Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Release Blitz: Finding My Way Home (Doyle Global Securities #2) by Kendel Duncan (Excerpt+Series Review)


Book Title: Finding My Way Home – Doyle Global Securities #2

Author: Kendel Duncan 

Publisher: Dare Publishing & Design

Cover Artist: Dara Nelson & Dan Skinner

Release Date: July 25, 2018

Genre/s: Gay Romance, MM

Length: 53 000 words/230 pages

It is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone.

Buy Links - Available on Kindle Unlimited


“Have you ever been so lost that you couldn’t remember what home looked like, what it felt like?

So lost that home was a distant memory – a place that you never had hope of finding it again?

That’s how I felt, how I’d felt for years, for longer than I could remember.

Until I found you, Bas.

I just wish I could tell you that….

I’m coming. I’m coming for you, Bas. And I’m going to do my best to try….for you.”


For longer than he could remember Tenley ‘Ten’ Pinkerton had been lost. Wandering this earth with no hope, no soul, no heart, no purpose. The day the love of his life, Sawyer, had been brutally murdered was the day that everything beyond the basic elements of survival - like breathing and a beating heart - had been shut down.

Until him.

Sebastian ‘Bas’ Monroe.

Fucking Bas Monroe.

Somehow the man had wormed his way past Ten’s defenses, past the armor plates surrounding his heart, past the pain. Somehow he’d gotten inside.

Ten wasn’t really sure how he felt about that.

But the day that Bas went missing?

Ten knew that he would die if he that’s what it came to in order to find Bas, in order to save him.

The question that remained:

Was he going to be saving Bas Monroe? Or was he going to be saving himself?


Tenley ‘Ten’ Pinkerton stepped out onto the balcony of the hotel room. For a brief moment, he glanced down at the pool twelve stories below and thought, I could make that. I could jump, land in the pool and just fucking disappear. Leave my job, leave my home and leave this pull that fucking Bas has on me.

Just thinking Sebastian’s name brought a growl from his chest. He hated thinking about the man, even though he couldn’t help doing it almost every moment of every day.

Sebastian ‘Bas’ Monroe.

The asset that that Ten had been assigned to protect on his last assignment.

The lawyer who was assigned to help out the prosecution in the case against Jacob Knight.

The lawyer who had coached and guided Jacob’s two victims, Noah Pierce and Jesse Miller, so well that it was their testimony that sent the man to prison for life, where he belonged.

Bas Monroe….the man who had somehow, for a brief second, made Ten forget all about the man who owned his heart, who would always own his heart, his murdered boyfriend Sawyer.

Sawyer would always be the love of Ten’s life, always.

Oh, he knew he’d have hook ups from time to time, he’d have to slake that itch. But those would be with no-named men in the bathrooms and alleys behind clubs – blowjobs and hand jobs with random strangers when his own hand wasn’t enough. But they would never, ever involve kissing. And he would never lust after the person, never want them again. He would only need a willing hole.

But Bas, fucking Bas Monroe had to come along and somehow, someway, weave his way past Ten’s defenses. He’d found a small crack in Ten’s armor, pulled it open and he’d snuck inside.

But it wasn’t their brief moment of passion that had Ten so pissed off.


It was the fact that Ten had wanted it. Fuck, he’d desperately wanted it. He’d wanted it so bad that he couldn’t control himself. And he’d kissed Bas. No, that’s not exactly true. He’d devoured Bas’s mouth with his own.

And he’d liked it. Even worse, he wanted it to happen again. Sure, he’d pushed Bas away the second it had happened. He’d turned, with the evidence of what they’d done covering his stomach, and he’d ran away.

But he was honest enough, and angry enough, to know that running had been the last thing he’d wanted to do. What he’d wanted to do was melt into Bas’s strong embrace and never leave.

Fucking Bas Monroe.

With a sigh, he forced his focus back to the task at hand. He glanced to his left and right, noting that both balconies were a good fifteen feet away, not a jump that most people could make. And there weren’t balconies on the rooms above or below him. He turned and walked back into the room, “We’re good,” he said with a nod to his partner on this protection detail, Dante.

Blackbird Fly Home: 

3.75 stars 

The storyline and plot in this book were incredibly interesting. It was the perfect type of story for me. It has drama and sweetness and a little bit of suspense. I appreciated that we got a handful of different POVs, it helped build the setting and story.

I want to point out that this book is incredibly insta-love, insta-connection, insta-comfortability. This is seen a lot in romance books, but I think this book took it to a whole new level. The dialogue between Noah and Jesse reflects this a lot. Their interactions are definitely cheesy and I think that if the rest of the book was like that then I would have been more bothered by it. But, there were emotional and serious things happening that helped counter all of the mush. Noah and Jesse lean on each other and given the circumstances, rightfully so, but I did keep thinking that they were a bit cheesy.

I realized after starting this that this book is the start to a spinoff series from this author's Black Ops Heroes series. After reading just a couple chapters of this book, I wish I would have read the other series first! There were times while reading that I could tell it was something referenced from those previous books. It was clear by the time I finished this book that there was a ton of stuff referenced that I missed by not reading the other series. It is not needed or a super big deal, I still understood and enjoyed this story, but I think I would have had a better grasp on Noah and his friends/coworkers' situations if I would have read them. I am now thinking I might go back and read that series because all of the guys seemed interesting and their stories intriguing! We got the POVs of a few of them as well as the POVs from the two MCs for the next book which I am excited about. Again, it helped build the story for me and get pulled in by all of these characters.

Finding My Way Home: 

3.75 stars

The way this story is written is very interesting because instead of one love story, we get two completely different love stories. When I first started reading, I thought that the author was going to set up the next book by giving us a hint from the characters in it, like she did with book one in this series. However, while all of these characters are related in a way, there are two completely different love stories and two completely separate HEAs.

I liked Ten and Bas and the story between the two of them. I wish we could have seen a little more of the in-between time after they first hooked up in book one, but I was happy with how the author got them together finally. Ten's story was emotional and I was really happy that he found love again in Bas.

The second love story in this book is between Liam, Trent and Aleksy. Lily was a sweet addition to the story and their whole relationship was sweet. Like the first book, there was insta-love like crazy with these guys. I am all about sugar sweet stories and a little bit of insta-love, but this is definitely over the top. With everything going on in the story, it is not always completely believable, but since there were two love stories in this book, it makes sense that it was a little rushed.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

About the Author

I was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California but have made my home in the Pacific Northwest for the last two decades. My husband & I live on a small farm surrounded by chickens, goats, rabbits, a turkey, 5 dogs and a cat, in the shadow of stunning Mt Rainier.

With my grown children and grandchildren nearby, my life is always busy, happy and full of laughter.

I am an active Blogger, having created Love Unchained Book Reviewsout of my love for all things MM books.

Owner of Dare Press- Offering quality, affordable services for indie authors, including:

Editing, Publishing, Book Cover Design

NY Literary Magazine Best Story Award 2017 Nominee

When I’m not on the phone with my best friend (which is at least once every day) – I am an avid, addicted reader. It is my passion, my escape, my joy.

And I am most definitely a writer. The characters in my head are constantly demanding that their story be told.

But above all that - I am a human being. My passion for people is unparalleled, my firm belief in Love is Love unwavering, my hope that all can be accepted, undying. I do not write because I want to, I do it because I have to. I write because these voices, these beautiful men, have chosen me to tell their stories – and how damn lucky am I for that?

As an author, I write under both my name and a pen name, with total transparency and honesty:

Dara Nelson is the author of:

Author of the wildly popular ‘Healing Hearts’ series (Love in the Aftermath, Love After Chaos, Love Worth Fighting For – and more to come soon)

“5 stars 5 stars Amazing!!”

“Highly recommended”

“This is not your average romance story. It is so much more. A book that touched my heart.”

“OMG!!! This was probably one of the best books I've ever read.”

“This is the first time I've read anything from Dara Nelson, but it won't be the last. I need more of her writing!”

Under the pen name Kendel Duncan:

Author of the popular & critically acclaimed ‘Black Ops Heroes’ series and the new top-selling ‘Doyle Global Securities’ series

“I can't recommend Kendel Duncan or Black Ops Heroes ENOUGH!!!! OMG, everyone who likes strong vulnerable men will love these stories!!!”


“I love how you keep the story going and keep all the characters interesting. Can't wait for the next book!”

“The emotions are so raw and just I don't have the right words to express how amazing the books are. You have to read them to understand. I can't wait for the next installment!!”

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