Soothing his boy is a pleasure in more ways than one
Once upon a time, there was a boy who wanted a Daddy...
Henley knows what he wants from a relationship: to be taken care of by a Daddy. He’s under no illusions that he can be a handful. When he starts a new job, his gaze is taken to a prime specimen. Maybe Henley could persuade him to be his Daddy…
Isaac is worn out from the clubs, the scenes, the boys who say they want a Daddy then change their minds. When he’s given the responsibility of training the most obedient guy he’s ever met, Isaac is hooked. But does the guy even know what a boy is, despite acting like one?
They are powerless to stop their relationship. They complement each other so well.
Is Isaac the right Daddy for Henley, and is Henley the right boy for Isaac?
Cover Artist: Elouise East
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance
Trope/s: Daddy kink
Themes: Workplace romance
Heat Rating: 3 - 4 flames
Length: Approx. 42 000 words
It is a standalone book.
Buy Links - Available on Kindle Unlimited
Introduce yourself and your writing
Well, I live in a town in the centre of England, UK. I am a single parent with two children, who make my life worthwhile, but also drive me insane! My son is 13 and my daughter is 5 going on 15. She is every bit the drama queen and does not take after me for it. She is a complete extrovert, whereas my son and I are introverts. It makes for a tricky environment sometimes. We spend a lot of time together, having movie nights (Marvel with my son, at the moment; musicals with my daughter), crafting and going on long walks. We do a lot of baking, too, especially with my daughter being gluten free. It’s been a huge learning curve.
I have been writing my Crush series since I started writing; my debut book was First Kiss, and at present there are four books in the series. I have several standalones and a new series called Daddy. The first book of that series was Love Me, Daddy, the second being Soothe Me, Daddy. I have my first French translation on sale, too.
Tell us about your new release. What inspired you to write it?
I love characters who shine, who jump out from my subconscious and scream “Me, me, me!” Henley did that for me. I didn’t have a choice when it came to who I was writing about.
The environment surrounding the story is taken from a job I did many, many years ago. It was a job I loved, but, unfortunately, had to stop due to becoming pregnant.
How did you decide on the title?
It was something that fit in with Isaac and Henley’s relationship and their dynamic. Henley is very exuberant and often needs soothing or calming.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
I have just started working on book 5 of the Crush series, which follows Casey and Luke. I don’t have a useable snippet yet, but I can give you the blurb (this may change upon release)
Can his past ruin his future?
Casey has his best years ahead of him. As a paramedic, he works as hard as he plays until one man tries to take it all away. Unwilling to tell his closest friends of the harassment, he locks it away behind a cheery facade and begins self-defence training to ease his fears. Unfortunately, reality comes knocking.
Luke trains with the best of them. Teaching people how to get fit and stay safe are his favourite pastimes. Unfortunately, it means his social life suffers. When a new guy requests that Luke trains him in evasive manoeuvring, his instincts flare to life. What happened to this guy to make him so vulnerable, yet so angry?
As training continues, Casey’s fear takes hold causing Luke and Casey’s friends to try and keep him afloat.
Will the sins of the past stop Casey from moving forward or will Luke be able to pull him free?
M/M romance caught my eye several years ago and I found the stories to have a lot more variety in their storyline structures. It gave a lighter yet deeper emotional feel to the books, and that’s what I want to be able to give readers. Characters with Soul.
What book are you reading at the moment?
I’m working my way through Abrianna Denae’s series and am currently on A Hate Story.
What other novels do you adore/ writers you follow?
My favourite all time author is CJ Bishop. I love the world she has created, and the characters are amazing. I also love JR Ward, Christine Feehan, Suzanne Brockmann, Lucy Lennox, GR Lyons to name a few.
Do characters and stories just pop into your head, or do you take your time thinking about and planning them?
Stories and their characters usually just arrive at whatever time. If they are side characters in other stories, they usually pop up when the main character needs a friend. Some characters come to me half-formed, for want of a better word. I may get a feeling about their behaviour or personality, but I have to figure out what they look like.
Do you get emails asking why characters didn’t get together and whether you’re going to write more about them?
I have received emails about several characters. The first one I remember was about my short story A Biker Makes Three. People wanted more from Rylan, Jack and Connor, and I will expand on their story, eventually. Another character is Casey, who I am currently writing about. I have had many, many questions about him.
Are you a panster or a plotter?
I am very much a pantser, but I do try to make some sort of plan before I start writing a book. For Soothe Me, Daddy, I wrote all the details about the characters that I knew, this could be their physical description; any tells they may have, like biting their lip; their age, job description and any previous jobs if its notable; whether they drink tea or coffee; and any other tidbits that they might tell me. Then I decided roughly how long I think the book will be and separated some general ideas into when they might happen within the storyline. This made up some chapters and then the rest I left blank.
The actual writing and editing process is similar for all books. As I began to write, I just let my fingers go. If the characters cooperate, I can easily get through a chapter a day, sometimes more. If any information crops up as I’m going, I’ll note it down in my notebook under the chapter I think it would work best in, then carry on writing. If I don’t write things down, it will bug me for ages, or I’ll forget about it. This continues until the first draft is done.
I will often send parts of the first draft to my alpha, who helps me make sure it’s following on and I’ve not missed vital information somewhere.
Once that is done, I then edit the first draft myself before sending it to my beta. Then I edit it again from their comments and send it to my editor. I repeat the process from their comments, sometimes twice over, then print the document out and read through it out loud from the paper. I catch so many more things seeing it on a different screen. Sometimes, I will just send it to my kindle instead. A change is better than a rest, I say.
Do you write often? Do you have a schedule?
Gosh, yes. To both. I write every day where possible (I have two children…sometimes it’s just not happening) and to be honest, that is most days. I aim for 2,000 words per day, and I have created a very strict schedule for myself. I work better when I have a tight deadline to work with; I am a lot more productive when I know it HAS to be done.
Are you obsessed with stationery? And if so, what and why?
Definitely. I remember when I was around 10 or 11, my parents gave me a HUGE box of stationery for Christmas. I mean, the box was the size of a washing machine and it had EVERYTHING you can think of: notepads, books, pencils, pens, ringbinders, sticky notes, absolutely everything. It was, and always will be, the best present anyone has given me. I’ve not changed. I love notepads. It doesn’t matter the size of them, but I buy them to use them and tend to have one notepad for a different use, for example, one notepad about the characters descriptions, one for the book ideas, etc. I could spend years inside a stationery shop.
“I don’t want you to change yourself for me, Henley.”
“What do you mean?”
“You need to be yourself from the beginning. Don’t act or speak how you think I want you to. If I think something about your behaviour needs correcting, I will discuss it with you and help you alter it.”
“Through punishments?” Henley asked, eyebrows raising.
“If I believe that is the best way to remind you, yes.” Isaac hesitated. “For me, being a Daddy is a twenty-four-seven responsibility. I would need you to realise that everything I do for or to you is for your own benefit. I want to help you become all that you can be, and in return, you need to trust me wholeheartedly. Telling me the truth at all times, even when it scares you. You need to trust that I will catch you should you fall. I will hold you close and protect you with everything I am.”
Isaac gazed at Henley, seeing a shimmer begin in his eyes before they filled and overflowed.
“Come here.” Isaac issued the order, and they both scooted out of their opposite seats, Isaac guiding Henley to slide over in the booth seat so he could sit next to him. Isaac wrapped his arm around Henley’s shoulder, hugging him close and resting his fingers against the side of his face as his tears continued to fall soundlessly.
Once Henley had calmed, Isaac lifted his face. “Are you okay?” Henley nodded. “I need your words, sweetheart.”
“I’m okay,” he croaked. “I…You…It’s everything I want.”
“Alright. Let’s eat our food, and once we’re full, we can talk some more.”
Isaac reached for Henley’s plate from the opposite side of the table and placed it in front of Henley. Henley smiled, and though a little watery, it filled Isaac’s heart with joy. He couldn’t believe he had found someone who already knew about Daddies and boys, and in fact, was one.
After they had finished their meal and Isaac deduced Henley didn’t want a dessert, he gripped Henley’s hand and left the restaurant. It wasn’t particularly late, and the air was warm, so he suggested a short walk.
“For a relationship to work with me, I would need to give you a routine to stick to—”
“What kind of routine?”
Isaac raised his eyebrows at Henley, waiting until he apologised for interrupting before continuing, “Things like when you’d need to go to sleep, when to wake, when to eat. I don’t do this because I think you are incapable of doing them yourself. I do it because then I will know you are looking after yourself like I have asked you to. I trust that if I ask you to do something, you will do it. For example, if I ask you to eat at midday, and you agree, I expect you to eat at midday, barring any unforeseen circumstances.”
“That sounds good.” Henley glanced up at Isaac from underneath his eyelashes. “I do sometimes forget whether I’ve eaten or not.”
“Good to know, and thank you for being honest with me. I have seen that you can be a little excitable at times. I would like to help you find a way to manage that. I think your work, however amazing you already are at it, would benefit a great deal from you being calmer and more in control of your actions.” He paused and smirked. “And mouth.”
“Hey!” Henley pouted for a second before grinning. “Yes, okay. I know I can be a chatterbox. But I have so much to say.”
“And I wouldn’t ever want to stop you from saying it, but I do think there is a time and place for certain topics of conversation.”
Henley scrunched his nose up. “Is there really?”
“Yes,” Isaac said firmly.
They walked in silence for a few steps before Henley asked, “What should I call you?”
Isaac exhaled deeply. “I would love for you to call me Daddy. But you don’t have to. Isaac is fine, too.”
Henley rested his head against Isaac’s shoulder, wrapping his free hand around his biceps. “I would love to call you Daddy.”
“Does everything sound okay so far?”
Henley nodded, and when Isaac raised his eyebrows, he added, “Yes…Daddy.”
Isaac inhaled and briefly closed his eyes, his pulse skyrocketing at the word. “Perfect.”
Love Me, Daddy & Soothe Me, Daddy
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Elouise East is a bestselling author of contemporary MM romance. She writes a variety of themes: sweet and fluffy to high angst to taboo, but there is a huge nod in the direction of friendships being integral to each character's experience. She writes books that are emotionally realistic, even if liberties are taken with other aspects of her stories.
Reading and writing have always been a part of her life, although her debut book wasn't published until July 2019, when she was 36 years old. Her experience has come from reading thousands of books over the years and being a perfectionist when it comes to trying to make things right. She lives in the centre of the UK with her two children, who make life worth living, keep her (in)sane and make her laugh. She loves Zumba, yoga and walking, all things that can be done alone as she is very introverted.