Release Blitz and Review: AUTUMN

Title: Autumn

Series: Crow City #2.75
Author: Cole McCade
Genre: Dark Erotica/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 27, 2017


There are worse things in life than loving a man who hates you.

Unfortunately, Walford Gallifrey can’t think of many.

Ever since a ghost from his past kidnapped his niece, Willow (THE FOUND, Crow City #2), Wally’s life has been nothing but grief, turmoil, and loss. With no idea if Willow is dead or alive, Wally’s only comfort is in caring for his grieving brother-in-law and Willow’s father, Joseph Armitage. For the past twenty years, Wally has never hoped to be anything but the backdrop to Joseph’s life; between marrying Wally’s sister and decades of mistakes building walls of enmity and resentment between them, Joseph has been firmly cemented in Wally’s mind as unattainable.

But the pain of Willow’s loss forces them to face the demons sleeping between them, find common ground—and more. Together, they explore mutual grief. Shared memories. Quiet respect. Warmth. Camaraderie. The joy of learning to live again.

And an unspoken attraction, buried beneath the scars of hurtful words and terrible missteps.

Yet even as they work through the thorns and tangles of old wounds, Joseph has his own struggles to face. The struggle to leave his ex-wife in the past. To let his daughter go. And to trust Wally to love him, to see him as more than just his multiple sclerosis, when so many have treated him as less than a man. The only way forward for them both is forgiveness. Trust. 

And a second chance to discover what it means, to truly be in love. 

Note: This novel, while a standalone, follows in the aftermath of the events of THE FOUND (Crow City #2), and ties in to the events of THE SAVED (Crow City #2.5), which detail--respectively--the events of Willow's kidnapping and Walford’s prior relationship with her kidnapper, Vincent Manion.

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As authors set out to write series about interconnected people, I don't know that they anticipate secondary characters that take on a life of their own...begging for their story to be told. It does happen but I can think of only a handful in all the books I have read that have a character I hold dear to my heart. Walford Gallifrey is undoubtedly in the top 5 of secondary characters of all time. Throughout this series we see his whimsy, his humor, his loving heart, and his ability to keep secrets. Finally, he gets to shine in his own story.

This book will mean so much more to you if you have read the rest of the Crow City series. But if by chance you don’t, no worries. This story is absolute beauty. It’s about second chances. It’s forgiveness. It is full of the angst and flutters of new love but shows the confidence that comes with age. The words on the page paint the beautiful picture of two men who have been at odds, suddenly becoming more aware. Together, they become full of life again and open to new possibility.

The words drive the emotion of the story. If you haven’t read this author, you are in for a treat with this one. The beauty in the words will bring you to tears. Thank you Cole, for bringing us a hero with a disability. Thank you for the message of the need to LIVE with what was happening to Joseph’s body and not simply exit. And mostly, thank you for that wonderful, weird, tea drinking wanderer Wally. The man with stars in his eyes, perfect diction and the need to give and receive love so openly. Perfect HEA for a well deserving man.

*Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.

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Author Bio

Cole McCade is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in Seattle. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant and business writer, and his nights writing contemporary romance and erotica that flirts with the edge of taboo—when he’s not being tackled by two hyperactive cats.

He also writes genre-bending science fiction and fantasy tinged with a touch of horror and flavored by the influences of his multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual background as Xen Sanders. He wavers between calling himself bisexual and calling himself queer, but no matter what word he uses he’s a staunch advocate of LGBTQIA and POC representation and visibility in genre fiction. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts.

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