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Every Breath I Take by J.P. Bowie

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Hi, J.P. Bowie here celebrating the release today (April 5th) of my latest novel, Every Breath I Take, for Pride Publishing.

If you ask authors who they prefer writing about—heroes or bad boys—lots, if not most, will answer, bad boys. It’s not that strange when you think about it. After all, bad boys often have more fun and adventure, and there’s always the road to redemption which can be paved with even more fun and a whole slew of new adventures.

Such is the case in Every Breath I Take, the sequel to All I’ll Ever Need in which bad boy Troy Kendall is the bane of his roommate Kevin and  Edward’s lives, constantly over indulging in booze and drugs, and having to be carried home more often than not. Add to that his penchant for the snarky comment and Troy comes across as one not very attractive character. But even Troy for all his cockiness and self indulgence cannot stand by at a party and see Edward’s drink tampered with. His rare Good Samaritan act lands him in a hospital bed, in a coma for several days. When he wakes up he thinks he may just have died and gone to heaven, for there, staring down at him is ruggedly handsome Detective Mark McLennan.

Once all the baddies are put away, Troy has time to reflect on the life he’s led up until this point, and he realizes he is very lucky to be alive. This is where Every Breath I Take begins…

These are the first eight lines of Every Breath I Take:

Troy Kendall paced the floor of his apartment’s living room like a nervous cat. He was glad he was on his own. Kevin, his less than sociable roommate, had gone out, and Edward, his now BFF, had moved out to live with his boyfriend, Alex. He was glad he was alone, because in about a half hour there would be a knock on the door and the man he’d been dating and having the most incredible sex…ever…with would be here. From the moment Detective Mark McLennan had planted one very long and hot kiss on his lips, Troy had been totally lost in lust and love.

So obviously, things are looking up for Troy, and because they are he wants to spread his newfound joie d’vivre all over the place, mostly all over those closest to him. This isn’t unusual. Loads of people who have ‘suddenly seen the light’ want to make sure everyone else does too, even if they are quite content not to have little rays of sunshine popping up when they least expect it. Troy isn’t exactly a Pollyanna, but he’s enough of one to be an irritant to his ex-roomie Kevin who is going through some soul searching of his own and is in no mood for Troy’s tendency to wax philosophical at the drop of a hat.

Put all those characters together, shake ’em up and stand back—way back, before you get sprinkled with happy dust!


Life for a recovering drug addict isn’t easy. Fortunately for Troy Kendall, he has Detective Mark McLennan to lean on for love and support. When Mark asks Troy to move in with him, Troy is over the moon, sure that now his future will be everything he has dreamed of.

Now that he’s able to think about the bigger picture without himself as the main feature, he starts taking an interest in others. Like his ex-roommate Kevin. Troy feels a bit guilty about finding happiness when it’s obvious Kevin is lonely and miserable. Or Teresa, the food server working at the corner diner. Troy is sure she’s a victim of domestic abuse.

Ignoring Mark’s opinion that he’s being annoyingly nosy, Troy goes on a mission to try to help those he feels are lacking in the happiness department. He’s given excuses from Teresa when he asks her how she came by all the cuts and bruises he sees her suffering from on a daily basis. Is it the boyfriend or her domineering father who’s making Teresa’s life a misery?

After a conversation over a drink with Kevin, he’s worried that his ex-roomie is on the verge of signing up for gay conversion therapy. When Kevin goes missing, Troy and Mark along with Kevin’s new roommate, Roger, go on a search that leads them to a basement in the suburbs where a homophobic couple are holding Kevin captive.

Is Troy’s plan to find happiness for others doomed to failure? Or can he and his friends change the course of disaster both Kevin and Teresa are on?

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