Friday, January 31, 2020

Everyday History by Alice Archer (Re-release blitz, review, and GIVEAWAY) ANT ADULT title

Everyday History
ADULT title
Alice Archer

Publisher: Shine Even If

Release Date (Print & Ebook/Audio): January 30, 2020

Length (Print & Ebook/Audio): 318 pages

Subgenre: Contemporary gay romance

Tropes: Age gap romance


Book blurb:

If you woo, win, and walk away, a second chance is going to cost you.

Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can't convert to a speed bump. He's used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.

Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben's former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. When Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben, even as Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and farther out of reach.

Everyday History, a romance told with Alice Archer’s unique style and lush prose, was named a Top Book of 2016 in the HEA USA Today column Rainbow Trends.

Standalone romance, HEA.

Originally published in 2106 by Dreamspinner Press.

Praise for Everyday History:

Sometimes you read a book in which the writing just wows you. That was the case for me here...I read a lot of books each year and it's rare that I find something that is so unique and different. --Night Owl Romance

I don’t throw five stars around very easily. I can almost always find something that just doesn’t propel me to call a book perfect. Everyday History is absolutely perfect. I mean that with all my heart, and I insist you read it. You won’t be sorry. --Joyfully Jay Reviews

This is the kind of book that makes me want to be a reader, makes me addicted to stories, and puts me in awe of authors. --Diverse Reader


He pretends he’s in control. He’s a young man trying to convince me he’s a god, but he’s grappling with a new map.

Despite, during, and beyond the learning curve, he’s fearless. Instinctive. Majestic.

The animated heat of him spreads over me. The bright intensity of his personality reaches for me through his strong, hungry hands, through his wide shoulders and his long legs that curl around me, and in the smirk that remains in place even as he mutters and moans. He asks eagerly with his eyes, “Is this okay?” But he doesn’t wait for an answer… or he feels my answer before I shape it.

He wants to do it right, his exploration of the new world that’s captured his attention. But even more than wanting to do it right, he wants to do it right now.

The sparkle of him dazzles me.

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About the Author:  Alice Archer has questions. Lots of questions. Scheming to put fictional characters through the muck so they can get to a better place helps her heal and find answers. She shares her stories with the hope that others might find some healing too. For decades, Alice has messed about with words professionally, as an editor and writing coach. She also travels a bunch. Her home base is Eugene, Oregon.

Connect with Alice: Website | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook



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4.25 stars

Everyday History by Alice Archer follows young Ruben Harper as he explores his sexuality and his inexplicable attraction to the teacher who taught his high school senior class about history. Ruben’s ability to enchant those around him doesn’t seem to work on Henry Normand, who makes ordinary subjects fascinating. Their brief foray into an affair ends painfully for both of them, and each must find a way to move forward…in his own fashion.

This contemporary gay romance is filled with beautiful lyrical imagery such as, “I feel again the empty space of me reaching out to the real me standing beside it.” and “It was like you were a…treasure chest, but I only found the treasures if I paid very close attention. And the more I looked, the more I discovered.”) and angst. The strength of character that Henry displays is underscored by his determined resistance to Ruben’s charms, and he’s a sensitive guide during Ruben’s introduction to having a male lover. It was dismaying although inevitable that Ruben is a bit too immature but impressive that Henry found a way to channel his emotions in a positive fashion.

I wasn’t quite sure I was able to accept the reasons for the person who meddles in their relationship, but I enjoyed the story, and I have several passages highlighted to savor over and over. It took me some time to get used to the alternating points of view as the chapters went by, especially since I tend to skip titles and some of the chapters are VERY short, but I loved the author’s ability to paint vivid word-pictures. I think this is the first book I’ve read by this author but I’m definitely going to be looking for others.

A copy of this title was provided for review


1 comment:

  1. wow, the praise alone makes me soooo curious, even though it is not a genre i read a lot of, i think i would enjoy it. i kept going back to the beginning of the post to get more...wonderful post
    sherry @ fundinmental