Blog Tour ~ Cameron Wants To Be A Hero by Anyta Sunday (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
Cameron Wants To Be A Hero
By Anyta Sunday


Love, Austen (Book 2)

Lake: Did you get his number this time?
Cameron: Yes. But I’m not sure I should use it so soon.
Lake: What’s soon? Didn’t you last see him yesterday?
Cameron: I thought you’re meant to wait three days? Otherwise it looks desperate.
Lake: You are desperate.
Cameron: Thanks.
Lake: From everything you’ve told me, sounds like this could be something.
Cameron: You think?
Lake: Message him. Keep it sexy.

When it comes to romance books, Cameron Morland can always read between the lines. When it comes to real romance, he may need a dictionary.

Or Jane.

It’s Northanger Abbey, complete with a neo-gothic mansion and charming misunderstandings. But contemporary. And gay.

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Holy hell, could Cameron flush any harder?

Twinkling eyes studied him. “‘While hiding from my own party, I was ambushed by a despicable English intruder, who snooped through my things and made the most scandalous move to waltz with me.’”

“Not what I’d say. Wrong, finally. How relieving.”

“Want to know what I hope you’ll write?”

“Go on, then.”

“I danced with a friendly man and indulged in titillating conversation. His quick wit and bountiful humor agree with me—I hope I bump into him again. Maybe chat more over coffee.”

“Maybe I would. But my journal is only for script ideas. For letting my imagination run wild.”

“I’m wrong again.” He stopped waltzing and palmed his forehead in mock disappointment. “A sub-par sleuth after all.”

Cameron’s chuckle was interrupted by a hair-wrecked, lip-reddened Lake barging into the office in stocking feet.

“Cameron, there you are. You wouldn’t have any spare socks, would you? Knightly accidentally tipped his red wine, and my feet caught the worst of it.”

They’d been balancing wine as they’d devoured each other’s faces? No surprise something spilled. “Why didn’t you have your boots on? No, wait—don’t answer that,” Cameron blurted as Lake began to color.

Henry donned a sympathetic wince as Lake displayed the stain. “On such nice Happy Socks. What a shame.”

Lake’s eyes flickered curiously from Henry to Cameron. “You like Happy Socks?”

Henry shoved up the leg of his jeans, revealing green socks printed with cute gargoyles. “All my socks are Happy ones. My sister bought me two pairs a few years ago and I’ve never looked back.”

Lake stared at Henry like he was his hero. “A man of good taste.”

“Thanks to my sister.”

“Have you checked out Cameron’s?”

Henry bit back a laugh. His glittering gaze slid over Cameron. “I’ve not yet had the honor.”

To his mortification, Lake reached out and unzipped his boot.

Henry eyed his sock thoughtfully. “Rainbow hearts. Socks can tell you a lot about a person, too.”

“Oh, my God,” Cameron said. “You guys are so—” He bit back ‘weird.’

“It makes gift-giving easy,” Lake added. “Everybody needs socks.”

Cameron sighed, perched on the couch, and removed his rainbow hearts. “Here, Lake. They’re yours.”

“But then you’ll have none.”

Henry joyfully removed his own shoes and peeled off his socks. “I come to your rescue.”

Cameron blinked at the offered gargoyle socks. “Now you have none.”

Henry grinned and leaned toward him, adopting a secretive whisper. “Now I have a reason to meet you again.”


~ * ~ Annies Review ~ * ~

3.5 Stars
The Love, Austen series is proving to be a bit of a wildcard for me. Although I’m not a huge Austen fan, I’m familiar enough with her works to appreciate most of the major nods to her characters and plots, and Anyta Sunday’s books are typically big wins for me. As with the first book in the series, Cameron Wants to Be a Hero had a light, airy style. Unlike the first book, the characters and romance never quite grabbed my attention or swept me away.

At first glance, I expected to adore this couple. Awkward characters often find a soft spot in my heart, but I also empathized with Cameron and a lot of his hang-ups. Henry is a kind, patient match for Cameron, and I really loved their dynamic. Unfortunately, as much as I understand Cameron’s insecurities, desire to please everyone, and wish to live the life of his books’ heroes, he wore on me after some time. I guess I wanted to see something embolden him, or at least more growth sooner in the story instead of the wisps I got. I felt similar frustration with Henry’s character progression. I loved his way with Cameron at times and really enjoyed his kind words for Cameron, his friends, and his family. However, his ability to dismiss Cameron for fear of his father discovering his true feelings steadily tempered my adoration for him.

That isn’t to say that Cameron Wants to Be a Hero isn’t lacking polish or chemistry. The palpable connection and pull between Cameron and Henry was fantastic and there were some great quotes and moments that captured so much emotion I was left swooning, particularly in the last couple chapters. Unfortunately, there were so many peaks and valleys along the way to this couple’s happily-ever-after that I never was swept away by their love story. Will I read another from this series- probably, as I really think this title is just a one-off that didn’t work as well for me as the first in the series. I’d recommend Cameron Wants to Be a Hero to readers who enjoy quieter characters who struggle with asserting themselves and their feelings.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***


3.5 Stars

Confession time, I haven’t read book 1 in the series, but I’m intrigued enough by Lake, Cameron’s friend, to want to go back and read it… as soon as I have some free time. Still, Cameron Wants to Be a Hero was a nice introduction to the series and can be perfectly read as a standalone.

Cameron was a lovely, yet bland character for most of the book. He was unable to say no for fear of displeasing someone or reasserting himself to others *cough* Isabella and John *cough*, like during a scene where his ‘friends’ practically kidnap him and I just wanted to shake some sense into him. *sighs* I wasn’t all that sure about Henry. He ran a bit hot and cold with Cameron sometimes IMO, but that might be just me. *shrugs* I enjoyed the progression of their relationship, though, from strangers to friends to lovers, and the way they communicated through letters or emails was a great touch.

Now, while I really liked Georgie, Henry’s sister, and Alicia, I hated Isabella and John, both of who deserved more of a comeuppance.

Overall, the story was enjoyable, even if it dragged in certain parts and the ending felt rushed. I wanted more of a resolution and not to be left in the dark regarding certain issues. Still, the writing was good and the romance was sweet and I was rooting for Cameron to get his HEA, which he got, so there’s that. Recommendable.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

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About the Author:
I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of emotion, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.

My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.

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Cover Illustrator: Lauren Dombrowski

Lauren Dombrowski is a comic artist and illustrator based in the Chicago area. Previous publications of their work include co-written comics in Tabula Idem: A Queer Tarot Comic Anthology published by Fortuna Media, Dates! An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction (Volume 3) published by Margins Publishing, internal illustrations in Conventionally Yours, published by Sourcebooks Casablanca, and an internal illustration in Say You’ll Be Nine by Lucy Lennox.