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GUEST POST and EXCERPT! Climbing the Savage Mountain by T.A. Chase

Thank you for having me here. I’m T.A. Chase and I write gay romance. Obviously…or I probably wouldn’t have been invited to be a guest blogger here. Lol.

TA ChaseI’d like to chat with you about my new release, Climbing the Savage Mountain. It’s part of Pride Publishing’s What His Passion? Line. It’s also the sequel to my short story, Mountains to Climb.

It features Jensen and Toby. They’d been lovers before Jensen took off without telling Toby he was leaving. His return and what happens then is the plot for Mountains to Climb. This new story is a continuation of their relationship and Jensen’s obsession with mountaineering.

You might be wondering why I picked mountain climbing as Jensen’s passion. There aren’t a lot of books out there about mountaineers. While I’m fascinated by those who chose to climb some of the world’s highest peaks, I’ve never felt the urge to do it. Lol I don’t really like heights and the fact that some of those summits get really cold isn’t appealing to me either.

But I thought it could be interesting to write about a guy who is broken in so many ways that he uses climbing as a way to heal himself. Maybe it’s the idea of conquering a summit and knowing that if he could do that, he could take control of his life.

I’m sure there is something about standing at the top of the world (Mt. Everest), looking out and down on the earth below that can make a man feel invincible. Yet the mountain isn’t so easily conquered. You might make it to the top, but in the few seconds you’re there, the mountain will have changed below you.

It’s a symbol of life in a way. One moment, you’re on top of the world and the next, you’re caught in a storm, just praying for a life line to get you out of it alive. Climbing back down to the base of the mountain gives you a belief that you can survive anything.

That’s one of the underlying reasons I chose to write about mountain climbing. A symbol of survival and strength.

I hope you get a chance to check out Climbing the Savage Mountain. Thank you for having me here today.

 

 

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Blurb for Climbing the Savage Mountain:

After conquering the world’s tallest mountain, loving Toby shouldn’t be so scary.

Jensen Brockhoff wins his way back into Toby Schwartzel’s heart, but it won’t be that easy to erase the pain of the past. He has two more mountains to conquer and they’re the most difficult.

Toby understands Jensen’s obsession with the highest peaks in the world. He’s willing to wave goodbye as Jensen leaves on his trips, but he can’t help worrying that Jensen won’t come back. That the lure of the mountains will prove too difficult for his love to fight.

Climbing has always been Jensen’s way of escape, yet loving Toby is proving stronger and Jensen must choose between the man he loves and the passion that saved his life. Will Jensen give up his climbing gear to build a new life with Toby?

General Release Date: 13th October 2015

 

Climbing the Savage Mountain excerpt:

Gripping his knife until his knuckles turned white, Toby stared at Jensen. “Please tell me. You know the waiting makes it worse. How long will you be gone this time?”

Sighing, Jensen set his fork down before meeting Toby’s gaze. “Do you remember me telling you that Cat, Jigger and I had planned on climbing Everest last year?”

Toby nodded even while his heart sank. Everest. One of two mountains still on Jensen’s bucket list. He took a quick swallow of cider, wishing it were beer instead before he motioned for Jensen to continue.

“We couldn’t last year because the climbing season was suspended after all those Sherpas were killed and the rest went on strike. You can’t climb Everest without Sherpas to help you. I don’t care what anyone says. Those men are mountain gods. I wouldn’t go on any expedition to Everest that didn’t use them.” Jensen stabbed at his steak, his expression fierce.

“I remember you telling me about the avalanche and that it was the deadliest single day incident on the mountain ever—even worse than the nineteen-ninety-six storm.” Toby held back the shudder threatening to take over his body at the thought of Jensen being up on that mountain when the storms started rolling in.

“Yeah. So they canceled the season and we couldn’t go. Well, Jigger called this morning and said that we got our permit and we’re going this year.” He was practically bouncing in his chair. “I’m going to fly out to Wyoming at the end of February so we can get in some real climbs and train together. We’re flying into Katmandu around the end of March. We need to get to Base Camp in April.”

“February?”

It was the second week of January. He should be glad he’d had Jensen around for Christmas and New Year’s.

“Yeah. I’m sorry. I would’ve let you know sooner, but we weren’t sure we’d get another permit. The climbing season starts in March, but we decided to try and get there for the optimal time to summit, which is May.” Jensen took a deep breath and Toby could see him visibly reining in his excitement.

He didn’t move when Jensen reached across the table to take his hand with his own. Toby looked into Jensen’s hazel eyes and saw the spark that had always attracted him to Jensen. For the most part nowadays, it was there because of him. Yet Toby knew that the only other thing that could make Jensen shine like that was climbing.

“When will you be back?”

Toby tried to keep his hold on Jensen light, as though he were sheltering baby chicks in his hands. He was exhausted from worrying about clinging to Jensen, afraid that if he became too needy, Jensen wouldn’t come back from one of his climbs. That he’d run away again like he did seven years ago.

“By the end of May or beginning of June—no later. I’ll go back to Wyoming with Jigger and Cat to make sure they’re okay then I’ll come straight back here.” Jensen’s grip on Toby’s hand tightened and Toby gritted his teeth. “I’ve been dreaming about Everest since I first started climbing.”

 

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Pride Publishing: Featured Authors

We are excited about the launch of Pride Publishing and to help celebrate their launch, will be introducing you to some of their fabulous authors each week. 

This week we feature best selling M/M authors TA Chase, Samantha Cayto, and SA Welsh.

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Who we are:

Pride Publishing delivers empowering, enchanting and endearing storylines that are sure to capture readers’ imaginations from start to finish. We are proud to be flying the flag for the GLBTQI community and providing a platform for readers and authors who are passionate about characters who identify as GLBTQI.

The Pride Team believe that quality is of utmost importance. We discover, cultivate and refine charismatic stories with fascinating plots and compelling characters from inspiring authors. The result is a truly enjoyable and captivating reading experience – the very best stimulation for the imagination.

 

TA Chase

Bio: There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates TA and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how she shares those insights. When not writing, TA’s watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.

Social Media Links:

http://tachase.com/

https://twitter.com/TaChase

Check out this great book from TA Chase

Cold Truth:

coldtruth_800This is book three in the Delarosa Secrets series.

When the truth comes out, Victor and Bieito must decide how strong their love really is.

Victor Delarosa has been the head of the Delarosa cartel for most of his adult life, and Bieito Perez has been there by his side the entire way. Yet Victor has secrets he’s kept hidden, even from his long-time lover, and when those secrets show up on Victor’s doorstep, he struggles to find a way to explain while hoping he won’t lose Bieito.

Being Victor Delarosa’s right-hand man and his lover is difficult at times for Bieito Perez, but he wouldn’t have his life any other way—until the day he realizes Victor’s been keeping secrets and he has to re-evaluate their relationship.

Between dealing with a rival cartel, law enforcement and everything else being a drug lord requires, Victor and Bieito need to redefine their lives and find the courage to say the word ‘love’ out loud before it’s too late for anything other than goodbye.

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Samantha Cayto

Bio: Samantha Cayto is a Boston-area native who practices as a business lawyer by day while writing erotic romance at night—the steamier the better. She likes to push the envelope when it comes to writing about passion and is delighted other women agree that guy-on-guy sex is the hottest ever.

She lives a typical suburban life with her husband, three kids and four dogs. Her children don’t understand why they can’t read what she writes, but her husband is always willing to lend her a hand—and anything else—when she needs to choreograph a scene.

Social Media Links:

http://www.samanthacayto.com/

https://twitter.com/samanthacayto

https://www.facebook.com/samantha.cayto

Check out this great book from Samantha Cayto

The Captain’s Pet:

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When a distant planet’s ownership is in dispute, conquering aliens turn defiant human males into pampered sex slaves.

In a not-too-distant future, a lopsided war has led to aliens invading and occupying an Earth settlement. Wid is a young colonist who has been caught harassing the aliens. He and his friends are rounded up and sent to an alien warship patrolling the disputed space. His fate is to serve as a sex slave for the ship’s imposing captain. Wid, at first, fights against his enslavement, but soon learns that not only does he stand no chance against the much larger and stronger captain, he isn’t sure he even wants to.

Like all Travian males, Kell is bound by duty to defend his people. Having risen to the rank of captain, he nevertheless chafes against the boring and endless patrol of the space invaded by the humans. His misses his family and constantly guards against his scheming first officer. He sees his reward of a human sex slave as more of a nuisance. Yet the pretty, fair-haired human’s exotic allure is hard to resist. He finds far more pleasure in the use of his pet than he would like.

Kept naked and leashed, Wid’s days are filled with boredom, while his nights wrapped in Kell’s arms turn from fear into pleasure. Even as the humans plot their escape, Wid and Kell form a bond and their growing affection cannot be ignored. When tensions boil over among the aliens, Wid and his friends may be Kell and his crew’s only chance for survival.

Reader Advisory: This book contains sex scenes of both non-consensual and dubious consent, as well as scenes of violence, abuse and torture.

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SA Welsh

Bio: I’m SA Welsh and I write because the voices in my head keep making me. I love reading and I love letting the characters and stories in my head come to life in a book. I can’t function in the morning without a cup of tea and when I’m not writing I’m reading. I have enough books to last me through an apocalypse but don’t ask me to share them unless you are a fellow book worm and know how to treat and appreciate a good book. It is thanks to the writers that inspired me to put myself out there that I became an author and the editors that make sense of my chaos that I keep writing.

Social Media Links:

http://www.sawelsh.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sa.welsh.7

https://twitter.com/SA_Welsh

Check out this great book from SA Welsh

Purrfect Protector:

purrfectprotector_800This is book one in the Shifter Protection Specialists Inc. series.

Never play cat and mouse with a saber-tooth tiger.

When Kale Andrews gets disturbing mail from an obsessed fan, his brother drags him to Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. Kale reluctantly agrees to have a bodyguard, but when a tall, muscular blond walks into the office emanating power and a sexy dose of danger, Kale’s doubts about needing the man with him twenty-four hours a day quickly disappear.

The easy babysitting job Aleksi was promised quickly changes from strange mail to threatening deliveries, so Aleksi has to become creative to keep his protectee out of danger. Everyone knows models are self-centered and shallow, so why does being with Kale make him feel like he finally has a home? Since he’s a saber-tooth tiger and naturally dominant, most people aren’t strong enough to be with him in a relationship or even as a friend. Yet Kale seems to calm his beast, simultaneously exciting the man in Aleksi.

Neither man expects nor wants a relationship with strings, but as they grow closer, Aleksi realizes that Kale might be his mate. With an obsessed fan escalating toward murder, Aleksi isn’t sure that even his tiger can keep his mate safe.

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GUEST POST: TA Chase

TA Chase is visiting Two Men as part of the blog tour for the newly released anthology, Semper Fidelis.

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Thank you for having me here at Because Two Men Are Better Then One.  I love the name of your blog. It’s so true.

My name is T.A. Chase and I write m/m romance. In case some of you didn’t know that. I have a new story out in the Semper Fidelis anthology called Always Ready.  All the stories in this particular anthology are about Marines, the Navy or the Coast Guard.

Always Ready is the Coast Guard motto, so obviously my story features a man serving as a rescue swimmer out of the Guard station on Kodiak Island in Alaska. Dean Jacobson loves saving people who get caught in the unpredictable weather of the Bering Sea. There’s only one person he loves more than his job and that is Phillip Rhodes. Phil Rhodes’s family has been crab fishermen on the Sea for generations. He knows the dangers, but he also knows his lover will be there to save him if things go wrong.

I’ll admit to watching too many episodes of Deadliest Catch. I love watching those guys battle the elements to bring in their quota and have had this idea for a story set in that place for a long time. Being a crab fisherman on the Bering Sea has long been considered the most dangerous job in the world. They have to deal with negative temperatures while being pummeled by storms that reach hurricane strength. I never knew there could be hurricanes in that stretch of the world.

Crabbers have to worry about being crushed by their crab pots while huge waves crash over the sides of the boats. They have to worry about being swept out into the freezing water or their boat capsizing. Once they go into the water, they have a short period of time to be recovered before hypothermia sets in.

Plus I’ve thought the Coast Guard has kind of gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to romances being written about them. Yet they deal with some of the most dangerous situations our military gets involved in. They must confront drug smugglers on the high seas as well as go into hurricanes to save people.  I decided to write a story about unheralded heroes. Those men—and women—who don’t always get the publicity and accolades for what they do, but they still do their jobs, keeping our shores safe.

What better way to show my appreciation of both types of men than to have them fall in love with each other. A man in uniform who risks his life every time he climbs into the helicopter and the captain of his own fishing boat who risks his life each time he leaves the docks at Dutch Harbor for the season.

For both men, their jobs are dangerous, but they wouldn’t do anything else. Doing something else wouldn’t make them who they are.

Thank you again for letting me talk about my obsession with crab fishermen and Coast Guard rescue swimmers. I hope you take a moment to check out Semper Fidelis and the other stories in the anthology.

About TA Chase:

There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates TA and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how she shares those insights. When not writing, TA’s watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.

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Blurb for the Semper Fidelis anthology:

‘Anomaly’ by S.A. McAuley

Staff Sergeant Galen Welc is known for his uncanny ability to spot improvised explosive devices and so he’s pitted against the latest in defense technology. He trusts his instincts and his training, but they may just be leading him somewhere—and to an explosive reaction with someone—he could never see coming.

‘Always Ready’ by T.A. Chase

Making a living on the Bering Sea is hard enough, but throw love into the equation, and things can blow into a hurricane. Dean and Phil must always be ready to love each other because life can be taken so easily when one works on the sea.

‘A Ring and a Vow’ by Devon Rhodes

Every promise must someday be fulfilled, and the best way Owen knows how to reward Cary’s faith is with a vow. It’s been nearly five years since Owen went down on one knee with his Academy ring and promised Cary he’d someday do it for real. With Cary being a Naval aviator and Owen a Marine officer serving in Iraq, they’re rarely on the same continent, let alone together. Cary has been waiting for Owen for years—there was no chance he’d ever say anything but yes. Owen is coming home at last, and wants to make a home with him.

‘My Marine’ by LE Franks and Sara York

Marine Captain Sean Kelley loves his country and the men he serves with, but when he meets Akim, he’s tempted to throw it all away for the mysterious man. Akim Bijan has a secret of his own—one large enough to get more than just himself killed if it’s revealed. But from the moment he first lays eyes on the handsome Marine, he’s tempted to do just that. When tragedy strikes, Akim is afraid he’s lost Sean for good and he’s forced to make a decision that will change both their lives.

‘Soul Sick’ by Kendall McKenna

Jamie thought he made it home to Tucker, leaving war behind. Now, each day he battles to fit into his own life, and save the love that saved his life. Jamie is a captain in the US Marine Corps who carried a photo of Tucker with him throughout his deployment. Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has an advanced degree and an important job but still sports long hair and tattoos. Now, they’re struggling to learn to live with each other again, and things are going downhill fast.

‘Safe Shores’ by Morticia Knight

Kirk’s Coast Guard lover, Shane, is the only person who can save his son from a vicious storm—if he’s not too late. Shane and Kirk’s joyful reunion is interrupted when an unusually vicious gale storm threatens the coast. Kirk has to stand by helplessly and wait while his lover battles the raging seas to save his son. In an instant, Kirk could lose everyone he holds dear.

Like the sound of the Semper Fidelis anthology? Buy it here.

Enter Totally Bound’s February blog competition for a chance to win an eBook of your choice!

https://www.totallybound.com/competition/february-blog-giveaway-2015

 

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Fancy some Ice Hockey or Figure Skating?

I felt like a dose of sports and decided Ice Hockey would fit the bill nicely and luckily I had two great books to read. Both involved Ice Hockey, one with a dash of curling and the other with some figure skating. I’m not exactly sure what it is about Ice Hockey that I like so much – I’m Australian, don’t follow the sport and definitely don’t know anything about the game rules or competition. I think it’s the combination of strength, speed and control.

The books I selected were:

  • Burning Up the Ice (book #5 International Men Of Sports) by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes.
  • Picks & Pucks by Teegan Loy

Burning Up the Ice (International Men of Sports, #5)Burning Up the Ice by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Two men, two very different sports and one rink—sharing ice has never been so hot.

Olivier ‘Big Bang’ St Pierre is back in his hometown while he recovers from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hockey’s a contact sport—still, he didn’t count on the locker room being dangerous. As a professional hockey player, he also didn’t count on it being hard to find ice time. But when a rink shuts down unexpectedly in a winter-sport-crazy town, even being a big name won’t help as people scramble for whatever they can get.

The first time Ethan Campbell hears from the local hockey legend he knew as a kid, Olivier manages to insult both his family’s rink and his new sport—curling. So he’s not exactly receptive when Olivier shows up in person to plead his case. He makes a sarcastic offer…and is shocked when Olivier takes him up on it. Ethan’s bad experience with hockey had left him cold. But soon he and Olivier are burning up the ice.

Ethan is tied to his town, job and family, while Olivier will be going back to Chicago to rejoin his team as soon as he’s able. It can’t possibly last…can it?

So what did I think?

Olivier St Pierre (what a wonderful name!) is a professional Ice Hockey player who is visiting his home town to recuperate from injuries that required major surgery. He needs private practice time to build up his strength and gets this by using the ice at Ethan’s family’s rink which is run by Ethan and his sister.

This was a sweet story, nothing too angsty just nice characters falling in love with some hot sex!

There were also some cute, funny lines. Here’s what follows after Ethan gives his friend Barry some advice about impressing the girl he likes by surprising her with a coffee….

“Is that what gay guys do when they’re dating? Do you buy each other caramel lattes?” He smirked then opened his own locker.
Ethan rolled his eyes. “Yeah, but not until we’ve met the parents…or after the fourth blow job, whichever comes first.”

Picks & PucksPicks & Pucks by Teegan Loy

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Rising men’s figure skating star, Justin Corrin, is coming home to train for the upcoming season and face his demons. The last thing Justin needs is to fall in love with a hockey player. Instead of getting rid of his demons, Justin is collecting more. He tries desperately to control his growing feelings for CJ Daly, but finds being with CJ keeps his nightmares away.

Justin isn’t the only one with problems, and hidden fears and secrets threaten to separate the two. With the pressure mounting, CJ starts to pull away, and Justin doesn’t know why. His skating suffers, and he decides to stop wasting his time on love and focus on winning the nationals.

If Justin can destroy his demons, he might have a chance for happiness on and off the ice. But if the demons win, Justin’s life could be ruined.

So what did I think?

The combination of Ice Hockey and Figure Skating was always going to ensure I liked this book – pure escape into a world of which I know absolutely nothing but have a fierce attraction!

Justin is an up-and-coming figure skating champion but his choice of sport has driven a wedge between his family. His father is a hockey coach and Justin also had the skills to play professionally so his father was disappointed by his choice. The death of his mother, his key supporter, has also haunted him for the last three years. He has LOTS of demons!

A relationship with an closeted ice hockey player – who was happy for the sex but put Justin down in front of the rest of the team – has also soured his opinion of men who play ice hockey.

I actually started reading this book without reading the blurb so the way the story unfolded was a bit of a surprise. A large portion of the beginning of the book is focused on Justin’s relationship with Danny (the closeted player) and it is along while before CJ enters the picture and captures Justin’s interest. I didn’t see it coming and was expecting the relationship with Danny to evolve. Anyway, I liked that the author didn’t make Danny the bad guy, he sort of redeemed himself and I ended up liking him.

I enjoyed the characters and the story. There was enough drama but maybe too many demons. I found Justin’s demons a little odd and a bit annoying although it was quite a unique take, particularly when they start exploding – that probably makes no sense but will once you read the book!

To find out more about T.A. Chase and her books visit her website.

To find out more about Devon Rhodes and her books visit her website.

To find out more about Teegan Loy and her books visit her website.

Buy the books from Amazon.

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At First Touch by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes

International Men of Sports series

Come with us around the world as the men who compete in their country’s most popular sports find that, although it’s not always easy to win in the game of love, it’s the only victory worth having.

At First TouchAt First Touch by T.A. Chase

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Excelling at the game he loved was everything to King, until Lukas showed him at first touch how much better his life could be…

Ewansiha ‘King’ Kroenig is at the pinnacle of his professional football career, even with a problem knee. He keeps his cool and keeps his head down, and that control has served him well. King is bisexual and known to date beautiful women, while he also occasionally satisfies his craving for men with the team’s trainer. It’s a good life, but starting with one bizarre and personal request from his ex, Silvia, his orderly life goes spinning out of control.

Lukas has no problem admitting he’s gay, but with a loudly homophobic team captain,he knows better than to go there around the team. He has his whole career ahead of him and is being groomed to take over for their star player, King Kroenig. If he admires King for more than his athletic prowess, what can it hurt?

No harm, no foul…until a certain trainer who knows them well decides to play matchmaker, then all bets are off. And once they’ve experienced that first taste, they want more. But it’s not as simple as hooking up or dating when you’re teammates, with high profiles and little privacy. And when they each suddenly gain responsibilities they never expected, they must figure out a way to reconcile their personal lives with the expectations of others.

So what did I think?

This is the third book in the series, following A Sticky Wicket In Bollywood, which I really liked and Chasing the King of the Mountains, which I loved.

I probably wouldn’t rate this book as highly as the first two, and most definitely not as high as Chasing the King of the Mountains which was my favourite so far.

I think the second book really stood out because of the more unique nature of the sport (cycling, the Tour de France in particular) while the football in At First Touch was more common place.

The plot was also slightly more predictable however it was still very enjoyable.

My only real complaint was the name of one of the main characters. His name was Ewansiha and I have no idea how to pronounced it so I am sure I was mangling it in my head. He was known by the nickname “King” but his real first name was used enough for me to be really conscious of stumbling over it. It seems a rather silly complaint and I certainly don’t think characters should be named ‘easy’ names just to make them more pronounceable but it was just something that stood out to me.

To find out more about T.A Chase and her books, visit her website.

To find out more about Devon Rhodes and her books, visit her website.

Buy At First Touch from Amazon

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Home Sweet Home by T.A. Chase

This series has a really strong message about family which continues in this book. It was nice to see Yancey and Juan get their own story, albeit with lots of inclusion of the other couples we have grown to know throughout the series.

  • No Going Home (book 1)
  • Home of His Own (book 2)
  • Wishing for a Home (book 3)
  • Leaving Home (book 4)
  • Home Sweet Home (book 5) – in this review

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Home is sweetest when it’s the one person you can’t live without.

Yancey MacCafferty and Juan Romanos fell in love when they were in their teens, but their families convinced them both to follow their dreams and explore the world before committing to each other.

Their dreams take them in different directions. Yancey heads off to veterinarian school while Juan goes East to ride show horses. They stay in touch, and see each other as often as they can, but slowly they begin to drift apart.

Until Yancey graduates from college and decides it’s time to claim Juan as his. He gets a job working at a clinic near where Juan trains and rides. They spend as much time together as their work allows, finding out that while they may still love each other, meshing their lives together will take a lot more work.

So what did I think?

This story starts with a reminder of how Yancey and Juan first met as teens. The eighteen year old Yancey, who had been living on the streets, is older and wiser than Juan, who at sixteen faces some potential trouble at a club. Yancey ‘rescues’ him and something clicks that night for both of them.

They started their relationship slowly with their family – Yancey’s brother and Juan’s uncle – encouraging them to see a bit of the world and develop as their own men before committing themselves to one another. They want to make sure the boys are not in a position to resent each other for what they may have missed out on. They act on that advise and Yancey goes to college to learn to be a vet and Juan becomes a professional jumper. These different educations and careers keep them apart but they still love each other dearly and remain faithful to each other.

The focus of the story is Yancey finally being in a position to buy a vet practice near the stables where Juan rides and for them to be together. “He wanted to be close to the man he loved so they could get reacquainted. He needed to learn who this new Juan was, and see if their love would be strong enough to survive the changes in both of them.”

I found the blurb slightly misleading. The blurb states “He gets a job working at a clinic near where Juan trains and rides. They spend as much time together as their work allows, finding out that while they may still love each other, meshing their lives together will take a lot more work.” I actually found their lives meshed easily and there weren’t any issues. These guys were made for each other and deeply in love.

This doesn’t mean life is perfect but they are very happy together. “…I thought that when you love someone you’re supposed to see them as the best thing since sliced bread.”
Snorting, Yancey rolled his eyes. “Honey, sliced bread isn’t that great, and while I love you, I do see your faults. That’s what love really is. Seeing all your lover’s faults, and loving them in spite of their crazy.”

The plot sees a tragedy which provides opportunity for all the characters to come together as they offer help, love and support. The family theme, which has appeared throughout the series, continues to be strong “You are all my family, not all of you by blood. Actually, we are the best kind of family, the kind that has decided to love each other because we want to instead of having to. We accept everyone for who they are on the inside, and not who or how they look on the outside.”

My only concern with this story was the timeline and how long it took Yancey and Juan to be together. Thirteen years had passed since the boys had met as teens. Surely this was well past how long it would have taken Yancey to become qualified as a vet and be in a position to settle into a practice? Dare I say I also thought it a bit prudish that Yancey was concerned about sharing a bed with Juan. They are grown men yet “The last time they’d been together, Yancey had slept in a different guest room, not wanting to get Tony or Brody upset about them sharing a bed. Juan had thought it had been a stupid idea, since he knew that Tony suspected they’d already slept together.” Well Juan was right!

Overall, this a sweet story and it is nice to see Yancey and Juan get their happy ending!

3 Stars

See my review of book 3, Wishing for a Home.

See my review of book 4, Leaving Home.

For more information on T.A. Chase and her books, visit the website.

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Chasing the King of the Mountains by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes

International Men of Sports series

Come with us around the world as the men who compete in their country’s most popular sports find that, although it’s not always easy to win in the game of love, it’s the only victory worth having.

  • A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood (book #1)
  • Chasing the King of the Mountains (book #2) 
  • At First Touch (book #3) – due for release in August 2013

Chasing the King of the MountainsChasing the King of the Mountains 

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Pascal might be chasing the title of King of the Mountains, but will he realise in time that Laurent is chasing him?

Pascal Durant, one of the best mountain riders in the cycling world, was about to finally win his first polka dot jersey denoting him King of the Mountains in the Tour de France. Then he suffered a horrific accident that left him unable to complete the race. In his forties and fighting chronic injuries, he knows he only has one more shot at the top.

Laurent Desrochers, an internationally known reporter, hears about his dear friend’s crash and watches a moving viral video of Pascal, bloodied yet unbowed, congratulating the winner. When Pascal tells him he’s going to do the Tour one last time, Laurent decides to convince his network to let him follow Pascal on his quest.

Friends for a decade, they had never thought of the other as more. Pascal’s focus on his sport and poor taste in men has never produced a long-term relationship. And Laurent’s constant travel causes a rift between him and his fiancé Jan that proves insurmountable.

Laurent finally realises his ideal partner has been in front of him all along. Can he pull Pascal’s focus from his goal long enough for him to know he’s being chased…and let Laurent catch him?

So what did I think?

Chasing the King of the Mountains has everything needed for a spectacular story – friendship, love, passion, drama and triumph over adversity!

The story brings together two men who have been friends for ten years.

Pascal is a champion rider who is terribly injured in one of his last attempts to complete the Tour de France. His accident is very reminiscent of the horrific accident that happened to Hoogerland in 2011. The Hoogerland crash

Not only is he physically injured but he loses the opportunity to win the jersey he had been chasing, to win “King of the Mountain”. He bravely decides to compete one last time which will be a tremendous challenge given his age and injuries.

Laurent is not only his best friend but is a journalist. He believes that Pascal’s story is inspiring and will be of great interest to many and so he and his film crew join Pascal to follow his progress as he tries to win King of the Mountain.

Laurent has his own issues with a failing relationship. I loved the way both men handled themselves during this time and was very glad there was no cheating involved. “Laurent had never once cheated on a partner, even emotionally, much less physically.” Pascal acts as a true friend offering support “…Pascal had still tried to encourage him with no hint of anything self-serving, only the support of a caring friend.” But eventually the way is paved for the men to be together.

So, as Pascal pursues his dream of winning the jersey, Laurent chases his dream of winning Pascal. Drama, excitement, steamy sex as we follow the race to a happy ending.

“While the jersey and title were his career’s greatest achievement, his lifetime achievement was falling in love with Laurent, and being able to spend the rest of his retired life with the man.”

4.5 stars
5 Stars

 

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Leaving Home by T.A. Chase

 

This series has a really strong message about family. “..the best families were the ones they built for themselves.” and this continues in this book.

  • No Going Home (book 1)
  • Home of His Own (book 2)
  • Wishing for a Home (book 3)
  • Leaving Home (book 4)
  • Home Sweet Home (book 5)

Leaving Home (Home, #4)Leaving Home by T.A. Chase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Chaz struggles with his addiction, while continuing to do his job of saving bull riders, but it’s all getting out of control.

Charles ‘Chaz’ O’Brien has been at the top of his profession for many years, enduring injuries that would have crushed a lesser man. Yet the top bullfighter isn’t calling it quits any time soon. He does his job with a fierce joy, all the while he’s hiding a terrible secret. One that could get him suspended, and could end up killing the very men he protects.

Peter Skinner loves working for Les Hardin and Randy Hersch. His bosses are amazing men, but seeing how in love they are every day makes Peter’s heart ache. He wishes he could find a man to love him like that, but he knows they’re hard to come by in Wyoming where he lives.

Until one day, Peter finds a man strung-out in an alley, and Peter is the only one around to deal with it. When Peter and Chaz meet, their worlds collide in a way that could be the best thing in the world for them both, or the worst experience of their lives.

So what did I think?

The story focuses very much on Peter, who has been rejected by his family, and now lives at the Hardin ranch and works as an accountant for Les. The story starts with Peter collecting his belongings but more importantly being ready to start over in a new home. “It might not be the family he’d been born with, but it was the one he’d chosen, and, to be honest, the men and women Peter was going to see in a few minutes were the people he felt the most real with. They had opened their hearts and homes to him, even when his grandfather had treated Les so poorly.”

Peter and his friends, are all good people. They go out of their way to give people a second chance and are not judgmental. It was nice to see the introduction of a character who had flaws, someone who was battling demons and making wrong decisions.

Peter finds Chaz in a alley – collapsed, dirty and strung out. He rescues him (he’s one of the good guys) and takes him home to the ranch. Peter actually feels an immediate attraction to Chaz which has him puzzled. “He needed to get a handle on this weird attraction. There was no way in hell Peter could want a dirty druggie who was more than likely homeless.”

The story follows the development of a relationship between Peter and Chaz. They face obstacles, including Peter’s friends protectiveness and of course, Chaz’s dependence on pills. However, it is easy to feel sympathatic towards Chaz (while at the same time wanting to shake some sense into him). He desperately wants to do the right thing by Peter “He was a good man who saw something worthwhile in Chaz, and Chaz wanted to live up to Peter’s expectations. but doesn’t not have the faith in himself “He’d screwed up enough times in his life that he wasn’t the kind of guy to make vows to people.”

This story was well-paced, the characters were fabulous and there was some great drama. Les’ interference at the end of the book annoyed me slightly as it delayed the happy ending I was hoping for, but there was a level of realism to the conclusion of the book that gave confidence that Peter and Chaz were definitely destined for happy ever after!

4 Stars

See my review of book 3, Wishing for a Home.

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Wishing for a Home by T.A. Chase

This is the third book in the series and continues to build on the themes established in the previous books. Most of the setting is on a ranch in Wyoming and the characters from previous books make small appearances. I got a laugh from Derek’s line “Is everyone around here either gay or fucked up?” Luckily they are or the series would be very short!

  • No Going Home (book 1)
  • Home of His Own (book 2)
  • Wishing for a Home (book 3)
  • Leaving Home (book 4)
  • Home Sweet Home (book 5)

Wishing for a Home (Home, #3)

Wishing for a Home by T.A. Chase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb:

Derek St. Martin is Nashville’s hottest country singer. For eight years, fame and fortune have come his way, but he’s not happy. In fact, he’s on the edge of a nervous breakdown or checking into a drug rehab center. Hiding his sexual preferences is driving him to resort to numbing the pain. When his step-brother suggests he should go on vacation, Derek jumps at the chance to relax and get his head on straight.

Max Furlo isn’t happy. His bosses were leaving him in charge of some singer while he had other more important things to take care of. Seeing Derek St. Martin for the first time hits Max hard and, suddenly, he’s considering a summer fling.

Both men know that a relationship can never be for them. Derek’s career wouldn’t handle the news and Max can’t live a lie. Yet when a summer fling becomes love, who will be willing to risk it all for a chance at forever?

So what did I think?

Derek St Martin is a country music singer at the top of his career but burning out. Hiding his sexuality, resorting to pills and booze, he is on the verge of a breakdown. His step-brother arranges for him to spend three months on a ranch in Wyoming. The ranch belongs to gay couple Tony Romanos and Brody MacCafferty (from Home of His Own) who are away in Europe. Therefore Derek is left in the hands of the ranch foreman Max.

Max has his own issues. He doesn’t have any family left and has been terribly hurt in the past by relationships not in the open. He doesn’t hide his own sexuality and won’t be anyone’s hidden secret. However, while Derek is on the ranch he is prepared to risk some heartbreak. “It might hurt in the end when Derek returned to Nashville, but Max was willing to take what he could get and regret it later, instead of regretting never taking a chance at all.”

The three months on the ranch and the time with Max, do wonderful things for Derek, both in terms of his mental and physical recovery but he is also impacted by their relationship “Derek feared the breaking would go both ways. His heart wasn’t getting out the relationship without a few scars.”

I enjoyed the gradual build of the relationship between Derek and Max. They took their time with the physical side of the relationship. As with other books in this series, focus is on the emotional needs of the men and there are clear messages of acceptance and of family – you can surround yourself with people who accept, love and support you and make your own family.

I must admit to being a little bit confused by some of the events once Max and Derek parted ways. Max’s reasons for not following Derek were very clear and made sense, however I couldn’t understand the delay on Derek’s part. At least they got their HEA eventually!

On a small note, there were a couple of minor points that also stood out to me, perhaps because I am Australian. When Max was talking about his past and his mother, “Mom” was used in most instances apart from once where “Mum” was used. I always think it is great attention to detail if “Mum” is used consistently in the speech of Australians and British characters. Also Max said he was raised in Sydney for 22 years but then said he spent time with his mum “We’d wander the Outback, hiking….”. Sydneysiders do not typically ‘wander the outback’. For one thing it is not a simple ‘hike’ and secondly it’s too far away. For most people, visiting the outback would be a ‘once in a life-time’ type adventure. Sorry to be so picky! 🙂

4 Stars

My review of Leaving Home.

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