Friday, June 5, 2020

Release Blitz: Say You'll Be Nine by Lucy Lennox #Review #Excerpt #Giveaway



Release Blitz & Giveaway:
Say You'll Be Nine by Lucy Lennox




Cover Designer: Cate Ashwood


One dilapidated cabin in need of renovation.
Two stubborn men pretending to be a couple.
Three summer months to get the job done.
Four tangled legs in only one bed.
Five cameras catching it all for YouTube.
Six hundred thousand Instagram followers.
Seven nosy family members with Opinions.
Eight thousand reasons they should never fall in love.
Nine million reasons why they will.

Say You'll Be Nine is a standalone novel...

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Review

Well It’s official I love author Lucy Lennox’s writing. Say You’ll be Nine is just so well written with amazingly deep characters who leap off the page and right into your heart. I wanted to wrap up Nine aka Isaac and take him home and keep him safe. He is perhaps the kindest and most selfless man I have ever met in a fictional story and honestly the way in which he cared for Cooper was just so lovely. This is a marvelous romance filled with a little bit of angst that all stems from two men who try their best to communicate their feelings but due to previous painful abandonment (Cooper) and never wanting to really make waves (Nine) they end up missing the mark most of the time.

Nine is the go to person in his home—the one who is most overlooked and most overused. If there is a problem, Nine will fix it. If there is something that needs to be done, Nine will do it. If there is a sacrifice to be made, Nine will happily make it. He has had two girlfriends in his life and neither made the bells ring for him. He is perhaps asexual, perhaps bisexual perhaps, perhaps, perhaps--all he knows is that the drive for sex is not necessarily something that motivates him when it comes to connecting with someone—until he gets in tight quarters with Cooper—then the entire world changes for Nine.

When Stallion Tools calls Nine to offer him a sponsorship and opportunity to expand his DIY vlog, Nine is interested but soon realizes they are wanting an LGBT couple—which he is not. It’s then that his brother Eli sees an opportunity to not only help Nine build his brand but also help out Eli’s best friend, Cooper, who is in need of a hefty amount for cash to finance his brother’s life-saving surgery. Reluctantly Nine and Cooper pretend to be a couple in order to make the money. Along the way, Nine has a wonderful time rebuilding a cabin in the remote woods and teasing Cooper whose snarky attitude he enjoys so much. What neither man expects is to actually fall in love—but with Cooper’s film career suddenly poised to take off, Nine does what he always does—steps aside and lets the man he loves go free.

The above short synopsis barely does this story justice in terms of trying to give voice to the intricate workings of this novel. There are so many layers to each scene with these two. Often each man has a new revelation about himself or each other that leads to deeper intimacy and more fear about trusting their hearts. For Nine it is the feeling that he will never be good enough for the likes of Cooper-a wonderful shining star who lights up every room he enters. For Cooper, he can’t get past what his father did to him and his family and the betrayal of a former lover that cemented the fact that there is no such thing as a happy ever after no matter how much he wants it. These are two stubborn and fiercely independent men who love each other but can’t seem to bridge the communication gap to see their way to admitting it and grabbing for what they truly want.

There is so much about Say You’ll be Nine that is just gloriously right. The story flies off the page, the characters grab your heart and the dialogue and action enthrall the mind. This is an amazing story and one that I highly recommend to you.




 

Excerpt:

 

Thinking about Cooper though… well, that did something to me. It made me annoyed, mostly, but for some reason that annoyance made itself known through what I’d begun to think of as “angry dick.” Yes, thoughts of arguing with Cooper made me hard. And since I was fixing to spend the entire summer sleeping near, fighting with, and pretending to kiss and hug the man, this was going to be a problem.


“Keep it together,” I grumbled under my breath. Nacho’s ears perked up in the rearview mirror. “Oh, not you, baby. You’re fine. Go back to sleep. Daddy’s just having a sexuality crisis, no big.”


I remembered one time when Cooper was staying over during a spring break, I’d come home late from helping a neighbor fix his tractor shed and run right into Cooper pouring himself a glass of ice water in the darkened kitchen. He’d been standing there in nothing but navy-striped boxer briefs, and I’d stared at him like he was some kind of alien.


“Nine,” he’d said slowly. “Didn’t know you were out this late.”


I’d glanced my fill of his entire body, curious more than anything about what another man outside my family looked like without his clothes on. Since I’d helped my dad on the farm and worked at Walt’s, I hadn’t played school sports and had the locker room experience like some others had.


I remembered the air getting weird between us and his underwear getting bulgier as we stood there. Had it been possible he was getting hard for me? I’d known he was gay, but this was something else.


“Uh, yeah,” I’d croaked. “Was working at the farm next door. Sorry.” I’d scooted past him and raced for my room, kicking myself for apologizing for being in my own damned kitchen. After that, every time I’d seen Cooper I hadn’t been able to help but look at his fly to see if he was getting hard for me again. It had been this inappropriate addiction I’d had that had pissed me the hell off and started the odd discord between us. Was it ego? Did I really care if some gay guy found me attractive?


So yeah. I was sweating buckets and probably going to puke and faint at the same time the minute I saw him at the renovation cabin. Super-duper.


When I finally pulled off the deserted mountain highway and onto the road where the property was located, I finally pulled over and upchucked into the weeds at the side of the forest. Nothing like christening a new place with a little vomit.


Nacho whimpered and whined from the half-open window, so I waved my hand at him to let him know I was still alive. I used some napkins from the side pocket to wipe my mouth and then swished with water from my water bottle. Finally, I popped in some mint gum from the console and tried to take a deep breath. At least now I wasn’t going to puke when I saw Cooper.


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About Lucy:


After enjoying creative writing as a child, Lucy didn’t write her first novel until she was over 40 years old. Her debut novel, Borrowing Blue, was published in the autumn of 2016. Lucy has an English Literature degree from Vanderbilt University, but that doesn’t hold a candle to the years and years of staying up all night reading tantalizing novels on her own. She has three children, plays tennis, and hates folding laundry. While her husband is no shmoopy romance hero, he is very good at math, cooks a mean lasagne, has gorgeous eyes, looks hot in his business clothes, and makes her laugh every single day.


Lucy hopes you enjoy sexy heroes as much as she does. Happy reading!






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