now, he lives a cursed life. Living in solitude, Mason does everything he can to keep people away, not only for his safety, but for theirs, too.

The night of the full moon.

Niall has no idea he’s a werewolf, but fate brings him and Mason together. A trick of the moon or something deeper, the men are drawn to each other. Together they must find a way to deal with what has happened to them both. But first Mason must learn to trust Niall and realize being alone is not always for the best.

So what did I think?

The Good Wolf was surprisingly unique. Definitely not the standard shifter story. I don’t read a huge amount of paranormal stories, so maybe there are more out there, but I haven’t read a story that provides such a brutal look at the world of werewolves.

This story isn’t about gorgeous alphas with their band of devoted followers. It isn’t about insta-love and werewolf bonding. It shows the horror and violence of the wolf.

Mason hates every moment of being a werewolf and has spent years trying to find a ‘cure’. He is alone, living in isolation, hiding from the man who created him and despising what he has become.

I didn’t feel this was a romance in the traditional sense but Niall and Mason develop a relationship as they deal with the horrific three days each month when the wolf takes over.

The Bad WolfThe Bad Wolf by Meredith Russell

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The blurb…

The journey to become a better man isn’t easy, especially when there’s something worth fighting for.

Evan has been alone since Kaine’s death, moving from place to place, and for the most part, keeping to himself. He never expected to cross paths with Mason and Niall again. When he gets caught up in something bigger than himself, he is left injured, scared, and with nowhere else to turn.

Michael is like no wolf Evan has ever met before. Born a werewolf, Michael is stronger and faster, but has yet to truly tap into his abilities. Taken in by Mason and Niall, Michael struggles to come to terms with the horrific events in his past and the loss of his family. In Evan, Michael finds an unexpected focus. And despite warnings of Evan’s own dark past, Michael finds Evan to be someone worth fighting for, and someone who can help him understand exactly what he is capable of.

So what did I think?

As with the first book in the series, this werewolf/shifter world is a completely different take on the worlds I have come across before.

This is a lot of focus on the negative aspects of being a wolf – the pain, sadness and desire to avoid the pull of the full moon. There is fear and loathing of the gruesome horrors that these wolves might find themselves involved in.

This story follows Evan, who was introduced in book 1. He is injured and stumbles across Mason and Niall (the couple from The Good Wolf), who he hasn’t seen for years. Evan is a changed man but Mason and Niall don’t know that and there is a lot of distrust.

Evan’s love interest is Michael, a young man with his own troubles, who was born wolf. They share a special bond and their relationship strengthens throughout the book but once again, this story wasn’t a typical romance as in the story is not purely focused around the couple and their feelings for each other.

This is a story of healing, mending bridges, learning to trust and fighting the enemy.

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To find out more about Meredith Russell and her books visit her website.

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