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BLOG TOUR - A Place to Belong, by Hurri Cosmo W/Excerpt/Video/Giveaway/and my Review

BLOG TOUR - A Place to Belong, by Hurri Cosmo W/Excerpt/Video/Giveaway/and my Review

Title: A Place to Belong

Publisher:  Amber Allure

Release Date:  September 20, 2015

Genre:  M/M Romance

Tags: Contemporary

Heat Level: 4

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 20,000 words

Purchase Links: Amber Allure

Logan Perry was offered a job caring for an elderly lady a thousand miles from his home in Iowa. Looking for a place to hide, it seems to be the perfect opportunity to escape. So Logan runs to Texas. All he wants is a roof over his head and food in his stomach. So moving into the amazing McFarren Manor he believes is all he needs. Bradley McFarren is only looking for someone to care for his aging grandmother. Too busy with the family multi-billion dollar real estate firm, he just doesn't have time. With no personal life to speak of, Bradley has kept his heart safe. As long as Gail, his beloved grandmother, is cared for, he thinks it's all he needs. But what both their hearts truly desire is a place to belong. So begins the journey of a love that will not be denied; a love bigger than the state of Texas.

Logan Perry was offered a job caring for an elderly lady a thousand miles from his home in Iowa. Looking for a place to hide, it seems to be the perfect opportunity to escape. So Logan runs to Texas. All he wants is a roof over his head and food in his stomach. So moving into the amazing McFarren Manor he believes is all he needs.

Bradley McFarren is only looking for someone to care for his aging grandmother. Too busy with the family multi-billion dollar real estate firm, he just doesn't have time. With no personal life to speak of, Bradley has kept his heart safe. As long as Gail, his beloved grandmother, is cared for, he thinks it's all he needs.

But what both their hearts truly desire is a place to belong.

So begins the journey of a love that will not be denied; a love bigger than the state of Texas.

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Video for “A Place to Belong”

 

The music for this video is called “Love This Life”. Kind of a strange title for what I perceive the music to be. Hopeful and positive it builds to something almost tragic and melodramatic but thankfully ends gently and very romantic. But I guess that’s what life is, too. Hopeful, sometimes tragic, but we all hope it travels to something gentle. I am not necessarily into music, not like some. I don’t have this great understanding of it at all. But I do know how it moves people, how it can enhance a mood or bring home a point. The music truly inspired the video. I really like how the video breaks between Logan and Bradley then flows to the end. I think it also sets the mood for the story, too. Gentle, romantic, slow burn, but then builds to something hopeful and romantic.

 

I love the house in the video, too. When I saw it, I knew it was the exact right place where Bradley’s grandmother lived. We will be taking a look inside that marvelous mansion, too, in a later blog this week. In the meantime, check out the video for “A Place to Belong”

 

 

 

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Logan wasn’t sure when it had started, this overpowering crush. Most likely that very first day when he met with the big man in his office three years ago.   “Hello. My name is Bradley McFarren.” He had held out his perfectly manicured hand and Logan was almost afraid to touch it. But then Bradley enveloped Logan’s fingers in his own and it was almost as if he swallowed Logan in one gulp.   Logan remembered being thrilled at that thought. In fact, it had been the first time in a very long time that Logan became aroused. Going to school and then working more than full-time kept him incredibly busy and his life in a tiny conservative town had not allowed for him to do much in the way of exploring relationships of any kind.   “Hi. I’m Logan Perry,” he had breathed.   “Well, Logan Perry, please sit down.” Bradley had indicated a chair in front of a massive desk and Logan had slipped into it, perching himself on the edge, trying like everything to hide his rabid interest. “I’ve looked over your resume and I have to say, I’m intrigued. What makes a fine looking young man like you even apply for this type of a position?”   Logan had smiled like an idiot when the big beautiful man called him ‘fine looking’. But Bradley had been right in that a young man wanting to take care of his eighty-nine year old grandmother had to seem odd. Logan remembered thinking he would never even be called for an interview much less receive the job but he needed to escape his pathetic existence in Iowa. When he received the tip, through a friend, of a private nursing job all the way down in Texas, he knew he had to try for it. Room, board, a small allowance, the use of a car and hundreds of miles away from Iowa, it was the perfect opportunity for escape. Now that he was here, he was determined to at least be considered.   “I’m a well-trained RN who has enjoyed years of working in rehab centers in their transitional care and assisted living areas. I am very patient and kind and love the older generation. I trust you have checked my references. You will find I am a perfect choice for your grandmother’s companion.”   “But you’re a man. I have to admit, the only real reason I am interviewing you is because I wanted to know why a man would apply for this position. So far, all I have and all you have given me is your qualifications. Which are stellar because, in answer to your statement, of course I checked your references but none of the ones on your resume. Having money gives me the ability to take the inside track. To be frank, I was impressed by your work ethic and standards. I found nothing but glowing reports of how wonderfully you do your job. But you see, Mr. Perry, I adore my grandmother. She means the world to me and I have no intention of allowing just anyone access to her. No matter how qualified. What I want to know is your motive in wanting this job.”   “Motive, sir?”   “You’re coming all the way from Iowa. Have you no family? Friends? Why are you running, Mr. Perry?”   Logan had been shocked at first but then decided the truth in all its ugliness was best anyway. If he was going to get the job, that truth would have to be known. “I come from a very small and conservative town in Iowa. Evidently not a place for a gay man.” Logan remembered noting that the only sign of surprise was Bradley’s one eyebrow going up at the mention Logan was gay. It had given him confidence to go on with his story. “I do have family but since I came out, they no longer accept me. My dad, who’s never been a nice person anyway, disowned me. And to actually understand what that means, he came over to my apartment and beat the crap out of me. He then told me to never darken his doorstep again. Yes, he used those exact words. He no longer had a son. Apparently, he never did. I understand he even went through the house and got rid of everything that reminded him of me.”   Logan had settled back in the office chair and had clasped his hands between his knees so they wouldn’t shake. “My mom pretty much took the same route. And not because of my dad. She’s a tough woman. She disowned me all on her own. She did, however, influence my sister who won’t talk to me now either. If she does, they threatened her with the same treatment. They think I am disgusting and dirty and going to go to hell. That I am some kind of demon. My grandmother actually sent some religious fanatic to my apartment who was supposed to cure me. All he did was scare me from ever opening my door again and has as of yet to leave me alone. He’s on a mission to save me so I can’t influence other young men to become gay. And Friends? I had a few friends, but pretty much the same happened with them. They were okay with me being gay as long as I didn’t talk about it, as long as it wasn’t public knowledge. So, yeah, I guess I am running, Mr. McFarren, and maybe this isn’t the place to be either, conservative Texas, but I figured I had nothing to lose. It’s okay if you don’t hire me. I honestly didn’t expect to get the job. But just so you know, I’m not a demon. I’m a good person. I’m only looking for a place to belong.”   Logan had been thrilled because before he even made it back to his hotel room Bradley had called him to have him come back to his office. He was hired and he wanted Logan to meet his grandmother.

Logan wasn’t sure when it had started, this overpowering crush. Most likely that very first day when he met with the big man in his office three years ago.

 

“Hello. My name is Bradley McFarren.” He had held out his perfectly manicured hand and Logan was almost afraid to touch it. But then Bradley enveloped Logan’s fingers in his own and it was almost as if he swallowed Logan in one gulp.

 

Logan remembered being thrilled at that thought. In fact, it had been the first time in a very long time that Logan became aroused. Going to school and then working more than full-time kept him incredibly busy and his life in a tiny conservative town had not allowed for him to do much in the way of exploring relationships of any kind.

 

“Hi. I’m Logan Perry,” he had breathed.

 

“Well, Logan Perry, please sit down.” Bradley had indicated a chair in front of a massive desk and Logan had slipped into it, perching himself on the edge, trying like everything to hide his rabid interest. “I’ve looked over your resume and I have to say, I’m intrigued. What makes a fine looking young man like you even apply for this type of a position?”

 

Logan had smiled like an idiot when the big beautiful man called him ‘fine looking’. But Bradley had been right in that a young man wanting to take care of his eighty-nine year old grandmother had to seem odd. Logan remembered thinking he would never even be called for an interview much less receive the job but he needed to escape his pathetic existence in Iowa. When he received the tip, through a friend, of a private nursing job all the way down in Texas, he knew he had to try for it. Room, board, a small allowance, the use of a car and hundreds of miles away from Iowa, it was the perfect opportunity for escape. Now that he was here, he was determined to at least be considered.

 

“I’m a well-trained RN who has enjoyed years of working in rehab centers in their transitional care and assisted living areas. I am very patient and kind and love the older generation. I trust you have checked my references. You will find I am a perfect choice for your grandmother’s companion.”

 

“But you’re a man. I have to admit, the only real reason I am interviewing you is because I wanted to know why a man would apply for this position. So far, all I have and all you have given me is your qualifications. Which are stellar because, in answer to your statement, of course I checked your references but none of the ones on your resume. Having money gives me the ability to take the inside track. To be frank, I was impressed by your work ethic and standards. I found nothing but glowing reports of how wonderfully you do your job. But you see, Mr. Perry, I adore my grandmother. She means the world to me and I have no intention of allowing just anyone access to her. No matter how qualified. What I want to know is your motive in wanting this job.”

 

“Motive, sir?”

 

“You’re coming all the way from Iowa. Have you no family? Friends? Why are you running, Mr. Perry?”

 

Logan had been shocked at first but then decided the truth in all its ugliness was best anyway. If he was going to get the job, that truth would have to be known. “I come from a very small and conservative town in Iowa. Evidently not a place for a gay man.” Logan remembered noting that the only sign of surprise was Bradley’s one eyebrow going up at the mention Logan was gay. It had given him confidence to go on with his story. “I do have family but since I came out, they no longer accept me. My dad, who’s never been a nice person anyway, disowned me. And to actually understand what that means, he came over to my apartment and beat the crap out of me. He then told me to never darken his doorstep again. Yes, he used those exact words. He no longer had a son. Apparently, he never did. I understand he even went through the house and got rid of everything that reminded him of me.”

 

Logan had settled back in the office chair and had clasped his hands between his knees so they wouldn’t shake. “My mom pretty much took the same route. And not because of my dad. She’s a tough woman. She disowned me all on her own. She did, however, influence my sister who won’t talk to me now either. If she does, they threatened her with the same treatment. They think I am disgusting and dirty and going to go to hell. That I am some kind of demon. My grandmother actually sent some religious fanatic to my apartment who was supposed to cure me. All he did was scare me from ever opening my door again and has as of yet to leave me alone. He’s on a mission to save me so I can’t influence other young men to become gay. And Friends? I had a few friends, but pretty much the same happened with them. They were okay with me being gay as long as I didn’t talk about it, as long as it wasn’t public knowledge. So, yeah, I guess I am running, Mr. McFarren, and maybe this isn’t the place to be either, conservative Texas, but I figured I had nothing to lose. It’s okay if you don’t hire me. I honestly didn’t expect to get the job. But just so you know, I’m not a demon. I’m a good person. I’m only looking for a place to belong.”

 

Logan had been thrilled because before he even made it back to his hotel room Bradley had called him to have him come back to his office. He was hired and he wanted Logan to meet his grandmother.

McFarren Manor

McFarren Manor


Author Bio

 Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every - single - time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.

Author Links

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Other books by Hurri Cosmo:

 

Amber Allure:

How West Was Won

The Superior Jewel

Ice Dragon Tales (contains the first two books in the series, The Servant Prince and The Servant King)

The One

Forgetting Yesterday

Saving Jack

Talasar’s Elixir (Book one in the Dragon for Hire series)

The Door Keeper

 

Amber Moon (Part of the Intoxicating Fantasies series)

Chase and Capture

Baby, Think it Over

 

Secret Cravings:

The Astral Mage (Book one of The Captains of the Wolf)

Ladders

 

Fireborn Publishing

Until You

I Believe Now (Until You, #2)

 

Upcoming:

Riven Creek Ranch

 

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 Logan Perry has been working for the McFarren family for three years. In that time he has come to care very much for the matriarch of the family, Gail McFarren, but her health is failing and her passing is very close. Losing the woman that accepted Logan as a family member and gave him a home is tearing him up. He also is worried about where he will go after she passes. Over the three year period he has also formed very close connections to the grandson, Bradley McFarren. He has loved him for a long time but he knows his feelings will never be reciprocated since Bradley is straight. As the family starts pouring in due to Gail’s failing health, some of the family members show their true colors. Logan is in a panic hoping that Bradley will make it home in time but also he will know how to handle Clayton, his cousin, who seems to only want to see how much money he can get from some of his grandmother’s possessions. This is a sweet and engaging short story that can easily be read in a couple hours. It’s fast paced with little angst that will have you smiling by the end. There are some communication problems between Logan and Bradley but once they are finally able to come together and share their feelings for each other the story is smooth sailing. I love that the grandmother was able to see what Logan and Bradley couldn’t and started working her matchmaking skills while she was still healthy and able to do so. Unfortunately, her days are numbered, but everything that she wanted to happen before she died was put into place and happened. If you are looking for a short read with a happy ever after this may be the story for you. Even though there is sadness hanging over the story the author has the characters focusing on flashbacks which also fills the reader in on conversations Logan and Bradley had over the years. It may appear that this is a case of insta love but it’s really not as they have been building their friendship over a three year period. Overall, an enjoyable read that will having you smiling with the outcome.   4 Hearts

 Logan Perry has been working for the McFarren family for three years. In that time he has come to care very much for the matriarch of the family, Gail McFarren, but her health is failing and her passing is very close. Losing the woman that accepted Logan as a family member and gave him a home is tearing him up. He also is worried about where he will go after she passes.

Over the three year period he has also formed very close connections to the grandson, Bradley McFarren. He has loved him for a long time but he knows his feelings will never be reciprocated since Bradley is straight.

As the family starts pouring in due to Gail’s failing health, some of the family members show their true colors. Logan is in a panic hoping that Bradley will make it home in time but also he will know how to handle Clayton, his cousin, who seems to only want to see how much money he can get from some of his grandmother’s possessions.

This is a sweet and engaging short story that can easily be read in a couple hours. It’s fast paced with little angst that will have you smiling by the end. There are some communication problems between Logan and Bradley but once they are finally able to come together and share their feelings for each other the story is smooth sailing.

I love that the grandmother was able to see what Logan and Bradley couldn’t and started working her matchmaking skills while she was still healthy and able to do so. Unfortunately, her days are numbered, but everything that she wanted to happen before she died was put into place and happened.

If you are looking for a short read with a happy ever after this may be the story for you. Even though there is sadness hanging over the story the author has the characters focusing on flashbacks which also fills the reader in on conversations Logan and Bradley had over the years. It may appear that this is a case of insta love but it’s really not as they have been building their friendship over a three year period. Overall, an enjoyable read that will having you smiling with the outcome.

  4 Hearts

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