Like Sunshine

Southern Seduction Short: Crispin and Wills 2

by Julia McBryant

Crispin visits Wills in the liberal town of Athens, four hours from the Georgia coast. He worries their relationship won't have changed much from their time in Savannah's stilted high society. But without the strictures of their repressive upbringing, he and Wills find something else entirely.

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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Coming of Age, Coming Out / Closeted, Find Love and Come Out, Friends to Lovers, Reunited and it Feels So Good, True Love, Uncommunicative Masculinity
Word Count: 7400
Setting: Athens, Georgia
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters

Crispin’s eyes are shut; he’s lost in his Wills’ smell, in the feel of Wills’ soft skin against his lips. It’s so good, just to lie here against each other.

“Why don’t you kiss me right there?” Wills murmurs against Crispin’s forehead.

“Didn’t think to,” Crispin says honestly. “I was just — nevermind. It’s stupid.” He pulls his head back to the pillow. Wills rolls onto his side and faces his best friend.

“No,” he says. “Tell me.”

“Stupid,” Crispin says. “Not worth telling you.”


Wills plays with his curls again. He’s touching so much more, Crispin thinks. Maybe it’s because his parents aren’t in the same city, or maybe it’s because he’s spent so much time watching Henry and Jay. “Tell me.”

Wills knows, Crispin thinks, that Crispin will cave to anything he asks for. He’s known it since they were five. “I was just happy being curled up on you,” he admits. “I was thinking how you smelled the same and how soft your skin is and how good it was, just to have an excuse to be here close to you.” He doesn’t look at Wills. “This is so fucking embarrassing. Maybe I shouldn’t have come up. Maybe this is a bad idea.”

“It’s not,” Wills says. “It’s not embarrassing and it’s not a bad idea.” He’s quiet, moves closer, twirls Crispin’s hair around his finger. “It makes me happy.” He presses himself against Crispin so they can feel each other, stomach-to-stomach, legs tangled together,

Reviews:Kirstin on Goodreads wrote:

Adorable and sweet, sexy and short. I totally got into this story.

Two best friends, living in separate cities, get together over a weekend. At first it's a bit awkward, neither knowing how to act, but soon they bridge the distance between bodies and realize that they just needed the physical connection to get back to their steady, happy place. But life is real and Wills' brother Henry isn't thrilled about their very public display.

Crispin and Wills' story was very sweet and real. The tentative way they greeted each other at the start, the love that poured out of them when they were comfortable again, all of it just told their story so well. I enjoyed the author's writing style and the descriptive way she engaged the characters as a couple, despite any protests by outsiders.

This was a short, sweet, engaging read that just kept me wanting more of their story.

Anabela M. on Goodreads wrote:

Crispin and Wills are so sweet. It's obvious how being apart weights on their hearts,and it's touching to see their happiness for being able to just hold hands without fear,or their appreciation for small touches that they can't take for granted.
Like Sunshine is intense,fun and hot. My only complaint is that it's too short. I want more!

About the Author

Julia McBryant is, as the saying goes, Southern born, Southern bred, and when she dies, she’ll be Southern dead.  Julia likes to play with her German Shepherds and hike, especially in the North Carolina mountains. When she isn’t writing, she’s writing. She is grateful her husband tolerates both her and her affinity for glitter.

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