Friday, August 29, 2014

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Review + Giveaway: Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd

Title: Business or Pleasure
Author: Ashley Ladd
Genre: Contemporary GLBT Erotica
Publish Date: August 22, 2014
Review Source: eARC

Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or animal activist. He never said he was either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.

When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.

But then Guy’s life gets crazy –his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.

Gunshots rang out as they turned onto Guy’s street.
Tommy looked at him and mouthed, “Shit! You don’t think…?”
“I hope not. I don’t know.” Guy pressed the gas pedal to the floor and the car shot forward, fish-tailing.
Tommy fisted the door, hanging on tight. “I hope we’re wrong.”Guy’s intuition told him he wasn’t. His knuckles turned white they held the steering wheel so tightly. Unafraid for himself but scared for his dad, he pulled into his driveway and jumped out of the car, with Tommy close on his heels. 
The woman next door ran outside screaming, tearing out her already tattered hair. She pointed at her front door. “Your father’s shooting up my house and is holding a gun at my dad’s head. He’s going to kill him. You’ve got to do something.”
Tommy yelled as he began dialing on his phone, “I’m calling the police.” As if on cue, police sirens blared in the distance and grew louder by the second.
“I’m going in. I have to stop him.”
“Wait for the police. Don’t put yourself in danger,” Tommy ordered forcefully.
“I have to take the chance. He could kill someone before the police get here. I can’t let that happen.” He put himself in harm’s way for animals, so certainly he could risk his life for his own father and other fellow human beings. He had no choice. It would be his fault if someone got hurt.
So he ran through the open door flailing his arms, hoping he would be in time. “Dad! It’s Guy. Don’t do anything. I’m here. You’ll be okay.”
“He’ll be okay? What about me? He’s got a shotgun pointed at my head threatening to blow it off,” the elderly neighbor cried.


First off this was a quick story to read.  The characters in it for the most part were pretty well rounded.   It did feel as if the story could have been a bit longer, maybe had a bit more "meat" to it.   With that being said, here is a little bit of info on the book.

Guy is trying to take care of his ailing father, trying to run a business, and also heads up a protest and animal activist group.  He is a devout vegetarian who hopes to find someone who will share is loves and desires.  Guy loves his father, but knows that the time is drawing near to have to put him into an assisted living home, because he can not look out for him at all times.  Knowing this Guy decides it is also time to try and find a house closer to his business.

Tommy is the agent that Guy hires to help him find and buy a home closer to his business.  Immediately upon meeting Guy, Tommy finds him attractive and is curious about him.  Knowing that it is against better business choices he can not control his desires and thoughts of the man.  The only issue other than the fact of Guy being a client, is that Tommy's family owns the biggest Bar-B-Que establishment in the area.  Knowing that Guy is a complete vegetarian and animal activist could cause him not to want to get involve.

The pull between these two men is strong and you can see it from the first time that they meet. The way that they connect is quick and fast, but sad to say in away realistic.  But, for me that is the first thing that kind of made me feel as if the story was moving to quickly.  The way that these two went from point A to point C without really stepping into the area of B is what kind of made me give this book the rating I did.  It was not so bad that it deserved a 3, but I did not feel as if it were 4 bar material either.  Is it a bad book to read, no it is not, but like I said it is short and to the point.  For some that is not bad, for me I like a little more courtship to my stories.  

Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She's been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

How you can contact Ashley:



If Your Book Were Made Into A Movie – What Songs Would Best Fit The Story On The Big Screen?

If I Had You – Adam Lambert
Whataya Want From Me – Adam Lambert
Aftermath – Adam Lambert
Come Back to Me – David Cook
Always Be My Baby – David Cook
The Time Of My Live – David Cook
It’s Not Over – Daughtry
What About Now – Daughtry

Interview Questions:

1. Where did the idea come from for the book? 
A couple of places.
One of my best friends is an animal activist and vegetarian. She’s trying to convert me to be a vegetarian too and I even joined her for a vegan group meeting. She’s not quite vegan—yet—but leaning that way.
I also love to watch HGTV and Food Network. In fact, as I answer this interview, I’m also watching Flipping The Block on HGTV. I drive my hubby crazy watching Love It or List It, Property Brothers, etc. (That’s okay because he drives me crazier watching football, softball, racing...)

2. What genre does your book fall under?
Business or Pleasure is a contemporary MM romance. Although it’s not strictly a comedy, it has a humorous tone.

3. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Vin Diesel would play Guy. Ben Affleck could play Tommy.
4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Romance blooms for Guy and Tommy until animal activist and vegetarian Guy learns Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue joint in town.

5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Business or Pleasure is published by Totally Bound at

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two and a half months. It’s only 40,000 words. When I’m in the groove, I write an average of 2,000 words daily. I’d write a lot more, but I have a full-time day job then have to cook dinner for my family of six when I get home.

7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I honestly can’t think of any.

8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
HGTV and Foot Network.

9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There’s a substory about Guy and his father. As the story progresses, Guy realizes his father is suffering from dementia. He’s in denial at first. He doesn’t want to see it or admit it, but then things come to an explosive head and he can’t help but acknowledge his father’s illness and to deal with it.

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