Thanks to Monique and Sinfully… for hosting me today. It’s my first time here and I’m psyched to talk about my new novel, Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot, and give someone the chance to win an ebook from the Hat Trick series.
The series, which started in 2013, is the story of Simon and Alex. They were hockey teammates who fell in love while they were seniors in high school. Across the three books and three short stories, at the core of everything, are their feelings for each other. The guys go through a lot, both great and difficult, and they usually don’t break. They may get pretty bent along the way, but they come out on the other side stronger.
One of their friends through it all, says this towards the end of Hat Trick 3: “I’ve no doubt they have a strong foundation for the future.” Deepening their love, trust and passion for each other has been one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about writing the series. They’ve evolved from fumbling teenagers, figuring each other out, to young adults ready to make their place in the world while continuing to love each other.
Finding those particular moments for them, when it’s just them in a scene talking about what their future could be, or a passage where you know that their connection has deepened, are what seem to resonate the most with the readers, too. Several readers commented after Hat Trick 2: Playing the Rebound that they loved the anniversary surprise Alex sprung on Simon and went on to wish that such a surprise would be unleashed on them one day.
As the guys move towards graduation while juggling school, work, hockey and coaching a youth team, their resolve is tested as a massive curve ball is thrown at them. With that, we get to see how far Simon and Alex have come in four years and how much the believe in their relationship even if others question it. I’m looking forward to hearing what moments between Simon and Alex the readers call out as favorites from Hat Trick 3. I’m going to give you a quick look at one of my favorites in the excerpt below.
If the Hat Trick series is new to you, I hope you’ll give it a look and check out the romance these two young men share. If you’re already into the series, I hope you find Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot a great conclusion to the trilogy. I can let you in on a little secret, too. The final short story installment, Hat Trick Overtime: Reunion, is releasing early at JMS Books today. It’s a free short story that jumps nearly fifteen years into the future from the end of Hat Trick 3. It gives series’ fans a look at where Simon, Alex and some of their friends from book one ended up. There are a lot of spoilers in this freebie, but if you’ve read everything else this story puts a nice bow on top of the series.
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“Awesome day,” I said as we walked into the building.
“Yeah,” Alex said. “The win. A relaxing party.” We bounced up the four flights of stairs in no time. “When we start having parties, I want ones like that. Easy to talk to people. Good mood music. No one being obnoxious. I’m actually not sure how they pulled that off.”
“Are we going to be entertaining people?”
“Maybe. Should we?”
I chuckled. “I have no idea. We’ve never thrown a party. We rarely have people in the room. We usually go somewhere else.”
“Oh my God,” he said, sounding melodramatic, “we’re going to suck at being adults because we’ve always lived in the dorm. What’re we going to do?” As we got to the fourth floor, he spun me around to face him and grabbed the collar of my coat.
He shook me vigorously. “We’re going to fail.”
I laughed, loudly, as he continued to shake me, which led him to laughing. He finally pulled me into him and planted a big kiss on my lips. We were both hungry for this. It’d been a crazy week and there hadn’t been much fooling around because we tended to curl up next to each other and quickly fall asleep.
“Come on,” I said, pulling him by his jacket. I got my keys out with my right hand, while dragging Alex with my left.
“Oooh. I recognize that tone of voice.”
While I unlocked the door, Alex nibbled at my neck, getting me hornier than I already was. The door released, and we practically fell into the room but managed to stay upright thanks to our hockey balancing skills. I kicked the door closed with my foot and yanked his jacket off. He pulled on my sweatshirt, but without my coat off it didn’t go far. We kept kissing urgently, but we weren’t making progress with the clothes.
I finally stepped back to lose the jacket. “Get naked,” I growled.
“Oh, yes, sir.”
It said a lot about us that as we stripped, we kept the room tidy. We were hurrying, but things ended up in the hamper or hung up. It didn’t take long for us to be naked, and back to the kissing.
The energy was insane. It was like it was our first time, but also like we knew exactly what we were doing. My need for him was off the chart. We kept rearranging ourselves, which electrified me as different parts of him brushed against different parts of me. We swallowed our moans as our mouths wouldn’t be separated.
Without warning, Alex lifted me off the floor. I wrapped my legs around him as he walked us to the bed. He’d never done this before and it was hot. He lowered me down gently and brought himself down on top of me.
The kisses were fiery, with an energy unlike anything we’d had before. It wasn’t like we hadn’t kissed this week. We kissed all the time. This was more. It was passion mixed with lust, mixed with pent-up horniness, fused together with a lot of love.
The kissing continued as we rolled around on the bed, wrapped around each other, hands going all over. Our usual sex was kissing for around five minutes before we shifted into whatever we were going to do, which would go on for twenty minutes, sometimes more. We were well past five minutes on the kissing and I was in no hurry for it to stop.
Alex’s energy was primal, yet romantic and it fueled me. I kneaded my way down his back and his butt, feeling his muscles. We grinded against each other, which sent bursts of intense pleasure out from my cock. He responded, bucking against me harder.
Alex pulled back from the kisses and looked at me. He was extra gorgeous with some weekend scruff. He usually rocked the styled preppy look, while I was the full-time bearded one who rarely used product in my hair. He was overdue for a haircut and he hadn’t shaved in a couple days. He was adorable.
His eyes locked on mine and the electricity flowing between us continued to escalate. His gaze always affected me, but it was like seeing his soul laid bare. I ran my fingers along the side of his face and smiled, which got me a smile back.
“I love you,” I said, craning my head up to brush his lips with mine. “My God, you’re extra hot tonight.”
He licked across my mouth before I lay back on the bed. “I thought it was you that was extra hot.” He rubbed his cheek against mine, and moaned in the way that he does when he’s making out with my beard.
Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot
Publisher ~ JMS Books
Published ~ 13th September 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Life has a sneaky way of checking you into the boards.
The relationship that began when Simon Roberts and Alex Miller were in high school is about to cross another milestone as they start their final year at the University of Michigan. It’s been four amazing years of love, friends, and hockey.
Now it’s time to help pay it forward.
When a talented sixteen-year-old goalie is denied placement on a youth league roster, he asks Simon and Alex to coach a team of LGBT youth and allies. With the determination, hard work, and help of an amazing group of friends, they rally the team towards a winning season.
In the final installment of the best-selling Hat Trick trilogy, Simon and Alex find everything they’ve worked so hard for is in jeopardy. When they’re thrown a devastating curve ball, the far-reaching implications put their entire future together on the line.
NOTE: The paperback contains the stories, "Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp" and "Hat Trick Overtime: Reunion."
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Book #1: Hat Trick
Book #2: Hat Trick 2: Playing the Rebound
Meet Jeff Adams
Jeff's written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he's written several more shorts and novels, including some in the young adult genre, and he plans to keep writing as long as wonderful readers keeping picking up his books.
Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book it would be a tie between Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan's Every Day.
Learn more at jeffadamswrites.com
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