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


Happy Friday!!

I’m thrilled (as always) to come by and talk about my new release, Until Now. If you’ve been following along this summer, Until Now is the third story in the Not Ready for Love series which is a trilogy of books that spans a decade in the lives of four men. We meet Wyatt and Grant in book 1, Not Allowed. Wyatt is barely eighteen and Grant is his dad’s best friend. The two men get involved in quite the affair, which ends before Wyatt leaves for college. This was always their plan, but…

You know what they say about those.

Until Now joins Wyatt and Grant 10 years after the first book. Both of them are older and maybe wiser, but the spark between them remains unchanged. It took a decade apart for these two men to come together and now you can catch up with them and their happily ever after.


With a muttered curse, he went for the front door, tearing it open and stomping down the front porch.

“Don’t do this,” he warned himself, even as he weaved his way down the paved walkway in the front yard. It was less than thirty steps, closer to twenty, and he knew the path with his eyes closed.

On Grant’s porch, the security light blinked to life, and he didn’t have a chance to knock before the door swung open. Grant stood before him, disheveled and tired, but handsome as he’d ever been. Wyatt loved him and hated him in equal measure. He took a step forward, dipping his chin toward his chest and staring down at Grant’s flushed face.

“Wyatt,” Grant rasped, sounding like his name meant everything and nothing in the same breath.

He ran another hand through his hair, brushing it out of his face. He bit his tongue between his teeth. It wasn’t too late for him to get his head on straight. It wasn’t too late to turn around and go back home. He didn’t need to be there; he didn’t need to do this.

But his body, his heart, disagreed with his mind. He reached for Grant, already mindless. With his hand curled around Grant’s wrist, as if the point of contact would stop him from falling, he made a demand.

“Show me what forward looks like.”


Wyatt and Grant still aren’t allowed to want each other.

In the midst of a divorce he should have seen coming from the start, Wyatt finds himself back in North Edgewood, back at his dad’s house, back next door to Grant Harding. It’s been ten years since the two men have spoken, ten years since they’ve seen each other, but it doesn’t take long for either of them to realize that–for the fire burning between them–ten years is no time at all.

Grant has spent the decade wondering what his life would have been like if he’d had the courage to speak up when Wyatt professed his love. Convinced too much has gone unsaid for too long, he believes the only things that can exist between them are silence and space. But when Wyatt corners him alone one night, old emotions flare and that idea goes right out the window.

Grant and Wyatt find it’s far too easy falling back into old habits. It’s weeks of secret encounters, stolen kisses, and–this time–quiet declarations that threaten the foundations of both of their lives. Ten years spent yearning for each other has to have been enough. Ten years of love lost has led them to this moment. To the brink of a lifetime of devotion they’d never been allowed to have.

Until now.

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Until Now is a 60,000 word romance that brings around the conclusion of Wyatt and Grant’s romance. This book has on page power exchange and D/s themes between consenting adults.


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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