Excerpt Reveal & Giveaway: Got Me Going by Casey Cox

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GOT ME GOINGVet Shop Boys #5

by Casey Cox

Release Date: August 15, 2022

Cover Design: Wicked by Design

Genre: M/M Romance

Trope: Strangers-to-friends-to-lovers, found family, small town romance, first time sex, satire


Synopsis

Can a veterinarian lose his V-card before turning twenty-five? Oh, one hun p he can!

On the surface, I’m super sassy and just a little bit extra. But underneath, I’m hiding a painful secret from my past and one hugely embarrassing problem in my present—I’m still a…I’m still a…Dammit, I can’t even get it out.

Let’s just say it starts with V and ends in irgin.

Daly’s the new barista, and he takes Thirsty Thursdays to a whole new level. He’s drop-dead gorgeous with a sexy shaved head, ocean-blue eyes, and an insane smile that lights me up whenever he aims it my way. He’s also kind, friendly, and interesting. In other words, the perfect guy to be my first time.

A night of too much coconut tequila leads to us making a drunken pact. Daly will help me with my V-status issue, but he adds a caveat. We have to get to know each other first. Then, and only then, can the physical stuff happen.

It sounds simple enough. But the more I get to know him, the more I realize what we have is more than just a physical attraction. We share a connection. We like the same things. And stupidly, I’ve gone ahead and caught feelings for the guy.

This was never meant to be anything more than just a physical thing, so why has Daly got me going out of my mind the way he does?


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Excerpt

“What I’m trying to say is that I like you, Daly. A lot.”

“I like you, too.”

Silence descends on us, giving us both time to think, to catch up with everything that’s been said and the implications of it all.

Three months—from when Daly first made the offer to sleep with me until the night before my birthday—is a funny length of time. Twelve weeks. Ninety days. An entire season. I can’t decide whether it’s long or short. But in the past two months we’ve spent together, it feels like both a lifetime and an instant.

It’s a little confusing. We were only meant to like each other enough so that when we had sex, we felt comfortable. Friendly-ish. No feelings. No relationship was ever on the cards for us. But the truth is, we’ve gotten to know each other so well. I’m pretty sure Daly hasn’t shared his news with a ton of people. I’ve opened up to him and told him things very few people know about me, too.

And despite seeing him almost every day, I want to keep seeing him. Spending more time with him. Getting to know him better. Helping him grow his business. Just being anywhere he is. That’s where I want to be.

I avert my gaze for this next part. Heat rises in my cheeks, but I say the words anyway. I’m not going to chicken out and regret not saying something ever again. “I realize it’s not in our contract. In fact, I think there’s an exclusion clause that specifically prohibits this very thing since we weren’t meant to develop romantic feelings for each other, but…I have. I’ve gone ahead and stupidly caught feelings for you.”

Daly chuckles, then explains, “When you put it like that, it sounds like you’re talking about a disease.” He takes my hand in his. “But if that’s the case, then I’ve got the exact same disease you have.”

“Really?”

“Really. Right from the very start, you’ve blown me away. But me being me, it took me months just to work up the courage to be able to string together more than a few words to say to you.”

“But then I swanned in with that hole punch gag.”

“Gag?” Daly arches an eyebrow. “Sure, let’s go with that and pretend like it was all planned.”

“Fine by me.” I laugh, feeling some of the tension in the air thinning out.

“I haven’t had a relationship since the cancer. Just hookups. Never anything serious. It worked for a while until it didn’t.”

“What changed?”

“I tried to convince myself that casual was the way to go. I figured no one would want to be with me and my post-cancer body, so I took anything serious or long-term off the table. I told myself that it was because I was living in London and didn’t want to meet someone only to have to do the long-distance thing. Maybe that was partly true, but I see more clearly now that I was mainly interested in protecting myself. Like Fulton said, it’s hard to trust someone when your body is…different.”

“But you’re a relationship kinda guy, aren’t you?” I hedge. I know what his answer will be before he says it.

“Yeah. I am.”

All the feelings I’ve got for him get amplified by the honesty and vulnerability he’s displaying right now. I close the space between us and cradle him in my arms. “Thank you for telling me. Everything. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for you.” I work my hand up and down his back. “It means a lot to me that you trust me.”

I can hear him breathing, sensing his mind working overtime. “I do trust you,” he says softly. “I really do.”


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About the Author

Casey Cox is an Australian MM romance author whose work includes the hugely popular VET SHOP BOYS series.

Casey loves spending time at the beach and is the proud paw-rent to two utterly adorable French Bulldogs – Ralphie and Lilly.


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New Release Book Review: Wild Dogs by Michael Trant

Wild Dogs

Wow-what a ride I was taken on in Michael Trant’s latest release, it played out like a Hollywood action/crime/thriller except this one is set in the WA outback with the kind of down-to-earth Aussie characters I know. It would make a fabulous miniseries (someone needs to give Netflix or Amazon Prime the heads up).

We meet Gabe, a dogger, he’s setting up his traps on an outback station to catch the wild dogs that do so much damage to our farmers’ livestock. He’s a broken man, grieving for the loss of his wife, but we don’t find out exactly how that happened until we are deep into the story. He calls a spade a spade and makes no apologies for the way he is.

Gabe is an unlikely hero, but when he stumbles across a young Afghan man about to be murdered, he steps in without thinking first and his life takes a drastic right turn. From that decision, all hell breaks loose for Gabe, Amin and later two inadvertent bystanders, a nurse and a young aboriginal man, who get taken along for the most dangerous ride.

People smuggling, drug running, corrupt police officers, and most dangerous of all a roo shooter who is there to clean up the loose ends (Gabe and co.), this is the mess that Gabe stepped into when he tried to do the right thing.

I loved how Gabe was altered by his meeting Amin, an Afghan refugee, and getting to know him, having his beliefs shaken up and being made to look at people anew, including himself. In fact, these 4 people will alter each other’s lives in many ways during the tense couple of days that this action takes place.

There are some important issues that are brought up during the course of this story, refugees, government policies, aboriginal communities and dry towns, corruption and ignorance of other peoples cultures, all things that I love to have big conversations about.

This was a hard book to put down once the action started and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a great action thriller.


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Wild Dogs is a page-turning action thriller set in the WA outback, introducing Australia’s answer to Jack Reacher

‘Tough, fast and hard – my kind of book.’ -Lee Child

In the drought-ridden rangelands of Western Australia, Gabe Ahern makes his living trapping wild dogs for local station owners.

Still coming to terms with his wife’s death – and the part he played in it – the old bushman leads a solitary life. Until one morning, when he rescues a young Afghan man, Amin, from certain execution.

Now, with a gang of people smugglers on his tail and the lives of Amin’s family on the line, Gabe is drawn into a ruthless game of cat and mouse. His main opponent is Chase Fowler, a kangaroo hunter with bush skills as wily and sharp as his own.

As the old dogger and roo-shooter go head to head, Gabe will need all his cunning to come out of this alive…

Wild Dogs is a just-one-more-chapter thriller that kept me up long after lights out.’ -Jack Heath


With thanks to the author and Penguin Books Australia for a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

End of Year Top 10 (or so) Books

This year I lost a bit of my reading and reviewing mojo, but I am determined to up my game again next year with my reviewing and get my reading mojo back. I have several books I’m really looking forward to in the new year; Penelope Janu’s Clouds on the Horizon, Monique Mulligan’s Wildflower, Michael Trant’s Wild Dogs and Victoria Purman’s The Nurses’ War just to name a few.

Next year I also plan on focusing on getting through my backlog of review books that I have fallen behind on, I’m thinking of calling those posts Reading Rewind, or Backlist Catchup or something like that, if you’ve a suggestion for a cool title I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Anyway, onto 10 of my favourite reads for 2021, once again this was a tough pick because I read lots of great books. To check out all my reads for 2021 check my Goodreads page here

So, in my top 10 in no particular order, well except for the first book which I think is going into my favourite top 10 ever read, Honeybee by Craig Silvey, if you haven’t read it, or listened to it (I’ve done both), do yourself a favour and grab a copy today.

Ok, so I can’t count, but 14 looked neater in the picture and even 14 were hard to pick from all the great books I read.

I’m really looking forward to reading many many more fabulous book in all genres in 2022, this year I read a lot of romance novels which is unusual for me, not that I don’t usually read romance, but the sheer amount I read this year compared to other genres increased considerably, I think my brain really needed some easy HEA reads this year.

Until next year which is only 2 days away, happy reading and I wish you a happy new year. Thank you for your support this year, I hope you tune in next year to see what great books I’ve been reading.