Dekker Callan is content with his life though he knows something is missing. Wanting the kind of love his friends share with their partners, Dekker is talked into taking part in a modeling and dating show as part of a fundraiser. He immediately falls in love with the anonymous, sexy voice on the other side of the wall, but fate has a surprise in store–his mystery man isn’t single.
Slade Gannon wasn’t supposed to take part in the dating show. That spot was for his roommate, Phil, who becomes ill and asks Slade to take his place. Slade has just recently gone through a breakup with his cheating boyfriend, George. Shocked and pleased when he wins the interest of handsome Dekker Callan, before he can go on the obligatory blind date, his ex asks for a second chance. Believing Dekker can’t possibly be as good on the inside as he looks on the outside, Slade agrees.
Dekker and Slade hit it off immediately, drawn to each other despite Slade being involved with someone else. They finally get their opportunity to be together when Slade finds out his boyfriend is still cheating, but just as they seem to discover the happiness they’ve been waiting for, George throws them one last hurdle—and this one may prove to be insurmountable.
This was such a sweet story. I really liked Slade and Dekker. They are wonderful guys on their own. But together they are so good. Their journey to get together and be happy took them through some rough times and overcome major obstacles. Watching their relationship build before they even got together was beautiful.
Dekker is a guy I liked more and more each page went by. I like how Dekker was respectful of Slade’s relationship even if he didn’t like or agree with it. He had strong morals and wanted to be sure there were no misunderstandings later. I really enjoyed how Dekker had a strong group of friends and they all leaned on each other when they needed it. They were a fabulous support for Dekker. The way Dekker cares for Slade and treasures him is such a joy to watch.
I really liked Slade. He was regretful with how the blind date winds up because of taking his ex back. But he’s not fickle and given to flights of fancy because something different and exciting comes along. Despite my not liking his relationship with George, I admire how Slade kept his word to give George the chance. He loves with his whole heart and it is so sweet to see him falling for Dekker. I didn’t understand his reaction when Dekker was in the hospital. I got Slade’s guilt but I felt like his reaction was a little opposite to how he acted up to that point. I loved what he plans in the epilogue. It’s so perfect.
I was shocked by George at the end. There’s a key question that doesn’t have a chance of being answered with how things played out. The big fat “Why?” is left unanswered. There are some theories thrown around but we the reader don’t learn the answer and the characters won’t learn either. It was an interesting way to wrap up his story and I found it interesting. But I’m left wondering.
I truly enjoyed the other characters in the story. I would love to see how Rex, Logan, Josh and Justin got together. I kind of want a story on these for and the couples individually. They each have a fascinating dynamic. I want to know if Alek has a happy ending too or if he’s still looking. I felt for Rowan a little bit and want him to find someone that will treat him right.
The ending was so completely adorable. I liked the plan Slade has and how he gets all of his and Dekker’s friends to help. It’s the perfect ending. It may be too sappy or sweet for some readers. But it’s totally perfect for my taste.
Molly: What music, if any do you listen to when you write?
Kay: I listen to cinematic-type music. My novels play through my head like movies and having a soundtrack is fun. The bands I like best are Two Steps from Hell, ES Posthumus, and Bond. Songs with words tend to be too distracting when I’m writing, but sometimes I’ll hear a song on the radio and think, “They’re singing about my guy.”
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Kay: Technically, I’m a part time writer. I say technically because even when I’m at the day job, I’m writing in my head, jotting down notes or quick sentences that I don’t want to forget. If a particular story element or character just won’t leave me alone, I’ll write over my lunch break.
Molly: Do you hope to one day be a full time writer?
Kay: One day the financial situation will be such that I won’t have to rely on a day job to pay bills. It’s my goal to reach that point in the very near future.
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Kay: I don’t have a word count goal but when a scene is in my head I have to write and keep writing until it’s done. Sometimes that’s only a paragraph and other times it’s nine pages and twelve hours before I get it all out. I do set aside my Friday nights and Saturdays all day to do nothing but escape into my head and put the story down on paper. Doesn’t make for a great social life, but I find I’m happier spending my time this way.
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Kay: I write several stories simultaneously. Right now I have three in various stages. Two are MM romances and one is an MM mystery/romance. I do have a sequel in the works and it’s been about six months from the completion of its predecessor. I probably have about a dozen more that I’ve started and a couple dozen ideas that I’ve written a few pages on, but these three have serious momentum so I’m focusing on them.
Dekker kept his eyes locked on Alek as he walked onstage to exuberant applause and whistles. He shoved his hands into his pockets and shifted nervously from foot to foot as Alek made him sound like an oversexed Thor. He ducked his head to hide his blush behind the cowboy hat. He really wished Alek would just shut up. There was no way Dekker could live up to the expectations Alek was creating. He glared at Alek as he was escorted to his seat. Alek chuckled softly as he took his seat beside Dekker.
“Keep your head up and the hat back. These people paid to see that gorgeous face of yours. Don’t disappoint,” Alek whispered.
Dekker blew out a nervous breath and did as he was instructed. He wanted to fidget. He wanted to try to close the shirt over his exposed chest. Somehow, he managed to remain still.
Alek lifted the microphone to his lips while watching Dekker from the corner of his eye. “Contestant one, what would you like to ask our bachelor?”
“Well,” said a disembodied voice from the other side of the barrier. “Like everyone else here tonight, I like to have a lot of sex.” Great, contestant one was a player, thought Dekker. “I’m curious what kind of stamina you have? Can you manage multiple orgasms in one night?”
Dekker groaned to himself as he slid sweaty palms over his denim-clad thighs. “Yes, I can,” he answered. Applause erupted in the audience, and he shot Alek a pleading look. This was beyond uncomfortable. Alek smirked as he continued on.
“Contestant two, what’s your question?”
“Yeah, I prefer experienced men, so I’m wondering when you lost your virginity?” came a voice that was higher and younger than contestant one.
Dekker took a deep, fortifying breath. When he had lost his virginity said nothing about his experience level, but whatever. “Fifteen with a girl, eighteen with a boy,” he answered. He dipped his head down to hide the embarrassment, but a gentle nudge to his ribs from Alek had him raising his head again.
“Okay, contestant three, your turn,” Alek prompted.
“I have to admit, I’m eager to see you naked. How many dates would I have to get through before that happened?”
Contestant three’s voice was deep and gravely, like a smoker’s, with a slight southern drawl. Dekker caught Alek’s eyes. He imagined Alek was eager for that answer, as well, since they’d dated for months without it ever progressing to the bedroom. He scrubbed his face with both hands before answering.
“Um, I don’t know. Depends on the connection, I guess,” he answered. He’d had sex on a first date, but also never had sex at all with some men despite dozens of dates. Alek shook his head.
“Man of few words. Contestant four, you’re up,” Alek said.
“What would a first date with you consist of?”
Dekker shifted in his seat. Contestant four’s voice was warm, husky, and slid over him like honey. His entire body took notice. Damn, the man’s voice was sexy. He didn’t realize his thoughts had drifted until Alek addressed him over the mic.
“Dekker, what’s your answer?”
Dekker rushed to cover his sudden distraction and arousal by clearing his throat. He’d never been turned on by just a voice before.
“Sorry. I was thinking,” he said and once again scrubbed his hands down his pants. “There’s this indoor skydiving place that I’ve always wanted to try, so we’d do that first. After that I’d take you to the Tibetan restaurant I like. Then…I guess we’d decide if we still like each other’s company and go from there.”
Kay lives in Colorado with her husband and their animal children. Family is important to her so there are weekly visits to her parents and frequent text messages with her brothers. She has a severe addiction to coffee and Mexican food. She loves to read and write and can easily become consumed by it for hours, much to the dismay of the husband and dogs. On occasion she can be convinced to venture out into world of the living.
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