Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Virtual Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt, #Giveaway: Love You Senseless by Guest Bloggermomma: Susan Mac Nicol

Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a coldstation platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason.  She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

Book Title: Love You Senseless
 Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group

Words: 85,000

Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

London’s saucy up-and-coming chef, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire. From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.  
An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since. Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.
My Rating: (5 of 5 Stars)5 
The Multiplier Rating Takes Effect
One of the Best for 2014!

This is a fairy tale, one like nothing we have read before. It is the story of two men, two chefs, who love to create culinary delights that please and satisfy diners from all over. It is a story of misplaced pride and eventual love. The journey they experience together, in and out side of the kitchen, is both highly romantic and mildly erotic. 

One of these chefs, Gideon, was considered a risen star in the kitchen and his restaurant proved that his works were brilliant, full to bursting flavors. But Gideon met a tragic accident and not only did he come out  psychologically injured, he also lost his sense of smell. A sense that was one of his strongest tools.

The other is also a chef, Eddie, but his star is just rising. Working under the famous chef made him strive harder to be better at his job and he was soon to be proving better than just good. He created with a sense of delight and every bite resulted to bursts of joy from their patrons. His was the stuff that made others want to be. He is the one who has his senses intact to continue creating.

For Gideon, who thought he lost all after losing his sense of smell, being the proprietor and manager of his restaurant was not a position he valued. He wanted to be back in the kitchen, it was where he belonged. But Eddie was there, in his place, creating the food he had taken pride in before the accident. Eddie was who Gideon longed to be, but also not. For every time he looked into those eyes and seeing him smile at him, Gideon knew he had to hold on to his anger and pride or fall helplessly in love.

Eddie had always admired Gideon and knowing what the man lost, he understood that the bursts of anger and misplaced pride were all just a defence, hiding his hurts from all the world. Eddie knew that if he could only break down the walls, Gideon would heal faster, both physically and emotionally. After their first kiss, Eddie knew the first brick was steadily cracking and ready to fall, revealing the man beneath, the one who knew how to laugh and to love.

Love You Senseless is pure romance where two men slay their inner demons with the help of each other and their friends. It is a story full of yearning, learning and love and just ends with this reader so full of joy and romance in her heart she cannot but say: this is one of the best reads of the year. 

And it left me smiling for the others' stories are just around the corner ready to be told... and I can't wait.

Note: Serving as beta reader to this wonderful story still makes me smile so I thought, I could be biased in my opinions and  decided to withhold my review thinking that readers out there should get their chance to read this and form their own opinions. I still cannot help but smile HUGE! everytime I see one satisfied reader say they find this particular romance from Bestselling author Susan Mac Nicol as nothing less than stellar. It is romantic, it is entertaining, and just a bit on the edge of a fairy tale to make this one of the most enjoyable reads for the year.


Eddie kissed back, wanting nothing more than this moment, this man in his body and his lips on his. Somewhere a bell rang and for a minute Eddie thought it might be the sound of his own passion translated to tinkling sleigh bells and fireworks like in the cartoon movies when two people kissed. He smiled at that thought then as the bell got more insistent and irritating, he turned to Gideon only to find he was no longer there. Eddie scowled and reached across to where the annoying bell sound was….

He woke from his dream upright, sweating, sticky with come and tangled in musty smelling sheets that had seen their fair share of jack off action lately and needed washing. His hand rested on his mobile phone as it trilled incessantly with his Big Ben alarm. He blinked owlishly for a minute, wondering where he was, then as the dream faded, he fell back in a loose heap with a sense of loss.

Guest Bloggermomma: Susan Mac Nicol Talks Senseless

Note from multitaskingmomma: At the start of this tour, we were asked what questions we wanted answered by the author. After thinking it over, we came up with a few questions that could help clarify the story behind this best selling novel.

m: Of all senses to lose, you chose anosmia. Why that specifically? What triggered this word to be the inspiration behind Love You Senseless?

I chose the loss of this particular  sense because to a chef, it would have a great impact. I’d always known I wanted to write a story about a restaurant, a chef and the world he might inhabit. And what’s better than one chef- two, of course! So the story adapted to not only be about the love of cooking but how that passion can be taken away in the blink of an eye. We come to rely on our senses such a lot that to lose one of them can cause a lot of heartbreak and personal angst. And not being able to do something you love makes it that much worse.

m: You made a lot of changes to this story's original manuscript, can you talk about what and why you made the changes?

*Grins* I have this great beta reader who I trust to give me the truth. Well, she read it and came back to me and told me it needed some changes. She wasn’t overly fond of the original too grouchy Gideon, there were some medical details around burns and the like that she said were a little out of sync, plus she felt that there should be more inter action between Gideon and Eddie when it came to Gideon’s therapy. I took a look at her suggestions and you know what? She was right. So I rewrote the story, sent it back to her, and she was a much happier bunny. Oh, you know that, right? Because that beta reader was You Invaluable advice, words of wisdom and as an author trying to bring you the best book I can, I have an obligation to take advice like this on board. I’m not too proud to see the holes in a story and try and plug the gaps.

m: (awww shucks... **blushing**) 

m: Now that you have best-sellers under your belt, what do you wish 2015 to bring to you and your fans?

More books being released, more Men of London, more book sales, continued enjoyment of writing, a conference or two -I’ll be in Munich in July for Eurocon and Gay Pride, Bristol in September for UK Meet, and perhaps I might get to the US for GRL in October. I really want to focus on a new story I’m writing too, which I intend self publishing. That will be rather a challenge. Oh and did I mention I’ll be visiting a circus behind the scenes and spending the weekend ? It’s all in the name of research. I do get around….

About Me by Susan Mac Nicol
Rather than wax lyrical about myself and bore you all to death, let me simply highlight the top 20 choice words, phrases and observations people have made about me over the years; perhaps then you’ll get the picture of what it’s like to be me. More importantly perhaps, you’ll wonder how my poor family, friends, and colleagues ever managed to put up with me. I put my hands on my heart and promise the things below have all been said by someone close to me at one time or another..
1.   I apparently have the ability to tell someone to go to hell in a way that they enjoy the journey
2.   Complete nutter.
3.   Pig headed and stubborn
4.   Little Miss Know it All
5.   The best friend a person could have
6.   A walking talking dictionary
7.   Extremely intelligent (I like this one the best obviously even if it is my mother who keeps telling me this)
8.   I am ‘leg’ (pronounced ‘ledge’) – according to my daughter this means I am ‘legend’ and her friends like me.             She is 19. PS I only have her word for that one and it could mean something extremely rude or offensive.
9.  Total control freak
10. Someone you can trust with anything
11. A no nonsense woman
12. A delight to work with
13. One of the best bosses I have ever had the privilege to work with
14. Innovative and driven
15. Too bloody awkward for words
16. Little Miss Perfect (said in a voice that wasn’t being complimentary but casting negative aspersions on my character)
17. Great sense of humour
18. Total freak
19.  Best mum in the world (this one actually is the one I like the best disregard 7.)
20.  Most unusual person I have ever known (this can be taken a number of ways – I prefer to see it as a compliment because it is something I absolutely aspire to -i.e. Not being like everyone else.)
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  1. there is a restaurant a couple of towns over it is the best italian food ever it is called John's

  2. Well the best resturant I've ever eaten at would be Cuddies