It is my pleasure to welcome Brina Brady and her latest release, The Runaway Gypsy Boy, to my blog today. Sit back and enjoy the excerpt and my review and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.
Author: Brina Brady
Release Date: June 15
Length: 93,000 words
Twenty-year-old Daniel Serban loses his dancing job and threats of being outed to his family forces him to flee Limerick, Ireland. Daniel fears his father and the other gypsy men will force him to marry his betrothed, or bring bodily harm to him for being gay.
As chance would have it, he ends up in Cleary’s Pub, a gay leather bar in Galway where he meets the grouchy, ginger-bear Ronan O’Riley. Little did Daniel know meeting the ginger Dom would change his life style as he knew it.
Ronan O’Riley has been unable to move on to another sub since the death of his sub a year ago, that is until a troubled gypsy boy steps into Cleary’s. Ronan’s lonely life is about to change.
Can Ronan convince Daniel to trust him or will Daniel’s fears of his past ruin any chance of a relationship? Unexpected heated attraction in the barn ignites their relationship to move forward. Though, the two men have many of the same dreams, Daniel’s secrets and Ronan’s need to gain Daniel’s trust outlines some of the many challenges they face.
Daniel peeled off his jeans and T-shirt, then he wiggled into his scanty red G-string for the evening’s show at the Sugar Boys Club. He re-braided his hair so it wouldn’t get tangled while he twisted around on the pole, weaving a red leather strip into one strand. He threw his brush into his backpack. He was glad he’d gotten there early enough to shower off the paint from his day job.
“The boss wants you in his office.” Liam poked his head into their shared dressing room to deliver the unwelcome news. “Now.”
“Now? I have to go on the pole in ten minutes.” Daniel’s stomach twisted in knots, not wanting to be late for his dancing gig, he also didn’t want to talk to the boss, this was never a good thing for any of the dancers.
Liam shrugged in sympathy. “Don’t want to keep Bailey waiting. You know that as much as I do.”
Daniel slipped back into his jeans and pulled his neon green T-shirt over his head. He walked down the hall to Mr. Bailey’s office. The door was open, so he stepped into the office. The fat, gray-haired man sat behind his oak desk with a pipe hanging from his mouth. No one ever wanted to get on the boss’s wrong side. The man had a heavy peasant’s body, sturdy and hard, bursting with juice. He’d been known for taking sexual liberties with his dancers. On his desk sat a large bowl of pastel colored sugar cubes for the boys. The boss expected the boys to eat one cube when they entered his office. All the dancers believed the green ones were laced with drugs. Daniel certainly wouldn’t put it past Bailey to drug his employees.
“Did you want to see me, Sir?” Daniel stood just inside the door, almost gagging from the sweet, fruit-scented smoke from his pipe. The cheap bastard probably smoked some cherry tobacco, the most inexpensive kind available for purchase.
“Close the damn door behind you, boy.” Mr. Bailey propped his legs up on his desk.
Daniel closed the door, unable to move any closer, and leaned against it for moral support.
“Sit.” Mr. Bailey curled his lips in open distaste and pointed to the chair.
Daniel seated himself bolt upright on the straight-backed chair as ordered, immediately reaching for a blue sugar cube and jamming it in his mouth. His head throbbed from the uncertainty of the unexpected meeting. Either that or he had tied his hair too tight. He hadn’t done anything wrong as far as he could tell. He always arrived on time or early for work, never had any problems with the other dancers or the men in the audience. He obeyed all the rules to the letter and had never taken advantage of his employer, co-workers, or any of the clients.
“Did I do something wrong, Sir?” Daniel played with his long braid.
Wow! This is one fast and furious book in every possible way. The story in The Runaway Gypsy Boy starts off with tension and action and doesn’t let up until you’ve read every single one of the 93.000 words. This is one of those ‘take a deep breath and hang on to your seat’ sorta books, in which the story jumps from one tension and/or action filled moment to the next without allowing either the characters or the reader a moment to catch their breath. Because when it isn’t the problems connected to forging a new relationship causing ripples, it is either the danger stemming from Daniel’s background rushing you along, or the hot sex making you gasp.
To be perfectly honest, for me that was both a good and a not so good thing. While I love a story that grips me and pulls me along, I do also enjoy one or two quieter moments just to catch my breath and reflect on what I’m reading. I didn’t get many opportunities to relax in this book. The moment one problem appeared to have been resolved, the next one popped up and I’d find myself at the top of that rollercoaster again, holding my breath while anticipating what might be coming next.
I liked both Daniel and Ronan. It was hard not to feel sorry for Daniel who finds himself having to run away before he is fully prepared to leave, just as Ronan tugged at my heartstrings because of the love he’d lost a year earlier and the pain that still causes him. Just like everything else in this story, the attraction and connection between Daniel and Ronan is instant and, uncompromising and full-on, although not without its issues. With Ronan being an experienced Dom and Daniel only barely aware of what BDSM is, both men have a steep learning curve ahead of them and the path is by no means without its pitfalls. Add to that the danger posed by Daniel’s family, and you find yourself caught up in a breathtaking tale.
Of course, for me personally, this story had the added bonus of being set in Ireland, the country I’ve called home for the past nineteen years.
If you enjoy your stories fast paced, danger filled and hot, there is a very good chance you’ll thoroughly enjoy Brina Brady’s latest release. J
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