J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit www.jkhogan.com.
Book Name: Love and the Real Boy (Coming About, Book 2)
Author Name: J.K. Hogan
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Cover Artist: JK Hogan (KHDGraphics.com)
Categories per the author: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
How much heartache can one man take before he breaks? Rich Langston asks himself that question every day.A Seattle advertising exec who uses his designer suit and showy car like a suit of armor, Rich refuses to let the world get to him. His traumatic childhood has ruined any faith he had in people, friendship, and love. After a meltdown that led to him alienating everyone in his life, Rich agrees to help with the restoration of an antique sailboat as a form of penance.Roped into heading up with the boat repair by his mother, marine restorer Patrick O’Dowd finds himself having to babysit a moody, spoiled rich boy with absolutely no carpentry experience. His easy-going nature is sorely tested, but he quickly realizes that things are not always what they seem; sometimes a fancy suit is nothing but an elaborate deflection from what’s real.Through unavoidable personality clashes and fierce attraction, both Rich and Patrick explore their hidden pain and inner demons, and they end up finding with what really matters—love.
My Rating: (5 of 5 Stars) 5
The Multiplier Rating Takes Effect
There are a few books that surprise the reader for the title and the character are not what they seem on first glance. There are few books where the surprise turns to intrigue, curiosity, and finally the inability to put down a great read. At the end of the read, it feels good to just say: WOW! and tear up a bit with a smile on the lips. Not goofy, but a feel of hope and satisfaction very hard to let go.
Love and the Real Boy is not what it seems.
This is the story of one of the most obnoxious characters ever written into a novel and from the many reactions I read online, many were surprised why, of all characters to write about as a main romantic lead, it has to be this one man who not only hurt a lot of people and he was also a total d**bag. Then again, it makes me wonder, why the author had written such an individual in the first place, if she had not something withheld and wanting to put out there.
This is the story of Rich, a boy who never had a childhood and made sacrifices even the most intelligent human could not. Think about a situation where a boy is the man of the house and the younger brother needed to get out there and get a better life. He did this at a young age and never regretted it. Separating himself from his beloved younger brother was a decision easily reached but he knew he had to sacrifice to give the boy a better chance at life. With that decision comes the regret and the fears. What if the decision made was wrong? This is a fear that hits the psyche and hits hard. Such is the man Rich is today: the d**bag everyone hated but will soon learn to love and love more than the other men in this series. (I definitely did and I am not afraid to yell it out loud!)
Then there is Patrick. He is someone who also had a history of trauma but with a loving and supporting family, it was easier to adjust, easier to move on. Yes, coming out as gay eventually was a hard thing to do, but the love he had at home was unconditional and he adjusted. Yes, he still had fears but it did not incapacitate him, not like it did Rich. A man no one ever thought would be the one true love of Patrick.
Yet, Patrick was the one who broke through the walls, cleaved through the thorns and saw that the boy beneath the man was just screaming to get out. He knew what others did not and he knew just how to get Rich into life. For once.
The two men hit it off on the first second. First it was attraction which swiftly turned into lust, finally, they became friends which graduated to a friendship with benefits. When it all turned into one of the most beautiful romances of learning, loving, and accepting, well, you will have to read this, don't you.
Just remember: never judge someone from the suits they wear nor the thorns they prick others with. Rich is a rich character I will honestly say is one of my favorites out there.
Just a WOW!
Note: Now I really want to know who comes up next :D I want Rory - there is a story there!
Note from multitaskingmomma: We sent some questions over to the author, quite regular questions really. The answers, when they came back, revealed some pretty interesting insights on the 'who' behind the author persona. We also found out that we share a common fave author in JR Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. - and love the same men as well.
Guest Post: Thoughts on being a writer in the M/M genre by JK Hogan
Actually yes. There will be some eye-rolls at the beginning of this but bear with me. I used to be strictly a reader of m/f paranormal romance, and that’s what I wrote as well. I’d gotten into J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, and she began exploring the attraction between two of the male characters (Butch and V for those who are into it). Though they eventually went on to get with females, it was reading those books that first got me interested in that kind of interplay between male characters. Ward went on to have two other male characters, one bisexual and one gay, get together later on in the series, but by that time I was well acquainted with the m/m genre.
When I got my first Kindle, there was a “free” section in the Kindle store—I don’t think they have it anymore but I could be wrong. I ended up downloading The Dickens With Love by Josh Lanyon and that became my first m/m read, followed shortly by Out of My Mind by M.L. Rhodes. After that, I had a whole new genre to explore.
m - For those who are just starting to read MM, what advice would you give them?
Just keep an open mind. Just like any other romance genre, they’re not all the same. There are different tropes, plot devices, and varying heat levels. There’s a little something for everyone.
m - As an author, how far into the future can you see yourself with writing as a career choice?
I love writing. As long as the ideas keep coming, I plan to keep writing them. Besides, with all the voices in my head, I’m pretty sure if I didn’t write I’d be considered schizophrenic. LOL
So in short, I see myself writing as long as I’m physically able to.
m - How would you define and differentiate romance from erotica?
To me, the lines are very blurred. The publisher/author has to make a distinction for the purposes of advertising and selling, but I really think it’s up to the individual reader to decide where the line is for them.
For the sake of the question though, I was told by my first publisher that sex for the sake of sex is what tips you over into erotica.
m - How would you like to live: be an anonymous writer or a stalked by fans? Why?
Oh definitely anonymous. While I like being with people I know, I am very much an introvert when it comes to strangers and strange situations. I love interacting with readers, but I have to be able to disappear into my writer’s cave when I want to. ☺
Rich forced himself to relax. Why shouldn’t he give his brain a little mini-vacay? He was of a stressful nature—he had to constantly stress over work, over making enough money to keep himself in suits and expensive toys to remind himself he wasn’t homeless anymore, that he wasn’t going to end up like his mother. He stressed over the wrong people finding out he was gay, while stressing that he might just go mad from lack of companionship—and that was just the tip of the crazy-berg.
Underneath it all sat his pent-up grief, anger, and guilt from his stolen childhood, cowering like a beast in the dark, a sleeping monster. That was Rich’s biggest, most constant fear—that one day he would no longer be able to contain it. What would happen then? Would he lose his mind?
So all things considered, why shouldn’t he just let it go for one night? What was wrong with letting a big, burly Irishman take him in hand—heh—and drive the boat for a while.
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