Rocking The Boat by C. Koehler Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

Rocking the Boat

Series: CalPac Crew, Book One

Author: C. Koehler

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: September 28, 2020

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 68500

Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQIA, Contemporary, romance, gay, new adult, sports, rowing team, multiple partners, in the closet, outed, coach/athlete, university

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Synopsis

Nick Bedford coaches the men’s rowing team at California Pacific College, a small liberal arts school in Sacramento. He’s quiet, dedicated—and closeted. He struggles with professional ethics and NCAA rules as he denies his attraction for Morgan Estrada, one of his rowers. While they may not be far apart in age, the difference between coach and athlete leads Nick to worry about exploitation.

But Morgan has desires and a mind of his own, and what he wants is his coach. As the spring racing season advances, Morgan feels his coach’s eyes on him. Morgan may be gay, and while he’s not out to team, he hasn’t hidden it, either. It may be a coach’s job to check out an athlete’s form, but Morgan hopes Nick’s interested in more than his technique.

Morgan corners Nick in the boathouse, and Nick admits that while he wants Morgan he can’t have him. Morgan laughingly points out that he’s not bound by any of those rules and he wants Nick. Nick and Morgan start a relationship, but Nick worries whenever they’re in public: what if someone sees? An anonymous complaint from a rower to the athletics director sends Nick’s worries into overdrive just as the crew prepares for the make-or-break race of the year.

Excerpt

Rocking the Boat, C. Koehler © 2020, All Rights Reserved

Warning: This excerpt may contain sexually explicit material, please proceed at your discretion.

Coach Nick Bedford watched the eight men—his athletes, sweaty and pushed to the edge, their sides heaving like thoroughbreds—do their best to beat each other on the boathouse ergometers. The ergs, specialized rowing machines that duplicated the rowing stroke almost exactly, were his rowers’ best friends and worst enemies, building their conditioning and strength but also devouring everything they had to give and demanding more. He often shared their workouts, but not today. Today he walked around each athlete’s erg, looking for flaws in his technique. The crew’s coxswain helped him, but he was still the coach. It was his job to get them in shape.

They were a small crew, and California Pacific College was a small school. A former college rower himself, Nick was a graduate student working on his master’s degree in exercise physiology at a not-too-distant state university, and around the boathouse, he did it all. He was the resident expert on bodies in motion, guiding each athlete through workouts on land and water, each designed to make the boat go faster. He was the dietician, trying to keep a group whose natural prey was pizza and beer on the nutritional straight and narrow to build muscle and fuel recovery. He was their sport psychologist, helping them through losses and guiding the young men through the shoals of school, rowing, and life. He spent his free time immersed in exercise science literature, reading, reading, reading—anything to give his men that extra edge.

He even rigged the boats, adjusting the hardware and making minor repairs.

Eight varsity athletes, eight seats in the varsity boat. Nick was lucky they were so competitive, even with each other. Posting their erg scores meant someone would be pulling harder next time. He also had a standing offer to the junior varsity rowers: any JV athlete who beat a varsity rower on the ergs could challenge him for a seat in the boat. He’d only had to make good once. Each of his eight rowers put the “I” in team, each determined to beat the others. For a small program, it was ideal. For eye candy, it was unbeatable.

“What’d you think, Coach?” his coxswain asked, coming to stand next to him.

Nick was lucky. Stuart Cochrane had coxed in high school, and the junior premed major was as skilled as they came. “There’s room to improve,” Nick said, never taking his eyes off his athletes. “Look at Sundstrom. He’s hunching his shoulders. On the ergs, it’ll hurt, but on the water, it’ll strain his muscles and make it hard for him to stay in synch.”

“He’s never going to catch Morgan without fixing his technique, either. I’m on it,” Stuart said. He walked over and knelt next to the large rower, watching intently for a few strokes before correcting him. Stuart returned, his coxswain’s strut even more pronounced.

Nick had to smile. The best coxswains were small and light, so they didn’t slow the boat with weight that wasn’t pulling an oar, and they had Napoleon complexes. Stuart fitted the bill: short and cocky and determined to win. “That worked.”

“Of course, it did.” Stuart smirked. “Keep your eye on Estrada. Have you noticed how he speeds up just a bit during the last two k? That’s part of how he keeps beating Brad.”

“I like a nice, friendly rivalry.” Nick grinned. “It keeps the erg times fast.”

“I’m not sure how friendly it is. Brad was the fastest until Morgan joined the team and hasn’t taken kindly to being beaten,” Stuart added quietly, his voice just loud enough to reach Nick’s ears over the sounds of the ergs. “And some of the other guys are beating him too.”

“Then Brad needs to up his game.” Nick didn’t want to know about rivalries like that. He’d seen crews torn apart by such distractions. So long as his rowers left their differences on the dock when they rowed, he didn’t care. As he’d told Stuart, a rivalry on the ergs would move the boat faster.

Nick returned his focus to the ergs. He’d kept an eye on Morgan Estrada, all right. It was hard not to. Collegiate rowers were in fantastic shape, but something about Morgan drew his eye. He was tall, taller than Nick (who, at six feet, wasn’t short), but then, rowing selected for tall men and turned them into muscular ones. Sweat dripped from one wavy brown lock, running down his cheek, but Morgan ignored it.

Nick noticed it, however. It defined Morgan’s cheek, flushed red with effort, but normally very fair. There was more conquistador than conquered in Morgan Estrada’s background. All Nick’s men were good looking in one way or another, but something about Morgan pulled him in, something that threatened to swallow him whole.

Eye candy was a perk of his job, but Nick tried not to stare too much. They were his boys; he was their coach. There was a trust there, and he took that trust very seriously.

Still, watching Morgan strain, sweaty and grunting and red, made Nick think of crossing that line.

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Meet the Author

Christopher Koehler always wanted to write, but it wasn’t until his grad school years that he realized writing was how he wanted to spend his life. Long something of a hothouse flower, he’s been lucky to be surrounded by people who encouraged that, especially his long-suffering husband of twenty-nine years and counting.

He loves many genres of fiction and nonfiction, but he’s especially fond of romances, because it’s in them that human emotions and relations, at least most of the ones fit to be discussed publicly, are laid bare.

While writing is his passion and his life, when he’s not doing that, he’s a househusband, at-home dad, and oarsman with a slightly disturbing interest in manners and the other ways people behave badly.

Christopher is approaching the tenth anniversary of publication and has been fortunate to be recognized for his writing, including by the American Library Association, which named Poz a 2016 Recommended Title, and an Honorable Mention for “Transformation,” in Innovation, Volume 6 of Queer Sci Fi’s Flash Fiction Anthology.

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All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Christopher Koehler Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Christopher Koehler stopping by today with the tour for his latest release All That’s Solid Melts Into Air, we have an exclusive excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Prime’s review so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~

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All That’s Solid Melts Into Air

(The Lives of Remy and Michael 02)
by

Christopher Koehler

The Lives of Remy and Michael: Book Two

A CalPac Crew Story

I thought life after high school would be easier. I’d go to California Pacific for a year while I got a handle on my HIV, then after Michael graduated from high school, we’d blast out of here for colleges—and life—on the East Coast. Then I visited Boston and everything changed. I realized I like CalPac. Turns out, Boston didn’t have anything for me beyond one of the biggest regattas in North America.

Life grew more complicated when I got home. I couldn’t find a way to tell Michael that I’d just blown our plan for our lives out of the water. Then my CalPac coaches dropped a bomb on me. Those rowing officials who’d been watching me? They were recruiters for the national team, and my coaches wanted me to try out. They’d even let Lodestone coach me. Now I have to choose, school or crew, CalPac or Michael, and I still haven’t told Michael I can’t transfer. Is there even a place for Michael in my life? Somehow we have to withstand training at the highest levels and having different goals. Will love hold us together… or tear us apart?

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All that is Solid Melts into Air by Christopher Koehler

AllThatIsSolidMeltsIntoAirLGTitle: All that is Solid Melts into Air
Series: The Lives of Remy and Michael, #2
Author: Christopher Koehler
Genre: Contemporary/Sport
Length: Novel (316 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (22 Jan 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: I thought life after high school would be easier. I’d go to California Pacific for a year while I got a handle on my HIV, then after Michael graduated from high school, we’d blast out of here for colleges—and life—on the East Coast. Then I visited Boston and everything changed. I realized I like CalPac. Turns out, Boston didn’t have anything for me beyond one of the biggest regattas in North America.

Life grew more complicated when I got home. I couldn’t find a way to tell Michael that I’d just blown our plan for our lives out of the water. Then my CalPac coaches dropped a bomb on me. Those rowing officials who’d been watching me? They were recruiters for the national team, and my coaches wanted me to try out. They’d even let Lodestone coach me. Now I have to choose, school or crew, CalPac or Michael, and I still haven’t told Michael I can’t transfer.

Is there even a place for Michael in my life? Somehow we have to withstand training at the highest levels and having different goals.

Will love hold us together… or tear us apart?

ISBN: 9781634766777

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7344

Reviewer: Prime

Review: All that is Solid and Melts into Air is the second book to Christopher Koehler’s The Lives of Remy and Michael Series.

I absolutely loved the first instalment and stepping back and looking at the big picture, this really is the perfect sequel, although as I will outline, it is not without a few flaws. This is an intensely realistic view of a young guy who is just starting college, has a boyfriend still in high school and is looking forward to the future with stars in his eyes, despite having his own fair share of personal troubles and upheavals.

If you haven’t read book 1, Poz, go back and read it. It is essential to understanding the overall plotline of the series.

I’m going to recap the characters using what I wrote in my review of the first book. Quite honestly, since this is a story that is directly continued from the first, the same information is still very relevant to the lives of the main characters.

Remy, real name Jeremy (aka Germy to his brother), has a twin brother, Geoff (aka Goff) along with his mother and father, who is also a psychotherapist. The psychotherapist part is important in terms of Remy’s father because he is so oblivious when it comes to one of his sons (Remy) but more attentive when it comes to the other (Geoff)

. It just shows that Remy comes from a normal, ever so slightly dysfunctional family where parents aren’t some sort of oracle that knows everything. Remy isn’t a jock but he is a champion rower and that being said he is being scouted for college and championship teams. He is gay but no longer in the closet. Book 1 saw Remy deal with contracting HIV, and in this story we continue on to see how he is getting along in terms of therapy, relationships and continuing his rowing career.

Remy’s boyfriend is Michael. He’s still in high school but the two guys have plans together. They are very sweet together – but I don’t want to go into their relationship too much more and spoil the book. Other important and interesting characters include Remy’s team mates, including Robbie and Kevin.

Then there are the coaches, Lodestone and Pendergast. We have something of a villain in Remy’s roommate Brady, who I would have liked a bit more from.

Remy is still the narrator the story. Once again, though, I would have liked to know more POVs from other characters but honestly the style of story teller suits this story really well and makes it feel more humanised rather than just reading about a young gay sportsman.

However, in saying that, this book is a lot of telling by Remy. There is not really a heck of a lot of dialogue and that meant that there were times that the story did drag a lot. I found it particularly slow going for the first third of the book. This is the only reason why I’ve given the book 4/5.

If you read the blurb and it has drawn you in – that’s great because this book does not come with any plot lines that come out of nowhere. This is a very real story of a teen navigating his world through life. It is realistic and sometimes a difficult read but enjoyable from start to finish.

One thing that I like to end on is the title – All that is Solid Melts into Air. I love it; it is rather philosophical and absolutely perfect for the feel of the entire book. It also reminds me of a line from the Japanese anime Fruits Basket: “When the snow melts, what does it become?” The answer is “spring, of course”.

But when all is said and done, I do wonder if Christopher Koehler has anything else in mind for world of the CalPac rowers.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

POZ by Christopher Koehler‏ Blog Tour, Guest Post, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Christopher Koehler stopping by with his lastest release POZ, Christopher talks to us about what inspired POZ and I’ve nicked an excerpt from Dreamspinner Press for you to check out 🙂 , there’s a great giveaway and we have Prime’s review for you to enjoy. So enjoy the post then click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~

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 POZ

(The Lives of Remy and Michael 01)
by

Christopher Koehler

Remy Babcock and Mikey Castelreigh are stalwart members of the Capital City Rowing Club’s junior crew, pulling their hardest to earn scholarships to rowing powerhouses like California Pacific. Just a couple of all-American boys, they face the usual pressures of life in an academic hothouse and playing a varsity sport. Add to that the stifling confines of the closet, and sometimes life isn’t always easy, even in the golden bubble of their accepting community. Because Remy and Mikey have a secret: they’re both gay. While Mikey has never hidden it, Remy is a parka and a pair of mittens away from Narnia.

Mikey has always been open about wanting more than friendship, but Remy is as uncomfortable in his own skin as he is a demon on the water. After their signals cross, and a man mistakes Remy for a college student, Remy takes the plunge and hooks up with him. After a furious Mikey cuts Remy off, Remy falls to the pressure of teenage life, wanting to be more and needing it now. In his innocence and naiveté, Remy makes mistakes that have life-long consequences. When Remy falls in the midst of the most important regatta of his life, he can only hope Mikey will be there to catch him when he needs it most.

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Settling the Score by Christopher Koehler

SettlingtheScoreLGTitle: Settling the Score

Series: CalPac Crew, #4

Author: Christopher Koehler

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ISBN: 978-1-61581-652-1

Length: Novel (320 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 16th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 3.5~4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Stuart Cochrane and Philip Sundstrom make an unlikely pair. Philip’s brother, Brad, can’t imagine his brother with another man, let alone with the coxswain he razzed throughout his college rowing career. But somehow, they settle into a relationship that works as Philip helps Stuart navigate the pressures of deciding between medical school and competing for a spot on the national rowing team. In turn, Stuart helps Philip with his problems at work, where he’s faced with a rebellious board of directors.

Yet soon enough, the pressures take their toll. Stuart comes to resent the easy way Philip spends money, while Philip worries about Stuart’s time commitments. He’ll do anything to come to the rescue, including spending his money to grease the rails for Stuart, but Stuart resents the rich so much it drives a wedge between them.

Then Stuart finds himself facing the greatest crisis of his life. There’s only one person he can turn to—but Philip has his own demons to battle in the form of his board trying to frame him for their own unethical actions. Will Philip be able to aid Stuart while he extricates himself from his board’s trap, or will his divided attention cost them both everything that matters?

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4472

Review: I must say I’m quite delighted to have started this New Year with such a nicely written book. I enjoyed every line of this story, but most of all I fell in love with the writing itself. The underlying wittiness and peculiar humor made it a heck of a ride, and gave me such a great time.
This story is a part of a series that I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read before. However, it’s easily read as a standalone. The only problem I faced was, or rather is the fact that I want to go grab all the books of the series now and inhale them.

So in this book you’ll read Stuart Cochrane and Philip Sundstrom’s love story. Stuart is getting ready to start med school while at the same time he’s been given the opportunity to compete for a spot on the National Rowing team. The stress of decision-making is wearing him down, and there comes Philip, like an unwavering rock to ask him the one question no one has before. What does Stuart want? As for Philip, this confident, cool man, dangerous like a shark, he finds a quiet strength and wisdom in Stuart that helps him ground his deeply hidden emotions. Mostly, Stuart brings out the best of him right about the time when he feels lost and alone in the world.

What starts as casual friendship with benefits turns quickly into more and while emotions and feeling grow stronger, so does differences and mostly Stuart’s hang ups with money. Before either of them knows it, things start collapsing and the couple faces a permanent break.

Okay, so I really, really wanted to slap the hell out of Stuart. This character was frustrating to the point I’d love a chance to shake him up a bit. His past did quite a number in him and the fact he couldn’t let go the money issue until the very end made me wishes I had this book in paperback and slam it on someone’s head. As charming and lovable as he was, he was a total jerk and God I got pissed with him, as in really pissed. So while I recognize the fact that this fictional character took life for me at some point, the frustration I felt for most of the read just put me down a bit. But Philip’s character made up for it in spades. I simply adored him. I loved his cold and calculating nature. I loved his icy patience. I worshiped his incredibly awesome revenge on his father. The entire CEO persona was just one huge turn on that quite literally made me drool over him, but when he went off of his office, and into Stuart’s arms, turning into a completely different man, I just lost it. For me this character was the shining spot and the reason to read this book all over again. I can’t say how memorable he is, and what an impact he makes, even as I felt that he should have made Stuart grovel a bit after the stunt he pulled for Christmas.

Overall, the love story was great and quite approachable. Even as Philip was a bit surreal for me at times, I enjoyed this relationship immensely. The erotic part was fantastic and so down to earth I just wanted more and more. Sensual and hot, this pair literally makes you scream for more. The chemistry is strong and the writing makes it able for you to feel their intensity, not only through the erotic scenes, but also through their overall relationship. I also have to admit to tearing up there for a couple of scenes. I don’t think anyone can suffer through the Pittsburgh scene all cool and composed, and the cover scene is an emotional rollercoaster as well.

As for the rest of the book, when you take away the romance and erotic parts, you’re left with a great story, highly intriguing and enticing. Now, the bitch in me would have been better satisfied with a bit more salt at the wounds of the baddies, but alas, no one can have it all, right?

Bottom end, I loved this book, it was great, awesome even, and I strongly recommend it to fans of Contemporary Romance. As for me, I need to go and catch up with the previous CalPac Crew books as well. Enjoy!

 

Burning It Down by Christopher Koehler

BurningItDownLGTitle: Burning It Down

Series: CalPac Crew, #3  

Author: Christopher Koehler 

 

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (284 pages)  

 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 7th, 2012)

 

Heat Level: Explicit 

 

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5- OMG Hearts

 

Blurb: When newly promoted Fire Battalion Chief Owen Douglas skips out on physical therapy after an on-the-job injury, his one-time hookup, Brad Sundstrom, bullies him into joining the adaptive rowing program at the Capital City Rowing Club. There, Owen meets Adam Lennox, a veterinarian and former rower who also works as a volunteer. Adam is new in town and eager to make friends, but the chemistry between him and Owen is blistering.

 

Despite Owen’s commitment issues, he wants more this time. He makes a move, and the friendship he shares with Adam turns into more. But Adam hasn’t left his past as far behind as he thought. When his abusive ex-boyfriend, Jordan Sanders, returns, Adam and Owen find themselves in grave danger.

 

Jordan won’t let anything stop him from getting Adam back – not even a court order. Soon Adam has to choose between breaking up with Owen to save him from Jordan’s fury or risk both their lives to stay by Owen’s side.

   

Product Link: www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3431

 

Reviewer: Patrick

 

Review: This story has a lot to say. There is a battered gay man, Adam the veterinarian, who finally has the courage to leave his boyfriend Jordan and start over in a new town in a new practice. Then there is Owen, the newly promoted Battalion Chief who is receiving shit for the promotion, not only because he is rather young for the job, but also because he is openly gay. Owen is on his way to a fire being driven by his driver in the Chief’s vehicle and are broadsided by a fire engine killing the driver and injuring Owen so much so to the point he requires surgery to put him back together. Driven by guilt over the death of his driver and his own injuries, physical therapy and self-pity he is finally bullied into joining a local rowing team that is focused on physical therapy. There he meets Adam and the sparks are instantaneous.

Adam meeting Owen is not just a miracle for him, but also a wake-up call. He doesn’t know how to love, not to mention, he doesn’t even know what love is. Can he fall for Owen and safely give him his heart without being taken advantage of? Owen and Adam help rebuild each other’s lives and being there for one another. In the end, Adam is just a little too weak and unable to trust in Owen completely to be by his side and work it out together, leaving him and going back to his abusive ex-boyfriend.

 

Owen is devastated until his friends give him a mental bitch slap and make him get back on track and fight for what he loves. That he does and in the end, not only do they put an end to the terror together, but also they finally are able to meld together as one couple with a soul-mates bond.

 

This story from beginning to end is just beautiful and frustrating all in one. I wanted to rail at Owen and Adam both and tell them to stop fucking around and just get one with life. However, I remembered that this is basically, what happens in real life. You have to work through the stupid in the beginning usually just to get to the juicy meat of real life and love underneath. I would LOVE to see a sequel to this story. Fantastic job!!

First Impressions by Christopher Koehler

Title: First Impressions

Series:  N/A

Author: Christopher Koehler

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: Novel (293 pg)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb: The first time Henry Hughes and Cameron Jameson meet, it’s an unmitigated disaster. Cameron reminds Henry of all he left behind when he stopped making adult films, and he cruelly rejects Cameron. When Cameron discovers Henry’s porno-thespian past, he assumes he’s dodged a bullet.

But circumstances continue to throw the two together. Though the physical attraction between them grows, they cling to first impressions, even as a slow dance reveals just how good they could be.

Henry finally realizes how wrong he was, but Cameron can’t cope with “sleeping with the enemy.” It will take a confrontation for Cameron to realize just how wrong he’s been, but unfortunately, he may have lost his chance.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2878

Reviewer: Thommie

Review: First Impressions is a contemporary adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that follows the main character, Cameron Jameson, as he deals with e very peculiar “Mr. Darcy”, in this story named Henry Hughes.

Cameron comes from a wealthy family.  After he reached nineteen, he decided to leave that wealth behind him to “make it on his own”. That didn’t go well for him. However, as 10 years later he works in retail, while he has no achievement to account for. In addition to that, he has no boyfriend and he desperately need a man in his life to share it with. Henry is an ex-porn star who is sick of being treated like nothing more than that. After retiring from adult movie business he has excluded himself from society and leads a lonely life, dreaming for his perfect man. After a disastrous attempt of match-making from their friends, Cameron and Henry dislike each other and that first impression remains even though they discover after many coincidental meetings, that they could be a perfect pair.

While I found Cameron and Henry somewhat indifferent I adored the secondary characters. Cameron’s friends, Thad and Van, were delicious and his mother the most adorable character ever. And like in the original Pride and Prejudice we even meet a reborn “Lady Catherine De Bourgh” under the illustrious title of “Lady Fellatia Manblower” that is bound on not letting the pair be together,  although for very different reasons from the original 😉

Even though the story itself is impressively well written, with captivating vocabulary and lots of humorous dialogues, the romantic and sensual part failed to sweep me of my feet.  I did enjoy the plot immensely and I would recommend this book to every contemporary romance/humor fan.

Tipping the Balance by Christopher Koehler

Title: Tipping the Balance

Series: CalPac Crew 02

Author: Christopher Koehler

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (320pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (12th September 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Between his job as a Realtor and his home renovation business, Drew St. Charles is in over his head. What he really needs is a licensed contractor to oversee his projects, and Drew knows just the man for the job: Brad Sundstrom. The Sundstrom family has been in construction for years, so Brad knows his way around a toolbox, and he desperately wants out from under his sneering father’s thumb.

The close contact and the excitement of a career-making renovation fan the sparks between Brad and Drew into an inferno. Before long, the phrase “working hard together” takes on a new meaning. It looks as if Drew’s dreams are coming true, although Brad is far from out and proud. But then Drew is savagely attacked in a hate crime, and Brad panics.

Suddenly everything is in jeopardy. When arson strikes Drew’s dream project, Brad faces a crucial test: he’ll need to overcome his fears, save their work, and take his place at Drew’s side or retreat to the stifling familiarity of the closet.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2500

Review: Drew is out and proud and has a crush on straight Brad.  Drew decides he’d like to be friends even if nothing ever happens between them when Brad shocks him. Brad panics when he starts having feelings for Drew and he really hasn’t got a clue about what Drew will do.

This is a great book and at first I thought it would be a ‘gay for you’ but Brad eventually proves that’s not true. This story-line was great and Brad’s struggles that he has mentally over his sexuality and his relationship were very realistic and I had much sympathy for him and I thought towards the end that Drew should grow up and stop being such a baby, I mean really he was 29yr old man not a 15yr old girl (although a 15yr old girl wouldn’t act that childish either).

There is emotional conflict and mental conflict and trying to push someone out of the closet before they are ready, there’s a beating and a fire and also friends and family. I think Brad and Drew’s relationship was good but that Drew expected too much from Brad too fast; as Brad just wasn’t at that comfort level yet. This is an incredibly written story that has a lot of attention to detail but doesn’t feel too heavy because of that detail (do you know what I mean?).

I think that this is one of those books that you could have a great discussion about the two main characters and you will always have people taking sides as to which one was right and which one was wrong, I thought Drew was wrong and then acted like a child but someone else will think that Brad was wrong and he should have manned up sooner, everyone will have a different opinion, Fantastic writing, Mr. Koehler, just fantastic.

So really, all I can recommend is for you to go out, get this book and enjoy because you really shouldn’t miss it.