OS Welcome to Ari McKay the author(s) of Breaking Bonds!
Hello, everyone! I’d like to thank Open Skye Book Reviews for hosting us during our blog tour for our latest release, Breaking Bonds. It’s part of the Dreamspun Desires line from Dreamspinner Press, and it’s the second book in our Walker Boys series. The first book in the series is Striking Sparks, which is available through Dreamspinner Press, but both books are stand-alone romances featuring two different couples, so you don’t need to read Striking Sparks to enjoy Breaking Bonds!
For my post today, I’d like to share an exclusive excerpt from Breaking Bonds. I hope you enjoy it!
Carter loitered nearby, and when Rocky left the kitchen to take a pile of dirty dish towels to the laundry room, he approached Liam again.
“I was wondering if you’re busy after dinner service tonight,” he said, clearing his throat as if he was nervous.
“Actually, I’d been considering going into Asheville,” Liam replied slowly. He’d given some thought to finding a companion for a little fun that wasn’t complicated by business. He was on vacation, after all, and since Carter wasn’t on offer, it was the best option Liam had. “I understand it’s very gay-friendly.”
“It is,” Carter replied, the admission sounding a little grudging. “It’s a big art, music, and food town. There are a lot of great places that offer live music most nights of the week.”
“That’s what I’d read. I was thinking of hitting a couple of clubs, checking out the local flavor. Why, is there something you wanted me for?”
Carter’s cheeks turned pink, and he studied the floor. “It doesn’t matter since you’ve already got plans.”
There was definitely something going on with Carter, and Liam wondered if Carter was more interested in him than he thought. He stepped closer and put his finger under Carter’s chin, coaxing his head up. “Plans can change,” he said softly.
Carter met Liam’s gaze shyly, and the blush in his cheeks darkened. “We could go to Asheville together,” he suggested, lightly resting his hand at Liam’s waist. “I know some good clubs.”
Liam could feel the warmth of Carter’s hand through his shirt, and while he thought that was an encouraging sign, he wanted to be certain. “Have you changed your mind about the fling thing?” he asked. There was no sense setting himself up for an evening of frustration if Carter just wanted to go as a friend.
Carter gnawed on his bottom lip, and Liam could see the inner battle he was fighting in his eyes. “You’re still going back to New York?”
“I have to go back. I can’t walk out on my mentor after he took a chance on me,” Liam replied honestly.
Disappointment flashed in Carter’s dark eyes before he lowered his gaze again and stepped back. “I thought we could hang out after dinner service, but maybe that’s not such a good idea. If you want the names of those clubs, I’ll write them down for you.”
It wasn’t hard to figure out that Carter wanted Liam, but he wasn’t going to settle for a short-term thing, while Liam couldn’t just throw away ten years of hard work and the debt he owed Marco. If he’d been a different type of man, he could have lied about his intentions in order to coax Carter into bed, but that wasn’t his way.
“No, but thanks anyway.” Suddenly the thought of a casual hookup with someone he’d met in a bar lost its appeal, and Liam shrugged as though it didn’t matter. “I’ll go back to my room and watch a movie.”
“I’ve got stuff I should be doing anyway.” Carter mustered a wry smile and shoved his hands into the pockets of his tailored slacks. “An owner’s work is never done.”
Part of Liam wanted to invite Carter to watch a movie with him, but it would probably lead to more frustration, so he ignored the impulse. “That’s what I’ve been told,” he replied instead. “Perhaps one day I’ll know for myself.”
“I’m sure you will.”
Rocky entered the kitchen, and Carter used that as an excuse to head for the door. “Good luck with dinner service,” he said, waving as he hurried away.
Liam watched him go, then turned to Rocky and started giving him directions for the preps for dinner and pushing away any regret about he and Carter being nothing more than friends. Immersing himself in work would distract him until dinner service was over. After that… well, going to bed alone was something he was used to, and it didn’t seem destined to change anytime soon.
From the frying pan into the fire.
After a critic’s review attacks both Chef Liam Walker’s culinary skills and his personal life, Liam can no longer take the heat of the cutthroat New York City restaurant scene. He needs to get out of the kitchen—at least long enough to cool down and regroup.
At the Overlook Resort in North Carolina, Liam meets owner Carter Galloway. Carter has a passion for the hospitality business to rival Liam’s own, and it’s not hard to see where their shared interests—and attraction—could lead. But Carter has no interest in a fling, and Liam has no intention of walking away from the career he fought so hard for. If they want a taste of happiness together, they’ll have to find the courage to break the bonds threatening to pull them apart.
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About the Authors:
Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.
Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.
McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ari-Mckay/266185570179748