Lip Service

Contemporary Gay Romance

by Keta Diablo

Lip Service - Keta Diablo
Editions:Kindle: $ 0.99 USD
Pages: 30

After their recent tiff, Bryan took off for Japan on a business trip, leaving Navarre to worry and fret at home. Bryan is expected home soon after two long weeks of separation, but fate has other plans. Upon landing in the United States he discovers his outgoing flight has mechanical issues, and since there’s an enormous conference in the city, obtaining a rental car is out of the question.

Navarre is desperate to see Bryan and make amends after their heated argument. And what does a desperate man do? Find his own means to get to the man he loves.

After a lengthy road trip, he arrives at the hotel where Bryan is staying and has second thoughts about challenging fate.

Bryan has company in his hotel room!

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"Lip Service was one of those wondrous little stories that packs great characters, sexual tension and erotic heat into a few pages without leaving the reader wishing there was more." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"Lip Service was naughty at the right point, without pushing too much: Bryan and Navarre, put aside the D/s factor, are a long-term couple that still enjoys being together." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Publisher: Independently Published
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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Alpha Character, (Hits) Close to Home, Love Can Heal / Redemption, Mind Games, Second Chances
Word Count: 8,100
Setting: USA
Languages Available: English


The elevator door opens. Like the clerk said, the sign tells me to turn left to find Room 468. I stand in front of his door and can’t fucking believe I’m here, seconds away from bliss. I raise my hand to knock and . . . hear muffled laughter and voices through the door.

Bryan’s and another man’s unfamiliar voice.

My heart falls to my feet. Someone is in the room with him? How could I be so stupid? Ice rushes through my veins and a wave of dizziness nearly brings me to my knees.

Two can play this game . . . two can play this game.

I look around for something to throw up in, just in case I can’t stop the bile rising up in my throat. I spy a potted plant, but rather than douse it with vomit, I want to pitch it through the nine-paned window nearby. Bryan is in his hotel room with another man, and the visions storming my brain devastate me.


He didn’t mean it, not a single word—the apology, the I love you, or the part about missing me. How can he miss me while he’s fucking another man? I tell myself it was all lies, the wing flap problem, the National Guard convention, the whole shebang.

Pacing the hallway, I wonder what I should do. Knock? Barge in? Or simply leave and toss myself over the nearest bridge? What about our life, the condo we share, the Wedgewood and the fucking Ocean Breeze candles? Everything Bryan loves or says he loves. Are they all lies too? My stomach lurches and my gaze wanders to the Shefflera again with its plastic yellow and green foliage. Maybe I’ll have to use it as a puke bucket after all.

Yeah, I’m a submissive I tell myself, but not a doormat. I gave Bry five years, the best five years of my life. The anger rises from my gut like a geyser about to erupt. I’m not simply walking away, nor am I going to toss myself off a bridge. I decide right then and there, I’m going to confront him and his lover. Besides, I’m more than a little curious about what the man looks like. It seems important to me to see the stranger’s face and know whether his eyes are blue, brown or gray like mine. I must see him in the flesh or it won’t ever seem real to me.



About the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the United States on six acres of gorgeous woodland. When she isn't writing or gardening, she loves to commune with nature. A pair of barn owls returns to the property every year to birth their young and show them off in the high branches of the oak trees. Nothing more adorable than these white fluffy babies with heart-shaped faces. A lifelong animal lover, Keta devotes her time and support to the local animal shelter. Emma LaPounce, a rescued feline, has been her furry companion for the last ten years.

Keta is an award-winning and Amazon bestselling author who writes in several genres: Western Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance and Contemporary Romance. Occasionally,  she writes Gay Romance. Her books have received numerous accolades, including RWA contest finalist, Authors After Dark finalist, Top Pick of the Month and Recommended Review from many top review sites, and Best Romance Finalist from The Independent Author Network.

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