- I've Got This
Derek Bryer loves his life. His job as an assistant director at Joy Universe, the second-largest theme park complex on the planet, makes him indirectly responsible for bringing joy (pun intended) to millions of people. So what if none of his relationships are that close? Everyone he meets loves him.
Except Trav Jones. For some reason, the visiting Broadway performer would rather Derek just go away. He appreciates Derek’s work ethic, though, and after Trav steps up when Derek desperately needs someone to fill in for his sick staff, Derek seizes the chance to convince Trav he’s not such a bad guy.
Falling in love while distracted by a murder at the park, food poisoning, and colleagues laying bets on their relationship won’t be easy, but between the two of them and with the magic of Joy Universe, they’ve got this.
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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Office / Workplace Romance
Word Count: 72000
Setting: Joy Universe Theme Park Complex, USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Murder and mayhem set the stage for this joyfully sweet and awkward contemporary romance from Masters (The Athlete and the Aristocrat), which is set at a fictional family-oriented amusement complex in Georgia. Derek Bryer loves his work—and he’s good at it. As the youngest-ever (at 37) assistant director of the Joy Universe resort and theme park, he is universally respected by those reporting to him and thrives on the daily challenges—until he arrives one morning to news of a grisly murder at one of the properties he oversees. There’s also a theatrical emergency when most of the park’s performers are sidelined thanks to bad sushi. Trav Jones has made a name for himself as a powerhouse on Broadway—though one who chooses only supporting roles. His path crosses Derek’s when he fills in for one of the indisposed cast members, and despite an uncomfortable first meeting when Derek’s carefully crafted public persona and “megawatt smile” bring up Trav’s baggage around being bullied by charismatic liars, the two soon have to admit to their mutual attraction. Honest conversations and self-aware inner narration come to life in Trav and Derek’s distinct voices, paving the way for the growth they both need to have a fulfilling relationship. Filled with the uncertainty and tenderness of new love, this poignant story will resonate with a wide variety of readers.