Meant for Him Book Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaways

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I am delighted to host GGR-PromoGroup’s book blog tour for D.H. Starr‘s new M/M romance, MEANT FOR HIM.

We’ll have an excerpt from the book, a review, plus a chance to win one of the following prizes (scroll down to the Rafflecopter link to enter):

giveaway-directoryYour Choice, use either Giveaway #1 or #2 or you are welcome to use both.

#1  Blog Comment Giveaway (1Winner per Blog: eCopy of Meant for Him and Meant for Each Other (prequel)

(You can run this giveaway in any way you see fit.  When you have your Winner, please send their name and contact information to me via email, I will forward it on to Doug.)

#2  Rafflecopter (1 Winner): $10 Amazon Gift Card and an eCopy of Meant for Him

Meant for Him_500x750About Meant for Him:

Another hot guy from Greenwich Village is about to meet his match. That is, if he doesn’t mess things up…this time. 

After the failure of his relationship with Jeremy, Andrew Jamieson threw himself into a routine his high powered job on Wall Street and workouts. After two years, however, he is unable to quell the longing in his heart for that special someone. Feeling hopeless, Andrew resigns himself to life of work and living alone in his pent house apartment. That is, until he’s fixed up with Peter, the local bartender in Jeremy’s favorite watering hole in the East Village. Peter is hot, sweet, sensitive and…masterful. Peter brings out a side of Andrew he never knew he had. And he can’t get enough. However, the same difficulties Andrew had with Jeremy threaten to rear up and ruin his chances with Peter. Will Andrew love Peter enough to let himself have the one guy in the world who could be meant for him? 

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Here’s an R-RATED Excerpt from MEANT FOR HIM

Each exercise tormented a distinct part of his body. There was precision to the work as he focused within, as if he were able to command individual cells to do their part. Mechanically he progressed from core to limbs as he broke down muscle tissue so it could build back up even stronger.

As one hour passed and the next was well underway, Andrew continued his circuits until he’d stretched and pulled every fiber of himself. He finished his workout with a thirty minute run on the treadmill.

Once done, he stepped off the machine, panting. He ran an internal check, trying to sense any lingering stress.

His mind was blessedly clear as he carried himself down the stairs to shower and change. There were just as many men as when he’d arrived earlier, but Andrew wasn’t focused on them. The ache from his workout still throbbed in his body and the penetrating heat of the steam room beckoned him.

He made quick work of undressing, aware of the glances he received but ignoring them. With a skimpy towel, which seemed to be a staple at all sports clubs, barely clinging to his hips, he entered the small tiled area. Immediately assaulted by thick billows of vapor, Andrew stood in the middle of the room gaining his bearings. Slowly, he was able to make images along the benches. He worked his way to an empty spot where he could have some space.

There were two guys just to his right stroking each other’s cocks. Their eyes were fixated on the objects in their hands. When the man closest to Andrew leaned over and took the second guys cock in his mouth, Andrew closed his eyes and leaned his head back against the wall.

For several minutes he simply breathed in and out through his nose. The door opened and closed a few times and the slurping noises next to him continued, but Andrew pushed each distraction aside, focusing on the wet heat in the room. As little as two or three months earlier, he would have watched. Maybe even participated. But meaningless encounters held no appeal to him any longer.

The image of Peter flashed behind his closed lids, along with the imagined statement he’d made in Andrew’s fantasy. Let me take care of you. Andrew didn’t need anyone to take care of him. I know what you want. Andrew didn’t even know what he wanted. How could anyone else?

Andrew snapped his eyed open and noticed a man leaned against the wall next to him. Each muscle stood out along his powerful frame and, as Andrew surveyed the physical prowess, he couldn’t help the way his eyes fell naturally to the man’s groin. Long fingers of one hand cupped the package, rubbing gently and doing virtually nothing to hide the sizable lump hidden beneath the towel.

Though the steam blurred Andrew’s vision, he could tell the man was staring at him in open invitation. Had this been another time, if he hadn’t become so aware of his isolation, Andrew would have allowed his covering to slide open and his dick to lay bare for the man to see. He might even allow his hand to drift towards his groin, playing with himself. But none of those impulses or desires surfaced. Instead, Andrew closed his eyes once again, shutting out the obvious invitation.

Rejecting the pass was enough to stimulate Andrew’s thoughts. And the more he tried to concentrate on breathing and relaxing spent muscles, the more his thoughts closed in until they captured one thing.

Peter.

In one day, the man had managed to wedge his way past the walls Andrew’d constructed to hold his desires at bay. And in another day Andrew would have a chance to see the guy in action at the gym. At least he hoped so. After the way he fled Jeremy and Craig’s he wouldn’t be surprised if Peter backed out. Heaviness settled in his chest. Why should he care? He barely even knew the guy. Even if he’d met him a few times and admired him at Phoenix, there was no good reason why he should care if Peter broke their date.

Is that what their meeting at the gym was? A date? Andrew closed his eyes once again. He wondered whether Peter would wear a tee-shirt or a tank. Did he wear sports clothing like Adidas or Nike, or did he simply work out in plain cotton? Did he wear a jock or underwear?

Each question brought new pictures with it and Andrew slid his hand towards his cock, rubbing at the growing bulge. With his palm, he created friction using the rough material covering his skin. His breathing became slightly heavier.

Realizing what he was doing, Andrew opened his eyes to find Mr. Beefcake, who’d stood next to him. He’d moved and was now located directly in front of Andrew, his towel slung over his shoulder.

Andrew gasped, surprised to see the man standing before him. The giant lowered himself to his knees and reached to unhitch Andrew’s towel.

It was as if a light had been switched on. Andrew stood and brushed past the man, exiting the steam room and wincing at the rush of cool air against his skin. Securing the towel on his hips, Andrew scampered to his locker and made quick work of dressing.

The whole time, one question screamed inside his head. Why didn’t I let that guy blow me? The man was hotter than hell and looked like he was ready to provide Hoover action on Andrew’s cock. Yet something had recoiled at the idea of letting someone touch him in that empty, purely physical way.

 

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My Review of Meant for Him:

Meant for Him is a standalone, occurring in the same NYC ‘Verse as Meant for Each Other, with some recurring characters. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy angsty, male self-absorption and the current wealthy overachiever meets struggling underachiever trope.

Andrew Jamieson has it all: a high-powered job with enough perks to make his incessant whining about his lot in life difficult to digest when dished out as every second thought (and Andrew has a lot of thoughts). Andrew is also impervious to others’ needs, in particular his ex-partner, Jeremy, whom he lost to a more mindful Craig two years prior to current day. He is BFF with both, despite Jeremy having cheated on him. Andrew is a lonely, heartbroken control freak who rules with iron compassion at work but can’t buy a relationship under most circumstances.

Then Andrew meets the hunky bartender, Peter, who works at the bar across from where the two best friends live. It’s a set-up, with Jeremy acting as matchmaker (not the first time, it’s apparently an expression of Jeremy still caring about Andrew). Peter is much more grounded than Andrew, a character with whom the reader can immediately relate. He is a man who has grown comfortable in his underachievement. He has a pleasant personality that is more than just a façade, it makes him a winner in more ways than Peter is willing to admit to himself. He is an interesting mix of a man who knows and respects his comfort zone but still teeters on the edge of what if.

It takes a series of long, drawn-out, on again-off again encounters to work through each man’s typical approach to a relationship (Andrew controlling, Peter complacent) and then turns it on its ear as Andrew discovers a side to both Peter and himself that begins a slow realignment of how and what each man expects from their relationship.

Because Andrew and Peter have prior interactions in the first book that are not adequately explained in this one, there’s a sense of something missing. The plot hangs on a shaky framework with characters who aren’t particularly appealing and plot devices (such as the barfly who is more than he seems in a guardian angel way) that stretch credulity. There’s an excess of hand-wringing (ala Bella in the Twilight series), thinly contrived character motivations and a certain feeling of convenience in how it all plays out.

Those reservations aside, I can see this appealing to romance readers who prefer a softer read without high conflict—a comfort food approach—and who follow current tropes in pursuit of a guaranteed happy ending. The men are a bit more manly than a lot of M/M romance characters, so yay for that (though the excessive self-absorption on the part of both characters—especially Andrew—got tiresome for this reviewer).

The scenes in the gym, with Peter challenging Andrew, were interesting, sensual and fun. The last minute attempt at introducing more conflict was forced. The scenes of affection involved some head-hopping and a certain mechanical/repetitious approach. There are continuity issues (e.g. placing the Egyptian exhibit in the Museum of Natural History rather than the Met). The editing rates a raised eyebrow (missing words and phrases, repetitious phrases, ‘say-what’ paragraphs, wonky formatting).

This is one that will find readers on the loved it or the meh dividing line. While Meant for Him didn’t do it for me, I have no doubt whatsoever others will overlook the plot and character flaws and embrace the drive toward a happy ending.

This story definitely has promise and I did enjoy it, despite the above reservations. With editing this could be a much better book.  3.5 Stars.

 

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Your Choice, use either Giveaway #1 or #2 or you are welcome to use both.

#1 Blog Comment Giveaway (1Winner per Blog: eCopy of Meant for Him and Meant for Each Other (prequel)

(You can run this giveaway in any way you see fit. When you have your Winner, please send their name and contact information to me via email, I will forward it on to Doug.)

#2 Rafflecopter (1 Winner): $10 Amazon Gift Card and an eCopy of Meant for Him

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D.H. Starr is a product of the 80s who should have grown up in the 60s and wishes he could travel through time to visit the Ancient Romans and Greeks so he could wear togas and be considered in-style. He loves to torment his characters before giving them their happy ending, enjoying the way they struggle and change from beginning to end. On his off-time, he can be found parading naked through the woods, searching for mystical creatures who he swears do exist. Once he finds the portal to their world that will be the last you see of him. His favorite quote comes from the musical Rent, “No day but today” and he loves the song Seasons of Love because its message is so true.

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About Nya Rawlyns

Nya Rawlyns doesn’t write typical romance. She writes emotion as a contact sport, rough and often raw. It need not be pleasant, heart-warming or forever after. What she seeks is what lies beneath—a dance of extremes, the intersect of need and desire, and the compromises we make when pain and pleasure become indistinguishable. ***** She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science. ***** When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or three pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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One Response to Meant for Him Book Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaways

  1. sula22 says:

    Thank you for that helpful review, I have been following along with this book tour and I have been finding out just a few more hints to why the MC’s are the way they are and the complexities of still being friends with an ex who in affect betrayed you and broke your heart, so that two years later you are still licking your wounds and avoiding committed relationships!

    Thank you for a chance to win an eCopy of Meant for Him and Meant for Each, so just I can find out what happens and why…. 😀

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