Title: Love You Senseless
Author: Susan MacNicol
Series: Men of London #1
Release Date: October 9th 2014
Age Group: Adult
Genre: M/M Romance
One of London’s up-and-coming chefs, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.
THE MEN OF LONDON
From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.
A TASTE OF FOREVER
An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since.
Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.
Love You Senseless is the first book in Susan Mac Nicol’s Men of London series which explores contemporary gay relationships in the cosmopolitan capital. If Love You Senseless is anything to go by then readers will be treated to a feast of hot passion and raunchy (fictional!) sex!
As with any Susan Mac Nicol novel, Love You Senseless is character driven, particularly by the two gorgeous protagonists, Eddie and Gideon.
After being involved in a tragic accident, Gideon’s psychological response was to shut down his senses of taste and smell. This meant that he had to step down from his position as chef and he now owns a busy fine dining restaurant. Galileo’s has become Gideon’s main focus, enabling him to block out the nightmares and memories of the fire.
Eddie is the sous-chef at Galileo’s and as different from Gideon in looks, as well as personality. Eddie’s fiery red hair is indicative of both the love he has for cooking and his sexual passion.
Despite the fact that they are employer and employee the atmosphere between Eddie and Gideon is electric. Though their relationship is inevitable, each moment they spend together is enough to have the reader panting, regardless of their gender or sexuality!
Love You Senseless does not contain as much angst as several of Susan Mac Nicol’s previous books, but each character has their own issues to deal with and their responses elicit similar emotions from us.
Susan Mac Nicol’s secondary characters contribute so much to the story as well. In particular Carmen, whose sassiness I love; Luke, Eddie’s cousin, whose own story is heart-breaking; Leslie who is fabulous (DARLING!) and Taylor. I admit that I was initially unconvinced by Taylor’s ‘gift’ but as the plot develops his strangeness becomes charming and without him there would have been more misery.
Love You Senseless rocked my world and I definitely cannot wait for more in the Men of London series! If you have been hiding under the bed for years and haven’t picked up a book by the very awesome Susan Mac Nicol yet, then now is the time to start!
It was around seven o’clock when he made his way back from a quick meeting with Sarah and heard giggles and deep masculine laughter from Carmen’s office. He’d thought about Carmen’s words earlier and decided that perhaps he might have an early night and get upstairs by eight tonight. He wasn’t going to Bon Appétit, not on a goth night—Gideon shivered at the thought—but he might start that DVD box set he had of Game of Thrones. A night in sounded like a plan. He had plenty in his kitchen to eat and he was sure he could knock up something nutritious if not tasty. He still cooked for himself as it was plain, simple food that didn’t need much effort. Eating nowadays for him was a means to end and no longer any form of enjoyment.
He wandered over to Carmen’s office, jacket slung over his arm, and stood at the door. He stopped dead, his heart beating like a pacemaker gone wrong and his dick instantly standing to attention at the scene before him. Eddie stood with his back to him, in black skin-tight leather trousers, and Gideon could hardly drag his eyes away. The leather fabric hugged a taut, round backside, clearly defined in its two parts and leaving little to the imagination. His feet were encased in high-heeled, studded boots that made his normal five-foot-five or -six height closer to eye level at Gideon’s just over six-foot. Eddie wore a black, silky, skin-tight tank top, showing off well-defined arms and pecs that Gideon didn’t even know he had. Eddie tended to wear loose tee shirts and baggy jeans most of the time.
This strongly muscled, very sexy figure was miles away from the Eddie that cooked in the kitchen.
Gideon felt faint.
Eddie’s rich red hair was streaked with what looked like black boot polish and he had long gold hoop earrings in both ears. He looked like pure sin on legs and Gideon wanted to sin with him, oh so badly.
GUEST POST by SUSAN Mac NICOL . . .FINE DINING IN LONDON
There’s something about London…not only is it a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with something to see on every street corner (like the time I came out of work and saw the two kilted bag pipers just outside work) there’s also so many different places to eat, of every taste persuasion possible.
I work directly above Jamie Oliver’s Diner so occasionally we will get the delicious aroma of food wafting up into the office. I’ve eaten here a few times, normally when enjoying the company of fans and friends like Tracy Shayler (the lady with the beautiful long black hair with me in the photo at Jamie’s) and Fiona Warner, she of the wonderful coloured locks….
There’s also a great restaurant called Bill’s on Brewer Street in Soho where they serve a mean halloumi and humus concoction on a sesame bun. It’s yummy as hell. I’m by no means a vegetarian but this is truly tasty. It’s a homely, vibrant place where you can drink delicious Pink Lemonade until you’re fit to burst your bladder…
Of course, if you like to eat somewhere more tropical, there’s always the Rainforest Cafe across the road from me. It’s an amazing place to sit and people watch. I’ve actually been one in the States back in 1999 when I visited New York. I sat entranced by all the splendour and scenery and the bubbling waterfalls and cries of exotic birds echoing through the restaurant.
There are other places dotted around where you can pick up a great meal, a cup of coffee, a tasty pastry and virtually anything you fancy.
If you fancy Chinese food, Chinatown is only a couple of blocks away and is again a wonderful place to spend the day as you stroll through this eclectic and incredibly diverse cultural atmosphere in search of the best Kung Pao chicken dish.
If you want to find any more quirky and unusual places to spend your money and eat your fill, then take a look at this link and see what your dining tastes are in the mood for..
About the Author
Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason.
She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.