Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Decorated With Love (The Designers #1) by Parker James

Title: Decorated With Love
Series: The Designers #1
Author: Parker James
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Publish Date: September 30, 2014
Review Source: eARC provided for review

Chase Moore was devastated when he learned his hot boyfriend proposed to a woman. With his love life in tatters, Chase pours himself into his interior design career. But when a fabric order for an important client goes awry, it threatens to put him over the edge. Drowning his sorrows in a cup of hot, black coffee before consulting on his next big job seems like the answer—until he see Frank.

Frank Hilliard didn’t believe in fate or karma or any of those silly things when he stopped into the java shop, until a powerful attraction draws him to meet a gorgeous man’s gaze. He approaches the stranger’s table with every intention of following a gut instinct to get to know him better—much better.

When Chase discovers the man who sets his body—and soul—on fire is the husband of his newest client, he vows not to be the 'other man' again, but his heart and his body just aren't listening. Frank awakens feelings he never wanted to have--raw and primal--and just when Chase is certain it has to end, the real truth of Frank's situation reveals a stunning secret that promises more than Chase ever bargained for.
(3.5 Bars)

I had the privilege of receiving a copy of this wonderful romance and reviewing it for the tour.  Decorated With Love is a straight up romance between Chase Moore and Frank Hilliard.

Chase Moore has been hurt recently, finding out that the man that wasn't really his boyfriend if he really thinks about their relationship a little more closely, has decided to propose to his Girlfriend.  With this most recent heartbreak and a fabric order emergency at the company he tri-owns with three of his buddies, he heads to his favorite local coffee shop for a mid day pick me up.  That's where he bumps into Frank Hilliard.

Frank Hilliard has a great life to the outside onlooker.  But he's got a huge secret life he leads and when he mentions his wife to Chase after meeting in the coffee shop, Chase can't get out of there fast enough.  It's not till they bump into each other later that the sparks really start to fly and will hit the reader in the face.  Their sexual interactions are awkward at times but not in a bad way just the situations they find themselves in.

Like I said this was a beautiful romance my issue with it was that it was far too short.  It was a novella and I knew that going in but there was too much story that I felt as a reader could have been developed more thoroughly in a longer novel to really set up these characters and not make the big BOOM hit you so hard and then just gloss over it with a quick and tidy happily ever after.  The story concluded too fast and the riding off into the sunset was too canned and love at first site for my taste.  I wouldn't re-read Decorated With Love but Parker has my attention enough to want to read about the other two guys in the Just For You design business they all own together.

Parker James is a unique, multi-variant personality who loves everything that has to do with love. Parker lives in Florida surrounded by wonderful friends, a home she remodeled herself—well, okay, paid someone to do what she wanted—and a rescued feral cat. While a published author in other areas, this is one of Parker's first forays into M/M romantic erotica, but there are many, many more to come! Email:


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