Denying Love… by Allison Cassatta

Let me start off by thanking MANtastic Fiction for allowing me to steal their page for a night, and for giving me a venue to discuss one of my 2013 releases, and the very important role one supporting character played in that book. Thank you for taking the time to read this. It’s important to me that readers understand the role Aric played in Three Little Words.

A common trope in romantic fiction is fighting the inevitability of falling in love. Maybe the hero had something in his past that hurt him so bad he swore he’d never do it again. Or maybe the situation is all wrong and the timing is bad.  Whatever the reason, they put up defenses and fight not to let love happen. They deny true love. A common practice, even in reality, is going after someone else—be it an intimate situation or just dating—just to prove to oneself they don’t really love who their heart says they love. Yeah, well… we’ve all seen that backfire. Haven’t we?

Case in point, Aric.

It’s been said that some readers didn’t see the point of Aric even being in the book. That the sex Matt has with him is gratuitous and unneeded, that it’s just sex for sex’s sake. Wrong. Aric is the vehicle that makes Matt truly start to come to terms that he’s head-over-heels, wildly in love with his best friend. In fact, Matt feels really guilty about using Aric afterward, and this is seen in the driveway before Matt takes off.

Originally, Aric’s story was supposed to end there. I’ve been toying with the idea of giving him a voice. Every once in a while, he’ll poke his hand up in the air and say, “Don’t forget about me.  I want a happily ever after too.” One of these days, I’ll stop swatting him back. His HEA hasn’t made an appearance yet.

Anyway, I digress. The point of this was to explain the reasoning behind putting a character like Aric into a story like Three Little Words, and just because you took the time to read it. I’m going to give you a little prize. Two little prizes to be exact. The first one is open to everyone on the planet. I’m giving away an ebook copy of Three Little Words. The second, unfortunately, is only open to US residents due to shipping costs and US customs. The second is an autographed copy of the paperback.

Comment below for your chance to win. What did you think of Aric? What do you think of characters who’s path to true love is a little more crowded that the typical romance? Along with your comments please included ebook, paper, or ebook/paper.

Contest open until 11:59 pm Friday, November 1st. Winners will be notified on Saturday.

Thanks for participating!



Three Little Words

Released March 2013 Amber Allure (Amber Quill Press)

EDITIONS: eBook, paperback


GENRE: M/M, Contemporary

COVER ART: Allison Cassatta

After Matt’s “perfect” life comes crashing down around him and the man he plans to marry leaves him, he has it in his mind he’s going to make an escape, take an adventure up to New England and get away on the open seas with the big brother with whom he needs to reconnect after too many years apart. He plans to spend months away from home, clearing his mind and experiencing a different way of life, but undying feelings and a catastrophe with Luke, his lifelong best friend, causes him to go running back home, only to be met with the ignorance and hatred of the people dearest to Luke.

Will an old love be the key to unlocking Matt’s heart and sending him on the right path, or do some secrets and feelings need to remain locked away for the comfort and security of everyone involved?




3 thoughts on “Denying Love… by Allison Cassatta

  1. Nae October 31, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    Arik sounds cool. I think he needs his own HEA too 🙂
    Sometimes it takes a while and a few people to get to love, but life is journey, (I feel all sentimental).
    Congrats on your new release Allison.
    btw I’m international.

  2. Ashley E November 1, 2013 / 11:35 am

    Sometimes love just needs to smack you upside the head before you really get it. I can definitely see how Arik is an important character/catalyst for this. I’m hoping he gets his own happy ending as well.

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