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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Ann Grech to Stories That Make You Smile. Ann is here today celebrating the release of book two in her My Truth series, In Safe Arms. She’s brought along a generous giveaway, an excerpt. Pull up a chair and join the conversation as Ann shares the playlist that inspired so much of this story with us! 🌟
In Safe Arms by Ann Grech
Will he risk it all to be in safe arms?
Series: My Truth (book #2)
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Artist: Soxsational Cover Art
Release Date: September 21, 2019
Length: Long Novel / 100k words / 304 pages
Pairing / Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance, LGBT, friends to lovers, slow burn, healing, interracial
Warnings: violence, rape
It is not necessary to have read book 1 first, but it doesn’t hurt. 😉
When a damaged man stumbles on a second chance, it’s all too easy to turn and run. It takes a determined photographer to convince him risk is worth it all.
People deserve a second chance, right? How about a third or fourth?
But what if I can’t even admit to myself who I am? I was truthful once before. I came out to one other person, and he left me broken and scarred. He destroyed the boy I was. I don’t even use the same name anymore; I go by Trent now. But I survived the streets. I got lucky and I made something of myself. I’m happy, sort of.
It’s Angelo who lights up my life. He’s my world. My rock and my family. He’s always there for me. But I keep hurting him. I say stupid things, and I always keep him at a distance. Still, he knows me better than anyone.
And I want him. But I can’t let myself go there. Not again.
I’ve lived in denial for so long and it’s killing me. In my weakest moments, I reach for Angelo and when he slips into my arms, I can breathe. He’s my solace. Selflessly, he’s there and he never expects anything in return. No judgment, not even an explanation. Having him in my arms is everything, and it’s getting harder to push him away. I’m not sure I want to anymore.
He doesn’t date, but he deserves to be loved. Cherished. Then he drops a bombshell—he’s found The One. I wish he’d fallen for me. I need that second chance to tell him. I need to risk it all because in his arms, I’m safe. I’m me.
☆ Guest Post ☆
A note from Ann Grech: In Safe Arms is my most recent novel. Ten in total, and my fifth inspired by a trip to Queenstown. This story means the world to me. It’s more than words on the page. These boys truly have my heart. I fell for them the moment they started talking to me. Trent’s brash and angry and hurting. Angelo is like a balm, healing him. Trent doesn’t understand how strong he is. It takes Angelo to show him. Best friends through thick and thin, their story is one of redemption and healing. Of kindness overcoming darkness. Of love strengthening the strong of heart.
The playlist inspired so much of the story: angsty and pained then finally openly loving.
Watch the playlist on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWL10azyDhLSFKfxMVceWEwSWja-wDZcb
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful
Rita Ora – Let You Love Me
Tom Walker – Leave a Light On
Jessica Mauboy – Fallin
Amy Shark – Adore
Lukas Graham – Love Someone
Two songs on this playlist are really special and absolutely fit Trent and Angelo’s personalities. Shawn Mendes’ song is about his struggle with anxiety. His fame was overwhelming and isolating and not many people understand what it’s like to be him. He wanted an escape and found strength through his music. For Trent, his sexual assault caused him to withdraw. To run. He was overwhelmed and isolated. He didn’t think he had the strength to survive, but he did. He grew into a good man, one who struggled with his own image of self. And that’s when Angelo came in. He loved Trent unconditionally, and they healed together. Lukas Graham’s song is purely and simply about love, exactly how our boys feel about each other.
Meet the Author
By day Ann Grech lives in the corporate world and can be found sitting behind a desk typing away at reports and papers or lecturing to a room full of students. She graduated with a PhD in 2016 and is now an over-qualified nerd. Glasses, briefcase, high heels and a pencil skirt, she’s got the librarian look nailed too. If only they knew! She swears like a sailor, so that’s got to be a hint. The other one was “the look” from her tattoo artist when she told him that she wanted her kids’ initials “B” and “J” tattooed on her foot. It took a second to register that it might be a bad idea.
She’s never entirely fit in and loves escaping into a book—whether it’s reading or writing one. But she’s found her tribe now and loves her M/M book world family. She dislikes cooking, but loves eating, can’t figure out technology, but is addicted to it, and her guilty pleasure is Byron Bay Cookies. Oh, and shoes. And lingerie. And maybe handbags too. Well, if we’re being honest, we’d probably have to add her library too given the state of her credit card every month. What can she say? She’s a bookworm at heart.
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