Tristram La Roche

Mike had it all. A business in the south of France, money, and a handsome boyfriend. But when the world’s economies nose-dived, he lost the lot—including Kurt. With nothing left, he finds himself back home in the north of England, living in a broken-down rented flat, alone.

When the boiler breaks down, the repairman turns out to be an old acquaintance—one who was never Mike’s social equal. Now Pete’s the one with money and security, his own thriving company and a collection of classic cars. Pete’s joie de vivre is impossible to resist, but how can Mike face being a kept man?

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Reviews for Fixed

"Fixed is a romantic story with a bit of an edge to it, exploring the difference between sex and love, and how intricately connected the mind and the heart are when separating the physical needs from the emotional.

Mike’s conflicts were genuine, his doubts and missteps believable on the journey that would ultimately help him to realize that true love is unconditional, not based upon how much you can contribute to the partnership, but how much of yourself you’re willing to invest in it."

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"(La Roche's) main characters are never the hunky beefcakes seen in the more run-of-the-mill novels in this genre. On the contrary, his are full of angst, insecurities, fidgety hands and expressions such as, "I hope he's not getting soppy". It's the supporting characters that bring on the glitz and, in this case, it's Pete the Plumber. If ever you're in Yorkshire, look him up because, boy, it'll be worth it."

Susan Roebuck

"I loved this novella. It's a beautifully orchestrated combination of love story, triumph over adversity and voyage of discovery. Yes, there are some steamy M/M sex scenes and this author knows how to write these graphically and with real feeling. 'Fixed' is the third of Tristram La Roche's books that I have read and this is a tribute to the writer, as it is not in my usual genre, but his strong storylines and sensitively drawn characters keep me coming back for more. Strictly for adults only. Highly recommended."

Catherine Cavendish


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About Tristram La Roche

Tristram La Roche was born in London and spent much of his childhood in Europe. His career has included tourism and yacht charter, as well as a brief period working as a freelance journalist. His interests include travel, art, theatre, cinema, books and current affairs, and he is passionate about the rights of the GLBT community. On My Knees (Etopia Press) was his debut romance and an genre bestseller. Since then he has had three more novellas published; Lorenzo il Magnifico (Evernight Publishing);Fixed (Etopia Press) and The Hun and The General (Etopia Press). Tristram writes gritty gay fiction. He lives between London and the north of England with his civil partner.


Also by Tristram La Roche:

On My Knees (Etopia Press)
Lorenzo il Magnifico (Evernight Publishing)
The Hun and The General (Etopia Press)


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An Interview with Tristram La Roche
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Tristram, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Fixed and is the story of a man seeing another side of life and forced to face a new reality -- to find love. Where did the idea for this amazing story come from?

Tris: Well, like all my stories it's pretty much from real events that happened to dear friends at the end of 2008 when the global crash started. Those of us who have never really lost anything cannot imagine what it's like to lose everything and have to start all over again. I wanted to tell the story. 

HH: What can you tell us about Mike and how will readers relate to him?

Tris: Mike's the one who has lost his livelihood and his boyfriend. I wanted to readers to sympathise with his situation but not to pity him. He's flawed, and we see how he wasn't always so nice in the past and how things come round to bite him in the bum! He doesn't deserve what happens to him but he overcomes his prejudices and fears to come out smelling of roses.

HH: What can you tell us about Pete and why will readers love him?

Tris: Although he had a blip earlier in his life, things have gone smoothly career and money wise. The only thing missing from his life is love and when Mike comes on the scene Pete goes in with all guns blazing. Pete is full of life, ready to live it to the full and willing to share it all with Mike, so when he gets slapped down we feel for him. I'm sure readers will enjoy his sense of humour and be gunning for him all the way.

HH: What do you hope readers and fans will come away with from this story?

Tris: Well, a smile on their faces first of all, but also I'd like them to just give a thought to those who have suffered in the last few years - and continue to do so - as it's so easy to think everyone is ticking along fine just because they look to be managing fine. Be generous to people around you.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

Tris: Oh, that one is tricky. Since my last book, The Hun and The General, I've rather become attached to the idea of writing more historicals. I'm working with some rather naughty monks at the moment. At the same time, I am sure 2012 will see something from me set in the future.

HH: How has the romance genre changed since you began writing?

Tris: I don't think it has - but that's because I haven't been writing long. My very first book, On My Knees, was only published last June, just ten months ago.

HH: What changes would you personally like to see in the genre in the future?

Tris: Get rid of the requirement for a happy ever after or a happy for now! Life isn't like that and why read a book if you know what's going to happen? 

HH: Where do you hang out on the web and interact with readers?

Tris: My website



HH: Any advice for aspiring authors?

Tris: Never give up. Never stop listening to criticism; no matter how good you are you can always improve. Polish, polish, polish and polish. 

HH: If you knew then what you know now, it would be __________?

Tris: Oh, I would have started writing thirty years ago.

HH: Thank you!


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