A former ward of the state, Jason Ferris is fiercely protective of his carefully guarded private life. When he's felled by a rogue lawn ornament at a Christmas party, Jason finds himself in the care of his first and most devastating love-- dark, dangerous, and equally damaged Lt. Robb Sharpe. Newly returned from years away in the military, Robb's homecoming isn't exactly the stuff of fairytales. Now thrust together after a ten year hiatus, Jason and Robb discover that perhaps some things are worth waiting for.
This sweet little novella was inspired by the Counting Crows song Colorblind~ I am covered in skin No one gets to come in Pull me out from inside I am folded and unfolded and unfolding I am colorblind.
Coming home from work to find my boyfriend banging our hairy, married landlord -- in our bed -- was bad enough. Discovering Jamie had also cleaned out my bank accounts made it officially the worst day of my life. I think I can be forgiven for wanting revenge, even if a few little laws (and possibly Jamie's nose) got bent in the process. Fortunately, the law is on my side in the form of my oldest friend, Tony Gervase. I've tried to deny my attraction to the sexy trooper for years. After all, he made it clear long ago that he wasn't interested in me that way. But if the hot encounter in his kitchen is any indication, he is now. At least the day is ending a whole lot better than it began... But the morning after, the Jamie situation goes from bad to seriously messed up. The jerk's in more trouble than I could have imagined. And as it turns out, I don't know Tony as well as I thought I did either...
This scene at St. Joe's remains a stand out--and is the very first scene from my very first book. Sometimes inspiration strikes you at the strangest moments, and the idea for Mark's breakdown came to me while I was in a pew, in my own real life version of "St. Joe's". I remember wondering what would happen if one of the parishioners lost their minds and brained someone with a bible. What would happen? How would we react? Possibly I should have been paying attention to the sermon, but a creative mind does tend to wander...and then I wrote Mark and Tony.
College sophomore Alexander Strauss has one rule: no messing around with straight guys. Especially not his mouthwatering roommate, Shannon. When their ride share drives off the side of a mountain, the two young men find themselves deep in an uninhabited forest searching for their missing friend. Wandering the famously cursed grounds of Dudleytown, Alex figures something truly unholy must be at play, because only insanity could tempt him to break his cardinal rule.
Buck Ellis's future seems pretty damn bright. With a full college scholarship in hand, he's going to ditch Bluewater Bay and pave the way for his kid brother Charlie to do the same. The only fly in Buck's ointment is his ten-year addiction to his best friend since second grade, his true love, and his Achilles heel: Ari Valentine, Mr. Least Likely to Succeed. But then Buck's mother dies, changing everything, and five years later, his future is still on hold. It's a struggle to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and Charlie on the straight and narrow. Buck can't afford any temptation, especially in the form of the newly returned, super hot, super confident, super successful television star Ari Valentine. ADHD poster-child Ari Valentine left for Hollywood and lost everything, including his bad reputation. Then the breakthrough role of his skyrocketing career lands him back in Bluewater Bay, to the stunned disbelief of, well, everyone. But there's only one person Ari longs to impress -- the only person who ever really mattered to him, the person he left behind: Buck Ellis.
Readers rarely get to see the seedier side of POV heroes and it was so much fun to let Buck act like a total jackass here. His jealousy, though not glamorous, or attractive, does break the ice for Ari and Buck. And I love how Buck skirts the line of becoming exactly the kind of stalker he worries Ari attracts. Buck recognizes his own bad behavior, but that knowledge doesn't keep him from climbing the porch steps. And, of course, Ari is right there, in the darkness, waiting for him.
The man of your dreams could be sitting right next to you. Former boy band member Justin Hayes isn't looking for a man. He just wants a quiet, scandal-free Christmas at home in Chicago, out of the public eye. But his best friend and bandmate is subjecting everyone to his destination wedding, and Justin can't dodge the "best man" bullet. All he has to do is get to the island on time, survive the reunion, and get Chuck to the altar with as little drama as possible. What could possibly go wrong? Jack Bassinger's own plans for a quiet Christmas have been dashed by the summons to his daughter's hasty wedding with a man Jack has hardly met. On the bumpy flight to the island, he finds himself comforting a nervous -- and extremely attractive -- young man. One hasty sexual encounter in an airport bathroom later, they both feel much better. No one ever has to know, after all. Now Justin and Jack must find a way to explore their attraction, despite the distractions of disapproving family members, unexpected announcements, an impromptu concert, and an island paradise that proves there's no place like home.
Initially, I planned for these guys to find a little alone time, mid-flight, in the plane lav. When you fly as frequently as I do, you realize there is nothing even remotely sexy about the 'mile high'. Nothing. And Justin wasn't going to leave his seat -- he was too embarrassed and he was still terrified. Try as I may, the scene wouldn't work. And even if they'd hooked up on the flight, there was the awkward sitting until landing scenario that ruined the set up for the big reveal. So, I scrapped it. Fortunately, once Justin got off the plane, Jack took charge.
Caesar Romano's catering career is doing better than he'd ever dreamed. And so is his love life -- even if his boyfriend's house in Staten Island is way too far from civilization for his liking. But then in short order, Caesar is duped into helping his cousin propose, is tricked by his best friend and business partner into appearing on live television, and is harassed by a thug-like personal trainer and his far too beautiful wife. In fact, Caesar is almost too busy to notice that something is troubling his PI boyfriend, Dan Albright. Almost. Laid-back, open, charming -- that's the impression hunky former NYPD Detective Dan Albright gives everyone. Caesar can add sexually adventurous and a bit of an exhibitionist. But he also knows that Dan is hiding something -- something dark and a little dangerous -- and when Dan's silence over his mysterious past threatens to harm them both, it's Caesar's turn to save the day. But then again, a break-in, a gallery party, an heirloom ring, a new suit, and a stalker with bad BO are all just a typical week for Caesar Romano.
I never thought I'd get Caesar and Dan naked together under Nana Cooper's roof! Caesar has a lot of baggage and his rigid sense of propriety usually stands between him and a good time. He's a challenge for me and for Dan, and half the fun of writing these sexy scenes is getting Ce to loosen up. To cross his own lines. It would have been easier to give control to Dan, yes, and there's definitely a time and a place for that between these guys. But in With This Bling, Caesar is straddling two worlds--his comfortable, safe, known life in Brooklyn with his family; and his less convenient, scary, more challenging life with Dan in Staten Island. In this scene, in this tiny, borrowed, childish bedroom where nothing really belongs to him, it’s time for Ce to say “Yes. This is what I want. I’m going to take it.”
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