Better Be Sure
Author Name: Andy GalloPublisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: Tuesday, March 26 2019
Format: Paperback, eBook
Is This Book Romance?: Yes
Story Type: Novel >50kWord Count: 65022
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas
Genres: Contemporary MM RomancePairings: MM (Slight MF subplot, but nothing from either secondary characters POV)Keywords/Categories: out for you, jock, college, new adult, light hearted, gay malesIs This Part of a Series?: YesSeries Title: Harrison CampusPosition (Number) in Series: 1Book Blurb:When the stakes are this high, you better be sure you can win.Jackson Murphy lost his parents to a boating accident, but they’re never far from his thoughts.He attends the same university as his parents, joined the same fraternity as his dad, and evenlives in his father’s old room, along with his adopted brother Marcus. Life brightens when hemeets the man of his dreams.Edward Knowles trades full-time college for working during the day and community college atnight when his father’s factory closes. He intends to stay deep in the closet to keep his job inheating and cooling. But Jack pushes all his buttons.Jack’s college rival challenges him to bring a date to the upcoming dance. He goads Jack intoaccepting even though failure means he and Marcus will lose their room and Jack must leave thefraternity.Jack is falling hard for Ed, but Ed will never agree to go the dance. Ed—not knowing the stakesof the wager—has also made it clear that Jack taking another man will end their romance.With pressure from friends and enemies alike, will Jack hold on to his legacy… or his heart?Excerpt (non-exclusive):
Jack’s phone buzzed, and he swatted the sound away. Too early in the damn morning.Another buzz. He drowsily pulled himself from sleep. Across the room, Marcus mumbled in hissleep.Jack checked his phone, body surging to life at Ed’s name on the screen.
Ed: Morning!Ed: Oh, crap, it’s probably still too early for you.
Jack couldn’t type back quick enough. Ed writing to him this early in the morning, thathad to mean something, surely.
Jack: Nah, I’m totally awake. Why?Ed: Just finished a job. Am close to Harrison….
Jack was already scrambling out of bed, messaging one-handed while he emptied hisdrawers for a clean shirt.
Jack: Send me your location. I’m in desperate need of caffeine. Bet you could use sometoo.
Ed sent a grinning dog and his location. Eighteen minutes later, Jack walked into thelocal Starbucks. He scanned the almost empty store and caught Ed’s broad shoulders at thecounter.Jack strode over and clapped the guy on the shoulder, giving it a lingering squeeze. “Ihave an eerie sense of déjà vu.”Ed’s warm shoulder shook as he chuckled. “I haven’t mowed you down yet.”“No, no, that you haven’t.” Their gazes snagged, and Ed definitely swallowed. Probablytoo early—in the day and their friendship—to tease.Jack rocked back on his heels, dug his wallet out of his pocket, and ordered.When they both had their drinks, they sank into armchairs in the corner of the room.
Ed’s gaze kept dipping to his chest, and Jack’s lips tipped up behind his mocha. “Howwas your morning job?”“I was extremely motivated to get the job done quickly.”Jack’s grin widened, and an ill-timed sip ended up rolling down his chin. He swiped itoff. “Do you often have jobs close to Harrison?”“Not as much as I’d like.” Ed rubbed his palm over the arm of the chair. “I mean, a lot ofthe time I have to drive out farther.”“Well, any time you’re nearby….” He raised his cup.Ed glanced at his chest again. “I like the look.”Jack followed the sweep of Ed’s hand and—fuck. His shirt was inside out. “Right. Ofcourse.”Ed leaned forward in his seat, amusement lighting his eyes as he took in the rest of him.Shivers skittered through Jack, and he held his breath. “I totally woke you, didn’t I?”“Busted.”The deep laugh Ed gave made it all worth it. “So you’re a high-ranking anchor in yourfraternity?”Jack snorted at the muff. From the way Ed stared at him, it was hard to tell if he’d done iton purpose or really had the term mixed up.“We prefer to pronounce it ‘archon,’ but either way, I’m one of the fraternity leaders,yes.”“Do you like it?”“Which? Being in the fraternity or being an officer?”“Both.”Of course he’d want Jack to answer both. “Yeah, for the most part. I mean, there are acouple guys I wish weren’t my brothers, but that’s how it is.”“How’d you pick that fraternity?”“There wasn’t really any other option.”Ed’s brow furrowed. “I thought Harrison had a lot of fraternities.”“No, not like that.” Jack waved his hand and shook his head. “My dad, both of them werein Pi Kappa Phi. Marcus and I grew up hearing all the stories about their days in the house.”“Wow, that’s cool.”
“Yeah, they met when they were freshmen and were friends until… well… until myparents died.” He thought he’d been ready to deal with the issue, but confronted with it, he froze.Ed scooted up on his chair, leaning forward. “You okay, Jack?”Jack rubbed the ring at the chain around his neck and drew in a calming breath. “Yeah.Yeah.”Ed seemed to realize Jack needed a change in conversation, because he abruptly startedtelling Jack how his sister had woken him last night screaming murder. She’d gone to thebathroom at night, and when she walked back to her room, someone was in there, rustling thesheets.Ed had launched into her room with a bat only to be confronted with their cat. The firsttime the cat decided not to be shy. In the middle of the night, rolling around Becky’s bed. Theylaughed so hard, they needed to make a cup of hot milk to settle down again.“Sounds like you’re a good guy to have around… wayward cats.” And panicking…friends.Ed sipped his coffee. “What about you?”“I like to think I’m a good guy to have around too.”“I’m sure you are.” Ed set his coffee down. “Look, about last night….”Jack clasped his cup, muscles rigid. Here it was. “Yeah?”Air blew into the café along with a group of rowdy hipster students toting stainless steelcups. Jack shuffled forward on the cushion to hear Ed better, but Ed’s gaze strayed toward groupand his mouth flattened.Jack cursed the interruption, but it was clear the moment had passed.“What are your plans the rest of the day?” Ed asked instead.“The rest of the day?”Ed laughed, and Jack soaked it up.“Class, bantering with Brittany—she’s awesome—frat meeting about the spring formal,messing around with the guys. Might squeeze some actual study in there.” A lot of study,actually.“Messing around with the guys?”That piqued your interest, did it? Jack smirked. “Play a bit of ball if the weather holds.Get out the PlayStation and hit the video games if it doesn’t.”
“What’s the spring formal?”Jack groaned. “The bane of my life.”Buy Links:Publisher: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/better-be-sure-by-andy-gallo-10327-bAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NNL34L7/Amazon NZ: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NNL34L7/Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NNL34L7/Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07NNL34L7/Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130355789?ean=9781640808317Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/better-be-sureiTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/better-be-sure/id1450366451?mt=11Giveaway:Andy is giving away a $25 Dreamspinner gift certificate, two audio codes, and 3 $5 Amazon giftcards with this tour. Enter via Rafflecopter for a chance to win.<a class=”rcptr” href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b60e8d4756/” rel=”nofollow”data-raflid=”b60e8d4756″ data-theme=”classic” data-template=”” id=”rcwidget_vh8ww69n”>aRafflecopter giveaway</a>https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.jsDirect Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b60e8d4756/?NOTE: Each stop can give away an eBook copy of (Un)Masked and one copy of Leo LovesAries, by Anyta Sunday. Please have them enter via blog comment and contact Andy firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and email of the winner.
Author Bio:Andy Gallo prefers mountains over the beach, coffee over tea, and regardless if you shake it orstir it, he isn’t drinking a martini. He remembers his “good old days” as filled with mullets, discomusic, too-short shorts, and too-high socks. Thanks to good shredders and a lack of social media,there is no proof he ever descended into any of those evils.Andy does not write about personal experiences and no living or deceased ex-boyfriends appearon the pages of his stories. He might subconsciously infuse his characters with some of their lessnoble qualities, but that is entirely coincidental even if their names are the same. And whileAndy leaves the hard sci-fi/fantasy for his alter ego, Andrew, in his mind a touch of thesupernatural never derailed a good relationship.
Married and living his own happy every after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in thepages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days raising theirdaughter and rubbing elbows with other parents. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andysometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after theirchild.Author Website: https://www.andygallo.comAuthor Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/andygalloauthor/Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/92829509-andy-gallo