Gay Book Reviews is delighted to welcome Meg Harding today, author of the ridiculous fantastic Dinner for One. She gives us some juicy details to the upcoming The Carlisles series books!
Thanks for having me today Gigi! I’m so happy you enjoyed Dinner for One so much. Dinner for One is the first novel of four in a new series I’m releasing with Dreamspinner Press called The Carlisles. Each novel features a different brother as one of the main characters, and the rest of the family is always in the background. There’s five brothers and one sister. I myself don’t have siblings, so my first hand knowledge of sibling relationships is nada, but I do come from a tight-knit, in-your-business Italian family. We all live within five minutes of each other, and we see one another every day. We’re like a self-running gossip mill. It’s crazy, but for me it’s normal. This is a dynamic that I wanted to reflect in these novels.
Read this book. It is heartfelt, fluffy, sexy and utterly romantic. It will definitely be one of my top 10 books for 2016.Gigi's ReviewJames Carlisle is the first brother to get his story told, and he finds his HEA with Bastien—a French chef. Dinner for One is all about food and how to say sorry in a meaningful way. Jackson Carlisle will feature in The Carlisles #2: Will You Be My Escort. He’s a bisexual makeup artist coming off a bad relationship and in need of a fake boyfriend for a family reunion. His sister knows the perfect guy: Aaron. It takes place mostly in Hawaii—a place I haven’t been, but I want to go—and now thanks to researching for this book, I have a list of activities and sights to see. Twins Dorian and Denver follow Jackson’s novel, with Dorian finding love first. In Checking it Twice Dorian falls for a professional athlete, Eric, and both of them push limits and practice the art of compromise as they try to figure out what they really want and what they deserve. Shifting Views is the final novel in the series and follows Denver and his HEA with bakery owner Ethan. Yep, we’re returning to food in this last book. There’s something about people that bake and cook that fascinates me. Theirs is a case of friendship turning into something more, and they work together to overcome their individual trust issues. The oldest brother Laurence is already married with children. Their sister Georgina’s relationship develops in the background throughout the entire series.
I’m a sucker for a happy ending, and I made sure they all got one. Below is a short, exclusive excerpt, giving a glimpse into this somewhat crazy family.
Dinner For One (The Carlisles #1) James/Bastien
Will You Be My Escort (The Carlisles #2) Jackson/Aaron
Checking it Twice (The Carlisles #3) Dorian/Eric
Shifting Views (The Carlisles #4) Denver/Ethan
James pulls his knees to his chest and buries his face against them. “I’m going to tell him Thursday night. Do you think you could refrain from putting out a family wide notice?”
I do highly recommend this story, and I will be on the lookout for other books by this author. I really enjoyed the writing. And man, can she write a sex scene.Renee's Review“Mom and Dad already know you’re lying about what you do,” says Denver. “Jackson called them. Mom wanted to talk to you about it, but Georgina told her to let you do whatever you were gonna do. She thinks you’re an adult.”
He groans. “How did Jackson even find out?”
“Laurence called to tell him that you were taking his advice.”
“So if we let them all know you’re finally manning up, that’s probably for the best,” asserts Dorian. “Mom and Georgina can get over their disappointment in you.”
“Marcy got a talking to when Mom found out she was involved.”
“I’m disowning you all,” says James, wide-eyed with horror at the sheer scope of it all. “Why can’t any of you keep your mouths shut?”
Denver presses his bare toes against James’s leg. They feel like ice even through his pants. “Like you’re one to talk. When Dorian started dating Jackson’s friend and you found out, you squealed to everyone.”
“That was different,” argues James. “Mark is Jackson’s best friend. You don’t go sleeping with your brother’s best friend. That’s weird.”
“Says you.” Dorian kicks him lightly. “I think it’s going pretty well.”
James chooses to ignore that. Dorian is and always will be his little brother, even if little now means twenty-six.
“But back to the topic at hand,” says Denver. “How’re you going to tell him? Why now?”
“More importantly why did you listen to Laurence?” butts in Dorian. “Why didn’t you come to one of us?”
Bastien isn’t used to bad reviews. His French restaurant is the toast of the town, and when a well-known critic insults it, he’s left off-kilter. Luckily for him he’s found a distraction. He’s just met an attractive writer at his niece’s school bake sale. He’s into food, into Bastien and the touch of kink they share, and there’s a chemistry between them that might make the perfect recipe.
James isn’t expecting to meet a good-looking French chef at a bake sale, but he’s not going to let the chance slide. It comes as a surprise when the chef turns out to be the owner of a place he knows—and has reviewed—and it puts James in a sticky situation. So he might have to omit some pertinent information to make it work… at least for now.
Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF and Anglia Ruskin University. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.