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Series Tour: The Speakeasy Series by K. Evan Coles & Brigham Vaughn

The Speakeasy Series | K. Evan Coles & Brigham Vaughn


Publisher: Pride Publishing/Totally Entwined Group

Overall Heat Rating: 4 flames

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Series Blurb

Media mogul Jesse Murtagh and bartender Kyle McKee decide to go into business together and open Under Lock & Key, a speakeasy on the upper West Side of Manhattan.

The bar, with its secret passphrases and craft liquor cocktails, becomes a sanctuary for Jesse and Kyle’s circle of friends, who gather once a month to catch up with each other and share their experiences.

Under is both hang out and haven for the men who spend time within its walls and their friendships build family ties that are sometimes missing from their own lives.

With A Twist

The Speakeasy #1


Length: 95 295 words/ 263 pages

Release Date: September 25, 2018

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Nursing a broken heart when his ex-boyfriend, Riley, leaves him for the love of his life, Carter, Will Martin throws himself into teaching at NYU and writing. An invite from Riley to a speakeasy called Under helps Will begin to heal, and he finds himself enjoying both the drinks and the company.

Soon after, he’s shaken by news of his father’s cancer diagnosis and Will reluctantly returns to Long Island to see the man who disowned him after he was outed.

Sparks fly when Will meets his father’s mentee, Republican Senator David Mori, who is both mixed race and openly gay. Will is looking for a no-strings-attached fling and David is leery of getting involved with his mentor’s son, so they keep their affair a secret.

As his father’s health worsens, Will elects to remain in Garden City and his relationship with David grows beyond casual sex. Now, both men must decide how to bridge the divide between them.

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Extra Dirty

The Speakeasy #2


Length: 88 944 words/ 345 pages

Release Date: March 26, 2019

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Jesse Murtagh loves his life as a wealthy bisexual businessman dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure. With a circle of friends he trusts implicitly, he enjoys a successful career in his family’s business and as co-owner of Under, an uptown speakeasy, with his friend with benefits, Kyle McKee.

Music teacher and part-time DJ Cameron Lewis lives modestly in a DUMBO loft and isn’t interested in serious relationships. However, he’s always up for some casual fun.

Doing a favor for his friend Carter Hamilton, Jesse meets Cam and is immediately charmed. When Jesse discovers Cam’s other life as a DJ, he is further intrigued. Viewing Cam as a challenge, Jesse pulls out all the stops, but his usual methods to avoid serious relationships fail. Though Cam has no intention of becoming attached, he begins to fall for Jesse, unaware that Jesse’s feelings are changing.

Afraid of heartbreak, Cam pulls away, leaving Jesse bewildered and hurt. They remain friends until a series of misunderstandings widens the rift to breaking point. When Cam steps in to help Jesse through a family crisis, they realize they care for each other more than they’ve been willing to admit. Jesse and Cam don’t want a traditional relationship, but can they build a future that makes them both happy?

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Behind The Stick

The Speakeasy #3


Release Date: August 20, 2019

Trope/s: Bad Breakup,  Interracial Relationship,

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 97 045 words/370 pages

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Kyle McKee lives a charmed life. He co-owns Under, an uptown speakeasy, where he is chief mixologist. Friends poke fun at Kyle’s tiny one-bed apartment in Chelsea, but they’re the best support system a man could ask for. Unfortunately, Kyle’s lackluster love life has led him to take a break from dating.

Harlem resident Luka Clarke is a lieutenant with Engine 47, the Pride of Morningside, where he carries on his father’s legacy with the FDNY. Luka, who is mixed race and bisexual, has his eye on Kyle, whom he met at a local burger joint and he just needs to make time to visit Kyle’s bar.

Before work one evening, Kyle is trapped inside the luncheonette when a fire breaks out. Luka’s firehouse answers the call and he connects with Kyle again under the most unexpected of circumstances. When Kyle gratefully invites Luka and the firehouse squad to Under, the flirting between the two men leads to a date.

Kyle and Luka quickly grow close, but Luka’s mother and sister distrust Kyle for being both white and gay. Luka believes his family will come around and accept Kyle in the end, but Kyle is not optimistic and hides his disquiet as attraction blossoms into love.

Kyle and Luka’s near-idyllic bubble is shattered one evening after a hate crime leaves them scarred, inside and out. Shaken, they put on a strong front but struggle inwardly against fear and personal demons. As the emotions seething beneath the surface finally come to a head, both men must decide if they have the strength to find love enough to conquer hate.

Reader advisory: This book contains references to non-nurturing parenting; homophobia; racism and racist slurs. There are references to recreational drug use. This book also contains scenes of mmmm ménage and characters caught in fire.

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Straight Up

The Speakeasy #4

Length: approx 94 217 words/ 267 pages

Release Date: June 9, 2020

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Malcolm Elliott has been keeping secrets. Helping his mom through a financial crisis has nearly emptied his bank account and his kitchen cupboards, despite his thriving career with Corporate Equality Campaign. Malcolm is also bothered by his inability to tell the most important people in his life that he identifies as gray ace.

Stuart Morgan has a secret of his own. Though years have passed since the tattooed chef fled the Mormon church in Utah for New York, he’s never truly come to terms with the kink that ruined that rigid but outwardly perfect life. Experience has also taught Stuart that keeping his love of lacy things under wraps is safer than telling the truth.

After Malcom’s boss, Carter, hires Stuart’s restaurant to cater a gala fundraising event, the strait-laced Malcolm is thrown together with badass biker Stuart. Despite their differences and a couple of false starts, the men discover they work well together and a friendship quickly forms.

As Malcolm’s feelings for Stuart deepen, his sexuality awakens, but he remains tight-lipped about his problems. And though Stuart grows more and more attached to Malcolm, he remains fearful of confessing his kink.

When both of their secrets are finally exposed, they find themselves at a crossroads in which they must choose between playing it safe or finally coming clean to the person they love.


“Crap, crap crap.” Malcolm took the subway stairs two at a time, muttering under his breath.

He’d arranged the Thursday meeting with Chef Morgan at Lock & Key, expecting forty-five minutes would be plenty of time to commute up from Midtown. However, a mechanical problem had plagued his train and he’d spent the crawling ride exchanging messages with his mom, trying to get her to apply for job openings he’d found in the neighborhoods around Staten Island. Now Malcolm was nearly fifteen minutes late and almost sprinting along Broadway in his loafers and business casual duds, messenger bag bumping his hip.

Malcolm hated being late, particularly when it came to his job. He’d texted the chef with a heads-up he was running behind, but still felt wretched and unprofessional. He also knew this would make a poor impression on a man who had high expectations of the people around him. Stuart had been friendly—even charming—when he’d introduced himself to Malcolm, tattoos peeking out from beneath the chef’s white jacket. His demeanor had changed the moment the talk had turned to food, however, shifting into a thorough confidence that was reflected in the quality and plating of the food he’d put in front of Malcolm. Everything had been luscious—both esthetically and in taste—and Malcolm had known from the first bite that the chef and his staff at King’s would do impeccable work for the CEC fundraiser.

The steel in Stuart’s expression as he’d spoken about food and his work had reassured Malcolm. He understood how to interact with a man who was all business. He’d been less sure of how to handle the moments when Stuart had smiled at him, however, and the way that warmth had made his brown eyes dance. The chef’s touch had tingled against Malcolm’s skin when they’d bid each other goodbye, too and…well. Malcolm really didn’t know what to make of that.

He caught sight of a huge motorcycle parked by the curb as he neared Lock & Key and slowed to a walk. It was a beautiful machine, gleaming black and chrome in the late afternoon light, and Malcolm could imagine the kind of man who rode it, clad in a leather jacket with tattoos on full display.

I’ll bet Stuart Morgan wears a leather jacket.

Malcolm nearly tripped into Lock & Key’s door. Where the hell had that come from?

Seconds later his errant thought literally came to life and Malcolm blinked at the sight of the chef seated at Lock & Key’s bar, a tall glass of water in hand and motorcycle helmet by his elbow. Stuart wore a black leather jacket, just as Malcolm had imagined, and a scowl so mighty he looked almost like a stranger. Malcolm’s stomach flipped.

“I’m sorry I’m late,” he said in a rush. Moving quickly, Malcolm waved hello to the bartender, then pulled the strap of his bag over his head and stepped up beside Stuart. “I meant to be here to meet you, Chef, but the train—”

Stuart cut in, his voice gruff and grumpy as Malcolm had expected. “I get it. Public transportation sucks.”

“It’s unpredictable,” Malcolm replied. “Anyway, Under’s head bartender is waiting for us downstairs.”

“Downstairs?” Stuart waved at the room around them with one hand. “Downstairs from here?”

“Um, yeah. This is Lock & Key. Under’s located in the basement.”

“I thought you said the event would be happening on the roof?”

“It will be. Under and Lock & Key will be part of it, too though. Sort of.” Heat flashed over Malcolm’s cheeks when Stuart rolled his eyes. “Sorry, let’s …” He blew out a breath and squared his shoulders. “Let’s start again.”

Stuart’s expression softened by a degree. “Okay. I’m listening.”

About the Authors

K. Evan Coles is a mother and tech pirate by day and a writer by night. She is a dreamer who, with a little hard work and a lot of good coffee, coaxes words out of her head and onto paper. K. lives in the northeast United States, where she complains bitterly about the winters, but truly loves the region and its diverse, tenacious and deceptively compassionate people.

You’ll usually find K. nerding out over books, movies and television with friends and family. She’s especially proud to be raising her son as part of a new generation of unabashed geeks.

K.’s books explore LGBTQ+ romance in contemporary settings.

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Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time writer. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours.

A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.

Her books range from short stories to novellas. They explore gay, bisexual, lesbian, and polyamorous romance in contemporary settings.

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A delightful bunch of ice hockey bachelor romances

Guarding GarrettGuarding Garrett by R.J. Scott

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

A really solid romance from RJ with a stalker plot that, while I guessed from the out who would be involved, still had enough of a twist to surprise me in the execution.

Personally though, I was lacking a bit of steam to cement the hot chemistry, with only a couple of blow jobs and hot make out sessions on page.

All the other sexual intimacy happens off page which was a shame with all the very present on page UST that was built up.

The forced proximity bodyguard falling for client aspect worked well and I loved the humourous bits which were thrown into the narrative

I liked both MCs and I’m looking forward to seeing them appearing in the other books in this shared world series.


Loving LayneLoving Layne by V.L. Locey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Vicki’s offering in this new shared world ice hockey series is an age gap romance with added complications.

As a former journalist, Roman’s dedication to his craft had me smiling a lot as he navigated his way into the realisation that staying neutral when reporting isn’t always easy.

His best mate Dillon was an absolute arse, sorry but I don’t care how much he was hurting, that was some seriously shitty behaviour!

The plot mostly worked for me, it felt like a realistic possibility given the situation but I’d have liked to see a bit more of the fallout when the truth came out.

Loved the Epilogue.


Kyle_600x900Keeping Kyle by Jeff Adams

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Another really cute ice hockey romance in this shared world series. This one features two guys who just can’t seem to get a break when it comes to their schedules – and their personalities.

Kyle can’t stand lateness while poor Austin is a workaholic welded to his business but they both see the potential for a lifetime’s happiness with the other.

I loved that these two used to go to school together but never knew each other back then as Austin was a nerd with a desperate desire to do well so his family wouldn’t have to struggle while Kyle was a jock dealing with the loss of his father and an overwhelming pressure to be the “man of the family”.

The narrative at times became a bit clogged up in the minutiae of them failing to communicate – literally rather than as a plot device! because of how busy Austin was with his company dealing with a savage hacking which exposed.

But I liked how Jeff brought them back together in a way which felt organic to the plot and not a convenient device and I loved how supportive all the other characters were for their relationship to succeed.

Another wonderfully sweet Epilogue too!


Slater 600x900Scoring Slater by Susan Scott Shelley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first book from this author and I really liked it.

I felt completely justified in cheering for Slater all the way through and wanting to give Noah a wee bit of a shake.

However, I also could understand and sympathise with Noah for his fears and was cheerfully willing him to get his head out of the proverbial and see that he needed to make changes for his own benefit.

A great bunch of secondary characters helped give some depth to the team both men played for and I’ll probably look out for the rest of that series of books later.

Really sweet Epilogue and decently steamy narrative gave me all the feels.


Ash jpg Absolving Ash by Chantal Mer

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Another new author for me and another entertaining read.

I liked the strength of character that Isiah showed in knowing what he wanted and how he’d changed so much from the unhappy man he was.

I also liked Ash, even while his martyr complex drive me nuts!

Together they sparked and their sort of second chances romance was a delight.

#ARCs kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Rules To Ignore by Susan Hawke

Rules To Ignore by Susan Hawke

Davey’s Rules #7

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Release Date: March 16th, 2020

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Davey’s Revised Rule #1: A good Daddy will love his boy with all his heart.

Davey Hendrickson doesn’t mind being forever single when he’s got his bestie at his side. It’s not that he wants to be single. He’s spent most of his adult life searching for his own perfect Daddy.

Even if he’s not naturally submissive, someone that fabulous is obviously meant to be a boy… right? Over the years, he’s dated every type of Daddy imaginable but not one of them could come close to meeting the requirements from his ridiculous list of rules.

After losing his husband, Sammy Robustelli has learned to be strong while raising two children on his own. No matter what life has thrown his way, nothing seems too hard with his best friend and roomie Davey at his side. When the two friends learn that people believe they’re a couple, they can’t help but laugh. The very idea is a big joke… until it isn’t.

It only takes a few wake-up calls before Davey wonders what happens if a guy might be in love with the best friend he can never have. It could never work for a pair of boys in need of a bossy top, right? Except… maybe Davey doesn’t know himself—or Sammy—as well as he thinks.

This is the final book in a series about not-so-perfect Daddies, adorable “boys,” and one sassy brat with an insane list of rules.

Grab your fan and tissues because this series comes with both a high heat advisory and all the squishy feels you’d want from a Susan Hawke book.

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“I’m here, what can I do to help?” I looked around the crowded club with pride, pleased to see the event had brought everyone out tonight. There were several tables set up beside the bar with the volunteers Preston had lined up to help people check in, with a good-sized line of people eagerly waiting. I found Preston standing off to the side, scribbling notes on an old-fashioned clipboard.

Preston looked up from his clipboard, frowning absently before giving his head a shake. “Nope. I have it on good authority that it’s your day off and you’re here to participate. I suppose I can let you skip the sign-up line, but you’re not allowed to help.”

He unclipped a four-by-six index card and scrawled my name across the top, his pen hesitating before checking the box for Daddy or boy. Preston’s lips spread into a slow smile as he glanced back up. “Did you decide to listen to your friends, or are you staying in your comfort zone?”

“Bitch, please. If you’re going to bust my balls, I don’t have to be here.” I brushed an imaginary piece of lint from the loosely tied black necktie that hung a few inches below the open collar of the purple button-up shirt I’d finally decided worked with the leather skinny jeans I was wearing.

Preston wasn’t impressed. He simply stood there leaning on one hip as he tapped a pen against the clipboard. “Well? I’m waiting. Which group am I putting you in tonight?”

I rolled my eyes as I straightened my posture. “Fine. If you must know, Sammy and I decided this would be a good chance to test your silly theory since I’ve probably already dated any of the Daddies who’ll show up for this thing.”

“See? Was that so hard? Say it with me, Davey. I’m here as a Daddy.” Preston’s teasing was stopped short when a hand settled on his shoulder. He looked up with a sappy smile. “Hello, Daddy. Guess what I’m doing? I’m signing Davey up to attend the mixer as a Daddy himself, can you believe it? He’s not sure whether or not he’s really a Daddy, but at least he’s agreed to give it a shot tonight.”

Bryan’s expression was way less surprised than I would’ve expected. If anything, he looked slightly amused. “I probably should’ve seen this coming, to tell the truth. I mean, you definitely do bratty well but you aren’t exactly the type to follow directions. God, can you remember that awful date we went on? Nope. You definitely don’t like to submit. But hey…good for you, dude. I wish everyone was open-minded enough to step out of their box and try something new. Good luck tonight, Davey. I think you’ll find this might be a better fit for you.”


About The Author

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As an avid reader and big romance fan myself, I love sharing the stories of the different people who live in my imagination. My stories are filled with humor, a few tears, and the underlying message to not give up hope, even in the darkest of times, because life can change on a dime when you least expect it.

This theme comes from a lifetime of lessons learned on my own hard journey through the pains of poverty, the loss of more loved ones than I’d care to count, and the struggles of living through chronic illnesses. Life can be hard, but it can also be good! Through it all I’ve found that love, laughter, and family can make all the difference, and that’s what I try to bring to every tale I tell.

I’m a happily married mom with one snarky teenage boy, and three grown “kids of my heart.” I’m more widely known for my mpreg writings as Susi Hawke; this new name is a departure from that. Whether written by Susan or Susi, the books are filled with that all-important love, laughter, and family I mentioned; the only difference is that this name has no male pregnancy.

I look forward to sharing my stories with you, and to bringing more romance and laughter into this world that needs it so very badly.

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