Gabbi Reviews: Undercover Boyfriend by Jacob Z. Flores


Title: A One Fine Day Novel: Undercover Boyfriend
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 236
Characters: Marty Valdez, Luke Myers
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series, Dreamspun Desires
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

A One Fine Day Novel

Two men, one lie, and a whole bunch of trouble.

Marty Valdez is in serious trouble. His sister’s wedding is around the corner, and everyone expects to meet Marty’s super-successful underwear model boyfriend—whom Marty invented. Now Marty has to produce a half-naked hottie or suffer the worst humiliation of his life.

FBI agent Luke Myers is in serious trouble. He’s been working undercover to take down a dangerous drug cartel, but his cover’s blown and he needs to disappear. Luckily, a geeky yet intriguing comic book artist gives him the perfect opportunity. Luke just has to pretend to be his boyfriend, and pretending is what he does best. But between Marty’s mother and his ex, Luke might’ve bitten off more than he can chew, and Marty’s knack for finding trouble might ruin more than just his sister’s wedding.

Review:

I’ve read several books by Jacob Z. Flores and I’ve enjoyed them all. Mr. Flores has a real knack at writing interesting, sexy characters along with a strong story-line that I immediately find myself captivated by the story they have to tell.

I could not help but adore both Luke and Marty. Not only are they both sexy as hell, they both are truly likeable men. At first glance, one would believe that these two men would not belong together. Marty is a struggling comic book artist who often spins a tall tale to get people to believe his life is more interesting than it is, while Luke is a FBI agent who is dealing with a dark and tragic past. From the moment they meet, there is a sizzling chemistry that truly resonates off of the written page. I loved watching them not only fall in love but both men truly go through some personal growth that allows them to be better men than they were before.

Other than the chemistry and banter these two men share between them, there is also a fast-paced story-line of mystery and intrigue as to who the bad guy was and how they were all going to survive in the end. Though this book has plenty of action filled and suspenseful moments, in my opinion, the strength of the story is the beautifully written romance between Marty and Luke.

I am so thrilled to see that Undercover Boyfriend is the first book in the One Fine Day series and cannot wait to see what Mr. Flores comes up with next. Not only is Undercover Boyfriend a provocative and delightful read, it’s also a highly addictive one that is a definite must read for those who crave a well written romance.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Cheryl Reviews: Soul Struck by Jacob Flores


Title: Soul Struck
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
Genre: M/M Romance (Paranormal)
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

The Warlock Brothers of HavenBridge Book 3

Like the electricity he commands, Pierce Blackmoor streaks through life on raw power and pure sexual energy. His conquests on the battlefield and in the bedroom form his foundation, but that bedrock crumbles when his younger brothers’ abilities surpass his own. Pierce finds himself at an all-time low, and clawing his way back to the top becomes his only concern.

Pierce’s plan to reassert his dominance, however, takes a backseat when he wounds Kale Aquilo, an emissary of the Beast King, lord of all shifters.

Kale’s beguiling nature shoots like a lightning bolt straight to Pierce’s soul, and when the soft-spoken Kale relays that a virus is killing his people, Pierce abandons his quest for power to do something he has never done before—protect someone other than himself.

As Kale, Pierce, and his brothers struggle to find the root of the magical virus spreading plague across Aeaea, the shifter island, they face a gauntlet of old and new foes. Soul struck, Pierce and Kale must uncover the truth without being blinded to the conspiracy gathering in the shadows.

Review:

I love this series. I have been waiting for Pierce’s story and I was not disappointed!

Pierce came across as a total jerk in the two previous books and in this story it is revealed why…Fear. Fear motivates him, he’s afraid he won’t be strong enough to one day lead his coven and fears something will happen to his family and he won’t be able to protect them.

Kale has been sent to get answers of why his people are dying and immediately has a run in with Pierce. Once they meet, the two of them will never be the same again and it takes someone as adorable as Kale to break through to Pierce’s defenses.

Throw in a drunk shifter who loves the Back Street Boys and some really corny dialogue between Pierce and Kale you can’t help but love these two!

I highly recommend this book and this author! Jacob Z. Flores has a winner on his hands with this series and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Blood Tied by Jacob Z. Flores


Title: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge, Book 2: Blood Tied
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 193
Genre: M/M Romance (Paranormal)
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Thad Blackmoor’s heart is as cold as his icy magical abilities. He considers emotions a waste of his time and prefers to study the arcane, using the sacred books of his coven to grow in his craft. He aspires to supersede his father and elder brother Pierce in power, and now that his younger brother, Mason, has tapped into the rare warlock power of darkness, he needs to work harder than ever.

But Thad’s ambitions are halted when he saves Aiden Teine, a fire fairy, from a banshee. Thad’s immediate attraction to Aiden catches him off guard and thaws his cold heart for the first time. As Thad, Aiden, and his brothers investigate the connection between the banshee attack and the vampyre and shadow weaver who almost killed them, Thad tries to dodge Ben, a sexy warlock who won’t let him be after a one-night stand.

Their search for answers leads them to the Otherworld, where something even more insidious is at work—something Thad will need more than logic to stand against.

Review:

I find the Blackmoor family fascinating. Jacob Z. Flores weaves a compelling story with surprising plot twists with strong gorgeous men that find their true strength in loving each other and then there is the smoking hot sex!

Thad and Aiden is as fascinating as Mason and Drake. They are the couple whose story was told in the first book, Spell Bound in the The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series.

The Otherworld is in grave danger and Aiden leads The Blackmoor brothers along with Drake and Ben to save the Fae kingdom, but they are betrayed and the consequences are deadly. If Thad and Aiden survive their love will be forever threatened. What follows is some truly brilliant plot twists that will keep you hooked and holding your breath from what will happen next!

I am looking forward to the next story in this entertaining series. Soul Shares will Pierce Blackmoor’s story and will be a must buy for me. I can’t wait!

I highly recommend Blood Tied and this series will do your library proud.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Spell Bound by Jacob Z. Flores


Title: Spell Bound
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 216
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Vampires,
Urban Fantasy
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge: Book One

Mason Blackmoor just can’t compete with his brothers, much less his father. They represent the epitome of black magic, strong, dark, and wicked, and though Mason tries to live up to his respected lineage, most of the spells he casts go awry. To make matters worse, his active power has yet to kick in. While his brothers wield lightning and harness the cold, Mason sits on the sidelines, waiting for the moment when he can finally enter the magical game.

When a dead body is discovered on the football field of his high school, Mason meets Drake Carpenter, the new kid in town. Drake’s confident demeanor and quick wit rub Mason the wrong way. Drake is far too self-assured for someone without an ounce of magical blood in his body, and Mason aims to teach him a lesson—like turn him into a roach. And if he’s lucky, maybe this time Mason won’t be the one turned into an insect.

Not surprisingly, the dislike is mutual, and Drake does nothing to dispel Mason’s suspicion that the sexy boy with a southern drawl is somehow connected to the murder.

If only Mason didn’t find himself inexplicably spell bound whenever they are together, they might actually find out what danger hides in the shadows.

Review:

From the first page, Spell Bound by Jacob Z. Flores caught me up within it’s gripping storyline. First, we have Mason Blackmoor, who comes across as a arrogant jerk who hangs out with the school bullies that serve Mason’s every whim. Although Mason does not bully people personally, he still comes across as untouchable.

Drake is a new student that both infuriates and fascinates Mason at the same time.

I loved the interaction between these two young men and the misconceptions they have about each other. Although this story is funny at times, it is also has a dangerous and suspenseful element to it because someone is trying to kill them.

One of the reasons why I loved this book was the character of Mason himself. When Mason’s magic is not working, he feels inadequate. His family’s magic is strong and very powerful. I ended up loving the Blackmoor family and you will too. I cannot wait for their stories in this series.

I highly recommend this book.

Mason and Drake are just meant to be and I know you will love them too.

Jacob Z. Flores is a talented writer and once you read this heartfelt tale, you will want to add his work to your library of must-read authors.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Enter to win a copy of When Love Comes to Town by Jacob Z. Flores

The When Love Comes to Town Giveaway Contest


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Blurb:

Brody O’Shea isn’t looking for much, just a hot guy with a decent job, who is sane and doesn’t have kids. The son of a former rock star, Brody has lived through the pain of bankruptcy and bad parenting, and he doesn’t want to experience it again. As a reformed horndog, he wants the security and stability of a relationship. But almost every guy he meets seems satisfied with Mr. Right Now, and he wants to find Mr. Right—now! 



The only men Eric Vasquez chases are criminals. As a deputy and single father, he has no need for a relationship after his last one ended disastrously. He lives for and through Maddie, his nine-year-old daughter. Everything else is a needless distraction, but distraction is what Eric gets when he comes to Provincetown to attend the wedding between his cousin Van and the man of his dreams. 



When Brody and Eric meet, what they want and what they find conflict. An ocean of expectations separates them. If they cannot move past their reservations to reach each other’s shores, they might miss the boat when love comes to town.

Excerpt:

Brody had wanted answers to his questions, but how was he supposed to ask them? Accusing a nine-year-old girl of having an ulterior motive wouldn’t earn him any brownie points, and since Maddie was always at their side, he couldn’t very well ask Eric what Maddie’s questions had been about.

He had no choice but to leave them unanswered. At least for the time being.
Maddie’s screech from down the beach got his attention. Right now, her father was chasing her around, trying to catch her and throw her in the water. They’d been playing that game since Maddie had finished asking about marriage, love, and second husbands.

It had come on so suddenly he couldn’t help but see it for what it was—a diversion. But just what was Eric trying to avoid?

“Brody!” Maddie screamed. She zigged while Eric zagged and was able to increase the distance between them. “Help me!”

“I don’t get between a father and his daughter,” he called back. She replied by sticking out her tongue, but unfortunately that little gesture caused her to lose ground. Her father lunged at her and snagged her by her elbow. Eric then hauled her over his shoulder and headed toward the water.

Brody laughed. Whatever the reason for Eric’s sudden interest in tormenting Maddie, it was working. How could he focus on finding answers when the two of them were being so adorable? He really needed to stop that. He’d already accepted that he and Eric weren’t going to happen. They were destined to be friends. That was it. He was going to be here for Eric. Help make him smile. Especially since Eric appeared to be in dire need of a good time.

Suddenly, Maddie rushed past him and sprinted down the beach. How the hell did she get away from Eric? Eric came lumbering after her. He had to do something to come to Maddie’s rescue.

So as Eric ran past him, Brody leaped upon his back. The force unsteadied Eric, who teetered to one side. This caused Brody to fall off Eric and land on his back in the warm sand. Eric tried to catch himself, but the force of Brody’s body first landing on him, then falling off sent Eric into a spin before he crashed on top of him.
In the distance, Maddie’s laughter echoed back to him, but all Brody could focus on was Eric’s heaving body pressed on top of him. His frame fit against him quite comfortably, as if they were missing pieces to each other’s puzzle. Did Eric notice that too? Was that why his amber eyes, which had previously gazed down at him in wide surprise, no longer looked embarrassed? Instead, a sly grin caught the right corner of his mouth and hooked it upward.

Fuck, that was hot! And why did he have to smell so damn good? A heady mixture of sweat and aftershave drifted in the air. Then there were the hot pants of air that blew across Brody’s cheeks. Each exhale fanned a fire that rapidly consumed him from within.

If he didn’t have morenot for his self-control, he’d he would have craned his neck and steal stolen a kiss. But that was completely inappropriate. Especially in front of Maddie.

“I think it may be time to get up,” Brody said. His voice was low and throaty. Did he really need to be speaking with a bedroom voice at the moment? His vocal cords seemed to think so. They were no doubt working in collusion with the erection that took up all the room in his underwear.

Oh great! He had an erection, and Eric was on top of him. There was no way he could hide that. But wait a minute. What was growing in Eric’s shorts?

The Fabulous Jacob Z. Flores is here today on his blog tour to answer some of our burning questions!!

Please give a big Top2Bottom Welcome to Jacob Flores!

Thanks for having me back at Top2Bottom. You guys have always been good to me and were one of the first sites to host me when I first started writing in m/m in 2012, so it’s always great to come back to where you started. I truly appreciate it!

You’re always welcome here, Jacob:) We’re always thrilled when you stop by!

Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

I’ll take some orange juice. Hell, while you’re at it, make it a mimosa!

We love the way you think! We’ll all have one and have a big party! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m recently single, so I’m back out in the dating world, which has been quite the experience. I’ve been away from this life for over ten years, and it’s been quite an adjustment.

I’ve actually been thinking about writing blog posts about single life and dating experiences. You know, getting back on the horse and all that! And I’m talking about going out on dates not the occasional mount and dismount we love to write and read about.

That’s a great idea, Jacob. Dating can be exciting and fun, but it also can be disastrous! Not every frog is a Prince Charming.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

I’m usually too excited to mutter intelligible words. I squeal and then dance around like a fool. I do that each and every time a manuscript is accepted. And as long as it works, I’ll keep on doing it. The only person who hates it is my daughter. She thinks I’m weird. But I am, so that’s okay.

Naturally, I was super excited to learn that Dreamspinner accepted When Love Comes to Town. It’s the fourth and final book of the Provincetown Series. Even though it was part of the series and had the release booked in advance to acceptance, I was still nervous. I don’t like to count those chickens too soon. You know what I mean?

We do. Life has a tendency to be unpredictable.

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

It was a longing to tell stories that I could personally relate to. I’d always been an avid reader of mainstream fiction, but most of those characters, while usually excellently written, didn’t relate to me on a personal level. So I decided to write stories that spoke to me, that revealed snippets of my life and my community.

And what a community it is! The m/m genre is filled with wonderful authors and readers, who have embraced me with open arms. I consider myself lucky to write for such devoted readers, and it always makes my day when one of them reaches out to me about a novel of mine they enjoyed.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Chocolate cake please. I never turn down chocolate cake! And no need to get a knife dirty with cutting it, I’ll just take the whole thing. What can I say? I love chocolate.

How many hours a day do you spend writing?

That really just depends on my schedule. I try to write at least one thousand words a day to keep myself in the habit. But on a day when I’m not swamped with work or parental duties, I can get up to four thousand. When school’s out during the summer, I write about eight hours a day.

I just love writing. Besides spending time with my daughter and loved ones, there’s nothing else I’d rather do.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I tend to revise as I go. I’m very anal when it comes to my process. If something isn’t working or I need to make adjustments, I have to make it perfect before I can move on. If not, that imperfection eats away at the back of my mind, which just ends up distracting me from making progress. When I’m done with a WIP though, I read the whole things again at least two more times to fix problems that I find. It’s a continual process for me.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

What’s funny about the answer to this question is that it has changed. When I wrote Moral Authority and 3, I crafted an outline from beginning to end. It worked really well for those books. When I started writing The Gifted One, I had a general idea of where I wanted to go, but I just couldn’t write the outline. So I started writing, and the novel just came to me as I went.

For all the books in the Provincetown books, I had no outline whatsoever. I created the characters and set them loose. They’ve told me where they wanted to go and what they wanted to do. I figured since my muse was in the driver’s seat, I’d just let him take control. I’ve been pleased with the overall results so far.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

Tough question. It’s like asking me to choose between chocolate cake and cookies. But if I had to choose, I’d say my favorite character right now is Maddie from When Love Comes to Town. She’s Eric’s nine-year-old daughter, who’s wise beyond her years. She really came to life for me as I wrote her, and she has some of the best lines in the book. She’s also perhaps the smartest character I’ve ever written. She has a keen eye and quick mind. She knows exactly what’s going on even before the adults do. Plus, she’s just so dark cute!

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

What is this writer’s block you mention? I’m unfamiliar with it.

Yeah, right. It’s tough when my muse decides to take a nap. I usually sit and stew before pacing around the room. I try to get him to wake up, but when a guy’s spent, he’s spent. So I find a book and start reading. That usually get’s my muse ready to go again, and I dive right in before he decides it’s time for another nap.

He’s a fickle man, my muse. But I love him anyway.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

Not anymore. I used to write in my big comfy chair. In fact, it sort of became a crutch. I seemed only capable of being productive when I was sitting in it with my feet propped up on the ottoman. But I’ve learned that my muse will follow me wherever I go. All I need is him and my laptop, and we’re good to go.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I don’t really need a sign. It’s usually all over my face. I’m focused and in my own world. I can’t tell you how many times people have talked to me while I was writing, and I didn’t even know someone was speaking. I zone out when I’m plugged into my muse. As long as there isn’t music blaring or a loud TV show on, I’m good to go.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I have no sense of humor whatsoever since I’m a robot sent to spy on you earthlings before we invade your planet. But don’t worry, we only plan on taking your men. They will be the only ones who are ravaged.

What is the most frequently asked Jacob Z. Flores question?

I get asked a lot if When Love Comes to Town is really the end of the Provincetown Series. Many readers don’t want the series to end and have lamented how they are going to miss the boys we’ve all come to love. I’m going to miss them too. But you never know, I might just write a Return to Provincetown series to revisit Zach and Van, Nino and Teddy, and Brody and Eric, and then introduce a whole new generation of boys looking for other boys to love.

What are you working on now?

I just finished a novel that’s tentatively titled Being True. It’s about a high school misfit named Truman L. Cobbler. He’s a misfit with a weird name that just doesn’t fit it. He’s made fun of constantly for his odd yet delicate features, his name, and for the fact that he “looks” gay. But Tru doesn’t allow other people to change who he is. He dusts himself off after each bully and tries to be true to who he is. But when Tru transfers to a new school in the inner city of San Antonio, he meets Javi Castillo, the hot and popular jock, who takes an immediate liking to him.

Tru and Javi’s friendship rocks the social cliques at the school. They don’t know how to handle Mr. Popular taking a stand for Mr. Donkey, as Tru is called. The boys have to learn how to navigate the choppy social waters of high school while at the same time dealing with the attraction that keeps growing between them. And there’s also a bully named Rance, who is hell bent on making sure that whatever relationship is starting between Tru and Javi doesn’t last.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

Reading helps with the creative spark. When I read, I typically consider how the author constructed the plot and the characters. I try to figure out where the plot is going and how the characters will evolve. I even imagine alternate paths that the author could have chosen but didn’t. I think of reading as a creative writing exercise.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

Horror is my absolute favorite. I’ve always been a big fan of the genre, whether it’s in the theater or in a book. There’s just something about being terrified that makes me happy. My daughter, who used to hate being scared, is developing an appreciation for it. I couldn’t be happier than to share that with her.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Well, since I’m single and dating again, let’s go with horse trainer. He can help me with my mount in the saddle.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Traveling is something I enjoy. I hope to take several trips this year and spend time with friends and loved ones. It’s good to get out of your space and go some place new. It’s a good way to recharge those creative batteries.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

I’m hoping Dreamspinner will pick up Being True. Beyond that, I have several ideas brewing. There’s a particular paranormal series I’ve been toying with, and I’ve been dying to do some world building for that. But I leave it up to my muse these days. Where he leads, I follow.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

You can buy When Love Comes to Town here:

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4850

And I urge readers to visit me at any or all of my social media sites:
Website/blog: http://jacobzflores.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jacob.flores2,
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JacobZFlores,
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5142501.Jacob_Z_Flores

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Thank you for having me, and of course I can help. But before we get started on the dishes, I want to thank everyone who joined me here today.

Where will Jacob Z. Flores will be next on his When Love Comes to Town Blog stop? Check it out below!


Jacob Z Flores When Love Comes to Town Blog Tour

4/10/2014 Literary Nymphs Hot List
4/11/2014 MM Good Book Reviews
4/14/2014 The Blog of Sid Love
4/16/2014 Its Raining Men
4/17/2014 Top2Bottom
4/17/2014 MamaKitty Reviews
4/21/2014 The Novel Approach
4/23/2014 Fallen Angel Reviews

Giveaway :
Jacob will be giving away an eBook copy of When Love Comes to Town at each stop.

Author Bio:

Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.

Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his husband, Bruce, their three children, and two dogs, who represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.

You can follow Jacob’s musings on his blog at http://jacobzflores.com or become a part of his social media network by visiting http://www.facebook.com/jacob.flores2, https://twitter.com/JacobZFlores, or http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5142501.Jacob_Z_Flores.

Chasing the Sun by Jacob Z. Flores


Title: Chasing the Sun
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 118
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed. 

After spending his life focused on living for others, he has no idea how to live for himself. He wants to find love but now settles for anonymous sex that only further clouds his world with shame and guilt. Gil believes finding true love is an unobtainable dream, what his father used to call “chasing the sun.” 

Then he runs into Tom Martinez, his son’s childhood best friend, who returned to town a grown man and offers everything Gil needs. But Gil hesitates to fall into Tom’s arms, because after his high-profile divorce, the potential scandal of loving a younger man could separate him from his children permanently.

What type of book is it? A May/December romance, book two in the Province series – but is a great stand alone book.

What is it about? This is a story about growth and internal search… a journey of self discovery and the chance for a happy, fulfilling relationship for fifty year old Doctor Gil Kelly.

Though Gil became the doctor he always wanted to be and he had been married with two children now in their thirties, his life was built on denying who he was. Five years after his sexual preferences were made public by a vengeful ex-wife, Gil finds himself still lonely. His adult children are estranged, friends have fallen away and he keeps to himself with the exception of meeting the occasional man on-line.

In comes Tom, his son’s childhood friend.

Tom has been waiting for Gil to find himself and make the stumbling steps to get on with his life. With Tom’s support, Gil reaches out and together they start a live together.

That is, if the town, the ex-wife and Gil’s children will allow it.

The best bit was... when Gil and Tom announce themselves at a charity. This point in the story showed everyone’s point and it was wonderful how the author blended it all together for a powerful, realistic ending. The chaos, the healing and the heat… just wow. I didn’t want to put the book down.

I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves May/December romances, internal conflict over past mistakes and those who like a hero who is older.

I haven’t read anything by this author before. Based on reading this story, I want to go back and catch the first book in this series – When Love Takes Over, which is based on Gil’s son Zach.

Reviewed by: Dawn

Enter to win a copy of When Love Takes Over by Jacob Z. Flores!!

Jacob Z. Flores is here on his blog hop and he’s giving away a copy of his book, When Love Takes Over!

See what Jacob has to say to our readers:

For those interested, I have included the blurb and an excerpt below. Additionally, as part of my blog tour I’m holding a contest. All you have to do is leave a comment to this post, and your name is entered to win a free copy of When Love Takes Over. If a reader happens to follow all my blog stops, then she or he can leave a comment at the other sites a well. At the end of the tour, a winner will be chosen and announced.


Blurb:

Zach Kelly’s life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He’s expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leather shop he mistakes as a place to buy a belt that is definitely not for whipping.

Van Pierce is smitten when shy and inexperienced Zach crashes through a shelf of fetish gear. Though Van’s got an insatiable appetite for men on and off the set, his porn persona, Hart Throb, hides a broken heart. He’s struggling to find the reality the porno set doesn’t offer, and Zach is fighting to find the fantasy that will set his writing on fire. The odd goofball and the suave beefcake may either find love amid Provincetown’s colorful pageantry where summer never seems to end—or more heartbreak than either can imagine.

Excerpt:

Zach blinked back his tears and swallowed the lump in his throat.
“I’m sorry,” Ben said after a few moments. His voice broke the silence like an exploding cannon. “I truly am.”
Although the words were apologetic, the tone expressed no such emotion. Ben sounded irritated, like he often did when Zach proved too dense for Ben’s liking.
He had to get the hell out of there. Now.
Zach stood up from the bed and crossed to the closet. He reached inside, grabbing his suitcase from the floor and his backpack from the chair that sat to the left. He placed both on the carpet just outside the closet door.
Ben said nothing. He simply watched in silence, but the arch to Ben’s eyebrow told Zach Ben was interested in what he planned on taking with him. What he wanted to take was the big screen television or the expensive leather couch they bought a few months ago, but none of those things would fit in his luggage. Ben’s head would. If he could stuff the oversized melon filled with Ben’s own high opinion of himself into his backpack.
But instead of acting out or saying the awful things that crossed his mind, Zach kept mum like the lame ass loser he was. He also only reached for the items that were his, not anything they’d purchased together.
He shoved a couple pair of jeans in his duffel bag. He then lifted out his suit jacket, the one Ben had bought for him to wear on their last trip to New York. The trip that Ben had planned because Zach sucked at making travel arrangements and packing appropriate attire. The one trip Ben had allowed him to be cruise director for hadn’t gone over well. He had booked accommodations not to Ben’s liking and then didn’t bring clothes worthy of dining or clubbing. Ben had been mortified and shanghaied all future travel plans after that debacle.
That was why Ben purchased the suit. He wanted Zach to look the way Ben expected him to.
Before he could stop himself, he turned around, suit jacket in hand and asked, “Should I?” Then, realizing what he’d done, he put the jacket back. Even now, after Ben had kicked him to the curb, he fell back on asking Ben if he should or shouldn’t do something. He needed help. Or a lobotomy. Yeah, an ice pick shoved into his eye just might do the trick.
“Just take the jacket,” Ben blurted. “It’s yours!”
Zach didn’t answer. He tore some of his favorite shirts off the hangers and tossed them into the open suitcase. He then yanked open his assigned drawer in their dresser and emptied the contents on top of the balled up shirts.
While he tossed his underwear into the disorganized mess, he watched Ben’s blank expression change. He was no longer indifferent. The absolute mess he was making of his belongings and the fact that he wasn’t taking any of the nice clothes Ben had purchased over the years evidently pissed him off. Ben’s face burned red, and his hands clenched into fists.
“You’re making a mess!” Ben shouted as he crossed over to the closet. “And you’re not even taking the good stuff.” He carefully removed the button-down shirts from some Italian designer Zach couldn’t remember. Ben then began folding them and placing them into a nice, even pile on top of the chest of drawers. “You might as well take them,” he told Zach. “Lord knows, I can’t fit into them. I’m far too lithe for your clothes.”
If Zach had a bat in his hand, Ben’s head would be a bloody red spot on the wall.
“I don’t want them,” Zach told Ben.
Ben didn’t listen. He continued folding the shirts into perfect little squares. When he was done, he headed for the open suitcase. He stood over it, eying its contents. No doubt trying to decide how best to reorganize the clothes until it met Ben’s approval.
When he bent down to begin the process, Zach snapped. He yanked the suitcase out of Ben’s reach, spilling his clothes onto the bedroom carpet. “Don’t touch my shit.”
“I agree,” Ben replied with a crooked smile. “Your clothes are shit. That’s why I want you to take the nice ones.”
Zach couldn’t respond. His throat once again closed shut. He swept the pile of tumbled clothes back into his open suitcase and zipped it shut. He then headed for his desk. On it rested his laptop, which sat next to the Out magazine he had been reading this morning, the one that had all those entrancing pictures of a place called Provincetown at the back of the magazine. He’d wanted to discuss possibly vacationing there with Ben. In fact, daydreaming about it kept him from writing, but now, the sight of the magazine and the vacation they would never have together punched him in the stomach.
He scooped up his laptop and placed it in his backpack. He turned to leave, but he just couldn’t leave the magazine behind. So he rolled it up, stuck it in the back pocket of his shorts, and headed for his suitcase.
With it in hand, he exited the bedroom, the one where he and Ben had planned the future they would no longer have. He then left the apartment without a word and with a shattered heart.
He had no idea where he would now live, but right now that didn’t matter. He had a plan.
He was going to Provincetown.

About the Author:

Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.

Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his husband, Bruce, their three children, and two dogs, who represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.

You can follow Jacob’s musings on his blog at http://jacobzflores.com or become a part of his social media network by visiting http://www.facebook.com/jacob.flores2, http://twitter.com/#!/JacobZFlores, or http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5142501.Jacob_Z_Flores.

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The Fabulous Jacob Z. Flores is in the house! Please give him a BIG Top2Bottom Welcome!!

Please give a big Top2Bottom welcome to Jacob Z. Flores!

Jacob we’re thrilled to have your here!!

I’d like to thank you for having me back here at Top2Bottom. This is one of my favorite blogs for m/m fiction, and with a name like Top2Bottom, who wouldn’t love it? But beyond the great name, Top2Bottom was very welcoming when I took my first tentative steps into m/m fiction back when I started in this business, so thank you so much for being so great to me!

Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

I’ll take a Sprite, please. Luckily, I always carry around a flask of Vodka. Just in case of an emergency. And Sprite without Vodka is definitely an emergency! I brought enough for everyone. What can I say? I’m a giver!


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, not only am I good at giving, I’m good at receiving as well! What? Why are you looking at me like that? I’m talking about gifts, nothing else! Such dirty minds around here. I love it!

But seriously, I lead the typical family life with a husband, three children, and two dogs. So I’m pretty much just like everyone else out there.

The only thing that may make me slightly different is that I also occasionally work with a traveling circus as a contortionist. I don’t think anyone wants to hear about that, right?

Um, yes we do! Jacob, you tease!! Next time you visit, we want to hear more about it!!

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

I don’t think it was a word. It was more like an unintelligible, high pitched squeal that only dogs or bats could hear. I even got all the neighborhood dogs to join in! I consider that quite the accomplishment.

Obviously, I was super excited that When Love Takes Over was accepted by Dreamspinner Press. It’s the first book of The Provincetown Series, and it’s a series I’ve wanted to write for a while. To have the manuscript accepted meant that I would finally be able to share Provincetown, a place that I love dearly, with readers. I couldn’t have been happier about that.

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

It was a longing to tell stories that were unique to me. From my experiences and my perspective. I had been a fan of mainstream authors like Stephen King, James Patterson, and James Rollins to name a few, and I loved their stories. But something was missing. I didn’t know what it was at the time, and I didn’t figure it out until I came across my first Michael Thomas Ford book.

Then, I understood what was missing from King and the others. Sure, their stories were great, but their stories weren’t told from a point of view that I could relate to. Ford’s books made me realize that, and that’s when my passion for writing, which I had allowed to sit on the back burner for professional reasons, reignited.

I just had to write, and that has gotten me to where I am today.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

OMG! Cookies or cake? That’s torture! How about cookies and cake? That’s so much better. I’ll have a chocolate chip cookie and a wedge of chocolate cake. Yes, I said wedge, and no, what you’re cutting is not a wedge.

Aww! Come on Jacob! Let us spoil you!

What can I say? I’m obsessed with chocolate, and I don’t apologize for that. Not one bit.

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

It’s hard to talk with my mouth full of chocolate cake, but I shall try.

During the summer when I’m not teaching, I can write 4,000 words a day on a good day. During the school year, though, I average about 1,000 words, which still isn’t bad. I enjoy writing so much that I get a bit pissy when I have to go back to school. I know it’s the day job and helps pay the bills, but I long for the day when I write full time. That would be even better than chocolate cake. Yes, you heard me right. I love writing more than chocolate. Luckily though, when I write, I can have both.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I revise as I go along. It’s the English teacher in me.

I typically write the scene as it flows, and if I get to a point where I’m stuck, I go back, re-read, revise as I go, and then pick up where I left off. When I finish a chapter, I re-read it and revise it again. I could revise until the end of time. Thankfully, I have deadlines that prevent that from happening.

When I get round one or two of edits, though, I’m typically pretty excited. It means that I get another chance to edit the work and make it shine. That’s pretty weird, huh? Not too many writers like edits but I’m weird and I embrace it freely!

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

What’s funny about the answer to this question is that it has changed. When I wrote Moral Authority and 3, I crafted an outline from beginning to end. It worked really well for those books. When I started writing The Gifted One, I had a general idea of where I wanted to go, but I just couldn’t write the outline. So I started writing, and the novel just came to me as I went.

For When Love Takes Over, and the rest of the Provincetown books, I had no outline whatsoever. I created the characters and set them loose. I’ve been pleased with the overall results so far. Sure, it creates panic sometimes when I don’t know where to go next, but thankfully my muse hits me upside my head with a baseball bat to get me going again.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

That’s a tough question because the answer is never the same. I think today my favorite character is Zach from When Love Takes Over. I believe he’s very relatable in that he is a flawed good guy, trying to figure out why his life has gone to hell. I think Zach will speak a lot to people. Who hasn’t known someone like Zach or even been in Zach’s shoes? Plus, Zach’s a clumsy goofball, and that kind of personality just makes me smile.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

I never suffer from writer’s block. Stories flow seamlessly from my brain, out my fingers, and onto the keyboard. Yeah, I wish!

Whenever I get writer’s block, I get very pissy. Just ask my husband. Poor guy has to put up with me when I get stuck. He always tells me that I’ll get past it, that I always do, and that I got stuck in my previous book too. His support is typically the most helpful.

If that doesn’t work, I will sit down and read. Usually that will do the trick. Reading someone else’s words often times gets my creative juices flowing again, and I’m back on track.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone?

Yes. It’s my comfy, oversized chair in the family room. It’s where I create, and when I’m in writer’s mode, no one can sit there. I become like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, and remind people, “That’s my spot!”

Thankfully, no one really sits there any more. I think my family has finally realized it’s better to just sit elsewhere.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I don’t because my comfy, oversized chair is in the family room. I would love to have a study. An entire room just for me to write. That’s my dream. Our oldest is leaving for college this fall, so I may just commandeer part of the room and make it my new writing space. We shall see if that actually happens though. She’s very territorial as well.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I have no sense of humor. I am cold and unfeeling and rarely smile.

Yeah, I couldn’t pull that off, could I? I don’t know how to describe my sense of humor because pretty much anything can make me laugh. Big Bang Theory is my favorite show. When Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler are in scenes together, I’m usually dying of laughter. I also like Family Guy for it’s off-the-wall and sometimes off-color humor.

What is the most frequently asked Jacob Z. Flores question?

Hmmmm. There are several. Some people want to know why I’m always smiling. Or if there’ll be a follow up book to 3 or The Gifted One. And the answers to those questions are I smile because I’m friendly. Or I’m flirting. Who am I kidding? I’m a terrible flirt, so it’s most likely friendly flirting. And right now, there are no follow up books planned for 3 or The Gifted One. The potential is there, but I’ve got other irons in the fire right now.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on When Love Comes to Town, the fourth and final book of the Provincetown Series. I won’t give too much away, but the story is about Brody O’Shea, a reformed horn dog, who is looking for love, and Eric Vasquez, a grief-stricken man of the law, who lives only for his daughter. Both men have certain expectations about Provincetown and what they want out of life, but when they meet each other, their expectations may prove to be unrealistic.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

Reading helps with the creative spark. When I read, I typically consider how the author constructed the plot and the characters. I try to figure out where the plot is going and how the characters will evolve. I even imagine alternate paths that the author could have chosen but didn’t. I think of reading as a creative writing exercise.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

Horror is my absolute favorite. I’ve always been a big fan of the horror genre, whether it’s in the theater or in a book. There’s just something about being terrified that makes me happy. My family thinks it’s strange. They hate to be scared, but I crave it. A good scary book can make me happy.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Astronaut. Because they get to go out in space. I would love to do that!

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy traveling. It’s one of my favorite things to do. That wasn’t always the case. Before I met my husband, I was pretty much a homebody. My husband, however, loves to travel, and since he introduced me to the joys of traveling, I’ve been hooked. It’s actually because of him that we ended up in Provincetown that first time eight years ago. It was his Father’s Day gift to me. If he hadn’t given that trip to me, this series might never have been written.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Yes, the second and third books of the Provincetown Series. The next book is a novella titled Chasing the Sun. This book is actually a spin-off of When Love Takes Over. We leave Provincetown for one book and head back to Texas, where Zach Kelly, one of the main characters is from. Chasing the Sun tells the story of Gil Kelly, who is Zach’s father, and his search for love. It will be released in October/November.

After that, When Love Gets Hairy will be out in January/February 2014. It tells the story of Van’s best friend Nino. He wakes up one morning from a beach party he cannot remember and finds a naked bear laying next to him in bed.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

You can buy When Love Takes Over here:

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4098

And I urge readers to visit me at any or all of my social media sites:

Website/blog: http://jacobzflores.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jacob.flores2,
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JacobZFlores,
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5142501.Jacob_Z_Flores

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Thank you for having me, and of course I can help. But before we get started on the dishes, I want to thank everyone who joined me here today.