Santiago escapes to a small town where he falls for Jonas, but Santiago’s desire for Myles causes disruption in their happy home.
Although a horrific incident nearly destroyed me, I’ve found everything I needed... Or… almosteverything. Better days are ahead for me and Jonas. Despite pure bliss, something is still missing.
Being an openly gay firefighter is tough, but with Santiago at my side, all the struggles are worthwhile. The American dream of the white picket fence awaits us. First, I must clear the path to our future, by digging through the wreckage of his past.
Heartbreak is my calling card. Nevertheless, I’m determined to marry my other true love. Chaos stole him away from me, but no matter who or what stands in my way, I will get him back.
Santiago longs for a long-term commitment, filled with children. While Jonas and Myles battle for Santiago’s love, will his ultimate fantasy end up damaging any chance he has at true happiness?
This angsty, 100,000-word novel includes fist fighting, flashbacks and mentions of rape, on page violence, and death. Despite it all, there’s an HEA with the cutest baby on the planet.
Note: This book has been previously published. Only newly edited with no additional material added.
- 3 To Be Read lists
Pairings: MM, MMM
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Polyamorous
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 3 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Adopted Child, Age Difference, Death of Parent, Enemies to Lovers, Families/Raising Kids, Hurt / Comfort, Interracial Relationship, Menage, Opposites Attract
Word Count: 101968
Setting: Cobalt, Illinois
Languages Available: English
Hearing the sound of his voice brought a big smile to my face. I placed the knife and vegetables on the counter before making my way to the foyer.
There was my hunk of man, removing his boots, leaving them at the door as I commanded. I refused to have that filth he’d been trudging in on the hardwood floors.
Leaning against the paneling, I surveyed him. Six five, hunk of muscle, big everywhere, including the places it mattered most. An all-American boy, with crystal clear blue eyes that held me in place.
Jonas Sandbauck was a former Army man, who’d served in Afghanistan. When he returned in 2013, he stayed home and enlisted as a reserve. Because of that, there’s always the fear they’ll call him to go back. He’d taught me to not get too worked up about it. Regardless, I’d always have that in the back of my mind.READ MORE
When his blue eyes met mine, he flashed me a white smile. “Hey there, Santi. What’cha been up to all day?”
“Oh, nothing much. We’ve got about ten minutes before I pull dinner of the grill,” I said.
“Great, because I’m starved.” Jonas took my hand, yanking me into him. We hugged and I wrapped both arms around his shoulders. “I had lunch, but it wasn’t filling enough.”
“Oh I know,” I chuckled. “So, I was thinking…” I nibbled on my bottom lip because bringing up my last boyfriend was always a sore spot for Jonas. “Perhaps we could have Myles over sometime soon. He hates leaving the city, but he said he would so we could spend time with the baby. I really miss Macy.”
Jonas sighed and pressed his lips to my head. “Uh, sure. I guess that would be great. From the pictures you’ve shown me, she’s adorable.”
“And when he comes, no growling, okay?”
Jonas bowed his head in agreement. “Yes, sir.”
“Promise?” I asked him, cocking my eyebrow.
“Yeah. As long as he doesn’t start anything with me. I know how to be civil.”
“But you have a temper.”
“Yeah, but I can be nice. Just as long as he doesn’t stay too long or make a habit out of it, we’ll be fine.”
Hearing that statement, I smiled. “Good. I haven’t seen her since she was born. I’m really excited to play with her.”
“I’m glad for that, but I told you, we could have a little bundle of our own,” he said lifting me off my feet.
“I know, but he or she wouldn’t be Macy.” I kissed his lips quick and wrangled myself out of his arms. “Let me go check on dinner. Why don’t you go wash up, okay?”
“All right.” Jonas turned on his heel and left the kitchen.
Watching him walk away, I knew the fact I wanted Macy in my life niggled at him. Before I was attacked, I was all set to raise her with my ex-boyfriend, Myles. Then the horror I’d experienced happened and I couldn’t stay in Chicago. Myles had done pretty much everything to make me stay, but I couldn’t do it for him or anyone.
Bottom line, the big city held too many memories for me. Ones, I wasn’t ready to face. Perhaps someday, but for now I had everything I needed in this small town.COLLAPSE