Monday, August 25, 2014

Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd Blog Tour


Tommy Boudreaux is extremely attracted to Guy Rogers even though he’s a passionate vegetarian and animal rights activist and Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue joint in town.

Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Boudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or an animal activist. He never said he was, either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and, if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.

When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that’s a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.

But then Guy’s life gets crazy—his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.

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Gunshots rang out as they turned onto Guy’s street.

Tommy looked at him and mouthed, “Shit! You don’t think…?”

“I hope not. I don’t know.” Guy pressed the gas pedal to the floor and the car shot forward, fish-tailing.

Tommy fisted the door, hanging on tight. “I hope we’re wrong.”

Guy’s intuition told him he wasn’t. His knuckles turned white they held the steering wheel so tightly. Unafraid for himself but scared for his dad, he pulled into his driveway and jumped out of the car, with Tommy close on his heels.

The woman next door ran outside screaming, tearing out her already tattered hair. She pointed at her front door. “Your father’s shooting up my house and is holding a gun at my dad’s head. He’s going to kill him. You’ve got to do something.”

Tommy yelled as he began dialing on his phone, “I’m calling the police.” As if on cue, police sirens blared in the distance and grew louder by the second.

“I’m going in. I have to stop him.”

“Wait for the police. Don’t put yourself in danger,” Tommy ordered forcefully.

“I have to take the chance. He could kill someone before the police get here. I can’t let that happen.” He put himself in harm’s way for animals, so certainly he could risk his life for his own father and other fellow human beings. He had no choice. It would be his fault if someone got hurt.

So he ran through the open door flailing his arms, hoping he would be in time. “Dad! It’s Guy. Don’t do anything. I’m here. You’ll be okay.”

He’ll be okay? What about me? He’s got a shotgun pointed at my head threatening to blow it off,” the elderly neighbor cried.


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team
  
Angie☆☆☆
Guy is a passionate animal activist and vegetarian and he needs his own house. Tommy is a real estate agent whose family owns a BBQ restaurant and he loves meat. The characters didn’t really click for me but I really wanted them too and the sex was boring. The buildup of Guy finding out about Tommy eating meat and his family business was too drawn out and then BAM the book was finished.

Characters: The characters were likeable but I couldn’t feel the chemistry.
Sex: Yes but not descriptive and at times boring
Religious: Religion is brought up a lot
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: No
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I liked the premise of this book - which for me was whether attraction was strong enough to overcome a whole raft of issues thrown in the way of a potential relationship. And those issues came thick and fast. None of them were major in themselves, but cumulatively it was inevitable that they would be problematic. The storyline did a good job of making these characters real, and reminding the reader of the costs and rewards of certain relationships. There were moments of humour, of sadness, of fear, but also of great passion and peace. It was a worthwhile read.


Shannan☆☆☆
Guy Rogers is a huge animal activist, refuses to eat anything that once had a face. He falls for Tom Boudreaux a real estate agent helping him find a house, whose family owns a BBQ place.

Tom never claims to be a vegetarian or an animal activist, he just doesn't eat meat around Guy. When Guy finds out what his family owns and that he eats meat he's livid. Can the relationship overcome their differences?

I really wanted to get lost in this story, but there was something missing for me. The characters didn't connect for me. When I finally started getting somewhat into the story it was over. There was a lot of buildup but it didn't seem to deliver for me.


Veronica☆☆☆
Business or Pleasure starts off from the point of view of Guy, an animal activist and vegetarian, protesting outside a business harassing the carnivores. I took an instant dislike to Guy. But as we get to know Guy we see he has a lot on his plate dealing with his elderly father's declining health, a business he runs and his activist group.

Guy hires real estate agent Tom to help him buy his own place and a relationship quickly develops. I liked Tom, he is laid back but he knows what he wants but his family, particularly his father, have different ideas.

I enjoyed the different threads of this story but it was Guy's reaction to meat was the most interesting because it challenged me to try to see things from Guy's point of view, one which is foreign to me.

I enjoyed Business or Pleasure, it is a good story about two men with different views showing that opposites do attract.




 Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She's been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

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