By Taylor V. Donovan
A while back, a good friend of mine, we’ll call her Barb, convinced me I needed to read Six Degrees of Lust, by Taylor V. Donovan. Yes, the story wasn’t fully resolved at the end, but I needed to read it, or so she assured me. So, after I developed a minor obsession with the story, one I’m hoping to pass on to Holly (Muahahaha!!!), I read other books by Taylor V. Donovan and found them to be not only of a consistent quality but borne of a reality not often found in romantic fiction. Her characters are real people in tough situations faced with difficult choices. They don’t always make the right choice at first, but it’s always a great story. Coming in early October 2014 is the next group of characters in a new series I’ll be developing a minor obsession with. It’s the Caribbean Tales. A series of standalones set in Puerto Rico. Yes. I said standalones. Really. She’s done it before in Disasterology 101. I’ll probably have to stock up on tissues. I think this one is going to give me a case of The Feelz.
Blurb: His toughest opponent is himself.
World Boxing Champion Santino Malavé has been fighting since he was a kid. Poverty, domestic violence, and emotional abuse were early contenders. Guilt and self-loathing were beaten into him by his homophobic dad at an impressionable age and now machismo, an integral part of the Latino culture, rules his life. In the ring he’s undefeated. Outside the ropes life constantly hits him below the belt. It takes a sucker punch from his best friend to finally knock the denial out of him and force him to face his true nature like a real man.
A natural born entertainer, Luca Betancur has grown up laughing, performing, and celebrating life among his tight-knit family under the scorching Puerto Rican sun. He has also dedicated years to deny his sexuality, study what the Bible really says, and pursue fame. Singing the wrong note on stage is not a mistake the multi-platinum award-winning singer would ever allow. Falling in love with a man is not a transgression his devout family would ever accept. The ties that bind him are strong, but the pull toward his childhood best friend may just be enough to tear it all to shreds.
Anger, mistakes, bigotry, and the need to conform put up a good fight. Can they break down the walls erected by Catholic teachings and a chauvinistic society, or will their relationship lose by technical knockout? Continue reading Cover Reveal: Heavy Hitters by Taylor V. Donovan