Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: First Comes Marriage by Shira Anthony

Thank you, Multitasking Mommas, for hosting the First Comes Marriage book tour! For those readers who may not already know, First Comes Marriage is the second book in the brand new Dreamspun Desires line of gay category romances from Dreamspinner Press. Be sure to read to the bottom of the post for an excerpt from the book, as well as the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a dozen red roses for your sweetheart or yourself! First Comes Marriage is available from Dreamspinner Press! You can buy it alone, or you can subscribe to the Dreamspun Desires line and get two books a month at a significant discount (ebook and paperback). Read down for an excerpt and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! -Shira

Published January 15th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

Their marriage was supposed to be all business....When struggling novelist Chris Valentine meets Jesse Donovan, he’s interested in a book contract, or possibly a date. The last thing Chris expects is a marriage proposal from New York City’s most eligible bachelor!Jesse’s in a pinch. To keep control of his company, he has to marry. So he has valid reasons for offering Chris this business deal: in exchange for living in a gorgeous mansion for a year, playing the doting husband, Chris gets all the writing time he wants and walks away with a million-dollar payoff. Surely Chris can handle that. He can handle living with the most handsome and endearing man he’s ever met, a man he immediately knows he wants in the worst way and can’t have. Or can he?
Excerpt from Chapter 25 (Chris is sick in bed with the flu and Jesse is taking care of him):
Jesse touched a cool hand to Chris’s forehead. Even though he knew it was just for show, something in that touch made Chris feel safe. “You don’t feel as hot as before.” He left before Chris could respond, then returned a minute later with a damp washcloth. “This will help the fever,” he said as he pressed it against Chris’s skin. Jesse glanced at the clock and said, “You can have more medicine for the fever in about an hour.”

“I can take it from here,” Chris said. “You should get some sleep or you’ll end up with the same crud.”

Jesse shook his head. “I’ll stay put until I know you’re good enough not to pass out on me. Try to get some more sleep.”

“I think I’ve had enough sleep for a lifetime.”

Jesse smiled, and for the first time, Chris noticed a book on the small table next to his chair.

“What are you reading?” Chris asked.

Jesse picked up the book. “Shakespeare.”

“Sonnets?” Chris smiled back at Jesse. “You didn’t tell me you were a closet romantic.”

“I prefer to think of myself as a connoisseur of literature. Besides,” he said, opening the book and showing it to Chris, “the illustrations in this edition are gorgeous.”

“Another of your grandfather’s gifts?”

Jesse nodded. “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments,” he read, his baritone warm and soothing. “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove. O no; it is an ever-fixèd mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken; it is the star to every wand’ring bark, whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle’s compass come; love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”


“Would you like me to read some more?”

“Please.” Chris closed his eyes as Jesse began to read again. He drifted off to the sound of Jesse’s voice.

“When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state, and trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, and look upon myself and curse my fate, wishing me like to one more rich in hope….”

Review from: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I have a confession to make: other than mpreg stories, I have a weakness for billionaire ones. Especially ones where a marriage is needed to save a business or to keep the money. Ones where it screams cheesy romance that never fails to make my heart throb and my smile to break my face. This is what Shira Anthony delivered with First Comes Marriage.

The tag line: Their marriage was supposed to be all business.... says it all and so the story goes around it.

The cover: screams Harlequin Romance but better. It's a Dreamspinner Press Dreamspun Desires. It's MM and it's sexy.

The author: one of MM Fantasy genre's best who, I think?, for the first time dives into the realm of contemporary - no pun intended.

I won't go into the details of this story, it is too delicious to spoil and am scared to spoil. What you need to know is this is a true fairy tale of a billionaire falling for his husband who was under contract to stay with him for a year in exchange for money. It was all business but familiarity, instead of breeding contempt, bred a love that was true. And sweet. And uberlicious.

It's sexy. It's delicious.

Okay, I think I have to stop. I'm drooling.

All about Shira
Shira Anthony is a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after, and rarely reads or writes a story without one. Never a fan of instalove, Shira likes to write stories about real men with real issues making real relationships work. 

In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. Her Blue Notes Series is loosely based upon her own experiences as a professional musician.

Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs and when she’s not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.

Interested in hearing Shira sing? Here's a link to a live performance of Shira singing an aria from Puccini's "Tosca": http://www.shiraanthony.com/wp-conten...

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Where you can find Shira
First Comes Marriage is all above love and romance, and Shira’s grand prize is a dozen red roses for your sweetheart (or whoever you think deserves it!). First prize is a $10 Dreamspinner Gift Certificate.

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