The Sutherland Shire: Upmarket, cosmopolitan, family-friendly, and a blend of old-money and new.
The Tweed Shire: Rich in traditional culture, a retirement mecca of Australia, also family-friendly, and affordable to many.
Two shires. So similar in geographical features and lifestyle, but vastly different at the same time.
When things are constantly shifting around you, and you find yourself needing a bit of a change—but at the same time you want to keep the things you love about your lifestyle—what do you do? You shire swap!
Luke and Aiden: Both shire boys, both young, and both quietly gay. When they first lay eyes on each other their attraction is instant, but also confusing. Luke’s about to go under the knife, and Aiden’s about to become a father. Could it ever happen?
Welcome to the Shire Boys, where if you’re keen enough, anything can happen. Even if he makes you sick to your stomach, and him, he's a total paddlepussy!
Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Tropes: Coming of Age, First Time, Wide-Eyed Innocence
Word Count: 57000
Setting: Tweed Shire, Australia
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
I took a deep breath and started paddling as hard and as fast as I could. I felt the push he gave me from behind, and then my board caught on to the forward momentum of the wave. I focused on keeping the board straight, and when I felt confident enough I pushed up with my arms, and scooted my legs up and into the practiced position. I was just able feel the wax underneath my feet, which meant I was standing in generally the right area I was supposed to be, when suddenly the board lurched to the left, and I was pitched sideways into the face of the wave.
As I went under I felt the rope pull on my leg, as the board attached to it headed toward the surface. I got my bearings in the churning water and followed it upward, breaking through to the surface just as another wave pummelled over the top of me. I felt a hand grab my arm this time and direct me, and I popped up to see Luke looking me over worriedly.READ MORE
“Jeez, are you all right, mate? You wiped out pretty spectacularly!”
I gave Luke a nod and a reassuring thumbs-up, as I coughed up the rest of the salt water that had come in through my nasal passages. As my coughing subsided I noticed Luke staring intently at my face, chewing on his bottom lip. He hesitated, then finally spoke up and confirmed my worst fear. “Um, you’ve got a little something on your face there,” he said and pointed in the general direction of my nose. I wiped my hand across the area and felt something big and slimy adhere to it.
Yes. Yes, it was. I looked down reluctantly, already knowing deep down what was stringing between my nose and hand, and I felt my face flush and my stomach roll.
I looked at Luke to see if he was as horrified as I was by the massive booger gracing my face but he was just smiling, and then he laughed as my face went from red, to white, and then to red again. Then he just casually stated, “Not to worry, happens to everyone. It’s the salt water, loosens everything up. Nature’s saline, you know, like that stuff from the chemist that mums squirt up their kid’s blocked noses, only it’s free.”
I quickly washed my hand under the water and hoped to hell it was churning enough to make things disappear quickly.
“You want to have another go, or call it a day?” Luke asked.
I didn’t want him to see me as some kind of failure, or someone who gives up after only one wipeout, so I pulled my board closer and started pushing it out past the break. Luke followed along and on the way gave me a few extra pointers to try this time. It took about five more waves before I stood up longer than two seconds, but I was determined to at least ride one fully standing into the shore.
On about my eighth wave, I felt Luke give me a push, and I went through the motions of pushing up and positioning my feet correctly—left foot forward. It was starting to feel like more of a natural process, and when the wave started tilting my board sideways, I automatically used my weight to counteract it, and to keep the board straight.
I bent my legs a little more and entered a crouch, holding my arms out to the side for balance. I could feel the power of the wave pushing me along, and before I knew it, I hit sand. I lowered my arms and just stood there, head bowed in total amazement. I had just ridden my first fucking wave! I wasn’t a paddlepussy anymore, I was a legit surfer!
I jumped off the board and turned toward Luke, who was still treading water out in the surf where I’d left him. He was waving and hollering and cheering as he started to make his way into shore, and I punched the air with my left hand and shouted, “Yes!”
Best. Feeling. Ever.COLLAPSE
This is the type of book I love to read. I'm not talking about the genre, but how it's written. From the first page Susan yanked me into the story and held me captive until she was through with me and kicked me out with a warm, fuzzy, and thoroughly happy feeling. I couldn't put it down because I HAD to know what was going to happen next. The book is a wonderful 'falling in love' story with two young men who were attracted from first sight.
Watching Aiden grow into who he could be as a gay man was wonderful and Luke was so sweet and sexy, too helping Aiden discover the things he longed to know.
If you, dear reader, want to read a book about young love and the boys growing into that love, this is the book for you. Well written? Yes. Characters well developed? Yes. Am I going to check out her other books? Oh, heck yes! You should read this, too.
If you're wondering, it's not an erotic book, and there's little to no angst.