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Reconnection (Romance on the Go) by Michael Mandrake
reviewed by: Becky
Every once in a while, the average looking guy scores!
Robert McIntyre is a closeted, average looking sports columnist for the Daily Read. Unfortunately, his desire to stay in has cost him the chance at love more than once. However, now it seems his luck will change since his editor has asked him to interview Jake Valenta. Jake and Robert knew one another in college and when he heard from a mutual friend that Jake might be bisexual, Robert didn’t believe him.
Before Robert’s trip, they discover a mutual affection for one another. Jake shares his desire to stay behind closed doors because he can’t stand being called a fag, but desperately wants Robert to be his man.
Robert and Jake want a chance to reconnect on a more personal level, but will this budding relationship ruin their careers?
I loved this little story so so much, I love it when you connect with a character so quickly because they are so well written! Robert is an average guy who wants a chance at love just like everyone else, he is fearful to step out of the closet with his job in the macho world of sports journalism, Jake is the man he has been looking for, but at what price? Don't miss this one people, it may be short, but it is oh so sweet! *5 Stars*
5 baseball rating worthy for sure!!
Later on that evening, Jake and I finished our meal and we returned to the couch with wine and beers in hand. Jake is a masterful griller, cooking steaks with side salads and corn on the cob. It had been a while since I had such a filling and well cooked dinner. Most of the time in Chicago, my nights were Chinese takeout or fast food burgers.
“Ah, now this is nice. You and me, on the sofa, drinking liquor with sports on the TV. Can’t get any better than this.” Jake popped the cap on his beer open.
“Yeah, well, the NBA isn’t one of my favorite sports, but I guess it will have to do. It’s either that or hockey.” I cracked open the Merlot and poured myself a glass.
“You’re not into either one?
“Nope. Baseball’s my first love. Football is second for me. I love college and pro.”
“See I hate college football. I think it stems from our alma mater’s pigskin team getting more recognition than we did.”
“Yeah, and they got all the funding too,” I added with a laugh. “The NCAA knows college football can command more money than baseball, so they give them more attention.”
“And they didn’t even deserve it. They went 7-4 last year, for fucking last in the conference. We went to the playoffs and beat the number one seeded team.”
“But no one likes college baseball.”
Jake waved his hand and took another swig of beer. “Ah, whatever. I’m gone anyways, but it still sticks in my craw how they considered as unimportant.”
“You weren’t irrelevant, just the team. What happened when you got to single A, by the way? You weren’t seeing the ball, or…”
“I thought we were forgetting about the interview, Rob. Let’s save that for when we talk on the record.”
“I am. I’m just curious, that’s all.”
“I haven’t got a clue, Rob. I just wasn’t picking up the pitches like I should’ve.”
“Hm, well I’m glad everything’s going well now. The general manager was wondering if he’d made the right choice with the pick. I knew you’d get it together sooner or later.”
“You had faith in me?” Jake caressed my leg through my jeans and flashed me a wry grin.
Feeling his hands on me again caused the adrenaline to rush through my veins. I desired nothing more than to attack him on this couch and forget all about the game on television. “I’ve always had faith in you.”
About the Muse and Author
Michael Mandrake pens complex characters already comfortable with their sexuality. Thorough these, he builds worlds not centered on erotica but rather the mainstream plots we might encounter in everyday life through personal experiences or the media.
To find out more please visit Michael Mandrake at Wordpress
Author Sharita Lira: In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have 3 4 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters.
In addition to being a computer geek and a metalhead, Sharita loves live music, reading, and perusing the net for sexy men to be her muses. She’s also a founding member and contributor to the heavy metal ezine Fourteeng.net.
For more information, please visit http://www.thelitriad.com as well as her Facebook fanpage, The Literary Triad.
NOW FOR THE AMAZING GUEST POST WHERE YOU WILL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SHARITA AND HER MUSES: YOU WILL LOVE THIS!
Writing with the Muses
Hello all. I’m Sharita Lira, but my book says Michael Mandrake.
You may ask, why did I decide to use a penname, when it would’ve been simpler to write with my legal name, Sharita Lira. Well, a couple of reasons went into this decision. I’ll try not to bore you with the explanation.
One, when I first started writing professionally, I was self-conscious of using my own name. I thought I needed a male pseudonym to write gay romance. I figured, I’m not a man, but I want to write about two men in love.
Now, of course, I know that’s not the case. My female names and the male name have the same effect. Whether it’s Michael, Rawiya, or BL, I write two men to the best of my ability.
The second is more personal. With these names, I essentially take on three personas. They’re three phases that make me, the person and author. One likes more sensuality, less tension, another likes angst and drama, and the last one likes a mixture of both. Michael is that last one. I consider that muse to be the longwinded author. Also, the Michael writes more complicated pieces like paranormal and crime suspense. For that reason, I keep my more complex stories for Michael to write and they only involve gay men.
BLMorticia does it all. She only does contemporary, but she’ll do m/m, m/f, f/, m/m/f, etc. She likes to mix it up which is awesome. I also know when I write BL, there will be plenty of swear words and music will be involved in the story. BL keeps me laughing too, which I suppose shows my comedian side.
Rawiya is more like me as the real person. Sensual, a little sappy, and less drama. Under my Rawiya name, I write m/m and m/f contemporary love stories. They focus on more of the romance between the characters.
Reading this blog, I’m sure you’re thinking. Yep, she’s certifiable.
Probably, but I know my personas. It’s taken a heck of a long time for me to keep them straight, but finally, after almost four years plus, I have a handle on all of them. Now, if I could only figure out how to keep them from telling me what to write and when.
Such is the life of an author.
Hope you enjoyed my little post today!
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