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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Business or Pleasure Blog Tour & Review

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TITLE – Business or Pleasure

AUTHOR – Ashley Ladd GENRE – Contemporary GLBT Erotica PUBLICATION DATE – August 22, 2014 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 40,822 PUBLISHER – Totally Bound COVER ARTIST – Emmy Ellis

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Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or animal activist. He never said he was either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.
When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.
But then Guy’s life gets crazy –his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.




Gunshots rang out as they turned onto Guy’s street.
Tommy looked at him and mouthed, “Shit! You don’t think…?”
“I hope not. I don’t know.” Guy pressed the gas pedal to the floor and the car shot forward, fish-tailing.
Tommy fisted the door, hanging on tight. “I hope we’re wrong.”
Guy’s intuition told him he wasn’t. His knuckles turned white they held the steering wheel so tightly. Unafraid for himself but scared for his dad, he pulled into his driveway and jumped out of the car, with Tommy close on his heels.
The woman next door ran outside screaming, tearing out her already tattered hair. She pointed at her front door. “Your father’s shooting up my house and is holding a gun at my dad’s head. He’s going to kill him. You’ve got to do something.”
Tommy yelled as he began dialing on his phone, “I’m calling the police.” As if on cue, police sirens blared in the distance and grew louder by the second.
“I’m going in. I have to stop him.”
“Wait for the police. Don’t put yourself in danger,” Tommy ordered forcefully.
“I have to take the chance. He could kill someone before the police get here. I can’t let that happen.” He put himself in harm’s way for animals, so certainly he could risk his life for his own father and other fellow human beings. He had no choice. It would be his fault if someone got hurt.
So he ran through the open door flailing his arms, hoping he would be in time. “Dad! It’s Guy. Don’t do anything. I’m here. You’ll be okay.”
“He’ll be okay? What about me? He’s got a shotgun pointed at my head threatening to blow it off,” the elderly neighbor cried.

Guy is a vegetarian, gay and an activist. He pickets businesses that kill animals for meat along with a bunch of other LGBT activists. He refuses to date any one who eats meat. He lives with his father who hates not only that he's gay but that he wont eat meat. Guy needs to get out of now. 

Tommy is a real estate agent and he is instantly drawn to Guy when they meet to go over what Guy is looking of in a house. Guy is almost as stringent in his house hunting as he is in his non-existent love life. Guy has no idea why Tommy can't find him a house easily. But Tommy perseveres and takes Guy to look at some houses. Now Tommy just has to find a way to get Guy to overlook the fact that he not only eats meat but his family owns one of the largest BBQ places in the area. 

The two of them get together but more than just "meat" is a problem in their relationship. Guy's father is suffering from dementia and just when Guy thinks his life is getting a little easier it all blows up. 

I have to say that I really did not like Guy. He's stubborn about is vegetarianism and can't see that he is treating everyone else worse than they treat him. Tommy is a really nice guy that goes above and beyond for Guy. If I had been Tommy I would have said screw this and let Guy find a house on his own. Yes Tommy did not disclose the fact that he eats meat but can you really blame him when Guy is so unreasonable?  I didn't really feel the heat between the two MC's and wonder why Tommy is single, he seems like a catch and he's clearly noticed in the LGBT community. 

I would give this book 3 stars. 

Ashley Ladd bio AUTHOR BIO: Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer. She's been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories. How you can contact Ashley: Email Ashley At - AUTHOR FOLLOW LINKS: AMAZON AUTHOR PAGEWEBSITE / BLOGFACEBOOK TWITTERGOODREADSSHELFARI  


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