Roughhousing

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James and Bram are back in this sequel to the bestselling A Bit of Rough!

They've been dating a while now, but James is still unsure about his feelings for Bram. He's rushed into things before, and it's always backfired on him, so James wants to take it slow. Bram is so forceful, though, so sexy and convincing that it's hard to stand fast against him. In fact, Bram is the one steady thing in James' life, when everything else seems to be shifting like sand under his feet. His job...

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James and Bram are back in this sequel to the bestselling A Bit of Rough!

They've been dating a while now, but James is still unsure about his feelings for Bram. He's rushed into things before, and it's always backfired on him, so James wants to take it slow. Bram is so forceful, though, so sexy and convincing that it's hard to stand fast against him. In fact, Bram is the one steady thing in James' life, when everything else seems to be shifting like sand under his feet. His job is getting stressful, his apartment is getting dangerous, and James knows he's teetering on the brink of change, but is unsure what to choose. When a project at work seems to have fallen under Bram's influence through the old boy network, James decides to back off and tell Bram they have to cool down their heated relationship. Bram is willing to accommodate James - to a point. But what happens when self-assured Bram has had enough of James' insecurity?

Taking up where A Bit of Rough left off, Roughhousing opens up Bram and James' relationship, following along as they become a real couple, and face the troubles that come from trying to blend two lives and two independent personalities. Their need for each other burns as hot as ever, but will that be enough to build a life on?

This is a re-issued title.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934166604
  • Publisher: Torquere Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Baumbach is the best-selling, multi-award winning, acclaimed author of short stories, novellas, novels and screenplays. Named one of the pioneers of the M/M romance genre by ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE in 2010. She has been a FINALIST for Best Gay Romance in the 2009 Lambda Literary Awards, a three time FINALIST in the EPPIE Awards and a two time winner. Her work has also received an Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival.
A retired nurse, Laura devotes herself fulltime to publishing and writing. She is the owner of ManLoveRomance Press, a small print publishing house that specializes in gay erotic romance, mystery and fiction. (http://www.mlrpress.com)

For the Love Of Man examining the M/M erotic romance genre ERWA Writer's Resource article September 2008
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"You've got great architectural structure, but I don't see you as the drafting board type. I know I haven't seen you around Dunn and Piper. I'm new, but not that unobservant. I'd have remembered those shoulders of yours."

Bram Lord turned away from the fresh-faced, flirtatious bartender mixing drinks behind the portable mirrored bar. Taking a sip of his drink, he glanced down and to his left in the direction the sharp, slightly mocking, feminine voice had come from. At six foot six plus, Bram had to look down at most people and the petite, rail thin brunette was no exception. He raised one eyebrow and gave the smirking, green-eyed woman a sultry smile of his own.

Wrapped in a skin tight, black cocktail dress with a single strand of white pearls nestled into the tiny valley of her barely there cleavage, the woman stared up at Bram and ran the tip of her tongue over her upper lip in a brazen gesture of seduction.

Holding her stare with his own icy blue gaze, Bram winked at her and said, "Actually, I love drafting boards. They can take a lot of weight and you can adjust them to get the best angle and height when you're working on a special project." Bram's could feel one corner of his mouth quirk slightly. "And having the right angle is so important, wouldn't you say, Ms..."

"Harper. Stella Harper, newest and only female architect to join Dunn and Piper." The woman was attractive in a crisp, predatory way. Her dark brown hair reflected her manners, sharp-edged with a dangerous cut to it. She ran a suggestive finger over the thick muscles prominent under the layers of Bram's dress shirt and dinner jacket. "And you would be..."

"Unavailable, but flattered."He winked at her again and took a sip of his drink, cool gaze never leaving her sultry one.

Stella's smirking lips pursed for a moment before relaxing into something closer to a real smile. A playful twinkle replaced the predatory gleam in her eyes and she dropped her hand from his arm.

"I knew you were too great a catch to be single. I'm always a couple years late or two drinks ahead of everyone else in the room." She turned to face the mingling crowd, leaning against the bar with a dramatic sigh. "All the good ones are taken."

Bram smiled and settled next to her, studying the people talking and laughing in small groups around the Dunn's spacious, elegant living room. He automatically picked out a familiar head of dark curly hair in a group of people surrounding a frail, older, but still beautiful woman in a wheelchair. He sipped his drink and admired the way the man's well-cut trousers clung to lean thighs.

A small light of budding desire warmed him as the man crouched down in front of the wheelchair bound woman to talk with her at her eye level. The thin fabric of his trousers stretched enticingly over the curve of the man's small, firm buttocks. Bram's lover was a shy, attractive young man.

Glancing around at the people surrounding his lover, Bram noticed several other people, both men and women, admiring the same view he was. A burst of possessive pride shot through him and landed in his cock. It stirred and grew, pressing lightly against the silk fabric of his black boxers. Everyone in the room could look at the man, but he knew who James Justin, favored junior architect of Dunn and Piper, was going home with. Tonight and every other night of his life, if Bram had any say in the matter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Good follow-up...

    Roughhousing is the sequel to 'A Bit of Rough,' which was EXCELLENT. The sequel is very good, but doesn't quite live up to its predescessor. Here James finally confronts his insecurities about his relationship with Bram, which makes for great drama between the hot sex scenes. Familiar minor characters happily pop back in. In the first book, readers learned that James was disowned by his family after learning he was gay. Only his sister Julie still speaks to him. Before Roughhousing was released, there were a lot of blurbs about a clash between the two people James loves best, Julie and Bram. I was looking forward to that. So, I was a little disappointed there wasn't 'more' to the story when Julie does show up. Her introduction happens very quickly at the end of the book and the reader was left hanging (hopefully for another book). Hence, four stars instead of five. Despite this, I really enjoyed the book and will certainly buy more in this series. If you enjoyed the first book, BUY this one. It was well worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Great read

    I really enjoy these characters. They are perfectly imperfectly and very sexy together. Plus it is an entertaining story with very hot sex scenes!!

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

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    Mmmmm Roughhousing...

    A Bit of Rough's sequel Roughhousing is outstanding! I love it just as much as I do A Bit of Rough. Roughhousing begins literally where the first left off. Which, as far as I am concerned, was stupendous. James' and Bram's relationship continues to grow and change into something beautiful (the sex helps too!!). Again I highly recommend this book to any who like a little rough sex and a not so cliché gay romance. I only hope that Laura comes out with another James and Bram book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Okay but....

    This book is not badly written but I found myself not really caring about the characters or what would happen next. It was a challenge to turn the page. This is a continuation of another book about these characters. The first book was better and this book was okay but would have been better if the characters had been developed more thoroughly and if the storyline had been more interesting.

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