Thursday, May 28, 2020

With a Twist by K. Evan Coles & Brigham Vaughn

Love, served with a twist.

Nursing a broken heart when his ex-boyfriend, Riley, leaves him for the love of his life, Carter, Will Martin throws himself into teaching at NYU and writing. An invite from Riley to a speakeasy called Under helps Will begin to heal, and he finds himself enjoying both the drinks and the company.

Soon after, he’s shaken by news of his father’s cancer diagnosis and Will reluctantly returns to Long Island to see the man who disowned him after he was outed.

Sparks fly when Will meets his father’s mentee, Republican Senator David Mori, who is both mixed race and openly gay. Will is looking for a no-strings-attached fling and David is leery of getting involved with his mentor’s son, so they keep their affair a secret.

As his father’s health worsens, Will elects to remain in Garden City and his relationship with David grows beyond casual sex. Now, both men must decide how to bridge the divide between them.

Reader advisory: This book contains expressions of homophobia and racism by multiple secondary characters, references to disownment, and descriptions of terminal illness and death of secondary characters.

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
Pride  Publishing
~  Also Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first book in the series – I have to admit I read book three first, and am now catching up, before book four releases soon! I really enjoyed Behind the Stick and did not regret going to back to the beginning. Getting to meet the guys and understand their complicated links and past loves was well worthwhile.

Will has come to terms with not being the one true love of his ex, Riley. He is doing his best to accept that Carter is a better match, and still remain friends with them and their mutual friends. Add in the terrible news that his estranged, senator father has terminal cancer, and he is once again feeling off kilter. He makes the right decision to go home to his parents, and there meets someone who should not be setting off all his tingly sense but is. His father's mentee, and fellow senator, David Mori. We soon get the lie of the land, and the level of complicated which the two of them face if they are to pursue a relationship of any sort.

On dual tracks between his family home and his city life, we get to see Will deal with the complexities. and use the newly opened speakeasy, Under, as a place of refuge and safety. I loved meeting the guys and getting a few more cocktail recipes from the very talented Kyle.

Straight onto book two for me!

Also Available in The Speakeasy Series

Book 3
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
Pride Publishing
~  Also Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our Behind the Stick post.

K. Evan Coles

K. Evan Coles is a mother and tech pirate by day and a writer by night. She is a dreamer who, with a little hard work and a lot of good coffee, coaxes words out of her head and onto paper.

K. lives in the northeast United States, where she complains bitterly about the winters, but truly loves the region and its diverse, tenacious and deceptively compassionate people. You’ll usually find K. nerding out over books, movies and television with friends and family. She’s especially proud to be raising her son as part of a new generation of unabashed geeks.

K.’s books explore LGBTQ+ romance in contemporary settings.

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Brigham Vaughn

Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.

Her books range from short stories to novellas. They explore gay, bisexual, lesbian, and polyamorous romance in contemporary settings.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of With a Twist (The Speakeasy #1) by K. Evan Coles & Brigham Vaughn to read and review.

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