Ace Release Party with Jack Byrne

July 15, 2015

 

 

Hi, everyone! Jack Byrne here. I thought I’d share an excerpt from ‘Ace’ and some of the things that have been said about the book so far!

Excerpt:

Jake sat up. “I was fine.”
“No, you were not fine. You were coping. You were coping with me doing that. Like someone copes with—” Damien sat up too, but he broke off and looked away.
There was a long silence, then Jake whispered, “I’m sorry.”
“Don’t be.”
“It was my fault.”
“Nothing’s your fault!” exploded Damien. “Don’t you see that?”
“I’m not sure I know what you mean.” Jake’s voice sounded flat and worried even to him.
Damien closed his eyes. “Oh Jesus, Jake, I must be a nightmare for you to deal with.”
“Only because—”
Damien turned to take Jake in his arms and hug him, stroking his hair. “Only because what?”
“Only because you matter.”
Damien sighed.
Jake said, “Only because you noticed.”
Damien looked at him. “You need a safe word.”
“I need what?”
“You need a safe word. Something you can say if it’s not okay, what I’m doing, you know?”
“We’re not doing anything that bad.”
“Oh? And tell me, how do you feel right now? Relieved?”
“Er, yeah, but—”
“Right. Relieved because I stopped. Which meant that you were uncomfortable about where it was going. Come on, Jake. Think of a safe word.”
“No. I can’t.”
“Why not?”
“Because I’d use it every time, before we started.”

 

So, asexuality. It’s a complex topic, and not one that’s yet well understood. One of the first (outraged) reviews I received about this book was that ‘you can’t have a gay asexual.’ (This was from someone who hadn’t read the book btw.) Well, you CAN have a gay asexual. Because asexual people are not always aromantic, and some asexual people are homoromantic. If you find this confusing, there’s a wonderful place called AVEN (The Asexual Visibility and Education Network) which has ALL the resources: www.asexuality.org/en/

What is the book ‘Ace’ really about then?

Jake Tanner is asexual, but he’s never heard the term and doesn’t understand why he doesn’t feel sexual attraction to others.  He’s had sex in the past, but not really enjoyed it.  When he meets highly sexualized Damien Jamieson, he is expecting their relationship to end disastrously, just like every other relationship Jake has had.  But Damien surprises him by listening, putting his desires aside and trying to get to know Jake.  This gives Jake a breather, and he has time to get to know Damien in turn.  What Jake discovers however, will shock him and make him reassess his assumptions about Damien.

 

2 Responses to “Ace Release Party with Jack Byrne”

  1. JenCW says:

    Thanks for the great post. I love this idea, and can’t wait to read about Jack and Damien.

  2. H.B. says:

    Thank you for the excerpt! I look forward to giving this a read. I there hasn’t been many stories that I’ve come across that deals with asexuality. I think the only m/m one was The Alpha and his Ace by Ana J. Phoenix and it’s sequel My Alpha and His Cake.

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