Posted: September 18, 2013 by sidlove in Events, Free Stuff, Giveaway Contest, Guest Post, Promo
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A Dangerous Man: where having it all is the worst thing you could have …

A Dangerous ManMichael Jones, a young gay artist and part-time hooker, will do anything to stage his first exhibition. When he falls in love with rich financier Jack Hutchinson, he seems set to achieve his goal. But as Michael becomes caught between the unforgiving territory of smoky-bar Hackney and the green-garden luxury of upper class London, the consequences of his uncompromising pursuit leave him having to fight for all he holds dear, and in the only way he knows how.

What do you really want out of life? If you could actually get – I mean really get – what you dream of, how would it affect you? Would it be a blessing, or a curse?

What Michael, my hero, or perhaps anti-hero is the better description, of gay thriller A Dangerous Man (Amber Allure Press, 15 September 2013), really wants more than anything in the world is to have an exhibition of the art he creates and is obsessed by. Art, and specifically his black and white pencil drawings of the world around him and the world in his own head, is the one thing that gets him by in the life he lives somewhere at the edges of society. Because Michael is many things: a hooker; a talented artist; a man looking (though he doesn’t know it) for love; but most of all a man overwhelmed and constrained by the traumas of his past.

So when he meets Jack, a richer, older businessman with a good steady career and a happy family life, it’s an attraction of opposites, and Michael is quick to fall in love. For him, love changes everything, and it’s then that the trouble begins.

In my own life, I do always seem to be striving for something and hoping things next year will be different from this year and so on – though actually I consider myself to have a fairly happy life, all in all. But – much like everyone else, I imagine – I do wonder how my life would be if I was richer or if I wrote the next Harry Potter or had a really grand country estate where I lived in an enormous house and could have all the gorgeous flowers and topiary I secretly long for, etc etc. Dream on, eh!

But if I somehow made all these dreams come true, would I actually cope very well? My ability to manage the money I have now, for instance, is really not very good – figures often confuse me and I’m hopeless at arithmetic. Thank goodness I married an accountant then – as who knows where I’d be otherwise. Having just enough to get by suits me, when I come to think of it – I don’t have to worry about it so much.

In the same way, if a book I wrote suddenly made the bestseller list, yes of course it would be lovely. But as a writer and an introvert, social skills aren’t my strong suit, and I think having to deal with the resulting publicity and media frenzy would probably drive me insane. I don’t know how JK Rowling does it, but more power to her elbow for surviving.

And if I did magically get that dream country estate and garden? Well, cleaning it all and doing the mowing wouldn’t be on my list of favourite tasks, and I certainly wouldn’t like the thought of being responsible for all the staff I’d need – I’ve got enough responsibility as a PA to just one person at work. I wouldn’t know what to do with any more people!

So maybe, just maybe, getting what I really wanted wouldn’t be the passport to my ideal life I’ve always imagined it would be. The same can be said to be true of Michael in my story also. Getting what he wants brings him a whole new set of problems; the past he’s tried to leave behind rises up to haunt him and threatens his relationship with Jack in ways he can’t even begin to imagine. How will he respond, and in the end which of his two great loves will he choose: Jack, or art?



 Anne Brooke’s fiction has, in the very distant past, been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Novel Award, the Royal Literary Fund Awards and the Asham Award for Women Writers. She has also twice been the winner of the DSJT Charitable Trust Open Poetry Competition but doesn’t quite know how she managed it. She is the author of eight published novels, her latest being The Executioner’s Cane, an epic fantasy novel. It is available as a free book for the foreseeable future.

In addition, her short stories are regularly published by Amber Allure Press, Wilde City Press and Untreed Reads. She has a secret passion for theatre and chocolate, preferably at the same time. More information can be found at

Specialties: Writing crime and fantasy novels, and a wide range of short stories, both erotic and literary.

Anne Brooke

Gay Reads UK



To win a copy of A Dangerous Man in ebook version, please leave a comment on the post and the winner will be picked in one week’s time. Good luck, and may all the dreams you think you can manage come true!


  1. H.B. says:

    Just reading the blurb makes me want to read this. It’ll be going on the TBR/whishlist. Thanks so much for the the chance to win.

  2. Toni Whitmire says:

    I thought the blurb was very interesting and can’t what to read the rest

  3. DebraG says:

    Great post. My interest is piqued. I want to read more.

  4. Penumbra says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and count me in please 🙂

  5. I love Anne Brooke’s writing. No one depicts the struggles with our darker side and inner demons better. Sounds like another great story.

  6. suze294 says:

    Have only read The Hot List of Anne’s book and did enjoy it. We all like to dream what it’d be like to have more success/money/fame etc but I always say the grass isnt greener on the other side, its just a different shade!

  7. Allison says:

    This sounds really interesting. Thank you for the giveaway.

  8. Jay Ross says:

    Great post so please include me for the drawing.

  9. Trix says:

    I love Anne’s work, so I’m happy to see a new book!

  10. jenf27 says:

    Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. dani says:

    fascinating . would love to read this!

  12. Anne is a wonderful writer! *fingers crossed for a victory on my part 🙂

  13. Sounds like a good read. Please count me in.

  14. arella3173 says:

    oh man, I keep meaning to read this book, but every time I get distracted by others. LOL!! I’d love to have this new version though. xD ahaha…

    Please count me in.

  15. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    The book sounds really good, I like to read about anti Hero’s. Please count me in for the giveaway
    Thank You

  16. Carolyn says:

    That’s some wonderful food for thought, Anne. “Be careful what you wish for … because you just might get it” is a saying that comes to mind. People think life will be better if such-and-such happens, but there’s always something new to deal with when those things happen. I’m definitely interested in finding out what happens to Michael because of what he gets, and I appreciate the chance to win a copy.

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