Please welcome Z. Allora on the release day of their latest novel
Rocking Thin Ice
Can a sexy rock star show a relationship-phobic ice skater that there’s more to life than gold medals?
When ice-skating’s bad boy Blaze first glimpses Drake, every fantasy he’s ever had flares to life. Not only is rock star Drake sexy as sin, his songs awaken a longing in Blaze that he’s denied for years. But Blaze Parker doesn’t believe in relationships—at least not those that last more than twenty minutes.
Drake Keys has dreamed about the sensual ice skater for years. When Drake is kicked out of his band because of his bisexuality, he drives across the country to finally see the man he’s had a crush on skate live.
Though the attraction is instant and intense, both Blaze and Drake have baggage that puts any relationship on thin ice. Blaze is driven by a long-ago betrayal to prove himself a champion, and Drake, uncertain about the future, hopes to resurrect his music career. As they take a road trip together, Drake romances Blaze, hoping to melt his heart and show him that love is possible… but not without some tough decisions.
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LIKE EVERY typical weekday afternoon, Drake Keys hung out at Taylor Johnson’s house, playing guitar while pretending to do homework. They were both almost eighteen, but they’d done this after school since they met and became best friends in third grade.
“Drake! He’s on,” Jasmine, Taylor’s sister, bellowed from the dining room.
Squinting at Taylor didn’t offer a clue, so he hollered from his spot in the living room, across the space to where Jazzy sat at the dining room table, “Who’s on, Jazzy?”
“That skater… Blaze Parker is finally back on the ice after two years.” Jasmine waved him over to her laptop.
“Who?” Drake pretended he didn’t know, but he jumped to his feet and set down his guitar. So what if he followed Blaze Parker’s Instagram and Twitterfeeds? She didn’t know that. He meandered over with the best uninterested swagger he could muster. “Who are you screaming about?”
“Please! You know, that white boy who moves like he’s having sex.” Even though she was only fifteen years old, Jazzy never fell for Drake’s line of bullshit.
Taylor growled, “And how exactly would you know, Jasmine?”
She flipped her braids and laughed in a way meant to provoke her older brother. “He’s a complete badass like Surya Bonaly, but wow. And like her, he gives the judges what for….”
Jazzy had been taking skating lessons since she was seven and planned to follow in the footsteps of Surya Bonaly. On ice, Jazzy was like a mini-Surya, just as strong and beautiful. The French skater fought racism and gender expectations by not giving in to them. According to Jasmine, Surya was herself unapologetic, even if it cost her points. She even did an illegal backflip at the Olympics when she had no chance of medaling—because she could.
And Blaze Parker would definitely do something like that to thumb his nose at the judges.
Drake peered over Jazzy’s shoulder and silently concurred with her sex-on-skates assessment as the skating program began. Wow.
“How old is he?” Taylor asked.
About the author:
Z. believes in soul mates, love at first sight, and overcoming all odds to find happily ever afters. Born in Upstate NY, Z. Allora and partner have spent the last fifteen years together traveling across the United States, the Middle East and Asia. These travels provide the inspiration behind many of the detailed settings and characters throughout Z.'s work. Z. received a Master degree in Psychology and Bachelor degrees in both English and Philosophy. (though Z's editors would probably question the English degree). Z. is both a writer and a huge fan of M/M romance as well as Yaoi. It is said the pen is mightier than the sword. Z. thinks all writers and publishers of M/M are promoting equality, since everyone deserves a happily ever after.
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