Love Bytes says hello and welcome to author Rosalind Abel joining us today here at Love Bytes to talk about her new release “The Garden”, book 2 in her Lavender Shores series.
Rosalind introduces us to the story, shares an exclusive excerpt and brought a wonderful giveaway.
Welcome Rosalind 🙂
Thank you so much to Love Bytes for letting me stop by with an exclusive excerpt from The Garden. I’m so glad each of you swung by to check it out!
The Garden is the second book of the Lavender Shores series. Each of the novels can be read as a stand-alone or as part of the series. I’m going to let the excerpt and blurb speak themselves, but I will promise you romance, steamy sex, laughter, all the feels, and a happily ever after. Whether you read The Palisade (the first book in the series) or not, you will thoroughly enjoy this particular visit to Lavender Shores.
The Garden is available from Amazon and is also free on Kindle Unlimited. I can’t wait for you to fall in love with Gilbert, Walden, and Lavender Shores.
For our stop on The Garden blog tour, we find Walden visiting some hot springs. He hooked up with Gilbert Bryant a few months before and hasn’t been able to get him out of his head. While he’s relaxing in the hot springs, a Gilbert look-alike arrives and makes it very clear that he’d like to take Walden home. They’ve been moving in that direction, to the point the newcomer is coping a feel below the surface of the water, but Walden isn’t sure how great of idea this whole thing is…
And what the hell was wrong with me that I was going to turn down a sure thing with a fairly hot guy. Was it really because of how he made me feel, or was it because he wasn’t Gilbert?
The thought was enough to make me change my resolve. It didn’t matter how this guy made me feel or how much I hated this part of a hookup. The result would be the same. Or at least good enough. I was, however, going to speed it along, skip the fucking planning stages and get the show on the road. Hell, if the fucking wasn’t much better than this part, then I could be back here in half an hour and maybe finally focus on my book. Gilbert erased from my mind.
Right, because this guy was going to be able to do that.
Whatever, worth a try.
As I turned to look at him, I couldn’t stop myself from wiping the trail his tongue had made off my ear. “How about we go back to my… your room and find out?”
If he picked up on any of my reservations, Johnson didn’t show it. He gave my erection a full squeeze. “That sounds perfect. When we’re there, you can use my body however you—”
A shadow fell over us, and Johnson turned to see what it was.
I did as well. The silhouette of a muscled male body stood at the edge of the pool. “Walden Thompson. Imagine meeting you here.”
Gilbert’s voice poured ice into the hot pool. My brain fried, along with my ability to speak.
“The pools are lit. You might want to let go of Walden’s dick.”
Johnson released his grip but surprised me with more balls than I’d have predicted. “Sounds like you two know each other. Care to join us? I always like being smashed between two hot men.”
Gilbert stepped into the pool, the light adjusting so his gorgeous features were clear. His wet muscles glistened with each movement. I could practically feel Johnson shudder beside me at the sight of Gilbert’s abs sinking below the waterline. Not that I could blame him.
Johnson scooted away. “Wow. You are gorgeous.” He rose and took a step toward Gilbert, who inspected him.
I nearly laughed. I was going to get traded. The man I was going to force myself to hook up with was going to take home Gilbert instead.
Johnson was mere inches away when Gilbert spoke. “Unfortunately it’s just going to be Walden and me this evening.”
And more brain frying. And possibly a heart attack or two. It was going to be just the two of us. As in the… two of us. As in….
Though Johnson paused, he reached out, like he was going to touch Gilbert’s crotch under the water. “You sure about that? I can make it worth your while. I’ll let you—”
“You can leave now, actually.” Gilbert sidestepped him and took a seat by me. Even though Johnson stood above, Gilbert spoke like he was a king and Johnson groveled at his feet. “Have a good night.”
Johnson muttered something, but I didn’t bother hearing or noticing more than a splash of water as he got out of the pool. I turned to Gilbert in shock. That he was there. That he had insinuated we were going to be together that evening. That he’d just stepped in, taken charge, and sent my hookup away as if he had every right to do so.
I should be furious. Should tell him to fuck off. That he didn’t get to treat me like slime one minute, then swoop in and do… whatever it was he was doing.
I should walk away.
I knew I wouldn’t. But I also knew I should.
To be continued. . .
(Spoiler Alert…. He and Gilbert make up for lost time…)
I hope you enjoyed that glimpse of The Garden, and the heat between Walden and Gilbert. Pick up the book on Amazon and visit the town of Lavender Shores at: http://www.lavendershores.com. Thank you so, so much! Rosalind
Publication date: July 25, 2017
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Blurb for The Garden:
Beautiful Gilbert Bryant designs jewelry for the rich and famous, and he made his escape from his gossipy little hometown of Lavender Shores. However, with so many friends and family, he keeps getting pulled back. When he attends his best friend’s engagement party, Gilbert can’t help but sample one of the new men in town. It’s just some innocent—or not so innocent—fun. Nothing that will even cross his mind once he gets back to his everyday life. Walden Thompson dreamed about living in Lavender Shores since he visited as a child. He finally gets his chance, and he embraces the opportunity to start over, to become someone new. He leaves both hurts and dangerous habits in the past, where they belong. When Gilbert crosses his path, Walden gives in to his baser instincts. He can indulge in the carnal pleasures this once and still be okay. Their few hours together haunt Gilbert, the two-hundred-mile buffer from home no longer shutting out the past or the sexy man he left behind. Walden is just beginning to recover from the smoldering encounter with Gilbert when they are thrust together once more. This time, neither of them can walk away, no matter how hard they try. But when their pasts crash into each other as surely as the magnetism that pulls them together, walking away may be the only option.
The Garden Amazon Link
Rosalind Abel grew up tending chickens alongside her sweet and faithful Chow, Lord Elgin. While her fantasy of writing novels was born during her teen years, she never would have dreamed she’d one day publish steamy romances about gorgeous men. However, sometimes life turns out better than planned.
In between crafting scorching sex scenes and helping her men find their soul mates, Rosalind enjoys cooking, collecting toys, and making the best damn scrapbooks in the world (this claim hasn’t been proven, but she’s willing to put good money on it).
She adores MM Romance, the power it has to sweep the reader away into worlds filled with passion, steam, and love. Rosalind also enjoys her collection of plot bunnies and welcomes new fuzzy ones into her home all the time, so feel free to send any adorable ones her way.
Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2qoiuLC
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Rosalind Abel Website: http://www.rosalindabel.com
Lavender Shores Website: http://www.lavendershores.com
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