Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
The Sunny Side
By Lily Morton
The Model Agency, Book 1
Jonas Durand is successful, rich, and controlled. He owns a prestigious modelling agency and has the world at his fingertips, but a turbulent childhood has taught him to be focused and never deviate from a plan.
Dean Jacobs threatens that stance. He’s one of the world’s most sought-after supermodels, but he’s also laidback and lighthearted and free in a way that Jonas has never quite managed.
Dean has always been interested in Jonas and has never made any secret of his admiration, but from the beginning, Jonas put him in a neat little box labelled, “Don’t touch,” turned the key, and never looked back.
However, the universe seems determined to thwart Jonas’s plans. Over the course of one hot summer, the two men come together, and Jonas’s well-ordered life becomes something a whole lot wilder.
Moving from the glamorous worlds of London and Paris Fashion Weeks to the sleepy South of France, Jonas finds himself liberating partridges, chasing his supermodel, and falling in love.
From bestselling author, Lily Morton, comes a romantic comedy set in the fast-paced and snarky world of modelling. This is the first book in the Model Agency series.
“Oh god. Not you too.”
I frown at him. “Pardon?”
“You can join his fan club over there,” the policeman says. He gestures at the old woman who was just speaking to him. She’s now watching a man blowing bubbles with a dachshund dressed as a clown perched on his lap. The dog looks like he’s pretending this isn’t happening to him. “We’ll be bringing Mister Jacobs up in a bit,” he adds.
I stare at him. “He’s not being charged, then? My lawyer is on his way.”
“No need for that.” He leans closer. “He was really brought in just to keep the peace. No one was hurt, and as the hotel doesn’t want to press charges and neither does the lady concerned, then there isn’t anything that needs to happen. We just left them in the cells to sober up.”
“What exactly happened? Mr Jacobs wasn’t very forthcoming when he rang my assistant.”
“I’m surprised he could speak. He was rather drunk when we brought him in, and he’s slept through most of his time in the cell. I wish they were always that obliging.”
“Oh, he’s always obliging,” I say grimly.
He looks behind me, and as there’s no one waiting, he unbends a little. “Apparently, he was in a hotel room for the night and went to the bathroom. When he came out, he went right rather than left and ended up naked in the hotel corridor.”
I sigh and pinch my nose. “Oh god,” I say faintly.
His mouth twitches into a half-smile. “Then he compounded his error by letting himself back into the hotel room. The only problem was that it wasn’t his hotel room, and the old couple it belonged to were rather startled to find a six-foot-four naked supermodel trying to get into bed with them.
I absolutely loved these characters…but I think that may be because they reminded me of a couple other Morton characters I loved – Charlie and Misha. Full disclosure…Ms. Morton’s books are all very similar with the snark and the characters we meet but they work for me. I can see how the predictability and repetitive formula of the books could bother some people, but I enjoy them.
Everything about these two when they were together just worked. They protected each other, they broke rules for each other, and they had emotional and sexual chemistry like no other. They are more real when together than with any other people and I love that.
They both had terrible childhoods which molded their characters now. It sounds like I have the advantage over other readers…I haven’t read the Mixed Messages series so this is my first interaction with Dean. Asa and Jude are in this a lot as are Mal and Cadan from Spring Strings.
The book was a little longer than needed. The breakup was stupid…and I knew it was coming. The scene with Cam was silly…and predictable. Olivier is great. Ruby is great. I think I should read the Mixed Messages books and Spring Strings because I liked all those characters here.
I didn’t love Pip and it sounds like the next book might be his.
Enter the Giveaway:
To celebrate the release of The Sunny Side, we are giving you a chance to win your choice of any book from Lily’s backlist! Three winners will be chosen!
Lily is a bestselling gay romance author. She writes love stories filled with heat and humour.
She lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she got her Kindle.
Lily has spent her life with her head full of daydreams, and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else would she get to spend her time with hot and funny men?
She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – Chocolate Baileys.