Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Pierce (#1.5 Runaway Home Series) by Penelope Louleas - Blog Tour &Review


Title: Pierce

Series: Runaway Home #1.5

Author: Penelope Louleas

 Release Date: February 16, 2015


Pierce. He's every woman's fantasy.

Pity he's not interested in women.

Fierce loyalty has meant his own needs have often taken a back seat, until he can’t ignore them any longer. Kissing his playboy bachelor-lifestyle goodbye, he’s ready to give himself to the one.

The only problem is his dream man isn’t so sure.
Done with playing it safe, Pierce goes all out to prove that the love they have for each other isn’t wrong; in fact, nothing has been more right.

But when the object of your affection isn’t so easily convinced, how much of yourself are you willing to compromise for true love?

The fear of falling in love and being rejected, that fear can bring a man to his knees.

It’s not just a broken heart that’s at stake.


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Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: February 2015.

When I first picked up Harbour all those months ago I was enraptured with Harbour's best friend Pierce, loving, protective, loyal, he's exactly the kind of best friend I've been blessed with in my life. Pierce runs parallel to Harbour, while Harbour is a world away finding love and a new life, Pierce is living his corporate life in downtown Melbourne, having been around the block more times then he'd like to admit to Pierce is intrigued by the idea of finding the one and settling down.
When his firm is contracted and he finds himself answering to Noah Connors, Pierce might have just met his perfect man. Despite the instant attraction and physical chemistry, Noah is engaged to be married. Things are not black and white, this isn't just a story of love blossoming in the workplace, sexual ambiguity and a man not ready to disrupt the image he has carefully constructed leaves Pierce struggling to reconcile what he wants and what he needs.

Pierce for me delved into the world of MM relationships with poise and courage, I've seen friends struggle to come to terms with not only who they are, but with coming out to family, friends and work colleagues, reconciling family expectations with what they know to be true. Sacrificing what they want and need for the good of other's around them. Where Pierce has grown up in a loving family, surrounded by parents who loved him regardless of his sexual proclivities has meant he's never had to pretend to be anyone other than who he is, however for Noah, with a strict and conservative upbringing and a don't ask, don't tell relationship with his father, hiding has become second nature. With the demise of his engagement Noah is presented with the opportunity to learn more about the side of his life he's never freely admitted to.

There's a quiet beauty in Louleas's story, two men who are undoubtedly attracted to each other and only one who is sure of who he is and what he wants. There is no doubt that homosexuality is more wildly addressed and I dare say more accepted in today's society, but coming out to one's family I don't think ever gets easier. Noah's fears and reservations in regards to openly discussing his sexuality have had a crippling affect on his entire world, unable to let people in, unable to trust others and scared to take a chance.

This story is about so much more than just a MM romance, it's about two people overcoming demons, struggling to fit in, when clearly they were born to stand out. Pierce has a special message about embracing who you are, fighting for what you want, finding the strength and courage to let someone in, when all you want is the shy away and wallow in your own grief. Pierce is a story of acceptance and celebrating who you are. I don't want to label this book as MM, I want to say it's contemporary romance and leave it as that, I feel like by having to define it's sub genre we strip away to whole beautiful message Louleas leaves us the reader with. Love is Love and as I evident in Pierce, when you find it, it's glorious.

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Author Bio

Penelope Louleas is an author from Melbourne, Australia. She lives with her husband, young daughter and in late April, 2015, her son will be arriving. Penelope began writing several years ago but only recently decided to try her hand at independent publishing. When she's not writing, Penelope is an avid reader and daydreamer. Her debut novel, Harbour, was released on May 16th, 2014 and quickly became an Amazon Australia best seller.

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