LIVING OUT LOUD
NYRAE DAWN & CHRISTINA LEE
RELEASE DATE: 09.08.17
Wander Aguiar Photography
COVER MODEL: Brook
Ben Emerson has lived by his minister father’s rules most of his life. Born into an ultra-conservative church community, he’s finally brave enough to break free and move to San Francisco. Distancing himself certainly helps create a new mindset, but living as an openly gay man takes some getting used to. When he reaches out to Xavier, a childhood friend who lives in the city, Ben isn’t sure how he’ll respond given their thorny history. Ben hopes the familiar connection will help him right some wrongs as well as provide the solace he’s been craving.
Xavier Ramos is who he is, and he doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks. Whether it’s eyeliner, nail polish, tattoos or his love of hooking up, he uses his body as a form of self-expression but doesn’t let anyone get too close. When Ben reenters his life, Xavier helps him experience the city and feel comfortable in his own skin. Seeing the world through Ben’s eyes, he begins to wonder if he’s also not living as freely as he thought.
When Xavier challenges Ben’s beliefs about sex, it becomes explosive—for both of them. Xavier breaks apart Ben’s sheltered world and shows him what it’s like to live out loud. The more time they spend together, the more Xavier begins to long for Ben in a different way—one that both surprises and scares him. But real life doesn’t fade into the background, so when Ben’s past comes knocking, old habits are hard to break. Testing the foundation of their deepening connection will take a trust that will either bind them…or tear them apart.
**Riley Hart writing as Nyrae Dawn
**Ben is from PAINT THE STARS and Xavier is from A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORDS, but LIVING OUT LOUD can be read as a complete standalone.
EXCERPT“Get your ass down here.” He frowns and I pat the floor beside me. “I’m serious, B. Get your ass down here. You can take it off when I’m done if you don’t like it. How do you know if something’s your style if you’ve never done it?” I blow on my fingernails trying to get them to dry. Ben doesn’t move right away, but then he slides down to the floor beside me. My pulse kicks up a notch. I don’t know why I want this so much for him. He puts his hand on the table and I paint the first nail. “I feel stupid,” he tells me. “Do you think I look stupid with it?” “Hell no. You look hot but—” “But nothing. Be quiet and let me work.” He chuckles. “You’re bossy.” “You ain’t seen nothing yet,” I reply before getting back to work on his nails. His fingers are long, thicker than mine. His hands are beat up from his work, rough and abused with little scratches on them. “I can’t wait till you can touch me. I love rough hands.” “Oh shit,” he says with a thickness to his voice that tells me he’s getting turned on again. I finish the first hand before saying, “Now, the other.” He sets that hand on the table, but I grab it, suck one of his fingers into my mouth, even though I hadn’t planned to touch him again tonight. “Fuck, Xavier,” he says and his eyes roll back in a way that really gets me hard. “Good?” “Yes.” “You’re trembling,” I tell him as his hand gently shakes. “That’s because I’m really turned on right now.”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.
She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes, but also have big hearts.
Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read.
Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.
Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I've been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I'm addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.
Living Out Loud by Christina Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
These two ladies have given us a fantastic read. Living Out Loud is sweet, emotional and extremely sexy. Ben and Xavier are both wonderful characters. Ben grew up a minister's son who was brought up to believe that being with another man is a sin. Xavier has never really felt loved, his family basically threw him away years ago. These two share a special friendship growing up, when one moves away they go on with their lives only to have the other still linger in the back of their minds. Rekindling their friendship years later opens feeling neither have ever had. This book is very emotional and extremely sexy. I'm talking off the hot meter. The story is wonderful and the writing is phenomenal. If you love m/m books you'll definitely want to read this one.
RELEASE DATE: 06.26.17
COVER DESIGN: KANAXA
When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet.
Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on.
Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out.
As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart.
EXCERPT“Brin, let me introduce you to my roommate,” Elijah said as I followed him through the short hallway to the living room. “This is Nick and his friend, Sarah.” Sarah’s curly locks were nearly as blond as mine and Nick’s black hair was mostly tucked beneath a worn blue baseball cap. The two of them were cozy on the couch, Sarah sitting with her legs tucked under her and Nick with his ankle crossed over his knee. They were eating Chinese food off paper plates resting in their laps. Sarah simply waved as her mouth was full from a bite of food but Nick responded, “Hey, how you doing?” after swallowing a piece of what looked like an egg roll. The smell of fried rice hit my nostrils and when my stomach rumbled in response, I realized just how famished I was. I was dying to dive right into the second brown bag resting on the coffee table that more than likely contained my food, but I didn’t want to be rude. When Nick leaned forward with an outstretched hand, for some reason I zeroed right in on the neatly groomed scruff on his chin. When he tilted his face to look directly into my eyes, I froze, our fingers interlocked. A startled gasp sprang from my lips, and Nick’s eyebrows slammed together in confusion right before they lifted straight to his hairline. The same cherry-colored lips, with a center dimple drilled into his chin. Those sad, amber-colored eyes that shuttered out the world. Holy fuck. Elijah’s roommate was Nicholas Dell. The same Nicholas Dell from Jefferson High who practically ruined me for other guys. The same Devil’s third baseman that begged his math tutor to suck his cock in the locker room after practice. And given the female nestled up beside him, it was the same Nicholas Dell who was still deep in the closet.
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing. She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.
Regret by Christina Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm so in love with this book. Regret is an extremely wonderful read about pain and forgiveness. I was so engrossed in it that I sat down to read it and didn't put it down until I'd reached the end. It's one of those books that you never want to end. It's full of outstanding characters who you will immediately fall in love with.
Brin and Nick have a brief "relationship" in high school that doesn't end very well. Eleven years later they pushed together again and feelings start exploding. One mad, the other needing forgiveness these two wag a war with themselves and each other.
This is a great start to what is going to be an awesome series. The story is fantastic, the characters loveable and the writing is phenomenal. Christina does a wonderful job with this heartfelt story about a broken man needing forgiveness and the only man who can give it to him.
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Cardeno C, Ella Frank, Riley Hart, Lane Hayes, Christina Lee, Felice Stevens, N.R. Walker
Release Date: October 4th,
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
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