Roped into cooking for a blind date, kitchen disaster Tyler Norwood is totally lost in the produce aisles of the local market until chef Michael Garcia rescues him. Flirty banter over avocados leads to more than a passing attraction and Tyler must decide if he'll keep his blind date or pursue the man heating up his kitchen.
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Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Word Count: 7025
Languages Available: English
The tension between them thickened and Tyler felt desire curl low in his belly as he stared back. He couldn’t stop thinking about Michael’s lips and the way the full curve of them would feel against his own. He was honestly one of the most attractive guys Tyler had met in a long time, and even in the small amount of time he’d known him, Tyler thought Michael was probably one of the nicest guys he’d ever met. Few people would offer to help someone they were attracted to salvage a date with someone else. He had no doubts that Michael was indeed attracted to him, and the feeling was certainly mutual. Why couldn’t it have been Michael that Tyler had a blind date with?
“Damn it,” Michael finally muttered, clearly thinking along the same lines Tyler had been. “I really shouldn’t be fantasizing about a man when he’s about to go on a date with someone else.”READ MORE
“Yeah, well …” Tyler said, feeling equally guilty about his own fantasies. But why should he ignore the guy he was incredibly attracted to, for some guy he’d never met and might not even hit it off with? “You know what? Fuck it.”
He leaned forward, pressing his lips to Michael’s. The other man was still for a moment before he responded, lips and tongue seeking Tyler’s. They both groaned and Tyler was surprised to find himself pinned against the counter.COLLAPSE
Everything about this story felt as right as the perfect avocado! Tyler has a sweet, innocent voice that shows his willingness to put himself out there as well as a concern for being a stand-up guy. Michael is the knight in shining kitchenware, taking over where Tyler's kitchen skills leave off, though he admittedly is shooting himself in the foot by helping Tyler prepare for a date that neither man wants to happen. I loved the fresh, flirty, honest banter between the two men--it felt real. I love how their story unfolds. The reader gets the feeling these two would've been good friends, even if they hadn't had the chance to see things through (but thank goodness they did, because it was lovely and hot!). I smiled all the way through. There was absolutely no angst, just two really nice guys who seem perfectly matched. I have read other stories by this author, and I look forward to following her writing career!