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Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne

CounterbalanceCounterbalance by Aidan Wayne

Released on September 12, 2016

Published by Riptide Publishing

Page count/words: 88 pages/21,500 words

Categories: Drama, Contemporary, M/M Romance

Book link: Riptide

Blurb:

John loves his job as head rigger for Cirque Brilliance. The heavy scarring over half his face makes it a little hard to meet new people, but John’s got a good crew and a nice found family, and he’s content with his lot in life.

When Cirque hires talent for a new show, John meets Bao, a bright, ever-cheerful acrobat. Bao seems drawn to John and becomes a constant presence at his side—talking to him during downtime, spending time with him at lunch, and generally seeking out his company.

John doesn’t know what to make of this. Sure, he likes Bao—maybe a little too much, honestly—but he’s had enough experience to know that Bao couldn’t possibly like him back. Or so he thinks, anyway. Fortunately, Bao seems determined to prove him wrong.

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Our Thoughts:

Counterbalance is one of those stories that I ate up as I was reading. Just enough drama, romance, sweetness, and humanity to keep the pages turning. John is disfigured by a relative as a teen. It’s not easy being different and people aren’t always tolerant of his difference. He’s been called names and watches as people shrink away from him. His job as a rigger for a Cirque show is perfect. The talent in this type of show is a bit quirky too, so he feels at home behind the Cirque sets.

Then Bao enters John’s life. Bao is from China and new to the Cirque Brilliance show as a balancing talent. He’s super friendly and outgoing, meeting everyone. He approaches John and treats him exactly the same as everyone else. As if he doesn’t even see John’s disfigurement. Bao was sweet and innocent. He is almost childlike in his mannerisms but he grew on me quickly because it’s apparent he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body!

The attraction builds but John isn’t about to make the first move. The question is, will Bao be able to maneuver through cultural and language differences to get John to see what they could share together, or will this romance never see the light of day.

If you’re looking for the perfect afternoon getaway, Counterbalance would be a great choice!

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Blog Tour: Mocha Kisses and Coffee By Rawiya

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Title: Mocha Kisses and Coffee

Author: Rawiya

Publisher: Thirteen Below Press

Release Date: April 1, 2016

Heat Level: 3

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 165 pages

Genre/Tags: Interracial, contemporary, multicultural, mm, gay romance

Welcome to the blog tour for Mocha Kisses and Coffee! We’re pleased to host Rawiya and offer an exclusive excerpt from Smooth Like Latte for our tour stop. Enjoy!

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Synopsis

Simple delicacies like donuts and coffee can bring two people together no matter what their differences; it can make for a very satisfying experience. But deceit can turn those experiences sour.

In these two stories, Cupid shoots his arrows at four men, drawing them to one another through chance encounters that instantly grow into something more.

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Christopher Wettlon has inherited his grandfather’s Donuts to Go shop. He’s young, educated, and pretty well off, but still something is missing from his life.

Enter Andre Bentley, who seems to have everything going for him. Little does Christopher know Andre is out for more than his fresh, strawberry creams.

The two men are getting along well until Chris confronts Andre about his job. Can Andre ‘work’ himself back into Chris’s good graces?

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Brendan Walsh is committed to working for his irrational, homophobic dad who has threatened to disown him if he comes out gay to the world. Pretending to be someone he isn’t weighs him down. This puts Brendan on edge and alert at all times, leaving little to no time for him to build a steady relationship with anyone.

Davori “Latte” Jenkins is a happy go lucky barista working in the Walsh building. Born and raised in North Carolina, Latte possesses extremely good looks and charms the pants off anyone in his path using his Southern boy attitude.

When Brendan visits the shop Latte works in, they’re immediately drawn to one another. Latte makes him a caramel latte with something extra.

Because Brendan isn’t out of the closet, they keep their thoughts and flirtations private. Once they start dating, Brendan gets the courage to come out publicly and the relationship goes into overdrive. Still, Latte desires something more to define their relationship.

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RAWIYA is the more sensual erotica writer in the BLRawiya duo. She loves multiracial characters who overcome obstacles other than race. Sweet, sassy, and spicy would be the best way to describe her work. Happily married mother of two, loves music, computers, and travel.

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Exclusive Excerpt from Smooth Like Latte

Latte pressed the disconnect button and grabbed his coat. He wrapped the scarf around his neck a couple of times, then grabbed his keys, wallet, and the fresh roses he’d picked up for Brendan. When he figured he’d gotten everything, he headed out the door and sprinted downstairs.
Once he made it, he eyed the black Mercedes limo and the well-dressed driver standing outside. He’d only seen cars like this on the Magnificent Mile in front of posh hotels and stores.
“Good evening, sir.” The chauffeur opened the door for him and smiled.
“Hello there.” Latte nodded and hopped inside, pulling the flowers from his side. “These are for you.”
Brendan appeared surprised by the bouquet. “Latte, these are lovely, thank you.”
“You’re welcome, Brendan. I wanted to give you flowers earlier, but I thought it better to do it tonight.”
“True.” Brendan set the flowers aside and took one of Latte’s hands. “Cold enough for you?”
Latte nodded. “I’d say it is, Brendan. We picked a doozy of a night to go out, didn’t we?”
“We did. If I didn’t want to see you so bad, I would’ve called this date off.”
“Same here, but we could warm each other up a little bit. Oh… wait…” Latte stopped quickly, forgetting the two of them weren’t exactly alone.
Brendan ran his index finger across Latte’s chin. “Yes, we can. No worries, Sidney knows all about me.”
Hearing that, Latte sighed in relief and melded into Brendan’s touch. The electricity from the touch of Brendan’s fingers caused discomfort in his groin. “Then, maybe…”
“No, no, no maybe. Come here.”
Latte moved close, feeling Brendan’s hot breath tickle his nostrils. He ran his hand on the side of Brendan’s face, tracing his strong features.
“You want—”
Latte couldn’t finish the sentence because Brendan grabbed his shoulders, bringing him close, crushing their lips together. The embrace was anything but sweet—rough, bruising, with Brendan nipping Latte’s bottom lip with his teeth.
Brendan’s lips tasted of minty mouthwash, not overpowering but just enough to taste and smell nice.
With the kiss, Latte’s body instantly warmed, and he found himself completely lost in Brendan.
“Mmph.” Latte sighed into the kiss, wrapping both arms around Brendan’s waist, binding them together. He thanked his lucky stars Brendan had the frame of mind to let someone else drive them on their first official date. “Jesus.”
“Hmm?” Brendan grabbed Latte’s head and ran his lips over the side, down to his cheek. He placed light pecks on every spot until he reached Latte’s earlobe.
Latte closed his eyes and inhaled deeply, willing himself not to get overly aroused. Lord knows he had the worst case of blue balls. “God. I don’t think I’m gonna make it the rest of the night without putting my hands on you.”

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Native Tongue (Desert Heat #2) by Lucy Felthouse

Native TongueReleased 12 May 2015

Published by Writer Marketing

Cover art by Posh Gosh

Blurb:

They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn’t over.

When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?

Author’s note: Although this story does work as a standalone tale, it’s recommended that you read the first instalment of the characters’ journey first—Desert Heat, which is available from all good retailers.

Excerpt link: Lucy Felthouse- Native Tongue

Sales links: Amazon  • All Romance eBooks •  Smashwords

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Our thoughts:

After spending their six months together in the Afghani desert, I was anxious to see what would happen to Hugh and Rustam once back in England!

Coming home was both exciting and stressful for both men. Rustam had to get back into his medical program at school and find a place to live. All of this done alone since Hugh was at his base miles away. Being in the closet, he couldn’t ask for time off to help his boyfriend settle in. So, weeks later they finally plan to meet-up at Rustam’s place.

It’s go time for them. If they don’t bite the bullet and start to come out to friends, family and coworkers they will never have the relationship they desire. They vow to try taking steps to being an out and open couple with each visit.

I loved that it was like watching their relationship in reverse. They we already together and sexually active. Now they have to reverse and date, make friends, meet friends and also meet the family. Of course Rustam’s culture and traditions prevent him from telling his family. For their safety, he’s keeping that information to himself just like his time as an interpreter for the British military. However, there is no excuse for Hugh.

Once they begin to go out, hold hands and immerse themselves in life together, separations become even harder. The distance propels Hugh to want to take more steps on his part to come out and let everyone know that Rustam, smart and beautiful, is his man.

Native Tongue is the perfect, sweet ending to Hugh and Rustam’s story. One that starts off with a lot of stress, hardship and hiding. Now they can be together and there for each other in the open, with support and no fear. Perfect!

BOOK BLAST: Songbook: Paulo and Preston Shorts by Lee Benoit

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Songbook: Paulo and Preston Shorts by Lee Benoit
Released May 20, 2015
Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Artist: BS Clay
Word count: 59,300
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance, Multicultural, May/December, Disability

Blurb:

Cue the music! SONGBOOK collects, for the first time ever, all of the stories in the Paulo and Preston series!

PRESTON is a lifestyle Dominant, recently retired from a career on stage at an exclusive BDSM club. When the series begins, he’s single and looking forward to a quieter life. All that changes on the night of Preston’s last performance when PAULO, a complete novice, takes the place of Preston’s usual stage submissive. By day Paulo does odd jobs and sings in the Sister City Gay Men’s Chorus. After that first night with Preston, however, he wants more. He wants everything. Can a newbie sub and a gracefully aging Dom learn to harmonize?

Each story chronicles a new phase in Paulo and Preston’s relationship and features song lyrics mangled in deliciously naughty ways by Paulo.

Songbook by Lee Benoit

Excerpt:

He was flying from my flogger, and I knew I could break him with the whip. I shouldn’t — he was too new — he’d imprint on me like an orphan nestling. I decided once more on this mad, unexpected night, to trust myself. I would whip Paulo, not break him, and let him down gently once our performance ended.

I examined my control for a split second as I drew back my arm. No uncertainty, no sense of wrongness intruded. I was flying, too, and as much I trusted myself, I found I trusted my surprise sub too. This was right.

He screamed around the gag at the whip’s kisses anyway, though mine were not blows that would shatter him unless I’d read him very, very wrong.

I dropped the whip and removed the obscene gag, kissed the swollen lips, swallowed the last notes of his strange, wild song just as our finale music burgeoned around us. A choir of boys sang John the Beloved’s hymn “Shine on Me,” the perfect song for my last Epiphany on this stage and, I knew now, my first on a new path.

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Meet the author:

Before dawn and after dark, Lee Benoit is a writer of queer fiction, some contemporary, some speculative, some historical. During the daylight hours she is a professor of sociology & anthropology. In the old days, Lee traveled the world doing field research. Now she lives in the middle of a New England hayfield where being a single parent provides more than enough excitement. Proudly pansexual, whenever she gets itchy feet and misses the world of research and advocacy, Lee invents a new world in her head and takes notes on what happens there.

Discover more about Lee at http://www.leebenoittales.com

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