Thursday, September 10, 2020

Abstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer Blog Tour

Abstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer Blog Tour


I hate Sam Shelby. So why do I want to kiss him?

Sam never expected to move back to Cleveland.
Donovan never expected to be attracted to a man.
Well, shit happens.

After high school, Sam Shelby moved to New York. Eight years later, he returns to Cleveland and lands a job at the best ad firm in town. It would be the perfect gig, if his boss weren’t such an ass.

After his wife leaves, Donovan Cooper questions everything. The arrival of a young, arrogant, gifted graphic designer at Donovan’s firm is the last straw.

Tempers flare over office gossip, and following a nasty argument and scathing kiss, Donovan flails away from heterosexuality while Sam struggles to keep his “no relationship” rule intact.

Despite ugly socks, fiery fights, and their best intentions to not fall in love, these bullheaded coworkers can’t deny their chemistry. Donovan seeks happiness while Sam seeks success, but is there room for more?

Abstract Love is an enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy with an age gap.

 

 

Abstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer

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Excerpt



Donovan sifted through a few hand-drawn logos on the desk and froze when he found a crudely drawn sketch of himself. Sam must have done it during a meeting at some point, capturing Donovan’s faux hawk, wide jaw, and severe expression.

Jesus, was this what other people saw when they looked at him? Did he really look so miserable?

“Make yourself at home?”

Donovan dropped the picture and stood straight at the sound of Sam’s voice.

He leaned against the doorframe, with one ankle crossed over the other.

“It’s really bullshit when people say that, you know?” Sam said. “Make yourself at home. No one actually wants their friends to take off their pants, drink all their beer, and binge The Great British Bake Off.” He paused. “What are you doing in my office?”

“I didn’t mean to snoop.”

The office door closed as he stepped inside. “Sure you did, or you wouldn’t be in here, so what’s up?”

Sam circled the desk, so Donovan circled the other way, although he noticed it was true what coworkers said: Sam did smell good—like clean laundry and cedar. “I think we started off on the wrong foot.”

Sam snort laughed and flipped through some files on his desk. “More like wrong continent, man.” When he found what he was looking for, he tapped the file’s corner against his palm. “I can handle guys like you, you know.”

Donovan shifted back on his heels. “Guys like me?”

“Hmm. Corporate assholes. All you see are dollar signs. You take no pleasure in your work. Advertising is money to you, not art, but without the artists, there wouldn’t be advertising, so…” He sucked his cheeks into his mouth, a momentary fish face.

Donovan wanted to tell him it wasn’t true. Donovan loved art.

He used to love art.

Sam continued, “I know I look like a six-foot-two Disney princess, but you’re not gonna rattle me.” To prove his point, Sam got right up in Donovan’s personal space until Donovan took a step back. Again, he was not used to dealing with someone his own height. “And I’m right about the Great Lakes ad campaign. If you’d pull your head out of your ass, maybe you’d notice.” He turned away abruptly.

“Sam.”

“What?”

“I’m sorry.” Ouch, that hurt coming out.

Sam’s rebuttal: “Prove it.”

“Excuse me?”

He rested a hand on the desk and cocked his hip out—the very picture of young attitude. “Listen to me in meetings.”

“I was listening.”

“Nope.” He shook his head and ran a hand through his unkempt, unprofessional hair. “No, you were hearing. I need you to listen. There’s a difference. And I know I’m just some fucking kid to you, but I ruled the New York City advertising scene. I know what I’m doing, Donovan, so let me do it.”

“Fine.” He’d had enough. He’d apologized, okay, so he’d done his Monica-enforced duty. He didn’t owe Sam anything else.

He didn’t run for the door, but he definitely moved with speed.

 

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is an absolute gem of a book. It deals with so many issues, and in such a cool way. I learned a lot about the workings of an ad agency, the complexities of creatives mixed with suits. The sadness of a creative who allows promotions to make him a suit, and the jealousy at the new arrival of a bright new thing. Of the confidence of youth and talent, the new world where being different is celebrated rather than disrespected. But at its heart, it is a love story between two very unlikely-matched guys.

Donovan, beaten down by his job, his failed marriage, and the betrayal of his best friend with his soon to be ex-wife. Sam, newly arrived from New York City, graphic design genius, exuberant dresser, and open to love in any form. See, I told you an unlikely mix, but somehow the author makes the transition from enemies to lovers, from grumpy to enlightened, a journey which it is impossible not be entirely entranced.

Enjoy!


Angie☆☆☆☆
Holy hotness! Age-gap, enemies to lovers, first time gay, this book has it all. I loved the dynamics between the main characters, it just worked, inside and outside the bedroom. I wasn't into all the marketing mumbo jumbo, I just wanted the relationship aspects. Very good book with some creativeness in the bedroom.

 

 

Author Bio



SARA DOBIE BAUER is a bestselling author, model, and mental health/LGBTQ advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Abstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer to read and review for this tour.

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