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RELEASE DAY! Lost in the Fire by Draven St James

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Lost In The Fire

 by Draven St. James

#5 in the Firehouse Six series

Blurb

Aaron Evans embodies every complication Wren Tucker knows he doesn’t need. The tempting go-go dancer refuses to leave him alone and his attempts to get into Wren’s bunker pants don’t stop at the club, even the walls of the Firehouse aren’t safe. Wren’s control is only so strong, and his desire for Aaron is turning into a clawing need that’s digging through the many reasons keeping Aaron at bay.

Aaron is two cold showers away from hypothermia if the hot fireman of his dreams won’t give in to the lust Aaron sees blazing in Wren’s eyes. The only issue is, Wren is a forever man, and Aaron doesn’t have that in him to give, not with so many secrets locked behind the glitter and gold of his beautiful world.

As Wren begins to cave to Aaron’s delicious demands, he gets a deeper view of the tarnished landscape Aaron exists in. A murky pit of drug addiction that’s slowly dragging Aaron under, and Wren is going to have to fight like hell to save Aaron from it, to even have a chance at a new beginning with the man who has brought him out of the shadows.

Excerpt

      “One of these days, Wren Tucker…” Aaron turned to his side, pillowing his head with his bent arm. His eyes slid closed, and he murmured, “I’m going to get to you.”

      You already do. Wren crouched beside the bed. The first time Wren had seen him, Aaron had been dancing. The light from the club had touched on every toned dip and groove of Aaron’s body as it swiveled on the raised stage, his tight ass shaking with the beat of the music. All of that had been amazing, but it had been Aaron’s face that had captivated him—the free expression, like he was in another world. His full lips mouthing the lyrics, his head thrown back, and the locks of his black hair waving around his flushed face.

In that moment of abandon, Aaron had met Wren’s gaze, a smile tugging at the corner of his sensual mouth. Aaron had continued the dance, but he hadn’t stopped focusing on Wren.

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About the Author

Draven St. James is a born and raised Oregonian. She has traveled extensively in search of mischief and mayhem to fill her books.  Her ventures have been quite successful in inspiring a wealth of stories.  Of course at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where she finds her peace.

Where to find Draven St. James:

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Parker Williams, Havan Fellows, Bike Book Reviews, Full Moon Dreaming, Carly’s Book Reviews. Kimi-Chan, Bayou Book Junkie, Molly Lolly, Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My, Nephylim, Jessie G. Books, Rainbow Gold Reviews, 3 Chicks After Dark, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Happily Ever Chapter, My Fiction Nook, Up All Night, Read All Day, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Bookaholic Confessions, BFD Book Blog, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Divine Magazine, Three Books Over The Rainbow, MM Good Book Reviews, Foxylutely Book Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Amanda C. Stone, Inked Rainbow Reads, Ogitchida Book Blog, Mikky’s World of Books, Velvet Panic

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INTERVIEW: Melting Point by Kate Meader

Melting Point releases today. It is book 0.5 in the Hot in Chicago series.

The first book in the series is Flirting with Fire, and the second book will be Playing with Fire (9/29/15), both are Contemporary Romance. We interviewed Kate and asked what prompted her to write this sexy m/m romance in the middle of her m/f series.

Melting Point

Blurb

Things are heating up at Engine Co. 6 in this original e-novella from Kate Meader’s sizzling Hot in Chicago series! Superhot playboy firefighter Gage Simpson has one particular man on his mind: Brady Smith, a recalcitrant, moody chef who makes Gage melt from the inside out. Features a sexy sneak preview ofPlaying with Fire!

Firefighter Gage Simpson has it all: the job of his dreams, the family of his heart, and no shortage of hot guys lining up to share his bed. “Fun and easy” is his motto—and it’s kept him sunny through a painful upbringing and steered him away from trouble. But when trouble comes knocking in the form of a sexy, scarred, tattooed chef with a harrowing past and zero communication skills, Gage can’t help but be drawn to the flame.

Brady Smith isn’t fun. And easy isn’t in his vocabulary. When cocky Gage swaggers into his restaurant kitchen, the former Marine-turned-five-star-chef is blindsided by the firefighter’s beauty. Then confused that this golden guy with the sparkling blue eyes and the body of a god might be interested in him. As desire flares and temperatures rise, Gage and Brady will have to figure out if the heat between them is just a temporary flash—or the beginning of something real.

INTERVIEW

Thanks for joining us today, Kate. Congratulations on your Hot in Chicago series.  We are happy you’ve stopped by the Two Men blog to talk about Melting Point, the m/m novella, which releases today.

Thanks so much for having me! I love the name of your blog, by the way.

The first and second books in the series, are male/female romance. What prompted you to write this m/m novella (which sounds HOT by the way!)?

Well, my original idea was to write a prequel novella and three full-length books (all m/f), with an m/m subplot romance running through the longer titles. Gage and Brady’s romance would arc over those longer books, so each book would be two romances for the price of one. I had never written m/m before and I was worried about whether I could write it authentically, so getting my feet wet with the secondary romance thread seemed like a good way to do it. Then something happened: Gage Simpson. My out and proud cocky firefighter started stealing every scene and his story took on a life of its own. When I released FLIRTING WITH FIRE, readers responded so positively to Gage and started clamoring for him to have his own book. So the novella was born. But I’d like to stress that even though Gage and Brady’s romance starts in that first full-length Hot in Chicago book, I’ve written the novella in a way to ensure it’s a standalone. You might enjoy it more if you have that background, but it’s not necessary.

Was the writing process different and what challenges did you face writing m/m?

To be honest, the writing process wasn’t all that different. The real challenge was telling a full romance in a shorter format (both as a subplot in FLIRTING and the novella, MELTING POINT). I was sure I didn’t want to write an m/m story that focused on one of the characters being closeted because I felt that it’d been done, and a lot better than I could do it. I wanted to focus on a story where the coming out experience wouldn’t override the romance. That experience is perfectly valid, of course, but it seemed like too easy fodder for this story. Instead we have a very open and optimistic hero in Gage and a former Marine turned gourmet chef who has shall we say, communication issues. It’s so much fun watching the usually confident and chatty Gage become undone by surly, close-mouthed Brady.

Do you plan on adding more m/m stories to the series? Perhaps a full length novel? Sorry to be so focused on m/m but this is what our blog is about and our readers are interested in. 🙂

Beat that m/m horse! No, that’s fine, I completely understand that’s the blog’s focus. The Hot in Chicago series features a family of firefighting foster siblings who work together, so we have two novellas and three full-length books planned. Unless more foster siblings emerge from the soap-opera woodwork (what do you mean, the triplets didn’t die in that fire after all? :)), then I probably won’t be adding any more books to the series. However, I’m thinking on what to write next and I have ideas that will involve an m/m pairing, very likely a full-length novel. (There might be cops, that’s all I’m sayin’)

Oh, I love cops! 🙂 Do you read a lot of m/m books yourself? Can you tell us about your favourite?

I do! I’m a big fan of KA Mitchell and Collision Course is probably my favourite m/m. Joey is such a great hero and the perfect match for cynical Aaron.

The series features firefighters and is set in Chicago. All I know about this topic, I’ve gleaned from watching Chicago Fire (one of my absolute fav shows *wink*) but I have no idea of how realistic this is. How did you go about conducting research for the series?

I’m a big Chicago Fire fan, too (Severide, you do things to me). I actually have a friend who is a fire captain in the Chicago Fire Department, so he answered a ton of questions and let me hang with him and his crew for a day. I didn’t get to go out on any runs, most of which are paramedic calls and not fires these days, but I did speak with the firefighters about their day-to-day and listened in on dispatch calls. I also got to see the hose drying tower (*snort*) and worked in a dirty joke about it in one of the books. I mean, I had to. One of the things I learned is that CFD firefighters are awesome cooks, so I had Gage be the station’s chef. He and Brady share a love of food and cooking, and that’s part of their bond.W

Wow! You lucky girl. I’d love to spend a day like that. Finally, the cover of the book is gorgeous! Was it a hardship to have to look at photos to select the perfect one for the cover of Melting Point? LOL

Such. A. Chore. That cover just sizzles on the screen, doesn’t it? Actually, the art department and my editor did all the pre-screening to choose a photo, so I wasn’t as hands-on as I would have liked (heh). If I’d hated it, they would have been cool about it and gone back to the drawing board, but they hit it out of the park. I love it so hard.

Thanks for joining us today.

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About the Author

Kate writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip. Her latest series, Hot in Chicago, features firefighting foster siblings. With tattoos.

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Held Hostage by Morticia Knight

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Held Hostage

by Morticia Knight

Book #4 in the Sin City series

Blurb

SWAT officer Cole can handle just about anything, until he rescues Brett – a man who makes him question all he’s ever believed about love.

As a member of the Las Vegas Police Department’s SWAT team, Cole has seen his fair share of danger, but he’s never taken a chance on love. He’s willing to have some fun when the mood strikes him, but he’s married to the job. Called in on a hostage situation, Cole is prepared for anything and everything… except for the brave and beautiful Brett.

Brett has been burned before, most recently by Officer Parker McLean. He’s hoping to settle down in Vegas, perhaps find someone he can build a life with. The last thing Brett’s looking for is another man in uniform. But when he meets Cole, there’s an attraction that can’t be denied. Still, he hadn’t expected to fall for the chiseled alpha.

What begins as nothing more than two people experiencing a great night together spirals into something far deeper. But will Brett be able to handle the stress that comes with having a lover who constantly puts his life in jeopardy? And can Cole risk his heart on an everyday hero, or will the job he knows so well remain his top priority?

Excerpt

Brett had already grabbed both of them a beer and had brought it straight to the bedroom. Instead of jumping him the minute they’d entered the apartment, Cole had simply followed behind, eyeing him, as Brett had moved through the motions of being a good host and getting comfortable. He wasn’t going to stop and analyze why a man who’d just told him the night before that he didn’t do relationships had shown up unannounced at his job and was once again in his bedroom less than twenty-four hours later.

“Stop.”

Brett let go of the tie that he’d half unknotted already. He’d already hung his suit coat in the closet and had toed off his loafers then pushed them out of the way over by the dresser.

“How important is that tie to you?”

Brett glanced down at the royal blue silk neck accessory that had an elegant silver paisley design woven into the fabric. He liked it. Liked it a lot even. But was it important? Not really. He’d purchased close to a hundred ties since he’d been employed by Jon Martin. He wore one every day and preferred to have on the most recent seasonal styles when he went to work. It had no significance beyond that.

“Not important at all.”

Cole stepped toward him and Brett’s heartbeat accelerated. Cole reached down to finish untying the knot then pulled one end, sliding the thin strip of fabric out from under his collar. Cole wrapped the ends around each of his large hands then snapped them. It went taut. It was strong. Brett couldn’t wait to find out what it would feel like when Cole bound him with it.

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Each blog on the tour has one eBook copy of Book One of Sin City Uniforms to give away. So leave your comment now!

Winners will be announced at the completion of the tour.

About the author

Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

Where to find the author

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormorticiaknight?fref=nf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorticiaKnight

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Morticia-Knight/e/B005IQ2B6W/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1435546684&sr=1-2-ent

Tour Dates & Stops

7-Jul

Bayou Book Junkie

Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My

Up All Night, Read All Day

8-Jul

Prism Book Alliance

Jessie G. Books

9-Jul

Because Two Men Are Better Than One

Inked Rainbow Reads

10-Jul

TTC Books and More

VS Reads

13-Jul

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

Molly Lolly

Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy

 

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COVER REVEAL AND DISCOUNT! Black & Bluhe by RJ Jones

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Today we unveil a gorgeous cover by RJ Jones. This is the second in the Out of the Blue series and will be released in July/August 2015.

Blurb: 

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Grayson Black has never forgiven himself for not being able to save his identical twin brother, Jet from a savage beating. Gray was usually the target of his father’s wrath so he shoulders the blame for Jet’s near death. He has sworn to protect his brother ever since. Gray can’t afford a distraction, the type of distraction provided by a gorgeous blond who has been showing up at their gigs.

Kris Larson is a firefighter with the San Francisco Fire Department. Since the split from his girlfriend he’s spent time watching the Black Brothers play in the bars of San Francisco. It’s not until the brothers are left homeless after a fire at their apartment building that he realizes just how much he’s attracted to the brooding guitarist.

Before Gray and Kris can have a lasting relationship, Gray must learn to forgive himself, let go of the past and lay more than one demon to rest.

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To celebrate, RJ is offering the first book, Out of the Blue for only $.99 for the entire weekend. See below for buy links.

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The Blurb:

When everything happens Out of the Blue…

Lt Cameron Cooper has been with the San Francisco Fire Department for fifteen years. He’s seen and dealt with a lot of horrifying situations. He’s always considered himself mentally tough, but when he attends a multi-vehicle accident and sees a dead boy with features remarkably similar to his long-time boyfriend, his mental health takes a hit.

All Jake Montgomery wants is to propose to his boyfriend on their ten-year anniversary. He’s already bought the perfect rings, but when Cameron struggles to look at him after a tragic accident, he has doubts about their future. Cam is withdrawing, and Jake doesn’t know why.

With heated arguments and cold shoulders, Cam and Jake’s life starts to fall apart. Just when Cam thinks he can overcome his issues and finally talk to Jake, memories from Jake’s past threaten to push them apart forever.

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Happy release day for Out of the Blue by RJ Jones

Some of you may know that RJ is a co-owner here at Two Men. Some of you may even know that her debut novel is being released today. Take a closer look…

 

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The Blurb…

When everything happens Out of the Blue…

Lt Cameron Cooper has been with the San Francisco Fire Department for fifteen years. He’s seen and dealt with a lot of horrifying situations. He’s always considered himself mentally tough, but when he attends a multi-vehicle accident and sees a dead boy with features remarkably similar to his long-time boyfriend, his mental health takes a hit.

All Jake Montgomery wants is to propose to his boyfriend on their ten-year anniversary. He’s already bought the perfect rings, but when Cameron struggles to look at him after a tragic accident, he has doubts about their future. Cam is withdrawing, and Jake doesn’t know why.

With heated arguments and cold shoulders, Cam and Jake’s life starts to fall apart. Just when Cam thinks he can overcome his issues and finally talk to Jake, memories from Jake’s past threaten to push them apart forever.

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 The Excerpt…

“Jesus, Jake, you need to do something,” she blurted one night.

“Like what?” I snapped, instantly on the defensive.

“I don’t know. You’re miserable without him. Call him, talk to him. See someone else.” She paused for a long moment. “Here, give me your wallet,” Caroline demanded as she held out her hand, and confused, I pulled it from my pocket and gave it to her.

She plucked a small foil square from her purse, placed it inside, then slapped the wallet into my hand. “There. Now you can go and find someone else.”

The thought of being with someone other than Cam made me shudder, but if Cam and I couldn’t fix us, what then? I’d have to move on eventually, but Cam not being in my life hurt too much to think about. I missed him like nothing else. I missed the way we used to be, the feeling of his arms around me and the sense of safety they’d bring. I missed his shining amber eyes and the love I would see in them, just for me.

Caroline was right. I was miserable without him, to the point I didn’t recognize myself anymore. The man staring back at me in the mirror had pale sallow skin and huge sad eyes. His features were lined and haunted.

My shoulders slumped, and Caroline’s voice softened. “I know you’re hurting, and it hurts me to see you like this. Yes, Cam screwed up, but he needs you and I know you need him.”

“You’ve spoken to him.” It wasn’t a question. I knew she had, but she never mentioned the calls.

“Yes. He’s called me a few times to check on you, make sure you’re okay.”

“What, he’s checking up on me now?” Aaand… I was back on edge.

“Oh for god’s sake, Jake. You’re his life, he wants to make sure you’re okay.”

I crossed my arms.

Caroline threw her hands in the air. “Oh, for crying out loud. He’s worried about you. He always worries about you whether he needs to or not.”

“So… what? You’re taking his side now?” I couldn’t believe she’d do this, and my face flushed with my boiling blood. How could she take Cam’s side when he was the one in the wrong and she was my best friend?

“No, I’m not taking his side. I’m not taking your side either. I’m on Jake and Cam’s side. If two people were ever meant to be together, it’s you two. I saw it from the start back in college. Christ, don’t you see what you two have? You can’t throw that away. If you can’t make this work, then what’s going to happen to me?” she yelled, wiping away angry tears.

My anger fled and confusion took its place. “What do you mean? Nothing’s going to happen to you, or to us. We’ll always be here for each other.”

“You idiot, we’ll be fine,” she snorted through her tears. “I mean what will happen to me? How am I ever going to find my one and make it work if you and Cam can’t figure it out? Don’t you see what you’ve got? You found the love of your life, your other half, and you can’t tell me you’re not feeling his absence. I can see it written all over your face. You miss him.”

Buy Links…

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Where to find out more about RJ…

Email her at rjjonesauthor@gmail.com
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Seth and Casey by RJ Scott

Seth & Casey

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Seth Wild is a fire fighter who has lost everything. Nearly dying in a building collapse, he is scared and angry and chases away the only good thing in his life—school teacher Casey McGuire.

When a sudden and violent snow storm hits their town he receives a message Casey and ten kids are trapped in an education center with no way out. There is no one else who can help, he’s the last fire fighter in town with his bum leg and his icy heart.

He doesn’t hesitate. He always promised he would be Casey’s hero, but will he ever again be Casey’s love?

Excerpt

He pushed the door shut against the howling wind and snow and stamped off his feet coming face to face with a terrified looking probie.

“We have school kids and a teacher trapped up at Shorefields,” Seth snapped out. Probie blinked at him. He recalled the guy’s name was Evan or Eben or something. And it seemed like Evan/Eben was in complete panic mode and meltdown. He glanced worriedly from side to side, like some kind of divine intervention was going to answer Seth’s statement.

“There’s no one here,” Evan/Eben said.

Seth waited for a second then exasperated that there wasn’t more of an immediate reaction he pushed past Evan/Eben and into the main area. Both trucks gone.

“I said, they’re not here, ladder one didn’t come back in from the interstate, and engine two went out to Middleton Springs. There’s been a building collapse. It’s just me.”

Seth rounded on the guy and was so close he could see the panic in blue eyes.

“Get on to other stations and call this in—“

“I can’t. Sir, we have nothing. No comms, no Internet, nothing.”

“Give me a sitrep. What’s your name? Evan? Eben?” Seth ordered.

The probie blinked at him then visibly pulled himself together. He was new since Seth had been put on leave. He’d had training, but this was probably his first real situation.

“Evan sir, Evan Pritchard. Uhmmm… Both engines out, reports of major incidents, last said the storm has taken out power. I’m alone here…” He paused. “And sir, I’m not sure what to do.”

Seth considered what he’d been told. Ten kids, Casey, Shorefields, trapped in the bus, which meant they had maybe managed to get away from Shorefields itself and had no way of getting back. He doubted they were set for extreme weather.

“Okay. I want you here. You’re not to leave and you’re to keep your eyes on comms, see if we can get more intel. I need supplies in a bag from the kitchen, water, energy bars.”

“What are you going to do?”

Seth looked directly at him. Evan needed to know where he was going. “There’s a bus load of kids trapped up at Shorefields and I’m going to help. I’m taking the Land Rover.”

He didn’t leave room for discussion, simply presented the facts a done deal. He should wait for a team, for backup, but there was nothing stopping him from getting to Jamie and the kids. And Casey.

“Yes, sir.”

They split, Seth checking the truck he was going to use, a modified vehicle capable of getting through most of the shit life could throw at it. It was equipped with most of the things he could need. Then as an afterthought, he grabbed coats from the supply room. He knew the kids would be dressed warm. After all, the whole day had been a winter experience in a beautiful place.

He was supposed to be there with Casey. He’d said he was staying at home. Time is not right to start thinking I’ve fucked up.

What did I think?

I really enjoyed this story. It appealed in a number of ways. Firstly, it was the perfect read-in-a-single-sitting book. The story was engaging and made more appealing by focusing on an existing couple. I usually find myself reading about men falling in love. Less books seem to focus on men who have been together for a while or men who have broken up. It was refreshing to read a story where the characters aren’t perfect. Life has thrown up obstacles. Emotions have run high. Relationships have suffered. While Seth and Casey deal with a huge life-threatening snowstorm, they start to open up about their feelings. I thought the reconnection of the two men was very well done.

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About the Author

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

rj@rjscott.co.uk

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★★★★ Enough by Matthew J Metzger ★★★★

 

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The blurb

 

Jesse can do the math: Ezra’s perfect, he isn’t, and this relationship is doomed. Until the accident forces Jesse to recalculate.

Jesse has never had a real boyfriend before. He’s a firefighter, and that’s all that anyone’s seen before—a quick and thrilling screw, and a story for the future. So when he lands Ezra Pryce, the most beautiful man in the whole of Brighton, Jesse can’t quite understand why Ezra is still here eight months down the line.

Not that he’s going to complain. Ezra’s sexy, sarcastic, and doesn’t treat Jesse like he’s stupid, but Jesse can do the math. Ezra is nothing short of perfection; and Jesse falls a very way short of it. Jesse isn’t going to be enough for someone like Ezra in the long run, and he is living—and loving—on borrowed time. When a disastrous weekend in Norwich introduces Jesse to the staunch disapproval of Ezra’s family and the six-pack of his ex-boyfriend in one fell swoop, Jesse’s fate is sealed. He cannot hope to live up to an ex who has every intention of getting Ezra back, and all the looks and charm to do it too. Jesse is not enough for Ezra and he’s never going to be.

 

Our thoughts

 

This was my first time reading this author and I have to say I am really glad I gave this book a try.  it was unique in that it started with an already established couple which I though was a nice change.  When the story starts Ezra and Jessie have been together 8 months.  Ezra is a school teacher and Jessie is a firefighter.  They have a stable relationship but are not yet living together.  Despite their stability both men are struggling with issues of their own.  Ezra has a mother and a sister who have not accepted his homosexuality and Jessie’s background still effects his self image and self worth.  As the story unfolds the two men are forced to deal with their issues and try to strengthen their relationship along the way.
What I really liked about this book was not a lot happened and yet I couldn’t put it down.  Don’t get me wrong, things happened, but no big, dramatic, angst filled events.  Just, for the most part, normal events.  The strength to me was that the author showed me two people working through every day life events and every day struggles and he still kept me up late turning the pages.
I loved both Ezra and Jessie’s characters and I thought they were really well done.  All of the side characters were also well done and I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a character as much as I did Ezra’s sister.  What a vile creature.  The romance felt real and while the sex scenes were minimal it worked for this story.  I found myself rooting for these two and their happily ever after.
Overall I though this was a really well done book.  The writing was strong, the characters drew me in and I enjoyed it from beginning to end.  I would recommend this book to others and I will definitely be checking out more of this author’s work.

Hope you enjoy – Alisa x

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