Thursday, August 28, 2014

Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd

TITLE – Business or Pleasure
AUTHOR – Ashley Ladd
GENRE – Contemporary GLBT Erotica
PUBLICATION DATE – August 22, 2014
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 40,822
PUBLISHER – Totally Bound

Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or animal activist. He never said he was either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.

When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.

But then Guy’s life gets crazy –his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.

     Gunshots rang out as they turned onto Guy’s street.
     Tommy looked at him and mouthed, “Shit! You don’t think…?”
     “I hope not. I don’t know.” Guy pressed the gas pedal to the floor and the car shot forward, fish-tailing.
     Tommy fisted the door, hanging on tight. “I hope we’re wrong.”
     Guy’s intuition told him he wasn’t. His knuckles turned white they held the steering wheel so tightly. Unafraid for himself but scared for his dad, he pulled into his driveway and jumped out of the car, with Tommy close on his heels. 
     The woman next door ran outside screaming, tearing out her already tattered hair. She pointed at her front door. “Your father’s shooting up my house and is holding a gun at my dad’s head. He’s going to kill him. You’ve got to do something.”
     Tommy yelled as he began dialing on his phone, “I’m calling the police.” As if on cue, police sirens blared in the distance and grew louder by the second.
     “I’m going in. I have to stop him.”
     “Wait for the police. Don’t put yourself in danger,” Tommy ordered forcefully.
     “I have to take the chance. He could kill someone before the police get here. I can’t let that happen.” He put himself in harm’s way for animals, so certainly he could risk his life for his own father and other fellow human beings. He had no choice. It would be his fault if someone got hurt.
     So he ran through the open door flailing his arms, hoping he would be in time. “Dad! It’s Guy. Don’t do anything. I’m here. You’ll be okay.”
     “He’ll be okay? What about me? He’s got a shotgun pointed at my head threatening to blow it off,” the elderly neighbor cried.

I enjoyed the well written characters, love them or hate them, they bough emotions to the surface.  I wouldn't have minded if the story had been longer.  I won't lie, I went into it not really expecting to like Guy, as I am a huge meat and potatoes kind of gal, and I didn't really care for him at times but I think that's what the author was going for.  Not that she wants the reader to hate Guy but he definitely needs to learn tolerance for others and their beliefs and that he can't thrust his beliefs on them.  A real tale of self-discovery that we are different and that it's not a bad thing to be different.


Character Bios:
Guy Rogers is an avid animal activist and vegetarian who unfortunately knows the inside of a jail cell too well because of his beliefs. He’s been known to throw away his good pans when his father cooks meat in them. He would love to find his special someone but he holds high standards. They must share his values and beliefs.

Tommy Lee Boudreaux is a real estate agent who is happy with his career. However, his family is putting pressure on him to quit the real estate biz and manage a new location of their restaurant, one of South Florida’s most popular barbecue joints. So far, Tommy is holding up against the pressure and refusing their demands. However, he’s not against partaking of a good barbecue sandwich or enjoying the blue grass music and entertainment when he visits his family.

Author Bio:
Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She's been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

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Author Playlist:
It Had To Be You – Harry Connick Jr.
They Way You Look Tonight – Harry Connick Jr.
Just The Way You Are – Harry Connick Jr.
My Way – Frank Sinatra
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darrin
Dream Lover – Bobby Darrin
Sway – Michael Buble
Cry Me  River – Michael Buble

If Your Book Were Made Into A Movie – What Songs Would Best Fit The Story On The Big Screen?

If I Had You – Adam Lambert
Whataya Want From Me – Adam Lambert
Aftermath – Adam Lambert
Come Back to Me – David Cook
Always Be My Baby – David Cook
The Time Of My Live – David Cook
It’s Not Over – Daughtry
What About Now – Daughtry
Used To - Daughtry

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