Made For You (Love & Family, Book 2)
by Anyta Sunday
Release Date (Print & Ebook): May 1st2019
Subgenre: Contemporary gay romance, friends-to-lovers, age gap (May-December)
Tropes: friends-to-lovers, slow burn, age gap, found family
Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance
Ben wants to find a new home.
Twenty-four-year-old Ben McCormick is the primary caregiver for his brother Milo after their parent’s death. A year into the job, he’s totally got the hang of it. Mostly. Sort of. Not at all?
Defeated and thoroughly chastised for his lack in parenting skills at teacher-parent night, Ben slumps away with the resolve to finally get his life sorted: be a better role model, and sell their parents’ house for a fresh start.
But first, he needs to spruce up his house to hit the market. He’s no DIY king, but Milo’s hot-as-hell woodwork teacher is…
Jack wants an old home to fix.
Thirty-nine-year-old Jack Pecker is waiting for the home of his dreams to come on the market in the summer. What better way to wait the interim months than working on a small renovation gig?
Only trouble is, the gig is for the McCormick brothers. And working in close quarters to red-haired Ben McCormick won’t be easy. Not with the attraction that simmers between them. Attraction Ben makes no effort to hide.
But Jack’s professional. Dating a parent is highly discouraged at Kresley Intermediate, and he’d never cross the lines…
Ben and Jack. Two guys searching for a home – a home that might just be where their hearts lead them.
~ – ~ – ~
Set in New Zealand, Made For You (Love & Family #2) is an MM gay romance featuring two guys at very different places in their lives – but both finding out they are looking for the same thing.
Can be read as a standalone.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! Thank you for having me o your blog! My name is Anyta Sunday, and I’m a Kiwi who followed her heart from Wellington, New Zealand, to Berlin, Germany where I live with my hubs and two boys. I’ve been writing slow burn gay romance for almost ten years now, and I still can’t get enough of it!
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
Even though my pen name is Sunday, my most favorite day of the week is Monday when the family is back at school/work and I get to dive back into my writing 😉
How do you relax?
Writing is actually an awesome place for me to be, but when I need more relaxation I find it in books, and in long walks around Berlin with my husband.
Who inspires you?
There are writers that I absolutely adore, in my genre that would be Tamara Allen, Eli Easton, TJ Klune… Artists in other fields that I’m so happy to call my friends: cover artist Natasha Snow (http://natashasnow.com/), or photographer Caroline Wimmer (https://carolinewimmer.com/) – they put so much love into their art, and it shows! And my husband, who’s the hardest working manager, collaborator and dad I can imagine.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Writing’s been my main focus for almost a decade, but I’ve been writing for much longer – really as long as I can remember. It’s always been my dream, and I’m so happy to be able to live that dream!
What’s your favorite part of writing?
There are so many great stages of writing a novel, and I find joy in all of them. But if I had to pick one favorite part, it’s the moment when you more or less have planned the novel structure and really get into writing. Sometimes you just so get in the zone and the words pour out. You can’t wait to keep going, whether it’s at 5am before anyone’s up or late at night
Why did you choose to write LGBTQ+ romance? Why not another genre?
I’m a huge fan of romances of all kinds – there’s just nothing more exciting than following two characters as they fall for each other. As for M/M fiction, I just find the male psyche absolutely fascinating. The grappling with masculinity, the societal norms for guys or their role in a modern family all create really interesting storylines that I love to explore. But it is super important to me that all kinds of relationships – gay, lesbian, bi, straight – are represented in my books. Love is love!
What sort of reception do you get when you told your family and friends about the genre and stories you write? (I ask this question to help show stories of hope and support and that, fellow people in the LGBTQ community can relate to)
I’m really open about the stories I write, and so far, I’ve encountered a lot of support from my family and friends. I think for some people my stories were the first LGBTQ books they read, but I hope not the last!
Describe a scene in your writing that has made you laugh or cry?
Recently, I had a rather embarrassing belly-laugh while sitting in a café, and writing a scene in “Made For You.” The entire café was quiet, just me and a dozen other people tapping away at their laptops. I got to a scene where Ben nervously introduces himself to Jack’s good friends and makes a total fool of himself, and I giggled. I tried to hold it in and it burst out like I was trying to give myself a raspberry. The mortification didn’t stop me giggling though. Neither the sideways glances from other customers. I ended up having to text a friend of mine and pretend she was telling me something hilarious—just not to look crazy, you know?
Do you write any other genre?
I’ve written fantasy and YA paranormal romance, but I’m taking a bit of a break for those to focus on contemporary romance.
Give the readers a brief summary of your latest book or WIP.
My next release, “Made For You”, is a sequel to my 2013 gay romance, “Taboo For You” (but it can also be read as a standalone). In this book, we return to Wellington, New Zealand to meet Jack who was introduced in “Taboo For You”. Jack is going on forty, and he’s a pretty solid guy, working as a part-time teacher and moonlighting in home remodeling. But with all the homes he’s remodeling, he’s lacking a guy to share a home with. That’s why he’s tempted when Ben, the brother, and guardian of one of his students, asks him to move in to remodel their home…
What genre does it fall in? Contemporary gay romance
Share a few words about your latest book/WIP, other than the usual blurb.
Like many of my books, it’s a slow burn romance that takes its sweet time. But it also puts a lot of emphasis on all the relationships that shape our lives – siblings, parents, and teachers – and how we try and fail and still make the most of them. As a parent of two boys, this responsibility, trying and failing and trying again, is very close to my heart, and I just could so relate to Ben’s arc in this book.
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
“Made For You” is book 2 in the “Love & Family” series, but the books are only loosely connected. Just like we met Luke and Sam from “Taboo” again in this book, I’m sure Jack and Ben will make cameo appearances in further books in this series!
What genre/s do you enjoy reading in your free time?
Hands down, more slow burn romance!
I’d like to thank Anyta for her time, I love learning
what makes a great author tick!!
Check Out Book 1: Taboo For You, Out Now!
Sam’s freaking out.
He’s 30 in three weeks. And what has he done in his twenties? It’s pretty simple math: nothing exciting at all. But hey, he has three weeks right? Maybe that’s just enough time to tick his way through a 20s Must Do List . . .
Luke’s freaking screwed.
He’s come out to his family, and his friends. Except there’s a certain someone who doesn’t know yet: his neighbor of 7 years. Who also happens to be his best friend. Who Luke needs to tell the truth, but he just . . . can’t . . . seem to . . .
Jeremy’s freaking over-the-moon.
It’s the countdown to his 15th birthday, and his goal is simple. No matter what, he’s going to spend heaps of time with saucy Suzy. But first he needs to get his over-protective, no-girlfriend-’cause-you’ll-get-her-pregnant parents off his back. And what better way than pretending he’s gay?
Sam, Luke, and Jeremy. Three guys who have a lot of history together, and a lot of future too—
—well, if they can sort out their issues, that is.
“Taboo For You” is a slow burn, Friends To Lovers story with HEA. This sweet & cozy M/M romance can be read as a standalone.
. . .
***A Runner Up for Best Gay Contemporary Romance (William Neale Award), Rainbow Awards 2013***
***Nominated for Best Gay/Out For You in the Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards 2013***