When a single dad and a newly outed veterinarian meet by chance, it takes red-cheeked conversations, a tentative friendship, and the willingness to put their hearts on the line to show these men they’re made for each other.
Single dad Davis Jackson is busy balancing his coffee shop and being the best dad he can be. That doesn’t mean he’s not lonely. After a fumbling encounter with a man who looks as gorgeous as he does unhappy, Davis is left wondering who the mystery man is.
All Davis knows is that he has never felt such an instant attraction to anyone before, but when he discovers the brown-eyed man’s identity, it’s clear the recently out-of-the-closet veterinarian is lost and quite possibly broken.
A swoon-worthy low-angst stand-alone contemporary M/M romance featuring characters from LET ME SHOW YOU.
- 3 To Be Read lists
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Coming Out / Closeted, Coming Out Later in Life, Families/Raising Kids, First Time
Word Count: 69000
Setting: Small-Town USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
I couldn’t wait to get the hell out of there. From the get-go, I was uncomfortable… on edge… sure everyone in the room knew what a dick I was. Not only that, but there were too many people, and not enough space, enough air. I knew enough, could read into my surroundings enough—and the people filling the space—to know that there were many men like me, but not. They laughed, joked, smiled, patted the happy hosts on the shoulders and congratulated them on their newly renovated home. More than that, they were out in the open, whereas I just wanted to scurry back into the dark.
I eyed the kitchen door and edged toward it. Just four more steps and I’d reach freedom. There was nothing happy about living locked away, pretending to be something, someone I wasn’t, but I’d used my brave card when I’d uttered those two words aloud for the first time. Not only to myself but to Carter, the guy I’d tried to screw over, who was now trying his hardest to be my friend.READ MORE
It had been a hell of a surprise to the both of us when the words had tumbled out of my mouth. I’d nearly passed out as nausea had swept through me, while Carter had looked like a startled rabbit. His face would have been comical if I hadn’t been trying not to shit myself at the time.
I was thirty-three years old and still had no clue who I was.
Just two steps and I’d be able to breathe again.
I clutched the handle and yanked the door open. Fresh air greeted me. I stepped into the darkness and pulled the door quietly closed behind me, then looked around the fenced backyard, only seeing the side panels and nothing beyond the darkness. My gaze settled on a couple of chairs. While it wasn’t complete escape, it gave me time to catch my breath and get my head straight.
Easing into the wooden chair, I leaned back, stretching out my neck and glancing up at the star-filled sky. With no lights on in the yard and just the faint glow filtering out from the busy kitchen, I was able to focus on the tiny specks overhead. I released a heavy exhale, pulling the calmness of the outside into me. I shouldn’t have come. Damn, I should have been at least two thousand miles away by now, away from this tiny town that threatened to split apart my whole world.
Claws on the wooden deck, a not-so-soft grunt and sigh, and I glanced to my right to see Carter and Tanner’s monster dog, Rex, ambling over to me. The first couple of times I’d met Rex at the veterinary clinic, it was no surprise to Carter or me that the Ridgeback had taken an instant dislike to me. Hell, I didn’t even like myself most of the time. But as he walked toward me, I no longer tensed in fear. This was the third visit I’d made to Carter’s, and it seemed Rex had had a change of heart.COLLAPSE