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Lt Cameron Cooper has been with the San Francisco Fire Department for fifteen years. He’s seen and dealt with a lot of horrifying situations. He’s always considered himself mentally tough, but when he attends a multi-vehicle accident and sees a dead boy with features remarkably similar to his long-time boyfriend, his mental health takes a hit.
All Jake Montgomery wants is to propose to his boyfriend on their ten-year anniversary. He’s already bought the perfect rings, but when Cameron struggles to look at him after a tragic accident, he has doubts about their future. Cam is withdrawing, and Jake doesn’t know why.
With heated arguments and cold shoulders, Cam and Jake’s life starts to fall apart. Just when Cam thinks he can overcome his issues and finally talk to Jake, memories from Jake’s past threaten to push them apart forever.
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, M/M Romance
Excerpt: We talked a little as we ate.He was right, it was one of the best sauces he’d made, but what should have been a relaxed meal felt strained. Although Cam sat opposite, he didn’t raise his head to look at me, preferring to play with his fork and push his meal around the plate while he spoke. After we had cleaned up the dinner plates, we sat on the couch to watch TV, like any other night, but Cam’s shoulders were tight with tension, and he became more and more rigid as the night wore on.
I patted my thigh. “Lie down, Romeo.”I wanted to help ease his stress.
Cameron lay down with his head on my lap and I ran my fingers through his hair. We spoke occasionally about the show we were watching, his eyes never leaving the screen, and I could feel him start to relax as I rubbed his scalp. His breath evened out, and he was asleep. We stayed like that till the end of the next show when I woke him and suggested we go to bed. He stood and yawned, then stumbled down the hallway as I flicked off the lights and followed.
He came out of the bathroom as I walked in and I wrapped my arms around his waist and laid my head against his shoulder. Cam wrapped me up in a tight hold as he sighed and melted into me.
“You sure you’re okay?” I asked once more. He wasn’t himself, and my stomach twisted with concern.
“Hmm, need some sleep, I think. I’ll be better tomorrow.”
“All right, go climb in to bed, I’ll be there in a minute.”
I brushed my teeth,then climbed into bed, where he gathered me in his arms, his chest to my back, hugging me close.
“Love makes you brave, Romeo,” I whispered.
“You make me brave, babe,” he replied sleepily.
Author Bio: I started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men pop into my thoughts, insisting on telling me their story that I started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.
My initial thought was if I could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow me to concentrate on other aspects of my day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn’t shut up. They told me their entire story and I didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes I couldn’t keep up with what they were telling me and I had to keep a notebook by my bed.
Whilst I was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If I ever want to sleep again then I need to write.
I’m a wife and a mother to two boys. Even my dog is a boy.
I am surrounded by males.