Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Tour for Can't Hide My Love by Sara York (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Fans of the m/m genre will quickly get caught up in the complex relationship between two men whose lone encounter in high school changed their lives irrevocably.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Can't Hide My Love by Sara York, along with my impressions of it, and then add it to your bookshelf.  In celebration of this book's release make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 2 eBooks of the winner's choice from ARe Books Imprints!

When desire is this strong, there’s no running from it.
Alec Harper has had a thing for Preston Gentry since high school. The one taste he got of the man only whet his appetite, now he has the opportunity to slake his need and get over the jerk. Preston isn’t walking away, though, and Alec can’t hold back.
Their lust drives them into each other’s arms, but something hotter, and purer has developed beneath the surface. And it’s something neither Preston nor Alec can let go.
As a college football coach, Preston can’t afford to be gay. His job is on the line, but his heart knows what it wants. Being with Alec means he’ll be outed and he could lose his job. But some things are more important than pleasing the public…like love…


The door closed behind them and Preston turned the lock, securing the door to the small room that served as the boys’ public restroom at the park. The evening was warm, the scent of flowers and fresh cut grass filled the night, and in here, antiseptic burned his nose along with the dull scent of piss and something else darker.
Preston laughed again but he didn’t move away. Alec’s back was pressed against the cold tile and Preston positioned his hands on the wall beside Alec’s head. Preston’s laugh change as he leaned in close, almost touching Alec. He tried to calm his racing heart, but his body was having none of it. Alec’s dick had responded the closer Preston got, getting harder than ever before. But Preston was straight, very straight, and Alec was exceedingly gay.
“We should go,” Alec said, his voice crisp.
“Na, let’s wait out the round. They’ll run off to the other side of the park once they realize they can’t find us.” Preston was even closer and Alec swore he heard Preston sniff him.
Alec stiffened and tried to move away, but Preston closed the distance, his chest pressing against Alec’s. The world spun as his blood raced then stalled in his veins. How could Preston be doing this to him? He didn’t think Preston was homophobic, but maybe this was some big setup to destroy him. Alec started shaking then he felt Preston’s fingers trail down his arm, scarcely grazing over his sensitive hairs.
“Preston, we should—”
Frozen in place, he let Preston Gentry—only the hottest guy in school—kiss him. It was wonderful and terrible all at the same time. His dick was so hard he’d never be able to hide what he was feeling. This had to be some joke to Preston, but it was real for Alec. What if Preston’s friends were recording this? The thought sent panic racing down Alec’s spine and he pulled away, but Preston was right there, his body pressing against Alec’s, his hands insistent as he exposed skin by pulling up Alec’s shirt.
Before he could say no, Preston had Alec’s shirt pulled up to his armpits and one hand down Alec’s shorts, caressing his dick. They both gasped as Preston stroked him, their lips separating, allowing him to gulp in air. The air didn’t stop his head from spinning or his dick from throbbing.
Preston acted like he knew what he was doing. He was calm and confident, his hands manipulating Alec like he’d already done this a hundred times. Alec had no idea where to put his own hands or how to touch Preston. Lost to the sea of emotions and lust, he stood with his arms at his side, feeling more dorky than ever before.
He’d only really seen one other guy’s erect dick and that was on a porn site. He’d caught a few quick glances of soft dicks in the bathroom at school, but he sure as hell had never touched another guy’s prick.
Preston pushed both of their shorts low, and then their dicks were touching as Preston stroked them together. Alec clutched at the wall, then clung to Preston, squeezing the guy’s shirt so hard he feared he’d rip it. Preston’s breath was hot on his neck and loud in his ears. Alec’s mind started to buzz and his legs shook.
“I’m gonna—dammit, Preston.” Alec was shaking like a leaf, his balls pulled so tight he wondered if they’d ever go back in place.
Preston was doing something with his hand, reaching away, then his touch was back just before Alec blew his load. Preston was smart and had grabbed napkins. The harsh paper scratched the tip of his dick, but he didn’t mind. He’d just come with Preston—freaking hot Preston—star of the football team, Preston Freaking Gentry.
How the hell had this happened?



Fans of the m/m genre will find themselves quickly caught up in the complicated relationship between a football coach on a journey of self-discovery and the professor whose heart was left bruised by their long ago encounter.  In a single moment the lives of these two men changed irrevocably as the seemingly straight Preston left his mark on Alec's heart during a steamy clandestine encounter that had Preston running back to his girlfriend and Alec hardening his bruised heart to love.  A meeting years later gives them the opportunity to explore what once scared Preston and for Alec to express the pain Preston's rejection left him with which is the first step in their rocky road to HEA.

This was a quick read with a nice flow and steamy encounters paired with sweet interludes.  Alec may have started off a bit cold, but a bruised heart and ego can do that.  Preston seems to have everything under control at first glance but seeing Alec again unsettles him and makes him see himself in a different light, in a way he's tried to suppress.  Together they're a couple full of conflict, but you can't help rooting for them despite Preston's missteps.  The story is almost solely focused on these two men which gives us time to get to know them and revolves around issues of "coming out" and the reactions of others, but mostly that of Preston's inner conflict.  Whereas Alec is fully out, Preston is still confused about his sexuality even as he's spending nights with Alec which left Alec feeling like a dirty secret and me frustrated.  It taints their burgeoning relationship and once again leaves Alec feeling used like all those years ago.  It's not until Preston's gets a glimpse of Alec without him that he finally puts his heart on the line and accepts what his heart has been telling him for years.  At times Preston's reactions seemed a bit over the top but the sweet and sexy connection between him and Alec kept me fully invested in them and quickly turning the pages to their endearing and heartwarming conclusion.

My rating for this is a B-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Sara York's life is writing. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can't help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning. Sara enjoys writing twisted tales of passion, anger, and love with a good healthy dose of lust thrown in for fun.


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1 comment:

  1. I love the excerpt from Can't Hide My Love! Thank you for a taste of it.