You Belong With Me
Title: You Belong With Me
Author: J.R. Loveless
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years, but watching Craig with his manipulative boyfriend has worn Scott down, and he knows he needs a break from the pain and maybe a change of scenery and perspective. His twin sister, Karen, convinces him to spend a summer in Paris.
Karen is sick and tired of seeing Scott suffer, and she’s not going to stand for it anymore. She confronts Craig and tells him what he’s been missing by spurning Scott’s affection in favor of a jerk who mistreats him.
When Craig unknowingly breaks Scott’s heart, Craig opens his eyes—and his own heart—to the possibility of a future with Scott. He plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.
Alpha Book Club Welcomes J.R. Loveless!
Hello, everyone! First, I want to say thank you to Jaime and Alpha Book Reviews for hosting me today! There are some of you who may already know me and are followers of my novels such as Touch Me Gently and my True Mates series, but for those who don’t know me, my name is J.R. Loveless. I have been an avid reader of gay romance for about eleven years and a writer of the subject for about ten of those years. While I am going to be introducing my latest novella release in this blog post, I am also going to be revealing a bit about myself today.
My family has always been movie lovers since before I was even a thought to my parents. Our tastes in movies range from one end of the spectrum to another and our collection has numbered in the thousands for many years. It’s very difficult for me to even say what my all time favorite movie is because I have so many that I could watch over and over and never tire of. Though I would have to say I am not a fan of straight out “chick flicks”. There has to be something tied in with the story line for me to enjoy it, such as comedy or sci-fi. Today I am going to reveal what I feel is my Top Ten favorite movies and try to explain why I would take those ten movies with me to a cabin in the woods or a desert island (with electricity of course) and watch them forever. These are in no particular order because as I mentioned before it’s too difficult for me to choose.
Top Ten All-Time Favorite Movies
1. Legend – Starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara and Tim Curry. ©1985. Amazing fantasy film with every element you could want. Action, romance, adventure, fantasy, unicorns, demons, faeries, and more! This is one of the earliest movies I can remember from my childhood. Tim Curry does a phenomenal job as Darkness, the demon lord in the movie. For its time, the film was beyond amazing with the visual effects for a fantasy film.
2. The Fifth Element – Starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovavich, and Chris Tucker. ©1997. Science Fiction. Action, adventure, romance, comedy. There’s nothing missing from this film. Milla Jovavich is one of my favorite actresses. I love the martial arts in this film along with the comedy and the romance story between Milla and Bruce. It shows love can defeat even the most evil of all creatures.
3. Moulin Rouge! – Starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. ©2001. The songs are ones you know by heart immediately, well known already because they’re pop cultural icons, but the love between Nicole and Ewan spans even death. While I am not a fan of tragedies and this is one of the only movies I own where the main characters do not end up together at the end, I still love it with all my heart.
4. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – Starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. ©2003. The funniest movie ever! When Kate Hudson pulls out all the stops of an annoying girlfriend to try and get Matthew McConaughey to break up with her and she just can’t figure out WHY he won’t, there’s nothing funnier than seeing her trying to figure out why. With most comedies nowadays being true pieces of sad garbage (to me), this is one I turn back to time and again to make me laugh.
5. Stardust – Starring Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Robert De Niro, and Michelle Pfeiffer. ©2007 Another fantasy movie which has everything you could hope for. Action, adventure, romance, and comedy. I love the action scenes and how Charlie Cox goes from being a nerdy shop boy to being a handsome, suave prince and winning the heart of Claire Danes as he learns what he truly wants.
6. The Breakfast Club – Starring Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall. ©1985. CLASSIC 80s comedy which I have seen at least a hundred times which will never grow old. Who doesn’t love this movie? I will say I wish I knew the end of the joke Judd Nelson was telling as he was climbing through the ceiling before he crashed back into the library though. 😀
7. Harry Potter – Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson. ©2001+. Hard to choose which one so I will say all of them, even though that puts me over ten plus movies. The sheer brilliance and imagination behind the books and film just put these out of the realm of amazing to astounding just by being brought from page to the big screen in such amazing detail without ruining the depth of the story as some books have had happen.
8. Shelter – Starring Trevor Wright and Brad Rowe. ©2007. Great independent LGBTQ film. Amazingly heartfelt, genuine, and it was minus all the tragedy that 95% of the gay films seem to require when being made. Everything just seemed more natural, the acting, the sex scenes, the kissing, everything, compared to many of the other films I’ve watched. I adore this film so much.
9. Pump Up The Volume – Starring Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis. ©1990. I loved this film because of the message behind it. It gave a voice to those who are afraid to speak up against injustices. Teenagers and even adults, if looked at from the perspective of the teacher in the film. There are still so many injustices happening in this world that people are afraid to speak up against for fear of repercussions and this film encourages you to not let fear stop you from standing up for yourself. I also love the comedy behind it and it’s one of Christian Slater’s hottest films if I do say so myself. 🙂
10. The Truth About Cats and Dogs – Starring Uma Thurman and Janeane Garofalo. ©1996. I know, quite a jump, but what I loved about this movie was again, the message. I’ve never been an overly confident person. Since fifth grade, I’ve struggled with self image issues and believing what the media pushes is beautiful. This movie shows Garofalo struggling with those same issues and how she describes her neighbor to a man she’s interested in over the phone out of fear he won’t be into her because of those same self image issues. And the movie follows her struggles, in a comedic way, to come to terms with her body shame and revealing to him that she is her and her neighbor is her neighbor. The message is a powerful one for those who look at it from the perspective it’s meant to have.
I do have a lot more I could name and it was a struggle to even narrow it down to those ten. If you saw my collection, you’d know how broad my tastes range from. I can’t really say the same for my book collection though, LOL. 98% of my books are gay romance and mostly what I’ve gotten from conventions I’ve attended. I hope you’ve gotten a kick out of reading about my top ten movies and that it’s even given you some new movies to check out if you haven’t seen some of these. Or maybe even given you a new perspective on some oldies! Please check out my latest release, You Belong With Me, from Dreamspinner Press. Below is an excerpt from the novella and hopefully you’ll enjoy the story!
I love to write, read and watch anything to do with m/m romance as long as it has a happy ending! I work a full time job and write as much as I can in my spare time. And I’ve had three books accepted, two are out now and one is due in September along with a short story!