Monday, May 25, 2015

Virtual Book Tour: Blowing Off Steam by Joy Lynn Fielding (Early ARC Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Author Name: Joy Lynn Fielding

Book Name: Blowing Off Steam

Release Date: May 26, 2015


Two guys, a train, and lots of steam.

Sam Chancellor has been in love with the steam engine Old Bess since he was six years old. Well, maybe not literally, but even when he’s lost everything else in his life, he’s always had her. But now her place in his heart has been unexpectedly challenged. Her new driver, Ryan Saunders, is the embodiment of all Sam’s fantasies.

Ryan has written off Sam as just another geeky trainspotter—until the moment Ryan sees him without his usual shapeless hoodie and realizes that, for a nerd, Sam’s pretty built.

When Ryan overlooks Sam’s awkwardness long enough to suggest a hook-up, Sam seizes the opportunity—and Ryan—with both very eager hands. Finding common ground in their shared love of Bess, their time together is better than Sam ever dared dream.

But there’s a reason Ryan never talks about his past. And when Ryan’s job is threatened, Sam’s well-meaning intervention puts both Ryan and Bess in deadly danger.

Warning: Contains train geekery, bed-hogging, a hero with no experience and another with plenty to spare, and a spider called Mabel.

Pages or Words: 66,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance

Blowing Off Steam by Joy Lynn Fielding

“You’re kind of built for a nerd, aren’t you?” Ryan said. “I guess trainspotting’s a more active hobby than I’d thought.”

Sam should have walked away because this guy was insufferable. Except there was humour gleaming in those eyes as well as something else. Something that if he wasn’t entirely losing his mind was actual, sexual interest.

In him, Sam Chancellor.

“It’s all that running alongside the engines to get the numbers down,” he blurted out before he could stop himself.

To his amazement, Ryan laughed. A true laugh that caused his eyes to crinkle at the corners. It made him even more gorgeous than he already was.

“Ryan Saunders,” he said. “I drive old Bessie.”

“Bessie?” Sam was horrified at the heresy. “She’s Bess. She’s always been Bess.”

“Given I’m the one whose hands have been over every inch of her, I guess she’s allowing me intimacies the general public doesn’t get,” Ryan said.

The low seductive voice and the thought of Ryan’s hands stroking over him the way they did over Bess meant Sam was getting hard. He clutched his satchel in front of him like some sort of shield, except that wasn’t helping at all because it was pressed against his dick and, God above, he was about to get a hard-on, here and now, right in front of Ryan Saunders.

“You haven’t told me your name,” Ryan said.

“Sam,” he choked out. “Sam Chancellor, and I have to go.”

He put his head down and fled.

Mari’s Review:

Awwww! What a heartwarming, fabulous story! Sam and Ryan couldn’t have been more different, but they complemented each other in the best of ways.

Sam was a sweet, shy, virginal trainspotting geek, with a stubborn streak a mile long regarding the things that truly matter to him, namely Bess, his pet spider Mabel and later on Ryan. Ryan, on the contrary, thinks he doesn’t need anyone. He’s a bit shallow. He doesn’t really give much attention to Sam until he sees what he’s been hiding under the formless hoodie he favors and especially after he gets him out of the baggy jeans Sam uses. They fell into this sort of relationship without any expectations on both parts, until they keep seeing each other, bonding over their love for Bessie and the fantastic chemistry between them.

Only the story is not just a romance, it’s also has an engaging plotline with an evil man that has been threatening Ryan and his job and that causes Sam and Ryan to get closer and then fall apart with his scheming.

An amazing read, one to be savored over and over and over again, for sure!

Rating: 5 Trainspotting Stars.

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About the author:

Joy Lynn Fielding lives in a small English market town, where she indulges her passions for vintage aircraft, horse-riding and gardening (though not all at the same time).

Joy has a tendency to wax lyrical about the fascinating facts she discovers during her research for books.  Thankfully she has a very patient Labrador who has a gift for looking interested in what she’s saying while he waits for the food to arrive.

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Goodreads Link: Goodreads
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Syneca

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  1. Thank you so much for having me here today! I'm delighted you enjoyed the book - it's the first time I've come across a rating using trainspotting stars. :) I'll be popping in and out all day if anyone has any questions for me, whether about trains or anything else.

  2. hi joy and congrats on the new release

  3. Congratulations on the new release! I have never taken a train ride but it is on my bucket list!

    1. Thank you, Julie! I think leisure train rides are a wonderful way to see the country, but I'm not quite such a fan of commuter trains - not least because in the UK at least it's usually impossible to get a seat.