Release Blitz ~ You’re Cordially Invited by Jay Hogan (Reviews + Excerpt)

Title: You Are Cordially Invited

Series: Auckland Med #5

Author: Jay Hogan

Genre: MM Romance

Tropes: Opposites attract | Gay wedding | Hurt/comfort | Found family | Fem/makeup | Humour | Sports | Medical

Release date: June 17th, 2021

Amazon Universal: https://readerlinks.com/l/1829825

Synopsis:

There’s a wedding in the air at Auckland Med, but Reuben wonders if they’ll survive the stress long enough to say, ‘I do’. Cam is directing the entire operation with his combat eyeliner in place, whilst the wedding party is doing its best to ignore him. The pressure is mounting and the cracks are beginning to show.

There’s a bachelor party to survive.

The paparazzi to outrun.

A wedding outfit to confirm.

A rugby game to win.

A jerk of a father to cope with.

A stunning opportunity to consider.

A relationship to untangle.

And a shocking event that could derail everything.

With the universe conspiring against them, Reuben and Cam will have to summon every scrap of belief they have in each other to make it to their vows.

Excerpt:

“Kinky tricks, sixty-six.” Carmen Bendover’s sultry voice filled the crowded function room of Downtown G to a cacophony of hoots and hollers. Carmen’s gay bingo events were legendary.

Dressed in a red sequinned evening gown that was pretty much painted on her curvaceous figure; fuck-me black stiletto heels; an impressive cleavage that defied explanation; and a tiara that sparkled almost as much as the mischief in her eyes, the notorious drag queen had captivated the room from the minute she’d sashayed in and wafted her black feather boa seductively under the current, and very straight, All Blacks’ captain’s nose. To his credit, Andrew Simons had run with the challenge and got to his feet to waltz the notoriously sassy drag queen up to the front stage, and Carmen had appeared . . . charmed.

“Come on, you sexy young things.” She arched a brow at the crowd sipping on cocktails with enough alcohol to fuel the next landing probe to Mars. “Someone must at least have a line. If I have to come down there and check people’s cards, I’ll be paddling a bottom or two and leaving a mark. And don’t think I didn’t see the excitement in your eyes at the prospect, Roland James.”

The handsome Blues’ halfback blushed a deep red and everyone laughed. The room was loaded with enough glitter and rugby muscle to make any young gay boy weep, and quite a few of the older ones as well.

“Hey, Carmen.” I got to my feet a little unsteadily and waved my bingo, or rather my bingay card. “I haven’t won anything, and it’s my damn bachelor—”

Our damn bachelor party.” Reuben’s hand glided over my arse.

Our bachelor party,” I corrected with a bow to my fiancé, which was greeted with much banging on tables since everyone knew I was a bossy bitch, and yet somehow, Reuben had my sappy heart wrapped up in enough knots to make a Shibari convention ecstatic.

“Mm-hmm.” Carmen eyeballed me without an ounce of sympathy. “And exactly how many calls have you missed already?”

Most of them. My chin jutted. “Pfft. One or two at the most.”

A blatant lie, which earned me another round of mocking applause. Reuben and I were, in fact, sharing a bingay card—mostly because I’d given up being able to identify any individual numbers a few cocktails back or even hear the calls, apparently.

We were also sharing some increasingly indiscreet gropes, well, at least on my part. Reuben slapping my hand away probably didn’t count.

Carmen smiled like the shark she was. “I rest my case, sugar. Besides, I think you’ve hooked a big enough prize already.” She waggled her impeccably coiffed brows and nodded Reuben’s way, and yeah, it was hard to argue with that. “So sit that pert arse of yours back down on those impressive All Black thighs and let the rest of us drool in peace.”

I did as I was told, which, to be honest, was the least painful way to deal with Carmen. She returned to calling the numbers, and I turned and cuddled up to my fiancé and—fuck, I missed the next number as well.

I grabbed my card and eyeballed Sandy across the table. “Come on, Sandy, you have to be nice to me. It’s my party—”

Our party.” Reuben bit my ear.

Our party. Exactly what I was going to say, baby.” I turned and kissed him soundly on the forehead.

“I’m not telling you a thing.” Sandy side-eyed me and laughed. “If it’s another manicure coupon, I need that prize. Have you forgotten I work in a damn morgue?”

“A pitiful excuse.” I glared at him, which only made his eyes roll. I was clearly losing my edge. “And here I thought you were a friend.”

“Hey, you.” Reuben pulled me back against him in a transparent attempt to sabotage my epic board game skills. “How’s it hanging?” His hot breath brushed my ear, and my dick pinged to attention as best it could in its slightly inebriated state. Having said that, the persistent appendage was nothing if not determined, and Carmen and her bingay went up in a puff of inconsequential smoke.

His arm tightened around my waist, and I turned to place a reasonably well-aimed but sloppy kiss on his lips this time. Yeah, I might have had one or six more than I should have, but it was our damn bachelor party and Rube had my back.

With the rugby season still in process, albeit winding down to the end of year All Blacks’ tour to Europe, Reuben was nauseatingly sober, whereas I . . . wasn’t. And I also wasn’t about to miss any opportunity to get handsy with my own personal All Black booty, especially since all that glorious six foot three inches of rippling power was currently stuffed into a size-too-small—so sue me—black Henley and a pair of silk mix black slacks that fitted those drool-worthy thighs like a fucking glove.

Ninety kilos of eager-to-please hard muscle, and all mine for the taking.

 

5 Glamorous Stars
This is the most coveted wedding invitation of 2021. The sassy, smart-mouthed Cam, who really has a heart of gold behind his snark, has found the perfect outfit. The venue is picked. The caterer and flowers are all set. Family and friends are there to make the day even more special. What could possibly go wrong? This question my friends, is why you must grab this perfectly crafted story of Cam and Ruben’s wedding day extravaganza.
Yes, you would definitely benefit from reading the books in the series. Mainly because you will then appreciate the guests and main characters so much more. Dr. Michael Oliver, who will always hold a special place in my heart, is causing terrible havoc, and when needed, incredible strength.
This book was as freaking amazing as Cam’s eyeliner! Our fierce nurse learned a lot about himself, and Ruben surprised me with his wisdom and large reserve of courage. So much is thrown at Cam and Ruben, yet somehow this incredible couple seems to grow stronger. The two have much to weather through to earn their special day. So please, do yourself a huge favor, and get ready for a wild bachelor party, a huge dose of heartache, and a very satisfying and tender ending, that may have you wanting to fight Cam over his box of tissues. Happy reading!
* * * Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement * * *

~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

5 Stars
This is book 5 in the Auckland Med series but to really get the most of it you need to read Book 2: Crossing the Touchline. This is the continuation of Reuben and Cameron’s story and what an emotional, beautiful, journey it has been to this point. Now we are ready for their HEA. They have Cory, Reubens autistic nephew living with them and they are ready to marry.
This story was not what I was expecting. I thought it would be a light fluffy novella that would keep me in touch with the characters before the next book. Wow, was I blown away; I should have known better. This was so much more. Reuben and Cam were never going to have it easy on the way to the wedding but their HEA after is so much more because of the journey they make. Cam may seem the stronger one, but is Reubens steadfast love and determination that will see them to the finish line.
I laughed; I read; my heart stopped at times reading this book. These two deserve their happily ever after. Jay Hogan may make them stumble a little on the way, but in the end, though, there is just joy and happiness.
An absolute must-read.
**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.**

 

~ * ~ Priscillas Review ~ * ~

4.75 Stars

We are invited to the wedding of Reuben and Cam. It’s taken four books to finally reach the wedding. And what a ride these two have been on to reach this moment. You don’t have to read the series to read this one, but I recommend to at least read book two in the series. Book two is the meet-cute story of Cam and Reuben, Crossing the Touchline: Auckland Med series.

Once again Reuben and Cam have some work to get their HEA. Cam is a force you just can’t knock down. And Reuben has the biggest heart you’ll ever meet. Together you won’t meet a more united couple. You’re going to go through some emotional whirlwinds for sure with them again. The twists thrown at the boys to see if they can make it down the aisle are exciting… intense… I’m not sure what word I’m looking for here. Cam is forced to face some truths about himself. And they’re certainly forced to face some challenges together. But, can I just say I love the way Miss Hogan puts everything together? And the ending was just… well, no spoilers. But let me just say, if she can get a tear or two out of this girl that does not cry at books… Nope!! Did not get emotional… At All!!!

And you know it’s always better to give than to receive. So, I’ll say that Miss Hogan leaves you with a nice little gift at the end. No, Cam and Reuben tie everything up nicely with a nice little ribbon and tule just beautifully. But maybe we’ll have a few more surprises coming after all.

I’m giving the book 4.75 stars. I really loved this couple. They’re fun, sassy, intense, and so united. They would fight fiercely and to the end for each other. Oh, and did I forget to mention Cory? Nope, I didn’t. If you want to know how that amazing little boy is doing your just going to have to read this fantastic story. I’ll just hint he might the cutest little man in a tux ever… with his sidekick.

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

About Jay:

I am a New Zealand author writing in m/m romance, and romantic suspense. I have traveled extensively and lived in the US, Canada, France, Australia and South Korea. In a past life I have been an Intensive Care Nurse, Counselor, and a Nursing Lecturer.

I’m a cat aficionado especially of Maine Coons, and an avid dog lover (but don’t tell the cat). I love to cook, pretty damn good, love to sing, pretty damn average, and as for loving full-time writing, absolutely… depending of course on the day, the word count, the deadline, how obliging my characters are, the ambient temperature in the Western Sahara, whether Jupiter is rising, the size of the ozone hole over New Zealand and how much coffee I’ve had.

Welcome to my world.

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