Today I am so pleased to welcome Elle Keaton to Joyfully Jay. Elle has come to talk to us about her latest release, The Real Thing. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Wade slowly surfaced. He wasn’t in his own bed, and a warm someone—Cody—was pressed against his back. He didn’t know what the time was, but it was still pitch dark. It could have been one in the morning, or it could have been closer to a time when he would be forced to leave the bed behind and the fantasy of keeping Cody for himself.

Dammit, he’d known fucking Cody would be a bad idea. Cody was a guy with heart eyes, and Wade wasn’t a keeper. Cody deserved someone better than him and he’d realize it soon enough.

Something glowed and dimmed. Blinking so he could focus on the light, Wade realized it was his phone tucked into the pocket of his jeans. At least there was cell service after all the wind the night before. Cody murmured in his sleep and tucked in tighter against Wade’s back. As gently as possible, Wade rolled so he could reach out and drag his jeans close enough to grab his phone.

His phone was the last thing he wanted to check at the moment, but if he waited—the damn thing glowed and dimmed again while he hesitated—whatever was going on would get more out of hand. That the messages were from his dad, his brother, or both, wanting to get a hold of him, he had no doubt.

The wind and rain hadn’t stopped during the night, but there had been an almost comforting rhythm to the storm. After coming hard enough he didn’t see stars but the entire fucking Milky Way, he’d cleaned them both up and dragged the fluffy comforter over Cody and himself. Cody had fallen asleep immediately. Wade had lain awake listening to the storm batter the cottage for a little while. The wind hadn’t let up but it also never increased in intensity, so with any luck at all there would be minimal damage.

Wade’s phone informed him it was almost six-thirty in the morning, later than he usually slept. It would be light in an hour or so. Hesitantly, he scrolled over to his messages. The first had come nearly three hours earlier and the last, only moments ago. His heart sank, taking along with it the brief feeling of euphoria he’d woken up with.

Quickly, he texted his father: I’ll be there in fifteen minutes.

Even more carefully than earlier—Cody needed to sleep, today was a big day—Wade slipped out of bed, doing his best not to let cold air underneath the covers. Wade was fairly certain Cody hardly slept more than a few hours a night. Even with Ben Sutcliff as assistant manager these days, Cody was a very hands-on business owner.

He’d managed to get his clothes on and was just pulling on his boots when Cody rolled over and opened his eyes. His heavy gaze became instantly alert as it landed on Wade and he realized Wade was dressed and ready to leave.


the real thing coverWest Coast Forensics, Book 5

An oblivious prince wishes for his knight in shining armor. His knight has been under his nose all along, will he claim him before it’s too late for them both?

As deeply as he craves his own fairy tale happily-ever-after, resort owner Cody Prescott doesn’t have time for a relationship. That doesn’t stop him from crushing on most men on Piedras. Luckily for him, they’re emotionally unavailable or already taken, so he doesn’t have to worry about getting attached.

Wade Buckner, the island’s handiest handyman, is tired of waiting for Cody to wake up and realize Wade is the man for the job. He’s ready and willing to rescue Cody from just about anything, even questionable hotel guests.

The Harvest Feast is the kick-off for the resort’s one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary and they have a full house. But something sinister is afoot at the resort, something that even his knight might not be able to rescue Cody from.

Are they trying to kill him, put him out of business, or both?

#grumpy-sunshine #FamilyHistory #OnlyOneBed

The Real Thing, book five in the West Coast Forensics series, is dual POV and follows Cody and Wade all the way to their happy ending. Can be read as a standalone but might be better enjoyed if you start with Real Trouble, first in the WCF series.


elle keaton bio photoElle Keaton writes contemporary gay romance and MM romantic suspense set in the Pacific Northwest. Elle’s books are known for their hot mm romance, complex characters, and unique sense of place. The men start out broken, and maybe they’re still banged up by the end, but they always find the other half of their hearts.

Elle published first in 2017, now she has over seventeen books available for you to read or listen to.

She loves cats and dogs, Star Wars and Star Trek, pineapple on pizza, and is known to start crossword puzzles with ballpoint pen.

Love always wins, thank you for supporting this indie author!

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