Hi guys, we have Tara Lain stopping by today with her upcoming release Return of the Chauffeur’s Son, we have a fantastic guest post and a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~
Return of the Chauffeur’s Son
Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with bad-boy billionaire’s son, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.
But now, Luca’s home and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action—but he’s fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage he’s ready to chuck the fairy tale—unable to even imagine Dylan’s power to make his dreams come true.
Tara’s Movie Lists!
Hi! Great to see you. I’m Tara Lain and today I’m celebrating my new book that’s based on the tropes and themes of a favorite old movie. The book is Return of the Chauffeur’s Son and from the title you might have guessed that the movie is Sabrina. While my book is set in a different location (Napa Valley, CA.), has a more complex plot (there’s even culinary espionage) and is a gay romance, it does borrow the love triangle, older brother/younger brother, and billionaire tropes from the film.
I love movies, so I thought I might share some of my favorites with you. I actually have two lists of films – my Best Movies of All Time list and my Tara’s Favorite Movies list. To be on the first, a film has to be my idea of a masterpiece. To be on the second I just had to love the movie and end up seeing it a gazillion times. Here are a few from each list – –
A few of my Best Movies of All Time (not necessarily in this order) –
- Pulp Fiction – You either love Quentin or you hate him. I fall in the former camp and adore most of his movies. I consider this film fugue to be one of the greats ever made in every detail of editing, writing and performance. I’ve seen it many times and still see new things every viewing – and I can never remember the order of events.
- Kill Bill 2 – Tarantino again. While not as great as Pulp Fiction quite, I live for the Superman speech.
- Michael Clayton – Unimaginably great, subtle performances by Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and the underappreciated George Clooney and an amazing script make this one a masterpiece. I’m Shiva the god of death!
- Hell and High Water – Only a year ago, this film took me by storm. The mood is so palpable it stays with you for days.
A few of Tara’s Favorite Movies –
- Groundhog Day – This one also goes on my other list. A true masterpiece, I’ve seen this funny, wise, brilliant film so many times it is groundhog day.
- Bull Durham – I’d love to say I wrote this beyond-clever script! The language sings and in the mouths of these actors, its perfection. I’ve seen the movie so many times I can recite it.
- Dirty Dancing – An almost perfect bad boy romance. I don’t get tired of not putting Baby in a corner.
- Last of the Mohicans – All that hair! While it bears little resemblance to the book, Last of the Mos in the hands of Daniel Day Lewis transcends the clichés and manages to be one of the great romances.
- And, of course, Sabrina.
I hope you enjoy my movie tribute in Return of the Chauffeur’s Son.
James grabbed her, picked her up, and swung her in a circle before setting her down and starting a very accomplished foxtrot.
Luca watched them dance off, his gut twisting. He liked Nila so much. Why the hell did she have to love James?
A big warm hand clamped his shoulder. His breath sucked in. Slowly, Dylan turned him, and when they were face-to-face, Dylan wrapped Luca in his arms and began to dance.
If Sasquatch had just asked him to waltz, he wouldn’t have been more amazed. “Uh, will your guests be okay with same-sex dancing?”
Dylan whispered close to his ear, rumbly and low, “Ask me if I care.”
Luca smiled. “Dylan, do you care?”
“Not one tiny fuck.”
Every hair on Luca’s body stood on end. The hairs made a matched set with his cock, which leaped to attention and saluted. Whoa. Keep your distance or he’ll know. The old song said something about needing someone all the way, and his penis nodded in agreement. I could run! Get in my new car and drive. Uh, that would be the new car Dylan practically bought for me. He swallowed. “Thank you for helping with my car. I could never have bought it without your, uh, family discount.” He laughed tightly.
“You and Francis have always been a part of the family.” The deep vibration of Dylan’s voice tickled through Luca’s chest and dove lower. “I remember when you and James used to play like brothers.”
Not a subtle reminder of fraternity. “Yeah, how many times did we turn the great room into a gigantic fort?”
“I seem to recall being turned into the enemy and attacked once or twice.”
“We did love to follow you around.”
His voice got closer and breath warmed Luca’s ear. “I should have realized you were a little too interested in the fact that all my dates were guys.”
Two could play this game. He slipped his lips closer to Dylan’s ear. “You were my role model. I used to peek out the window and watch you kiss boys under the big tree by the pool.”
Dylan laughed deep and throaty. “I finally figured out you were watching.”
“Once I saw a guy go down on you. Your head was back against the tree trunk, and I could hear you moaning.” He whispered softly, “It was the first time I ever came that wasn’t a nocturnal emission.”
The sound from Dylan’s throat sounded half snort and half moan. “I didn’t know about that time, or I might have come inside and paddled your butt.”
“I might have liked it.” He laughed. “Right after that I realized I never felt that way when I saw girls.”
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!