Today I am so pleased to welcome our very own Kris T. Bethke to Joyfully Jay. Not only is Kris an amazing reviewer, she is also an author and we are so excited to have her here to talk about her latest release, His Needs. She has also brought along a nicely dirty excerpt, plus some giveaways. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


Hey guys! I’m so excited to be here today, hijacking the blog on a Saturday and wearing my author hat. I’m talking about my latest release and I’ve brought a giveaway for all you awesome readers too!

So let’s talk book crack, shall we?

We all have those things we love in a book. The thing that, when even just hinted at in the blurb, makes us instantly buy. Me? I’m a sucker for holiday romances. And friends to lovers. And hurt/comfort. I’ll one-click those stories so fast it’ll make your head spin. And I know I’m not alone. So that’s why, when I got the kernel of an idea for a friends to lovers that takes place at the holidays where one MC is injured, I jumped on it.

His Needs is the story of Travis and Noah. Travis is a State Trooper, Noah is a nurse. And when Travis gets injured, his best friend’s little brother, Noah, helps him as he heals. But what’s a little bit different is that Travis is the one pining for Noah, and Noah—who is younger—doesn’t see Travis that way.

Until he does.

I loved writing this story. I loved watching these guys fall in love and get to the point where they could have their HEA. Setting it at the holidays was an extra bonus. It is simultaneously the sweetest and dirtiest story I’ve written to date. But at its core, it’s a story about two guys, finding the perfect time to finally take the step from lifelong friends to forever in love.

If that’s your kind of thing, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.

Happy Holidays!

Buy Links:

  • Dreamspinner Press
  • Amazon
  • ARe


Here’s a bit of the aforementioned dirty…so be aware it’s nsfw!

“Oh that’s a happy face,” he murmured, his eyes at half-mast. He rubbed a hand on his chest. “Let’s see what we can do to make it happier.”

I gasped as he reached for my boxers, and he carefully peeled them down my legs, doing his damnedest not to even brush against my cock. I whimpered in frustration as he knelt between my legs and did nothing more than stare. I was so hard, red and leaking, and he was just looking. I spread my legs farther and tilted my ass up, trying to entice him to touch without actually resorting to begging.

“Give me a pillow,” he commanded, gaze firmly fixed on my dick. I complied, and then he folded it in half. “Lift up.” I did and he slid the pillow underneath so that when I lowered back down, my ass was at the perfect angle. He gave a strangled moan and then finally touched me. He placed his hands on my thighs, pressing them more outward and opening me up even more.

“Okay?” he asked, flicking his gaze to my face.

“Yesssss,” I moaned. “Noah, baby. Touch me.”

“Oh I am,” he murmured, then rubbed his thumbs on my inner thighs where he still had a grip on me. “I’m touching you. I’m looking at you, too. I’m seeing that rock-hard red cock, just drooling for me. I see those big beautiful balls, wanting attention, wanting to be sucked and licked. I see your ass, your gorgeous ass, wanting me. Look at that hole clench. You want me in there, don’t you? You want my fingers in there, fucking you, pressing on that magic button and making you desperate. You want me to spread you wide and stretch you, make you take my dick inside.”

“Oh Jesus.” I reached down, grabbing my dick and squeezing hard. “Holy fuck. Noah. You like dirty talk?” I might have started it, but he’d taken it to a whole other level. I had no fucking clue he had that in him. Not that I’d allowed myself to ever think of him in bed with anyone else. If I had, the jealousy would have eaten me alive. He had to have been with other men, but none of that mattered now that he was with me.

“You like it too,” he said in that gravelly voice. “I bet I could just sit here, holding you open, looking at you and telling you everything I want to do to you, and you’d come from that. Just from my voice and me explaining how I’m going to lick you and suck you. Taste you and touch you. How I’m going to fuck you so hard that you’ll feel me in your throat and you’ll come all over yourself, desperate and begging.”

“Fuck,” I hissed. “Stop.”

Instantly Noah’s gaze was on mine, and he knelt up so he could see my face better. “Too much? I’m sorry I—”

I shook my head. “No. No. I was literally about to shoot.” I fell back on the bed, panting, and then slowly let go of my cock as the pressure of immediate orgasm eased. “Holy fucking shit. That… you with the voice and the words… I bet you could get me to come from that.”

“We’ll try it some other time,” he said with a wicked grin, reaching for the lube and condom I’d thrown on the bed beside me. He made quick work of rolling down the rubber, and then he coated his fingers in the slick. “I want to touch, to fuck. I want to get you ready, see my fingers inside you, stretching you. And then I’m going to slide my dick in there and fuck you till we both pop.”

“Yes, please,” I said, half laughing, half moaning.


His NeedsWhen State Trooper Travis Kinslow is injured right before Thanksgiving, the only positive is that for once he won’t be working during the holidays. Since he has no family, Travis was absorbed into his best friend, Joe’s, and he considers them as good as his own. Everyone except Joe’s brother Noah. Travis has been in love with the younger man for much of his life, but he’s always kept his distance.

As an ER nurse, Noah is a caretaker by nature. When his brother’s best friend is hurt, he’s happy to help Travis while he heals. He’s only ever allowed himself to think of Travis as the next best thing to an older brother, but by the light of the Christmas tree, Noah finally sees Travis’s true feelings. And in that moment, everything changes.

When faced with opposition and a Christmas nothing like they imagined, will their hopes for the future be enough to carry them through?


Kris T. BethkeKris T. Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long.  An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head.  She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project.  Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time.  A classic muscle car will always turn her head, and naps on the weekend are one of her greatest guilty pleasures.  She lives in a converted attic with a way too fluffy cat and the voices in her head.  She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated.

Find her on the web at her site or on Twitter @KrisTBethke


Kris has brought two great giveaways to share with our readers. One winner will get a choice of books from her backlist (excluding anthologies). And a second winner will get a copy of His Needs. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Saturday, December 24th at 11:59 pm EST.

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