We are thrilled to welcome Tara Lain to Sinfully today as she celebrates the release of Lord of a Thousand Steps, the fourth book in the fabulous Love in Laguna series.
Hi! I’m so happy to be back at Sinfully to introduce my brand new release, LORD OF A THOUSAND STEPS. This is the fourth book in the Love in Laguna series (completely stand alone), which tend to be my most popular books. I must confess this book is a fave of mine for many reasons. I love the young hero, I love the kids, I adore the cat – and I have a special attachment to the location. You see, the book got it’s title because one of my heroes is named Braden Lord and both my heroes live near Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach, CA.
I’ll tell you a story. Some time ago, I walked down those 200 and some steps (no, not actually a thousand) to the favorite beach of a handsome young man I’d been dating for a short while. He took me there to celebrate my birthday. Under my clothes, I wore a brand new bathing suit he’d bought me. What did it look like? Well, let me say when he gave it to me he could close the whole suit in his hand and not much showed! We’d had our first real date in August, although we’d known each other casually for years, and on that day at the beach we’d decided to make a pretty significant decision.
We spent the whole day swimming in the surf. I’m a so-so swimmer in the ocean, but I made a big effort and had a great time. He’s still a powerful swimmer – California boy that he is – and has always loved the beach. After a day of sand, salt, and sea, we sat on the beach and watched the sun thinking about sinking in the west. He looked at me. “So what do you think? Shall we get married?”
I smiled and nodded. “Sure. Let’s do.”
He grinned and gave me a ring made out of shell. “If we get married in December, we can go on our honeymoon between Christmas and New Years.”
“Who shall we tell first?”
Hand in hand, we walked up the over 200 steps to the highway.
That was October 9th. We’d been dating for less than two months. We got married on December 5th, shocking most of the people who knew us since they didn’t even realize we were seeing each other.
That was 35 years ago.
Now you know why I believe in true love.
I hope you enjoy Lord of a Thousand Steps. If you’d like to win your choice of one of the first three books in the series in ebook, Knight of Ocean Avenue, Knave of Broken Hearts, or Prince of the Playhouse, be sure to enter to win.
Lord of a Thousand Steps
(Love in Laguna #4)
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 31st August 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
A Love in Laguna Novel
To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico’s in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn’t had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian interns for, is looking better and better.
Braden’s life is chaos. Just out of the closet and going through an ugly divorce from his wife of fifteen years who’s trying to take custody of his two children, he desperately resolves not to succumb to a completely inappropriate attraction to Ian—even though his kids adore both the man and his crazy cat.
When Rico proves to be a snake in the grass and Ian exercises his powers of seduction, what starts as a “friends with benefits” fling turns into real life real fast. Can Ian give up his romantic dreams for an “old guy” who didn’t come out until he carried a mountain of baggage? It’ll only take a thousand steps.
::: LISA’S REVIEW :::
“Daddy! Daddy! Look at the kitty.”
The high-pitched squeal cut through Ian’s foggy brain.
Anderson shifted on his belly, then started to vibrate.
Ian opened an eye and met two gigantic blue ones only a couple of feet away. The little girl squatted down beside him on the sand in her Frozen bathing suit, gently petting Anderson’s head and getting the motorcycle response. Ian grinned. “Hi.”
She eyed him with a grain of suspicion, but the allure of the purr proved too great and she kept petting. “Hello. What’s his name?”
“That’s a most unusual name for a cat.”
He snorted, and one of her little brows rose in an expression so far beyond her years—which appeared to be somewhere around five or six—that Ian almost snorted again. Almost. One didn’t face such disdain lightly. “Yes. I suppose it is. Have you ever heard of Anderson Cooper?”
“Uh, I believe so.” She raised her head, looking behind Ian, and said, “Have I heard of Anderson Cooper, Daddy?”
Daddy? Okay, he hadn’t moved so as not to disturb the petting frenzy. Now he scrambled to sitting, getting a yowl from Anderson, and looked behind him. Well, holy shit.
Braden Lord leaned against the rocks, one hip cocked slightly, and Ian knew that because he wore very little on those hips. Just a pair of slim-fitting board shorts that cupped an ass on its way to legend and thighs Ian could only imagine in X-rated postures.
“Hi. I mean, I didn’t see you there. Sorry.” Ian brushed sand from his legs and tried to find some moderately respectable posture that wouldn’t show his half-masted cock.
“Providing a resting place for fifty-pound felines does tend to keep you in one place.” Lord laughed. “Don’t see mountain lions much on the beach.”
“Never know when you might need protection from small angels in Frozen bathing suits.”
The little girl had flopped on her butt and now proceeded to pile sand on top of Anderson, who cooperated by stretching to his full, massive length. She gave Ian that eyebrow again. “Are you referring to me?”
Best sidestep that one. Ian extended a hand. “How do you do. I’m Ian Carney. I work for your—” He glanced up at Braden. “—daddy.”
She took his hand and shook it seriously. “I’m Mireille Lord. And I really like your cat.”
“What a pretty name.” It sounded like Mir-ray. “I’m sure Anderson likes it too.”
“Thank you. My daddy picked it out.” She glanced up at Braden as she piled more sand on the cat. “Have I heard of Anderson Cooper, Daddy?”
Braden replied very seriously, “He’s a news reporter, Mireille. You might remember him because his hair is the same color as the kitty.”
“I see.” She gave Ian an approving grin. “How very clever of you.”
Meet Tara Lain
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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