Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

This week for Throwback Thursday, I’m talking up two contemporaries.  I find it especially compelling when an author can weave a page turning story about two average people, without murder, heavy angst, or general mayhem helping drive the plot.  A genuine character driven story.  Not that here is anything wrong with murder, mayhem and drama!  Sometimes it’s nice to read about two guys simply – or not so simply – figuring out how their lives can fit together.  The stories featured today, Emergency Contact and All Bets Are Off, fall in that category.  Well, in the latter the guys do have to figure out who’s giving them some grief, but it’s not the focal point of the story.  These are two of my “go-to” re-reads.  Get ready to fall in love with Ash & Eric, and Liam & Garrett.  The writing in both stories is sumptuous and captivating.  I hope you check them out.

Happy reading!

tbtbs-emergency-contact-elle-brownleeTitle:  Emergency Contact
Series:  Standalone
Author:  Elle Brownlee
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  March 06, 2015
Cover artist:  Brooke Albrecht
Genre: M/M Contemporary, Romance
Length: 200 pages



LYLBTB 50 star


Summary:  When Liam’s best friend has to leave town on business, he asks for a favor—be an emergency contact for his cousin who is new in town. Liam doesn’t think twice before he accepts. He’s great with numbers and confidently plays the odds, because nobody ever uses those emergency contacts, right? Wrong. The very next Sunday, cousin Garrett shows up at Liam’s apartment, fresh-faced, devastatingly gorgeous, and nothing like Liam had dismissively assumed.

Garrett arrived in New York City hoping to make it in the modeling world, and Liam isn’t sure what to do with him. While he eventually warms to welcome the distraction, he’s not prepared to have his steady, predictable world overturned. Liam is sure Garrett will soon tire of him and find someone closer in age and less eager for the quiet, settled life Liam prefers. But Garrett is too sweet-natured and naïve to recognize Liam’s dismissal, and he’s not as shallow as Liam presumes.

Although Garrett sees a future for the two of them, Liam manages to push him away. It is only then Liam sees the Garrett-shaped hole in his life.

My review at It’s About The Book    It's About The Book Badge


tbtbs-all-bets-are-off-marguerite-labbeTitle:   All Bets Are Off
Series:  Mountain Boys Book 1
Author:  Marguerite Labbe
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  December 09, 2011
Cover artist:  Anne Cain
Genre: M/M Contemporary, Romance
Length: 280 pages
Characters:  Eli Hollister, Ash Gallagher



LYLBTB 50 star


Summary:   It only takes one night with Ash Gallagher to make Eli Hollister think he’s finally met the right man at the right time. Good thing he doesn’t bet on it, because Ash turns out to be a student in Eli’s class at the local college. Eli can’t deny he’s attracted, but now it’s complicated. He’s already in enough trouble with the department head, a man who would like to see Eli denied his tenure and fired.

Ash is looking forward to taking his life in a new direction. After serving one active-duty stint in the Marine Corps and another in the Reserves, he’s ready to put his military life behind him. The last new experience he’d planned for this semester was to fall in lust with his English professor, but the more Eli resists, the more Ash is determined to have him. Then he discovers Eli’s playing for keeps, and Ash is only interested in a fling… or is he? Between these two, when it comes to life and love, all bets are off.

My review at Live Your Life For The Book  Live your Life buy The Book

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