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RELEASE DAY EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Nobody’s Home by Dev Bentham

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Title: Nobody’s Home
Author: Dev Bentham
Release Date: November 15th 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

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Second chances can appear where you least expect them.

An artist: You can’t go home again—that was Nick’s motto for the past twenty years. He was a teenager when he left his abusive, mentally ill father back in Lacland, a small town in the northwoods of Wisconsin.

Nick’s made a successful life for himself in New York. Then comes the call—his estranged father has killed himself. Nick flies home to a house crumbling from years of neglect, and one very fat bulldog.

And a veterinarian: Jonas doesn’t love his job enforcing university research protocol. His passion is working with dogs, especially volunteering for his boyfriend’s behavioral studies projects. But when he discovers his so-called “life partner” is messing around, he leaps at a job offer in a small town miles away.

In spite of the grief swirling around Nick and Jonas, their first meeting is electric. But Nick will be in town for only a short time and Jonas is still stinging from the betrayal. The men try to keep their distance, but that’s easier said than done, especially in a small town where misery and hope share the same address.

This poignant story about two mature gay men will warm the hearts of readers who believe happy endings are within anyone’s grasp.

**This is an author’s version of the original story first printed in 2013 by Amber Allure.**

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

Nick watched Jonas make an incision in poor Lady’s belly. The sight of Jonas dressed in a blue surgical gown, his hair and face covered and his hands gloved, made Nick feel even more like an asshole for not having paid attention earlier. Not to mention, there was something sacrificial about the way Lady lay on her back with her legs strapped to the table’s sides. Nick winced at the sick, slurpy sound as Jonas pulled out a hefty, sausage-like loop of tissue from inside her abdomen.

“This is her uterus,” Jonas said, like he was making a documentary. Probably trying to make Nick feel more comfortable, but it wasn’t working. This whole thing was Nick’s fault and even though he knew it had to happen, watching Lady get cut up didn’t make him feel better about it. Jonas etched an opening in the sausage, reached inside and this time pulled out something wet, dark green and limp. He massaged it for a moment before clamping and snipping the umbilical and carefully set the pup on the towel.

He glanced up at Mary. “I don’t feel any movement but see what you can do.”

She picked it up and started rubbing the puppy briskly with the towel, carrying it over to the table they’d set up with a giant heating pad, towels and little blue bulbs for suctioning the puppies’ mouths.

Nick felt the idea that the pup was dead tumble through him. So much death. Jonas pulled out another and passed it to the blonde who’d been introduced as a veterinary assistant. She buffed the limp pup with her towel and joined Mary. Nick felt the futility of it all. Poor Lady. All this trouble for nothing. And it was all because of Nick’s stupidity. If he’d paid more attention and called the day before maybe these puppies wouldn’t be floppy, slimy, dead meat.

The next pup Jonas pulled out looked as limp as all the rest, but Jonas looked up at Nick and smiled that big bright smile of his. “It moved.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I write contemporary gay romance. My characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know they’re looking for true love, but when they meet their bershert, their true love, their lives are transformed. My stories are set in the real world where gay men have gay friends, families who do or don’t accept them, personal histories they’re not necessarily proud of and a myriad of experiences that have made them who they are.

I live in Northern Wisconsin with my Boston Terrier and Chicago spouse. I’ve published short stories, poetry, newspaper articles and academic papers and have worked in nearly every profession from restaurants to retail to open-water diving and now write m/m romance out of my fascination with love, courage and gender.

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads

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☊☊☊ Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham ☊☊☊

Moving in Rythmn

Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham

This is a review of the audio version narrated by Charlie Belmont.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Mark Apolostolos should be able to have any man he wants. Handsome and smart, he’s also cripplingly shy, especially around attractive men. Tired of waking up alone, he’s desperate to conquer his insecurities and have a real, meaningful relationship.

He gets his first opportunity when he tags along to his sister-in-law’s dance class and lays eyes on the sexy instructor. Seth Miller has a way of moving that takes his breath away. It isn’t long before sparks fly and they share a steamy kiss, but Seth wants much more than just a casual encounter.

If Mark wants a real relationship with Seth he’ll have to come to terms with his sexuality—but will it be enough to break through the walls he’s built up around his heart?

So what did I think?

I found this book a little bit challenging to review, struggling to separate the story from the narration because I actually listened to the audio book (narrated by Charlie Belmont) rather than reading the story.

The reason I found it challenging was because I found the story a little slow moving and it was hard to determine if this was mainly driven by the story itself or from the speed of the narration. I have a feeling that if I had been reading this myself and at my own fairly rapid pace, it may not have felt quite so drawn out. I would like to give it the benefit of the doubt and say the slowness was mainly due to the narration speed (from past experience I usually find the pace of audio books a little bit slow for my liking).

The story follows Mark, incredibly shy with a diagnosed condition that has prevented him forming relationships, who moves in with his sister-in-law to support her through the last months of her pregnancy while his brother is deployed overseas. Mark meets Seth and they are attracted but his condition means Mark needs to overcome some hurdles if they are to be together.

I liked that Mark had finally found a man worth trying to break through his own barriers for. I liked that Seth took things slowly and was prepared to handle a unique relationship that didn’t consist of a lot of face-to-face time. It was quite interesting to see Seth relate to his rescue greyhound and encourage the dog to trust and venture into the world and see the same occur with Mark.

I wanted to love Mark but for some reason, although understanding the difficulties he faced in life, I found him slightly annoying. There was a repetitiveness to his thoughts and actions that irritated me slightly (plus all the references to ‘he blinked’, ‘Mark blinked at him’…)

The other characters were engaging – Seth, sister-in-law Lisa, friend Claire and brother Pete. Plus the dogs were cute!

So all in all, quite a nice and sweet story with some lovely lines…
“Besides you’re not a greyhound Mark. You’re a bulldog. Tough and wary, loyal as all get-out, not easy to get close to and you know, that intrigued me but once inside what do I find but this huge heart. I’d be the crazy one to walk away from you.” He grinned. “And by the way, you should hope it’s an extension of my dog thing. I make long term commitments to my greyhounds.” Sorry if the punctuation is wrong but I am listening to it being said, not reading it!

To find out more about Dev Bentham and books visit their Goodreads author profile.

Buy Moving in Rhythm from Amazon.