Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Virtual Blog Tour: Three to Get Ready by Sean Michael (Guest Post, Review + Giveaway)

Author Name: Sean Michael

Book Name: Three To Get Ready
Series: Mannies Incorporated
Book: Four
This book can be read as a standalone

Release Date: December 18, 2015
Single father Jack Jones is in dire need of a new nanny. His five year old son Nathan is legally blind, he has twin baby girls arriving in less than two months and the girl currently working for him is leaving at Thanksgiving to go home and continue her higher education. If Mannies Incorporated doesn’t come up with a viable candidate soon, he’s not sure what he’s going to do.
Dan Miller is on the hunt for a new job. He’s had some great placements with Mannies Incorporated, many as Manny to multiple birth families to get them over the hump. He even has experience with special needs children, so the job he’s interviewing for looks like it’s right up his alley.
When Dan arrives at Jack’s house, he discovers that this Jack Jones is his Jack Jones, the man he was in love with during college, and who broke up with Dan because Dan wanted children. Will Dan and Jack be able to put the past behind them and work together, or will their past keep them from having a future together?

Pages or Words: 64,000 words/190 pages

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

Dan Miller followed the instructions on his GPS to one Jack Jones' house for his interview. He was trying to decide if it was a good or bad omen that he'd dated a Jack Jones. It had ended, so maybe bad. On the other hand, they'd ended because Jack didn't want kids and he did, which was better to learn early on, before they'd invested a lot of time in each other, right? So good sign.
Chuckling at himself, he went over what Drake at Mannies Inc had told him about the family.
Single gay dad, one special needs son - the boy was nearly six and clinically blind. Apparently he could see general shapes if they were high contrast and he could see lights and light contrast. There were twin girls on their way. In a couple of weeks in a few weeks in fact.
Newborns were Dan's favorite. He loved that new baby smell. He loved their chubby little cheeks and limbs, their fat bellies and how quickly they changed.
After reading the file, he'd had to agree with Drake that he seemed like a really good fit for the family.
The position was live-in, so he paid close attention as the condo came into view. Not far from the beach, it was a decent size, not too big, but not tiny. The front was neat and he could see the backyard was fenced in.
Pulling into the drive, he turned off the engine and took a deep breath. Okay. Interview time. He climbed out of the car, with his best ‘I’m the perfect man to look after your kids’ face on.
He knocked on the front door.
"Daddy! Maddie, someone is here!"
"I'll get it, man. Hopefully this one will work for your daddy, Mr. Picky. I have to leave the week of Thanksgiving. I have to."
The door opened and a lovely dark-skinned young woman stood there with a skinny little boy in thick glasses. "Hey there. Can I help you?"
"Hi, Dan Miller. I'm here to see Mr. Jones?"
"Sure. Come on in. I'm Maddie, Nathan's personal assistant." She winked at him.
"Very nice to meet you." He shook her hand.
Then he turned his attention to the little boy. "Hey there, You must be Nathan."
"Uh-huh. Nathan James Jones." One hand was held out. "Pleased meeting you."
Dan took Nathan's hand and shook it solemnly. "Pleased to meet you, too."
"Hey there. Sorry, man. I was paying some bills. Crazy life."
Dan looked up at the familiar voice and blinked. Strong jaw, blond curls, and the bluest eyes in the history of the earth -- that was Jack. His Jack.
Dan felt like he'd been poleaxed.
His Jack who didn't want kids, no way no how was he fucking crazy for even suggesting it.
"Jack?" Oh, smooth, Dan. Clearly it was Jack. Hell, even if he couldn't believe his eyes, the folder he'd gotten from Drake had said the guy's name was Jack.
"Dan? Danny? Oh, my God!" Jack's eyes went wide. "Look at you. You look amazing."
He kind of hated the way Jack's words made him stand a little taller, a little straighter. "So do you. The years have been good to you." Twelve years. Shit, things had changed in that time, that much was obvious, but not how just a glance from those devastating eyes could make his cock perk up. That hadn’t changed a damn bit.
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***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review.***

Dan is hunting for a new job as a manny and the last thing he expected when he got to the house he'd potentially be working on, was to find his ex-boyfriend was the one that might be hiring. Especially since the reason they broke up all those years ago was that Jack didn't want to have kids.

Jack needs a live-in nanny to help him with his legally blind son and his soon-to-be-born twin daughters. He never imagined that the manny the agency would send would be Dan or that he would be so perfect for their little family, but after so many years have gone by, is there a chance to build something more than a friendship between them?

This was such a delightful story! Nathan, Jack's son, was such a sweetheart and I loved the way Jack and Dan interacted with him. I loved how realistic the story was, showing the tantrums and the difficulties that dealing with a kid with special needs and twin newborns entails. Jack and Dan fell back into their relationship as if the thirteen years apart hadn't gone by, and if I'm being nit-picky, I would've liked a bit more UST (unresolved sexual tension), as in more of a build-up between Dan and Jack before getting together. I think the story would've worked better had we either gotten to see them as a couple in the past or had more build-up to them becoming a couple again, but I completely understand that this story was more about connecting and reconnecting and building something that will last forever and I was pretty happy with it.

It was a heartwarming, sweet, very low angst book that I really enjoyed! Very recommendable!

Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!

Guest Post:

Thank you for having me to celebrate the release of Three to Get Ready, a Mannies Incorporated novel.

In Three to Get Ready, Nathan is a picky eater and Jack has just gone with the flow to avoid tantrums and arguments at every meal, so the freezer is stocked with chicken nuggets, fish sticks and tater tots. Added to that are usually celery and carrot sticks. Of course, these are much easier for Nathan, who is legally blind, to eat, as he doesn’t have to worry about using utensils. Plus, fried things are always yummy, aren’t they?

While I totally love trying new things, a lot of time I fall back onto old favorites. Especially at restaurants. There are places where I always get the same thing without even looking at the menu -- at my favorite Mexican restaurant I always get the flautas and the fajitas. Then there are places where I’ll check out the menu and in the end, get the usual – at my favorite ritzy place, I always get the streak frites (they have the best fries, homemade thin cut and yummy!) and the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Some places there are a few different things that I like and I’ll get whichever I most feel like that day.

I have the same thing for breakfast almost every day – cereal with milk. And I can eat the same thing for lunch for days, if it’s something that is in the fridge. Am I a creature of habit? Or is it more that these are things I know I like, so I gravitate toward them?

I’m not sure, but I think in 2016, I’d like to be a little more adventurous and try something new at least once a month. Who knows, maybe I’ll even make it once a week!

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Meet the author:
Often referred to as "Space Cowboy" and "Gangsta of Love" while still striving for the moniker of "Maurice," Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to "Chicago."
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He'll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

Where to find the author:
Twitter: seanmichael09

Publisher: Sean Michael
Cover Artist: Kris Norris

Tour Dates & Stops:
23-Dec: Velvet Panic
25-Dec: Havan Fellows

Rafflecopter Prize: E-copy of ‘Three To Get Ready’ by Sean Michael

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