Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: I’m Not In Love by Mia Keric @MiaKerick @XpressoTours

I’m Not In Love
Mia Kerick
(Don’t Let Go, #1)
Publication date: June 13th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance

I’m not in love…

I’m not in love…

I will never let myself fall in love with Tristan Wilder.

And maybe if I tell myself this a thousand times, I’ll believe it.

Having lost his parents to a tragic accident when he was nine-years old, wealthy hotel heir Remi (Julian Remington III) refuses to form intimate emotional bonds, fearing a repeat of the crushing loss that destroyed his childhood. This means no deep friendships, no heartfelt family ties, and God forbid should he ever fall in love… Well, it’s safe to say that will never happen.

However, as a senior at the top art college in Garner City—his last year of freedom before he’s required to take his place at the top of the Remington family empire—Remi freely explores sexual intimacy with “distractingly” beautiful men. And he does so with great enthusiasm—how better to distract himself from the temptation to experience tender human connection?

Remi’s plans for emotional isolation are shook up when he meets Tristan Wilder, a nude model for his life drawing class. Stunningly beautiful from head to toe—and inside his heart, as well—Tristan struggles to scrape together enough money to support his twin sister, Tara, and her three young children. Like Remi, “Uncle Tris” is unwilling to enter a romantic relationship—his responsibility to his family is all-consuming. As the men take a chance on casual friendship, Remi comes to admire Tristan’s devotion to his family. And with Remi’s surprisingly doting attention to Tara’s children, he works his way into Tristan’s heart.

Tristan is finally all in, but can commitment phobic Remi lower his walls enough to allow Tristan—and the entire Wilder family—into his heart?

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EXCERPT:

Once again alone, I lift my glass. “To our first official date.” If tonight goes as I hope, a first date is the only date I’ll need to quench my thirst for this man.

Tristan wraps his fingers around his glass, but he doesn’t lift it. “I think… I’d rather be friends.” His studious gaze returns to the menu.

His unexpected response shocks me into boldness. “You are gay, right?”

Tristan looks past me at the brick wall. “I am.”

“Then I don’t get it.” I plunk my glass down on the table, and beer spills over my fingers. “You like me—I can tell. And your work in my life drawing class is finished—so what’s the problem?”

“I really do like you.” Tristan is quick to respond. “But right now, I don’t have the luxury of living for myself. I’m responsible for my sister and her three kids. It wouldn’t be fair to you—or to them—if I let myself get distracted by…” He sighs instead of finishing his thought. “I want to be selfish, but I can’t be.” His eyes are glassy when he again looks across the table at me.

“I won’t distract you from your family.”

“You already do.”

His words please me—inexplicably so—but it’s my turn to sigh. “Okay… We can start off our relationship as friends.” Tristan won’t be as easy to get into bed as I’d originally thought. And strangely, I don’t want him to be.

“I can live with that.”


Author Bio:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children–all named after saints–and five nonpedigreed cats–all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

My themes I always write about:

Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes- only love can save them.

Mia Kerick focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men within the boundaries of blossoming, supportive relationships. She believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. And Mia’s stories are centered around a certain theme: even heroes can be sweet. Sweet, but not completely innocent.

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6 comments:

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Thank you so much for hosting me on your site today!

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I like the cover and think the book look interesting.

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Marcy Meyer said...

I enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds really good.

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