Why I read this book: In exchange for an honest review I was lucky enough to be a part of Tara Lain’s newest release Wolf in Gucci Loafers as part of her blog tour. That and I LOVE shifters.
We were also lucky enough to have Tara as our guest post for today.
My sincere thanks to Rainbow Gold Reviews for sharing in the launch of my new release, Wolf in Gucci Loafers. I’m Tara Lain and I write The Beautiful Boys of Romance. You may know that most of my books are contemporary, but I spring into the occasional paranormal. One of the most interesting reasons that paranormals work so well in gay romance is that it’s easy to see a paranormal group as being “other” — someone different from us. These groups — whether witches, vampires, or werewolves as in my new release — become a sort of metaphor for our society’s habit of separating people who they perceive as different and making up excuses for why that’s okay.
In Wolf in Gucci Loafers, my hero is half human and half werewolf. He’s also gay which werewolves (in my world) don’t like to acknowledge even exists among them. Plus, the cardinal rule of wolfiness is that you don’t reveal the existence of werewolves to the humans under penalty of death, for you and the human. Of course, my hero falls for a human!
Yes, werewolves may be fantastical and “not real”, but they can show us the very real problem of how those who are “different” in a society, who we would hope would be the most inclusive, still exclude members of their own groups they consider “other”. Most important, I think paranormal creatures can reveal the very real anguish of not receiving love or being free to love someone because of who you are and how you were born. All those issues crop up in my new novel, but there’s a lot of humor too. After all, it’s called Wolf in Gucci Loafers. I hope you enjoy this nibble.
Socialite Lindsey Vanessen wants someone to love who will love him back—an impossibility for a gay, half-human, half-werewolf. Too aggressive for humans, too gay for wolves, and needing to protect the pack from human discovery, Lindsey tries to content himself with life as a successful businessman. But when someone starts kidnapping members of wealthy families, Lindsey meets tough cop Seth Zakowsy—the hunky embodiment of everything Lindsey wants but can’t have.
Seth has never been attracted to flamboyant men. What would the guys in the department think of Lindsey? But intrigue turns to lust when he discovers Lindsey’s biting, snarling passion more than matches his dominant side. It might mean a chance at love for a cop in black leather and a wolf in Gucci loafers.
Excerpt: WOLF IN GUCCI LOAFERS by Tara Lain — MM paranormal
“Lindsey, what’s wrong?”
“Nothing, sir. I’m doing well.”
“Come talk to me.” His grandfather turned and walked into the living room.
Did he want to talk? He’d have to be careful, but yes. Pop-Pop was a smart man. He walked down the stairs and into the large, comfortable room. His grandfather sat on a love seat at one end of the room, so he took the identical seat across from him. He leaned back and crossed his legs. Look relaxed.
Pop-Pop sat forward. “Romantic troubles?”
Wow. The old man had a way of diving to the truth. “Not exactly.”
“I heard you had a date with the Westerberg son. Your mother’s doing, I believe.” The old man could have been talking about a date with a girl, he was so comfortable with it.
“Did you like him?”
“Ah, so he’s not the issue.”
Lindsey grinned. His grandfather was enjoying the guessing game.
“So if it’s not exactly romantic troubles, what exactly is it?”
“I guess you could call it unrequited romantic interest.”
He rubbed his hands together. “Now this is interesting. I’ve seen you with many men over the years since you returned from school, but none of them lasted more than a few dates, and none of them ever sparked what I would call romantic interest. How odd that you should affix your affection on one who doesn’t care about you. Have you considered it might be a form of self-protection? Only wanting the ones you can’t have has a way of keeping you single.”
Lindsey grinned. “I guess that’s possible sometimes, but not in this case. He’s just highly inappropriate. A tough cop I met while helping Dave with the kidnapping issue. Dave asked if I would take him to the polo match to give him a chance to investigate among people we know without being too obvious. So I did it.” Lindsey shrugged.
“And got caught in your own trap.”
He smiled, but it hurt around the edges. “Yes, I guess. I found him attractive from the start but assumed he was straight, so it was just a harmless flirtation. After the match, I found out he’s gay, so that made the vast expanse between us more real.”
Pop-Pop frowned. “It’s not like you to discriminate based on class.”
“Nothing like that, sir. He’s the one discriminating, I’m sure. I’m simply not at all his type. A bit too lavender silk for his black leather, shall we say.”
His grandfather steepled his fingers and stared over them. “You’re not just one thing, Lindsey. I’ve know many men in my life and you’re one of the very best. Smart, decisive, action-oriented, kind, and basically good. Unlike your father, I might add. You need a man who sees that. But you’ve got good judgment, so if you think this cop is romance-worthy, then my bet is there’s something there worth pursuing. Ride him down, son!” He laughed that big robust sound that had comforted Lindsey since the day he was born.
I love shifter stories, and I will always jump at the chance to read one. And I am so glad I got to read this one. This is no insta-love story, nope the author makes the characters work for their relationship. Cause these two are like oil and water. Lindsey is your typical flamboyant queen, with a wardrobe that rivals New York’s fashion week. He says darling and drinks martinis. And Seth is your typical, wouldn’t know by looking at him, tough gay cop. He grunts and drinks beer. But the attraction is there, and Seth is adamant that Lindsey is the complete opposite of what he wants in his man. And Lindsey, he knows a relationship with a human is out of the question.
Yes there were times when I wanted to slap Seth and tell him to get his act together. Times that they did something that left me shaking my head. Yet when they stopped fighting it, the heat they caused, well it was epic. They did face the few bumps in the road to get to each other and it only made their relationship that much stronger.
The only issue I had was this was book two in the series and I have yet to read book one. And I usually like to read a series in order. That said I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. Will I go right now and read book one? Yes, yes I will. But this one can be read as a stand alone, without leaving you wondering what you missed.
About the Author:
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 21. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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