Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Speechless by Nicole Edwards Blog Tour

He’s suffering in silence...

Teague Carter, one of the four owners of Pier 70 Marina, has spent his life feeling rejected. To the point that he has never allowed himself to get close to anyone. He prefers it that way, in fact. But he refuses to believe that his destructive behavior might be something more than rebellion.

He’s unable to speak...

Hudson Ballard, Pier 70’s mechanic, has been fighting his attraction to Teague for years. He has stood by and watched the kid get more and more out of control, but this time is the last. If Teague wants to use sex to escape his problems, Hudson is certainly willing to be the one to show him that he’s good with more than just his hands.

Sometimes words aren’t necessary.

There are fireworks when this out-of-control bad boy agrees to no strings with this tatted up, dominating mechanic.

Can Teague and Hudson keep their emotions from getting involved in their arrangement? Or – thanks to the demons from their pasts – will the darkness steal from them before they have a chance?

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Teague was exhausted.

He had hardly slept last night, and it only had a little to do with the fact that Hudson had summoned him over so he could watch him masturbate (which, by the way, was hot as fuck). No, after that, when Teague had gone back to his apartment and attempted to sleep, he continued to think about Hudson. The man had captured his every thought and all of his dreams. He had tossed and turned, waking up with his dick in his hand because he was so turned on it fucking hurt.

So, suffice it to say, he needed a nap, but he had agreed to help out with some of the appointments today. And that’s how he found himself sitting behind the wheel on the boat while a group of girls flirted it up with a group of guys on the pontoon they’d rented for the afternoon.

He was actually used to this type of outing. He’d even had women ask for him specifically, though he doubted they knew he was gay. Not surprising, since he didn’t bother to tell them. What was the fun in that? He’d never so much as touched a woman in his life, and he had no desire to do so, either.

From the time he was old enough to figure out what his dick was intended for, Teague knew he wasn’t interested in boobs and pussy. Nope. It’d always been dick for him.

He’d experimented early on, topping a couple of times, but quickly learned that he preferred to be fucked, to be taken hard and fast, drilled into… Bottoming was certainly what he wanted. The whole top thing…required too much control, and that was one thing he lacked. Even he knew that.

And women…they didn’t have the parts that would please him.

But he could definitely flirt when necessary because it was good for business.

His phone buzzed in his pocket, and he retrieved it while making sure no one was around him. After Hudson’s text last night, he had no idea what the guy might send over, and he damn sure didn’t want anyone else to see it. Still, he remembered the commanding message for him to come over and watch. At first, he’d thought it had been some sort of test. Without hesitating, he had gone over and… Holy fuck. If he’d been concerned about whether or not it had been wise to accept Hudson’s proposal, he was no longer worried. The guy was hung like a fucking horse, and he was dominating when it came to sex. No way could Teague go wrong there.

You cool?

The message was from Hudson, and it was the first time he’d heard from him today, so it made him smile. Hudson was checking on him.

Not that he would put too much thought into that.

Yep. All good. You?

I’d be better if you were in the shop today.

Teague’s mind conjured up a million ideas about what they could do if he was in Hudson’s tiny little office, or even out in the shop.

Figuring it was his turn to tease a little, he responded with: And what would you do if I was?

What would you want me to do?

Of course Hudson would answer the question with a question. Still, he responded honestly: Whatever you wanted.

A minute passed, and Teague figured Hudson wasn’t going to respond, but as he was putting his phone back in his pocket, it vibrated. He took a deep breath as he pulled up the text and stared at the screen.

You would be okay if I sit you on my desk and suck you off right here?

Alrighty then.

Teague was fairly certain he’d just had a hot flash.

Like, seriously.

He peered over at the people on the boat, making sure they weren’t paying any attention to him. On a normal outing, he would’ve been hanging out with them, enjoying the party, but he was too tired today. Or he had been right up until he’d imagined sitting on Hudson’s desk while Hudson sucked him off.


He tapped out a response with shaky hands: I think I could handle that.

We’ll see about that. Come find me when you get back. As soon as you get back.

Thankfully, Teague had his sunglasses on, because it gave him some privacy for his thoughts. He knew he was easy to read, and the last damn thing he wanted was for these people to see the intense lust burning in his eyes.

He glanced at his phone to check the time. Still at least an hour and a half before they would be heading back to shore.

Surely he could wait that long.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

As much as I enjoyed Reckless and Fearless, I am pretty dang sure that Speechless is my favorite book in the Pier 70 series. I have enjoyed watching the tension between Teague and Hudson build over the past two books, so I knew I was going to love this book. And I was absolutely right. Hudson’s mutism is something I have never encountered in a character before – at least not one who wasn’t hearing impaired – so I was already fascinated by him, and that only increased as I learned more about the man. As for Teague, until the book gets well underway, I chalked his behavior up to his youth, and boy was I wrong.

When the book opens, we finally get to see what went down between Hudson and Teague while on Cam and Gannon’s wedding cruise, and it was frustratingly hot. It also made the first several chapters of the book amusing for me to read because the story is presented from both men’s points of view, which means that I know that each man is far more attracted to the other than either of them are willing to acknowledge. This makes for some volatile scenes until they finally stop fighting the attraction between them. Because Hudson realized that Teague would most likely go back to ignoring him once they slept together, Hudson throws down a challenge (which Teague accepts) and slowly drives the man insane with want for days and weeks and months and years (not really, that’s just how long it seemed to Teague, lol), before finally sleeping with him. Again, it was hot. Seriously, these guys are hot, hot, hot together and it only gets hotter as Hudson devises ways for them to spend time getting to know one another, because despite what they agreed upon in the beginning, Hudson quickly found himself wanting more between them. But Hudson has the fight of his life on his hands because Teague’s refusal to get romantically involved has deep-seated roots and Hudson worries that loving Teague may not be enough.

What really gave Speechless an edge over the other books in the series, for me, was the way in which Edwards deals with Teague’s mental health issues, especially his depression. Despite the advances that have been made in mental health care in the last few decades, depression is still not widely understood by many people until they experience it themselves or someone very close to them does. The difference between the melancholy feeling a lot of people associate with depression and a major depressive episode that accompanies clinical depression is the difference between a raindrop and an ocean – both will get you wet, but you can drown in the ocean if you don’t know how to swim, or have a lifeline to hold onto. It’s true that the stigma associated with mental health issues is not nearly as bad as it once was, but men are still far too unwilling to seek the help they need, and Teague was the perfect example of this. He eschewed all offers of help for years, until he found himself in a place where he could no longer deny that he needed it. Fortunately for Teague, he had a support system of people who cared for him who pretty much insisted that he get help, but also gave him a reason to want to get better. And I absolutely loved Charger and was happy to see him enter Teague’s life. Speechless was a great addition to the series and I’m looking forward to Roan’s book, especially as the introduction to who I assume will be his love interest was such a tease!

Also Available in the Pier 70 Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Reckless Blog Tour.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Fearless Blog Tour.

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely path for her to take. Since then, she has released fifteen books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances.

Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author.

Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years.

When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Speechless (Pier 70 #3) by Nicole Edwards to read and review for this tour.

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