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Guest Post With Poppy Dennison for When He Was Bad!

OS: Welcome to Poppy Dennison!

 

PD:

One of the most fun parts of writing Coconut Cove with M.J. O’Shea was figuring out all the fun tropey characters made famous on other Teen TV shows. We wanted to give each character– and actor– a fun personality that would flow through the series. I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite Teen TV Bad guys… and the actors who play them in honor Levi and his bad boy character Robbie, Coconut Cove’s resident bad boy.

1. Derek Hale (Teen Wolf) played by Tyler Hoechlin: I love that we meet Derek Hale with a gruff and grumpy “get off my lawn” moment in Teen Wolf. What I love more? Tyler Hoechlin seems like such a sweet and goofy guy who plays this uber serious character filled with man pain! Definitely a favorite and I loved watching him throughout Teen Wolf’s run! (And if you haven’t seen pics of Tyler in his Superman suit for CW’s Supergirl… trust me, Google ‘em.)
2. Jess Mariano (Gilmore Girls) played by Milo Ventimiglia: Okay, look. My sister and I have had a few *serious* debates on whether Jess was the bad boy or Logan was, but I think for the most part, that role was given to Jess for Rory. He was the total opposite of Dean and drew her in like a moth to flame. And I loved every second of it.

3. Dexter Morgan (Dexter) played by Michael C. Hall: All I can really say here is that he’s a serial killer and we root for him. What? What??? How’d they even do that? He’s the ultimate bad boy even though I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have a heart of gold…

4. Malcolm Merlyn (Arrow) played by John Barrowman: I’m going to make another confession here: I have a total crush on John Barrowman. The man has a twinkle in his eye that just… whew. It works for me. Even when he’s playing bad guy Malcolm Merlyn, I can’t take my eyes off him. (Anyone else miss Captain Jack though?)
5. Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead) played by Norman Reedus: True story, I quit watching TWD after the season where they’re walking and they’re walking and then they did that thing where we thought Daryl was going to get to have a thing but they were just yanking our chain with the thing and they didn’t and I said Nope. Done. BUT, could there be a better bad boy who we can’t get enough of? I don’t think so! I’ve seen a bunch of people say that if Daryl dies, they’ll quit watching and I can’t say they’re wrong. That’s the best kind of bad boy though, isn’t it? One you just can’t get enough of!

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 15 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Who are your favorite TV bad boys? I hope you’ll stop by Coconut Cove and see what Levi and his alter ego, bad boy Robbie, get up to!

Blurb:

Coconut Cove: Book Three

Lights, camera… wardrobe?

Coconut Cove is television’s newest hot sensation. The glitzy teen drama set in the beach lover’s paradise of Key West is the talk of every gossip rag eager for dirt and hookup news on the hot young actors—like Levi Phillips, who plays the show’s resident bad boy.

Levi’s attraction to costume designer Whit heads into high romance when Whit orders Levi out of his clothes—in an attempt to save Levi from heat exhaustion, of course.

Sassy Whit knows just how to dress, and undress, Levi, and soon the sexy duo are steaming it up offscreen, which is no surprise to their friends and castmates.

But love in the public eye is complicated, and rumors pose challenges that can threaten careers and love….

Links:
Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/when-he-was-bad-by-poppy-dennison-9756-b
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/When-Was-Coconut-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B07F763DR7
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/when-he-was-bad-10

About the Author:
Add two parts sass and one part sweet and you have Poppy Dennison to a T—sweet tea that is. Raised by a gaggle of Southern women who love reading and have backbones of steel, Poppy was brought up to see the best in people but always speak her mind. Mix it all together, like Grandma’s famous cobbler, and you get a sassy, Southern lady with a quick wit and loads of charm, who will soften any blow with “Bless your heart.”

Her books reflect her small town roots, are filled with all the comforts of home, and come with side dish of spicy, because that’s the way she likes it.

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5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Book Bullying DA Gay Gay High but not hopeless Homophobia Hurt/Abuse m/m Monthly Theme Morgan NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs pansexual Part of a Series PTSD Purchased Scorching/high heat Standalone Steamy Romance

Steamy Romance: Tight Quarters (Out of Uniform #6) by Annabeth Albert narrated by Greg Boudreaux

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40769198-tight-quarters

Blurb

Petty Officer Bacon, a navy SEAL and ace sharpshooter, has been on the front lines of more than his fair share of dangerous ops. Yet when a minor injury relegates him to the beta team, he’s tasked with what may be his riskiest assignment yet: the silver fox journalist he’s babysitting is the hottest, most charismatic man he’s ever encountered.

Award-winning journalist Spencer Bryant may have been named one of Pride magazine’s most eligible bachelors of the year, but he’s not looking to change his relationship status. He’s a consummate professional who won’t risk his ethics or impeccable reputation by getting involved with a source. Even a sexy-as-hell military man. But while Spencer can resist his physical attraction to Bacon, he has less control over his emotions—especially when the mission goes sideways and the two men are trapped alone.

Getting out of the jungle alive turns out to be easy compared to facing the truth about their feelings for one another back in the real world. And whether or not they can build a future is a different story altogether.

Review

This was a wonderful addition to the series Annabeth Albert has given us – filled with angsty, hot, military men and plenty of complicated drama, emotions, hawt sex and heas.

It literally took me months, however, to get through this and it took the coming out of the audiobook for me to actually make it through. This is in no way a reflection of the “goodness” within the book, only a reflection of my willingness to subject myself to more angst.

Without getting on a soapbox, I have found myself with only the barest, most minimal ability to tolerate angst and discord in my reading these days because I am so seriously mind-fucked by how awful the real world is under our current administration. Every day I am reminded that we are one day away from another world war and I just can’t tolerate any fictionalized angst when the current world is full of so much real angst. None of this is pertinent except to explain why it took me so long to get into this.

There is a fair amount of real angst in this and though the solution our boys agreed to in the end – to solve the big dilemma – seemed obvious – I could see how egos getting involved might have made this seem impossible – until it wasn’t.

In any case, I think fans of the series will really like this – I found it to be as enjoyable or more enjoyable than others in the series once I made myself get into it.

Highly recommended for fans of the series, military drama, may/December, angsty reads, hot reads, opposites attract, OFY.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

As a side note, Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux did another really great job with this. There are a LOT of people in the story and he really strove to make each a unique person/character and he managed to make the hot smexy times even hotter!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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4 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Audiobook Bi-Sexual Book Bullying Fade to black/No Steam Gay Gay m/m Magic Mid level angst Mild/low level heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Purchased Re-Release Shifter

Audiobook: Consorting With Dragons by Sera Trevor

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Consorting-with-Dragons-Audiobook/B07F3BGR2N?ref=a_a_library_c4_libItem_3_B07F3BGR2N&pf_rd_p=ae76b2bb-e63d-4a67-b357-dab3dee05ca1&pf_rd_r=XRAHEZ2Z33VXAZ7P1V4V&

Blurb

Lord Jasen of Grumhul, an impoverished young nobleman, has come to the Draelands to find a rich husband to help pay his father’s debts. To the shock of everyone, he ends up attracting the attention of King Rilvor himself and the dragons who control the magic in the land.
Becoming royalty wasn’t something Jasen either expected or wanted, but he can’t control his growing feelings for the kind and handsome king. Scheming factions at Court conspire to keep him from Rilvor’s side, and now, Jasen has to decide if the chance at true love with Rilvor is worth the burden of being the husband of a king.
Contains mature themes.

Review

 

First let me say, that I will absolutely be looking for this author in the future and second, that I had no idea Philip Alces had that accent (his own? Dunno… but it was wonderful!)

 

However, I didn’t love this story.

 

I did love the premise – Cinderella with dragons. I didn’t love that Jasen was a “slut” before we got to meet Rilvor and the steam factor in this is so low. Maybe that’s hypocritical – but my own taste would have been keep to one theme or the other. Keep Jasen and the sex scenes chaste or give us some hot smexy times!

 

I never read the “short version” and only listened to this, so I can’t compare, but I really do wish we’d seen more from Rilvor’s POV. I also hope that , since so much time went into world building, we’ll see more from this world in the future.

 

The writing was really good and as far as I could tell so was the editing.

 

As I mentioned before Philip Alces nailed all the accents and really put the listener in a great frame to appreciate this story/time in place. The secondary characters were good, though some of them I knew better than the 2nd MC.

 

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this and found myself happily listening without a desire to skip ahead. Well-done!

 

 

3.75 (rounded to 4) of 5 stars overall

 

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5 stars Audiobook BDSM Book Bullying exhibitionism Exploration Gay Gay Homophobia Humiliation Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Mid level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Pain Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat speciality kinks Steamy Romance young adult

Steamy Romance: Special Delivery Audiobook by Heidi Cullinan Narrated by Iggy Toma

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Special-Delivery-Special-Delivery-Book-1-Audiobook/B01DAKXEH2?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_16&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=TZ5R7BG3FAS2ECAB7HWS

Blurb
When your deepest, darkest fantasy shows up, get onboard.

Sam Keller knows he’ll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa – not while he’s busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom. Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent long-haul trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to a fling, and when Mitch offers to take him on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure.

Mitch is sexy, funny, and friendly, but once they embark on their journey, something changes. One minute he’s the star of Sam’s every X-rated fantasy, the next he’s almost too much a perfect gentleman. And when they hit the Las Vegas city limit, Sam has a name to pin on Mitch’s malady: Randy. For better or for worse, Sam grapples with the meaning of friendship, letting go, growing up – even the meaning of love – because no matter how far he travels, eventually all roads lead home

Review
One hot book packed full of kinky sex. Quite steamy at times. There is the right mix of sex, angst, humour and heartwarming moments but more importantly this is their story. It’s not just about the sex I got invested in the characters. Sam is a young man who doesn’t know what he wants, he has the vaguest of notions but no real idea. He feels trapped and beholden to his Aunt and Uncle, who are not portrayed in a good way (think of Harry Potter’s Aunt and Uncle). In his own way Mitch is equally lost. He no longer believes in himself and or his desires. He has a turbulent past and doesn’t want to repeat any of it. He takes Sam away across country with him but sends out mixed messages. Sam is desperate to submit, to fill in what’s missing. The sex is hot but Mitch holds back and Sam is determined to know why. Their relationship is one of power exchange with some humiliation and exhibitions, during scenes. The story hots up even more when Randy comes back into Mitch’s life. He is not a likeable character in this book. A lot of his behaviour stems from jealousy. I always sigh with contentment when I finish this book, reading or listening. And to make it even better Sam and Mitch feature in the next book, Double Blind.
To my mind Iggy Toma absolutely captures the essence of Sam and Mitch. Sami’s complaining doesn’t come across as whiny or poor me, just fits with Sam’s character. Mitch has a lovely smoky gravelly voice that fits so well with him and being a trucker. I can’t forget smarmy Randy, wonderful voice Iggy gave him. Narration at it’s best.

5 of stars out of 5

 

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adult - 18+ Book Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Standalone

Recent Release: A Trust to Follow (Wild Magics #1) by Diana Waters

Blurb

Daymon is the second prince of a kingdom in which Evokers—those who possess intuitive magical abilities—have long since been treated with fear and mistrust. Marked as an Evoker himself, Daymon is captured by those who wish to take advantage of these powers. Now, the prince must put his faith in Rhyder, the captain of his guards—and the man Daymon has claimed as his own—to free him.

 

 

 

Review

I started this and stopped a few times, and I see in the reviews that many people loved this short story.

Ultimately, it wasn’t for me. While I liked it and thought that it had a lot of potential it just didn’t resonate for me. Sometimes it’s where you are in life… but this was just a bit too dramatic and “sappy”. Many others really liked this and I thought the writing was good it just wasn’t my style.

As a result I’m not going to rate it and recommend that you look to other reviews to see if this might strike your fancy.

No rating

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4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Book DA Gay Gay Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Purchased Stalker/Abusive Ex

Audiobook: Jared’s Family by V.S. Morgan Narrated by Jack Raleigh

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Jareds-Family-Audiobook/B07FK2YGZJ?qid=1532025659&sr=sr_1_11&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_11&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=45CEPPP767CFF13WRVGB&

Blurb

After witnessing his mother’s death, a once outgoing preschooler is now a quiet shadow of himself. The little boy suffers nightmares and rarely speaks, choosing to use the basic sign language he learned in daycare. Desperate to help his little nephew, Virge Stevens takes a leave of absence from the LAPD to bring Donovan, known as D to Montana for the therapy he needs.

A chance meeting at the library changes Virge and his nephew’s lives forever.

Jared Malone is one of five brothers, right smack damn in the middle. He is the peacemaker and the one who gets shit done. When his younger brother gets sick, Jared fills in reading to small children at the library. There he encounters a tall, dark, and handsome stranger and his cute little boy. Jared is immediately drawn to Virge but is still dealing with the betrayal of an abusive ex.

As the Malone family welcomes them to the ranch and into their lives, Virge’s instant attraction for Jared grows, but the cowboy is fifteen years younger than him. Will he be rejected?

Both men have secrets. Secrets that could destroy the connection between them. Can they overcome the odds and find happiness together?

Review

This was a very sweet story about an Uncle, devoted to his nephew who finds help on a ranch in Montana.

Jared’s family is wonderful and so helpful – sweet if not 100% believable – and they serve as a terrific place for D to find a family to heal the one he lost. Virg is smart enough to recognize the help they offer and also unable to keep his eyes off Jared.

Jared’s past is a little dark- but it doesn’t take much for him to try again – with Virg.

There is a bit of a dance before the two MCs find themselves kissing and a few bumps as the evil ex tries to make their lives difficult – but most of this is really pretty angst free and smooth sailing.

There are some plot threads that got mentioned but not developed: their age gap, the Dom, Virg’s police job, Jared’s deaf friend… but what we do get is light, sweet and fun with a little bit of sexy thrown in!

Highly enjoyable!

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

This is a new narrator to me. Sometimes, it was hard to tell what words he was saying as his pronunciation wasn’t always crystal clear. I appreciated his efforts at trying unique sound effects and trying to give every person a unique voice, but, unfortunately, I didn’t always understand the accent or inflection choices he made.

In the end, his voice is nice to listen to and I think – with time and more experience – he could turn into a really excellent narrator.

For now, it wasn’t my favorite, but I definitely didn’t feel like stopping due to his narration.

3.5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Erotica (not romance) High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse m/m/f Mary D Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Purchased Scorching/high heat Stalker/Abusive Ex Standalone Steamy Romance

Steamy Romance: Dirty Daddies by Jade West Narrated by Stacey Holmes, Smutty McDiamid and Joel Leslie

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Dirty-Daddies-Audiobook/B077CYXNCB?qid=1530506704&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=DQYK4J0A2EGFG00F395N&

Blurb
Some bad girls need a firm hand to keep them in line.
I’m bad enough to need two.

Two older men who can teach me a lesson when I misbehave.
Two hot bodies to keep me warm in bed at night.
Two best friends who can learn to share a filthy-mouthed little brat like me.

After all… dirty girls need very dirty daddies.

***

Carrie Wells is nothing but trouble.

She’s wild and difficult. Not worth anyone’s time.

Carrie Wells is a beautiful little brat. She’s also a vulnerable young adult on my case list.

She’s half my age and totally off limits. I’m breaking every rule in the book by giving her somewhere to stay when she’s out on the streets with nowhere to go. And I’m breaking every rule of friendship by holing her up in my best friend Jack’s house while he’s away on business.

I thought life was difficult enough when I fell for the girl, but it gets a whole lot harder when Jack comes home early and finds a beautiful stranger causing chaos in his house.

And a whole lot harder still when he falls for her too.

He’s the one guy on this planet I’d share my last supper with. I’d share it gladly.

I’m just not so sure how I feel about sharing Carrie Wells

Review
I feel like I should post a disclaimer first, I can’t remember the last time I read or listened to an m/f book let alone mfm. I purchased this one because Joel Leslie narrated part of it. I found myself getting irritated with Carrie Wells the brat. It was such a poor me, no one understands me, so I’m going to push everyone as far as I can attitude. I got the measure of her character fairly quickly so it felt like it went on too long. Having said that it’s a testament to Jade West’s writing and Stacy Holmes performance that it prompted such a reaction. The first two thirds of the story was building up to the dirty Daddies part. The main focus is Carrie who is in foster care, fighting every one, and her case worker Michael. He desperately wants to help Carrie, if she would let him. Michael’s attitude worries his best friend Jack, who can’t understand why Carrie has gotten under Michael’s skin. Not to give too much away we come to the last third of the book. The point I was checking my headphones worked properly and no one else on the train could hear! Steamy is definitely the word. This was a well crafted part of the story. I admire the stamina of two 40+ year olds with a very horny 18 year old. As a reader of mm I appreciated the way the Jade West portrayed two heterosexual men learning to share Carrie. There was an understandable level of hesitation on Michael’s part being close sexually to Jack whilst Jack was more adventurous.
The story switches POV between Carrie, Michael and Jack with the three narrators each taking their characters. In this format they each voice the other character’s as they are conveying what happens and what was said that them. It was a little of putting at first but I soon settled into it. Stacy Holmes gives a very good impression of a rebellious teenager crying out for love. Smutty McDiamid’s portrays Michael very well. He conveys the turmoil he is in not being attracted to one of his clients but going against everything he believes is right. Joel Leslie is his usual excellent self bringing Jack, the linchpin of the three, into the strong character he is. He’s the one who gets through to Carrie.
As I said earlier, there is a lot of steam towards the end of the book, there is just a lot of angst and teenage drama to go through first.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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Release Day Review: When He was Bad by Poppy Dennison

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lifes-a-beach-by-poppy-dennison-9528-b

Blurb: Coconut Cove: Book Three

Lights, camera… wardrobe?

Coconut Cove is television’s newest hot sensation. The glitzy teen drama set in the beach lover’s paradise of Key West is the talk of every gossip rag eager for dirt and hookup news on the hot young actors—like Levi Phillips, who plays the show’s resident bad boy.
Levi’s attraction to costume designer Whit heads into high romance when Whit orders Levi out of his clothes—in an attempt to save Levi from heat exhaustion, of course.
Sassy Whit knows just how to dress, and undress, Levi, and soon the sexy duo are steaming it up off-screen, which is no surprise to their friends and cast mates.
But love in the public eye is complicated, and rumors pose challenges that can threaten careers and love….

Review: Another fun, light installment to the series that can be read on its own.
The short story focuses on Levi, another character on the fictional tv series and Whit, who is in charge of wardrobe.
Both men have crushed on each other for a while, to the point that the whole production cast/crew have been waiting for them to get together! Both MCs like to good naturedly snark at each other and it is fun to see them finally take the steps to getting together.
There is not a whole lot to the story, but the way they get together and want to stay together is nicely written and fun to read. It’s an easy read, one that I will reread if I need a quick pick me up.

3.5 stars out of 5


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Steamy Romance: Take it Off by Aleksandr Voinov and LA Witt

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29339656-take-it-off?from_search=true

 

Blurb
Turnabout is foreplay.

High-end Market Garden rentboys Tristan and Jared have found their niche. Men are willing to pay good money to watch Tristan tease Jared, and the two of them seduce London’s elite with sex and power games.

Except Tristan is less and less interested in getting money out of the johns these days. He wants his partner in crime, and he wants the seduction to be real. But is Jared just in this for the pay?

When Rolex, the john who started it all, returns to Market Garden, the boys jump on the opportunity to service him – and each other – for a fresh pile of cash. Rolex isn’t the only one itching for a rematch, though. Jared’s been waiting for a chance to get back at Tristan for teasing him so mercilessly the first time.

And for a former stripper, revenge is a dish best served extra hot

Review
The boys are back in this second book and so is their John, now nicknamed Rolex. This time it’s Jared ramping up the steam. Phew what a sultry lap dance! Where as book 1 is from Jared’s POV this book is Tristan’s. I loved the way both stories were written in the POV of the characters that were on the receiving end of the action. Again the writing is excellent, not only for the level of sexuality but the psychological side as well. Perfect for when you’re in the mood for a quick very hot read.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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Guest Post Hudson Lin for Three Months to Forever with an exclusive excerpt!

 

 Blurb

 

Ben is looking for an adventure when he accepts a temporary assignment in Hong Kong, but he never anticipated how his life might change when he meets a sophisticated older man named Sai. Their initial attraction is sizzling and soon grows into more as Sai takes Ben on a tour of the city’s famous landmarks and introduces him to the local cuisine. Sai stimulates Ben’s intellect and curiosity, and for jaded corporate lawyer Sai, Ben’s innocent eagerness is a breath of fresh air. It would be so easy to fall in love….

 

But nothing is that simple. Sai’s job forces him to do things that violate his morals, and his relationship with his family is a major obstacle to any lasting relationship with Ben. Back in Toronto, Ben’s father is ill, and can he really leave behind his home for a man he’s only known for a short time? With the clock ticking, they must decide whether to risk it all and turn three months into forever.

 

Buy Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/three-months-to-forever-by-hudson-lin-9751-b

 

About Hudson Lin

 

Hudson Lin was raised by conservative immigrant parents and grew up straddling two cultures with ofttimes conflicting perspectives on life. Instead of conforming to either, she has sought to find a third way that brings together the positive elements of both.

 

Having spent much of her life on the outside looking in, Hudson likes to write stories about outsiders who fight to carve out their place in society, and overcome everyday challenges to find love and happily ever afters.

 

When not engrossed in a story, Hudson knits, drinks tea, and works the 9 to 5 in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada.

 

Social Media Links

 

Website: hudsonlin.com

Twitter: @hudsonlinwrites

Facebook: facebook.com/hudsonlinwrites

Goodreads: goodreads.com/hudsonlinwrites

 

 

Exclusive Excerpt

What the hell was he thinking? Sai stood on the dock, staring at the junk boat and wondering if he should just bail. He must have been much too drunk that night at the bar with Ben asking all those questions about Hong Kong.

Sai remembered his heated diatribes as Ben had looked on with those adoring blue eyes and blond lashes. They were just a shade darker than the shockingly light hair on his head, had been damp with the sweat of Hong Kong’s tropical climate and the number of bodies squeezed into the small bar. And how could he forget the feel of Ben’s body as they’d held each other, solid and soft at the same time, more than enough man to fill Sai’s arms?

When Ben whispered the invitation in his ear, he had been powerless to refuse. So there he was on a Saturday morning, staring at a junk boat that was really a yacht marketed to tourists as a traditional fishing boat. There was nothing traditional about it—gleaming white, with a brilliant-blue awning above the top deck. Sai would bet a year’s salary they had one of those giant inflatable slides on board so thrill-seekers could launch themselves off the top and into the water.

“Sai!” Ben’s excited voice rang out, and Sai spotted him standing on the deck of the boat, waving his hand high in the air. Too late to bail now.

He squared his shoulders and soldiered forward. Handing his bag off to one of the crew members, he ignored their outstretched hand and hoisted himself up onto the deck with an ease that came from years of boarding yachts belonging to his father’s friends.

Ben lumbered over, a little unsteady as an unexpected wave pushed the boat against the dock. Instead of a customary wave or handshake by way of greeting, he pulled Sai in for a full-body hug. Sai stiffened at the sudden familiarity of the touch and then relaxed into the embrace as his body responded to holding Ben in his arms.

“You made it!”

He couldn’t help but smile at Ben’s enthusiasm. It was a little over the top, he had to admit, but it seemed genuine enough, and something about that was refreshing in a simple, effortless way.

“Let me introduce you to everyone.” Ben dragged him over to a group of expats already in states of semidress, with only their swimming attire on. “This is Mo. That’s Stella, Macey, and Heather. They’re all from BMO. Mo and Heather are on assignment like me. Stella and Macey are here permanently. Guys, this is Sai.”

He nodded to each one in turn as Ben introduced them. They were a mixed crowd of varying ethnicities, pretty typical in expat circles, but Sai was probably the only native Hong Kong person, and that left him with the strange feeling of being the outsider in his own city.

“Hey! You’re friends with Jacques and Winston?” Mo came up and offered his hand.

“Yes, that’s right,” Sai replied.

“Cool, cool. They’re an awesome couple.” Mo clapped Sai on the shoulder. “Glad you could join us today. If you’ll excuse me, I’m on sunscreen duty.” He winked and headed back to the ladies, waving a bottle of sun cream in the air.

Mo’s easy acceptance that they were gay was why Sai and Winston and their group of friends tended to gravitate toward foreigners: fewer snide looks and whispering behind hands, fewer subtly spoken words of disapproval or outright cold shoulders. Winston didn’t give a shit about being out and proud, and he liked to rub it in the faces of their parents’ friends that he was dating a man, a French man. But Sai was more reserved; he didn’t feel the need to give the gossips any more fodder than they already had.

“Hey, Sai. You good?” Ben settled his hand on Sai’s shoulder, and the heat of it seeped through Sai’s shirt. Ben had a streak of white across his cheek, and with his wide grin and blue eyes sparkling in the sun, he looked adorable.

Ben must have read the intent in Sai’s eyes because he licked his lips, and with one blink of those dark-blond lashes, his eyes filled with the same heat Sai felt.

“I’m doing very well.”

Ben’s breath hitched and satisfaction filled Sai in a way he hadn’t expected it would.

“Hello, everybody!” one of the crew members called out for attention.

Sai reluctantly broke eye contact but stood close enough behind Ben to feel the heat radiating off his skin. The crew member gave out safety instructions, but Sai wasn’t listening. His attention was on the rapid rise and fall of Ben’s chest and the way he tried to conceal the shudder that ran through him when Sai’s breath caressed his shoulder. There was something about Ben’s wide blue eyes, pale-white skin, and good-natured demeanor that stirred Sai’s desires in a way few of his previous partners had been able to.

The boat pulled away from the dock and motored out of Victoria Harbour for the two-and-a-half-hour trip to Tai Long Wan, considered by some to be one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Hong Kong. Their little group claimed a part of the top deck, and Sai settled in the shade while Ben stripped off his tank top and lay out in the sun.

From behind his sunglasses, Sai allowed himself the luxury of gazing upon Ben—he was solidly built, by no means muscle-bound, but rather slightly on the chubby side. His swimming shorts hung low across his hips, low enough to reveal two little dimples on his lower back, and Sai had to drag his gaze away as his imagination ran wild with images of pressing his thumbs into those dimples while he fucked Ben into the mattress.

It was going to be next to impossible to resist Ben with all that skin exposed and him casting sweet little smiles in Sai’s direction. Sai closed his eyes. Damn Winston and his stupid meddling. The last thing he needed was his nosy friend pushing him toward easy hookups that were anything but easy. As if summoned by mere thoughts of him, Sai’s phone pinged with an incoming message from Winston.

Winston: How is the boat trip? Did you fuck him yet?

Sai: Fuck you.

Winston: No, not me. Him.

Sai: Dick face.

Winston: You should have just fucked him after the club like I told you to.

Winston had a point. There had been a couple of openings during that night when Sai could have taken Ben home, slept with him, and moved on. But he had hesitated because, God damn, because Ben didn’t feel like a one- night stand. Ben with his earnest questions and rapt attention deserved more than the “fuck ’em and leave ’em” Winston advocated.

Sai’s gaze drifted back to Ben, who had turned over onto his back. A glossy sheen of sweat shone across his skin, and his hair, also wet with sweat, was a shade darker than normal.

Against his better judgment, Sai snagged the bottle of sun cream off the deck before sitting down in the narrow space beside Ben on his chaise lounge.

He gently shook Ben’s shoulder, noting the heat of the skin under his hand. “Hey.”

The sleepy deep inhale and the slow spread of a smile across Ben’s lips did nothing to help cool Sai’s arousal. And the quietly muttered hey and lazy stretch of arms made Sai want to flip Ben over and take him right there on the deck, surrounded by people.

“You’re getting too much sun. Here.” Sai ignored the way his voice lowered with lust. He handed Ben the sun cream and pressed his lips together when Ben closed his hand around Sai’s own but didn’t take the proffered bottle.

“Can you put it on me?”

Sai couldn’t see Ben’s eyes behind the sunglasses, but he didn’t need to. The softly spoken words and the shallow rapid breaths between parted lips were all the encouragement he needed. He cast his gaze around the top deck; aside from their group, all of whom appeared passed out in the sun, there were only a couple of other passengers, all foreigners, minding their own business on the other side of the deck. Sai popped the lid open and squeezed out a generous dollop of the thick white cream.

The first contact of his palms against Ben’s chest felt like touching fire. It was warm and alluring but dangerous if Sai let himself get too close. His body responded to the instant lustful attraction, helped along by Ben’s little sigh of contentment.

Sai worked his way down Ben’s chest and across his stomach. It was soft under his touch at first, but then his fingers wandered over to the side, and Ben tensed, revealing the hard muscles underneath.

“Ticklish?” Sai asked, his voice husky.

“Yes, very,” Ben gasped.

Sai continued. Feeling emboldened by the slight tenting of Ben’s

swimming shorts, Sai snuck a couple of fingers down under the waistband, just to ensure full coverage, he told himself.

He tapped Ben on the hip. “Turn over.” He smiled to himself when it took Ben a few extra seconds to pull himself together enough to follow directions.

With another dollop of sun cream, Sai started at Ben’s wide shoulders and immediately encountered stiff, tight muscles. He dug his thumbs into the backs of Ben’s traps and smirked at the moaned yes he got in response.

“Shh,” he admonished and the moan turned into a whimper. The quick application of sun cream rapidly became a massage session as Sai sought out all the knots in Ben’s back, and there were many. When he made it down to Ben’s lower back, he couldn’t help but wrap his fingers around Ben’s waist; his thumbs fit in those two tempting dimples as if they’d been carved just for him.

His brain conjured up images of Ben underneath him in bed, his hands wrapped around Ben’s waist while Ben whimpered and moaned. It would be so easy to fall into a relationship with Ben, though his inner attorney mounted argument after argument for why it would be a foolish idea. Ben was only here temporarily. Sai had a demanding job. And yet none of those arguments seemed to matter when Ben sat up and turned to him, sunglasses discarded and eyes heavy-lidded with desire.

Ben’s arms didn’t take as long and yet it felt longer with Ben following Sai’s progress with his eyes. He rubbed the cream around each finger of Ben’s hand and massaged his thumb into Ben’s palm. Then he repeated the whole thing with Ben’s other arm. By the time he was done, Sai had made up his mind. Tonight he’d take Ben to bed.

Three Months to Forever is available now for preorder and releases on July 20th!

Three Months to Forever Blurb

Ben is looking for an adventure when he accepts a temporary assignment in Hong Kong, but he never anticipated how his life might change when he meets a sophisticated older man named Sai. Their initial attraction is sizzling and soon grows into more as Sai takes Ben on a tour of the city’s famous landmarks and introduces him to the local cuisine. Sai stimulates Ben’s intellect and curiosity, and for jaded corporate lawyer Sai, Ben’s innocent eagerness is a breath of fresh air. It would be so easy to fall in love….

But nothing is that simple. Sai’s job forces him to do things that violate his morals, and his relationship with his family is a major obstacle to any lasting relationship with Ben. Back in Toronto, Ben’s father is ill, and can he really leave behind his home for a man he’s only known for a short time? With the clock ticking, they must decide whether to risk it all and turn three months into forever.

Buy Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/three-months-to-forever-by-hudson-lin-9751-b

About Hudson Lin

Hudson Lin was raised by conservative immigrant parents and grew up straddling two cultures with ofttimes conflicting perspectives on life. Instead of conforming to either, she has sought to find a third way that brings together the positive elements of both.

Having spent much of her life on the outside looking in, Hudson likes to write stories about outsiders who fight to carve out their place in society, and overcome everyday challenges to find love and happily ever afters.

When not engrossed in a story, Hudson knits, drinks tea, and works the 9 to 5 in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada.

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