Last Call was an intense read about three different men, their hopes and dreams and what they have to go through to achieve them. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
CHRISTINA LEE & FELICE STEVENS
RELEASE DATE: 11.29.17
COVER DESIGN: Reese Dante
Quinn Monahan and Grayson Page have been friends since high school. Despite their differences, they’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. Opening Last Call together, a bar tucked away in the small town of Heartsville, PA seemed a natural progression—even if it makes it harder to live with the secret longing they’ve always had for each other.
Hoping to score an easy buck and a place to sleep, unemployed circus roadie Emery Woods chooses Last Call to run a few bets and enjoy a decent beer before moving on. When he finds himself stranded, the unexpected kindness Quinn and Gray show him leads to temporary work and a couch to lay his head. Sensing unresolved history between Quinn and Gray, he squashes his immediate draw to the men, opting to avoid trouble. But as days turn into weeks, denying the attraction is easier said than done.
When the men finally give in to the simmering sexual tension, it quickly develops into more than a way to pass the lonely nights. And as they begin to lean on each other for emotional support, it becomes nearly impossible to think of one man without the other two. But while Quinn and Gray are afraid to cross the line of friendship between them, Emery fears once they do, he’ll quickly be cast aside. A real family is finally within their grasp, but unless the men can learn to trust each other, they just might miss their hearts’ last call home.
It warms my heart when I read a truly well-written story and can picture just where it took place. Set in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, not too far from me, Last Call was an intense read about three different men, their hopes and dreams and what they have to go through to achieve them.
Quinn is fun-loving, open-hearted, caring and has been in love with Gray for as long as he can remember. Gray is suspicious of everyone, especially since Quinn is so trusting, and he’s been in love with Quinn since he was a teenager. Emery is a loner, he only knew the love of his mother and couldn’t think about anything except his next meal or a warm bed. Because of the compassion of Quinn, Emery finds himself ensconced within the confines of Last Call. He never saw himself in this position or being attracted to two men who, he knows, even if they will not admit it to each other, are in love.
As Gray becomes less and less wary of Emery, he also sees the attraction between Quinn and Emery and knows that he will be the odd man out, again. But, when Emery admits that he is attracted to him too, things change. As the sizzle and lust grow between the three of them, something else happens … they all realize that they are not whole unless all three of them are together.
I really enjoyed Last Call. Christina Lee and Felice Stevens did a wonderful job of letting us get to know all three of these men. They wrote three very different men and brought them together in a very unconventional way. But, as the story went on, we found out that they had more in common than they thought. But, even though I loved this story, I was getting a little tired of all the angst between the three of them. They were all terribly insecure and unsure of the other person and their feelings. It took one of them stepping away to finally get them to open up to each other. But, what is a love story without a little angst. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how the three of them sizzled on the pages. These two authors know how to write a love scene. They knew when to make it about sex, when to bring it around to romance and when to have them truly make love. It was amazing watching the transformation of all the characters.
Last Call was filled with compassion, friendship, and three men finding each other and a love they never expected when they needed it the most. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
As a huge fan of Felice Stevens, I was thrilled to read her first collaboration with Christina Lee. There was no doubt this was a good story, but I felt it was missing the depth and emotion I’ve come to expect from Ms. Stevens. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this book because I did, I just wanted more.
Best friends since childhood, Quinn and Gray work together in the bar they own and live in the space above it. Both gay and secretly wishing for more with the other, they’ve maintained a strictly only friends relationship for years until one night when a stranger stops in. Emery has been struggling since the circus he worked for closed down, moving from place to place and earning money any way he can there is something about Last Call and the men who run it that call to him.
I liked that these three fell into a sexual relationship together, there was no couple who added a third and while Quinn and Gray’s close friendship and unrequited feelings did at times worry Emery, Quinn and Gray tried their best to make sure he knew he was equally important to them. While these three did open up about their pasts to one another, I never really felt a lot of emotion between them. There was some, but at times it felt a bit contrived. I actually liked this book better before they all started getting physical because it felt more real and while I enjoy a good sex scene like anyone who reads romance, the sex seemed to take over and the story and romance of it got lost. However, there was an overall sense of hopefulness to this story that kept me reading.
Last Call was filled with compassion, friendship, and three men finding each other and a love they never expected when they needed it the most.
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Holy fucking hell. That had been one of the best orgasms of my life.
As the fog in my brain began to clear, Quinn stood up and hesitantly swiped at his mouth as if unsure of himself all over again. The fact that he’d just sucked me off didn’t seem lost on him. But Christ, it had been incredible, like a damned gift.
Something sharp pierced inside my chest, and I did the only thing that came to mind. I gripped his face and fused our mouths together. He whimpered, his fingers clutching at my waist and he sank against me as if in relief.
My tongue flicked out to brush briefly against his before pushing past his lips and finally—finally—tasting all of him. I sucked on his tongue and lips, jaw and throat, as his hands skimmed over my back, his nails digging into my hips, leaving scarcely a sliver of space between us.
“Gray,” he moaned against my lips as I entwined our fingers and pulled them behind his back. Our chests slicked together, our groins pressing, our mouths meeting in deep and bruising kisses. The room faded away, the sound blotted, and all I could focus on was devouring my best friend’s mouth.
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.
She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.
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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels was renewed.
But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back.
Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
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