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New Release: 4.5 Star Review for Will & Patrick Meet the Mob (Wake Up Married, Episode 5) by Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths #MM #RomCom @Alice_Author @LetaBlake

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00075]Title: Will & Patrick Meet the Mob (Wake Up Married, Episode 5)
Author Name & Publisher: Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths (Leta Blake Books)
Publication Date & Length: February 29, 2016 – 42,000 Words

Synopsis

Follow Will & Patrick in this fifth installment of the romantic-comedy serial, Wake Up Married, by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!

Patrick has finally accepted that he’s in love with Will, but his newfound determination to do something about that runs up against his father-in-law’s mobster plans. Though just what those plans are have as yet to be determined. As far as Will and Patrick can tell, they consist of blowing through town, wreaking small havoc, and turning the Patterson family’s lives on end.

Will must face the truth about his family before he can fully come to terms with his feelings for Patrick. And Patrick has to decide if this whackadoodle world is something he truly wants to be part of forever.

Episode 5 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.

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Review

FourandHalfStars

This was another wonderful story about Will and Patrick and another great from the duo of Blake and Griffiths. This story had humor and love in it and it was great to finally see the characters admit they were falling in love. I was glad I was reading this book at home because sometimes I would just burst out laughing. This duo just has way of injecting humor at the exact right points and I can’t wait to read the final installment. I am so glad that they are getting their HEA.

Lynn

Excerpt

The next morning, Will’s romantic musings feel like the product of overwrought exhaustion when Patrick wakes up cranky as a cat dunked in water.

“Turn off the alarm,” he snarls. “Make it stop.” Then, sitting up and glaring at Will like he’s going to kill him with the power of his mind, he demands, “Did you test yet? Did you eat? What’s your BG number?”

Will’s not even out of bed. Only fifteen seconds ago he’d had one hundred and seventy pounds of Patrick spread out on top of him. Of course he hasn’t tested yet. “I just woke up.”

“Don’t make me test you myself.” Patrick flings back the covers and stalks to the bathroom in his underwear. Will rolls his eyes but grabs his kit and quickly tests. Over the sound of piss hitting water, Patrick calls out, “Well? What’s the number?”

“Ninety-eight. Calm your tits.”

Patrick comes out, arms crossed over his chest and his hair sticking up everywhere. “Calm my tits? Calm your tits.”

Will indicates his nipples. “What? Check ’em out. Not even a little bit pointy.”

Patrick narrows his gaze but a reluctant smirk tweaks up the corner of his mouth.

“Let me guess.” Will laughs. “You know how to change that.” The knot of worry loosens in his chest.

“Maybe later. I have to eat first.”

While they wait for room service, they shower and shave, and Will endures Patrick making a solid pitch for him to consider a Continuous Glucose Monitoring System.

“I’ll ask Dr. Anastasia about it,” Will compromises.

“And a pump.”

“Don’t push your luck.”

They throw on robes to greet Perry and his cart of warm, delicious-smelling goodies. Conversation is cut dead at that point as Patrick devours his bacon, muffins, doughnuts, and strawberries with fresh cream. Will’s healthier breakfast of cottage cheese, whole-wheat toast, and a small slice of quiche Lorraine isn’t nearly as exciting, but he doesn’t know how Patrick stays so slim eating like he does. If he tried it, he’d be the size of a house.

Once they finish breakfast, Will broaches the topic. “We’re going to need to talk about my dad eventually.”

“What happened to pretending he’s dead?”

“Unfortunately, he’s not.”

“Point.”

“And he’s staying in this building, so we’re bound to run into him sooner rather than later.”

“Better point.”

Will lets a wry grin spread on his lips. “But I’m not going to just sit back and let him run the show this time. I need find out why he’s in town and then get him to leave again. As soon as possible.” He stands up and brings the chess set over to the table, clearing away their plates. “If we can play ahead of his game, we can at least capture his queen. And then maybe even his king. Especially since he won’t be expecting us to be playing at all.”

“If by queen you’re referring to Kimberly, I don’t know about that. She’s a slippery one.”

“You think Tony’s back because of my mother?”

“Historically, her milkshake has brought him to the yard.”

Will sighs as he sets up the board. “She’s only been dating Jason a few weeks. Tony usually waits for her to get serious before he drops in to ruin her chance at happiness.”

“Maybe Jason proposed.”

“That’d be on The Hurting Times forums ten minutes after it happened. Have you seen it there?”

“Nope.”

“And Caitlin would have called threatening to jump off a bridge or shave her head or something drastic in protest.”

“So he hasn’t put a ring on it yet.”

Will moves his pawn forward. “It’s still a starting place.”

Patrick shoves one of his pawns out to an empty square. “Before surgery, I have to know what I’m dealing with. I can’t just cut into someone’s noggin without knowing if I’m going in to repair damage or to cut out a tumor. Same here. We need more information. What’s your dad’s sign?”

Will’s lips flatten. “Seriously?”

Patrick lifts his brows.

“Sagittarius.”

“I knew it!” Patrick shakes his head. “Never trust a Sagittarius.”

Will sighs and ignores this. “Even though the award ceremony isn’t until March, word is getting around now that I won the Healing Hero Award. I hope to God he’s not planning to stick around for that.”

“A congratulatory phone call from Mobster Daddy would have sufficed.”

Will moves a pawn in front of the right bishop. “You’ve been slapped with that stupid malpractice suit. That might have raised his hackles too, if he’s not sure of your intentions toward me.”

“I have zero honorable intentions toward you. So, he’d be onto something there.”

Will snorts. “You made an honest man of me.”

“For now.”

“Yeah.” Will smiles softly as gentle warmth blooms in his chest. “For now.” He bites his lip. “Do you think sex will be even dirtier once we’re divorced?”

Patrick looks up from contemplating the chessboard. “Are you planning on sleeping with me after we’re divorced?”

Will’s ears burn. “Would we have to stop?”

Patrick swallows, his blue eyes shading darker. “Not unless we want to stop.”

Heat zings in the air between them. Will clears his throat. “That’s a long time from now. Who knows when we’ll even have to think about it? You’ll probably be tired of sleeping with me by the time a loophole opens up for us.”

“I’ll never get tired of fucking you.”

Patrick sounds so certain that Will’s dick stirs and he has to look away, focusing his attention back on the chessboard. He’s not sure whose move it is now. “Anyway, there are plenty of reasons for Tony to make the trip from Minneapolis. I’m surprised I didn’t see it coming.”

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4 Star Review for Two Pet Dicks by John Inman #MM #RomCom

CoverTitle: Two Pet Dicks
Author Name & Publisher: John Inman (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 16, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Old friends and business partners, Maitland Carter and Lenny Fritz, may not be the two sharpest pickle forks in the picnic basket, but they have big hearts. And they are just now coming around to the fact that maybe their hearts are caught in a bit of turmoil.

Diving headfirst into a whirlwind of animal mayhem, these two self-proclaimed pet detectives strive to earn a living, reunite a few poor lost creatures with their lonely owners, and hopefully not make complete twits of themselves in the process.

When they stumble onto a confusing crime involving venomous reptiles, which is rather unnerving since they’re more accustomed to dealing with misplaced puppy dogs and puddy tats, they take the plunge into becoming real-life crime stoppers.

While they’re plunging into that, they’re also plunging into love. They just haven’t admitted it to each other yet.

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FourStars

John Inman is the type of author you go to to read about funny, heartwarming stories with lovable characters, and this was no different.
Mait and Lenny are best friends who decided to run their own pet detective agency and I thought that it was funny that all they could afford to get was “two pet dicks” for their agency sign. I also thought that it was pretty awesome reading about two characters from different races, though it was pointed out a lot of times in the story.
This was a cute friends to lovers story, even though Mait and Lenny had already been sleeping together as friends with benefits. These two were lovable idiots. They got into all sorts of trouble and mischief that could have been avoided, but their journey was fun to read about. This book did not take itself seriously, which seemed to be the whole point. If you wanna take a break from reading serious MM stories, I recommend this one.
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5 and 3 stars for Spice by Lilah Suzanne #AuthorInterview #MM #Romance #RomCom @lilahsuzanne

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Title: Spice
Author Name: Lilah Suzanne
Publication Date & Length: April 2, 2015 – 250pgs

Synopsis

As writer of the popular “Ask Eros” advice column, Simon Beck has an answer to every relationship question his readers can throw at him. When it comes to his own life, the answers are a little more elusive—until computer troubles introduce him to the newest and cutest member of his company’s IT support team. Simon may be charmed by Benji’s sweet and unassuming manner, but will he find the answer to the one relationship question he has never been able to solve: how to know when he’s met Mr. Right?

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Simon and Benji

This is a wonderful book!  It is the very simple story of the beginning of a relationship.   It is the story of Simon, an advice columnist at a women’s magazine in New York.  It is also the story of Benji, an IT technician at the magazine.

At the start of the story, Simon is slowly extricating himself from an unhealthy relationship.  His friends are marrying and settling down and he feels lonely.

Benji is the consumate geek.  He references science fiction films, wears character t-shirts and has collections.

This book is so well observed.  As the central characters developed, I moved from thinking that I’d known people exactly like them to wondering uncomfortably if Suzanne was actually writing about me and my relationships.  The relationship between the two characters was real.  It was possibly the third character (though Walt the pit bull might have something to say about that).

This wasn’t an urgent, passionate rush for bed followed by declarations of undying love.  Instead, and unfortunately unusually, it records the slow, sometimes awkward getting to know a new lover.  It observes the equally awkward and sometimes frustrating meshing of lives and homes that follows.  Above all, it manages to capture very accurately the silly moments, the unfailing support offered by true partners, and the playful interludes that make everything else in life worth doing.

So often, romance is serious and passionate involving exaggerated misunderstandings and artificial barriers.  This is just real.  The story is funny and sweet and almost painfully well observed.  I loved it.

Sarah

ThreeStarThis book started out great. It was fun and funny, and there was great boy-meets-boy tension. I loved the humor and the Simon’s awkward insecurity. I was drawn in right away.

Unfortunately, all of that wrapped up in the first third of the book. The rest was just a lot of sex. I’m not against erotica, but there was absolutely nothing else happening, and this was a fairly lengthy novel. Every time I thought an element of plot twist or tension was being introduced, it was resolved far too easily and typically within a chapter. Even the characters’ bedroom play was comparatively vanilla. That’s fine, but this story really needed something more in some way.

This would have been cute as a serial, but it really didn’t work for me as a full-length novel. I suspect some readers would love the hot sex and not be bothered at all by the lack of plot, but I prefer more of a complete story with some tension in among the fluff.

~Amy

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“How about you? Did you always want to be a writer?”

“Yeah. I think I did.” He finally gives up on work completely and closes the laptop. “I mean. I guess what I write about is kind of pointless, but I wanted to be a poet once upon a time, so I guess it could be even more pointless,” he jokes.

Benji’s eyebrows knot. “It’s not. Why would it be pointless?”

Simon gives a humorless laugh. “I mean, I write a sex column for women. Not exactly moving prose or hard-hitting journalism.”

Benji scoots over little on the desk, sitting with his legs so close to where Simon is sitting low in his chair that he can smell Benji’s crisp laundry detergent and citrusy soap. He suddenly has to fight the urge to move a fraction to the left, press his nose to the inside seam of Benji’s jeans and breathe him in.

“You listen to people. You remind them that they’re valuable and worthy of love and respect. How is that not important?” Simon is struck speechless, chest tight and breath caught.

Then Benji claps him on the shoulder and hops off the desk. “Come on. Let’s go have lunch.”

AuthorInterview

1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

My writing environment is really just a nook by the window in my bedroom. A wobbly laptop desk with a little extra table next to it that I can pile junk and papers and pens on. I often have my dog sleeping behind me and a cat or two on the chair with me. Right now there are two ladybugs crawling around on the window outside.

2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

They all have bits of me of course, so I don’t think I relate to one of them more than any other. I identify with all of them in different ways. For Simon I really relate to his desire to have things wok out the way he’s imagined them to be, even if it doesn’t quite match up to reality. For Benji I identify a lot with the way he’d rather avoid conflict altogether than deal with things being difficult or awkward.

3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

I’d probably be a preschool teacher. Seriously.

4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand? (Advice to new authors)

I think the biggest lesson for me has been that you have to keep going. Keep writing, keep working, keep editing. The difference between being successful and not really has less to do with natural talent and a lot to do with perseverance.

5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

There’s always something I still want to tweak or change, I don’t think there’s an end point for that feeling! But no, I have to let it go at some point, not dwell on what I wish I could change and appreciate the story as it is instead. I’ll make myself crazy if I don’t!

6) How long does it on average take to write a book?

From the very first draft to the very final product? Several months. I can finish writing first draft in about 6-8 weeks. I write fast, edit slow!

7) What’s next for you as a writer?

I am currently polishing up the manuscript for my third book, Broken Records, which is about Nico Takahashi, an LA stylist who has reluctant feelings for a client: a country music star named Grady with a reputation for being a player.

8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

I’ve lived in the South for all but one year of my life, in Florida and then North Carolina. Even though I have some pride and affection for it, I’ve never quite felt like I fit in here. I think that does influence the kind of stories I write, and how my characters are often looking for that place, or person, where they finally feel like they fit.

9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

Probably humor. I like stories that don’t take themselves too seriously.

10) Which one of your books is your favorite? Why?

There’s this sense of a book feeling like it’s less “mine” once it’s been out there in the world for a while, so I’ll say Spice for that reason: it’s newer and closer to my heart currently.

Quickies!

What skill do you wish you had that you don’t (or haven’t learned)?

Playing an instrument. I can muddle through a little, but I wish I could really play.

Go to a theater or rent a movie?

Theater

Beer or wine?

Wine

Indoor or Outdoor?

Indoor

If you could stay a certain age, what age would it be?

I’m having a pretty great time right now!

The best part of waking up…

Coffee. Always coffee.

AuthorBio

Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer, she also authored a children’s book and has a devoted following in the online fan community.

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