Bethany reviews ‘Love You Senseless’ by Susan Mac Nicol (Published by Boroughs Publishing Group on October 9, 2014)
- When you start a book do you have the whole thing planned or does it build progressively?
I do very little plotting, apart from a quick and dirty character summary (normally about ten lines at most) and a brief outline (about a page) of what the story is all about. When I have this, I sit down with my laptop, gaze at a blank screen, and just start typing. The story evolves as I write and sometimes I think, ’Whoa, where the hell did that come from?’ I can still surprise myself it seems…
- What inspired this book?
Nothing really, just had an idea to write a story about a man who lost certain senses, and in the job he had, this loss would be devastating. The whole idea just grew and I rather liked the idea of having a central place for this series where characters can meet and socialise. A restaurant seemed like a good idea.
- Do your characters ever take over and take the story in a way you didn’t plan?
Oh yes. They behave themselves to a point then hit me on the back of the head when I’m not looking. It just seems to be that as you write a character, they take on their own personalities and quirks and it’s one of the parts of writing that I love the best.
- What do you do for writers block?
I stop writing for a while, try and do something different and perhaps get my face out of my laptop screen for an extended period of time. I find it helps, and then when I sit down again, I take a deep breath and the words usually come.
- How would you describe your books to someone who has not read any of your books?
I guess I’d say they are down to earth, natural stories about real men in real situations. My books are all set in the UK and I’ve been to all the places where I’ve set the stories. So there’s a big element of reality in them in that I can actually see these places where they shop, have a beer, walk the streets and go home too.
- How do you celebrate a new book?
This is going to sound terrible but I don’t. The pleasure I get in releasing the book is spent online, telling people about it and trying to fit in the myriad of tasks that go with Release Day. I wish I could say that I break out the champagne or go to dinner, but honestly, it’s more of a quiet inner celebration that I’ve achieved another milestone.
- Can you tell us what you are working on now?
The second book in the Men Of London series. This one is Taylor’s story. As you know, he’s a psychic, and the story revolves around this quite a bit. Someone he knows commits suicide, bringing another someone back into his life and causing havoc. Draven Samuels doesn’t have a very high opinion of Taylor’s abilities and they met on a previous case. Needless to say, the sparks fly, they are very attracted to each other and end up in a relationship. But there’s a dark something in Draven’s past that ultimately affects Taylor too, and this can either end up making them stronger or breaking them apart.
- eBooks or print?
Both. I love my Kindle because it’s portable, but I love the sight of books on a shelf. Everyone knows there’s something about the tactile strength of paper and the feeling of something in your hands that isn’t an electronic device. My Kindle is my lifeline to the ever growing list books on my TBR pile.
- Favorite place to read and write?
I love to read at night in bed. It’s my ‘me’ time and I love to take my tea, chocolate and Kindle to bed and curl up in the quietness of my bedroom and escape the day’s trials and tribulations. I have a lot of time to read on the train to work and back too, and the number of times I’ve missed my stop because I’m engrossed in reading are too numerous to expand on ☺
- Advice for other writers.
Write, dream and enjoy. If you have the whim to write and a story to tell, do it. The idea is that little by little you’ll conquer the world, and get your words out there. It might not make you rich but it will leave you feeling fulfilled. Never give up and no matter what- believe in yourself.
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group
London’s saucy up-and-coming chef, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.
From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.
A TASTE OF FOREVER
An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since.
Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Eddie kissed back, wanting nothing more than this moment, this man in his body and his lips on his. Somewhere a bell rang and for a minute Eddie thought it might be the sound of his own passion translated to tinkling sleigh bells and fireworks like in the cartoon movies when two people kissed. He smiled at that thought then as the bell got more insistent and irritating, he turned to Gideon only to find he was no longer there. Eddie scowled and reached across to where the annoying bell sound was….
He woke from his dream upright, sweating, sticky with come and tangled in musty smelling sheets that had seen their fair share of jack off action lately and needed washing. His hand rested on his mobile phone as it trilled incessantly with his Big Ben alarm. He blinked owlishly for a minute, wondering where he was, then as the dream faded, he fell back in a loose heap with a sense of loss.
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Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.
Why I read this book: We were offered a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I can not even begin to explain how much I loved this book. I was hooked from the very beginning by how much I liked both of these characters. Most of the time it takes a while to warm up to one and sometimes both. Not with this one, I loved how adorably cute and kinda klutzy Eddie was. He is that kind of character that you can’t help but want to be his friends, he makes it hard to NOT like him. Gideon, oh Gideon is that guy you love to hate, or hate to love. Either way works for me.
Watching Gideon fight his attraction for Eddie was almost comical. Almost. He tries so hard to play the ’employer/employee’ should not be involved card. But he just can’t help how attracted he is to Eddie. I can understand his other reason why he does not want to get involved and that made me want to hug him. No I am not going to tell you what it is cause I want you to read the book, and I hate giving away spoilers. Oh my gosh and his snarkyness is awesome, some of the things that came out of his mouth had me laughing so hard.
Eddie, while he puts on this adorable mask that says he is sweet and docile, he is far from it. Man he is wild in the bedroom, which kicks up the heat factor between the two up a few notches. Yummy is all that I can say about that.
Now the secondary characters I absolutely adored. As she states above in her interview Taylor will be the next in the series and I CAN NOT WAIT. Both Leslie and Taylor were wonderful secondary characters, they complemented the story perfectly.
As someone who loves to cook this book was perfect for me. It was wonderfully written and held my attention from the very beginning leaving my not wanting to put it down. So if you are looking for a book with lots of heat, some angst and a storyline that leaves you wanting more this one if for you.
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I would like to give a big Thank You to Susan Mac Nicol and Will at Pride Promotions for letting us take place in this Blog Tour.
3 thoughts on “‘Love You Senseless’ (Men of London: Book 1) by @SusanMacNicol7 #Interview #BlogTour #Review”
Bethany, thanks so much for this completely awesome review, I loved it ! Glad you loved Eddie and Gideon as much as I did..watch this space for Taylor’s story…
Yay, glad you liked the review. Cant wait for Taylor!!!
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