Chance to be King
About The Book
After working nonstop for two years, actor Eric Pawlowski desperately needs a respite from his grueling schedule and the crippling migraines that come with it. Thinking that a few weeks in a secluded cottage is just the thing, his vacation gets off to a rough start when he almost mows down the only other guy who lives on the remote road. Fortunately Thomas is quick to forgive, and soon he, Eric, and Eric’s two dogs are palling around like they’ve known each other for years.
But when Eric witnesses Thomas coldly order a lost stranger off his property, he starts to question how well he knows him. Despite a mutual attraction that has Eric cursing every time a well-meaning member of the nearby small town interrupts their attempts to get intimate, Eric wonders if acting on his desire for Thomas will get him involved in a situation he shouldn’t be in. When his rented cabin catches fire in the middle of the night and the firemen call it arson, it confirms Eric’s suspicions.
To keep Eric with him, it’s up to Thomas to come clean about who he is… and his involvement in a decade-old web of tragedy and revenge into which Eric has unwittingly walked.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
Release Date: 17th December, 2014
Book Link: Dreamspinner Press
Eric paused for a minute to take in his surroundings. The lake was huge, surrounded by reeds and banked in places by sandy beaches. A short note in the paperwork said it was suitable to swim in, and Eric had brought his trunks hopefully. There seemed to be a narrow path following the shoreline. Eric called to the dogs and set off to follow it. He didn’t necessarily want to explore all of it today, but he did think the dogs would benefit from a long walk after being cooped up in the truck for most of the previous day.
In places the overhanging branches meant Eric needed to duck, one of the disadvantages of being well over six feet tall. The dogs, however, had no such issues, and they plowed ahead eagerly. Their enthusiasm meant he lost sight of them until he reached a clearer spot in the trees. Eric could hear them splashing up ahead and smiled to himself. Millie was a terror for getting in the water, be it puddle or pond. Toby was more of a wimp and would dance around the edges before finally getting up the courage to venture in.
Eric finally reached the shoreline, to see Millie in the water as he expected. However, the man playing with her as she swam around was a surprise. He’d obviously been swimming, because he was bare from the waist up and—oh fuck—he was a vision: lean muscles, firm abs, and dark nipples against tanned skin. Yummy. Not that Eric was looking closely. At all. Okay, maybe it didn’t take much for Eric to react to a gorgeous man dancing half-naked in cold water.
Eric squinted as he looked a bit closer. Wasn’t this his rescuer from last night? Tim… Tony… Thomas… that was it, Thomas.
“Morning,” Eric drawled as he watched them play. “Hope she’s not bothering you too much.”
As Eric spoke, Thomas looked up and stopped horsing around. Millie gave a disappointed bark as she paddled and nudged Thomas’s hand hopefully. Thomas ran his hands though his hair to get the drips out of his face, his muscles rippling in a most distracting way. Eric’s cock was quite appreciative and twitched in his sweats.
“I don’t get too many dogs rushing to join me in my morning swim.” “Sorry, she never can resist getting in the water.”
Eric was trying hard to concentrate on the conversation, but really, most of his attention was taken by the view in front of him. He spent his days surrounded by handsome men and beautiful women, but this man took his breath away. His dark blond hair curled damply around his ears, and his bright blue eyes sparkled in amusement. Damn, could I get more girly?
“Eric?” Eric blinked. “Uh… yes?” He’d been so busy staring at the water droplets running down Thomas’s chest… and—oh, are they freckles? Eric couldn’t tell from this distance.
“Earth to Eric?”
He dragged his gaze away reluctantly from Thomas’s body to his face. Not that it was any less distracting with those eyes…. Fuck, those eyes. “Yes?” Thomas was smirking at him unashamedly.
“Would you mind calling your dog back? I’m getting cold now, and I’d like to get out.”
Eric stared at him stupidly for a minute, and then his brain finally got on board with the conversation. “Yes… I mean, sorry. Millie, come here girl.”
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
i loved this story!
the chemistry and banter between thomas and eric gives you the warm and fuzzies! they are both strong and sweet and just perfect for each other. even though they’ve just met, it seems like they’ve known each other forever – they just work together. eric’s dogs are a great part of the story too and that thomas works so well with them is just the icing on the cake! (the dogs were great supporting characters!)
thomas’ past has prevented him from fully living and eric is just the guy to get him to live again. and eric needs to slow down and enjoy living instead of going balls to the walls. being with thomas in the middle of nowhere is the perfect thing for eric to start savoring life instead of rushing through it.
i really liked ms. brown’s writing and am looking forward to reading more by her in the future.
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
Sue can be found at her –
Q: What is your favorite book you’ve written?
A: That is such a hard question! I think Falling for Ramos is my all-time favourite book. I love the way they met – Colin falling into Ramos’ lap at a party – and the relationship between the two men.
Q: What is the most challenging book you’ve written?
A: Most definitely The Sky is Dead, my story about a homeless LGBT youth. As a parent I cannot imagine throwing my kid out for being gay, and trying to get into the headspace of Danny was probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to write. I was fortunate to have a friend who worked with children who were homeless to help me with the emotion of the book.
Q: Where is your favorite place to write?
A: I have two favourite places. One is the members’ bar of the Royal Festival Hall. There is a view of the Thames and London. The people in the bar are creative and interesting and fascinating to watch. My other favourite place is KC Wells’ summer writing room (the Beach Shack café) in Steeplecove on the Isle of Wight. I wish I could spend more time in both places.
Q: What is your favorite research method?
A: Google is my friend, but I like asking people. Personal testimony is so much interesting. It’s the intimate details you don’t get from the endless websites.
Q: Who are a couple of your must read authors and favorite books by them?
A: I have so many favourite authors. Just a couple? That is so unfair. Amy Lane is one of my favourites, and Dex in Blue is probably my all-time favourite. Another favourite author is S.A. Meade ever since I read Stolen Summer.
Where did you get the idea for Chance to be King?
Chance to be King was my very first long story. I got the idea from a family incident. I wrote the mystery as ‘what might have happened’ rather than what actually happened.
Q: What is your favorite line from Chance to be King?
A: May I cheat and do more than one line?
Eric couldn’t see his eyes, but from the careful way the guy held his head, he would bet the world was going ass over teakettle.
“’M good, jus’ gettin’ Slick… Dick… Dave, here, home.”
Eric tried not to laugh as Doug accidently stuck his fingers in Dave’s mouth as he tried to point at him.
Thomas nodded. “Evening, Joe.”
Slick, Dick, Dave—or maybe even Joe—waved, his hand hitting Doug in the nose.
“One all, don’t you think?” murmured Thomas.
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A $20 Gift Card from Amazon/Are (Winner’s choice)
3 E-copies of “Chance to be King”