Oliver Slade had everything he thought he ever needed. He had a decent house, a beautiful young daughter, and a loving husband. Then it all comes crashing down when that husband turns out to be not so loving after all. Desperate to distract himself and his daughter, he reaches out to an old friend to talk horseback riding lessons in one phone call destined to change their lives forever.
Peter Briggs had intentionally cut Oliver out of his life when Oliver had chosen someone else over him. Sure, he'd never told Oliver his feelings and Oliver hadn't tried to stop their friendship from fading, but hearing from him after so long both hurts and excites him. He knows agreeing to give Oliver and his daughter riding lessons might be more than his heart can handle, yet he just can't say no.
All either of them want is to love and be loved. Will their own pasts and pain make that too much to hope for?
- 3 To Be Read lists
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 1
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Ace, Demisexual
Tropes: Adopted Child, Bad Breakup, Cheating, Families/Raising Kids, Friends to Lovers, Pets Are 'Portant, Reunited and it Feels So Good, Second Chances, Single Again
Word Count: 32000
Languages Available: English