Wendy reviews ‘Hug it Out’ by Davidson King. Self published March 27, 2018, file size 813 KB.
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Riordan Darcy has spent the last fourteen years building a name for himself as a notorious assassin. He travels the world taking the lives of some of the worst humanity has to offer, leaving his signature on every victim.
Riordan becomes unhappy and withdrawn from the world after a job goes horribly wrong and he makes the decision to get out of the life he was forced into, so long ago. When his meddling, older sister gives him a birthday gift that’s impossible to refuse, his plans to leave his life of crime take a backseat when he’s forced to protect the life of a veritable stranger.
When professional hugger and TLC provider, Teddy Harris, is offered a month-long companionship contract, he’s hard pressed to turn it down. Cuddler by day and a video game reviewer by night, Teddy’s need to make people feel loved and cared for is what drives him. When he meets Riordan Darcy, professional challenge and personal temptation collide, making it nearly impossible for him to endure a whole month with the gorgeous, enigmatic man without falling head over heels in love.
When a mole is discovered within Riordan’s organization, relationships are compromised, and people’s lives are in danger. Time isn’t on their side, and they discover answers can’t always be found by hugging it out when someone is hell-bent on eliminating each and every one of them. Can Riordan and Teddy survive long enough to fall in love, or will they die trying?
A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome, Davidson King as she tell us a little bit about inspiration and what it means to her.
Where Inspiration Comes From
Inspiration comes to all people differently. Sometimes it’s opening a familiar book that made you want to be a writer, other times it’s turning on music and letting the vibes flow through you until your fingers start twitching ready to write. I do both of these. Sometimes they work sometimes they don’t.
Teddy was inspired by a radio show topic talking about weird jobs. Snow was inspired after a walk on the beach and a fair-haired child. Each character in this universe is or was inspired by something or someone. A few were created because of others I wrote. It’s a crazy chaotic creative circle! (Say that five times fast)
When I’m blocked or confused with a story I try all the avenues to find my inspiration. Music, nature, conversations with friends, or familiar books. A few times when I was writing Simon from Snow Falling I went and talked to my daughter who is the same age. She was the inspiration for Simon.
So, where does inspiration come from? Everywhere.
When I opened my eyes, Riordan was watching me. He looked away quickly, but not fast enough. What did he see when he looked at me? A goofy gamer who loved to hug? Did he see the man behind the bunny suit? Maybe he wished I looked more like my friends and less like a nerd.
Odd that this was bothering me. Normally, I didn’t give a shit what people thought. Riordan was a client and I needed to remember that.
“I didn’t mean to be insulting, Teddy, or accusatory. It’s not every day I find out the man hired to keep me company is friends with Christopher Manos’ husband, a man who happens to be a well-known crime boss.” When he lifted his sunglasses and exposed his eyes, I felt better. The barrier was unnerving and reading people was better this way. “In my line of work, people are judged by those they associate with. Too many times, I’ve been right. Hang out with shit and you start to smell.”
Now it was my turn to react. “Snow is not shit. He’s an amazing guy. He may be married to a crime boss, but he’s not like that. He’s my friend because he treats me with respect. Now, I think I will be ending this lunch. You can put it all away. I’ll call a cab to take me home.”
Riordan jumped up when I did. His hands were inches from my arms, yet I could feel them as if they were on me. “Whoa, calm down. I wasn’t calling him shit. Wow.” He chuckled. “You’re a spitfire, huh?” He rubbed his hand over his buzzed head almost like he was nervous. “Here I thought you were all marshmallows and rainbows. It’s nice to see there’s a fire in your belly.”
“Look,” I said as I began putting the food away since it was obvious Riordan wasn’t going to do it. “I want to help you. Aisling hired me, and I know we said we’d give it a week, but I’m not sure it’s going to work. Perhaps you’d be more comfortable with someone else.”
I’d guessed Riordan was gay and called him paranoid. Both assumptions I would have never made with any other client. I also didn’t fight with clients. I was breaking all my own rules and cutting this short would be wise.
“You want to quit because we had a little spat?”
“It’s not a spat.” I tugged the blanket until he got the hint and moved off it. “I work for people who want me there. You don’t. This isn’t about you being a jerk about my friends or dropping me off to park.” I was mid-fold when I turned to give Riordan a sardonic look. “You do realize you pulled into a spot to let me out to find a spot, right?”
I could practically hear Riordan counting to ten as he closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose. “I know. I had to deal with something. I can’t tell you, but…” He inched closer to me, eyes soft and sincere. “I don’t think you’re horrible. Our company is strange, but I like it. Let’s just do the whole month, it’ll be fine, I’m sure. I don’t want to start over with someone else.”
In a gesture almost too sweet, Riordan brushed a curl from my forehead and smiled. “I need you to not ask me about the things I do. I can’t tell you. Ever. But I promise I will relax more and stop being such a jerk.”
I could see the truth in his eyes. I knew calling it quits was probably the right thing to do. We were clashing left and right. He’d try to see things my way, but we’d argue again. But I was a fool sometimes and I really believed I could help him. “Okay. We can stick to the schedule for the month as planned. But if it doesn’t work, if we’re fighting or it’s stressful, we need to break the contract. Agreed?”
Why I read this book: I read and reviewed Davidson Kings first book ‘Snow Falling’ and loved it. I was more than happy to read ‘Hug it Out’ (which has characters from the same world) when given the opportunity.
Well kids, she did it again! This stand alone novel that has crossover characters from her first book is just as wonderful as I knew it would be. Davidson King has talent. Lots and lots of talent and a knowledge of what works and what doesn’t when writing to appeal to her readers. The world she writes here is full of suspense and intrigue and broken characters who don’t think they deserve to be loved. These guys grudgingly accept that they will spend the remainder of their lives alone and lonely, no matter how badly they want to find someone to love and to love them back.
That is the case here with Riordan. Yes, he’s a dangerous man who’s done… things, but something went wrong with his last “job” and he fell into a dark place. I love that he’s still a man with some sense of morals and hasn’t lost himself completely even if he thinks he has.
Teddy is his opposite. He’s so far away from the world that Riordan lives in I wondered if they would even have any chance at all to work. Teddy spends his days spreading love and happiness and joy to others. He’s just plain nice! But luckily that isn’t all he is. He has an inner strength, a core of steel that he’s not afraid to use. He’s determined and thoughtful and wants to help everyone he meets. The world would be a better place if we had more people like Teddy. Like most everything in life, this is a story about balance and harmony and I loved watching these men on this journey together.
I appreciate that Riordan and Teddy take their time and become friends before they become lovers. The relationship develops naturally and wasn’t rushed. It isn’t until the sexual chemistry between them is all but starting fires, that they take that final step to become lovers. And it’s rocky, let me tell you, there’s no smooth sailing for them right away. They each have to earn the HEA!
There’s more to this book than a budding romance though. Amazingly enough, there’s a story lol. A story that doesn’t take place around the romance, the romance takes place around the story. I LOVE THAT! It’s a great story too, with twists and turns and suspense. A good old fashioned “Who done it”. No, I’m not going to tell you who, you’ll have to read the book and find out for yourself. ;)p
The secondary characters are so well thought out and I want stories for all of them!
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended.
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Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.
When she’s not writing you can find her blogging away on Diverse Reader, her review and promotional site. She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.
If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.
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