Breaking the Spine created this feature – “Waiting on” Wednesday, where bloggers could gush about their most coveted upcoming releases. Here’s mine:
Ashton Townsend is the most famous celebutante of Manhattan’s glitterati. The black sheep of his wealthy family, he’s known for his club appearances, Instagram account, and sex tape. Most people can’t imagine him wanting for anything, but Ashton yearns for friendship, respect, and the love of his best friend—amateur boxer Valdrin Leka.
Val’s relationship with Ashton is complicated. As the son of Ashton’s beloved nanny, Val has always bounced between resenting Ashton and regarding him as his best friend. And then there’s the sexual attraction between them that Val tries so hard to ignore.
When Ashton flees his glitzy lifestyle, he finds refuge with Val in the Bronx. Between Val’s training for an upcoming fight and dodging paparazzi, they succumb to their need for each other. But before they can figure out what it all means—and what they want to do about it—the world drags them out of their haven, revealing a secret Val has kept for years. Now, Ashton has to decide whether to once again envelope himself in his party-boy persona, or to trust in the only man who’s ever seen the real him.
Publication date: May 1st
I have a confession to make that is going to show you how terrible of a blogger I am – I’ve read the first three books in this series (via audio) at least twice each. (First & First is more like five times, but let’s not talk about that.) But guess what? I still haven’t reviewed them. This is one of those series that has so much goodness to it that I know my reviews will not do the books justice, and I’m scared as hell and intimidated to write them. I mean, I will, because word needs to get out about this author, but it’s going to take some time to put my thoughts to page.
So, regarding this book – how much do I love this cover? It has a Lestat feel to it that it’s sexy as hell. And this is Ashton’s book! I am so curious about Ashton. All through this series, you get snippets of characters that will be in upcoming books, but Ashton is the one we’ve gotten the fewest snippets of, so he’s more of a mystery than the others. I cannot wait to read (and review – I swear) his story!