Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Ashley Ladd to CABR.
She’s chatting about her new m/m contemporary erotic romance,
COOKING UP A STORM.
There’s a giveaway too 🙂
Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Ashley Ladd to CABR.
She’s chatting about her new m/m contemporary erotic romance,
COOKING UP A STORM.
There’s a giveaway too 🙂
What better way to choose a great book for your weekend escape than by reading a sexy excerpt?
Hence my feature, CABR Presents Temptation Thursdays
Today’s excerpt is from the contemporary m/m romance, CATCHING CARY, by Megan Slayer 🙂
Looking for a novel that packs an emotional punch but which leaves you smiling at the enduring love of two men who were brave enough to seek their own happiness?
Then read my 5-Lime Review of ALWAYS by Kindle Alexander 🙂
There are also two giveaways to be won!
Today I’m chatting with James Lear about book one in his new “sexy gay mystery” series, THE HARDEST THING (A DAN STAGG MYSTERY).
This is his first blog tour, btw, so please make James feel welcome 🙂
James, tell us about your novel, “The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery“
It’s about an ex-marine who got thrown out under the last days of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Now he’s finding it hard to fit into civilian life, he’s broke and horny and confused, which is how I like my men. He gets offered a job by a rather shady organisation and finds himself on the road with a very attractive young blond. Can you guess what happens next?
1 Night Stand Series fans, I have a fun giveaway for you 🙂
Enjoy the excerpt below then POST A COMMENT for your chance to win
After three years, Basil finally secures a reservation at the Desert Patch Steampunk Resort. As excited as he is about his 1Night Stand match, he still can’t keep his mind off the one man he wants most. But sometimes love carries a price, especially when his dream comes true and Jason strolls into The Cursed Revolver Saloon.
A stranger has set his sights on Basil, and the one-night stand becomes not only difficult but extremely dangerous. Attacked by a powerfully wealthy lycanthrope, Basil and Jason must fight for their lives and their love. Only by defeating an Alpha wolf can Basil protect his new lover and gain his full powers.
Can Madame Eve’s magic overcome fear of rejection and forbidden desires to give Jason and Basil something to howl about?
Pondering the information, he ascended the hotel’s steps in time with him. What could have possibly happened between Jason and Samantha?
His friend must have sensed his attention. He turned and looked at Basil as he opened the door. “I’ll tell you everything once we have privacy.”
“Did it end horribly?”
Shaking his head, Jason followed him into the lobby. “No, I expected it would be worse if she ever found out what I am, but she was eerily calm about it.”
Basil led him up to his room. Closing the door behind them, he asked, “What happened, Jason?”
“Samantha has always known I’m bisexual,” he began. “But she never knew anything about me being a natural lycanthrope.”
“Why didn’t you tell her before you got married?”
“We only loved one another as friends. She married me to shut my family up about settling down, and so her mother would leave her alone about grandchildren. Samantha’s only stipulation for our marriage was she wanted a career first and children later.”
“How’d she find out about your lineage?”
“My mother.” Jason sat on the edge of the bed. “Mom thought Samantha already knew about our family. Samantha mentioned her mother had asked when we planned to start a family, and then Mom blurted something about wanting grandchildren so our natural werewolf gene could be passed on before I grew too old to sire offspring. Samantha freaked.”
“She could handle a marriage of convenience.” Basil summed up the story. “And she’s fine with you being bisexual, but she couldn’t deal with having a lycanthrope husband or children?”
“No, and trust me, I understand her reasons, but I think our farce marriage became too much for her. After she calmed down, she announced she wanted a divorce, but not because of me and my lycanthrope family.”
He frowned. “Then why?”
Who is Azura Ice? She’s a full-time author represented by an awesome literary agent. She is also owned by two crazy felines of tabby descent (although they swear they’re of Egyptian lineage). Azura writes in an attic study that overlooks a beautiful valley, and enjoys her husband’s company when he’s permitted to enter her domain. However, if he brings offerings of coffee and an occasional chocolaty treat, she’s inclined to let him in her office more often.
If you love a good male/male romance, then this is your lucky day. 🙂 Kindle Alexander is giving away an eBook copy of her latest m/m romance, THE CURRENT BETWEEN US, to one lucky reader here on CABR.
Everyone else, I encourage you to buy this book not only because it’s a great story about a single gay father finding love when he least expected it, but a portion of the sales will be donated to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
Kindle shares how the loss of her daughter in a drunk driving accident led to her involvement with MADD.
Thank you for inviting me here today!
I’m not gonna lie, when Sasha asked if I was interested in a GP on her site, I gave an automatic YES – OF COURSE – DUH!!!! But I had no idea what I was being asked to do. Once I figured it out, I got immediately nervous and now I’ve sat here for a good hour trying to come up with something to say.
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. Sasha suggested I write something relevant to The Current Between Us.
Certainly, with the pending US Supreme Court ruling on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), there is more than enough to speak on about the subjects inside my latest book. Gay men raising children, getting married, leading a traditional lifestyle…. But I decided against that.
I know! Instead, I reached deeper into The Current Between Us, starting almost from the beginning. It’s in my dedication. So instead of funny humor, or current events, I’m taking this to unexplainable pain – which for some reason makes perfect sense in my mind.
Five years ago I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. it never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to meet Suzette Pylant. She works for Madd in the Dallas office – Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She’s a victim’s advocate. I would have never gotten through those dark days without her unwavering support and guidance. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. For the first time in my life Madd wasn’t a political force, but a support group like none other. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her. The Current Between Us wouldn’t be sitting at Number 1 on the Amazon best sellers list, Kindle’s name wouldn’t be in print and I never would have healed without her help.
Portions of the sales of The Current Between Us will be donated to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in both Kindle and Suzette’s name.
I can’t thank Suzette and her team enough for stepping into my world. It takes a special person to come stand beside someone at a time like that. I will love her forever.
I could go on and on about both of them, but I won’t. I am so interested in what you think about this, and The Current Between Us. The best part of writing is talking to the people like yourself who love to read. Message me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think!
Thank you Sasha for the time! Happy Reading Everyone!
Gage Synclair, international, hard-hitting investigative photojournalist, is preparing for the final special report of his career. A story of deception and murder six long years in the making. After spending ten years in some of the worst parts of the world, he’s ready to settle life down and open an art gallery in his hometown of Chicago.
Trent Cooper, electrical contractor, is surprised by the last minute request for a fast-paced electrical remodel, little did he know he’d be immediately propositioned by the gallery’s owner. Being gay in the construction industry isn’t easy, nor is being father to his two young adopted children. Trent keeps his life in separate zones to avoid a short circuit. Will their high-voltage passion break the currents between them forever?
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Review: FROM THE ASHES is yet another great read from Daisy Harris.
She has a deft touch when it comes to writing male/male romances, particularly ones featuring an ‘out’ hero and his ‘closeted’ love.
Jesse Smith first meets firefighter Tomas Perez at the scene of the fire which destroyed his apartment and left the 21-year-old university student homeless. When Jesse decides he can’t let the landlords’ dog, a big female bull mastiff named Chardonnay, be taken away to the pound, Tomas makes a snap decision to put his home address on the pound’s form.
And so begins the relationship between these two, as they come to grips with their mutual attraction and Tomas’ hidden sexuality. Things are made more interesting and difficult at times by the fact that Tomas lives in a converted garage on his parents’ property in the SeaTac area of Seattle.
Tomas is one of three children of a Latino couple who immigrated to the United States decades ago. His brother Diego seems homophobic, having slapped Tomas when he first attempted to ‘come out’ as a teenager, but younger sister Maria is cool with her brother’s sexuality. Whether or not his parents know remains a mystery…until a big fight erupts between Tomas and Diego in their driveway about two-thirds of the way through the book.
Jesse’s parents haven’t had any contact with him for several months. He left home after saving enough money over the past year to move to Seattle after his father declared he couldn’t be gay and live at home.
Living as an openly gay young man in Seattle, Jesse has a couple of co-workers at a small coffee shop who liven up any scene they’re in. Michael is surly but has good intentions while Henri is fun and flamboyant most of the time but serious when needed and truly helpful in Jesse’s time of need post-fire.
Tomas’ co-workers at the fire station are used to making jokes using homophobic slurs without necessarily meaning them that way. This was mostly ok with him before he entered a relationship with Jesse and began accepting he truly was gay, and not simply a guy who liked occasionally getting his d*ck sucked by a stranger in a nightclub.
Jesse and Tomas go through their ups and downs, adjusting to life together and eventually becoming comfortable openly expressing their love for each other in front of their families. They save the hot stuff for their apartment of course, and boy, are these two hot! 🙂
I’m looking forward to reading more in the Fire and Rain series. I’m sure you’ll enjoy From the Ashes too.
Title: From the Ashes
Series: Fire and Rain (book 1)
Author: Daisy Harris
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: August 13, 2013
When an accident burns down Jesse’s apartment, he’s left broke and homeless, with a giant dog and a college schedule he can’t afford to maintain. And no family who’s willing to take him in.
Lucky for him, a sexy fireman offers him a place to stay. The drawback? The fireman’s big Latino family lives next door, and they don’t know their son is gay.
Tomas’s parents made their way in America with hard work and by accepting help when it was offered, so he won’t let Jesse drop out of school just so he can afford a place to live. Besides, Jesse’s the perfect roommate—funny, sweet and breathtakingly cute. He climbs into Tomas’s bed and tugs at his heart. Until Jesse starts pushing for more.
Their passion enflames their bodies but threatens to crush Tomas’s family. Tomas is willing to fight for Jesse, but after losing everything, Jesse isn’t sure he can bear to risk his one remaining possession—his heart.
Warning: Contains an angry older brother, judgmental best friends, a slobbering bull mastiff, and enough red-hot gay loving to make a porn star blush.
Review: This book may only be 75 pages long but Daisy Harris packs a lot into book three of her Love-Bots series. I’ve never read her work before and am now looking forward to reading more about her steins 🙂
There’s science fiction, m/m erotic romance, a dominant male stein (re-animated corpse) adjusting to life in a strange new world and a shy, virgin lab assistant who comes into his own while seeking safety for himself and the stein he’s falling in love with.
I would have liked to know who created steins, and how. Perhaps those questions were answered in the first two books but some more backstory would have been nice.
However there was just enough information for the reader to get the picture, allowing you to focus on the relationship between lab assistant Ben Speigel and leader of the steins in the lab, Zee.
The BUILT 4 lab is located somewhere in Seattle, where a group of male steins are prepped for shipment to other labs where they are to be used in medical experiments. Lab assistant Ben Speigel cares about the steins and struggles to carry out his duties, which includes choosing which steins to ship out.
The steins’ leader, Zee, is a naturally dominant male whose intelligence is the more advanced than any of the other re-animated corpses. The younger the stein, the less awareness. Also, depending on the experiment they’re destined for, each stein has a different level of comprehension.
One day, an observant Ben realises Zee likes watching the TV in the lab. He decides to leave it on each night, providing the stein with a golden educational opportunity. Zee may not be able to read and write but he is very intelligent, quickly learning English in secret by copying what he sees and hears on a TV in the lab.
Ms Harris deals with the page limit by fast-forwarding three months at key points in the book. Case in point, three month after Ben first starting leaving the TV on, we find Ben trying to contact a stein rescue group because he knows Zee and the others are headed for extermination.
The steins are eventually rescued by the Zombie Underground but in a surprise move, Zee decides to isolate himself and Ben in the lab. This is where the men really begin forming a bond. Zee learns about shaving in a very touching yet erotic shower scene with Ben. The lab assistant in turn confesses he has never had sex and is not ready for what Zee wants, at least not yet.
They eventually leave the lab and must avoid capture by authorities out in the real world. Zombie Underground’s spunky rescue agent and fellow stein, Shani Brown, sets the Ben and Zee up in a safe house. Another round of adjustments follow, including the two becoming intimate. They have a physical and emotional compatibility which both cherish.
Another three month fast-forward gives us a look into Ben and Zee’s relationship and how they are handling life on the outside.
I look forward to reading more about them, seeing Shani with her boyfriend and learning more about the Zombie Underground in future Love-Bots books. 🙂
Series: Love-Bots, book 3
Author: Daisy Harris
Rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publication date: January 2012
Synopsis: When a riot erupts in Built4’s stein-building lab, the alpha stein Kee drags a submissive young lab assistant into his cage. Kee’s been studying the human. Ben’s sad eyes and slender form call to Kee—urging him to equal parts lust and possessiveness.
Prisoner to the alpha, Ben surrenders to the stein’s fierce determination and gentle seductions. He’s long hated his job, feeling like a monster for following his boss’s orders, especially once he’s seen intelligence flickering in the alpha’s green eyes.
If Kee’s to escape, he needs Ben’s help to learn about the world outside the laboratory—a world full of people, sex and experiences Kee’s only beginning to discover. And guilt-ridden over the things he’s done, Ben can only forgive himself if the alpha forgives his sins first.
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Title: See The Light
Author: Cassandra Carr
Rating: CABR Gold Star
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication date: February 2013
Synopsis: Hockey player Jason Monroe lives a double life—star defenseman and soon-to-be Olympian on the ice and closeted gay man outside the rink. A serious relationship is out of the question, and Jason makes do with anonymous sex in barroom bathrooms, not willing to take the chance on coming out as gay in a decidedly macho sport.
Advisor to the US Olympic hockey team Patrick Parker knows a thing or two about being a professional hockey player who’s not out. He’s fifteen years older than Jason, and when he senses the sexy younger man is interested, he knows he shouldn’t give in to the attraction.
The two men can’t keep their hands off each other, though, and with each heated encounter it gets harder to hide their relationship. When their world blows up around them, forcing them into the limelight, though, will their love survive or be put on ice?
Review: A fantastic m/m romance debut from erotic romance author, Cassandra Carr. I couldn’t believe this was her first time writing about two men falling in love, “See the Light” was that well written.
Jason and Patrick struggled against their mutual attraction until finally, they could stay away from each other no more and had a mind-blowing oral sex encounter in Jason’s room.
The kiss that led to that…amazing! Their passion practically leaps off the page. 😀 But it’s a long road to being a couple, and a closeted gay couple at that, because both men work in the National Hockey League (NHL). Although there is an educational campaign in place, neither Jason nor Patrick are willing to risk their careers just yet.
Keeping their secret is doubly hard when the USA Hockey Team heads to Geneva for the Winter Olympics. Jason and Patrick are around each other a lot but they dare not be seen ‘together’ in public. The lengths these two go to, in freezing weather, just to be together…makes you realise how hard it is for people dealing with prejudice to just be themselves around others without fear/worry/repercussions.
Humour abounds between these two, even when dealing with being ‘in the closet’, which is a big part of the reason why I enjoyed “See the Light” so much. In fact, read it in one night, so hooked was I on their story. 🙂
This being an erotic romance, there was or course lots of sex…and it was hawt! It never felt gratuitous. Rather, being together physically, in the privacy of hotel rooms for the most part, was hot Jason and Patrick were able to express themselves and release pent up sexual frustration from only seeing each other sporadically due to their hockey schedules.
A tragic incident forces this hockey player and the team advisor to face their feelings and damn the consequences in the process.
There was a bit of scandal but the author chose to focus on Jason, Patrick and their teammates’ reactions to the ‘coming out’ and relationship status. While I appreciated that, I would have loved an epilogue of this coupe’s lives post-immediate HEA to see how the wider NHL and Jason’s family reacted to the truth.
I’m hoping Ms Carr choses to write either a sequel or include the “kid” and the “old man” in a future book.
Patrick packed up his stuff and headed out, hitting the button on his rental car’s remote to unlock the doors when he was a few feet away. His brain flashed back to his meeting with Jason. The kid was acting weird, and Patrick wasn’t sure what was going on. He’d been loose that morning, laughing and joking with his fellow teammates. So what was different during their meeting? Was he nervous about being yelled at?
The brass at USA Hockey had spoken to his coach in New Jersey before making their final selections and had been told the kid was definitely coachable. Patrick wasn’t sure what would be different about him taking direction here.
He frowned. Come to think of it, he’d seen Jason interact with the various coaches today, including him, and he hadn’t seemed as uptight as he just had. Did the kid not like him for some reason? What had changed in only a few hours? When Patrick realized he was standing beside his car door, staring into space, he shook his head and climbed into the car for the drive back to the hotel, resolving to watch Jason tomorrow, both to see if the younger man took his advice about the positioning and to see if he acted strangely around any of the other staff. Having a player hate you was always bad for chemistry, especially when you had no idea why or what to do about it.
* * * *
The next day, Patrick was more confused than ever. He’d found himself watching Jason like a hawk, and Jason appeared to be having a great time, streaking up and down the ice during drills in the morning and working his ass off in the afternoon scrimmage. He was quick to smile and laugh, but the couple of times Patrick noticed that when Jason glanced his way as Patrick sat a few rows up from the benches, his smile had faded and he’d turned away. Never before had a player responded to Patrick that way, not while he was playing, and certainly not now that he was serving in an advisory capacity for USA Hockey and as a scout for Philly during the season.
Despite Jason’s apparent dislike of him, though, Patrick was drawn to him. When he looked down at his notes and realized the legal pad in front of him was virtually blank, and that what notes he’d managed to jot down were almost exclusively dedicated to Jason, he rubbed the bridge of his nose between his thumb and index finger while silently castigating himself.
In the logical part of his brain, he knew there was a possibility a player wouldn’t like him or wouldn’t jibe with him at some point in his career. Despite that, for some reason it bothered him a whole hell of a lot. Jason was a player he respected tremendously. Yes, he was young, but also incredibly talented. He had a great future ahead of him.
Doesn’t hurt that he’s smokin’ hot either.
He told his dick to shut up. Patrick had played with and been around good-looking, well-toned professional athletes for years. The guy’s physical makeup shouldn’t even be entering into his thought process. But it was. Shit. Not having a hot guy such as Jason like him was hard on a gay man’s ego, especially since Patrick wasn’t exactly a young man himself anymore. With a sigh, he tore his gaze away from Jason and forced himself to observe the other guys.
When Jason was still acting squirrelly the next day, Patrick caught up with him in the hallway outside the trainers’ room. He was losing his mind. He had to know what was up with the kid. For the past two days he’d been racking his brain, trying to figure out what he could possibly have done to bring about this change in the man’s attitude.
“Hey, Roney, wait a minute.”
Jason froze before slowly turning. His expression was stony. “Yeah?”
Patrick took a deep breath. Instead of relaxing him, the clean, woodsy scent of Jason’s cologne flooded his nostrils, and he barely held in an agonized groan. “What’s up with you?” His question came out harsher than he’d intended, and he sighed.
“What do you mean?”
The younger man wouldn’t meet his gaze, and Patrick tried to rein in his temper. What the fuck was going on?
“This,” Patrick answered, gesturing toward Jason. “Did I do something to piss you off?”
Jason’s eyes were shadowed with an unreadable emotion when he finally looked at Patrick. “No.”
“Then what’s with the attitude?”
One eyebrow rose. “Attitude?”
Patrick crowded him a little, and Jason immediately retreated, his back hitting the wall behind him.
What the fuck? Is he afraid of me?
The concept seemed ridiculous, but otherwise, why would he be acting this way?
“This,” Patrick repeated, poking Jason in the chest. “You won’t look at me, you won’t talk to me, and now you look like someone just made you eat something that smelled bad.” Jason’s throat worked, and Patrick frowned. “I don’t understand what I did, but we’re going to be working closely over the next couple of months, and I don’t want there to be some weird rift between us.”
Crossing his arms over his chest in the scant distance between them, Jason replied, “There’s nothing. I’m fine.”
A lesser man would’ve been cowed by the threatening stance the younger man had taken, but Patrick was used to hockey players beating their chests. It didn’t faze him, despite the fact that Jason was about six-two and easily over two hundred pounds. Patrick was a few inches shorter and, at this point, probably twenty pounds lighter, but Jason being bigger kind of turned him on. Really, if anything, Patrick should be afraid of Jason, not the other way around.
Looking at the other man’s face just a hairbreadth away, Patrick noticed how close they were standing, especially since Jason had crossed his arms. His treacherous dick twitched. At the moment Jason was clad in a pair of sweat shorts that no doubt showed his ass to great effect and a skintight USA Hockey T-shirt, his large feet clad in the sandals most of the players wore around the locker-room area. Those muscular arms, still crossed over his mouthwatering chest, were lightly dusted with dark hair, as were his legs.
Patrick was practically plastered to the other man, not having wanted to look weak by backing down himself, and when Jason met his gaze once more, Patrick barely stifled a gasp. Heat lurked in the kid’s eyes, much as he no doubt tried to disguise it. There was no mistaking the way his pupils were lust blown. It was next to impossible to hide if someone were looking closely, and Patrick was. Was he gay? Even more alarming—did he know Patrick was too? Was that the reasoning behind the look Patrick had just intercepted?
This just got pretty fucking complicated.