Release Tour ~ Hopeless For You by Raquel Riley (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Release Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
Hopeless For You
By Raquel Riley

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Hearts For Hire, Book 2

Cyan is hired to tutor Griffin in the ways of love. He never expects to become the student. Will their lessons lead to the real thing?

Griffin Clarke

A twenty-one year old virgin college freshman? Yeah, that’s me. But I haven’t waited this long to just throw it away. I dream of the perfect romantic night, straight out of one of my favorite novels. So, I hired a professional to get the job done right. There’s just one hitch; Cyan isn’t the playboy I expected. He’s so much more.

Cyan Morrison

I’ve been described as easygoing, charming, and a natural-born flirt. It’s for those reasons I’m one of Lucky Match’s most sought-after escorts. It’s also why Griffin Clarke wants to gift wrap his V-card and present it to me on a silver platter. Being with him changes everything I thought I knew about myself. He helps me realize I’m more than just the pretty playboy everyone else sees. The trick is to make him want to stick around, but he seems to only want one thing from me: love lessons. How can I make him believe he has more to learn than I can teach him in only one night?

Hopeless For You is a gay male escort romance with an HEA. This sweet heat, friends to lovers story features spicy love lessons, first times, well-meaning friends with terrible advice, and found family.

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1

Cyan’s POV

After a tedious week of sitting through finals, I was relaxing in my favorite way, with a cup of coffee from The Roasted Bean Café. I loved to stroll around campus as I sipped my caffeine, enjoying the view—of all the cute boys.

Waltham University had no shortage of gorgeous guys—lucky for me, I liked them all.

The huge muscly guys that spent too much time in the gym? Mmm, I could lick those muscles for days. Big, hairy bears? They kept me nice and warm on cold nights. A silver-haired daddy? Yes please, and points for having a thick beard. It felt incredible when they rubbed that scruff between my thighs as they sucked me off.

I was fond of nerds, jocks, hipsters, otters, wolves, and cupcakes. There’s something to love about every one of them. But my favorite by far, were the pretty little twinks.

Pale smooth skin, small tight bodies that fit perfectly in my hands, a bit of sweet mixed with sass. Think sour apple gummy bears or sour patch kids. They tasted like tart and sugary candy in my mouth. And if they preferred to wear something lacy or silky? Even better.

Kind of like that guy, Griffin, I met at Lucky’s party. Super cute. Creamy skin dusted with freckles. Not as many as Lucky, but enough to keep me wondering how many more he’s hiding under his shirt. He had the most magnificent head of thick coppery curls that reminded me of a shiny new penny. His face was just the right blend of pretty and masculine—not so much androgynous as delicate, but all boy. His chin was small and pointy, and his nose was finely molded—pert. And his lips, dear God—his lips appeared in every gay boy’s wet dreams. Pink, lush, with a small freckle that dotted the upper corner. More than a few times I’ve caught myself thinking about how his lips would look stretched around my—

“Cyan!” I turned. Riley was striding toward me across the courtyard with Reid in tow. “You didn’t hear us calling you? Where’s your head at?” Riley asked. “Oh, wait, it’s up his ass.” He cracked up at his own joke.

I raised my eyebrows in question, not seeing the humor.

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~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

3.75 Stars

So I hummed and hawed over what to give this book because I did actually enjoy the story in the end, but there were a couple of things the voices in my head kept focussing on as I read, which stopped me from giving it 4 stars. Let’s get them out of the way—first, it’s obvious Cyan and Griffin like each other from the start; they chat and flirt and arrange to meet as friends. So I felt they could have just let things develop, and Griffin didn’t need to hire him as an escort. Secondly, “Escort”—umm, can’t we just say what he really is.

Once I told my head to shut up, I really liked the pair. They are sweet together, the friendship develops, and it’s fun. The banter between them made me smile, and this opposites-attract relationship worked. Cyan is very gentle with Griffin, and there’s a real connection when they are together physically. I didn’t like it but could see why Cyan wanted to keep Griffin but couldn’t commit because he needed to earn enough for his business. Carrying on the escorting to do this was necessary but not easy for him. There’s a great supporting cast of characters, and I look forward to Reid and Riley’s story. I hadn’t read book one, but that didn’t stop me from understanding or enjoying this in the end.

A sweet, enjoyable, low-angst story.

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


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1D418D72-DE4F-476D-A4C0-40F224627D13About the Author:

Raquel Riley is a native of South Florida but now calls North Carolina home. She is an avid reader and loves to travel. Most often, she writes gay romance stories with an HEA but characters of all types can be found in her books. Raquel weaves pieces of herself, her family, and her travels into every story she writes.

Stop by her author page on https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063078438670 for exclusive updates, new releases, and excerpts of her current work in progress. You can also visit Raquel and her characters from Cooper’s Cove in her Facebook reader group Raquel Riley’s Romantics. https://www.facebook.com/groups/519550045697964/

Find her on Instagram @authorraquelriley.

Listen to playlists inspired by Raquel’s books on her YouTube channel. https://youtube.com/channel/UC7hpKcfd9eOEC80PLPmEN9w

See Raquel’s character inspiration and visual storyboards on Pinterest. @Raquel Riley

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