Mix Up Some Romance Blog Hop

Mix Up Some RomanceThank you for stopping by! I’m so thrilled to be included in Hennessee Andrews’s Mix Up Some Romance Blog Hop. Don’t miss the fun and excitement happening now through October 10th. There’s also a great grand prize for one lucky entrant (uh-hem, KitchenAid Mixer), so be sure to use the Rafflecopter below. And, of course, be sure to visit all of the wonderful participants that are listed below.

Let’s get to some fun stuff, shall we?

What is your favorite thing about October?  Is it the changing of the leaves?  The sweet scents of cookies and pies that start to fill houses again?  How about pumpkin picking and jack-o-lantern carving?

Or, making a wig of pumpkin guts and spending a very loooooong time trying to get dried squash out of your hair?

I love the fall, and I love October because it’s that transition month.  The nights are getting longer.  The days are getting cooler.  The trees are changing color…unless you live in Florida like me and go by memories of foliage from the north.  October precedes the cold months of winter and concludes the long, sweltering months of summer.  Overall, it’s a lovely change, and I always greet it with open arms.

ffc106b1c21e0e8d340a460c57d8be4cAnd, of course, Halloween ends the month with a night of fun.  Who enjoys Halloween, ’cause I certainly do!  For as long as I can remember, Halloween ranked #1 on my list of favorite holidays, and to this day, I still love it.  Dressing up, decorating, making things spooky because you can. Pumpkin carving is a tradition, as it is with many families.  I’ve graduated from the two triangle eyes and triangle nose with the wonky mouth to more elaborate pieces of pumpkin artwork.  By the time I’m done, my hands are not happy with me.  One day, I’ll be able to create designs like the ones in the picture here. Or I can continued to kid myself and enjoy the work from true artists. 🙂  Either way, October can most definitely hang around a little longer than 31 days, bringing all of its beautiful colors and traditions with it.

Do you have any special traditions that you carry into the fall months?  I’d love to read about them!

If it’s cold where you are, I’m hoping to warm you up with a nice excerpt from my upcoming book, Mine to Keep, Boys of Sinn Island, due to release October 11th.  Enjoy!

Mine to Keep, Boys of Sinn Island 5

Mine to Keep

Jeremy Cortez and Dylan Hughes have been best friends for six years. Add in one week of intense intimacy when Jeremy finally gave into his desires for men, and there is nothing they haven’t done together.

All of that’s about to change when Jeremy hooks his hopes on creating a future with his current lover, who is also a regular guest on Sinn. As much as Jeremy wants something permanent, he can’t get over the guilt of leaving Dylan, or wash away the attraction he feels toward his best friend.

Dylan fell in love with Jeremy years ago, but has always kept his fierce emotions under wraps. When he catches Jeremy’s lover in the hands of two women at Breakers, his first and only instinct is to protect Jeremy’s heart, whatever cost to his own.

The cost is crushing, as Dylan and Jeremy find themselves fighting to save their friendship, and the unspoken love they hold for each other.


Jeremy started to step into the apartment, but Dylan shoved him back onto the stoop, following him out and pulling the door closed behind him.

“Are you fucking mad?” Dylan raked a hand through his tousled hair and hitched a thumb over his shoulder. “You’re gonna wake my sister and her kids. You do that, and there’ll be hell to pay.”

“I’ve already paid those dues. I paid this weekend. The whole fucking weekend having to live with what I did, or what I didn’t do.” He rushed his words, desperate for Dylan to hear everything he had to say before he lost the chance to explain himself. Jeremy shifted, suddenly uncomfortable under Dylan’s closed glower. The man stood before him in a pair of gym shorts and T-shirt, looking appealing and sexy to a degree that simply shouldn’t be legal. “I got home and you weren’t there.”

Dylan lifted a brow and crossed his arms over his chest. “And you thought it was a good idea to track me down in the middle of the night?”

“Yes!” Jeremy reached for his shoulders. Ice crackled along his spine when Dylan leaned away from him. “Dylan, I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry. I was a dick. I know it—“

“Hey, wait.” Dylan lifted a hand. “We’re not going to talk about this now. It’s almost two in the morning.”

Jeremy grabbed his wrist when he reached back for the doorknob. “No. We are going to talk now because I don’t want to go back to our apartment without you.” Jeremy wedged himself between Dylan and the door, forcing his friend to look him in the eye. The nearness to Dylan lit him on fire, a fire he no longer cared to fight. “I want you. I want you to come back home with me. I don’t want to be without you. I’m a fool for not seeing it sooner, but I’m seeing it now.”

Dylan licked his lips and looked away, his forehead creased. His mouth set in a firm line. His jaw ticked as he ground his teeth.

Good signs. All good signs.

Jeremy cupped the side of his face. Dylan twisted his head, pulling out of the tender touch.

“Please. Let’s go get a hotel room somewhere nearby so we don’t disturb your sister, and I’ll help you get everything out of here tomorrow morning.”

Dylan shook his head. “No.”

The hopeful grin that had been plastered to Jeremy’s face waned. Dylan looked at him, torment and stubbornness stirring in his eyes.


“No?” Jeremy repeated.

“You heard me, Jeremy.” Dylan sighed. “I’ve tried to be everything you could want, but even someone like me comes to a breaking point. That breaking point was when I saw how easily manipulated you were by that asshole. Six years of friendship. Six years of secrets. Six years, Jeremy, for a man you’ve known barely two months.” He gave Jeremy’s hand on Dylan’s wrists a pointed look. “When you won’t listen to reason, I’ve got to wonder about logic. I won’t leave myself vulnerable to be hurt like that again. Not by you.”

Jeremy’s soul wept, but he refused to walk away. “Dylan, don’t do this.”

“I didn’t do it.” The look Dylan pinned him with was as lethal as a spear in skilled hands. “You did.”

Dylan grabbed the doorknob and opened the door. Jeremy reached back and pulled it shut, fighting against Dylan’s resistance.

“No. We’re not ending six years like this.” The door slammed, rattling in the frame. He forced Dylan away from the building, down the handful of stairs to the landing. “I won’t let us end like this. Whatever it takes, I’ll earn your forgiveness.”

Jeremy dropped to his knees, hitting the concrete with a force he’d regret come the morning. He wrapped his arms around Dylan’s waist, fisting his fingers in the man’s T-shirt. Despite the moisture hanging in the air, he could smell a hint of Dylan’s arousal and tried desperately not to notice the bulge in the shorts.

A very difficult feat by the size of the bulge and the nearness to his face.

“I know you want me. I know it, Dylan. I want you, too. Only you. No one else anymore. I’m done. I’ve had my fun. I’m over it, and I want to be where I belong.” Jeremy pressed his cheek to Dylan’s lower stomach. A thrumming energy filtered through his nerves at the intimate contact. “Right here.”

“Jer, let go.”

“I can’t. I won’t.”

Dylan’s hands tangled with his as he tried to pry his fingers away from the T-shirt. “Jeremy. Seriously.”


Somehow, Dylan broke free of him, sidestepped his attempt to grab him again, and stormed up to the apartment. He disappeared inside the dark hallway. By the time Jeremy stumbled to his feet, his eyes stinging with tears, and reached the door, it was locked. He twisted at the knob and banged on the door.

“Dylan, please don’t.”

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4 Responses to Mix Up Some Romance Blog Hop

  1. Diana Merritt says:

    I love the Fall colors. I can’t wait every year to decorate my house in the oranges and browns.

    • Hi Diana!
      I’ve got all my decorations ready to go. I just need some time to put everything up. All the fiery colors come out of hiding and they stay out until the Christmas decorations go up. I also pull out the Yankee Candles that I burn during the fall. Mmm, I love this time of year. Thank you for stopping by! xoxo

  2. Tina B says:

    I live in Fl, too, Leah! Sometimes I miss the changing of the seasons, then I remember how many dear have ruined cars and the freezing cold and think to myself, “Yup, I love Florida!”. Lol.
    The thing that I love most about October is taking the kids trick or treating. My 4 year old LOVES it, but my 16 year old goes with his friends now. It’s fun for us to be in a group of parents and walk, talk, eat the kids’ candy. 🙂
    I don’t carve pumpkins usually, but I think we may do it this year. I would really like to carve ones like your picture. Maybe someday.
    Thank you for sharing. Great excerpt, too!!
    trb0917 at gmail dot com

    • Hi Tina!
      Oh my, you brought back memories with the deer, lol! I had a buck run into the side of my little 240 SX at two in the morning driving home from a diner when I was younger. My friend and I saw the deer, stopped, waited for the two to bound across the road, but nope. The buck waited for my to slowly proceed past when it barreled into the side of my car. Couldn’t open the passenger door all the way after that. And you know, five police cars and an ambulance came to the scene? Lol. My kids love trick-o-treating. Heck, I love trick-o-treating! I usually get together with a friend or two and we do the same thing, walk, talk, eat the candy 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by and I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt! xoxo

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