Title: HARD EDIT
Series: Black Balled #2
Authors: Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir
Genre: M/M Romance
Cover Design: Damion Damiani
Release Date: 4th September, 2016
It’s all fun and games until egos get hurt.
After a year of a seemingly happily-ever-after, Troy Babilonia throws a curve ball that smacks Larson Blackburn right in the head. When Troy’s debut novel, “Bridge to Lonely,” threatens to overshadow Larson’s own success, inviting a past shadow into the light of their present, the two alphas must learn to adjust.
“Bridge to Lonely” has garnered an unexpected success both in the literary world and in the film industry, forcing Larson to accept that he is not the only successful author in the building. But as Troy’s old flame decides to make an appearance, the two alphas are forced to test the strength of their love. Let the battle of the egos recommence; where sarcasm is the preferred weapon, and the testosterone levels go beyond the boiling point.
Because Black Balled just wasn’t enough…Smith & LeNoir bring you
ADULT CONTENT 18+
My favorite moment. That second before I enter him. That instant right before our bodies become one, our heartbeats sync into a practiced tempo and our souls merge into a single entity. My hips are positioned between his thighs, Troy’s legs folded against his chest and our gazes lock. “I love you,” I whisper and, before he has a chance to answer, I push my way inside him and still. “I fucking love you, Troy,” I say again, louder this time as I pull out and thrust back in more forcefully. Troy grunts, pulling himself up as he places his feet back on the mattress and wraps a hand around my neck bringing our faces only inches apart. The slight aroma of wine lingering on his breath wafts around my nostrils all mixed with the scent of our sex. Male on male, two dominant men fucking away their concerns. But it’s more than that, isn’t it?
This is everything.
We are everything.
Kindle Friend Forever: Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
5 Hard Stars
Laugh out loud at the overflowing satirical prose will most definitely be the cause for embarrassment if you’re reading Hard Edit in public. Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend doing this as you could be on the receiving end of dirty looks. Yeah, I am speaking from experience, so don’t say you haven’t been warned! Never expecting a follow-up, I can’t begin to thank the authors enough for taking the bull by the horns without any consternation. If you like this kind of genre, my advice to you is to read Black Balled first as it gets you into the swing of Larson and Troy’s escapades. Or maybe I should say sexapades because hotness in parenthesis is guaranteed. Have an open-mind, jump into it without prejudice and I can honestly say you won’t be disappointed. Why do I mention this, then?
Black Balled was considered a somewhat controversial read and caused undue criticism on a certain reviewing site. This actually shocked me seeing that authors have every right to express themselves through their writings; fortunately, the book was praised by many and quite rightly so, too. Taking the Indie publishing world by storm, it also happened to be the first book I’d read by these co-authors. And just WOW! I loved it. The proverbial cherry on the top was the publication of the Audible version narrated by Noel Leslie who couldn’t have done a better job. How he made the books’ characters come even more alive than they were with all his speech nuances was nothing less than incredible.
“Oh, don’t give me your black onyx stare Helveccia, I’m immune to it, remember?”
Hard Edit rounded up few unanswered questions I had concerning a complex relationship between two horrendously drop-dead gorgeous alpha males. And to be totally honest, I hadn’t had enough of them, either. I needed more of these guys who’d got under my skin and wiggled their way into my life. To say they complement each other so damn well would be putting it lightly, and regardless of their personal setbacks, I couldn’t help but love them to bits. Hmm… at times they frustrated the pants of me with their infantile bickering; however, my way of thinking was swayed by the Yin and Yang theory. One simply doesn’t function without the other. Lord above, talk about grinning from ear to ear isn’t in it. Their peculiarities provoked a strong urge to give them a good spanking! Wishful thinking on my part of course, and one of Larson’s traits even encouraged me to tidy the place up!
Lungful in. The world will not implode if you don’t clean up.
Exhale out. Work is more important than cleaning.
Lungful in… Oh, who the fuck am I kidding?
The authors have definitely hit it on the nail describing Troy and Larson’s push-pull, give and take amorous affair and professional competitiveness. What I absolutely adored was that whatever goings on cropped up, one of them seemed to be one step in front of the other. Lol, most of the time! Blunders are solved the only way they know how which I have no wish to tell you about since that would spoil it for you. Nevertheless, Troy’s handling of his new writing venture was nothing less than hilarious and for reasons to be revealed, you’ll understand why he not only had his tail between his legs, but also felt flabbergasted and frustrated! Actually, I thought he coped admirably considering it was his first time in a lioness’ den. Then Ethan steps into the scenario and goes with the flow—literally. One scene of many had my imagination running riot and grabbing for a fan. Believe me, there is never a dull moment with these two, and what Troy has up his sleeve is so him! Blowing kisses to my man. You Troy, are a true romantic at heart. Oops, sorry ladies, first dibs and all that! Ooh my, although I had a strong suspicion something big was on the horizon for them, the ending is their new beginning. Guys, it’s everything you deserve and I have no doubt you’ll both do your very best and more besides. Acceptance, tolerance, the joining of two beautiful souls is exactly how I would sum up their story.
“So what? You stalked his ass?”
“Just a little,” “Not my proudest moment, I assure you.”
Now then, I have to mention the book’s structural writing. Firstly, my KFF sista-in arms—Rachel and myself have a fave narrative feature. Present tense and told from alternative points of view. Bingo! The authors haven’t changed their style from one book to another. The banter is much like listening to a real conversation, the sarcasm reminds one of the very best dry humorous comedies construed with an apt seriousness. Secondly and foremost, Andrea and Eva are a mean writing machine together and to be reckoned with. They’ve combined their storytelling skills with no holds barred, developed two contrary characters’ personae to perfection, and nudge nudge, wink wink ladies, I’m hoping you both might even consider writing Ethan’s story. He certainly merits being heard! I had absolutely no gripes with the editing… no pun intended, the plot is extremely well constructed and the pace just to my liking kept me enthralled throughout. So what else can I say except BRAVO gals!
A couple of my fave quotes:
“For fuck’s sake,” “You never, ever treat a blogger like that! What the hell were you thinking?”
“Troy. You can’t be serious. You cannot give away key chains at an official signing with your private parts exposed like Janet Jackson’s left tit at the Super Bowl. It’s tacky and, honestly, doesn’t do your size justice.”
“You’re filling that void with a transgender poodle?”
“I’m afraid with all the festivities, I’ve got a headache that’s killing me. Can I take a rain-check?”
BLACK BALLED #1
About the Authors:
Andrea Smith is a US Today Bestselling Author
An Ohio native, currently residing in southern Ohio. The Past Tense Future Perfect trilogy is Ms. Smith’s first self-published work. Having previously been employed as an executive for a global corporation, Ms. Smith decided to leave the corporate world and pursue her life-long dream of writing fiction. Ms. Smith’s second series, Thee ‘G-Man Series’ consists of four novels and a novella. Her ‘Limbo Series’ is her first venture into a blend of romantic/suspense, mystery with steamy scenes and a paranormal edge.
A listing of her published fiction:
Love Plus One
G-Men Holiday Wrap
These Men (Spin-off) Part of the BEND anthology.
Past Tense Future Perfect (Boxed Set trilogy, eBook only.)
Clouds in my Coffee
The Baby Series:
Be My Baby
Baby Come Back
When September Ends
Ms. Smith also publishes New Adult fiction under the pen name of Graysen Blue.
Sins of September
When September Ends
Eva LeNoir is an Amazon Bestselling Author
Eva LeNoir grew up travelling with her parents to various countries in the world. Reading was her constant companion during her travels and her ability to adapt to different cultures fed her mind with endless possibilities. The characters swimming in her head are always from various horizons with a multitude of dreams and aspirations. However, all of these voices always have one thing in common: The women are strong and independent. A true believer in the female cause, Eva’s wish is to portray the women in her books as the leaders. She sees them walking hand in hand with their partners and not be the sheepish followers of the male gender. But most of all, Eva LeNoir wants to offer her readers a moment of pleasure as they dive into the world of her mind’s creation.
A listing of her published fiction:
Underdogs of the Arena Series:
Project: Aphrodite: A Labor of Lust
AUTHORS SOCIAL SITE MEDIA LINKS:
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