By Tara Lain
How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor's license he so desires, and fear of his mother's judgement blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.
Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising star, celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?
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Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her bestselling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.
She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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Knight of Ocean Avenue is a wonderful, charming m/m romance that I absolutely loved. It's an easy read that really makes you feel good. This is the first Tara Lain book that I've read it won't be the last - she is very talented at creating characters that you can really connect to, and letting those characters naturally tell you their story. Billy and Shaz made me laugh, they made me cry and they most definitely made me smile.
Billy and Shaz are now two of my all time favourite book boyfriends, they are both amazing in totally different ways. It's a case of opposites attract with these two - at least on the outside anyway. Inside they are both incredibly kind hearted and are looking for someone to love and to be loved. Billy is twenty five and a complete failure with the ladies. He works hard to provide for his parents, and puts everyone needs before his own. When he meets his sister's wedding stylist, Billy is instantly attracted to the outrageously flamboyant Shaz. He makes Billy feel things that he never felt in his previous relationships with women, and he has to come to terms with the fact that he his gay.
There was just something special about this couple and their story, it really was heartwarming to read. I loved how Shaz helped Billy with his lack of confidence about taking his contractors test - he certainly had unique training methods! Oh and I loved Billy's 'gay' cats too! There are just so many great things about this book - it's a must read if you like m/m romances. Five stars.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.