Book Title: Dual Threat Love
Author: Lola Noire
Publisher: Jessica Watkins Presents
Release Date: September 15, 2021
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: 53 000 words
Heat Rating: 4 flames
It is book 1 of 2 and ends on a cliffhanger.
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Will Patrick, now a Superstar NFL Quarterback, be willing to give Ace a second chance? Or will old pain and Patrick’s high-profile personality stand in the way?
Ace, the Billionaire Heir and Patrick, the Help’s son, met when they were sixteen and thirteen years old, respectively. What started as childhood friendship forever altered their lives for better and for worse. Faced with misunderstanding and miscommunication, they went their separate ways hurt and heartbroken.
Years later, they met again. This time, the Billionaire CEO is determined to win his best friend and the love of his life, Patrick, back.
While Ace is determined to rekindle this love, will Patrick, now a Superstar NFL Quarterback, be willing to give Ace a second chance? Or will old pain and Patrick’s high-profile personality stand in the way?
Whether together or apart, both men will fight to the bitter end for their version of happily ever after.
Excerpt from the Prologue
Patrick and I met years ago during a summer vacation at my family’s villa on Highland Beach in Boca Raton. Patrick was 13 years old and I was 16 at the time. As usual, my parents had been fighting. My mother was miserable in our home on Long Island, so she decided to take a trip to Florida to get away from my father and his latest mistress. I could have stayed in New York and hung out with my friends or I could have traveled to any place in the world of my choosing. However, I decided to accompany my mother. Blame it on the soft spot I had for that frail-looking, pill-popping, pale lady.
A few days into our vacation, the grand villa felt more like a four-by-four shoebox. I was bored out of my mind and on the verge of losing my shit. Taking pity on me, Ms. June, the housekeeper and Patrick’s mother, told my mother that her second son, Patrick, her baby boy, as she fondly called him, who was around my age, was also home doing nothing for that summer.
“If that’s okay with you, Mrs. De’Rochard, I can bring him with me to work so that Ace can have someone around his age to talk to,” she suggested.
“That would be lovely if you could, Ms. June,” Mother replied without any hesitation.
“Pat is a good boy, so they should get along.”
“I hope they do. Again, thank you for your thoughtfulness.”
While Mother and Ms. June readily made plans for Patrick and me, I was a bit apprehensive. It wasn’t that I was scared or did not want to meet Ms. June’s son. The truth was I’d had limited contact with Black kids in my young life and I had no idea what to expect. It wasn’t like I didn’t know anything about Black people. I lived in New York City, for crying out loud. However, my inner circle had consisted of only a few selected friends from similar social, economic, and racial backgrounds as me, strategically handpicked by my parents since I was very young.
As the sole heir to the multi-billion-dollar De’Rochard Empire, I had learned early on to be cautious of the constant danger that lurked around me. The risks of being approached by individuals with ulterior motives, being kidnapped, or worse yet, being murdered by someone who had a vendetta against my family were ever-present.”
I was only five years old when my nanny of three years had conspired to kidnap me in exchange for $10 million in ransom. It took the FBI and my parents’ private security team less than 2 hours to locate us in Buffalo, New York and whisk me to safety. Leonora and her boyfriend, the apparent mastermind of the scheme, were arrested. Unfortunately, they did not live long enough to face a judge. My father had made sure to make an example of them just in case someone else might have had a similar idea. Father had been the only judge and jury of that case. The Crusader Disciples had acted as the executioners. My own personal security team was assigned to me soon after, which consisted of no less than three guards and they’d been with me ever since.
To say the least, I was anxious about meeting Patrick. All day I kept thinking that I should lay off the news as the media often portrayed young Black men living in the inner cities as less than favorable. My father’s views on Black men were also not the prettiest, to put it lightly. So, sue me if I had never dealt with any Black people except for some of the help. The night before Ms. June brought Patrick with her, I got really edgy as endless “what-ifs” ran through my mind. I finally fell asleep in the early morning hours only to be plagued by dreams of different adverse outcomes of meeting Patrick.
“Hi, I’m Patrick,” said the small boy standing next to Ms. June by the theater room’s door in a soft and sultry timbre.
I looked up to the most beautiful brownish-hazel eyes that I had ever seen that were covered with unbelievable long lashes.
“Ace… I’m Ace,” I replied a few seconds too late, not realizing that I was staring. I quickly reached for his extended hand that felt so small in mine as I held it a bit longer than I should have.
“You boys, have fun!” Ms. June shouted as she went about her business.
Pat did not pull his hand from mine. Instead, he glanced at our hands with a raised brow. I quickly let go and said the first damn thing that came to mind.
“So, you and me the whole summer, hmm?”
“Looks like it.”
Our eyes met. He smiled, and all of my nervousness was forgotten. What a smile he had! His plump, pink lips covered a mouth with perfect white teeth. His eyes were full of mischief that was made more noticeable by his smile. I marveled at his beauty. His dark chocolate complexion seemed to radiate under the hot Floridian sun. I found myself staring at him too many times during that summer. I didn’t know why, but I could not wait to see him walk back through the door the next day each time he would go home.
Soon, I felt comfortable enough around him to be myself and talk about anything. We would talk for hours and never get bored. We talked about our respective lives. Unlike other people, Pat, the short name I soon began to call him, never asked me about my fortune. He only asked about New York City since he had never been there before; and he expressed a desire to see Central Park. I told him about my friends, school, and some of the countries I’d visited. Like typical teenage boys, we talked about girls and celebrity crushes.
I taught him how to play chess, poker, and countless games on my PlayStation3. He was a quick learner, and it did not take him long to start beating me at the games I had taught him. He eagerly reciprocated my lessons by showing me how to play dominos and lidos. Unlike me, Patrick was into sports. He played both basketball and football. He’d managed to get me play a few games even though that wasn’t my thing. It didn’t matter what we were playing because for that summer, as long as I was playing with Pat, I was happy. Also, we both were excellent swimmers so we spent countless hours at the beach or the heated indoor pool trying to outdo each other. I liked our swimming sessions the most because I could steal glances at his body without any restriction. I particularly liked the tingling sensation in my stomach whenever our bodies touched while we wrestled around.
Patrick was obsessed with the X-Men series. I quickly learned that Wolverine was his absolute favorite character. He could not wait for X-Men Origins: Wolverine to come out the following summer. He shared that his older brother, Lamar, whom he seemed to idolize, had gotten mixed up with a gang and was now serving a three-year prison sentence for possession of narcotics with the intent to sell in a school zone. I noticed the sadness in his eyes when he talked about his brother, and it broke my heart to see how much he was hurting.
Q & A With Lola Noire
Tell us a little about yourself and your writing goals.
I am a mother of two young girls. I like to say born in Haiti, bread in NYC. I am a walking contradiction and a die-hard sport fan.
As to my writing goals, I don’t know yet. I may continue writing, I may not.
Congratulations on your new release. Please tell us a little bit about it. What’s your favorite aspect or part of the story? Do you have a favorite character? Who/Why?
Thank you. This is my debut novel, Dual Threat Love (DTL). It is a MM love story that began when they were both teenagers. The readers will get to see the characters evolve from teenagers to young adult in all their faulty ways. I really love the part when they first reunited. While writing the story, I wanted to jump to that specific chapter and forgo some of the previous ones. My favorite character is Ace. I like the fact that he is not lovable at all but you can feel that he couldn’t give a damn about anyone’s opinion of him.
Are you a planner or a pantser? How much do you know about your story before you start writing? How often does your plan change? Why does this work best for you?
I would say kind of a planner. I knew what I wanted to happen in each chapter but I did not have any outlines or anything. I just went with the flow. I think it worked this time but I don’t think that’s the best way to go about it.
Do deadlines motivate you or block you? How do you deal with them?
I didn’t have many deadlines while writing this novel. But in my professional work, deadline motivates and frustrates me at the same time. Yet, I will set some deadlines to complete certain tasks even when there are none.
Do you schedule a certain amount of time for writing each day/week, or do you just work it in when you can? Would you like to change this, or does your current method work well for you?
I wrote almost every night and when I started a chapter, I usually like to finish it before I call it a night.
What was the most difficult part of writing this book? Why?
The first sex scene between the two main characters. It involves underage sexual activities and this topic can be tricky. I was not sure if I wanted to describe it or just mention it.
How do you develop a story idea? Do you always use the same method? Specifically, which do you develop first in your story building, the characters or the plot?
With DTL, I saw the characters first before I developed the plot. I am currently thinking about another story and once again the characters are who I see first thus I have an idea of what the plot may be. To me, when you know a character first, it is easier to know how he/she will react in certain situation.
What are your favorite genres when it comes to your own pleasure reading? Do you prefer to read ebooks or print?
Of course I love contemporary MM genre and historical romance. I also love dark story. I don’t like cheating or sharing of any kind. I’ve been reading ebooks a lot lately but nothing beats the feel of an actual book when sipping on some hot chocolate while sitting on your favorite chair in a quiet room.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me but editing does exhaust me.
What is the best money you ever spent as an author?
I hope the money I am spending on this tour blog will be it.
What do you find to be the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I don’t know if it is the fact that I grew-up surrounded by males mostly, it was pretty easy for me to write about males.
What did you edit out of this book?
A chapter from Josie’s point of view.
How do you select the names of your characters?
From their background. Players that I like and people that I know.
What were your goals for this book? Did you achieve them?
I wanted this book to be relatable. I hope I had achieved that.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
Nothing and everything at the same time. Told you I was a walking contradiction.
What were you like in high school?
Studious but non-applied. I could have done way better if I had studies just a bit more. I was that girl who was friend with everyone but did not belong to any particular group.
What are the three best things about you?
I am loyal
I look at every situation from all different points of view
I have a dark sense of humor
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and cream
If you could time-travel, where would you go and when?
To the beginning of time to tell Eve not to eat that Apple because childbirth hurts.
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Letitia Michelle Wright
About the Author
Born in Haiti and bred in Brooklyn, NY, Lola Noire is a passionate fan of all things sports and has a love-hate relationship with traveling. Lola is an alumna of Niagara University, John Jay College, and National University of Ireland, Galway.
Lola Noire is the author of the debut novel, Dual Threat Love, an interracial M/M sports story.
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