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Release Blitz: Foxed by Jay Hogan

Foxed | Jay Hogan

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Release Date: January 12th, 2023

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FOXED: To be thrown into a state of uncertainty—flustered, bamboozled, bewildered, puzzled, vexed.

AKA, me. Jed Marshall. 55-year-old successful classic car mechanic; divorced, mostly closeted, and whose wholly inexperienced bisexuality has suddenly awakened after one smouldering look and said, ‘Damn, who’s the hottie?’ Or words to that effect.

Cue, Nash Collingwood. 53-year-old scarily smart high school principal; out, gay, confident, and sexy as hell. He’s also my daughter’s boss. So, not complicated at all, right? Nash could ignite a bonfire with a single sultry look, comes fully accessorised with a charm offensive Churchill would be proud of, an easy-going flattery that thrills my heart far too effortlessly, and an impressive track record with men many decades my junior.

In short, Nash is everything I’m not, and everything I’ve avoided for roughly my entire life. He’s the hot rod to my sensible family car, that is if you like your family cars with a few dents, creaky suspension, unexpected backfires, and a dodgy stick.

The last thing I need is a relationship—especially with a man. I buried that pipe dream a long time ago and a little loneliness is a small price to pay. The festive season and long summer vacation are on our doorstep. I’m finally getting things right with my family who mean everything to me, and I don’t want to mess that up.

But Nash doesn’t care about my awkward inexperience, or clumsy excuses, or any of my insecurities. Nash only sees me. He wants me. For the first time in years, I feel alive and sexy and a whole lot more than just a good father and grandfather.

I should walk away, but the closer Nash and I become, the more he fills my grey world with colour, and the promise of a second chance at love I never thought possible.

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Excerpt

“Hello?” The tentative greeting was followed by a series of knocks on the open hangar door of the workshop.

I leaned forward in my seat but couldn’t quite see who it was.

“Hello? Anyone there?”

Shit. It couldn’t be. But the voice was familiar, too damn familiar, and a warmth curled low in my belly as my heart ticked up.

“Sit.” Rollo waved me down. “I’ll see to whoever it is.” He wiggled out of his chair and headed out into the workshop while I edged toward the door for a look, grateful for a little more time to get my shit together.

But when I saw Nash standing there in tight blue jeans and a black button-down, looking slightly nervous and way too fucking lickable, the warmth in my belly turned into an embarrassing flip. Rollo laughed at something Nash said, and the next thing I knew he was headed back to the office with Nash on his heels, the man’s curious gaze sweeping right and left. The closer they got to where I was standing, the more my stomach clenched.

What the hell was he doing here?

“You okay, Boss?” Jemma suddenly appeared next to me, and I realised my hands were fisted and sweating. “Do you know him?”

“Yes.” I rubbed my palms down the front of my coveralls and gave a half shrug. “A little.”

Jemma shot me a curious look but said nothing.

Rollo walked into the office and waved a hand my direction. “Here’s the man himself. Would you like a coffee, Nash?”

Nash stopped just inside the door with his back to the others and cast an apologetic half-smile my direction. “I don’t want to take up your time if you’re too busy. It’s your call, Jed.”

We both knew he wasn’t talking about the workshop, and with my overall sleeves tied around my waist and only a thin black practically not-there singlet standing between me and the man’s heated gaze, warmth flooded my cheeks. When he was done checking me out, his eyes returned to mine and his mouth curved up in an appreciative smile as he pointed to my cap bearing the slogan Ford Mustangs: Better than Sex. “Nice hat.”

And—oh my fucking god, I was getting hard.

“Boss?” Rollo was still waiting on my answer, which had been far too long coming. “Should I make Nash a coffee or not?”

“What? Oh, um . . .” I flustered. “No, I’ll do it. Maybe you guys could finish smoko outside?”

Rollo and Jemma exchanged a puzzled look, then grabbed their unfinished drinks and promptly left with Jemma casting a final what-the-fuck look over her shoulder. I answered with a shrug and swiftly closed the door, watching through the glass as they exploded into hushed conversation and headed for the outside table and chairs to finish their coffees. When I was sure they were out of earshot, I turned to Nash, who had his palms up, and immediately apologised.

“Jed, I’m so sorry if I’ve fucked up. The last thing I wanted was to make things awkward for you, I . . .” He trailed off, chuckling, and shaking his head. “Well, shit, that’s a damn lie. It was hardly going to be anything but awkward, was it? Crazy principal chases after his reluctant crush? Borderline stalking, at best. I think I just motored straight past undignified and crashed into abject humiliation. I have no excuse other than—” He hesitated, his gaze fixed on mine as he nibbled his bottom lip, before finally continuing. “I wanted to see you again. It’s as simple as that. And if that’s not okay, I’ll leave right now.” His words ran together, and he shook his head like he was angry with himself, his cheeks blazing, his gaze darting sideways to the window.

But I was stuck on reluctant crush. My heart stuttered in my chest as I tried to wrap my head around all of what he’d just said.

I still hadn’t answered when he finally groaned, “Can you just put me out of my misery? And I’ll be gone.”

And with those few simple words, all my noble good intentions to rise above the carnal temptation that Nash Collingwood embodied with fucking bells on flew out the window under jet-fuelled propulsion. Martyrdom clearly wasn’t what it used to be.

And also, he looked way too fucking cute standing there looking a whole lot less confident than usual. This was a Nash I could relate to.

I gave a slow blink and breathed out a sigh. “It’s . . . fine. I’m not sure what good you think it will do, but take a seat.” I headed for the espresso machine, feeling like a tongue-tied teenager. “How do you have your coffee?”

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About The Author

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Jay is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance and her book Off Balance was the 2021 New Zealand Romance Book of the Year. She is a New Zealand author writing mm romance and romantic suspense, primarily set in New Zealand.

She writes character driven romances with lots of humour, a good dose of reality and a splash of angst. She’s travelled extensively, lived in many countries, and in a past life she was a critical care nurse, nurse educator and counsellor.

Jay is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel

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What a joyous and uplifting mature MCs romance from Jay Hogan

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well this was just just a breath of fresh air – two mature characters with long lived life experiences finding their feet into a relationship.

I absolutely adored both Jed and Nash, two men who’ve been around the block, Jed in a long term marriage which produced two kids who have grown up, one giving him a granddaughter he finds himself spending lots of time with – an offshoot of him feeling guilty for perhaps not being there as much in the younger days of his marriage.

Nash has never been interested in relationships – or so he tells himself – but really, he’s still smarting from the one time he did get involved with someone who was younger than him (not a twink though, he’s keen to point out, he was 35 😄 ) and he left him for a sugar daddy type.

Their first meeting we hear about in retrospective, but the second one is a joyous stumbling mess as Jed totally fails to deal with his attraction towards Nash, who happens to be the Principal at the school his daughter teaches at.

Nash doesn’t disguise the fact he’s attracted to Jed, but the other man’s basically kept his bisexuality locked away since he was a teenager as he and his ex-wife met, feel in love and were just together for years.

What I felt the most about this book was how different the narrative felt, this isn’t two young men without much in the way of life experiences to be worried about. Here we get two mature men who’s troubles are a completely different flavour.

Once they get involved, Jed still has wobbles, but they’re about the effect coming out will have on his family as a whole, not just repressed fears, they’re valid and they’re dealt with in a way which is genuine and honest.

I just loved the way they fell in love, it’s a soft and gentle kind of acceptance that they want to spend their time together, that they find joy in each other’s company, that they can have sex which is still passionate but which then comes with loads of cuddle time afterwards!

As an almost 53-year-old, I have to say I found reading this book to just be a joy from start to finish. It’s the worries and doubts that I’d probably have (if I ever wanted to get into another relationship again – atm I don’t, having had a friendly split from my long term partner four years ago).

It has subtle humour as well as laugh out loud hilarity, it has a man who’s not taken much time for himself because of his unwarranted guilt, it has a man who’s finding he wants to take the time to get to know someone instead of a wham, bang, thank you man approach to the twinks he’s usually bedded.

And it as a family coming to terms with realising they have to change up the way they see their ex-husband/father/father-in-law and their expectations of his availability – in other words, this is a truly REAL examination of how life changes in the most unexpected of ways sometimes.

But what I think I loved the most about this book is that Jay shows you it’s never too late to find the perfect half to make up your whole, even if you’ve had a happy life beforehand.

Jed and Nash are just a wonderfully uplifting pair, I felt ridiculously happy and not a little bit teary as I came to the end of this book, especially with the Epilogues – there’s a bonus extra one to download, don’t miss it!

I pretty much devour anything Jay Hogan writes and this has proved to be no exception to that rule.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Release Date: Just One Night by Felice Stevens

Just One Night | Felice Stevens

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Release Date: November 2nd, 2022

Cover Design: Reese Dante

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In the rough and tumble world of New York City, these men don’t mind getting down and dirty—in business or each other.

It isn’t every day a gorgeous stranger shows up in my bedroom wearing not much more than an arrogant smile. When I discover he’s a high-priced escort and a surprise birthday present from my sister…now she’s gone too far.

Except I haven’t been able to stop kissing him long enough to tell him to leave.

No one has to know he’s spent the night. And when we’re done, he’s gone and out the door. Never to be seen again.

Well, not exactly.

Because for some crazy reason, I can’t quite forget Archer Strong.

It’s a job like all the others. Another evening of million-dollar seduction and fake desire that’s made me the most exclusive escort in New York City.

But after one kiss from billionaire real-estate mogul Madden Steele, I’m not pretending anything.

And when he wants to see me a second time, I break my rule of one and done.

Because just one night with Madden isn’t enough. I want to see him again.

And again.

Now he’s asking for something more. Something that could solve all my problems, and his. But it’s something I can’t give him.

Or can I?

With an enemy from inside Madden’s family scheming to take control of his company and destroy me, we’re in for a fight. Holding on to each other might be the biggest risk of our lives, but it’s the only way to reap the greatest reward—love.

From Lambda Literary Award-winning author Felice Stevens comes a passionate story of two men fighting the demons of their past and unexpected desire for each other. Expect steamy encounters, backstabbing relatives, lots of cuddling and junk food in bed.

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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, because just like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

Felice is the 2020 Lambda Literary Award winning author in best Gay Romance and two time e-Lit award winner in romance. When not writing or watching reality television, you can find her in her reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FelicesBreakfastClub

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