#ReleaseBlitz — Falling For Him by C.L. Mustafic — Available Now! + Giveaway
Title: Falling for Him
Author: CL Mustafic
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: April 17
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
- attempted murder
- coming out
- hate crime
- law enforcement
- medical profession
Doctor Gavin Addison’s marriage didn’t end on the friendliest of terms, and his estranged wife’s continual harassment has the local police visiting his home so often they’ve started calling him “the doc.” One of those cops, Officer Lex Turner, has a crush on the handsome doc, even though he knows there’s no chance the doc would ever consider dating a man.
A chance encounter on a crowded dance floor ends with both men in the same bed with the same woman—but with questionable results. When the doc wants to try that again, Lex becomes more involved than he’d dreamed possible as he helps his new friend navigate the kinkier side of sex.
Knowing it’s just sex for Gavin, Lex finds it hard to keep his feelings hidden. But when Gavin finally figures out he has feelings for Lex that go beyond what a guy should feel for his buddy, will he let Lex convince him to take a chance with him—even if it turns both their lives upside down?
Falling for Him
CL Mustafic © 2017
All Rights Reserved
“How much paperwork we got tonight?” Grady asked. He turned on his computer and started digging through his desk drawer, looking for god knows what.
“Not too much. Gotta finish up that report on the doc’s vandalism, and you need to write up that accident report. Then we can get back out there for another fun-filled night,” Lex said, making Grady wrinkle his nose.
“That damn woman makes for a lot of fucking paperwork. I’ve got half a mind to handcuff her to her water heater and forget her,” Grady said with a smirk for his own cocky bravado. “Don’t know how a nice guy like the doc got mixed up with a crazy bitch like that.”
Lex sat back in his chair. That was the question, wasn’t it? The doc seemed like a decent enough guy. Why his ex, one Cassandra Addison, would want to make the poor guy’s life hell was beyond Lex. It was even more fucked up when you added in the fact that, from what Lex had gathered, she’d cheated on him. He just hoped they wouldn’t end up with a Fatal Attraction–type ending with this case.
“Yeah, well, sometimes they hide the crazy until they have you in their clutches; then, bam presto chango, psycho chick is in your bed, and you’re fucked in more ways than one,” Lex said.
“Sounds like you got some experience in that area.”
“Don’t we all?”
Grady’s gaze shifted to something over Lex’s shoulder. “Speak of the devil,” Grady whispered.
Lex turned around, hoping that Cassandra Addison was not, in fact, standing behind him. Nope, not the bitch, but Gavin was, and he didn’t look thrilled to be in Lex’s humble workplace. Lex cast an appreciative look over the handsome doctor. He was one fine-looking man, with blond hair that curled wispily around his head and those deep-brown eyes, where you expected to see crystal blue, got Lex every time. Gavin had the greatest smile, and the dimples that peeked out at the slightest grin made Lex want to dip his tongue in them. He shook his head to clear away the thoughts of what he would like to do to the doc, if the doc was so inclined, that was.
“You got him, Grady. You know you’re better with this kind of crap.” He didn’t tell Grady that he got tongue-tied around Gavin and was afraid he’d make a fool of himself.
Grady stood up, smiled, and gestured for Gavin to take a seat by his desk. “Hey there, Doc, what’s up today?” he asked as if Gavin’s was a social visit.
Color rose on Gavin’s cheeks as he flushed a little before answering. Lex was glad he was sitting at his desk because the doc blushing like that did things to his body that weren’t acceptable in polite company. “There’s been another incident. I can’t be one hundred percent sure she did this, but I can’t think of anyone else who would want to humiliate me so much.”
“So what did she do this time?” Grady asked, “Or allegedly do?”
Gavin handed Grady a little slip of paper. “If you punch that into your web browser, you can see for yourself.” Grady took the paper and turned to his computer to type in the web address. He waited a second, and when Grady’s brow furrowed at what he saw on the screen, Gavin’s blush deepened. Lex itched to see what was on that screen but stayed in his seat.
“Why do you want me to look at your personal ad?” Grady asked.
“Because I didn’t post it, and that little sticky note was stuck to a computer at the nurse’s station on the fourth floor surgical unit where I happen to do rounds every morning. Everyone at the hospital now thinks I’m some kind of kinky pervert,” Gavin explained, visibly upset.
Lex had to see what was on Grady’s screen. He got up to look at his partner’s computer. He instantly understood why the doc had turned pink when he handed over the little piece of paper. Lex shook his head; that woman was pure evil.
Falling for Him finds Dr. Gavin Addison confronting feelings towards Lex Turner, the cop that's constantly called out on complaints against Gavin's ex-wife Cassie, leaving him confused but also wanting to explore these new feelings.
Gavin has been sheltered his entire life, either by his friends or his family, but after his wife cheats on him and turns cruel in unacceptable ways, he files for divorce and decides he wants to enjoy life again, for himself.
This leads him to a bar—dancing—enjoying being in the arms of another woman...but then he sees Lex leaning against the bar watching him. One thing leads to another and soon the three are involved in a threesome taking Gavin out of his comfort zone—forcing him to run in shame and hide. However, he can't forget what happened, he can't forget what he saw, and he can't forget the small touches from Lex...and he wants a repeat.
Lex has fantasized about the "Doc" from the first time he was called to his place to investigate the vandalism incurred by his ex. He sees the vulnerability in Gavin and almost feels protective of him. He also realizes that he's straight and his chances are slim-to-none of ever having what he truly wants with him, so when he gets the call from Gavin for another round he is floored.
Over the course of weeks and months, Lex and Gavin experiment more with threesomes (off-page) but more importantly, they build a strong friendship. Lex's feelings are getting in the way and he needs to pull back so he's surprised when Gavin wants to explore what they have just between the two of them. No more women. He admits he has feelings for Lex and would like to see where it can lead them.
Falling for Him explores true friendship and understanding that everything is not black and white. There are several secondary characters that are vital to the story. Riley—Gavin's best friend—who is strong and caring, the jokester and sometimes Gavin's voice of reason, but most of all, a constant support to Gavin along with his girlfriend, Sheila. Lex's mother, Jean, another strong and wise woman who gives support and unconditional love to both men.
Lex is very patient and understanding of Gavin, considerate of his needs and in-tune with his feelings never pushing him to go faster before he is ready—always working on his time-table. Allowing Gavin to come to terms on his own also allows him to admit some truths of his own that he may have repressed about his sexuality early in life due to his parent's strict religious backgrounds.
Falling for Him was an enjoyable read but there were a few issues for me. Gavin came across as very insecure, at times, almost child-like, which I think had a lot to do with how he was raised. But, I found this to be somewhat over the top considering he's a Doctor who needs to make important daily decisions. However, Lex is confident and secure, raised by a mother who loves him unconditionally gives him the strength to support Gavin, but he coddled Gavin, sometimes to the extreme.There's a lot of drama with the ex—Cassie—that...after awhile, seemed over the top and excessive making the story longer than necessary.
For those who don't like M/F/M sexual encounters in your M/M stories, there are a couple scenes in the beginning that are quite detailed. Eventually, their feelings change to only exploring love between two men and while they are not explicit and overly erotic I felt they were perfectly executed for the story. Overall, an enjoyable story and I would read more from this author.
* I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review from Nine Star Press *
Meet the Author
Three Questions for CL Mustafic
Falling for Him
When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?
I started writing in October of 2014. I can't say where the inspiration came from for that story. I've always made up stories in my head to occupy myself when I'm bored. One day I decided to write one down to see how it would go and since I was heavily into reading MM romance at the time, that's what popped into my head. I haven't looked back since.
Do you have a writing schedule or do you just write when you can find the time?
I don't have a schedule because I have a large family so I write when I can. Usually, it's five minutes here and ten there in between running my household.
Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first? Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out it?
I'm a complete pantser, which is not always a good thing. I never know where the story is going to take me and there have been times when I'm not exactly happy with the direction it took. I've been known to argue out loud with my characters at times because they won't do what I want them to. I'm probably weird but I don't usually get inspiration from things like pictures or music, though I might go in search of pictures that remind me of my characters once I have them firmly pinned down.
CL Mustafic is a born and bred American mid-westerner who mysteriously ended up living in one of those countries nobody can ever find on the map of Europe. Left with too much time on her hands—let’s be honest here: it was the lack of television channels in her native language–and too many voices in her head trying to fill the silence, she decided to give her life-long dream of writing a novel a shot. So now, between shuttling kids back and forth from various activities and risking her life on the insanely narrow, busy streets of her new hometown, she loses herself in her own made-up world where love always wins.
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