Monday, February 13, 2017

Flaunt by E. Davies - Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, and Giveway

Title: Flaunt
Author: E.Davies
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance


“He's waiting for me to ask, and I'm afraid.”

“I'm just one more gay guy here.”

Moving to the suburbs of L.A. was supposed to give Nic Montero a fresh start. After escaping his family, coming out as a gay trans man, and excelling in computer programming out of desperation to get financially stable or die, everything should be easy. But joining gay culture now, post-transition, feels impossible... until he runs into the force of nature that is Kyle. Everything Nic isn't, Kyle embodies. Green hair, garters and cut-off shorts, sports jerseys, and all, brash Kyle is the most gorgeous man he's ever laid eyes on, and he pulls Nic headlong into the center of his world. If only Nic felt like enough for a man like Kyle.

“One-night stands are my only option.”

Loud, loving, and too much for most men to handle, Kyle Everett catches eyes and occasionally scorn... even at his job at the local HIV charity, Plus. His days and nights are spent at work, his precious spare moments spent with his son, Kevin, when it's his turn to co-parent, or his best friend, drag queen River. He only has money or time for cheap flings, but the lanky otter who walks into his life makes Kyle want to hold him for longer than a night. He knows what it's like for Nic to be without a family, but he isn't brave enough to let this man into his life... until his charity is targeted by bigots, and Nic's there for him.

“I'll stay with you if you're brave enough to be you.”

Nic spent his twenties avoiding family and even his own femininity, but his yearning is impossible to ignore. Kyle's used to flying solo, but Nic offers him safety and fills gaps in his life he never realized existed and now can't stand. Living in close proximity, they can't run from their attraction, but they're each used to being rejected, with the emotional scars to prove it. Can two men who feel like they're not enough and too much find something just right?

Flaunt is a steamy, stand-alone gay romance novel with a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.

Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK


“Welcome to our headquarters! Er, not that we have other locations. Not full-time, anyway. Don’t worry about being late. I’m not even ready. I’m so sorry.” This had to be Kyle— the voice on the intercom matched this peppy yet sibilant, rapid-fire speech.

“I— that’s fine,” Nic assured Kyle with a quiet laugh. He was relieved not to be in trouble for showing up late, nor for showing up in formalwear when everyone else was probably going casual. “GPS pointed me the wrong way.”

“Oh, they do that! Right this way, please.” Kyle scanned his card against a reader near the staircase door. When he twirled to hold the staircase door open, his skirt flared out a little.

Kyle was wearing a skirt, over men’s skinny jeans and boots, and a blouse, and chest hair peeked out from the top of the blouse, his biceps unmistakeable. And his suspenders reached under the skirt, presumably to his jeans waistband. It made Nic wonder if he was wearing garters, which was a wholly inappropriate thought for their first meeting.

He awkwardly stepped through the doorway and Kyle brushed past him to trot upstairs at top speed, already talking again.

GIVEAWAY: Win a $25 Amazon giftcard and 2 x Flaunt ebooks

5 out of 5 stars
Flaunt is a new standalone MM contemporary romance by author E. Davies. 

I'll admit that I was excited to hear the details of this book as the author was writing it and sharing bits on social media. The little bits shared were more then enough to make me want to read this book ASAP. So when I got the opportunity to review Flaunt, I jumped at the chance. I was definitely NOT disappointed in this book at all. In fact it's one of my first 5 star reviews of the year. 

Flaunt is the story of slightly shy Nic and strong, and flamboyant Kyle. They are almost complete opposites, yet even at their first meeting there is an attraction but both kind of dance around the subject at first. See both have secrets that are very important to who they are and both know that whoever is a part of their life needs to be accepting of those secrets. For Nic, he's lived a bit of rough life to this point, and is finally settling into his life and his new body. Being transgender, Nic hasn't been able to find someone who accepts him for himself. His previous relationship experiences have not been all that great once the guys have found out about his transition. That is...until he meets Kyle and they start dating. For Kyle, he has a young son with one of Nic's coworkers. Kyle is very involved in his son's life and is hesitant to get into another relationship because in his words 'he falls in love too easy'. 

Nic doesn't really allow Kyle to close the door on their possibility of connecting. They eventually 'fall' into a relationship, sharing their secrets with each other. Kyle's attitude about Nic being transgender is awesome. He's a very roll with the flow kind of man and he just doesn't make a big deal, and even encourages Nic, later on, to revel in his femme side. He shows Nic that it's perfectly okay to be a little bit femme even after transitioning. Honestly through the entire book the author handles Nic and his transition with magnificent detail and a lot of heart. There are many little instances that many authors wouldn't have added into the story but that really worked well for Flaunt. 

Overall Flaunt was a fabulous slow burn love story about two men who are flawed but find the perfect other piece of themselves. I highly recommend this story for the depth of the characters, and the detail in the story. I look forward to reading River's story in Freak coming in late March 2017.

About the Author

E. Davies was proficient in real estate ad shorthand (the old-fashioned newspaper kind) by the age of nine. Growing up moving constantly taught him what people have in common, the ways relationships are formed, and the dangers of “miscellaneous” boxes.

As a teen, he tore through a stack of found romance novels, wishing someone had written similar for M/M, though he could never find anything at Chapters or the library. Just after graduating university in 2013, semi-out and clutching his English B.A. for dear life, he stumbled on an Amazon M/M short story. It was a whole new... phrase he dares not repeat for fear of lawyers. It shone and shimmered splendidly, though.

After failing forty times to avoid crafting happily-ever-after endings for steamy short stories, he plunged into romance novels and hasn't looked back. As a young gay author whose formative gay fictional role models were characters punished for their sexuality, Ed prefers his stories lightly dramatic, full of optimism and hope.

Now out and proud, he writes full-time, goes on long nature walks, tries to fill his passport, drinks piña coladas on the beach, flees from cute guys, coos over fuzzy animals (especially bees), and is liable to tilt his head and click his tongue if you don't use your turn signal.

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