Chatting With Author Lauren Blakely – BGFP episode 357

New York Times best selling author Lauren Blakely talks about The Best Men, which she co-wrote with USA Today best selling author Sarina Bowen. Lauren shares all the details on how she and Sarina came up with the ideas for this enemies-to-lovers romance, and how their writing process worked.

Lauren also discusses how she went from journalism to a romance writing career that spans over 100 books. Of course, she also shares some book recommendations too, which leads to details about how she came to co-write with author KD Casey.

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New Year, New Books to Recommend – BGFP episode 355

Jeff and I kick off 2022 with a bunch of book recommendations.

First up, we announce the Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection for January, the sexy bad boy/virgin romance that is appropriately titled Bad Boy by Emma Alcott.

We then discuss some of the amazing books we’re looking forward to in January, including titles by David Valdes, K.M. Neuhold & Mia Monroe, Susan Scott Shelley & Chantal Mer, Pandora Pine, Nora Phoenix, Cat Sebastian, A.L. Graziadei, Kiki Clark & E.M. Lindsey, Alexis Hall, A.M. Arthur, Merry Farmer, and the authors of the forthcoming Heart2Heart anthology.

Jeff also reviews some of his recent reads, The Best Men by Lauren Blakely & Sarina Bowen, Here’s to Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, and If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich.

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A Look Back At 2021 – BGFP episode 354

It’s the last episode of 2021! Jeff and I discuss the holiday programming we’ve been watching, including the Amazon series With Love, the Comedy Central movie A Clüsterfünke Christmas, RuPaul’s The Bitch Who Stole Christmas, Peacock’s Days of Our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas, and two Lifetime movies Under the Christmas Tree and Candy Cane Candidate.

We review some of our recent reads: Catch Me if I Fall by Noah Steele, C*ck Blocked by K.C. Kassidy, The Holiday Hookup by Baylin Crow, and Holigay by K.M. Neuhold.

Then we discuss some of our favorite reads from the year, including the 10 books we read for the Big Gay Fiction Book Club, and books by Sarina Bowen, Slade James, Eli Easton & Tara Lain, Adriana Herrera, Emery Lee, Steven Rowley, TJ Klune, and K.C. Kassidy.

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More Holiday Book Recommendations – BGFP episode 351

Jeff and I kick off the show with a brief recap of all the fun that was had during the Big Gay Fiction Fest. They also talk about NBC’s Annie Live and ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience featuring classic episodes of Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes.

We preview some books that are coming before the end of the year, including titles from E.M. Lindsey, Merry Farmer, Emma Lyon, Lily Morton, Ariella Zoelle, J.A. Rock & Lisa Henry, and Jayce Ellis.

Jeff and I also review four sexy/sweet seasonal books: The Nutcracker by Robin Knight, Dallas Christmas by RJ Scott, Ginger Snapping all the Way by Gabbi Grey, and The Bromance Zone by Lauren Blakely.

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Quick Review: The Holiday Hookup by Baylin Crow

The Holiday Hookup by Baylin Crow

Finn can’t believe his awful luck when he pulls Hunter’s name in the office secret Santa gift exchange. He cannot stand the oversized, lackadaisical, ex-jock and his stupid handsome face. When Hunter learns that Finn drew his name, he lets him know that all he wants for Christmas is Finn.

That night Finn goes out for drinks with a friend and Hunter happens to be there. While walking Finn home, Hunter assures him that, if given the opportunity, he’ll give Finn a night he’ll never forget. Frustrated and horny, Finn kisses the persistent jerk, before taking him up to his apartment where hunter does, in fact, blow Finn’s mind.

Their one-night stand continues the next morning with shower sex, then watching tv while eating the breakfast that Hunter went out and got. The big lug has kinda made himself at home in Finn’s life and he begrudgingly begins to realize that he doesn’t really mind… much.

Monday morning at the office, Hunter is charmingly attentive and still working his particular brand of low-key seduction. The weekend was fun, really fun, but Finn isn’t interested in a workplace romance. Hunter is nothing if not persistent and, using an after-hours blow job at Finn’s desk to persuade him, Finn eventually agrees to go as a couple to the office Christmas party.

In matching sweaters that Hunter insisted they wear, they win the ugly sweater contest and exchange their secret Santa gifts. This holiday HEA wasn’t part of Finn’s Christmas plans. Hunter drives him crazy… crazy in love. And as it turns out, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

This workplace/opposites attract story was a total win in every way. I just loved the way these two characters fed off one another… talk about chemistry! Finn is very type A, with definite plans for everything, while Hunter is more ‘take things as they come’. But when he set his sights on Finn, it was only a matter of time before he would win him over with his unique, laid-back approach – they were totally meant to be together, and he’d wait however long it took for Finn to realize it.

I loved The Holiday Hookup. It’s a sexy, fun, short read that will definitely lift your yuletide spirits.

A Holiday Movie Recap – BGFP episode 350

Jeff kicks off the landmark 350th episode by talking about Superman: Son of Kal-El, and the recent issue where Superman came out. We also discuss the new delightful Netflix gay Christmas rom-com Single All the Way.

We have a deep dive discussion/recap of one of their favorite Christmas movies from 2020, Dashing in December. We break down everything we love about this movie featuring a guy who returns home for the holidays and ends up finding love while saving the family ranch.

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