Dog Lover who likes her pastries full of cream and sugar….oh…and I write some ;-)Aside from being an author, I am also a mom to a beautiful 5 year old little girl. I tell everyone I named her after my great-grandmother (because that’s the mature answer), but really, I named her after my favorite princess – just so happens I got lucky and they had the same name…If I wasn’t a writer, I would work on a horse ranch – I’m an animal lover (in addition to dogs, horses are at the top of my list). I wear flip-flops pretty much everywhere I go. I would rather stay awake until 5 am than get up at 5 am (years of bar tending have left their mark), if I can, I’m going to the beach AND I will always be nice to people who bring me chocolate…or coffee…if you bring me both, I’ll probably love you forever.
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TITLE: Secret Hudson
AUTHOR: K.S. Thomas
GENRE: Contemporary Romance / LGBT Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: December 15, 2014
COVER DESIGN: soLoud!media @ www.soloudmedia.com
LENGTH: 52,000 words
CONTENT WARNING: Adult Content - Language/Situations
Royce Lemmi went from being the bullied little freak in high school to rock and roll demigod in the blink of an eye. While playing to packed stadiums filled with screaming fans night after night is a daily reminder of how far he’s come, most days Royce can’t help but see that tortured soul from before, anytime he looks in the mirror.
Kieran Hudson has never spent a day of his life questioning who he was or what he wanted. He spends his days tending to his mother’s store, but his nights are dedicated to exploring the world through the lens of his camera and exposing beauty in the most unexpected places.
When Royce and Kieran’s paths cross in a twist of paparazzi fate, they both react true to form. Royce runs to hide the weakness he fears, behind the success he now depends on, while Kieran never wavers on what he wants or who he wants to be with. And he’s going to do what he does best to convince Royce he’s right.
All Kieran has to do…is expose the beauty in the place Royce least expects to find it. Himself.
Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Before I begin this review, let me just say I have not read Lost Avalon (A Finding Nolan Novel #1), but I really don't need to. From what I had read of Secret Hudson, the two are different stories but connected and the drama of this installment is a far cry from the first. That said, this is a true stand-alone written masterfully by an author I am quite new to.
Royce Lemmi chose to stay in the public toilet closet for fear of rejection. That is the gist of it really. His staying in that proverbial closet did not make him a saint or a virgin either, but relationships were left on the wayside. He looked at Blaise and Ava's happy domesticity and dreamed that someday he may get there too but knew it was simply that: a dream. That is, until he stumbled into a little corner cafe and saw Hudson serving Ava her coffee laced with Nutella.
Hudson is an aspiring photographer and he was really good. To make ends meet and to help out his supportive but quirky artist of a mother, he was also the barrista to her cafe. Looking up into rocker Royce's eyes was a bit of a surprise. What comes out of Ava's mouth was even more for not only did she drop the 'f' words like punctuation marks, she also offered him a job he could not refuse.
As Royce and Hudson pair off, publicly they do their jobs: as guitarist and as band photographer. Privately, well they were getting to know each other and got entangled in a beautiful romance in front of the band members who really were happy for them. The only problem is Royce. He is unwilling to go public with their relationship and Hudson does not want to be the dirty little secret. Hudson had always been out and refuses to go into a closet. Even if it means breaking his heart.
This was a nice romantic read and the drama that brewed between the two men were really not that dramatic compared to what Derek was going through. But that is another story altogether. Romantically, these two men were the perfect fit exempting the closet issue. How Ava, Blaise and the rest of the band members try to make right for the two men made for an amusing but teary read. They were a family and they did what families do best: support each other unconditionally. The difference is that all of them made their own families way back when they were in high school and it is tight. Very tight.
It is this tightness that made this such an inspiring story, especially when Royce had to make a decision and choose whether to remain miserable for the rest of his life alone or to make Hudson his own.
K.S. Thomas has a number of beautiful books, one as incredible as the next. Follow the links and live inside all of her worlds.