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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY~ When Sean Loves Rusty by Chris Cox

Title:   When Sean Loves Rusty
Author:  Chris Cox
Release:  March 18, 2014

Best friends since grade school, lovers since high school, Sean Delahunt and Rusty Duchene thought nothing could ever tear them apart. Then Sean graduates college and his world changes, while Rusty’s stays the same.

Offered a job in Boston, Sean knows asking Rusty to leave New Orleans is a big sacrifice for his soul mate, who has a successful career and supportive family. Abused and rejected by his own family, Sean struggles with self worth and thinks this career opportunity will give him a new life.

Rusty wavers in his trust but takes and chance and agrees to follow him to Boston.

Alone for several weeks in a strange city, Sean is determined to make friends on his own. When Rusty arrives, this new Sean makes him feel insecure. Crushing student loans, being unable to find a job and suspicions about the nature of Sean’s friends strain an already tenuous relationship.

A trip home for the holidays reminds both men of all they’ve left behind and makes them reevaluate what they want in their future.

On the verge of wedding vows, a career crisis threatens to bring their lives back full circle.

Money, moves and men…will this longtime love last forever  or will life in the big city destroy their young love?

In Chris Cox’s stories, men climb steep mountains of emotion and brave treacherous valleys of personal growth on a journey to love. The Bayou Boys series is about deep relationships, about finding yourself as well as your soul mate, and about learning to feel right in your own skin.
Sexy and complex, Chris’ writing delivers the stories that touch readers’ hearts. Born and raised in Louisiana, Chris worked as an electrical engineer before chucking the corporate ladder and becoming a full-time writer.  Chris resides in Louisiana, where the gumbo is hot…but the men are hotter. 

You can check out more about Chris Cox by visiting Chris Cox

Was this it? Was this the end of them?
No. It couldn’t be.
Sean bit his knuckles using the pain to clear his tears. “I have loved you since the first time you scooted over to let me sit with you at lunch. Do you remember, Rusty?”
Please, remember, Rusty. Please remember who we’ve always been to each other. Who we are to each other. Please be my lover. My love. My soulmate. My completeness.
Magnificent in his nakedness, Rusty nodded once. His dark curls tracked down the nape of his neck. Sean knew that whispering kisses right there, right where that bottom curl rested, drove Rusty wild.
“I was the new kid and nobody would let me sit with them. But you did. You pushed Toby McClellan off his chair and told me to sit.”
Rusty’s shoulder blades tightened. “You looked so sad. So lost. But you had this look in your eye, like you dared anyone to pity you.”
“So you did.”
“No. I didn’t pity you. I admired you. I admired your courage. Your bravado.” Rusty hugged himself.
Sean wanted to go to him. To wrap his arms around the boy who always included him, to the man who always comforted him.
Instead, he squeezed the pillow tighter and willed Rusty to turn around. If he would just turn around.
“Bravado. It was all bluff. I was scared shitless. Every time we moved, I was scared shitless.”
“What were you afraid of?”
“Of being alone.”
“Is that why you’re with me?” Rusty unfolded his arms and scrubbed both hands through his curls. “No, of course not. You would never have to be alone if you didn’t want to be. With the way you look, with the way you are, you’d just have to give a guy one of those sideways looks and he’d follow you anywhere.”
“No, Rusty. No. They wouldn’t. I wouldn’t.”
“You did. You said you really wanted to go to Boston.” Rusty turned around. The tears streaking his face broke Sean’s heart. “And I said I would follow you anywhere.”
“And now you don’t want to.”

Flat-Cheryl: What's your favorite restaurant? 
We have a local restaurant, Silver Star Smokehouse, which is always on the top of my list.  They have the best BBQ!  Their potatoes au gratin are made with jalapeƱo juice. And they just added a huge open-air amphitheater for new and upcoming talent. Live music always get my vote.
Flat-Iza: What's your favorite room to decorate?  
My bathroom..  Changing out bath rugs and towels can give it a whole new look.  And I have a humongous tub that I fill to the brim, sink into up to my neck, and read.  So it’s my favorite room all the way around.  I’m a water sign, Cancer, so water and home fits me perfectly.

Flat-Stephanie: If one song could be the soundtrack to your life, what would it be?
 It used to be Let Me By Myself by 3 Doors Down.  But I finally figured out how to not ask permission to be myself, so that one’s over and done with .  Today’s song?  F**kin’ Perfect by P!nk

Flat-Cheryl: Marilyn, Audrey, or Jackie? 
Flat-Iza: If money were no object, what's one thing you'd buy?
 A second home in the Marigny district in New Orleans.


Flat-Stephanie: Best coffee table book? 
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arts and Craft Style Architecture and Decorating

Flat-Cheryl: What's your favorite way to spend lazy Sundays?
 I would like to say, in my bathtub, reading.  But that makes me sound so antisocial, and I’m really not.  So, let’s go with having lupper (lunch+supper, as opposed to brunch) with friends.

Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration? 
Is it too repetitive to say, in the bath tub?  Melinda Rucker Haynes has produced a meditative CD on opening up your creativity and on exploring past lives called Personal Time Travel.  While I haven’t gotten any solid story ideas from the meditation, the practice does seem to help me push real world worries away and get in touch with my subconscious more easily.  Finding out about past lives?  That’s a whole ‘nother interview!

This book is actually made up of novellas that are continuously telling the story of Sean and Rusty. It shows how you often have to choose between things. You have to get out of your comfort zone and explore. It’s basically a journey, not only about accepting and loving yourself but also one of truly growing up and facing life and its challenges.

Without giving too much away, I’m going to tell you that Sean has had a pretty nasty childhood, one that still haunts him, even after all those years of coming out and of being surrounded by people that truly love and care about him. No wonder, considering how his parents had been his entire life. Rusty’s family is worlds apart and they don’t shy away from showing their affection to each other.

Rusty has had it the opposite of Sean, as in really well. He grew up loved and pampered, spoiled rotten, by his family. He always had friends, being social and friendly, unlike his shy and reserved boyfriend. But because he has never had it tough he couldn’t really understand Sean. Yes, he was there for him, him and his family have taken Sean in and made him a Duchene but it was not the same.

Here is where the journey truly begins. Here’s where loyalties are put to the test. And love. Because even though there is love, it does not pay the bills but it makes things easier. And not only does Rusty grow up and become a man but Sean gets out of the shell he has hid in and explores the world, so to say.

There were times when I felt like they were taking one step ahead then two or three back, especially Sean but he gets there. He does. He gets his HEA with Rusty. At least, the beginning of it.

I’m awfully curious about the intriguing Levi. His story is next!

The story is about 2 boys, 2 soulmates, that met when they were very, very young. They grow up together as best friends then as lovers. When Sean comes out to his father he gets shunned from the family. Thank Heaven's for Rusty's loving, nonjudgmental, family who happily takes them into their open arms. They see him through high school and then through college. 

Even though Sean is taken in and loved as one of their own, he never truly feels like his part of the family, except when it comes to Rusty. 

 The drama just keeps coming at these two. But I love how it gets worked out faster and faster between them. The emotionality that come at them now seems to be outside sources, whether good or bad. I'm so glad Sean's mother and sister have reached out to him.

This series, though putting me through an emotional ringer, is getting better and better.

The guys really know how to play with your emotions. Whether it is an internal struggle or an outside one, it has me all kinds of twisted, in both a bad and def a good way.

These two are so sweet with each other and loyal as can be and are constantly worrying about the other. Its a sweet series filled with drama, bit of laughter, and a lot of love.

I'm glad everything is working out for them despite some snags in the road. 

I give this series 4 emotional stars

***Received as an ARC for an honest review***

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