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Publication date: July 12, 2015
159 pages / 35,956 word count
As Skye finds himself increasingly drawn to Tanner, the connection he has with him turns into a journey of self-discovery. Through trifling phobias that have overshadowed him, Skye begins to wonder if his reservations of an open relationship will tear them apart.
Tanner stirs desires in Skye and the heat between them can’t be ignored. Will Skye’s sheltered past weigh heavily on him and put a meaningful future with Tanner at risk? Will the sparks they have live on or go out because of it?
Skye seemed intrigued, even a bit fascinated by everything he saw. The constant smile and wandering eyes showed evidence that he was. The smile could have been because he was with Tanner again.
Tanner asked Skye how he got there without a car.
Answering Tanner like a smart-ass, Skye gave up the secret that cabs in the city were at everyone’s disposal. Anytime. Day and night. He sniggered and leaned back against the red truck nonchalantly with a surreptitious glance. His eyelids flickered, pulling Tanner in.
The space between them was squeezed away when Tanner advanced a step forward and pressed a palmed hand against the truck above Skye’s head, leaning into him, breathing the same air. Tanner shyly looked down at his feet and then back up into Skye’s eyes and said, “I’m glad you came. For me it was a great surprise. And as you could tell, the guys loved the baked goods you brought with you. We don’t get many people thanking us for what we do, so it was nice that you did.”
“No big deal, it was the least I could do after what you and the guys did for me yesterday. I also wanted to see you again and I didn’t think I could wait until tomorrow night.” Skye looked back at Tanner, into his eyes and then at his lips. They were slim and sweet looking, and to feel them pressed against his own would be the best way for Tanner to repay his good deed of treating the house.
A brush with endearment came between them while alone in the garage. A hug would have been nice, a kiss even better. Just in time and before doing something they might regret later; footsteps echoed in the garage, breaking them apart.
It was Emmitt. “Whoa, guys.” He held up his hands when he saw Tanner and Skye between the two trucks. “Sorry. Carry on.” He backed away.
Tanner turned. “Wait. It’s not what you’re thinking.” Not yet anyway.
Emmitt smirked and hummed to himself, “Mmm-hmm.”
Skye took a minute to digest Tanner’s reaction, deliberating if it was exactly what Emmitt was thinking and if that was what Tanner wanted to happen.
Tanner turned back toward Skye and grinned. “Aw, shit. I’ve got some ‘splainin to do.”
“What do you mean?” Skye asked.
“This. Me and you.” Tanner’s finger bounced from his chest to Skye’s.
Skye cocked his head, mulling over the idea of lunging at Tanner’s mouth with his own, but he held back.
Tanner admitted, “Honestly speaking, Skye. It was what Emmitt thought. I wanted to steal a kiss from you just then. There, I said it.”
Surging stomach or not, Skye was crazy happy when he heard Tanner’s confession. He said, “Be that thief. You still can and I wouldn’t mind a single bit if you did.”
Tanner took a silent breath, tilted his head to make his move.
Skye closed his eyes and waited.
Just then, the fire bell rang, ending Tanner and Skye’s first kiss before it began.
Both startled by the sudden clang, their eyes sprang open and they backed away.
“Shit! I’ve gotta go.” Tanner’s hand stroked Skye’s jaw as he skipped backward out of site.
The relationship that develops is an intriguing mix of instant attraction coupled with a slow burn, but as is often the case, the path to the heart is fraught with challenges, self-doubt and insecurities. There’s also humor and many light moments that define each character, including a couple raunchy descriptions of guys’ early morning realities.
The camaraderie of men who take risks on a daily basis, the hair-raising descriptions of the unexpected and dangerous tasks they undertake, and the genuineness of Tanner makes this an especially enjoyable tale.
Stylistically there are some point of view issues and perhaps a reliance on wishful thinking in terms of levels of acceptance for Skye and Tanner’s relationship, but heck, it’s a romance after all.
There’s an easy, charming style to Gregory Jonathan Scott’s writing. His characters are instantly likable and often show surprising depths. Add to that an element of danger, high action and smoldering romance, you have a perfect combination for a quick and satisfying read that should leave you wearing a big ole grin.
Call me a softie, but I loved it.
Gregory and Scott are still together and are currently enjoying home life in South Florida with their lovable Shetland sheepdog and a sweet stray cat.
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