There was a time when Master Saul Alvarez filled his days fighting and his nights teaching willing subs the pleasure of his whip. His compassionate understanding of the masochist mind makes him the most sought after professional sadist in the Miami BDSM community. Neither role invites long term relationships, but he’s comfortable with his solitary existence until he is charged with guarding Durango’s prized whore. One look into those terror filled eyes has him vowing to risk it all to save the beautiful man.
Javier Escardo had been praying for death, but never expected the stone cold killer he got in response. One glimpse into those sinful eyes reveals not only the promise of retribution, but a reason to live. Eight years later, free and mostly sane, Javier is determined to take what belongs to him. Saul’s heart. Through hell and back, through layers of pain and shifting realities, that one truth has remained firm. His protector needs saving and he can’t do it alone.
Hidden beneath the public persona, Kyle Jensen is a man who craves to be invisible without being insignificant. He longs to find a Master who will see his need to be taken over without abusing him and a lover who will care about him beyond the sexual games. It isn’t until he encounters the smoldering combination of Saul and Javier that he realizes it was never supposed to be just one partner at all.
Can two battered hearts be mended by the love of a third? Kyle becomes the light to their darkness, and he’s willing to risk his heart for theirs, but when the past threatens Saul, will Javier’s sacrifice destroy them all?
The Protector deals with issues of sexual abuse and forced prostitution. While these acts are not detailed on the page, there are many references to them and the ongoing fight to heal and overcome. This book should not be read by anyone who would be adversely affected by these references.
Like many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I’d begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: To be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it’s a job. The more you write, the easier it will be to write and the better you will be at writing. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With two published books and counting, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.
I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters and series filled with families, biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.
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Interview with Jessie G
Q: ‘Past Hurts’ is a romantic suspense story. Who are some of your influences in that genre?
A: I started out reading M/F, so if I go back to the beginning it would Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Lori Foster, Heather Graham. More recently, I would say MM author Jaime Reese. But the influence doesn’t just come from books. I only watch a little TV, but the shows I never miss are Castle, CSI(s), Criminal Minds, Elementary and Sleepy Hollow. Okay that last one is more paranormal suspense, but he’s hot and I just know him and the Lieutenant are gonna get it on. What I like is the puzzle, the intrigue, the whodunit and I don’t rule out a mm paranormal series in my future.
Q: In ‘For A Reason’, Ian was basically thrown away by his family. Did you get inspiration for this from someone you know or was this just your awesome imagination at work?
A: Ian/Red is a very personal character for me and is a combination of what I know, people I know, and creative license.
Q: ‘Past Hurts’ and ‘For A Reason’ are so completely different. How did you get the idea for each and how hard was it to make them so different? Also, is ‘The Protector’ different still?
A: I didn’t set out to write them differently, in a lot of ways I didn’t set out to write them at all. The stories just unfolded as they were meant to.
Past Hurts came to me in the middle of the night, literally. It woke me up out of a sound sleep and would not go away. I wrote that book in 30 days, that’s how insistent it was. I thought it was going to be a standalone, and then about halfway through the idea of family kept nagging at me. When I met Bull, Saul and Javier near the end of that book, I knew I had started a series.
Once I started For A Reason the only thing I knew for sure was that I was building a family and that Bull was their central figure. I really thought he was going to hit the page like an explosion, all bad ass Marine, kicking butt and taking names. But our big, bad, tatted up, do-gooder only wanted for one thing, someone to make his central figure. As the foundation (Chris’s words), we’ll see Bull in many “action” roles in the series. It wasn’t necessary to their book and probably would have been a hindrance.
I believe The Protector is some bastardized version of the two. It’s not really a suspense to those who have read the series because they know who the bad guy is. The relationship is extremely important, but it can’t really move forward because 2 of the 3 partners don’t really believe they have a future. So, both the romance and the angst are constantly vying for page space. The issues were only compounded bythe introduction of Trick, who’s story arc became so entwined with Saul’s that he almost took up valuable page space. Thus the next book coming out in April.
Q: I’m going to ask a question that is akin to picking your favorite child but which of your characters is your favorite? Which was the hardest to write?
A: Uh, hmmm….don’t tell the others, but I have a special place in my heart for Ian/Red. The hardest to write was Javier. He’s mind is a very dark, frightening place and I’ve only just skimmed the surface. I dedicated a whole blog post to him and how curious I am to see how his healing and growth affect their relationship.
Q: What is your favorite place to write?
A: On my balcony. There is a big empty field behind us and a lake on the side of us. Other than the local central Florida wildlife, it’s very quiet.
Q: For anyone that hasn’t read the books yet (and I highly recommend everyone read them!!) What would you say to them to convince them to give your boys a try?
A: I’m building a world around this growing family, introducing interesting characters that are all at a turning point in their lives. They’re loyal, imperfect, loving, annoying, sexy, scared…they’re men. Hard working, hard playing, hard living men willing to do anything for their shot at happily ever after.
If he had to look in those concerned eyes one more second he was going to lose his shit and he didn’t even know why. What he needed to do was get the ball rolling on their forty-eight hour fuck-fest. The clock was ticking and he refused to waste another second pondering things best left un-pondered. “So what’s the prize?”
“The prize?” Damn but Javier was cute with his nose wrinkled in confusion. Kyle couldn’t resist leaning in and rubbing his own against it, causing Javier to giggle. There it was again, boy on the cusp of discovery.
“For the winner of tongue tag, there’s got to be a prize.” Kyle pretended to think about it and rocked back against Saul, willing him into the game. “I know!”
Vibrating with anticipation, Javier pressed in close along his front, rubbing their cocks together and begged, “Tell me!”
And to think, Javier had called him adorable. “Winner gets to ride his cock.”
Saul rocked him forward and he could feel Javier automatically respond. Just like that they were one fluid movement, now if only Javier were willing to roll over and offer up his ass they could be one fluid fuck chain. Though he was content to be the bottom, Kyle just knew being the guy in the middle of Saul and Javier…in this position…was going to rock his world. The whole staged ménage to get the right camera angle usually included a test of his dexterity and rarely came with a satisfying orgasm. This right here, the leisurely seductive rocking felt so intimate and….damn! Focus, he needed to focus on the moment and store that thought away for the future.
“Well then what’s the loser get?” Javier asked.
It was the perfect response. Not that he thought either of them was going to be selfish lovers, but it was always good to get confirmation. “Uhm, I guess that depends. I’m thinking some oral gratification would be a good consolation prize. Does he do that?”
“Saul? Why wouldn’t he?” Kyle had known many a top who thought it was beneath them to suck cock; apparently Javier never had that problem. “He’s really good, too.”
Hot damn! Did Saul suck cock the way he kissed, like he had all the time in the world to enjoy it? Kyle was so ready to experience that! “How good?”
“Like…” Javier chewed on his lower lip as he sought the right words. “Like mind numbing, toe curling, shake you apart and leave you begging for more, good.”
“Well now—” Kyle teased when he felt Saul’s smug smile against his nape. “—it’s not that I don’t trust your opinion, baby, but I should really judge that for myself.”
“Always best to experience these things first hand.” Javier nodded seriously. How was he to resist this pair, really?
“Are the two of you going to talk about it all morning or will there be actual tongue tagging soon?” Saul grumbled. “Not that this hasn’t been amusing, but one of you better make a move or I’m leaving you both here to suffer.”
“Suffer?” Kyle scoffed, “We’ll just fuck without you.”
Faster than he could think of why that challenge was such a bad idea, Saul flipped him onto his stomach and pinned him. With Javier squeaking and scurrying back, and Saul giving him his best early morning glare, Kyle could not find a single thing to regret in his statement. In fact, it was all he could do not to pat himself on the back and whoop out an enthusiastic Hell Yes!
“I would’ve thought a smart pup like you wouldn’t need this spelled out for him. My pups don’t fuck without me and back talk like that will make me impose further sanctions,” Saul warned.
Kyle really wanted to push his luck. If not for Javier watching them curiously, he would have aimed for the back talker of the year award.
Saul and Javi “coming” together finally was beautiful and sweet. When they add Kip/ Kyle to the mix, Javi’s tenderness, and Saul’s need to dominate, intensify. Kyle completed them by making them confront their demons, especially Saul, and recognizing Javi’s strength. I hella liked Saul as a Dom and his moments with Kyle were sizzling on a nuclear level.
The writing was good. The story was jam-packed with lust, revenge, violence, passion, love, forgiveness and redemption. Bonus: The rest of the gang makes an appearance or two in the book. More Ian makes me happy.
4 stars instead of 5 for two reasons. I wanted Saul and Javi’s first time to be “more”, it felt quick, glossed over, rushed. It was so important and I wanted to stay in that sweet moment longer. I also did not really like Kyle being a porn star given Javi’s past.
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