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Bounce

by Becca Seymour

Bounce - Becca Seymour - Outback Boys
Part of the Outback Boys series:
Editions:Kindle: $ 4.99
ISBN: B08RC16KHR
Pages: 314
Paperback: $ 14.99
ISBN: 978-1-922359-73-5
Pages: 5,314

Standoffish Aiden is content keeping people at a distance and ensuring his boundaries are impenetrable. There’s safety in not opening up, but there’s also a loneliness he doesn’t realise exists until he meets Riley, a new member of the LGBTQIA+ adventure group Outback Boys.

Fascinated by the new guy, Aiden is quick to discover his flirtation skills are rusty and his sweet-talking is cringeworthy. But sweet and clumsy Riley doesn’t seem to mind so much.

Even though Riley doesn’t quite know how to handle Aiden’s intensity, he’s willing to step out of his comfort zone and see how their tentative friendship unravels.

Between a surf lesson that resembles a kangaroo on acid and paddle boarding that is trickier than walking a tightrope, Aiden and Riley discover love may be a possibility after all.

Happiness relies on honesty and openness, though. And with both men holding on tightly to past struggles, their future together is at risk. Can the two Aussies bounce back and heal themselves and each other, or are some wounds too raw to recover from?

Outback Boys is a sweet and sexy M/M romance series complete with bruised butts, rope burn, and overworked muscles… all in the pursuit of adventure, of course!

Trigger Warning: Contains themes (discussions) of mental illness and suicide.
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Tropes: Hurt / Comfort, Opposites Attract, Slow Burning Love


Setting: Queensland, Australia

Languages Available: English

Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

Excerpt:

I risked a glance in his direction just as he pulled up his own shorts. My tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth. He was going commando. With that visual bobbing around in my head, I jerked my gaze away quickly.

“Then you have a fire or something, right?” Riley asked. In my peripheral vision, I saw him angle towards me, so I safely did the same. A light pink covered his cheeks, but his eye contact was strong.

“Yeah,” I answered with a smile. “The recent lifting of the fire ban has been a relief.” The dry winter had been difficult and dangerous for far too many Aussies impacted by a harrowing number of bushfires. The last six weeks of steady rain rolling in had made life so much easier. “I have my guitar,” I continued. “I can’t sing for shit, but I can play. We usually have marshmallows and a few drinks.”

“I don’t drink. Alcohol, that is.”

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My heart stuttered at that. “Me neither.” My lips lifted slightly as I wondered what other discoveries there were to make about this man. Yeah, a lot, obviously. A few hours of conversation weren’t enough to honestly know someone, but the desire to get to know him better remained. If anything, it burned even brighter.

“Oh.” The pink turned to red on his skin as he smiled. He looked away and picked up his T-shirt. “That’s good.”

As he tugged his tee over his head, I took my fill as quickly as possible. A dark smattering of hair covered his chest. A smooth, softer stomach led to his shorts that hung low on his hips. The expanse of skin caught my attention for too long, making me consider what it would taste like, feel like under my touch. Wide-eyed at the direction of my thoughts, I grabbed my own T-shirt and tugged it on, using the process to get myself together.

Lust, it seemed, was what was driving me towards getting to know Riley better. Unexpectedly, a bubble of excitement at the prospect grew inside me.

“So I’ll catch you later then?”

His voice had me looking his way as I pushed my arms through the sleeves. “Yeah, sure.” I smiled and gave him a chin lift as he collected his shower stuff and hightailed it out of there.

As soon as he was gone, I exhaled, turned, and sat down, head dipping low and falling on my hands.

“Don’t worry, it wasn’t that bad,” Frank said quietly, causing me to both jump and groan. I finally looked in his direction and was met by a wide smile. “Honestly, your flirting is a little rusty.” He paused a moment, brows lifting. “That was what you were attempting, right?”

I snorted. “I think so, yeah, maybe.”

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About the Author

Thousands of readers worldwide have fallen in love with Becca's "True-Blue" men from Kirkby

Becca Seymour is the #1 gay romance best seller of the True-Blue series. Known for “steamy and endearing” and “emotionally profound love stories” (InD'tale Magazine) her books have been nominated for multiple RONE Awards.

Becca lives and breathes all things book related. Usually with at least three books being read and two WiPs being written at the same time, life is merrily hectic. She tends to do nothing by halves so happily seeks the craziness and busyness life offers.

Living on her small property in Queensland with her human family as well as her animal family of cows, chooks, and dogs, Becca appreciates the beauty of the world around her and is a believer that love truly is love.

REVIEWS:

"WOW! Simply, Wow! A funny, steamy and endearing story that should be put into your family of books." - The Book Fairy Reviews
"An intense connection that smolders" - JayReads
"This book was a slow burn and I loved it." - Steamy Book Momma
"Characters to pull for, a romance to give you feels, and enough steam to keep you turning pages..." - Romantic Reads and Such
"Emotionally profound love story with many laugh aloud moments." - InD'tale Magazine
"Becca had me cracking up laughing and smiling ear to ear." - HeidiLynns BookReviews