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Title: Happy Birthday
Author: B.D. Roca
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery
Jake Rushman is on the run, but it’s too late. He’s being tracked by an expert.
Motorcycle Club Enforcer Nick is tough, but even he has a conscience. It’s slowly destroying him, together with memories of his parents’ ugly deaths. Nick eliminates the guilty, but Jake Rushman is the innocent witness to a murder. It will be one kill too many.
Determined to find redemption, Nick plans to trade his life for Jake’s. Neither man counts on the fierce, powerful bond that the collision of their opposing worlds brings, and Jake refuses to let Nick sacrifice himself. He offers Nick the one thing he’s never had: hope.
But with a violent past tracking them, Nick might be forced to do the one thing he promised himself he never would—kill again.
Acts Of Redemption
How important is redemption? To one of the MC’s in Happy Birthday, it’s become the only thing left to aim for. Happy Birthday opens with a Motorcycle Club enforcer tracking his target, a target whose death he has decided to trade for his own.
…And so this was going to be Nick’s birthday present to himself, and that poor lost bastard’s lucky break. His life in exchange for the guy’s.
Why not? Wasn’t as if Nick had done anything much else with it so far.
For Nick, being a part of the MC is a family tradition. It’s not something he chose. It’s not something he can simply walk away from, and it’s a tradition that’s killing him. He can’t deal with the blood on his hands and the lie that he has to live any longer, but when his life collides with his target, Jake’s, his would-be victim sees something worth saving in the man willing to trade his life for Jake’s own:
Breath so tight in his lungs he couldn’t speak, couldn’t move, didn’t want to move, Nick just wanted to feel this moment forever, this intimacy he’d never allowed himself or been given. Because there was a real connection being given in the curl of Jake’s mouth, the darkened eyes fixed on his face.
“God, Nick,” he said softly. “Let me take care of you.”
No one has ever shown Nick real tenderness; he’s never had a true connection with another before or been offered a chance at a different life. Jake offers Nick that, but they have to fight for it. There are mutual risks taken, a mutual show of faith. I wanted Happy Birthday to be gritty, but to have a real sweetness to it. I do believe that people can save each other, that lives can be transformed in moments by the right person, that a random choice can have repercussions that change entire lives.
It’s that choice, that decision of Nick’s, and Jake’s response to it, that forms Happy Birthday. They are two guys from very different worlds but I wanted to explore how two characters who are so very different—one who is tough, has had a hard, rough life, can be well matched by someone from a very different world, a sexy slightly geeky guy from a secure and loving family.
Here’s a last excerpt from Happy Birthday:
Nick had never known tenderness, and he was finding that it terrified him. Standing under the warm water, Jake running the soap over his skin, turning the showerhead to one side so that he could really lather Nick’s skin, wash away the grime and sweat of the last few days, he leaned his head back against the tiles and closed his eyes.
He couldn’t look Jake in the face. But closing out the world meant that every nuance of the other man’s touch was magnified. And it was good, so good. He’d never had this before. He was twenty-three years old, he’d fucked plenty of guys, but he’d never had this one very simple thing: standing under a fall of water and another gently washing him, hands, fingers, running over every hard, muscular plane of his body so gently and yet so hungrily.
Jake was giving him this and yet taking so much pleasure in it himself. Nick didn’t know how to deal with it, this undemanding tenderness.
“Jake,” he said, on a rough thread of sound.
His fists were bunched again, clenched hard back against the tile. Jake folded one in his own hand, lifted it to his lips. Pressed his mouth to the scarred knuckles. “Yeah?” he murmured. “Enjoying this?”
“You’re not very kind to yourself, are you?”
Jake was wry and understanding, and Nick wondered just how he could know that. How could Jake, a guy from a different world, understand even that basic fact about him?
What about you all? Do you have any favorite couples from opposite sides of the tracks? Guys that should be a complete mismatch but instead are exactly right for each other?
Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear!
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About the Author
B.D. Roca spent her early years in Brisbane, in a series of crumbling old houses laced with the smell of frangipani and surrounded by the hum of cicadas. Her gran raised her on ghost stories, quirky family history, and told her to beat up anyone who gave her attitude. This was not advice she took, although it does make a certain amount of sense. It may also account for her love of tough characters with a heart of gold.
Between the old houses, feral cats, steamy heat, and history lessons, it was pure Australian gothic. She’s traveled a lot since then, but those times are still a powerful influence both on her worldview and writing.
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