So excited today to revisit one of my favorite bi books! You can read my original review here and see why I recommend it so highly.
About the Book
Title: Caught Inside
Series: A Boys on the Brink Novel
Author: Jamie Deacon
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Release Date: September 29, 2016
Romance Genre(s): Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBT
Luke believes he has his life figured out…and then he meets Theo.
It should have been simple—a summer spent with his girlfriend Zara at her family’s holiday cottage in Cornwall. Seventeen-year-old Luke Savage jumps at the chance, envisioning endless hours of sunbathing on the private beach and riding the waves on his beloved surfboard. He isn’t interested in love. Though his rugged good looks and lazy charm mean he can have his pick of girls, he has no intention of falling for anyone.
Nothing prepares Luke for his reaction to Theo, the sensitive Oxford undergraduate who is Zara’s cousin and closest friend. All at once, he is plunged along a path of desire and discovery that has him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself. No one, especially Zara, must find out; what he and Theo have is too new, too fragile. But as the deceit spirals beyond their control, people are bound to get hurt, Luke most of all.
Caught Inside was named a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards for Best Gay Romance, the Bisexual Book Awards for Best Young Adult Novel, and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best LGBT Fiction.
First, can you share a line or short passage from Caught Inside and what you like about it?
Here’s a few lines from Chapter Seven. This takes place just after Luke and Theo have shared their first kiss, and I think it shows Luke’s turmoil quite well:
My foot connects with something, a rock partially submerged in the sand. I go down hard, falling to my knees. The impact jars along my thighs. I don’t get up again. What’s the point? There’s no running from what just happened. Christ, what did just happen? I bury my face in my hands, eyes screwed shut, willing the reality away.
Immediately I’m back by the pool, Theo’s body thrusting me into the grass, his tongue in my mouth. And I’d wanted him. Fuck, I’d wanted him more than I can remember wanting anyone in my life.
How did you come to write LGBTQ romance for young and new adults?
I’ve written for as long as I can remember: short stories and the openings to novels that never went anywhere. I’ve always had an affinity with fiction for young and new adults. Then I picked up ‘Out of the Pocket’ by Bill Konigsberg, and this entire world of YA LGBTQ fiction opened up before me. I went on to devour novels by J.H. Trumble, Robin Reardon, and Alex Sanchez, unable to get enough. It was as though a light went on in my brain. All at once, I knew what I wanted to write, and I’ve never looked back.
What’s the biggest misconception you feel people have about the genre?
Perhaps that gay romance is synonymous with erotica. I’ve read some fantastic steamy m/m stories, but I tend to prefer those that are less graphic. In my own writing, I err on the side of sensual rather than explicit.
What’s the last book you read?
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sarah Farizon. It’s about a girl from an Iranian family coming to terms with her sexuality, finding herself, and falling in love. I couldn’t put it down!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I love anything to do with words, so keep my iPad stocked with games: crosswords, Hangman, Word Ladder… Right now, I can’t get enough of ‘Life of a Wizzard’, an interactive roleplaying game where you get to pick your character and choose how the story unfolds. You can become anything from an archmage ushering in a golden age for the country, to an undead necromancer taking over the world. It’s completely addictive!
Coffee or tea?
Well, I’m English, so it probably won’t come as any surprise to hear I’m a voracious tea drinker!
About the Author
Jamie lives in a tranquil spot close to the River Thames in Berkshire, England, and has always been just a little out of place—the only redhead in a family of brunettes; an introvert far more at ease with dogs than with people; a connoisseur of simple pleasures in a society intent on the quest for wealth and fame. Despite an outward cynicism, Jamie is a romantic at heart, and, when not immersed in a book, can mostly be found writing emotional stories where young men from all walks of life are thrust headlong into the breathless, euphoric, often painful whirlwind called love.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the release of Caught Inside, Jamie is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. For your chance to win, simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. The contest closes at midnight EST on October 13, 2017, and is open to entrants worldwide.
September 25: Guest Post at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
September 26: Author Interview with A.M. Leibowitz
September 27: Exclusive Excerpt at Shh, I Am Reading
September 28: Exclusive Excerpt at Outrageous Heroes of Romance
September 29: Author Interview with Drops of Ink
September 30: Guest Post at Stories That Make You Smile
October 1: Exclusive Excerpt at Abibliophobia Anonymous
October 2: Character Interview with Liz’s Reading Life
October 3: Exclusive Excerpt at Loves Great Reads
October 4: Character Interview with My Fiction Nook
October 5: Exclusive Excerpt at The Bookworm Lodge
October 6: Exclusive Excerpt at Books, Dreams, Life
October 7: Author Interview with Love Bytes
October 8: Guest Post at Boys on the Brink