Thirst For You
A Beyond The Cove Novel
Release Date: 04.10.19
Cover Design: Cate Ashwood
“What happens when thirst becomes an obsession that can’t be quenched?
Forty-year-old Zachariah Taylor prides himself on being the overprotective older brother of seven. He owns a successful bar, Zach’s Bar and Grill, in the quiet town of Riverside Falls and loves the life he’s built for himself. But as his siblings move on and find their forever partners in life, he’s starting to feel less and less needed—not to mention old. Suddenly, he’s finding it even harder to ignore the younger man who has pursued him for years, but the twelve years separating them is something Zach can’t seem to overlook.
Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Belford has been in love with the stubborn Zach Taylor for seven years. Sure, he was a kid when they’d first met, but what Zach is determined to ignore is the man Drew has become. Drew, however, is just as strong-minded and refuses to let Zach use their age difference as an excuse to disregard the attraction burning between them. He doesn’t need an overprotective older brother—he needs Zach.
When Drew begins to get unsettling messages from an unknown person, Zach feels helpless in a way he’s never felt before. How can he protect Drew from someone he can’t find? The thought of anyone hurting Drew unleashes years’ worth of pent-up desire Zach has had for the younger man. Is his thirst for Drew enough to protect him from the danger lurking in the shadows, or will the threat of the unknown be enough to dowse the spark of love between them—and silence Drew forever?
Warning – This book contains acts of violence which some readers may find disturbing.
Hearing the snickers around the room, Zach stood up and headed to the front door. As he walked out onto the steps, he asked, “So…what’s up? Something happen at the bar?”
Drew’s eyes narrowed for a second in confusion before growing wide. “Oh! The shipment didn’t come today. I didn’t know if you wanted to give Joe a call or if I should.” He ran his pink tongue across his plump, bottom lip, the skin glistening in its wake. Zach was grateful for the fact that only his face could be seen by Drew as he pressed the heel of his hand down on his erection. The kid was too damn sexy for his own good. Okay, so kid was pushing it. Drew was twenty-eight; the same age as Eli. The problem was…Drew was the same damn age as Eli. Zach was twelve years older, for fuck’s sake. But he couldn’t deny how gorgeous the guy was with his dark, short hair that was always perfectly styled, his bourbon-colored eyes, and those lickable, plump lips that were meant for—
“Hello? Earth to LumberZach.”
“How many times do I have to tell you to stop calling me that?” Zach growled.
“You know I’ll never listen. You should probably punish me.” Drew wiggled his eyebrows, and Zach could hear people in the background laugh.
Zach covered his face then ran his hand down through his beard. “Do you really have to say that shit where people can hear you?”
“No, I don’t. Your place or mine?” Drew winked, and the laughter next to him got louder. When Zach hung his head back in frustration, Drew said, “Relax. It’s just Grant and Lisa.” He shifted the camera to his right. “See?” Drew’s older brother Grant and his girlfriend Lisa waved, each with mocking grins on their faces.
“Your brother’s a pain in my ass,” Zach said to Grant as his friend continued laughing. Hell, it was Grant’s fault Drew worked at the bar to begin with. He’d only hired Drew as a favor to Grant, but in all fairness, that wasn’t why Zach kept the younger man on. Besides the fact that Drew was a hard worker and loved by the customers, Zach knew there was another—nope, don’t even go there. There’s no other reason you keep Drew around.
“You know,” Drew said, bringing Zach’s attention back to the phone screen, “you could be a pain in my ass. A delicious pain in my—”
“I’ll call Joe,” Zach replied quickly then disconnected the phone. “Jesus Christ.” Too bad he couldn’t get the guy to shut up by putting those alluring, full lips to good use.
4 of 5 Stars
I don’t think this one can be read as a standalone. I read book one and still had a hard time keeping up with all the characters. The author does a decent job of trying to keep the reader caught up on who everyone is but there are a bunch of players so it’s hard to keep track. Also, in book one there is quite a bit of build up between Zach and Drew and some of their history is explained.
Drew continues to relentlessly tease and passively pursue Zach and Zach is slowly but surely wearing down and getting to the point of admitting his attraction to Drew. The threat to Drew fast-tracks their relationship but they would have eventually ended up together. I like them together; Zach’s protectiveness is hot and his sweetness in taking care of Drew is endearing. Drew is feisty and full of energy, but this threat is slowly sucking the life out of him. I love that he is able to lean on Zach to get him through this and they come out of the ordeal stronger together.
The suspense story is good…the stalker came out of left field and totally surprised me. It did answer a question about how the author was going to deal with one of the characters for me, but I sure didn’t see it coming.
There are some hints and foreshadowing surrounding Mason, Grant and Sawyer but they’re convoluted so it’s hard to tell where that storyline will go. Sawyer clearly has a past and a story to tell and he now has some healing to do so I’m intrigued about his story. There is some major sexual tension between Grant and Mason and Grant’s reaction to Sawyer’s helping Drew was interesting. All of this is hopefully leading to a story of the three of them, not a triangle but I guess time will tell.
I still can’t wait for Ryder and Avery to get a book…they had some more banter in this one (which would be confusing to anyone who didn’t read book one, IMHO) and that just whet my whistle for their story too.
Overall, I liked this second installment in this series (I didn’t read the original series) and cannot wait for it to continue!
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About the Author
I have been an artist from a very young age. From drawing cartoon characters and evolving into portraits, making jewelry, photography, and now writing. I have an amazing support system in my family and friends and couldn’t be more grateful.
I live in central New Jersey, love summers at the Jersey Shore, rock music, wine, sexy men, and laughing a lot with my amazing friends and family. Sunday dinners at my parents’ house are crazy, hysterical and you can count on a movie quote…or ten…being thrown out. Insults between siblings is how we show our love for each other!
When I’m not creating, you can find me reading books from my favorite authors. I’m a hopeless romantic, starving for passionate characters and always craving that happy ending, whether in reading or in writing my own books.