Friday, July 3, 2020

Wild and Precious by CJane Elliott Blog Tour


Gorgeous bosses, meddling friends, and personal ads—the path to love is never straight. Especially not for Brent Granger, who is ready to leave his straight ways behind.

Aspiring writer Brent has good friends and a great job at an arts magazine in DC, but he’s batting zero in the arena of love. He begins to get a clue why things aren’t working with women from his strong attraction to his boss Graham, who already has a boyfriend. When Brent sees a personal ad from a man named Cody that quotes his favorite poet, he decides to do something wild.

Wild and Precious is a sweet and sexy M/M novella in the Wild and Precious Series. If you like slow burn, friends-to-lovers stories spiced with a side of coming out and office romance, you’ll love Wild and Precious.

Second edition. Contains minor revisions

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54176306-wild-and-precious


Book 1
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“Man, Graham was in a shit mood today. I’ve never seen him snap at anyone before in a staff meeting.” Ari lounged on the extra chair in Brent’s cubicle, waiting for him to finish up so they could go to lunch.

“I know. I wonder what’s wrong. I mean it’s hard to get the magazine out the week before Thanksgiving, but—”

Cindy, the magazine’s receptionist, stuck her head in and said in a loud whisper, “He broke up with his boyfriend. Or, the other way around. And by the way he’s been moping, I’d say it’s the other way around.”

Brent stared at her. “True facts?”

She gave a solemn nod. “Don’t ask me how I know, but yeah, it’s true. Stupid Hunter, what a jerk.” Like most of the magazine staff, Cindy was fiercely loyal to Graham.

“Fuck.” Brent couldn’t believe it. The elections had happened a few weeks ago, Hunter’s congresswoman had been reelected, and Graham had been so happy, anticipating Hunter’s homecoming.

After lunch, Brent walked to Graham’s office. The door was uncharacteristically closed, so he knocked, trying to ignore the pounding of his heart.

Graham opened the door, looking harried and impatient.

“Oh. Brent. Come in.” As Brent walked in, Graham ran a hand through his hair, muttering, “You’re about the only one I can stand right now.”

Brent felt a lump in his throat at those words. “I wanted to see how you’re doing.”

“How I’m—? Oh. News travels fast around here.” Graham sat back down, shoulders slumped.

“Um, tell me if I’m butting in. I’ll go away.”

“No, don’t go. I… it’s nice you’re checking up on me. Thanks.” He studied his desk instead of Brent. Then he said in a low voice, “It’s hard. But I’m dealing.”

Being this close to him, Brent noticed the circles under his eyes, and felt a wave of anger at Hunter. He waited, but Graham didn’t offer anything else.

“Well. Um, let me know if you want to hang out or… or anything.”

Graham gave a tight nod. “Yeah. I’d like to do that. Sunday? Or will you be away for Thanksgiving?”

“No, I’m staying. Darrell and I have to go to the Sorenson’s for their fancy Thanksgiving soiree. Kill me now.”

Graham laughed. “You’ll survive.”

“What about you? Are you gonna be okay? I mean, do you have a place to go?”

“Of course. Mother is overjoyed I’m coming home to New York City for once. Don’t worry about me.”

“Okay. Well… see you Sunday.” Brent walked toward the door.

“Brent.”

He stopped and turned around.

“Thank you.” Graham’s mask slipped for a moment, and he bit his lip, appearing young and lost, before recovering his composure.

Brent couldn’t stand it. He clenched his fists as the words burst out of him. “He’s an asshole! Anyone who’d leave you is crazy!”

Not wanting Graham to see the sudden moisture in his eyes, Brent got out of there and fled to his cubicle, wishing a painful death on Hunter for making Graham look like that. He threw himself on his chair and smashed the keys on his computer, pretending they were Hunter’s face.






Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆
This is a surprisingly difficult review to write. I have really mixed feelings about the story, the characters  and the writing style – but I cannot deny that it made me think and that is always good, even if not entirely positively!

I really liked the concept of using a line in a poem to tie the whole story together. I thought that the events set up to push the story forward were fabulously awkward, and really gave me the sense of just how far Brent had travelled from his previously normal. It also, however, was unbelievably inconsiderate of Cody's feelings and incredibly selfish. I do think that at times of revelation and growth there is a level of selfish implicit in there, but we don't often read about how badly it can affect others. Cody was beyond patient and kind methinks – and he is most definitely the bigger man when it is time to move on. That most of what we learn is done by telling not showing can be frustrating and pulls us away from the characters – so that when there is a conversation, it takes on a value perhaps higher than it should.

In spite of the above, and other idiosyncrasies which pulled me out of the story, I did enjoy reading a less than perfect character moving forward through his life being awakened to his true needs and real loves – and thereby being wild and precious!






After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, award-winning author CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane writes sexy, passionate LGBTQ romances that explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is bisexual and an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality. In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her family supports her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.

CJane is the author of the award-winning Serpentine Series, New Adult contemporary novels set at the University of Virginia. Serpentine Walls was a 2014 Rainbow Awards finalist, Aidan’s Journey was a 2015 EPIC Awards finalist, and Sex, Love, and Videogames won first place in the New Adult category in the 2016 Swirl Awards and first place in Contemporary Fiction in the 2017 EPIC eBook Awards. Her contemporary novel All the Way to Shore was runner up for best bisexual fiction in the 2017 Rainbow Awards.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wild and Precious (Wild and Precious #1) by CJane Elliott to read and review for this tour.

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