This one just never gets old!
My Throwback Thursday was my first m/m, the wonderful Rough Canvas, by Joey W Hill. Joey has graciously allowed me to borrow a bit of snark from Marcus and Thomas – and I’ll admit, their snark is pretty hilarious – a great tension breaker in an otherwise VERY intense story.
First, I’ll give you the blurb:
When his father dies, Thomas is forced to abandon a burgeoning art career in New York. As difficult as it was to give up his lifelong dream, it’s nothing compared to walking away from the man he loves. Marcus taught him to embrace who he is, a Sexual submissive who responds to the touch of only one Master. But why would the sophisticated Marcus need some farm kid from the South?
Then Marcus shows up and offers him a way to continue his art career and help his family. There’s only one hitch – he asks Thomas to spend a week with him in the Berkshires. Thomas knows he should refuse. But he’s never been able to say no to his Master.
(IMO, the blurb doesn’t do the story justice – go read the excerpt!)
So, there’s the basic setup.
To give a bit more background, this comes late in the story. Marcus has had a personal tragedy, and Thomas realizes his Dom really *does* need him. After a cathartic night, the head up to the roof garden. Marcus is still a bit shaky…
(T) “I’ll take care of it. Why don’t you just keep on napping? I’m going to finish this idea up, then I’ll wake you and we can head to bed.”
Marcus lay back on the grass. “Fine. But be sure you wake me. You’re feeling so nurturing right now, I don’t want you scooping me up in your manly arms and carrying me back downstairs.”
Thomas sent him an arch look. “Will you beat on my broad chest with your feeble fists if I do?”
“And ruin my manicure? Not likely. I would have [friend] Julie sock you in the eye though. In the morning.”
“Then shut up and go to sleep. I’m working. Trying to make you money to keep you in the manner to which Donald Trump wishes he could become accustomed.”
“Music to my ears…”
There is this and so much more to love – two Alpha males, one submissive (trust me, it works) and one deliciously Dominant. A perfect combo!
You can find Rough Canvas at ARe
And, of course, on Joey’s page on the EC website. (At a larger discount)
Here’s a Throwback w a twist. My very first ever m/m romance, and the first book I ever read that made BDSM make sense to me was Joey W Hill’s *Rough Canvas*. To this day it’s my benchmark for both m/m and BDSM. Loved. It.
Happily, Joey is as amazing a person as she is a writer, and I’m more than honored to call her friend (Now that the restraining order’s expired… pffft…stalking? Never!)
Check out her awesome fan forum at http://www.jwhconnection.com/