Today I am so pleased to welcome Kate Hawthorne to Joyfully Jay. Kate has come to talk to us about her latest release, To Love You. She has also brought along an exclusive excerpt. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


Hi everyone!

I’m excited to swing by today while Jay is off relaxing on her vacation and talk to you a bit about my next release (and the rest of the series).

First off – To Love You is #2 in my Not Ready for Love series, which is the most interconnected series I’ve ever written. This book is about two men, Adam and Cooper, and their quest for a second chance in their relationship. This book was a lot of fun to write because it includes some of the things I love the most. It’s kinky, it’s high heat, and there’s lots of versatility (if you know what I mean). Both characters are switches and they’re both versatile in the bedroom…one more so than the other, which of course leads to some conflict between them. But as with all of my couples, Adam and Cooper navigate the relationship together until they find what works for them.

If you’ve read Not Allowed, the first book in the series about Adam’s son and best friend, Wyatt and Grant, then you’re familiar with the conception of Adam and Cooper’s relationship. In To Love You, the reader is given a chance to understand what went wrong the first time around, as well as what makes it right. And don’t worry…if you’re invested in the outcome of Wyatt and Grant’s relationship, they also make some appearances.

The last book in this series is called Until Now, and it will be out next month – and I *promise* Wyatt and Grant get their HEA.

Not Allowed is available now on Amazon, and To Love You and Until Now are both on pre-order.

Exclusive Excerpt

“He called me Monday and I didn’t answer. But I thought about it all week. Thought about him.” Adam scrubbed a hand down his face, frustration mounting in the way it always did when he thought about Cooper. “After work I just thought fuck it, and I went over to have it out with him once and for all.”

“And did you?”

“He sent me home full of my own cum, if that’s what you’re asking.”

Grant tilted his head to the side. “How does that work?”

“Oh, God.” Adam smacked Grant’s bare chest. “Not like that. Like he teased the shit out of me and then told me to go home.”

Grant barked out a loud laugh, leaning back in his chair and clapping his hands. “That’s cruel.” 

“You’re telling me.”

“Did you talk about anything important?” Grant asked after his laughter died down. “Like that one really important thing that you two can’t ever seem to agree on, I mean.” 

“Kind of, yes,” he admitted.

“And what was the consensus?”

“That we’re going to see what happens between us,” he said.

“With who in charge, Adam?”

“There you go with my name again.”

“Adam.” Grant gave him an expectant look.

“Whomever the situation demands,” he said.


Adam and Cooper have been in love with each other for over a decade.

At the beginning of their relationship, Cooper thought he might have asked Adam for too much. Trust issues from his past pushed him to make steadfast demands that Adam wasn’t able to meet. Even though neither of them wanted to admit it, things between them were going to end before they even got started.

Ten years ago, Adam’s life was in a state of upheaval. He thought he knew who he was and what he wanted, but the development of his friendship with Cooper into something more proved that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Forced to question things he’d long believed about himself, Adam faltered when he needed to stay strong.

A decade later, Cooper and Adam are back where they began. Wanting but nervous. Interested and unsure. Even though they’re determined not to mess things up again, growing older hasn’t made them feel any wiser. On uneven ground, but fighting for a second chance, Adam has to get over his preconceptions about what it means to have control if he wants a chance at happiness, and Cooper has to admit it’s possible to sometimes bend without completely breaking.

To Love You is a 65,000 word romance between consenting adults with D/s themes and kink.


With over two dozen published romances to her name, Kate Hawthorne has built a recognizable brand around telling emotional stories that pack a figurative (and sometimes literal) punch. Existing on a steady diet of wine and coffee, Kate spends her days dreaming up angsty stories full of heat, kink, and heart. Kate now lives in Louisville, where she writes romance, reads romance, and hides from the humidity.

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