Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Some Other Freedom by Catherine L. Byrne ~ ARC Review, Factoids, Excerpt, Giveaway

Some Other Freedom by Catherine L. Byrne ~ ARC Review, Factoids, Excerpt, Giveaway
Book Information:
Book Name: Some Other Freedom
Author Name: Catherine L. Byrne
Release Date: February 15, 2015
Pages or Words: 51,189
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters

Blurb: 

Ambitious teacher Anthony, who is firmly in the closet, works at a very conservative school, carefully living up to expectations in order to further his career

After drinking too much at a wedding, however, he meets a gorgeous man and can’t resist having a passionate liaison with him.

Weeks later, Anthony is engaged to his girlfriend, but then his secret lover turns up at school as the new teacher in his department…

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance

Excerpt:

“Here’s your drink, mate,” he said to Anthony, as if asking him a question. Anthony smiled at the Australian accent, and the waiter gave him a subtle wink, making him quickly look away as the man gave Francesca her Daiquiri.

“Shall we eat here too?” said Francesca. “Could we have a menu please?” She smiled, fluttering her eyelashes at the waiter, who smiled back, showing a gold tooth.

“Of course, I’ll get it.” He strode out, reminding Anthony of Blondie at the wedding. How would it feel if this Australian lay on top of him on the huge hotel office desk? He turned back again to his girlfriend. His proper, steady girlfriend.

Lunging to kiss her, his lips hit her cheek, and she twisted her head so their mouths could meet, but he moved the wrong way and kissed her hair. His hand slipped on the arm of her chair and he fell forwards onto her shoulder. A sudden gust of wind, carrying the rotting, fishy smell from the tide going out, forced him to stifle a cough.

“Here you go.” The Australian accent conveyed a hint of amusement as the couple untangled themselves and sat up.
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Tracy's Review:

4 Stars
*This book was provided to me by the author/publisher via Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review*

Anthony is uptight, proper teacher at a local school. He has just been promoted and asked his long time friend Francesca to be his girlfriend. Anthony is also so deep in the closet I'm not sure he really believes he's gay.

At a wedding for the principal of the prestigious Catholic school where Anthony is head of the drama department, he meets Jake. They sneak off to an empty office together.

A few weeks later Jake shows up as Anthony's new temporary teacher. Will Anthony come out of the closet or will he go ahead with his plans to get ahead in his career, marry Francesca, and live a normal straight life?

This book was good, but it drug in places. I just wanted things to move on already. I loved the interactions between Anthony, Jake, Trina and the drama students. It was entertaining and funny.

I had mixed feelings about Anthony. I wanted to strangle him and shake some sense into him, then I listened to the people he worked with, his family, and his fiancé's family, and I understood why he hid so far in the closet. He was surrounded by small-closed minded people. It's disgusting that in 2015 people still feel people should be put to death for being a homosexual. *shakes head and seethes*

Once Anthony let's go, and becomes his true self, and let's himself love Jake, the transformation is amazing. These guys together had a chemistry, passion and a love. I wish I would have seen more of it. I wish the author wouldn't have taken so long to put them together, but once she did it was sweet!

About the author:
Catherine L Byrne amused herself writing as a hobby for some years until she had her daughter, but becoming a mum made her realise she now had a purpose and time was limited, so she must get on with writing seriously.
The winter of 2009 was severe and as she and her family live in a small village, they were house bound by unusually deep snow for southern England. So she settled down in her office (i.e. the corner of her bedroom) and began her first book, which was published in 2010.
She hasn't stopped writing since, generally on the theme of forbidden or unrequited love, and often including erotic scenes.

Finding Catherine around the web:

We asked Catherine:

Two weeks with a private yacht or jet – which would you use and who would you take with you?
I’d take my husband on a yacht but we’d laze about while the crew did all the hard work

How old were you when you wrote your first story and do you remember what it was about?
I was 12 and it was about a family of four children who had lots of hamsters which kept escaping.

Favorite childhood book?
Probably any of Enid Blyton’s adventure stories—the Famous Five or the ones with Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip and Dinah.

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7 comments:

  1. Thanks for featuring me on your blog today and thanks for taking time to review my book :)

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  2. Oh btw I also wanted to strangle Anthony, but there are indeed such homophobic people in the world still today and it makes me angry too. Hence the book...

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    1. I know, and it's just so sad :/ Thanks for letting me review. I look forward to reading more from you in the future :) ~ Tracy

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    2. Yes. The homophobic people are based on people I know in my life :( I don't seem to be able to stop writing so I think you may see another book or two from me ;)

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