Forging Heartfelt Connections by Hunter Raines
First things first: a huge thank you to Beth for having me here today to kick off the blog tour for my upcoming Carina Press release, PARADISE FOUND.
PARADISE FOUND features three men who share an unforgettable night on a tropical island. When Mark and Cameron find Philip, they’re not thinking beyond one night of pleasure. Yet after the vacation comes to an end, they realize they may have found the one person who understands them both better than they understand themselves.
The premise got me thinking about how we connect with other people. Not just sexually, but emotionally as well.
For example, the way we make friends has changed in the digital age. My best friend in the entire world is someone I met online, who I only see face-to-face once a year (if I’m lucky). And yet, I feel closer to her than I do to people I’ve known “in person” for decades. Closer, even, than to many members of my family, who get in touch at Christmas and send birthday wishes through a greeting card in the mail.
So what’s so special about those folks who make an unforgettable impression on us? Is it the fact that they’re similar to us in some way? That they listen to us when so many other people are too wrapped up in their own lives to care? Or is it, simply, that forging a heartfelt a connection between two people transcends elements like physical proximity in favor of true, soul-to-soul communication, no matter what form it takes?
What do you think? Have you made close friends online? Have you ever spent a few minutes or hours talking to someone—say, at a party—only to leave there thinking, “Wow, that person really got me!”?
Share your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll choose one random commenter to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.—
Paradise is just an illusion…
Or so Philip thinks as he vacations on exotic Anguilla. He should be celebrating the end of law school and the start of his successful career, but he’s tired of living a lie for his family’s sake. For just one night, he lets down his guard with two men he thinks he’ll never see again.
He isn’t the only one with secrets. For years, Cameron Drake has suppressed his need for dominance, afraid of hurting his lover, Mark Wilder. But when Cameron’s hand meets Philip’s ass, there’s no more pretending. Mark can’t face his conflicting feelings about the ménage; does Cameron want more than Mark can give?
The three of them may have been perfect together but consequences follow them back to their real lives. Will their desire for another encounter shatter the illusions they’ve built to protect themselves or clear the obstacles to paradise?
PARADISE FOUND will be available at Carina Press, Amazon, and other online retailers on June 6. Find out about Hunter’s books here.