Author: Luna David
Book: Let Me In
Series: They Boys Club, Book #1
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance, BDSM & Erotic Romance
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Cover Artist: Morningstar Ashley
Twenty-year-old Liam Cavanagh works three dead-end-jobs to take care of his family. He’s been the sole breadwinner since he was fifteen and yearns for a life of his own. Forced to grow up too fast, he carries the burdens of responsibilities that shouldn’t be his, and it’s slowly destroying him. The more he tries to control, the more out of control he feels.
When he gets a hit on a personal ad he placed on The Boys Club app, he shrugs it off as impossible. With nearly 600 miles between him and “Boston Daddy” he knew the odds were against them. Until Boston Daddy’s current boy convinces him otherwise and persuades Liam to take on the role of Daddy’s new boy.
Saying forty-year-old entrepreneur Cash Moreau is having a bad week is an understatement. The man he’s been with for years leaves him for a new job, his own company is in crisis, and to top it all off, a young stranger shows up on his doorstep with all his worldly possessions, claiming to be his new boy. Liam wants a Daddy to depend on, and Cash refuses to believe he’s what’s best for Liam.
Despite their powerful connection, Cash finally pushes Liam away, and the beautiful boy who stole his heart disappears. Soon, Cash realizes what he’s let slip through his fingers. The elusive thing he’s been searching for is Liam, it’s only ever been Liam, and suddenly Cash will move heaven and earth to find what he’s lost. Will he find his boy in time to make things right, or is it too late to let him in?
Three hours later, he felt Liam stir and glanced over to see him stretch, look at the clock, and grimace. “Sorry I slept so long. Thought I’d just be out for an hour at most.”
Cash squeezed Liam’s thigh and smiled when the boy moved to cover his hand and give it a squeeze in return. Cash pulled off the freeway at the next exit, headed towards a chain restaurant he figured was better than a fast food joint, and pulled into the parking lot. He squeezed Liam’s leg again, unhooked his seatbelt and kissed him softly on the lips, whispering, “Stay right where you are.”
Liam did as he was told, and Cash walked around the car to open his door and help him out. He clasped Liam’s hand and made to turn to lead them to the restaurant’s entrance, but he was stopped when Liam didn’t budge. Turning, a questioning look in his eyes, Cash met Liam’s gaze, saw his rosy cheeks and moved back towards him. He leaned back against the car door and slid his finger in one of Cash’s belt loops, tugging him flush against his body.
Cash slid his arm around Liam’s back and smiled down a him. Liam’s flirtatious smile and sparkling eyes made his smile grow wider. “What is it, boy?”
“The first time it happened, I thought it was because I was hurt. The second time, at the shop, I thought it was because I was taking too long getting my wallet, but you asked me to wait for you this time. Do I need to wait every time I get out of the car?”
Cash couldn’t fully read Liam yet, so he didn’t want to step on his toes, if the boy didn’t like it. “You don’t have to, if you don’t want—”
He stopped when Liam lifted his fingers to his lips to shush him. The boy was adorable when he smiled shyly up and him, and when he said, “Does Daddy want me to wait for him to come help me out of the car?”Cash nearly groaned out loud and pressed his hips into Liam’s so he’d feel what Liam had done to him.
“Yes, boy, I do.”
Liam looked deeply into his eyes, lifted his hands and scratched them through Cash’s beard. Cash couldn’t keep his hips from grinding into Liam’s again. Damn, but the boy was full of surprises. Liam licked his lips and asked, “Are you always going to take such good care of me?”
“Yes. I take care of what’s mine.”
Liam nodded as if his answer had been expected then whispered, “How am I ever going to be able to thank you for being so good to me?”
Cash couldn’t keep the Cheshire grin off his face when he nearly growled, “I’m sure I can come up with something.”
Liam licked his lips and said, “I hope so.”And pushed against Cash’s body enough to have him moving back. Liam clasped his hand and looked up at him when he asked, “Can I get a milkshake, Daddy?”
Cash chuckled and nodded. “Yeah, I think you deserve one. Come on. Let’s fatten you up a bit, shall we?”
Liam laughed and nodded. “Yes. Let’s.”
3.5✨s – Let me begin by saying that I have read and enjoyed all of Luna David’s books so I had high expectations for this one!! The teasers were awesome!! That being said, I really struggled with this book. Don’t get me wrong, the potential was there – I was just hoping for … more. I felt the relationship between Liam and Cash was strained from the beginning (as it should be according to the blurb) and was worried that the emotional connection I totally needed them to have wouldn’t come to fruition. About 2/3 way through the book, I thought “finally, we are getting somewhere”. Then boom! the book was over (not in a cliffhanger sort of way). I felt the story jumped around a lot – past vs present internal character dialogues that were sometime out of place – and the story had a significant amount of extraneous explanations that drew the story out and really detracted from what was building between Liam and Cash. Now, the last part of the book had enough feelings and “ooooooo, well played’s” to redeem the first part of the book. It appears this is the first book in a series. I look forward to seeing what she does with the new guys!
About Luna David:
Luna David is a true romantic at heart who was fortunate enough to find and marry her soul mate. Most of the time she considers herself lucky to have been blessed with having twins, but they’re giving her a run for her money. She’s a stay at home mom and an author, so when she’s not begging her little monsters to behave, you’ll most likely find her writing.
She loves anything book, coffee or dark chocolate related and can’t think of a better way to pass the time than to combine all three. She reads romance novels voraciously and while she prefers contemporary romantic suspense with strong Alpha males finding their soul mates, she’s a sucker for any romantic story, regardless of genre.
She created the Custos Securities Series because she loves to write what she loves to read. Her books feature strong dominant males and the men they would die protecting. Toss in some BDSM and kink and you’ve got her Catharsis Novel Series and The Boys Club Series. She loves nothing more than making her readers feel a wide range of emotions with her words. And she hopes you enjoy her stories. Happy Reading!
Interview with Luna David:
- As an author myself, I know inspiration is everywhere and can strike at the most inopportune moments (like in the shower, when you don’t have anything to write with!). So, what was the inspiration behind Let Me In? Sheena J. Himes and I got to talking about Daddy kink as a trope in MM and how there isn’t nearly enough of it. We chatted about how much we love it and what we love about it and the fact that the type of Daddy kink we want to see isn’t written enough. We both wanted full length novels, well developed characters, storylines that read like all other romance novels in the MM genre but focused on the kink we wanted to see. So, we made plans to start our own series so that we could get the kink we wanted coupled with the storylines we wanted and give our readers the same. We mapped out a whole series. I’d take three books (or more), she’d take three books (or more), and we’d switch back and forth between us. We both had storylines roughly mapped in our heads and knew where we wanted to take the series, but it was a matter of timing. We were both involved in our own projects and decided together we’d make this series a side series that would come when we had time between solo projects. She was actually slated to go first, but I was free before she was, and my storyline lent itself to being the first one in the series, so that’s how we worked out who went first. We’re so excited about the series and can’t wait to keep going with it. People have reacted really well to Let Me In and have talked a lot about wanting the next book, so we couldn’t be happier about that.
- What is your writing process? (i.e. plotter or panster, explain) I used to be a pantser, and where I can allow myself to fly by the seat of my pants, I still try to allow myself to do so, but I knew I needed to figure out a way to keep myself on track in a better way. I swore from the beginning of my first book, I was a pantser and didn’t think I could be a plotter but after my books were taking more time to write not less, I decided I needed to figure out a better way to prepare. I forced myself into being a plotter with pantser tendencies and strangely enough, it worked out for me with Let Me In. The way I’d been taught how to outline didn’t work for me. My problem was, I’d sit down and write my outline and I’d get so entrenched in the story I’d end up writing half the chapter in the outline instead of using it as a rough guideline. I started researching different ways to outline and kind of mixed several ways to do it together to come up with a way that was best for me. Now I have a whole process I go through and instead of hating every second of it, I love it. It’s fun and I keep myself to small bits of info, breadcrumbs really, to lead me where I need to go in each chapter and while I’m writing, if my storyline veers off course, I allow myself to be a bit of a pantser so I can keep it feeling organic. I wrote this book in 6 weeks. I hope it wasn’t a fluke and I hope that I can get myself back in gear to start up my next book soon and go at the same pace. We’ll have to see how that works.
- What is the hardest part of that process for you? I still have that desire to just sit down and start writing and forget about planning and plotting and outlining, but every time I end up doing that, I get so of course that the story takes a whole different shape and I can’t seem to find my way back to where I thought I should go because I don’t have a concrete plan on where my storyline is going. I have to force myself to plot, plan, and outline. And sometimes that’s a painful process in the beginning, but once a get a good start, I enjoy it and am thankful I did it. It’s just getting to that point that is tough for me at first.
- There’s a big leap a writer takes from putting words down on paper for the love of it and actually publishing those words for public scrutiny. What was that journey like for you? For this book it was scary. Daddy kink isn’t a trope everyone gravitates towards. We asked around and a lot of people said they wanted more of it. We saw it in other posts, and when someone would come out with a new Daddy kink, there would be a lot of talk about how there’s not enough of it and there needs to be more. So, hearing that when we knew we had this series on our backburner was good. But it’s still considered somewhat taboo, even if we’re dealing with role playing the taboo portion of it, so for me, I was worried about how it would be received. It wasn’t enough to stop me, but it was enough for me to pause and think about whether I wanted to write it under a different pen name. In the end my husband talked me out of it and I’m happy he did. Let Me In may not be the type of book everyone wants to read, but I loved writing it, loved the kink, the characters, the storyline and hoped it would resonate with those that DO enjoy the trope. I’ve been happy with it’s reception so far.
- Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals? I don’t know that they’re strange, per se, but I have habits and rituals. My new outlining process involves using a blank wall and a shit ton of sticky notes in varying colors and sizes, and then a visualization board I created in my planner. It’s quite the process but I kinda love it because I’m a sucker for pens, paper, sticky notes, and all things planner related. I also can’t listen to music with words, so I have several things I do while writing. I can’t write in silence, so I have a white noise maker that I use occasionally when I have a headache and can’t wear my headphones, but mostly I listen to concentration music on Brain.FM or youtube. It’s helped my productivity a lot. I also do things like chew a ridiculous amount of gum and always have my wax cube burner lit so I’ve got all of my senses involved with what I’m doing. That seems to help keep me motivated and fully immersed in what I’m doing. That and a small group of other authors that I can always count on to sprint with me. If I didn’t have sprinting partners I wouldn’t get anything done.
- What can readers expect from you next? My hope is that I’ll be working on Finding Ky: A Catharsis Novel (Custos Securities Series Book 4) or what I’ve dubbed C4. I was 40K into C4 when my characters stopped talking to me, even with a pretty good outline going. I took a break, wrote Let Me In, and am hoping to get back to C4 again as long as my characters cooperate. If they don’t, I do have another project that I have that I can work on, but I’m really hoping to immerse myself back into Custos/Catharsis. I’ve missed it.
- If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be? Coffee… always and forever coffee!!!
- Weapon of choice? Uhhh, my rapier wit? Hahaha My words? Hell, I dunno.
- Evil mastermind, easily convinced partner in crime, or innocent bystander? Yes.
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