AUTHOR: Jessie G
TITLE: Our Reason
SERIES: Sizzling Miami #8 (Red & Bull #3)
COVER ARTIST: Andrew Reyna
PHOTOGRAPHER: Randy RLS Images
COVER MODEL: Alfie Gordillo
CATEGORIES: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2017
Married life is everything Bull and Red could have hoped for. It’s not something they’d ever take for granted and the need to pay it forward is a trait the husbands happily share. When the new director of the Bennett House asks Red to teach an art class, he isn’t entirely sure how it will help, but he’s more than willing to try. Before Bull, he used his art to purge his demons and sharing that with those in need of an outlet for their own pain was a gift he never considered giving. Each week he is rocked by the artful outpouring of emotion and the gratitude of his students. One by one, they burrow into his heart…but none more so than Dillon Young.
Always holding himself apart from the others, the wisp of a boy keeps his head down and hides behind a mangy, overgrown length of dark hair like a shield. Despite his best attempts not to see himself in all the young men that come through the center, everything about Dillon calls out to Red. Needing to share their encounters, and maybe hoping for a little perspective, he turns to the one man he knows he can always count on. Expecting Bull to be the voice of reason had been a fool’s mission from the start and soon they’re both invested in helping Dillon.
There’s no doubt they have an abundance of love to share and if ever there was someone who needed it, Dillon was the one. Between Bull’s strength and Red’s patience, they’ll help Dillon learn to trust again, and in the process, create a family that none of them intended. Though they never envisioned themselves as parents, Bull and Red will find room in their happily ever after to save the child they didn’t know lived in their hearts.
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For anyone who is a fan of Jessie G's Sizzling Miami series (and I'm a huge one!) I think it's fair to say that Bull and Red--aka Jon and Ian--are among the favorite couples, if not THE favorite. Of course each couple has different things that we love about them from Saul's growliness to Owen's somewhat awkwardness to Chris's strength, they all have a certain thing that makes them unique. But for Bull and Red, while they do have traits that make them extremely likable, it's also the fact that they're just such great guys. Compassionate, loving, and so, so kind, these two really make it so easy to love them and see why they're the epicenter of their blood and made family. We've seen them fall in love, we've seen them get married, and in Our Reason, we see them add to their family by opening their hearts and their home to Dillon.
Though this is a novella, it packs quite the emotional punch. I found myself tearing up in more than a few places, which is due to Jessie G's writing. I love everything about this entire series, and Bull and Red especially. The way they support one another, they way they encourage and tease and love just gets me right in the feels. In Our Reason, we see Red fall in love with Dillon, a troubled young boy whose appearance at Bennett House throws Red into a bit of tailspin. Watching him recognize parts of himself in the way Dillon acts and speaks, especially after all we know Red has been through in his life, was equal parts painful and beautiful. The thing I love the most about Bull and Red's relationship is the level of honesty and trust they have in one another and it's never more apparent in their approach to Dillon and in their discussions to make Dillon a part of their family. As couples go, these two are pretty much perfect!
Our Reason is a fabulous addition to a series I hope continues on and on. I'm not sure I'll ever get enough of these guys. *hint hint Jessie* I know the ending left plenty of avenues for new books, especially about a certain lawyer who loves to fish! Really folks, if you haven't started this series, I highly recommend you do so at once and fall in love with the Connor's, whether they're born into the family or made a part of it. Make sure you have plenty of time set aside, and probably a box of tissue, too, because once you start, you'll binge your way through all of them. If you've already discovered Bull and Red and all the rest then Our Reason is not to be missed!
They stopped at a light and Bull glanced at him thoughtfully. “Did Dillon show up for Thursday’s art class?”
There was no denying that the troubled teen was at least partly responsible for his need to give more or that Bull knew his interest far exceeded his role in the boy’s life. “Yeah. He was a few minutes late and he looked rough, but he was there. Even stayed for the food the center brought in afterward.”
Rail thin and tall for his age, Dillon Young slumped like life had already beaten him into submission. He always kept his head down and his dark hair long enough to cover his eyes, but Red had glimpsed at them once and the familiarity had grabbed him by the throat. The feeling was so strong that he reached for Dillon, needing to just hug him as tight as he could, but the boy flinched back and took off.
Dillon disappeared for a few days after that and Red had been beside himself until director called to say he’d come around again. After that, Red kept his approach cautious. He wouldn’t avoid him because he needed to know how to help him, but he never got too close and made sure there was no physical contact even in passing. Months later, he thought they were making headway, but then Dillon disappeared again and Red didn’t know why. Like before, he returned with little fanfare and zero desire to explain his absence. With his own past acting as a reminder of all the possible shit Dillon could be dealing with, it was a cycle that Red wasn’t sure he could continue to live with.
“I know the center has rules it has to follow, but there’s no reason we can’t find out more information about his home life, is there?” They had been trying not to go around the center because he didn’t want to cause them any issues, but the fear of something happening to Dillon was forcing his hand. Red wasn’t scared and destitute anymore. He was a grown man with resources and friends who could help this kid. They had to help because the alternative was unacceptable.
“None at all,” Bull agreed as he reached for his hand. “I’ll talk to Ric. If it’s a conflict of interest for him, I’m sure he can point me in the direction of someone who can help.”
Like many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I'd begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: to be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it's a job. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With three series in the works and a full schedule of releases planned for the next two years, it's been amazing to have made this dream my reality.
I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics, and happily ever after. I'm a lover of strong secondary characters, and series filled with families—biological or chosen. All are themes you'll find throughout my books.
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