Many thanks to author Silvia Violet, who’s dropped by to help us celebrate our 5 Year Blogivesary. We’ve got an exclusive excerpt from her new novel, Perfect Alignment to share with you, and there’s also a great giveaway–the details for which are included below.
Happy 5th Blogiversary to The Novel Approach! Thanks for having me here today to celebrate with you. I wrote my first m/m story in 2011, and wow this genre grown over the last five years. The Novel Approach is an outstanding supporter of LGBTQ fiction, and I’m thrilled to have been a small part of the first five years. I wish you all many more blogiversaries to come.
Today I’d like to share an exclusive excerpt from my latest release, the final book in the Thorne and Dash trilogy, Perfect Alignment. If you haven’t met Thorne and Dash, I’m giving away two audio copies of their first book, Professional Distance below.
About Perfect Alignment
Thorne proposed to Riley. Riley accepted.
Thorne thought that was that. They’d take a nice trip, get married, and spend a week luxuriating in a five-star hotel with occasional excursions to fabulous restaurants.
Riley imagined a traditional wedding with all the trappings. With all their friends and family. At Christmas.
Thorne concedes reluctantly, and a flurry of wedding planning ensues. At the same time, Thorne is wrestling with a recalcitrant client, and Riley and his business partner, Susan, are consumed with renovations and planning for the opening of their bakery. Stress on top of stress makes both Riley and Thorne doubt their relationship, and a major misunderstanding nearly silences the wedding bells.
By the time they reach their happily ever after, they’re both going to deserve all the romance they’ve been dreaming of.
“It’s just dinner,” Thorne insisted, but he didn’t look at Riley as he said it. He was definitely up to something.
“Thorne, you don’t really expect me to believe that, do you?”
Thorne sighed. “It’s nothing bad, okay? It’s something you’ll like, or at least I hope it is.”
“Yeah?” Riley asked.
Thorne nodded. He looked nervous, and it was so endearing. In those moments when the arrogant businessman fell away and Thorne was left vulnerable, he was even more attractive—soft, gorgeous, needy. And Riley knew exactly what would bring back his equilibrium.
“Long day?” Riley asked. Thorne was trying to win a new account, an enormous one. He liked and respected the man who ran the company he was courting, but the underlings he’d sent to meet with Thorne were, in Thorne’s words, fucking entitled assholes. There were days when Thorne exaggerated or failed to own up to his own entitled-asshole side, but from what Thorne had told him, these men seemed determined to hate everything Thorne did.
Thorne rubbed his temples. “Yes, it fucking sucked.”
Thorne raised his brows and inclined his head toward the windows facing the street.
“Just turn around.”
Thorne did, and Riley wondered just how far he would go if Riley pushed him, not that he was going to. They could save those kinds of games for after dinner or whatever Thorne had planned for the evening. Thorne had a little of the exhibitionist in him, but a dark alley or a hidden cove on the lake were different from a storefront in downtown Atlanta.
Thorne groaned as Riley dug his thumbs into the knotted muscles at the base of his neck.
Riley kept going, doing what he could to loosen Thorne up, though it would take a lot more than a quick neck massage. He’d been pushing himself much too hard.
“How much sleep did you get last night?”
“Three hours? Two?”
Riley huffed in disgust. “You never came to bed, did you? I thought you must’ve come in after I went to sleep and then set your alarm for your usual time, but you never came to bed.”
“No, you look. You’ve got to take care of yourself.”
“You’re working hard too.”
Riley smiled. Thorne’s voice held only the hint of a whine. “I slept for six hours.”
“I’ll sleep tonight.”
“Damn right you will.”
Thorne glowered. “I thought you were trying to relax me.”
Riley dug his fingers in harder, and Thorne exhaled a “fuck.”
About Professional Distance
Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for.
Riley Dashwood is young, easy-going, and comfortable in his own skin. He’s a passionate baker and an aspiring chef, working as an escort to save up for culinary school.
They’re clearly made for each other.
When Thorne hires Dash, it’s lust at first sight. After a few scorching nights together, both men start to wonder if what’s between them is more than physical, but their age gap and resistance to romance make them afraid to change their professional relationship to a personal one. Dash pushes Thorne to admit he wants things he’s denied himself for years. Kinky things. Soft, caring things. Things that force him to open his heart, not just his body. To move forward, one or the other must take a risk and ask for what he really wants.