Thursday, June 4, 2015

Keep Me In Mind: Loving Jacob by Lee Brazil ~ (ARC Review, Author Guest Post, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Keep Me In Mind: Loving Jacob by Lee Brazil ~ (ARC Review, Author Guest Post, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Book Information:
Author Name: Lee Brazil
Book Name: Loving Jacob
Release Date: November 2014
Publisher: Lime Time Press
Cover Artist: Laura Harner

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When Malcolm Jenner’s sex-on-the-side turns into more,
he isn’t above begging for a second chance.

High profile attorney Malcolm Jenner is looking for a bit of fun, nothing serious. He's got duties and responsibilities, after all. Though he's not one to choose his lovers from the office, Jacob Renault is an attraction too compelling to resist.

However, Jacob isn't interested in temporary. He wants it all—Prince Charming, the castle, the happily ever after. There's no rule that says the younger man can't have fun while he's searching for his prince, though…

At first neither is willing to compromise on their stance, but an agreement is reached, with each man planning to do his best to subvert the other to his viewpoint. Lust turns to love, and what’s impossible becomes merely improbable, but is it going to be enough?

Pages or Words: 27,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Malcolm stood in the hallway, gritting his teeth and reminded himself that an office fling with a man who had to be at least ten years his junior was out of the question. He and Penny had long since relinquished any pretense of monogamy in their marriage and reached an amicable agreement to conduct their affairs discreetly out of respect for their son and their friendship. Fucking purple-eyed twinks in the elevator at work? Not discreet.
He kept his gaze focused on the gleaming silver metal of the doors as the elevator made its excruciatingly slow way up to the third floor. His glance flicked to the reflection beside his. The younger man stood casually, shoulders propped against the wall, licking pink lips. His purple gaze in the hazy reflection was focused…fuck…on Malcolm's obvious erection beneath his dark dress pants. Discretion. Discretion, he snarled at his libido. There will be no casual hookups with people from the office, he warned his eager cock. He shifted to the side slightly, hoping to hide the evidence of his arousal from the other man. Damn it. That kid had the sexiest eyes he'd ever seen. He wanted like hell to see them glaze over as he fucked the tight ass hinted at by the khaki pants he wore. He didn't go much for the intimacy of face-to-face encounters, but for the sight of those eyes and that mouth in the throes of orgasm, he'd make an exception. His tendency toward quick casual encounters disguised his preference for male partners and kept word of his homosexuality from getting back to his parents, his partners in the firm, and out to the public.
A law office, like any other place of business, was a microcosm of the world at large. Malcolm knew from being on the receiving end of gossip from his secretary, Marge, that every action and interaction between employees was fodder for the gossip mill. Being the subject of water cooler gossip lacked appeal and offended his sense of dignity, as did the knowledge that he apparently couldn't control his urges around the tech guy.
He threw in the towel and gave up the fight against his attraction to the young man from the technology department when he caught that sultry purple gaze on his cock for what must have been the hundredth time as the slight young man brushed against him in an intentional teasing slide while he tried to exit the elevator on the second floor.
Impulsively, Malcolm grabbed Jacob's hand and pulled him back inside the otherwise-empty space. He kept that small, soft hand locked in his own as he allowed the heavy metal doors to slam shut and the elevator to rise to his own floor. There he slapped his palm against the button that prevented the doors from opening. He'd had all the titillation he could stand. Malcolm swept the young man into his embrace. He tilted Jacob's head upward with one hand and dropped his mouth passionately, almost brutally, to kiss the other man. His other hand tangled in the black curls that had taunted his senses over the past weeks. He forced the soft pink lips apart, then swept his tongue inside. Instantly he was absorbed in the heated, slick haven of Jacob's mouth. The honeyed sweetness drew him further in and his tongue eagerly sought the textures and flavors that had been hidden there. Fuck. He could drown in the wet heat he found behind those soft lips. It was addictive. Jacob didn't even try to escape the kiss; he seemed to be doing his best to encourage it. He brushed his tongue against Malcolm's, sweeping it gently along the roof of his mouth, seeking and finding the sweetest spots. Both men were panting heavily when their lips parted.
Malcolm pulled back and spoke harshly. "Is that what you're after, little boy? You want a quick fuck in the elevator to start the week off right?"

Author Guest Post:

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lee Brazil, author of Loving Jacob. Hi Lee, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hi! Thanks for inviting me over. *sips coffee* For those who don’t know me, I’m Lee Brazil author of m/m romances with Story Orgy and serial novelist with Pulp Friction. In my previous, prewriting life, I was a teacher of grammar and composition. Currently, I’m multi-published with Evernight and Totally Bound, but the bulk of my work was with Breathless Press, who just closed their doors after six years in business. The book I’m promoting today, Loving Jacob, was one of theirs. In fact, it was the second story I ever wrote.
1) What’s the best line you ever wrote? I couldn’t really say. I don’t think I’m the best judge of this at all. Err… maybe we could ask someone else?
2) Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what kind? I do. I have a very eclectic taste in music and so it just depends what I’m in the mood for. Today I’m listening to 80’s pop. Lots of Culture Club, Def Leppard, and Journey. Sometimes I’m in the mood for back to back Tom Petty albums or David Bowie.
3) If your book were made into a movie, what actors would you like to see star? Heh. I am not at all up to date on actors these days. If I were choosing, I think I’d like a handsome older man like George Clooney for Malcolm, and perhaps a sweet looking young man like Zac Efron for Jacob. Um… they’d make a pretty couple.
4) What genres do you write in? I write primarily m/m contemporary romance, but I have been known to do a little paranormal and historical as well.
5) Where and when do you prefer to write? I prefer to write in my kitchen and when… well, that’s difficult. I used to write best in the morning, but lately it seems that the words flow more easily in the evening. It seems to help me unwind at the end of the day.

Mari's Review:

*copy provided by author/publisher via Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review*

This book was very good! The chemistry between both main characters was unbelievable, despite their age difference, and the sex scenes were uber hot! 

Malcolm is a high-profile attorney, used to hiding in his closet all his life. He's married, has a kid, and has little flings on the side. His wife and he have an arrangement where they can do anything they want, so long as they're discrete. When he meets Jacob, his world gets turned upside down, though, and he can't stop himself from first, obsessing over Jacob and then falling in love with him.

Jacob wants the happily ever after. He wants real love and commitment and even if he can 'practice', before finding what he wants, he refuses to let Malcolm have him completely. 

The story starts in the present and goes back to the past to show us how both Jacob and Malcolm met and fell in love and all that happened to get them to that point in time. While I loved the backstory, I would've loved to see a bit more of the present and not just what we got. Other than that I absolutely adored the story and really recommend it. 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Author Bio
Somewhere in a small town in up-state New York are a librarian and a second grade teacher to whom I owe my life. That might be a touch dramatic, but it's nevertheless one hundred percent true.
Because they taught me the joy of reading, of escaping into worlds crafted of words.

Have you ever been nine years old and sure of nothing so much as that you don't belong? 
Looked at the world from behind glasses, and wondered why you don't fit?

Someone hands you a book, and then you turn the page and see… There you are, running from Injun Joe in a dark graveyard; there you are fencing with Athos; there you are…beneath the deep blue sea- marveling at exotic creatures with Captain Nemo.

I found myself between the pages of books, and that is why I write now. It's why I taught English and literature for so many years, and it's why my house contains more pounds of books than furniture.

If I'd had my way, I'd have been a fencer…or a starship captain, or a lawyer, or a detective solving crimes. But instead, I am a writer, and I've come to realize that's the best thing in the world to be, because as a writer, I can be all those things and more.

If I hadn't learned to value the stories between the pages, who knows what would have happened? Certainly not college…teaching…or writing.
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  1. Congratulations on your new release! I am looking forward to reading it!