November 07, 2013

Lou Sylvre talks about the Vasquez and James romance (or, How to Survive a Crazy Life and End Up Still in Love)

Please help me welcome fellow Dreamspinner Press author Lou Sylvre!

Hello! I’m Lou Sylvre, author of the Vasquez and James books, and (not surprisingly) my mission today is to tell you a bit about the most recent release in the suspense/romance series, Saving Sonny James, (#4). But these two men have quite a love story, or those who haven’t read all the books yet, I want to give you a few (hopefully tantalizing) facts about the whole history of Luki Vasquez and Sonny James’s romance.

Before I do that, I want to say thank you to Chris T. Kat for giving me a little space on the blog for me and Luki and Sonny.

Okay, then. Fasten the seat belt, be sure you keep your hands and arms in the car at all times, and join me, please, for a ride on the Vasquez and James Romance Roller Coaster (the short version—see books for details J).

In previous episodes...

Luki Vasquez and Sonny Bly James met by chance on the streets of Port Clifton, and shared a cup of oh-my-god-he’s beautiful at Margie’s Cup O’ Gold CafĂ© in the early pages of Loving Luki Vasquez (VJ1), managing to flub the opportunity and getting the romance off to a clumsy start. A few days later, the wind blows them together for a surfside kiss, but as fate would have it a hateful man, whose identity detective agent Luki can’t even guess at, threatens their lives and those they love. They survive because Luki’s an extraordinary badass and Sonny’s the very definition of courage, and they both have hearts of gold—and love takes root.

But, before love can grow, it gets stepped on pretty hard when Sonny’s nephew Delsyn, whom he raised, dies as a result of that horror in book one, and an unthinkable new crime by an impossible perp. As a result, when Delsyn’s Blues (VJ2) opens late the following winter, Sonny has driven Luki away in the throes of grief and self-blame. But Delsyn’s murder was really only the tip of an iceberg of horrific crime. Things go from bad to worse, and Luki refuses to let Sonny blame himself or deal with threats on his own. He knows from experience that crimes like murder and gun running require a badass, and he’s qualified. Sonny’s hurting, but he’s not an island, and once he’s secure in Luki’s arms again he knows he doesn’t want to be—so he proposes marriage. While bleeding out from a “flesh wound”, Luki accepts. In the end they beat impossible odds to solve the crimes and overcome ugly challenges to their love, and a Hawaiian wedding is on the agenda.

And book three, Finding Jackie, begins with that beautiful white wedding on sunny, breezy Hawaiian hilltop. Fabulous. Almost perfect. But the honeymoon starts to go awry when Luki’s former informant brings a troubling message—or a threat—from a Mob hit man. Things go from scary to horrific when Luki’s sixteen-year-old nephew, Jackie, is lured into capture and torture by a sadistic killer. The hunt for Jackie and his abductor takes them into leather bars and over dusty desert back roads, and the newlyweds both have to call on every resource to find Jackie before it’s too late.

Saving Sonny James
Vasquez and James Suspense series book four
Sequel to Finding Jackie

Luki Vasquez and his still newlywed husband are back home after pulling off a harrowing desert rescue of their teenage nephew Jackie. But the events of the last couple of years have begun to catch up with Luki—loving Sonny James and letting Sonny love him back has left gaps in his emotional armor. In the gunfight that secured Jackie’s rescue, Luki’s bullet killed a young guard, an innocent boy in Luki’s mind. In the grip of PTSD, memories, flashbacks, and nightmares consume him, and he falls into deep, almost vegetative depression.

Sonny devotes his days to helping Luki, putting his own career on hold, even passing up a European tour of galleries and schools—an opportunity that might never come again. But when Luki’s parasomnia turns his nightmares into real-world terror, it breaks the gridlock. Sonny realizes what he’s doing isn’t working, and he says yes to Europe. Enter Harold Breslin, a dangerously intelligent artist’s promoter and embezzler whose obsessive desire for Sonny is exceeded only by his narcissism. When Harold’s plan for Sonny turns poisonous, Luki must break free of PTSD and get to France fit and ready in time to save his husband’s life.

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