BETA reading for M.E. Parker

Happy Wednesday y’all!

I just wanted to take some time to share some great news.

On Saturday I received an email from the amazingly talented Ms. Parker, saying that her new book is finished. It’s a M/M Romance so I was a bit hesitant at first, because I’ve never read any gay romance books. I’m not against it or anything, it just haven’t seemed like my kind of thing. But I thought “what the hell” – I usually enjoy her writing, and even if I didn’t like it, it would be a personal challenge.

So, on Sunday I read the book in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. It is that great. However, today I re-read it because in the first go, I had a hard time distancing myself enough from the story, to look for any corrections.

I’ve fallen in love with every book I’ve read by M.E. Parker – and it was no different with this one. The plot and the characters are nothing short of amazing. And as per usual my biggest complaint is, that I ran out of pages before I was ready to say goodbye to the characters. I could have kept reading about their entire life, without being done. So, I do carry a small hope that maybe, just maybe, she could be convinced to return and re-visit these characters sometime in the future. However, that’s just my hope, it’s not something she’s said. And so far she’s only published standalone’s so only time will tell.

As per usual I won’t be sharing my review until Ms. Parker has put the final touches on the book, in case there’s too many changes. But I will share the blurb with you:


When Scott Cohen got word that he’d been nominated for a Grammy, he wondered if the universe was playing some cruel trick on him.

Of all the songs he’d written, why did it have to be that song?

Over ten years had passed since he’d written the song and even more since Scott had become obsessed with Marshall Donavan, his brother’s best friend. It didn’t matter that Scott hadn’t seen Marshall in years. Nor did it matter that Marshall never belonged to him or even that Marshall was straight. Scott never managed to stop thinking about him.

When Scott got a call from his manager asking him to submit a song for a movie and a call from his brother Abe informing him of Marshall’s engagement to Julia Sterling on the same day, Scott took it as a sign. It was time to say goodbye and forget Marshall Donavan forever.

Submitting ‘Just Be You’ to the movie executives was supposed to be Scott’s way of letting go—of forgetting, of saying goodbye. But his plan backfired when the movie became a box office success overnight and his song was nominated for a Grammy. There was no way he’d ever be able to forget. The song would follow him for the rest of his life and so would his unhealthy obsession with Marshall Donavan.

It only made matters worse when he found himself face to face with the man who had consumed his thoughts for years. No, it didn’t help at all when he saw the still very sexy and very straight Marshall Donavan for the first time in eight years. It didn’t matter what happened between them. As soon as he saw Marshall again, he knew that giving up his obsession wasn’t an option…

“Just Be You” is a standalone, full-length (approximately 83,000 words), ‘brother’s best friend’ romance novel. It has ‘gay for you’ and ‘first-time gay’ themes, is stocked full of steam, heartache, laughter, and has a guaranteed happily ever after ending.


And here’s a sneakpeak at the cover:

Just Be You


Personally, I don’t think that the cover does the story justice, but I’m weird like that.

What do you think of the blurb and cover? Is this something you’d consider reading?


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