Sweet Honesty which is the second installment in my Opposites series for Siren Publishing is now up on their site for pre-order. For those who read the first book this is Craig's story. I'm posting the story excerpt and blurb here, but for the adult except you can click the order link. Warning: Most likely not work safe as it's rather spicy! Enjoy!
Blurb: [Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative May-December Romance, M/M, HEA]
They hit it off from the start. As the chemistry between them starts to sizzle, they both realize they share common life goals even though in many ways they're opposites.
When sudden tragedy strikes. Craig is forced to face his past. From tragedy comes a chance to do the very thing he's always wanted. When offered the family bakery business, Craig jumps at the opportunity and comes to the conclusion that all things are possible with lots of hard work, even if he is unsure about certain things. He turns to Glenn, who has a great head for business. Glenn becomes his rock. The future's looking bright. All things are possible with lots of hard work and the right man at his side.
Story Excerpt: “I’ve been thinking about you,” Glenn said.
“Have you?” Craig walked slowly along as they made their way across the vast expanse of Terrence’s property. The place really was beautiful. It was paradise in a swanky part of the city. Of course Terrence could afford it and more if he wanted it. It was a privilege that came along with immense wealth. “I haven’t had much time to think about anything. Heading back home is going to be a struggle. I have mixed feelings about it. I know facing the past isn’t going to be easy even with Dad no longer in the picture.” He felt bad that his dad had died. After all the crap that man had put him through, he was still Craig’s father. Like it or not, that did stand for something. Without that man, he wouldn’t be here. He wouldn’t have been born, plain and simple.
“I can’t imagine how it will be for you. You seem like you’re a strong person. I don’t know you that well. This is our third time meeting?”
“I think so.”
“This isn’t the right time to make a move on you. I’d never be that tacky. What I’m trying and wanting to say is that when you get back, I’d like to see you again. I want us to get to know each other better. That’s if you’re interested?”
“I’d like that.” Glenn was a nice guy. They did come from highly different backgrounds. One thing he didn’t want was to jump in bed with him right away. Not that Glenn wasn’t attractive, he was. For possibly the first time in his young life he wanted more than just a fling between the sheets. Something inside him had started to change. Maybe it was because he had witnessed what real love between two men was like seeing Danny and Terrence together? They’d made their relationship work despite the hardships between them. They didn’t allow anything or anybody to bring them down. He held the highest respect for both of them. “But I’m not sure how long I’ll be gone.” There were also things she had to take care of before leaving the city. Danny would look in on his apartment. He had a few plants that would require watering. That wasn’t a big deal. He’d have to take leave from work. He wasn’t sure how that would sit with his boss. If it came down to it, there were other places to work. Lots of places were hiring dancers.
“I’ll be here when you get back. Feel free to call or text me anytime. I’m a good listener.”
Craig couldn’t remember ever meeting a man like Glenn before. All of the guys that he’d been involved with one way or another in the past had been young and immature. Glenn wasn’t either. He wasn’t old. He guessed Glenn to be nearing forty give or take a few years. This man had direction in his life. And though they’d never spoken about finances, he had already guessed that Glenn also had a lot of money. “That’s good. I’ll do that when I get a chance. I’m leaving tomorrow. I want to attend the funeral. It will be awkward as hell, but I feel it’s the right thing to do. I’m pushing myself to go through with it.”
“At times we all have to do that. It isn’t easy doing things that we don’t like, but it can be good for the soul.”
This man was deep. Craig mulled over what Glenn had said. He agreed with him. Like it or not, some things had to be done. “I’m glad we met. You’re not like the guys I’ve had in my life.”
Glenn smiled warmly. They continued walking. “How so?”
“As in old?” Glenn raised one brow as they came to a wooden bench. He motioned for them to sit.
“No, that’s totally not what I meant. Talking to you is different. So many times I feel like I’m alone in the world. Sure, I’ve talked with guys before, but it’s like they aren’t listening or interested in anything I have to say. You probably think I’m not making a lick of sense.”
“You make perfect sense. Maturity comes with experience, I like to think. I’ve lived a full life so far. I haven’t much to complain about. At times things have been extremely difficult, but you have to trudge on. Giving up was and still is never an option.”
“Sound words to live by.” Chatting with Glenn made him feel better. When he felt Glenn touch his thigh, he couldn’t help but return a wide grin at the man who was now staring directly at him. They kissed. It was unlike any kiss Craig had before. It was gentle and sweet. It left him feeling incredibly warm. This moment was one to remember. He’d never forget it.