Monday, November 10, 2014

Love You Senseless by Susan Mac Nichol - Book Tour with Review

Book Name: Love You Senseless (Men of London: Book 1)

Author Name: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group


One of London’s up-and-coming chefs, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire. 

From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love. 

An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since. 

Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.

Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance


Eddie kissed back, wanting nothing more than this moment, this man in his body and his lips on his. Somewhere a bell rang and for a minute Eddie thought it might be the sound of his own passion translated to tinkling sleigh bells and fireworks like in the cartoon movies when two people kissed. He smiled at that thought then as the bell got more insistent and irritating, he turned to Gideon only to find he was no longer there. Eddie scowled and reached across to where the annoying bell sound was….

He woke from his dream upright, sweating, sticky with come and tangled in musty smelling sheets that had seen their fair share of jack off action lately and needed washing. His hand rested on his mobile phone as it trilled incessantly with his Big Ben alarm. He blinked owlishly for a minute, wondering where he was, then as the dream faded, he fell back in a loose heap with a sense of loss.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Love You Senseless is the first book that I've read by Susan Mac Nichol. Why I've missed reading this author previously I don't know. I adored this book, and can't wait for more in the series. 

First ginger on the cover!! Did you see the sexy ginger on the cover?!? He actually happens to be IN the book too. Eddie, our resident sous-chef in Gideon's kitchen, is in fact an adorable, fun, and sexy ginger happens to have his eyes set firmly on his boss, Gideon. While Eddie may be a few years younger than Gideon, he knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go after it once he realizes there is a chance. 

Gideon, once an up and coming chef himself, is now just a restaurateur. For him this is not what he'd envisioned for his life. After the fire that killed his friend, he's lost his sense of smell and taste, which leaves him at a disadvantage. It's also left him with nightmares and feeling less than who he was prior to the fire. He's got his eyes on Eddie, but doesn't feel that he has enough to offer the sexy chef because he sees himself as damaged. 

Did I mention that since the fire, Gideon is a serious grouchy, grumpy gus of a man? How Eddie and Carmen put up with him without smacking him upside his head, I don't know. Well actually I do, they both see the other side of Gideon, the man he was before the fire and the man he can be once again. 

I loved that the story flipped between Eddie and Gideon's points of view. The side story involving Eddie's cousin added just that little bit of tension but this was not an angst driven story. This was about the beginning of a relationship, and how Eddie and Gideon each grow through the story. It's also a very character driven story which shows off both the characters and the storyline. 

Love You Senseless also showcases some pretty cool secondary characters. The three side characters that stood out for me were Leslie and Taylor who are Eddie's roommates, and Carmen who is Gideon's assistant/front of house. Leslie was wickedly funny, and Taylor was sweet and has a lot of story to tell us just from the little bits we see of him. I loved watching Carmen interact with Gideon because she didn't allow him to pull any shit with her. I hope to see much more of Leslie and Taylor in the rest of the series. 

Love You Senseless was a surprise gem for me this month because of the characters. The only thing I could have asked for more of would be a little more of a HEA instead of just a HFN, but that's not a detraction to the book. I don't have enough words to express how much I really loved the characters, especially Eddie and grumpy-butt Gideon. It felt like you were watching a real romance unfold versus reading a romance book. I recommend this for all of you that love a playful, sexy ginger in your story, and for those that love a little bit of an opposites attract in a solid storyline.

About the Author

Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason.  She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

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Tour Stops
11/3: Rainbow Gold Reviews
11/4: Amanda C. Stone, Joyfully Jay
11/5: Rebecca Cohen Writes
11/6: Inked Rainbow Reads, Molly Lolly
11/7: Nic Starr 
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11/12: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
11/13: Love Bytes, Twinsie Talk
11/14: Prism Book Alliance, Dawn’s Reading Nook
11/17: The Blogger Girls, Kristy's Brain Food
11/18: MM Good Book Reviews, Regular Guys, Hot Romance
11/19: 3 Chicks After Dark
11/20: Smoocher’s Voice
11/21: Multitasking Mommas
11/24: Kimi-Chan, Cathy Brockman Romances
11/25: Iyana Jenna, The Hat Party
11/26: Queer Town Abbey, Andrew Q. Gordon
11/27: Crystal’s Many Reviewers, BFD Book Blog, Michael Mandrake
11/28: EE Montgomery, My Fiction Nook, It’s Raining Men

1 comment:

  1. Love your review, and love that you love gingers and redheads! I have quite a thing for them myself. I'm so glad you enjoyed this story and Taylor's is on the way next, followed by cheeky Leslie. Thanks for showcasing me on your fabulous blog and for reading my book.