Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Better Be Sure by Andy Gallo & Anyta Sunday Release Blitz

Orphan Jackson Murphy just staked his legacy on a bet.
Holy shit, his impulsive ass is in trouble.

Bring a guy to the fraternity formal? Pfft. Easy. Won’t be him kicked of the house.

So what if his luck with guys on campus has been shitty? Ed Knowles is Jack’s winning ticket.

Tall, handsome, hardworking—and he doesn’t go to Harrison.

With every stolen look, every secret kiss, every clandestine touch Ed becomes more than just an answer to a bet.

These cloak-and-dagger meetings that set Jack on fire? They mask one tiny, enormous obstacle: Ed’s not out. Can’t attend the dance.
What does Jack do now?
Hold on to his legacy… or his heart?

Authors’ Note: We want readers to enjoy a good, new adult romance with two MCs who help each other overcome what’s holding them back from finding love.

Better Be Sure is a sweet, slow burn M/M romance with a heart-pounding HEA. This New Adult, college, opposite sides of the tracks novel can be read as a standalone and in any order.

This is a previously published title, first released in 2019. The publisher has changed.

Book 1
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Jack put his hands around Ed’s waist and pulled them closer. “I’ve got tinted windows, and back here there’s no chance we’ll hit the horn.”

“Got this all figured out, don’t—”

Jack kissed him and Ed responded, pushing their bodies closer. Jolts rocked Jack’s body, his groin so damn hard. It strained against his jeans as Ed ground his body and equally hard cock against him.

Applying gentle pressure, Jack leaned Ed back onto the bench seat. He straddled Ed, pinching his thighs together as he kissed Ed’s neck. Ed wiggled and moaned beneath him. Jack tongued his ear and Ed bucked. Jack smiled to himself and darted his tongue out once more, relishing the way their cocks surged together when Ed thrust up again.

“Sensitive much?”

“It’s one of my buttons.”

Filing that bit of information away, Jack slowly tugged Ed’s shirt out of his pants. Once he’d created an opening, he slithered his fingers under the fabric to touch the skin beneath. That evoked another round of squirming under him, and Jack sucked in a hiss of pleasure.

Jack jammed a hand between their hard-ons, cupping Ed through his soft jeans, tracing the length of him down his thigh. Impressive. Jack couldn’t wait to get a proper introduction.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Better Be Sure is the first installment in the Harrison Campus series, coauthored by Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday. Andy Gallo is a new-to-me author, whereas I have read most of Sunday's backlist.

I have to admit, I struggled with the writing style at the start. As the story progressed, either the writing became smoother, less choppy bits jarring me from the story, or I got used to it.

Jackson is an orphan, taken in by a friend of the family, whose son was also his best friend, now brother in two ways – family and brothers in a frat as well – a frat their best friend fathers attended during their glory days.

There's a nasty snake in the frat, always making bets, but Jackson is too competitive to back down from a good challenge. He makes a bet that he might not be able to win, which could cause him to lose his spot in the house, which would ruin the lifelong dream of attending their fathers' frat house together.

A meet-cute with Ed brings on all sorts of possibilities, as well as a shoe-in for winning that bet. But Ed is in the closet, refusing to go anywhere near the campus. Their connection builds over time, a speedy slow-burn (that sounds odd, speedy yet slow, but Sunday is known for slow-burn, and there were lusty scenes earlier than her usual style).

I truly enjoyed Jack and Ed together, their dance so to speak. Their banter was witty yet filled with tension. The emotions were realistic and brought all the feels. Where I struggled, I never truly got to know Ed, not really. Not deep enough to root for them. Normally I don't have a point of view preference, but I do believe a little time spent in Ed's head would have helped connect with the characters, their romance, their journey, and the story.

Highly recommend to fans of the authors, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

This story is full blown college angst. After an ill-advised bet, Jack promises to move out of his fraternity if he doesn’t bring a date to the formal. Shortly after, Jack falls hard for Ed. But Ed doesn’t attend the college – and he’s firmly in the closet.

It’s only Jack’s tragic history and his friendship with his adopted brother that make him a slightly sympathetic character. Even knowing his past, I kept having to force myself to care about his bet. The fraternity microaggressions feel incredibly trivial and I’m not sure the bet is quite enough to hold a whole book.

Ed is a more sympathetic character but closeted young adults are an increasingly less believable plot device. Ed is romantic in an 80s teen movie kind of way, but we don’t get much more because the story really belongs to Jack.

Honestly, readers who want some teen drama will probably enjoy this. Anyone who can’t be dealing with the first world problems of spoiled rich kids will need to give this a hard pass. Readers who worked their way through college like Ed, will find themselves thoroughly annoyed by the pampered lives and trivial conflicts between the boys in Jack’s fraternity.

Andy Gallo prefers mountains over the beach, coffee over tea, and regardless if you shake it or stir it, he isn’t drinking a martini. He remembers his “good old days” as filled with mullets, disco music, too-short shorts, and too-high socks. Thanks to good shredders and a lack of social media, there is no proof he ever descended into any of those evils.

Andy does not write about personal experiences and no living or deceased ex-boyfriends appear on the pages of his stories. He might subconsciously infuse his characters with some of their less noble qualities, but that is entirely coincidental even if their names are the same. And while Andy leaves the hard sci-fi/fantasy for his alter ego, Andrew, in his mind a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good relationship.

Married and living his own happy every after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days raising their daughter and rubbing elbows with other parents. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child.

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Anyta Sunday

A bit about me: I'm a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love. Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries. I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.

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