Black & Blühe, by RJ Jones (Out of the Blue, Book Two)
Publisher: Vivid Blue Press (July 31, 2015)
Word Count: approx. 57,000 words
Genre: Bisexual (M/M) Romance/Erotica
Today I’m thrilled to be hosting the book tour for RJ Jones’ newest release, Black & Blühe. This sexy romance is the second in her Out of the Blue series, but can be read as a standalone (although characters from Book One do make an appearance). Keep reading for an exclusive excerpt, as well as your chance to win an Amazon gift card!
Grayson Black has never forgiven himself for not saving his identical twin brother, Jet, from a savage beating at their father’s hands ten years ago. Jet’s near-death never would have happened if Gray hadn’t been so focused on his boyfriend at the time. He has sworn to take care of his brother ever since. Gray can’t afford a distraction from his self-imposed mission, the type of distraction presented by the gorgeous blond showing up at their gigs.
Kris Larson is a firefighter with the San Francisco Fire Department. Since splitting from his girlfriend, his favorite way to spend nights off is watching the Black Brothers play in the bars of the Bay Area, especially the guitarist. But it’s not until the brothers are left homeless after a fire at their apartment building that Kris has the opportunity to know the real person behind the brooding façade.
Gray fights his attraction to Kris, but with a meddlesome twin who just wants him to be happy, it’s a losing battle. Before Gray and Kris can have a lasting relationship, though, Gray must learn to forgive himself, let go of the past, and lay more than one demon to rest.
Here’s an exclusive excerpt from Black & Bluhe!
“I WANT to come to the gym with you today, but I don’t want to cancel the movie with Kris. Can we go this morning?” asked Jet as he made our morning coffee the following Saturday.
“I don’t see why not. I only go in the afternoon ’coz that’s when you go to Kris’s. Maybe we can convince Kris to meet us there. I spoke to him about his boxing and he might like a session with the bags.”
“Okay, well, you ask him. I’m done playing matchmaker for you two. You can figure it out from here, I think.”
“My god. Do you think you can stop? You’ve been pushing us together for how many weeks now?”
Jet poked his tongue out and I rolled my eyes.
“Well, if you fuck it up from here, then you’re a lost cause.” Jet stuck his tongue out once more.
Kris was quick to respond to my offer, and in turn invited both of us over afterward to watch a new movie he had picked up during the week.
When Jet and I arrived at the gym, Kris was waiting for us out front wearing gym shorts and a black tank that showcased his broad shoulders. What was I thinking by inviting him? There was no way I could train with him in the room looking like that. Just thinking about him all sweaty and pumped had me sporting wood. I couldn’t imagine what seeing the real thing would do to me. Jeremy was going to have a field day with me, and just to prove my point, Jet poked me in the ribs and gave me a wide grin, his dark eyes sparkling knowingly.
“Shut up,” I muttered.
“I didn’t say a word.”
Before I could say any more, Jet bounded up to Kris and gave him a hug and peck on the cheek.
“Hey, guys.” Kris and I hadn’t gotten to the familiar-hugging stage yet, but his smile was enough for me. For now.
“Jeremy’s expecting you. He knows you’re coming to check out the facility and spar a bit with him.”
“I’m gonna be in the ring with your trainer? I thought I was just coming to work out?”
“He insisted on checking out your moves. What can I say?” I winked.
After putting our stuff in our lockers, we entered the main gym. Jeremy spotted us and came over. “You”—Jeremy pointed at me—“in the ring and warm up with Clive.” He turned his attention to Kris. “Blondie, over there in the corner and work the speedball until I come back.”
Kris looked at me and was about to say something until I grabbed his arm and dragged him in the direction of the boxing equipment.
“Sorry, I should have warned you about Jeremy before we walked in the door. He’s blunt and doesn’t hold back. He won’t let you slack off, either. But earn his respect here and you’ve got it for life.”
Kris raised an eyebrow. “Blondie?”
Heat rose up my neck and spread across my face. “Yeah sorry, um… I called you that for a long time before I knew your name, so it kinda stuck. If he calls you Kris by the end of your session, then you know you’ve won him over.”
Kris gave me that shy smile again, and my heart leapt into my throat. “You called me that for a long time? I didn’t think you noticed me.”
My breath hitched when our eyes locked, and I ran my fingers gently down Kris’s forearm. “I noticed.”
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About the Author:
RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.
RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn’t shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.
Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.
She is surrounded by males.
RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.
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