Love Me Tomorrow

Event planner Levi Goode is positioned to inherit the newly vacated throne, becoming the in-demand party planner for Wilde City’s elite. Years of hard work and perseverance are finally paying off as Levi lands his next big fish, working with socialite Julia Freeman-Kingsley. Distracted by work and dealing with his head strong mother, an ex-Vegas-showgirl suffering from debilitating health issues, Levi has his hands full. Time for love or even the occasional one-night stand, is one aspect of life Levi hasn’t been able to master.

Sparks of interest fly during a chance meeting with a paramedic called to the aid of his mother, and thanks to Ruby’s meddling, Levi finds himself on a movie-date with the handsome Paramedic Jake. Personal and professional worlds collide when Levi realizes his new love interest is actually Jake Freeman, estranged brother to his brand new client. Discovering the man of his dreams already has a boyfriend, leaves Levi stunned realizing any hopes he had for something more with Jake were never going to be anything more than wishful thinking.

Struggling to downshift his expectations and remain friends with Jake while continuing to work closely with Julia quickly consumes all of his time and attention. Wondering if there will ever be a special someone to love him, is where Levi’s love story begins.

 

Release date: 11 March 2015
ISBN: 978-1-925180-74-9
Category: Gay Romance
Sub-Genre: Comedy, Contemporary, Romantic
Number of words: 85,174
Formats available: ebook and print
Heat level: 2

5 Stars and a TNA Page Turner

I loved this book. If you want to smile, and laugh, and feel good all the way down to your toes, read this book. If you love romance and timeless love stories, you should absolutely read this book. In fact, I can’t think of a single reason for you to NOT read this book.

The Novel Approach Reviews

“A little to the right, please.” Levi Goode took several steps backward as the two men on ladders shifted the eight by six foot canvas backdrop featuring a vintage Carnival-themed bearded lady, wearing a Victorian era costume including all the frills and ruffles. It was the last of nearly eighty in total showcasing various Carnival-themed attractions of yesteryear which now hung throughout the tent.

“That’s it, right there—that is perfect guys, thank you so much.”

They nodded their appreciation for the gratitude and the younger, hunkier one of the two dramatically sighed his relief as he started down the ladder.

Levi let it roll off his back, aware he’d been a bit a tyrant the past few days. He wasn’t typically this high-strung, but his stress level had been at DEFCON Five for weeks and it had begun to make him a little rough around the edges. He had gambled his entire reputation, not to mention a small chunk of his own savings, on this one event. His entire future hung in the balance and this one night was a make or break moment for his business, Goode City Event & Party Planning.

All in all, he was currently in charge of wrangling hundreds of volunteers, not including his own people and all the staff from the catering company. Beyond that, were the entertainers and a small army of service staff that had been hired—the bartenders and waiters—to work the event, serving the over nine hundred guests who had paid upwards of $2500 a plate to attend tonight’s benefit.

Surveying the monstrous three-ring circus sized tent which stood nearly four stories high at the tallest peak, Levi made mental check-marks on the forever-long list inside his head: the portable bars scattered throughout were all set up and ready for service; the pristine tablecloths covering the tables; and the elegant centerpieces were being put into place.

They had hours to go, yet the amount of work that was still left to do felt insurmountable. The stage appeared to be alive, now crawling with roadies and technicians setting up for the big band orchestra. Everything was coming together and Levi was cautious and excited and…

“…scared shitless all at the same time.”

Chastising himself for using profanity, Levi sighed, thinking it was already October and he was still struggling to remove that language from his vocabulary. It was the lone New Year’s resolution he’d made for 2014 and considering the year was almost over, it was beginning to feel a bit futile.

He decided to cut himself some slack, deciding it was the stress talking.

The culmination of the past nine months’ worth of planning and hard work was only a few hours away and despite his somewhat frayed nerves, Levi was certain it would all pay off in the end—it’s what he kept telling himself at any rate. The Cancer Prevention Charity Ball was one of the influential society events in Wilde City each year and had raised millions of dollars in the past. This was the first year in over a decade that the event planning had been opened up to outside bidding.

Until her collapse from a heart attack at the Silverman-Bingley wedding last winter, event planner Libby Washington had enjoyed a decade-long stranglehold over any and all of the major society events in Wilde City. She was a ruthless woman, so diabolical, that anyone who attempted to venture out and hire anyone else wound up regretting it.

Everyone feared Libby, and rightfully so, as her vengeance was legendary. Restaurants she deemed worthy of her benevolence, that turned around and worked with any other party planners, found themselves shut down due to health code violations. Hotels that didn’t give her priority over event space rentals suffered horrible reviews and rumors of bed bugs, shingles outbreaks and the like. Then there was legendary, long-time and well-beloved Mayor Frances, considered to be a shoo-in for re-election several years back, who found himself voted out of office when he had the gall to ask a family member to organize his inaugural gala.

Libby was still a force, in spite of the heart attack that nearly claimed her life all those months ago. However, a crack in her armor had been exposed and she no longer had the pull she once did. The fact it had been medically confirmed that she actually had a heart had been her undoing, so to speak. Everyone she’d ever intimidated or bullied into subservience was now all too willing to step over her bloodied corpse.

“You reap what you sow,” Levi mumbled to himself as he scrolled down the itinerary on his tablet, checking to ensure things were ticking along as intended.

The only damper on the evening’s event was the fact Libby was expected to attend the gala—the one dark stain on the horizon that no amount of scrubbing could possibly alleviate. Levi had hired outside security as a result. It would be just like her to attempt some sort of sabotage. He couldn’t keep that hag from coming to the party, but he could damn well make sure she remained under constant surveillance while she was inside his tent.

Someone really needs to drop a house on that witch.

Levi winced at the shriek of a microphone sound check gone wrong. His phone began chirping, as did several others around him. He then noticed bells chiming and ringtones were going off all throughout the tent. He began reaching for his own phone when he heard several whooping sounds being shouted all around him. His curiosity evaporated the instant he saw his assistant, Valerie, running toward him at a breakneck pace.

Something was terribly wrong and Levi’s chest began to tighten, making it difficult to breathe.

What I get for thinking bad thoughts about demon-Libby.

“Levi Goode,” Caroline Sparks called out, her sweetly seductive voice all but licking the stress away as she strode toward him with a huge smile on her face. “I knew hiring you was the right call. Just look at this place!”

He took a very brief moment to glance around, double checking for any fires, imagined or otherwise, that needed to be put out. Then her words sank in, and he realized her smile combined with the phrase ‘right call’ were positives.

“Thank you, Caroline. I’m so happy you’re pleased.”

The caterer had told him that Caroline had pushed for him to get the contract; that made him especially keen to see she was happy with his services. She’d been on the city council since the late eighties and was well-respected amongst the community. Dressed in a grey pant suit, she looked like a politician—well-pressed and professionally coiffed—though Levi had never picked up any indications that she was anything less than sincere.

She’d no doubt stopped by to check in on his progress on her way home from work.

He noticed two of the bartenders on the other side of the tent high-fiving one another as people’s cell phones continued to chirp and bleep all around them. Valerie was now standing at his side and looked like she was about to explode.

“Pleased?” Caroline said, looking around the space. “I’m practically gleaming. It’s just beautiful, stunning, really, Levi, it’s more than I’d even hoped for.”

He let out a little sigh and she reached over and gave his arm a squeeze.

“Not for nothing and despite the fact I’m fully aware it’s not polite to speak ill of the dead, I have to say that you, my boy, are so much easier to deal with than that dreadful Libby Washington.”

It took several seconds and seeing Valerie completely deflate before the words sunk in. “Libby passed away?” The reason behind the phone bleeping and chirping became clear. Word of Libby’s demise was making the rounds and the people who’d suffered under her reign over the past ten years were apparently ready to celebrate.

Caroline smiled evilly while nodding her head. “Which means my very good friend, Julia Freeman-Kingsley, will be in desperate need of a new party planner for her annual anniversary bash in December.”

Levi’s mouth fell open and Valerie let out a tiny squeak. Snagging a senator’s daughter as a new client would be quite the coup.

“I’ll make sure Julia manages to find you later this evening.” Caroline began walking away, nodding politely at Valerie. Then she began spinning around in a circle and giggling like a little girl. “You’re a revelation, Mr. Goode, I just love it—I love everything.”

“That one needs to adjust her medication,” Valerie blurted, the instant Caroline was out of earshot.

Levi shot her a nasty look and she smiled up at him.

Valerie was at least a foot shorter than his six-foot frame, with pale skin and hair dyed black as night, styled in that retro Betty-Page-with-bangs kind of way. She had a dangerously curvy physique and she enjoyed wearing borderline inappropriately tight clothing.

The woman enjoyed walking the line of propriety. She was an excellent assistant, able to forecast his needs typically before Levi was even aware he needed something, but she had the absolute worst attitude. It wasn’t that she was negative so much as bawdy—though she managed to ensure Levi was the only witness to her brazen behavior.

Lucky me.

“I’m sorry, it’s not natural for anyone to be that happy,” Valerie added in her defense, watching Caroline walking off.

“You should be nicer considering she is single-handedly responsible for ensuring you’ll continue to receive a paycheck as we move into the New Year.” Levi pulled his phone out and tapped the button so it would stop chirping at him. As suspected, there were a slew of texts about Libby’s passing, from his mother and several acquaintances within the local hospitality industry. “Plus, if we land the Freeman-Kingsley gig, I’ll be able to hire more staff.”

Valerie gasped, clasping her hands together like she was ready to pray—an act Levi assumed she’d been otherwise unfamiliar with before that day.

“I’ve always wanted underlings,” she said in a hushed, breathy voice. A somewhat sadistic expression stole over her face and Levi began to fear the monster he was about to create. “Minions,” she added, using a creepy whisper while tapping her fingertips together and looking particularly wicked.

He smacked at her hands fearing she might frighten the rest of the herd and Valerie laughed, no doubt pleased she’d been able to get a rise out of him.

That seemed to be her life’s mission.

“You are so uptight, Levi,” Valerie stated, disappointment evident in her voice. “I’m going to find a horse-hung waiter for you to take home at the end of the night.”

“That’s an exceedingly inappropriate thing to say to your employer,” Levi reminded her.

“Fortunately for me, we’re also friends,” she said, matter-of-factly. “I’m one of the very few you have.”

“I have plenty of friends!”

“Please.” She shook her head. “People you do business with, who you also happen to be friendly with? Not even remotely the same thing.”

“So you’re saying I’m friendless?”

“Except for me? Yeah, pretty much.”

“That doesn’t feel true.”

“Oh, but it is,” she insisted

“Better keep me away from razor blades and bridges then.”

“You don’t have to get all melodramatic. All I’m saying is I’m the only one who is trying to get you laid.”

“Which isn’t humiliating in the least, like I’m some charity case you need to run around procuring sexual favors for?”

“Kinda, yeah.”

“Oh my God, that’s so mean.” Levi stared at her, waiting for the ‘I’m just kidding’ that never came. “Allow me to run back up to the bell tower where I belong.”

“You’re not ugly, Levi, in fact, you’re a bit of a boy-babe with the enticingly thick, totally-touchable, dark hair and long, lanky bod. Unfortunately, you’re also boring—”

“Not really making me feel better.”

“—and a little lame, but that’s the worst of it.”

“Wow!”

She gave his butt a pat. “You do have a totally fuckable tight little ass, though.”

“So…I’m like cardboard with a warm hole? Thank you for that two-dimensional assessment of my personality.”

“You’re quite welcome,” she said, as if the gratis he’d offered had been sincere.

Levi sneered. “That being said, I’ll stick with finding my own dates, if it’s all the same to you.”

“Fine, be that way. You’re utterly hopeless. I’ll just buy you some cats and call it a day.”

“Wha—”

She stomped off in a huff, not waiting around for a response.

“Rude!” he called out after her, then glanced around realizing people were now staring at him.

Levi shrugged it off and went back to his checklist, smiling at the hunky waiter that walked by with a uniform slung over his well-muscled shoulder, while wondering if he was into cardboardy warm-holed men.

Bad, bad-bad! Do not follow Valerie into her twisted rabbit hole from hell.

Someday my freakin’ prince will come, goddamn it, he reminded himself.

Walt freakin’ Disney couldn’t have said it better.

He nodded as he headed off in the direction of the sound stage, reminding himself that until that time there was always work… blessed work.

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“an immensely satisfying tale – filled with restrained tension and longing, and with the kind of realistic scenes that flow seamlessly one into another.”
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5 Stars and a TNA Page Turner from The Novel Approach Reviews
“I loved this book. It made me smile like crazy and swoon so hard. If you want to smile, and laugh, and feel good all the way down to your toes, read this book. If you love romance and timeless love stories, you should absolutely read this book. In fact, I can’t think of a single reason for you to NOT read this book.”
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4.5 Stars from Hearts on Fire Reviews
“I laughed and I cried, and I fell in love with Levi Goode in this highly enjoyable and utterly heartbreaking story from the very talented Ethan Day.”
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“Mr. Day is a master at touching your funny bone at the same time that he tugs at your heartstrings, and it makes Love Me Tomorrow both a funny and authentically moving experience. It’s beautifully written, colorful, vivid, moving and fun. What more could you ask?”
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“When I read the blurb for this story, I was intrigued. Was there going to be cheating? What constitutes cheating, is it emotional, physical or both? I wanted to see how the author would play this out and I have to say….Job Well Done!!”
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“Love Me Tomorrow was an entertaining read with a slightly different perspective of what happens when you finally meet the one.”
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“I really enjoyed the humor in the book and the secondary characters were great! I loved Levi and Jake as a couple! Their connection sizzled.”
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