Friday, August 23, 2019

Broken News by Sara Dobie Bauer Release Blitz

He was supposed to hurt him. Ruin him. Instead, he fell in love.

In the big, bad city, Eric West holds the reins. A mafia king, he is feared, ruthless, and obsessed with a man half his age.

Will, his favorite whore, is young, beautiful, and the only person to ever bring him to his knees.

Will is a man to kill for.
A man to change for.
But what if Will isn’t what he seems?

***Broken News is a standalone M/M romance featuring age gap, detailed adult content, violence, hurt/comfort, and mentions of rape/dubious consent.***

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Miss Catherine paused. “He’s been waiting,” she whispered and walked away. The only evidence of her presence was the sound of velvet dragging on carpet as she disappeared barefoot, back to her other guests.

The rest was up to Eric. Of course he’d flown first class from London but hoped he didn’t smell too much like airplane upholstery and cheap wine. He straightened his tie and adjusted his suit. He ran the palms of his hands over his slick, blond hair and took one long, deep breath before opening the door.

The room was as he imagined, cast in shadows of firelight, and a man stood facing the front window. He had the edge of a heavy curtain raised as he stared into the city’s night. At the sound of the door closing, the man turned—if he could be considered a man. He more resembled a wide-eyed teen, but beautiful, so very beautiful.

Eric sighed, smiled, and shook his head. “My God,” he said.

Dark eyes appraised him. “I could say the same.”

They both took steps forward, which brought Eric’s new whore further into the orange light. Pressed to guess an age—and knowing Le Chateau only hired whores at least twenty-one or older—Eric guessed twenty-two at most. He wore the body and face of a youth but bearing of a confident man. His hair was black—short on the sides, long on top—and shined with the midnight luster of a thoroughbred’s flank. His eyes were shining, dark pools in the firelight but probably brown in the sun. He had high cheekbones, an angular jaw, and skin the color of untouched morning snow. Despite the poised demeanor, he was small in stature and frame, dressed in a black suit Eric imagined had been sewn for him, stitch by invisible stitch. Despite all the young man’s beautiful accoutrements, it was his mouth that deserved worship, possibly idols built: a mouth so full, lush, and decadent, Eric was already half hard.

He stepped into the stranger’s space, towering almost a foot above the young whore, and opened the man’s suit coat. Eric ran his palms over slim sides and thumbed at the tops of jutting hipbones. Then, Eric bent forward with his mouth half open and sucked one wet, gentle kiss against the side of his neck. He smelled like spicy cologne and scotch.

“What’s your name?” He ran the tip of his nose over the stranger’s earlobe.

“Will,” he said.

“My name is Eric.”

“I know.”

Eric pulled back enough to see a small smile on Will’s face. His teeth were white and perfectly, perfectly straight.

“You must have cost a lot of money,” Eric said.

Will stepped forward and rubbed his nose across Eric’s carved chin. He practically breathed his response into Eric’s mouth: “And worth every penny.”

With that mouth so close, Eric was done talking. He slid one of his hands behind Will’s head and took hold to the back of his neck. His thumb was lost in soft black hair as he pulled Will even closer until their lips met. Eric moved slowly and savored the pliant softness. Will opened his mouth and allowed Eric’s tongue inside. Not only did he smell like scotch but tasted like it, too—something expensive with a lingering edge of vanilla. Eric’s other hand went to Will’s lower back and pressed their bodies together, which earned him a deep, delightful moan from his new toy.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I don't usually read this genre of book, but the blurb grabbed my attention, so I gave it a go and I am glad I did. This book had me biting my nails and on the edge of my seat the whole time. I found myself wanting to get back to the book and not do other things, like working. The sex was insanely hot, there was action galore, and lots of twists and turns. This book is not for the faint of heart, you need to read the trigger warnings but if those don't bother you, then I suggest you give this book a try. Will and Eric will take you on a ride to remember.

This is my first read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Broken News isn't your typical love story. It's twisted and somewhat dark, but oh so good. There is a ton of suspense and lust to keep you turning pages. Lies and obsession that lead to an unchartered love.

Very worth the read! A warning though, once you start you won't be able to put it down.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/M Dark Romance
Triggers: Click HERE to see Avid Reader’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

Eric West is someone who people know. And while it's not necessarily good that he is known, it does help keep him alive. When he returns from another trip, he visits his usual spot, but his good friend has already secured his entertainment.

Walking into the room, Eric meets Will. Both are instantly attracted to each other and because Will is a prostitute, there is little talking. However, over the course of a few days, both Will and Eric find themselves seeing each other exclusively at the club. In the past, this was unheard of for Eric, but he can't help but find Will distracting.

When outside forces come to jeopardize Will's safety, Eric will stop at nothing to defend him. Eric has to come to understand why his ideas of what he might deserve in life have changed and with those changes, accept the consequences of choices already made. And if Will really is worth all of the trouble, can Eric and Will figure out a way through their differences?

This story had a lot of potential for me. I really enjoyed watching everything unfold. However, it also felt slightly disjointed when it came to Eric's feelings and motivations. Will and Eric's chemistry wasn't fantastic. It felt almost more like a friendship that was forced into a relationship – and that might just be given their professions, I'm not truly sure. Overall, it was a quick story that had a lot of action. But the romance just wasn't really a great one for me.

Sara Dobie Bauer is a bestselling author, model, mental health speaker, and LGBTQ advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, she lives in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is author of the Bite Somebody series and Escape Trilogy, among other sexy things.

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