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Christophers's striking green eyes and handsome good looks didn't buy him happiness, but he learned to survive off of them to maintain his expensive lifestyle. Now, after he has nearly destroyed himself, he's in the fight for his life...
A Contemporary Gay Male Romance - Newly Released 2nd Edition
When Christopher Parker checks himself into the Watermeadow Rehabilitation Center, he was frightened for his future and what was to become of him. Haunted from his past, he knows that he has to take this step in his recovery or face his likely death as the alternative. He never expected to find his social worker, Jason Calhoun, incredibly attractive. Christopher dreams of finding a man to love and who will treat him with decency. Although Jason does fit the bill, he knows that this relationship is strictly professional. Completely out of reach for a failure like himself.
Jason, who is a hopeless romantic, is in the endless pursuit of Prince Charming. Always unlucky in love, but finds solace in the care of his patients. He loves being needed and having patients that depend on him. Jason comes to realize that the guys he dates always need to be rescued, much like his patients. A strategy that he's learning is a poor choice.
Jason discovers that Christopher has become tangled up with a famed billionaire. As a billionaire, he can afford anything he wants, which seems to include even the ability to buy true love. Suddenly, he fears that everything he has worked so hard for, both romance and career, is being threatened by his new nemesis.
If you enjoy stories that pull you in and have you caring about the characters and what happens to them, then this is the book for you. It promises to have you laughing, crying, & smiling!
- 59,000 words / No Cliff Hanger / HEA
- This book is intended for mature audiences
Buy "The Rescuer" today and see why reviewers have said "I could not put it down."
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Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Straight
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: (Hits) Close to Home, Coming Out / Closeted, Death of Parent, Famous / Not Famous, Marriage of Convenience, Most Mindblowing Sex Ever, Rescue, True Love
Word Count: 59000
Setting: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Languages Available: English
Feeling a set of lips gently pressing on his forehead, Christopher woke up to someone kissing him. He found a strange man gazing down on him; his eyes weren’t quite in focus yet.
“How are you feeling?” asked the stranger.
Christopher suddenly sprang up from the bed recognizing in a split second whose voice it was. “Sam! What the fuck are you doing here?” Eyes now focusing at one-hundred percent.
“I was just checking in on you. I wanted to know how you were feeling? Can’t a friend pay a visit?”
It was Samuel Barron or “Sam” as his cohorts called him. He was a powerful CEO of one of the nation’s top five-hundred corporations, namely Viatone. They were makers of pharmaceuticals. In the years Christopher had known Sam, Viatone had grown to a five-hundred-billion-dollar company.READ MORE
Sam was a bit more than just a CEO of a huge corporation. At one time, he was one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors—a gorgeous hunk of a man to feast your eyes upon, despite his advancing years. His looks held up like a fine bottle of wine. Women all over the country would swoon over every magazine photo, television news spot, and social media post. And it wasn’t just the women. Every gay man’s dick would jump into action each time they saw an image of this man; Christopher had been among that crowd.
Mr. Barron exuded pure charisma everywhere he went and in everything he touched. He’d been one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors. However, that status changed five years ago, when he married Patsy Rossmiller.
“You’re no friend!” Christopher shouted back in his most snide and angry voice. “And you’re not welcome here, you motherfucking son-of-a-bitch! Get the fuck out of my room! Better yet, get the hell out of my life!” He made no attempt to hide his feelings. Clearly, he was overwhelmed with upset; downright hostile and belligerent.
“Sweetheart, I’ve been worried sick about you,” Sam said.
“I’m not your sweetheart. Not now—not ever,” Christopher shouted with increasing volume. “You’re not worried about me—you selfish asshole. You’re concerned about your reputation. What would this country think of you if they knew the truth? The country—hell, what would the world think if they found out. That’s all you care about. That’s all you ever cared about.”
“Look, you’re not the only one who’s in a position of power, and you know it!” The bastard CEO snarled back.
That was one comment Christopher did not want to hear, and it was the last straw. He couldn’t take the presence of this man, not a single second more. He burst into tears yet again all the while he screamed as loud as he could.
“Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out!” Over and over, he yelled with increasing intensity. In no time at all, the third-floor staff came racing into Christopher’s room; including Jason. Nurse Judy immediately saw the presence of Sam Barron, as did everyone else. She didn’t have the slightest idea what was upsetting her patient to result in such a tumultuous reaction. Looking directly at the unwanted visitor, she calmly said, “Mr. Barron, I think you had better leave.”
It wasn’t as if she or anyone needed to be introduced to this man. Who wouldn’t recognize him? Sam Barron’s notoriety spread everywhere, particularly in the healthcare community. But what the fuck is this man doing in Christopher Parker’s room at Watermeadow of all places was crawling through Jason’s head. He just couldn’t understand what their connection would be.
Mr. Barron knew he was outnumbered, so he nodded graciously and left as instructed. Christopher shouted after him, “And don’t come back—ever! I never want to see you again!”
He now dissolved into a puddle of tears. Eying Jason from across the room, Christopher ran over and flung his arms around the man, weeping uncontrollably; desperately needing to be in the arms of a friend. And although his new case manager wasn’t precisely a friend, he somehow knew he wouldn’t be rejected. His weight, having grabbed Jason so suddenly, pulled them both tumbling to the floor.
Trying to calm him down with a soft, “shhhhhh, listen to me, if you don’t want Mr. Barron coming back again, I can have him barred from the facility, at least while you’re staying with us.” The loud sobbing continued on Jason’s shoulder. “Would you like that?”
Christopher replied in a faint whisper, “Yes, please.”
Holding onto him tightly, he delivered a telling nod over to Judy. It was evident Christopher was overpowered with anger and anxiety that even the Ativan couldn’t assist with. In a complete state of bewilderment, she indicated she would call security at once, preventing the return of this apparent nemesis. Jason was also just as bewildered as he looked over towards her. Despite Sam Barron’s status in this world, he’d be damned if the man would interfere with a patient’s recovery. He was a tremendous advocate where his patients were concerned. “You just cry as much as you need to.”
Christopher tightened his grip around him even more while continuing to soak Jason’s dress shirt with tears. But Jason didn’t mind being clutched so tightly. It made him feel whole inside; that his life had meaning and purpose. It’s what he was good at—being there for others when they needed him. He treasured being needed; he always did.
After ten minutes of constant sobbing, Christopher finally calmed down. The ongoing sniveling had quelled. Jason eased him off the floor and back into bed. “Lie down and rest for a while. Are you feeling better now?” He received a nod back that indicated a positive answer. So, Jason brought Christopher’s feet up onto the bed and pulled the blanket across him. In his experience, a huge crying jag was exhausting.
Jason shut off the lights in the room and closed the door as he exited. He had a stack of paperwork sitting in his office, which needed his attention. One thing was certain in his mind, there weren’t going to be any elves coming around to take care of it for him.COLLAPSE
Larry Martin on Amazon wrote:
A MUST READ
This is a great story which tackles on ongoing problem that not only affects the gay community but all communities, and circumstances which forces people to experience this problem.
Not only does this story revolve around a gay man experiencing this problem, but also another gay man who helps the gay man with the problem, sometimes going above and beyond.
I found myself wanting to grab Christopher Parker and hold onto him tightly and do everything I could to help him with his struggles. He's a great guy who's had a hard life.
I also found myself wanting to grab Jason Calhoun, the man with the huge heart, hug him and express my gratitude for everything he did for Chris, including helping him stand up to a rich bastard (who I wanted to bitch-slap into the next galaxy) who took advantage of Chris when he was at his lowest. The possibility for crossing professional boundaries exists. Do they cross that boundary? You'll have to read The Rescuer.
I applaud this author's first novel and I hope to read more of his works.
Great job, Eric!
Anna A on Amazon UK wrote:
COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN
Whether gay or straight, this book says something we too often forget, relationships are not easy. I commend Mr. Huffbind on his first book and hope he can continue exploring the maze that finding love can be. This book was so riveting that I just could not put it down. I read it in one sitting, which is a first for me. I highly recommend it!
Bran on Amazon.com wrote:
THE RESCUER RESCUED
This is a review of the second edition of this book which has gone through significant editorial changes. Having read the previous version, I have to say this is a vast improvement although I did enjoy the previous version too.
Jason Calhoun is a 30 year old social worker specializing in chemical dependency, alcohol and drug abuse. He is currently employed in a rehab centre Watermeadow. This is where we meet Christopher Parker, an alcoholic, only 27 years old whose life is spinning out of control.
This is an emotive and difficult topic for many people and it has been covered extraordinarily well. Christopher's recovery is portrayed in a sympathetic manner, from withdrawal to recovery, although we all know that once an alcoholic you never really fully recover.
The characters are three dimensional and human, their feelings are accurate.
If you have already read the previous version, I recommend you give this new version a go.
25 Stars and More on Amazon wrote:
YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!!!!
Omg omg 5 stars.... no more like 10 stars!! This book was so Good. A book that keeps you, and hold you. I mean I will be rereading it over and over again!!!
TO CUTE FOR WORDS, TOO REAL TO NOT LOOK FOR THE CHARACTERS WHILE SITTING AT STARBUCKS...
Too cute for words, well plotted well developed, so much intense you can feel the emotions behind the words, passionate in a very particular way all the characters work for the happiness in the story and of who is reading it. Jason and Christopher are not only beautiful men in the appearance but most of all in their way of growing up in the story, George and Susan are the family in the family. This book is so real you will find yourself looking around to spot them while sitting at Starbucks. This book is so good, the interaction among all the characters are perfect and you are transported inside the story without even recognize it if not at the The End.