book cover Cutie and the Beast (Fae Out of Water #1)

Cover design by L.C. Chase


A Geeklandia story

Sparks fly on a construction site when a family-focused electrician collides with a Thanksgiving-phobic web designer.

After the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective—but fabulously shiny—outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he’s been compelled to take a hands-on hardware project—as in, his hands on screwdrivers, soldering irons, and needle-nosed pliers. God. Failure could actually be an option.

Journeyman electrician Alex Henning is ready to leave Gideon twisting in the wind after their run-ins both on and off the construction site. Except, like a fool, he takes pity on the guy and offers to help. Never mind that between coping with his dad’s dementia and clocking all the overtime he can finagle, he has zero room in his life for more complications.

Apparently, an office build-out can lay the foundation for a new relationship. Who knew? But before Alex can trust Gideon with the truth about his fragile family, he has to believe that Gideon’s capable of caring about more than appearances. And Gideon must learn that when it comes to the heart, it’s content—not presentation—that matters.

Russell explores expectations and preconceived notions from a variety of angles in this sexy and satisfying M/M romance, and the full cast of characters offers Gideon a variety of racial and class biases and stereotypes to overcome… A poignant, thought-provoking love story on many levels.

Kirkus Reviews

…this is a wonderful book, full of successes, failures and the need to work (and love) together.

USA Today Happy Ever After

It is a slow-burn romance, but it’s so much more than that, with a lot of sad real-life issues seamlessly woven into the tale, and which made me think and feel… There’s a lot of love in this tale – parents/kids, lovers, siblings, friends – it’s a damned good read.

Bayou Book Junkie

Also in this series

Witch Under Wraps, a M/M paranormal romance