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Gabbi Grey: When an Angsty Author Tries to Go Rom-Com (Contest)
Thursday, August 11th, 2022

I was approached about contributing to a charity anthology and I wracked my brain for a gay romance story.  A friend had suggested Page Against the Machine as a potential name for a bookstore.  Another friend suggested The Owl’s Nest, and since the randomizer chose that, I was happy to go with it.

Great. I had a name for the bookstore in my fictional town of Mission City, British Columbia.  With Page Against the Machine, I had a title.  I already knew one character who worked at the bookstore — a free-spirited sensitive named Sunshine who was forever getting into everyone’s business.  I figured her boss would be more of a traditionalist.  Who better than a guy whose parents once owned the store and that he’d inherited?  More back and forth with different friends and I had Dickens.

Now, knowing this was a novella, I wanted a quick meet-cute and a deep dive into the relationship.  How about a motorcycle mechanic who sets up shop next to the bookstore?  Suddenly, Bookstore Dude’s quiet is disturbed by hot Motorcycle Dude.  So that made them enemies, right? Eventually, I realized I was writing an enemy-to-lovers book that had hate sex in the fourth chapter.

Of course, this being a Gabbi Grey story, I had to throw in some emotional wounds — especially for Spike the Motorcycle Dude.  And I’m not sure if this is a true rom-com, but it’s as close as I’ve come thus far in my short writing career.

Naturally, I hope you’ll snag a copy.  In the meantime, share with me your favorite enemy-to-lovers story or a good rom-com I should check out.  $5 Amazon GC to a random commenter.

Page Against the Machine Synopsis


My tranquility is shattered when a motorcycle repair shop moves in next to my bookstore. All I want is peace and quiet. What I get is gunning engines and eighties rock music. One of us has got to go, and since I was here first, it’s the hot mechanic.


I chose Mission City to set up shop because of the weekend-enthusiast riders. I’ve dreamed of owning my own shop for years, and no one is going to run me out of town. Least of all the adorable geek Bookstore Dude.

This 25k gay romance novella is a true instalove, enemies to lovers, opposites attract story with a cuddly cat named Aristotle. The story first appeared in the anthology Love Is All, Volume 5.

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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Gabbi Grey lives in beautiful British Columbia where her fur baby chin-poo keeps her safe from the nasty neighborhood squirrels. Working for the government by day, she spends her early mornings writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances. While she firmly believes in happy endings, she also believes in making her characters suffer before finding their true love. She also writes m/f romances as Gabbi Black and Gabbi Powell.

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14 comments to “Gabbi Grey: When an Angsty Author Tries to Go Rom-Com (Contest)”

  1. Randall J
    · August 11th, 2022 at 10:14 am · Link

    The Dominus series by JP Kenwood is probably my favorite, and I just read one by May Archer and Lucy Lennox called Hacked that was fantastic as well!

  2. Colleen C
    · August 11th, 2022 at 1:13 pm · Link

    I am drawing a blank at the moment… read a lot but nothing is coming to mind…

  3. Mary Preston
    · August 11th, 2022 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Heart of Fire by Linda Howard is a favorite of mine.

  4. bn100
    · August 11th, 2022 at 11:05 pm · Link

    no fav

  5. Debra Guyette
    · August 12th, 2022 at 4:50 am · Link

    Meghan Maslow writes some with a nice sense of humor

  6. Rae
    · August 12th, 2022 at 8:09 am · Link

    Another great cover and I’m sure a great read. Enjoy the day,—-

  7. Bethany
    · August 12th, 2022 at 8:14 am · Link

    This sounds adorable.

  8. Sharon Michalove
    · August 12th, 2022 at 8:24 am · Link

    I like Melanie Harlow for Rom-Com. Helena Hunting is laugh out loud.

  9. Dana Piazzi
    · August 12th, 2022 at 9:34 am · Link

    Sounds great, and I love the title.

  10. Kaje
    · August 12th, 2022 at 9:39 am · Link

    EJ Russell writes some fun romcoms, both paranormal and contemporary. “An Everyday Hero” is a favorite.

    And I love “Page Against the Machine” as a title 🙂

  11. ButtonsMom2003
    · August 12th, 2022 at 2:50 pm · Link

    I recently finished a brilliant MM rom-com called Horribly Harry by Lisa Henry and Sarah Honey. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.

    I have Page Against the Machine coming up next to read. I’ve loved every book of yours that I’ve read.

  12. flchen1
    · August 14th, 2022 at 11:13 pm · Link

    This sounds like a blast, Gabbi! As for some fave enemies-to-lovers rom-coms, Truth or Darren by DJ Jamison is an m/m not-quite-enemies to friends to lovers. Sunshine & Sammy by Melanie Moreland is a lovely m/f not-quite-enemies to lovers. And seconding ButtonsMom2003’s rec for Lisa Henry and Sarah Honey’s Bad Boyfriends m/m series–it is a blast. The Rivalry by Beth Bolden is an excellent m/m rivals to lovers… Erin Nicholas’s upcoming m/f Gotta Be Bayou is a completely delicious butts-heads to lovers…

  13. Mary McCoy
    · August 19th, 2022 at 8:57 pm · Link

    Check out anything by Erik Schubach

  14. Katherine Anderson
    · August 21st, 2022 at 11:24 pm · Link

    umm wait 1 faviourte …… oh lord now you have me thinking….I suppose it depends how hardcore enemy you want to go. I love hardcore vanilla, but they are simple two people who are naggy and dislike each other rather then like political enemies or family enemies.

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