Hi guys! We have Sharon Marie Bidwell stopping by today with her new release Flowers for the Gardener, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway where Sharon has a fabulous Necklace & Earrings up for grabs (US only). So guys, check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~
Flowers for the Gardener
Sharon Marie Bidwell
A warm-hearted rich man’s son, Richard Gardener needs to overcome three obstacles: find a way the family business can run without him, help his mother cope with grief, and stop butting heads — and other parts of his anatomy — with the gardener.
Ethan Fields has worked for the Gardener family for many years. He’s struggling with debt and the desire to leave, and has loved Richard far longer than the man would believe. Ethan can cope with most things, but his anger with Richard’s mother won’t fade. Until that and his feelings for Richard are resolved, he feels trapped and, alas, the idea that sex will get Richard out of his system isn’t working.
To make the situation worse, both men assume too much and don’t say the right words, and Ethan’s offer of ‘just sex’ grows more complicated by the day. Can Richard and Ethan stop getting their wires crossed before their paths diverge?
Genre: Romance in the middle of a zombie apocalypse
Length: Novella (78 pages)
Publisher: Loose ID (October 1st 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: Mason’s facing more than one apocalypse. The darkest hours are those spent alone when memories surface and the touch of his lost love can make the most erotic of dreams horrifying. He’d rather face danger than recollect how he loved Antonio, and what he was prepared to give up for him. He’s never going to fall in love again…
That vow wavers when he rescues Kyle, although he’s certain luck had more to do with saving Kyle than anything he did. Now Mason fears something more than the walking dead. He’s afraid giving in to lust may lead to love, if the walking dead and homophobic hatred don’t murder them first.
Review: Just because the world is overrun with flesh-eating zombies that can infect you with a bite, doesn’t mean you can’t find love in the middle of all the madness and mayhem!
Mason along with a small group of survivors have found a safe place to call home, protecting themselves from the zombie hordes that have infested the planet and infected the majority of the populace. Mason is a loner, though he’s a key member of the group and definitely pulls his own weight. But the loss of his lover when the attacks first started has left him alone and bitter.
Out on a supply run the group comes across what they at first assume is a zombie locked in a cage. But soon, two words convince them otherwise. “Water… Please.” Zombies don’t talk. They don’t ask for water. They don’t NEED water. They take the young man back to their compound for treatment. Soon enough he and Mason are exchanged heated glances and wanton stares. Mason doesn’t want to want Kyle; want leads to need and need will lead to love. Mason is perfectly happy wallowing in his misery since Antonio’s death. But the deliriously skinny Kyle won’t be ignored.
The story was a little disjointed in a couple of places and overall felt crammed. I think this would have been an eerily beautiful full length novel. That being said, I still enjoyed the concept of what seemed to be the only two gay men left finding each other at the end of the world. Kyle breaking down the walls Mason has surrounded himself with, while Mason is continually trying to convince Kyle that he is still attractive.
If you’re a fan of zombies, dystopian and m/m genres then this book is a safe bet for a fast, fun read! I’ll definitely be looking for more from this author.
Blurb: When Nickolaus Brevin, the son of the highest ranking politician in the Protectorate, escapes into the city’s streets for temporary sanctuary from his father despite the danger, little does he anticipate being kidnapped by one of the rebel forces. Taken to their leader he foresees torture or death, not falling for the enigmatic Melic — a man who orders him to give the performance of his life, for his life. Not that the sexual encounter is exactly force when it brings long-denied desires alive.
What looks to be an act of humiliation is the only way Melic can think of staking a claim to the man he’s instantly recognized — a claim that may give both men what they seek, and make them feel whole by giving in to their natural inclinations.
Review: Nickolaus is the son of a high-ranking politician in the protectorate. He escapes into the night tired of his father’s views. He is kidnapped by the rebel forces and hopes they don’t know who he is. The leader of the forces Melic, sees something in him and gives him some orders some spoken some not. What Nickolaus chooses to do, could belief or death for them both.
I really liked this story. With it being so short the scene was very intriguing. I have to say I wold have loved to know more about the protectorate, and the Rebels, but there was enough information to get a good feel of the story and make you want more. It was very hot and sexy.
If you like futuristic worlds, public humiliation, some BDSM, Voyeurism and some hot man-sex this is for you.