Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Sapphire Dawn by C. Travis Rice Release Blitz

Some weddings get the best man hitched.

Under his pen name, C. Travis Rice, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice offers tales of passion, intrigue, and steamy romance between men. The fourth novel, Sapphire Dawn, once again transports you to a beautiful luxury resort on the sparkling Southern California coast where strong-willed heroes release the shame that blocks their hearts’ desires.

Donnie Bascombe has made a lot of people’s fantasies come true in his life, first in the bedroom, then on the set of his adult entertainment studio. But his best friend Logan Murdoch has just presented him with his tallest order yet—help plan the wedding of his dreams. Desire has always been Donnie’s forte. But lavish nuptials at one of Southern California’s premier oceanfront resorts? For that job, he’ll need a partner. And a mentor.

Richard Merriweather has devoted his life to planning fairy tale weddings for celebrities and royalty—only to have his own husband shatter his heart into a million pieces. Remaking the special events office at Sapphire Cove is just the distraction he needs to get his fancy and luxurious life back on track. But the groom’s brash and undeniably sexy best friend has a powerful attraction to Richard Merriweather he can’t keep secret. Problem is, Richard doesn’t do hookups, and Donnie doesn’t do relationships. The closer Donnie gets to Richard, the more he wants something different, something he’s never had before. Something that will force both men to confront the heartbreak in their pasts as they plan Sapphire Cove’s wedding of the decade and find an unexpected future for themselves.

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Sapphire Cove series!
For book one, Sapphire Sunset, click HERE.
For book two, Sapphire Spring, click HERE.


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Sapphire Dawn by C. Travis Rice

Book 4
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For fifteen years Donnie had waited for the return of this feeling at the moment his lips met another man’s, the tug, tug, tug in the center of his chest he’d felt whenever he’d kissed Zach.

Here it was, the instant Richard’s hands had caressed his face and pulled him in.

The instant the man’s arms encircled his back and he tilted his head to one side.

The instant his mouth met Richard’s.

Everything else about the man since they’d first met had been resistance, but this kiss, this yielding, open-mouthed kiss, was pure hunger. Pure need.

When was the last time he’d kissed a man who’d bared his soul? Maybe never. There’d been plenty of lip locks—professional and non—throughout his life, but they weren’t always a given when the clothes came off. For years he’d lived by the swipe and click based rhythm of app-driven sex. Mostly it brought boys to the yard who wanted to dive right into the deep end without checking the temperature of the water first.

This was altogether different. Richard Merriweather had offered up his pain and his inviting lips in almost the same instant, making Donnie feel desired and needed in ways he never had before. He had a crazy, paranoid thought that Logan or Connor would walk in right then and start wailing on him for kissing their wedding planner. But it wasn’t strong enough to make him gently push the event planner away. Maybe because Richard’s lips were soft and tasted like spearmint, but his kisses were hard and determined. And the man’s hair. It was so close. Right there. He could touch it if he wanted to. He’d just have to move one hand up off his neck and into…

Don’t do it, Bascombe. You touch his hair and you’re done for. Touch his hair and this turns into a helluva lot more than a kiss.

Donnie touched his hair. Ran one hand through it gently enough to let its thick locks fill the gaps between his fingers, not so rough that he’d pull the roots. The last thing he wanted to do was cause Richard Merriweather pain. He was in so much of it already. He needed warmth. He needed pleasure. He needed his every fantasy fulfilled. He needed all the things Donnie had learned to give an audience and countless cheap tricks. And he needed them now apparently because his embrace was vise-grip tight, so tight it was pulling Donnie forward off his feet. But Donnie didn’t care. Nothing seemed more important than keeping his lips sealed to Richard’s, and if it meant they both went over sideways and—

He ignored the sound at first. A weird double beep. Like a phone alert. Only it wasn’t coming from his phone. Richard ignored it too.

Then came a pop, pop, pop that sounded like gunfire.



The divorce had given him a crash course in how quickly the things you took for granted in life could be yanked away.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the fourth book in this series, and I have to say that I think you will gain more from the story if you have some of the background storylines.

Logan has enlisted his best friend, Donnie, to help plan his wedding to Connor. He knows that Donnie gets his issues and feelings about the expected wedding excesses. He wants to please his fiancé but is mindful of his past and insecure of his expectations. Donnie is otherwise a slightly unexpected choice, given his past and his ownership of an adult film company. I love how he has learned to deal with the recognition and the expectations.

Connor has engaged his own close friend Richard, wedding organiser extraordinaire, to plan it with Donnie. Richard has just suffered a horrible and embarrassing break from his husband and is very much anti-romance or even flirtation. This is a bit of an issue for Donnie as his public face is always about flirtation and hookups.

Their first meeting may be one they want to forget, but it is really cute watching them peel back their shields and give each other some honesty that has been severely lacking in their recent past. I did feel it was a little long and slow in coming, but the outcome was just what one would wish. Even the wedding is a huge success given their efforts.

There is an interesting side plot – although I did feel that it was signposted very loudly at times – but it did give a bit of non-wedding drama to the story and forced the guys to wake up to the importance of living in the now.

Will be fun catching up with the guys and seeing the next Sapphire Cove employee find their happily ever after.



Back in a few. You were too peaceful to wake up. X, D


Author Bio

C. TRAVIS RICE is the pseudonym New York Times bestselling novelist Christopher Rice devotes to steamy tales of romance between men. Christopher has published multiple bestselling books in multiple genres and been the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award. With his mother, Anne Rice, he is an executive producer on the AMC Studios adaptations of her novels The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches. Together with his best friend and producing partner, New York Times bestselling novelist, Eric Shaw Quinn, he runs the production company Dinner Partners. Among other projects, they produce the podcast and video network, TDPS, which you can find at TheDinnerPartyShow.com.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Sapphire Dawn (Sapphire Cove #4) by C. Travis Rice to read and review.

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