--- Lose an eye. Win a boyfriend. ---
Ethan. Taxidermist. Goth weirdo. Can’t wait to be done with high school.
Ethan is a young artist-entrepreneur with a love for quirky taxidermy. Roadkill is so much better than people. By the end of high school, all he wants is to develop his business, yet all his parents want is for him to go to law school. That is more than enough of a problem for Ethan, so any kind of love life is out of the question. That is until Robert Hunter, the quarterback of the football team, comes crashing into him. Literally.
Robert. Quarterback. In the closet. More than meets the eye.
Robert is the popular kid, the quarterback on his way to med school. He’s gay, but not exactly coming out since he doesn’t like to stir the pot. One night, spurred on by too much booze, he ends up causing irreversible harm to Ethan, the school’s weirdo.
Robert will do anything to avoid charges for what he’s done, but when Ethan makes an indecent demand in return for his silence, Robert might just be in way over his head.
For Ethan, it’s a simple act of revenge on a bully, but when Robert turns out to be not-so-straight, their arrangement gets complicated all too fast.
Themes: First love, fitting in, entrepreneurship, disability, high school, jock/goth, taxidermy, artist, coming out, becoming an adult, enemies to lovers, hurt/comfort
Genre: New Adult M/M romance
Length: ~ 90,000 words (Standalone novel, no cliffhanger.)
WARNING: Contains steamy, passionate scenes, violent injury, themes of bullying, and a morally ambiguous proposition
(This book was formerly published as ‘Diary of a Teenage Taxidermist’)
- 3 To Be Read lists
Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Antihero, The Bargain, Big Character / Little Character, Coming of Age, Coming Out / Closeted, Enemies to Lovers, Find Love and Come Out, First Time, Hurt / Comfort, Opposites Attract, Passing as Straight, Sex Buddies Become Lovers, Smartass Twinks
Word Count: 90000
Languages Available: English
Ethan didn’t want to take part in the primitive mating ritual going on inside the house. With the music loud as thunder, he felt he was much better off outside where he sat on the porch with a token red cup. As a single weasel in a rat house, he felt as out of place as ever. He wondered if he had made the right decision going out tonight. He didn’t socialize much so a party seemed like a good opportunity to have some fun with people who were supposedly his friends, but all he could think of were the things he’d rather be doing. Like stuffing a squirrel or something. No, really, stuffing a squirrel for his new taxidermy project had been on his mind quite a lot. In contrast, the party wasn’t all that much fun, though he did find himself some entertainment. There was a reason for him to sit on the porch of all places, and it wasn't the need to escape yet another Katy Perry hit single.READ MORE
From his strategic spot, Ethan was watching Robert Hunter. The glow from the fire gave Rob's skin a healthy tint, which only made Ethan wonder what the rest of that bulky body looked like beneath all the clothes. He never imagined actually dating Rob. It would have been silly with the guy being straight as a flagpole, and Ethan himself was too young and busy to be tied down to a guy anyway. But watching... watching was good.
He sank farther into his hoodie to protect himself from the chilly air and raised the cup to hide his face when one of the jocks pulled on Rob's sweater, exposing the perfect abs in the process. That hard six-pack belonged in an underwear ad, and now that Ethan was looking at it, he could practically see the honey-colored skin breaking out in goose bumps. He squeezed his hands around the cup but that didn’t stop him from feeling a phantom touch on his fingertips. It made Ethan shiver, but he never stopped watching Rob get free and flash his friends that trademark grin. If there was anything about Robert Hunter’s looks that was not perfect, it was one of his fangs, slightly crooked at the edge of his smile. But that tiny imperfection always remained in the background, with the whole package attracting 90 percent of the female student population. Rob was the quarterback of their high school’s football team but also a decent student, with a smile so contagious Ethan felt both overwhelmed and happy looking at it. Add to that a gorgeous, athletic body, eyes so bright they seemed almost celadon, and big, veiny hands, and you had the most eligible bachelor at school. The guy was so perfect it bordered on ridiculous.
The crowd around Rob consisted mostly of other football players and their girlfriends, who were only invited here because they were friends with birthday boy's sister, Kelly. She was a slim girl with bright blonde hair and a stud in her nose. She was pretty enough for the popular crowd to accept her despite her somewhat alternative, artsy style. Ethan watched her sneak up on Rob and dip her hands under his shirt, tickling him with a half-drunk chuckle. Rob laughed out loud but playfully slapped her hand away and finished his drink in one go. Rob’s face was reddened from the alcohol he'd drunk so far. Ethan pulled his knees even higher up to his chin and watched the group, surprised by the composition of the image in front of him. Rob was in the center, and most of his friends focused on him with just a few guys at the flanks talking to one another. It occurred to Ethan that the setup was a bit like the positioning of characters in Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’. A diorama of stuffed rodents dressed up in letter sweaters and posed like in the famous fresco could sell. He needed to add this new project to his never ending ‘to-do’ list.COLLAPSE