Excerpt: The Silver Tongued City Boy by Tamsin Baker


  The Silver Tongued City Boy

        By Tamsin Baker

Contemporary m/m novella


Mitchell’s job is his life. He works hard, with good men and he gets to be around the horses he loves. The only thing that will ruin his perfect life is if they find out he’s gay, but that’ll never happen, so he’s safe.

Jayden Donner doesn’t really want to visit his estranged father on his farm, but how else is he going to get the money he needs for his overseas holiday?

When Mitchell first sees Jay, he knows the city boy is trouble. But Jay won’t leave him be, and when the sparks fly, hay bales won’t be the only thing on fire.


The vision in the mirror was not a pretty one.

“I look like you’ve been dragged through a bush backwards.”

His long, red hair stuck out at odd angles and his face had got too much sun. His horrible orange freckles looked like they were on fire. Fuck. He’d taken his akubra off while working on the fence and hadn’t put it back on until he’d finished. It wouldn’t happen again.

“Idiot.” He chastised himself as he unwrapped the dirty bandage and threw it in the bin. He opened the top drawer and pulled out the plastic butterfly clips. Perfect. Now to clean it.

Mitchell turned on the taps and adjusted the temperature. He watched for a moment as the steam rose, braced himself and pushed his right fist beneath the gushing hot water.

“Fuck!” He swore, knives of agony crippling his arm muscles. He withstood the searing pain for another few seconds before pulling it back out and examining the now clean gash. He should probably get some metho or something, but couldn’t be bothered to go searching for it.

At least that got all the dirt out.

“Need some help there?” A smooth, deep voice made Mitchell jump and he whirled around to see a man, who was clearly a city boy, standing in the doorway.

Mitchell stared, the pain in his hand disappearing as his blood ran south. The man in front of him was delicious. Brown straight hair, green eyes and the most amazing mouth Mitchell had ever seen.

The man cocked an eyebrow and ran an assessing eye over Mitchell. “Can I help?”

Mitchell shook himself and grabbed a clean towel hanging from the rack.

He pressed the towel to his dripping wet hand and hissed a little. “Nah, I’m fine thanks.”

The vision in tight blue jeans and white cotton shirt stepped forward and picked up the butterfly tapes from beside Mitchell. As the stranger moved again, Mitchell inhaled the spicy scent of his cologne and groaned from the pain in his groin. It had been far too long since he’d gotten laid.

“Show me.” The man demanded, his tone brooking no argument as he tore open the packaging and held the tape ready.

Mitchell pulled the towel away from his hand and held it out, watching the man’s eyebrows fly up in surprise.

“You sure you don’t need stitches?” He asked as he placed the tape on one side of the cut and pulled the flesh together before sticking the other side down. His hands were soft, not like Mitchell’s own callused ones. Definitely a city boy.

Mitchell shrugged, trying for nonchalance when it was the last thing he was feeling. Those hands may be soft but they looked strong and moved with confidence.

“I hate stitches.”

The man took up another plastic butterfly and stuck it next to the first.

“Yeah, and they say chicks dig scars.”

He looked up and smiled, the effect of those brilliant white teeth enough to make Mitchell fall back a little against the sink. Wow.

“You ok?” The guy asked, stepping closer, making it even harder for Mitchell to think.

He shook his head to clear the fog. “Yeah, fine. What did ya say?”

The brunette took one more butterfly clip and placed it next to the second one.

“I said chicks dig scars.”

Mitchell huffed in response, unable to laugh when he was enduring both the pain of the injury and the closeness of this hot male.

He may as well be honest. If the guy was a homophobe then at least he’d leave Mitchell alone and he could breathe once again.

“I’m not really into chicks, if you get my drift.”

The hot guy’s head shot up and Mitchell got his first real look into those amazing green eyes, which were a little familiar. They were almost yellow at the centre giving him the look of a wild cat.

“Me neither…” He replied, rubbing his thumb gently over the fleshy part of Mitchell’s hand that wasn’t cut and causing fissions of awareness to sparkle and slide across his skin.

“I’m Jayden by the way… Jay.” The hot guy introduced himself and Mitchell swallowed hard, withdrawing his hand that was now tingling as well as throbbing.


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Pre-release review: Too Busy For Love by Tamsin Baker

Pre-release review: Book released 1st March

Too Busy for LoveToo Busy for Love by Tamsin Baker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

He needed a job — he never expected to need his boss. 

Thomas’s life can be pared down to one principle: Be as successful as possible by being as single-minded as possible. But his commitment to his goal is tested upon returning home to his mansion and finding his gorgeous new gardener in his library.

Luke is a student, and his new job is perfect: decent income and a place to study that’s quiet, peaceful, and stocked with useful resources. The last thing he expects to find there is a stunning man who offers to open up all the doors that Luke has yet to be brave enough to peek behind.

Thomas is happy to wait for Luke to come to him, but when he does, Thomas has no intention of holding back…

So what did I think?

This was a cute short story and a nice way to while away some time. It may be a bit common but I just love the matching together of the rich business man and the sexy gardener!

Thomas is focused on his business. He doesn’t have time for men other than quick one-night stands. He has money, he has a mansion, he has exotic cars and a driver. He has a butler named Jenkins.

Luckily Jenkins lets the young sexy gardener, Luke, use the library in the mansion for his studies. Luke is making his way through school in an effort to become an architect. He doesn’t want or accept help and isn’t impressed by money or the trappings of Thomas’ life. However, he is excited by the man himself.

It’s a short story so not much time to get to know the characters therefore I didn’t overly warm to Thomas but I did like Luke and enjoyed seeing him discovering that, yes, he definitely was gay!

This book is due for release on 1st March.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for my honest review.


To find out more about Tamsin Baker and her books visit her Goodreads Author Profile.


Heart’s Truth by Tamsin Baker

Heart's TruthHeart’s Truth by Tamsin Baker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Marcus is a 30-year-old successful architect. He wants someone to love and knows the right man will turn up when he least expects it. That moment arrives at his friend’s party. He sees Danny for only a moment, yet his interest is piqued. What could be more irresistible than a blue-eyed beauty who is completely untouched?

Danny knows he doesn’t find women attractive, but how is he going to find out if he’s gay? His sister’s party answers his prayers and the most gorgeous guy he has ever seen asks him out. But can their love survive when Marcus wants more than a closeted partner and Danny wants nothing more than to hide forever?

So what did I think?

This was a nice short story which reminded me of my (slightly rebellious) teenage years with references to Winnie Blues and schoolies!

Danny is young and slightly confused about his sexuality “Was he? Or wasn’t he?” but seeing Marcus as his sister’s party starts to help clarify things for him. “But if he was honest, he knew his confusion wasn’t the cause of his uneasiness. Yes, he was terrified of following a path that was completely new and uncertain. But at this very moment what really worried Danny was that if Marcus left, he would never see him again.”

It is really lovely to see how Danny and Marcus respond to each other with Marcus gently easing Danny into their relationship. Plus there is beautiful tenderness shown by Danny when Marcus gives himself to Danny…“We can learn together.”

This is a sweet romance about Danny’s coming out with a happy, smiling ending.

Plus I got the book for only $0.99 so no complaints there!

3 Stars

To find out more about Tamsin Baker’s books visit her Goodreads Author Profile.

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