Thursday, January 24, 2019

Release Blitz: His Uptown Guy by Felice Stevens

His Uptown Guy
by Felice Stevens
Release Date: Jan 24, 2019
Genre: M/M Romance

When Jesse Grace-Martin loses his father on 9/11, his charmed life is gone forever. People look menacing, and the streets no longer seem safe. After experiencing a brutal mugging, Jesse retreats to his apartment in the landmark Dakota building. Five years later, his first attempt to walk outside those famous gates again is a disaster—except for meeting the gorgeous maintenance worker who helps him through his crushing panic attack. Jesse can’t stop thinking about the guy but hesitates to reach out, knowing he has little to offer.

Dashamir Sadiko has big dreams. Money in the bank tops his list, and his glimpse into the life of the uber-wealthy at his job at the Dakota is all the incentive he needs. Struggling to work full-time and go to college, Dash desperately wants to break the cycle of poverty his parents had hoped to leave behind in Albania. When the two men become friends, Dash isn’t sure what to expect but can’t help his growing attraction to sweet and sexy Jesse. It’s nice to see how the other side lives, but his affections can’t be bought; Dash wants to be his own man.

Defying the Dakota’s co-op rules, the two share lunches, their hopes and dreams, and ultimately their hearts. Jesse slowly regains his courage, but he’s worried he’ll never be the person he once was and that he’s not good enough for Dash. And Dash isn’t convinced the son of poor immigrants has a place at the table with a blue-blood, trust-fund man. Jesse needs to realize that money can’t buy happiness and love, while Dash must learn to trust that what they have is real, that he’s more than Jesse’s walk on the wild side with an uptown guy.

This is a sweet hurt/comfort story dealing with a agoraphobia. Something happened to Jesse's family that make him stayed in his luxury apartment for the past 5 years. The day he met the porter, Dash, is the day he make his first step into the lobby with his PA. 

I like the fact that Jesse already make an effort to overcome his phobia before meeting Dash. He is doing it for himself. Meeting Dash is just icing on the cake. As oppose to Jesse, Dash is from an immigrant family with the ultimate American dream to support his family one day. They both came from very different background and is easy enough to see that Dash feels insecure about his family background. Their romance is the swoony and slow burn. They formed a great friendship before anything else. Dash is very patient and understanding about Jesse's struggle. Is heart warming to see both their journey and self discovery through the story. True to Felice Steven's trademark, this is a achingly sweet romance with minimal angst. I'm looking forward to catch up with this couple in the following book. 

Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

Felice has written over twenty books in the gay romance genre. Her books been translated into German, French and Italian. Her novel. One Call Away, part of her Soulmates series, was mentioned in Buzzfeed as one of the best “Out for You” gay romances of 2017.

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. She recently retired from the practice law and now daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
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