Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Secrets in the Air by Liz Borino Blog Tour

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Wealthy family…

Childhood tragedy…

A love defying all odds…

Secrets in the Air

Flying is in Rhett O’Neil’s blood. And nothing makes this pilot fly higher than wrapping himself in his husband Kaden’s arms. He’s thrilled when his grandfather entrusts him with O’Neil Airways, the family’s charter airplane business. With a mix of humanitarian and corporate clients, Rhett plans a bright future where his success improves the world.

Elise, Rhett’s mother, begins offering advice to “help” her son through the transition into increased responsibility. As evidence surfaces that her words are escalating into devastating actions, the truth comes out about the death of Rhett's sister Annabelle. Kaden has to race to protect his husband and himself from the consequences of the Secrets in the Air before it’s too late.

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Kaden O’Neil tensed as Rhett’s motorcycle roared into the driveway. “Lassie, your other daddy is in trouble,” he said as he scooped up the orange and white tabby. Rather, Kaden tried to remain irritated with his husband. Goddamn Rhett for making it nearly impossible to do that as he strode up the walkway with his snug jeans and brown curls gracing the collar of his leather bomber jacket.

Rhett raised an eyebrow as he took note of the bare windows. After opening the door, he tossed his duffel bag on the floor and offered a tired smile. “Going to just stand there and stare? What kind of welcome home is that?”

“You’re lucky I enjoy staring at you,” Kaden said, coming over and kissing him. “Otherwise, I would still be mad for making me hangry.”


“Yeah, hunger that causes anger.” Kaden scratched Lassie’s head.

Rhett offered her his hand to smell. “Is this little bundle of joy why we don’t have curtains up in the living room?”

“I love you.” Kaden glanced down at Lassie, who purred and rubbed herself all over Rhett’s fingers. “Oh, look, so does she.”

Leaning in for a kiss, Rhett replied, “Uh-huh. Curtains?”

“Mount Everest for cats. I got her a scratching post after she defeated them.” Kaden let her jump from his arms and embraced his husband. As Rhett returned it, Kaden buried his face in his neck, appreciating the familiar scent of worn leather. “I missed you.”

“Mm, I missed you, too, Kay.” Rhett pulled back and kissed his lips. The kiss deepened as Rhett slipped his tongue in Kaden’s mouth.

Moving one hand up to the back of Rhett’s head, Kaden entangled his fingers in his dark hair, and circled their tongues. He pulled away and unzipped Rhett’s jacket. As it dropped to the floor, Kaden’s stomach growled loudly enough for the cat to meow. “Food first?” he asked Rhett. Lassie led the way to the kitchen.

“Was she watching us?” Rhett asked, bending over to pick his jacket up off the floor.

Kaden averted his gaze before Rhett faced him again. “Probably. She follows me into the bathroom. Studies all sorts of private acts.”

Sauntering closer, Rhett whispered, “And you were also staring again.”

“What did you think would happen if you bent over in front of me?” Kaden snaked his hand around Rhett’s waist and squeezed the firm globes.

“I thought you wanted to eat,” Rhett protested.

As if on cue, Kaden’s stomach growled. “Fine!” With a chuckle and another squeeze, he let go and made his way to the kitchen. As he dished out roast beef from the crock pot and added mashed potatoes, he smiled at Rhett, who poured water from the Brita filter. They kept no alcohol in the house. Between what Kaden saw at his job every day and Rhett’s father’s addiction problems, neither even considered it. “Everything all right?” Kaden asked, setting the food at their places.

“Hmm? Yes. Dinner smells delicious,” Rhett said, bringing the fork to his mouth. As soon as he wrapped his lips around the tines of the fork, he shut his eyes. The expression painting his face reminded Kaden of the one he wore after an orgasm. “Tastes it, too.”

“I’m glad, but I meant Pop. Is he okay? Besides having no concept of quick.” Kaden smiled to signal that he wasn’t upset.

Rhett cleared his throat and returned it, albeit stiffly. “About that. We should talk.”


“No, no, nothing bad.” He sat back in the chair and grasped Kaden’s hand. “Pop is retiring and giving me the business, in addition to part of my inheritance.”

Kaden’s heart rate steadied and his smile widened. “That’s fantastic. I’m so proud of you.”

“Thanks. I didn’t do anything, though.” Rhett’s face pinkened into a flush.

After setting his fork down, Kaden stroked Rhett’s cheek. “Really? You believe your grandfather would hand his company to someone who had done nothing to deserve it?”

“I meant today.” Rhett wiped his mouth. He covered Kaden’s hand with his own. “It’s a lot of responsibility.”

“It is, and people who were once your peers are now your subordinates. Not all of them will appreciate that,” Kaden said. “Are they all keeping their jobs?”

“Most, yes.”


Rhett removed their clasped hands from his face. “There are a few older guys who I think would benefit from a retirement bonus, but I’m not going to force them out. That would be terrible.”

Kaden opened his mouth to say more, but Lassie jumped up on Rhett’s lap.

“I am not your daddy,” Rhett informed her as he stroked her fur. “Kaden begged for months to bring you home.” The more he explained, the louder she purred while rubbing against him.

“You know, babe, I don’t think you get that choice,” Kaden said, pleased that despite the protests, Rhett wore a relaxed expression as he petted Lassie.

“I do get to decide that she stays out of the bedroom viewing area.”

“Oh?” Kaden tilted his head to the side. “Is there something to view up there? Our best TV is down here.” It took all of his willpower not to hop over the table, put the cat on the floor and straddle his husband once the devilish sparkle lit up his eyes.

“I think you want the neighbors to watch.”

“Why would you say that?”

Rhett leaned forward. “Because you’re wearing a ‘fuck-me-now’ look, and you know what that does to me.”

“Must be mirroring your expression, then.”

Setting Lassie on the ground and pushing out his chair, Rhett said, “Let’s take care of that, shall we?”

“As soon as I clean up.”

“Oh, no, we are not the people who sacrifice sex for cleanliness. The dishes can wait.”

Kaden glanced between the plates streaked with gravy and the orange and white cat, who stared at him while licking her paw. “We are the people with a cat, and if we leave dirty dishes on the table, we’ll be the people with a gravy decorated carpet. Ten minutes. Five if you help.”

“Damn cat,” Rhett muttered, gathering the dishes while Kaden washed the potato pot.

Damn cat inspired faster cleaning than we’ve ever accomplished, Kaden thought as Rhett led him upstairs three minutes later with a sparkling kitchen in their wake.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆
This novel is a well-crafted mystery/family drama with two hot, happily married guys as the lead characters. It was a real pleasure to read about their adventures with them being a united force at all times. There are layers of complexity in the mystery that work well, and the outcome is pretty well hidden until the end.

I read this cover to cover in a day and was thoroughly entertained by the story and greatly enjoyed the closeness of the relationship between Kayden and Rhett. Many thanks, Ms. Borino.

Angie – ☆☆☆☆
Rhett and his husband Kaden have a great life that life gets even better when Rhett’s grandpa turns over half of the family business, O’Neil Airways, to Rhett whose passion is flying. With jobs they both love and a loving relationship, Kaden and Rhett are about to be thrown for a loop. Rhett’s mother who hasn’t been in his life for years tries to wiggle her way back in because she doesn’t think he can handle the family business. While taking on humanitarian work Rhett finds out that not everyone is who they say they are, especially his mother and her husband. This was a good book, I actually didn’t see the story going where it did but it was really good. I only wished the bedroom scenes were a little steamier because I could feel the love between Rhett and Kaden but I couldn’t feel the passion when they were in the bedroom.

Characters: The characters were well written and believable.
Sex: Yes, but not very detailed or graphic
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: No
Genre: Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Shannan – ☆☆☆☆
*** 3.5 Solid Stars ***

Secrets in the Air is an action packed story filled with suspense. An m/m story, but that is not the focal point like some of the other m/m books. I really liked reading a book that the love story took a back seat to the suspense and action. The twists and turns this book took had me invested to see who was to blame. The overall story was great. I never saw the ending coming. Kept me guessing!

I did find a few time I had to re-read a sentence to figure out who was narrating or time frames would shift mid-chapter and I would have to go back and re-read to see where I missed the change. It stopped my flow a few times, which was annoying. I noticed this more toward the end of the book than in the beginning.

This is my first book by Liz Borino, and even with the minor issues I had I will definitely add her to my authors to check out releases list.

Rachael – ☆☆☆☆☆
Rhett loves to fly. He's been doing it his whole life. When his grandfather hands over half the airplane business, things start to change in his normally stable life. He's been with his husband Kaden for over 13 years and has a very strained relationship with his mother, Elise, and the man he calls his sperm donor.

The farther into the story you get the more twisted it gets. One thing after another seems to be happening to Rhett and Kaden. Someone is out to break them up and keep Rhett from successfully running the business his grandfather worked so hard for.

Rhett and Kaden have a great relationship. It was sweet to see how much they cared and supported each other through the various situations they were put into. I loved seeing how Kaden's family was supportive of the men whenever they needed it as well as Rhett's grandfather (favorite cute scene was the flash back of Pops and teenage Rhett and a box of protection)

The book wasn't as steamy as most of the books I read, but the suspense was well written as were the characters and I just couldn't put it down!

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Liz Borino

Liz Borino transcribes the world inside her head onto the page, and shares it with the people who are stuck in the “real world” to makes their lives a little more interesting. Because in her world, heroes fall and stand up again with the help of their partners and friends. Liz’s world is littered with formidable obstacles, which her heroes overcome with a fire of courage and passion. The beauty of love between two men is celebrated. Who wouldn’t want to live there? When not with her heroes, Liz enjoys exploring cities, old abandoned buildings, working toward social justice, and editing for other authors. Liz published eleven books since 2012.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Secrets in the Air by Liz Borino to read and review for this tour. 

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