The Freeing of Dexter Lanning

by Troy Bernhardt

The Freeing of Dexter Lanning - Troy Bernhardt
Editions:Kindle: $ 5.99
Pages: 259

Dex flees his abusive lover and finds a job as a dance instructor at a resort. There he meets Husker, but resists the attraction. The recent abusive relationship taught him he is relationship poison. Having bedded a long list of coeds in college, Husker questions his attraction to a man. When Husker’s best friend is killed in a bar shooting, he turns to Dex for comfort. The bond forms, but after Husker is injured and hospitalized Dex doesn’t hear from him so assumes the relationship is over. Dex’s abusive partner finds him and abducts him. Husker returns from the hospital to find Dex missing, and rallies the resort staff to find and free Dex before the abusive partner kills him.

Publisher: MLR Press
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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: The Bet, Class Differences, Cultural Differences, Rescue
Word Count: 79941
Setting: Texas Hill Country
Languages Available: English

Waking as if from a drugged sleep, the red numerals of his alarm clock showed 4:59. He slept almost fourteen hours. Rolling to his back, the ceiling came into focus in the dim light of the street lamp through the curtains. He tried to recall a point in his life when he had been so low. Oh…right. His parents, and the stern expressions on their faces as they told him to leave seven years ago. No gay son would live in their house. Since then, the few guys he dated had been after only one thing: his body. Then Ross came along and made him feel worthy. For a while. How did he end up with this monster? He wanted someone to love him. He wanted someone to love. Ross was incapable of giving or accepting.

About the Author

Troy Bernhardt is an award-winning author of gay romance novels. Born and raised in Texas, he spent twenty years happily married to the same man. After illness took his husband, Troy turned to gay romance movies to fill the void. An avid reader, he then discovered gay romance novels and hasn't stopped reading since. A retired higher education administrator, writing seemed a natural way to spend his time, and he discovered many stories hidden in his mind just waiting to come out.

Troy has a background in education and training and has lived in most of the major cities in Texas. He resided in Oklahoma for a brief period many years ago but missed the culture and atmosphere found only in the Lone Star State. Troy settled in the Texas Hill Country outside San Antonio where he and his little dog Missy enjoy life filled with friends, fun, and relaxation.

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