Love, Austen (Book 2)
Lake: Did you get his number this time?
Cameron: Yes. But I’m not sure I should use it so soon.
Lake: What’s soon? Didn’t you last see him yesterday?
Cameron: I thought you’re meant to wait three days? Otherwise it looks desperate.
Lake: You are desperate.
Lake: From everything you’ve told me, sounds like this could be something.
Cameron: You think?
Lake: Message him. Keep it sexy.
When it comes to romance books, Cameron Morland can always read between the lines. When it comes to real romance, he may need a dictionary.
It’s Northanger Abbey, complete with a neo-gothic mansion and charming misunderstandings. But contemporary. And gay.
Holy hell, could Cameron flush any harder?
Twinkling eyes studied him. “‘While hiding from my own party, I was ambushed by a despicable English intruder, who snooped through my things and made the most scandalous move to waltz with me.’”
“Not what I’d say. Wrong, finally. How relieving.”
“Want to know what I hope you’ll write?”
“Go on, then.”
“I danced with a friendly man and indulged in titillating conversation. His quick wit and bountiful humor agree with me—I hope I bump into him again. Maybe chat more over coffee.”
“Maybe I would. But my journal is only for script ideas. For letting my imagination run wild.”
“I’m wrong again.” He stopped waltzing and palmed his forehead in mock disappointment. “A sub-par sleuth after all.”
Cameron’s chuckle was interrupted by a hair-wrecked, lip-reddened Lake barging into the office in stocking feet.
“Cameron, there you are. You wouldn’t have any spare socks, would you? Knightly accidentally tipped his red wine, and my feet caught the worst of it.”
They’d been balancing wine as they’d devoured each other’s faces? No surprise something spilled. “Why didn’t you have your boots on? No, wait—don’t answer that,” Cameron blurted as Lake began to color.
Henry donned a sympathetic wince as Lake displayed the stain. “On such nice Happy Socks. What a shame.”
Lake’s eyes flickered curiously from Henry to Cameron. “You like Happy Socks?”
Henry shoved up the leg of his jeans, revealing green socks printed with cute gargoyles. “All my socks are Happy ones. My sister bought me two pairs a few years ago and I’ve never looked back.”
Lake stared at Henry like he was his hero. “A man of good taste.”
“Thanks to my sister.”
“Have you checked out Cameron’s?”
Henry bit back a laugh. His glittering gaze slid over Cameron. “I’ve not yet had the honor.”
To his mortification, Lake reached out and unzipped his boot.
Henry eyed his sock thoughtfully. “Rainbow hearts. Socks can tell you a lot about a person, too.”
“Oh, my God,” Cameron said. “You guys are so—” He bit back ‘weird.’
“It makes gift-giving easy,” Lake added. “Everybody needs socks.”
Cameron sighed, perched on the couch, and removed his rainbow hearts. “Here, Lake. They’re yours.”
“But then you’ll have none.”
Henry joyfully removed his own shoes and peeled off his socks. “I come to your rescue.”
Cameron blinked at the offered gargoyle socks. “Now you have none.”
Henry grinned and leaned toward him, adopting a secretive whisper. “Now I have a reason to meet you again.”
3 of 5 Stars
I have not read Northanger Abbey so I’m giving the author the benefit of the doubt on the parallels of the story. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more if I had read it?
I typically like this author’s writing and characters, but I had a few issues with this book and didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The writing was hard to get used to and understand. I had to read passages repeatedly to try to figure out what was happening or being said.
I typically don’t read books with closeted characters. Especially when they lead to miscommunication or lack of communication. Unfortunately, I went into this one blind. Thankfully, I was taken out of the story by the writing and figure out what the characters felt so I didn’t focus on that issue.
I absolutely loathe John and Isabella. I almost gave up on this book because of them.
I had a hard time connecting with the characters…because of the issues I previously mentioned. Based on where they end up, I’m assuming they get an HEA (mainly because Lake tells us they do). The ending was confusing. I’m guessing all is well with his dad…but I wanted more of what happened spelled out.
The artwork on the cover and throughout the book is awesome.
The next book is based on Pride and Prejudice so I’m hoping to like that one more than this one.
About the Author
I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of emotion, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.
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Cover Illustrator: Lauren Dombrowski
Lauren Dombrowski is a comic artist and illustrator based in the Chicago area. Previous publications of their work include co-written comics in Tabula Idem: A Queer Tarot Comic Anthology published by Fortuna Media, Dates! An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction (Volume 3) published by Margins Publishing, internal illustrations in Conventionally Yours, published by Sourcebooks Casablanca, and an internal illustration in Say You’ll Be Nine by Lucy Lennox.
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