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BLOG TOUR: GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY – Favorite Son by Will Freshwater

Favorite Son Tour BannerToday we’re happy to welcome Will Freshwater to 3 Chicks After Dark as part of the Favorite Son Blog Tour! Will’s new gay romance offers a refreshing twist on starting over. (You can check out our review of Favorite Son by clicking HERE.) Continue reading below to find out more about the book, gain some insight into Will Freshwater’s personal connection to the story, and enter for a chance to win your own copy!

favorite son coverBorn into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he’s blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John’s perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as “Peter” and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him.

Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he’d left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness.

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Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Book Length:  204 pages
Genre:  Gay, Romance




Check out three fantastic video excerpts of Favorite Son by none other than Will Freshwater!


Will Freshwater was born and raised in a small steel town outside Pittsburgh. He graduated, cum laude, from Boston College and was awarded a Juris Doctorate from theUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law. Will has lived and worked in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Tampa. Although he has spent the better part of the last twenty years working as a successful corporate attorney, Will can happily confirm that his true vocation is writing. He currently resides in Morristown, New Jersey with his husband, Stephen, and their golden retriever, Rory. Favorite Son is Will’s debut novel, and he is hard at work on his second novel.


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Holding the Edge by Keira Andrews

Holding the Edge CoverRelease Date: December 2, 2014
Published by Loose Id
Review Copy from Publisher

Gay figure skaters keep their relationship secret—and end up on thin ice

Misha Reznikov has an Olympic gold—and a secret lover who just happens to be the silver medalist. Now that their competitive days are over, Misha and former rival Dev Avira are setting up house in LA and giving their relationship a shot in the real world. They agree that keeping their romance strictly under wraps is best for their pro careers and Misha’s family back in Russia. So what if Dev hasn’t told his parents, and they never eat out for fear of being spotted? It’s not perfect, but they’re together.

But as they prepare for a special holiday skating show on Christmas Eve in Dev’s hometown, tension builds. How long can Misha and Dev keep their love secret—and what happens if one of them wants to stop hiding?
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Oh, Keira Andrews, how you make me love ice skating. These stories bring the skating world and all its action and drama to life. Dev and Misha are back – skating’s hottest fictional couple is still together, burning it up on the pro circuit.  Burning it up probably isn’t quite adequate to describe what lies between them; they’re amazing together. Finding genuine passion and affection on the page like that is rare and refreshing. The holiday setting for this story is also perfect to capture the spirit of the season, and we thought it very appropriate to share our review on Christmas Eve. :)

In a way I’ve come to associate with her stories, Andrews gives us plenty of emotion, tension and suspense in the sequel to Cold War. This time around we get Misha’s point of view, and it’s the perfect angle to tackle such a sensitive story.  He and Dev are risking so much to be together and must decide whether to continue in secret or come out to the world. Either way they face a mountain of difficulties.  The way Andrews tells it, I have no trouble seeing the pros and cons of each.  She builds a case for both sides, and at times I found myself conflicted as to which way I wanted this to go. Past experience tells me being out is typically less stressful than hiding, because that constant fear of discovery really wears on you. On the other hand, going public has its own set of consequences, including danger to Misha’s family and freedom. Are Dev and Misha ready to face all of that? I’m not sure they could survive hiding much longer.

Andrews gives Misha and Dev a very special gift: the gift of communication. They work to resolve their situation while building a stronger foundation, and the very thing that could tear them apart seems to solidify their commitment. These are two very caring, selfless guys, something I didn’t expect to find in figure skaters who can be known for their vanity. Maybe it’s different in pairs, because you always have to consider your partner? That could be. Either way, they don’t ever let things go too long or too far before working it out.  Even when they seem to be at the breaking point, the empathy and compassion they have for one another is astounding. Not to mention a definite perk for us is that all this conflict leads to some hot, steamy make-up sex.  ;)

More than anything I really needed this book right now. I’ve read some good books lately, but not many gave me that can’t sleep, life-is-getting-in-the-way-of-my-reading kind of feeling. Holding the Edge absolutely did, but then again pretty much all of Keira Andrews books do. I swear every book Keira Andrews writes makes me wish the people were real. She has an incredible talent for storytelling, and I’m more and more in love with her writing with each book I read. She also seems like a pretty terrific person – you can connect with her online – so that makes it even better. Someday I hope to have the pleasure of meeting her in person.



Cold Iron (Cold Iron #1) by D.L. McDermott

ironCold Iron (Cold Iron #1) by D.L. McDermott

Published by Pocket Star 2/10/14

Review Copy obtained from Library

Synopsis: The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.

So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.

But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.

My Thoughts: I had heard this book referenced as a “time travel fantasy” which was not really true. It was more an “Immortal Fae Fantasy”.

The synopsis really doesn’t do the story justice…just enough to kind of give you an idea of what the story was about…but not really.

Conn is a fae warrior, that has been locked away in a druidic burial chamber/mound. Occasionally, over the millenia, he has awoken to fight battles. This time Conn wakes up because someone is digging their way toward him chamber, and he feel an odd pull toward the female he senses digging her way toward him.

This story created an interesting backstory for the fae and druids. There is a race against time to retrieve historical artifacts. The history for what happened to Conn and why. The explanation for the odd pull between Conn and Beth. Lots of story threads that kept the story compelling and really hard to put down.

There was plenty of sex…cuz you know those fae…preternaturally beautiful and sexually driven, leave us poor humans wanting more and more and more.

Overall I really like the writer’s style and her world building was exceptional. I have started on the second installment which follows characters introduced in the first book.

My Rating: Bad-Ass Boots

BLOG TOUR: Spotlight – Cross & Crown (Sidewinder #2) by Abigail Roux


Welcome to the Cross & Crown Blog Tour!!! We’re super excited about the second book in the Sidewinder series by Abigail Roux. As part of the fun,  we’re thrilled to be able to bring you a scene cut from the book as well as a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Riptide Publishing!

About the Book:
Cross&Crown CoverWhen Nick O’Flaherty arrives at the scene of a double homicide to find he has a witness to the crime, he thinks it’s his lucky day. But when he realizes his witness is suffering from amnesia and can’t even remember his own name, Nick wishes he’d gone with his gut and put in for vacation time.

Then Nick’s boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his hands a little too full as the case and his personal life collide. The witness he’s dubbed “JD” is being tailed by Julian Cross, a retired CIA hitman. To complicate matters further, JD forms an attachment to Nick that Nick struggles not to respond to as they search for the key to JD’s identity.

Trying to deermine whether JD is friend or foe as they investigate the crime puts them on the trail of a much older mystery. When multiple attempts are made on their lives, Nick is forced to turn to old enemies and new allies to solve a centuries-old crime before he and Kelly get added to the history books.

You can order Cross & Crown directly from Riptide.

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Our Thoughts:
I love Nick and Kelly. They’re smart, funny, badass and totally hot. Their chemistry is off the charts, not to mention their ability to read each other. I’m to the point that I can’t go back and imagine them not together. The more Abigail Roux revisits moments during their long friendship, the more I feel like everything’s been leading up to this. Their entire relationship seems destined – it just makes sense.

In fact, Cross & Crown has possibly solidified them as my favorite Team Sidewinder couple. Don’t get me wrong, I like Ty & Zane, but these guys just do it for me. I love how solid they are, so secure in their relationship.  While there’s definitely a possessive streak in both of them, their trust in each other keeps jealousy from getting in the way. This allows them to focus on what’s really important – kicking ass and saving lives.

Overall there’s nothing about this story I didn’t like. It has action, adventure, mystery and some sweet, romantic moments for Nick and Kelly. As a Revolutionary history buff myself, this story pushes all my buttons. I love all the historical tie ins, and Boston is the perfect backdrop. The thrill and suspense of the treasure hunt is a little National Treasure but better. Let’s be serious – Nicholas Cage has NOTHING on Nick O’Flaherty. I swear the way that man is so brainy is such a turn on, and I know Kelly sees it too. Roux develops a perfect balance of danger and suspense as the guys uncover clue after clue to solve the case of the Continental payroll gold.

My heart continues to ache for Nick and Ty’s damaged friendship. It’s not going to be an easy road to mend things between them, if it can be done at all. I think it’s one of those situations where despite their best efforts things will never be the same. Too many secrets and lies have come between regardless of how many apologies they’ve made.

The end of Cross & Crown brings tough decisions that set the course and could be definite game changers for the future.  People disappear, new colleagues are brought into the fold and changes will be made. I can only hope it’s all for the better. If nothing else, it’ll definitely be an exciting ride.



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