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EXCERPT, GIVEAWAY & DISCOUNT CODE: The Love of Wicked Me by Brandon Shire

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First, let me say thanks for hosting the Wicked Men blog tour. The creation of this lengthy novel was quite an adventure. Throughout the course of writing each episode, readers were offered the opportunity to give their input and suggestions on how they thought the story should move along. And I threw in a few twists and surprises along the way, just to keep them on their toes. The Wicked Men blitz features seven unique excerpts, so don’t miss any. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Blurb

Sid Rivers and Jack Brown are two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm and dreams of money and power; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a quest for vengeance. When they meet, sparks fly. But was their meeting an accident? Or was it planned by the billionaires who want to control their destiny?

The Love of Wicked Men is an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage.

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Excerpt

Sid Rivers sat in his law office in Huntsville, Alabama listening to his partner, Larry Dunn, bitch about the criminal trial they’d just come in from. Larry was whining like it was a major case that would affect the profits of their firm, and he was starting to piss Sid off. Rivers & Dunn had nothing to do with criminal law. There’s wasn’t enough money in it for Sid to be happy, and certainly not enough aptitude required to keep him interested.

“He stabbed you.” Larry’s volume was low, but punctuated with anger in Sid’s typically quiet office.

Sid lifted his elbow slightly, tilted his well-muscled arm away from his body and looked down at his bicep. There was a small scar just below the cuff of his tailored short sleeve shirt. It was less than an inch and would easily escape notice if you didn’t know it was there. Certainly no one would see it with his suit coat on.

Sid shook his head, disagreeing. “He just nicked me. He could’ve stabbed me if he really wanted to. It was an accident. He turned with the knife in his hand. He was as surprised as I was.”

“Accident? He was robbing the goddamn store.”

“And he looked so hot doing it,” Sid murmured with a smile. He leaned back in his chair; his hands interlocked behind his head, and blew out a breath full of unadulterated lust, his eyes immediately distant.

Sid didn’t know what happened, not really. He’d stopped to buy a pack of mints and when his eyes connected with Jack Brown, he felt an electric jolt of lust he hadn’t grappled with since college. By the look in Jack’s eyes, Sid thought he’d felt it too. Neither of them had even noticed the small cut on Sid’s arm until his shirt tinged red.

“You should’ve seen how his arms bulged while he was waving that knife around…”

Larry threw his hands up. “It’s not just your fucking funeral, you know? We’re not in college anymore. You’re not the anti-jock all the flaming little queer boys are lusting after. That was twenty years ago.”

Sid looked at his law partner for the first time. “What’s your problem?”

“You just committed perjury. That’s my fucking problem,” Larry barked across Sid’s desk. “You could be disbarred if anyone ever found out. We could lose everything.”

“Perjury?” Sid rose from his chair and went to the private bar, pouring a glass of cognac. He swirled it in the glass for a moment, watching the liquid move. This was the Assistant DA’s fault, not his. “I didn’t pick him out in a lineup. I never identified him except in a verbal description.” Sid countered. “Patty should’ve asked me to identify him before she put me on the stand. That’s her fault. She didn’t do her follow-up. I can’t help it if she hasn’t learned how to do her job after ten years as ADA.”

“You lied because you want to fuck him.”

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About the Author

Great stories should not depend on gender or sexual preference of a character, but instead upon the strength of the characters and the honesty and urgency of the story.

Brandon Shire proves he understands the complexity of writing LGBT fiction from two very different viewpoints – serious and smexy. His serious fiction is written for those who enjoy a book, which explores life’s darker elements in a more literary form, while the smexy fiction is for those who enjoy a graphically erotic romance.

Regardless of the differentiation above, Brandon writes for people who enjoy being challenged, and for those who strive to understand situations they don’t typically encounter. He pens raw, emotional stories about characters, which readers will either love or love to hate.

Life and love are pretty damned special, but neither is always perfect. Life can be painful, and real love hard to find. Brandon’s fiction is an exploration of the (sometimes) arduous search for the happiness we all desire.

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Giveway

Using Rafflecopter below, enter to win ecopies of all Brandon’s books or one of five ecopies of The Love of Wicked Men Box Set. Open internationally. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

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3 Chicks After Dark, Attention Is Arbitrary, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Bike Book Reviews, Book Reviews & More by Kathy, Charlie Cochet, Cup o’ Porn, Divine Magazine, Foxylutely, Gay Media Reviews, GGR-Review, Hearts On Fire, Love Bytes, Multitaskingmommas Book Reviews, Nautical Star Books, The Novel Approach, On Top Down Under Book Reviews, Prism Book Alliance, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words & Sinfully… Addicted to All Male Romance

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☞ 149 M/M Romance Book Trailers and counting…..

I’ve discovered that I really enjoy watching m/m romance book trailers – not as much as reading the books of course 🙂 – but I get a kick out of seeing another side to the book, apart from the blurb.

It’s so interesting to see the elements the author has selected to include in the trailer.

  • The portraits and photos which show how the author has envisaged the main characters (I’m assuming the author approved them even if they didn’t find the pics themselves)
  • The chosen text and commentary to entice the reader
  • but most importantly, the music which really sets the mood!

I’ve managed to collect 149 m/m romance book trailers which I have collated into a You Tube Playlist. I hope you find some time to check them out and if you do find any that I haven’t yet included then please let me know so that I can add to my collection!

I have included the link to the full playlist but also selected a couple of individuals to highlight separately. I hope you enjoy my selection and most importantly, get tempted to buy and read the books! 🙂

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Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan – short, simple, gorgeous video of a cowboy on his horse

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Notturno by ZA Maxfield – beautiful, professional looking trailer

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Tri Omega Mates by Stormy Glenn – some pics of gorgeous naked men plus I like the music!

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The Value of Rain by Brandon Shire – evocative blend of music and the sound of rain

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Connor’s Courage by SJD Peterson – gorgeous black & white

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Cold by Brandon Shire

ColdCold by Brandon Shire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Book 1: Prison is a brutal, heartless, and demeaning environment. No one knows this better than a man sentenced to life in prison for murder. Lem Porter is a high-profile prisoner who had a solid career ahead of him in a field he loved until he killed his brother. He has spent almost eighteen years behind bars and doesn’t have much hope left.

Anderson Passero had it all. He built a career, a name, and a relationship with a man he thought he loved. Only after he very publicly landed in prison did he realize how ignorant he’d been. He has eight months left on his sentence and he is eager to go home and put prison life behind him. He doesn’t know it yet, but he will always carry these eight months with him, and they may just help him to understand what love really means.

So what did I think?

This was a masterful piece of storytelling, a brilliantly told tale that was impossible to put down.

The story is set within the confines of a prison. It is a harsh world and portrayed that way. The story is beautifully crafted and takes the reader right into the world of inhabited by Lem and Anderson.

For me this was a story of contrasts. Contrasts between characters, contrasts within characters, contrasts in the environment.

Please be aware that this review might be slightly spoilerish

Lem is a long-time prisoner, spending most of his adult life incarcerated for the murder of his brother. He is a huge man physically, tall and muscular and feared by most other inmates. However there is little sign of him being violent or providing a reason for this fear. In contrast to the stereotype of his physical appearance, he is actually a thoughtful, intelligent, college educated man. He feels a true affinity to nature and works in the prison greenhouse. He has never caused any problems in his eighteen years of imprisonment which allows him some favours with certain prison officials and guards.

In contrast, Anderson is smaller man and unlike Lem, he has experienced a lot more of life outside of prison. He had a thriving business, a relationship and a family. Anderson is nearing the end of his sentence and his prime goal is to just get through the next few months without trouble. After many years in prison without proper human contact, Lem somehow manages to break through his shell, illustrating the true power of their relationship.

Lem’s story is one of mystery. He has never admitted to why he killed his brother. He purposely jeapardises his chance of parole. I am not sure whether he is punishing himself or protecting someone  but he is resigned to spending the rest of his life in prison. His feelings for Anderson are obviously so strong that he finally is prepared, after many long years, to put himself through the inevitable sadness and sorrow that caring about Anderson would bring, their parting being unavoidable.“When Anderson left, Lem would be left with the cold winter again.”

There are a few moments where the author takes us from within the prison confines to the world that Lem remembers – nature, the forest. “There was no sense in dreaming about it; he knew he would never witness that kind of beauty again.” His love for the outside is obvious in the small pleasures he derives from working in the greenhouse and waiting patiently for the bonsai to bloom. The bonsai finally bloomed for the first time in twenty years, much like Lem blooming with his feelings for Anderson.

This is not an easy or gentle story. There is an incident which is the true catalyst for Lem and Anderson being fully aware of each other. In some ways their relationship starts with a truly violent act. Anderson’s feelings for Lem must be truly strong for him to overcome his fear, start to trust and open his heart. “Lem had opened his vulnerability, touched him with something that was not just sex.”……..“He felt safe and wanted and secure, and it was the first time he really felt it in his entire life.”

There are people who are supporting both men. Anderson has him sister and his mother on the outside. For Lem, he manages to wrangle favours from the guards which allow him and Anderson to spend time together. These ‘favours’ also extend to protecting his own life. It is these favours that give the men a truly special night “I think I love you,” Anderson whispered as he heard his footsteps fade away.”

This book is intense and emotional. There is no happy ending for the men. For me there were tears. But for Anderson, there is hope on the outside. “I’ll never forget you,” he whispered as they turned toward the highway.”

I am desperately hoping that the next book is both released soon and has the happy ending that I am craving.

5 Stars

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