March 3rd, 2015


Lovely review of Pluck and Play at Rainbow Book Reviews

There's a lovely review of my recent release PLUCK AND PLAY at Rainbow Book Reviews, read it HERE.

Lena includes (EXCERPT):

"Riley is smart, funny, and caring. He's also delightfully devious, and very determined to win Curtis over. Acting as his knight in shining armor when Curtis is assaulted by a hotel chef is certainly a dramatic introduction. Even though Riley knows he'll probably lose his job, he defends Curtis anyway. When he starts busking across the street from the ice cream shop, Riley deliberately plays and sings badly to garner Curtis's attention. Riley correctly guesses that Curtis won't be able to stand the cacophony and will come over to help. Riley invites Curtis to his place so they can work on finding him a better repertoire for his performances. Riley doesn't know why, but he sees that Curtis is hesitant to come with him. Riley proceeds very slowly, not wanting to spook Curtis who invokes feelings in him that he's never felt before and it pays off."

Thanks so much to Lena and the team at Rainbow Reviews, whose reviews are always thoughtful and entertaining :).


Everyone knows Curtis Wilson around the Soho business scene: a hard-working, budding young entrepreneur, who can get you supplies of whatever you need, and always with a joke and a laugh. Only Curtis knows that’s a purely public persona. Secretly, he’s still licking his wounds after being beaten up by his ex-lover, and he’s not about to let his guard down again.

Handsome Riley Richmond was born to be a cowboy, on his father’s side at least. But after his parents’ deaths, he finds himself stranded this side of the Atlantic, an anachronism in the bustling capital, and without financial capital. His consolation is his music, albeit he’s not a very successful busker and he loses his only decent piano gig after standing up for Curtis against a homophobic bully.

After that, they keep meeting, partly by accident, partly by Riley’s design. He’s smitten, and doesn’t mind letting Curtis know. Their music brings them together – Riley’s guitar playing and Curtis’ sharp, sexy poetry are a powerful combination. But Curtis still has some unfinished business with his ex-lover that he’s struggling to handle on his own. Riley intends to be the man Curtis calls on for help, whether he likes it or not. He’ll do whatever it takes to show Curtis that people can still be trusted to be honest and caring – even if it means walking them both into danger.

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