Title: Jerk: An
ABCs of Love Novel
Romance, Second Chance Romance
Date: June 9th, 2022
Hosted by: Lady
You don’t want a
Just admit it.
The real guy you
want to sweep you off your feet isn’t wearing a cardigan. He won’t remember
your anniversaries or bring you hot chocolate on a cold night.
The guy you want is
rough, rude, and hotter than sin.
A total jerk.
you’re madly in love with him. Why? Is the sex really that good? Why don’t you
want the nice guy? The one you can actually take home to Mom and Dad? The one
who smiles with his eyes, who will laugh at your jokes — even the bad ones? The
one who will hold you after a hard day, who will run to your side even if it’s
inconvenient, who will cherish and worship you like something priceless and
It’s inevitable that
guys like me lose hope in ever finding love. Capturing your heart isn’t easy
when the world is full of countless jerks you’re so willing to give it to.
What’s a nice guy to do when he’s playing a game you won’t let him win?
To tell my story
properly, we have to start at the end.
As in: the end of
the Mr. Nice Guy I used to be.
Banner’s time in college, he wrote, composed, and produced a musical under Tony
Award-winning musical and Theatre producer Stuart Ostrow, as well as two
original plays produced under the mentorship of Pulitzer Prize-winning
playwright Lanford Wilson, who also mentored Daryl through the writing of his
very first novel. In addition to new adult and M/M romance, Daryl also writes
post-apocalyptic fantasy as well as dystopian.
Fun facts about
– He is an
obsessive self-taught pianist.
– He is a huge
video game enthusiast.
– He left his
day job of 10 years to tour with a 2-woman-1-man original musical.
– He’s been
remixing video game music for over 20 years. One of his remixes is featured in
the major motion picture “The Spy Who Dumped Me”. Check out his work
– He composes
original soundtracks that accompany his books and series, including The
Beautiful Dead and OUTLIER. You can enjoy them here:
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“Hey, Romeo.” He smiles, showing the tiniest dimples at the corners of
his soft, velvety lips—or at least I imagine they’re velvety, from all the
fantasies I’ve had about kissing them. “Your membership is about to expire in a
few days, and I just wanted to check if—”
“Sure, I’ll renew.”
“Really? Awesome.” He goes to the computer and starts typing, then
frowns. “Wish they’d update the system here. Last gym I worked at, all of this
would be online or automated and I wouldn’t have to bug you.”
I prop my elbows on the counter. “Struggles of a privately-owned gym, I
“You got it.”
My gaze dances down from his pretty, deep brown eyes to his tight polo
shirt, the gym logo printed on it, right next to his shiny nametag: Danny Chen.
Danny is a nice guy. A real one. The exact kind I’d swipe right on—even
if I knew there was no chance of him swiping right back. A guy I’d happily take
on a date, hang out with for hours, laugh at each other’s jokes, and cuddle
with while watching a movie neither of us are really paying attention to, our
hearts too distracted as they drum with anticipation.
He’s the kind of nice guy where your happiest days aren’t even sexual.
They’re emotional, sweet, and meaningful. They’re the mug of hot cocoa by a
fire, and the blanket he thoughtfully wraps you in. They’re holding each other
in a cushy old armchair that smells like every holiday season, me stroking his
arm thoughtfully while telling him about my day. They’re us at a rescue
shelter, picking out which sweet puppy to take home, and choosing what we’ll
name him or her.
He’s the guy who makes it easy to believe in a happy-ever-after.
I can imagine it all with Danny, as if our life is a beautiful memory I
haven’t made yet.
“You’re all set,” he announces with another breath-stealing smile.
And despite all my doubts, I might even have the courage to ask Danny on
a date, if it weren’t for one stinging, unfortunate setback…