Book Name: The Wrong Man
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7125719.Lane_Hayes
Author Name: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Successful owner of an upscale boutique in fabulous West Hollywood, Brandon Good swears by his personal edict to “live in the present.” After a bad break-up, he agrees to dog sit to keep his mind off his ex. Never did he expect the dog to belong a man from his past, the only man to ever truly break his heart.
When Jake Westley relocates to join the WeHo fire department, the last thing he anticipates is reuniting with his secret high school love. Thrilled with the prospect of reconnecting with Bran, Jake feels no guilt in using his charming old dog as an unwitting matchmaker. As they rekindle their friendship, it becomes clear the intense attraction they once felt is stronger than ever. But as hard as they try to leave the past behind, painful memories resurface. Bran will have to confront his fears and consider the possibility that the man he swore was absolutely the wrong one might be perfect after all.
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance
Again, I questioned my sanity. Something was odd in my world for sure. My heart was beating double time when he finally turned onto my street. A quick escape was my best bet. I had my fingers wrapped around the car door handle and was ready to rip my
other hand from his grasp when he slowed down. He must have sensed my intent to bolt, because he held on to me until I was forced to give him a “what the fuck?” look.
“Let me walk you to your door.”
“Jake, let’s not do this. Please. I really don’t want this evening to get any weirder than it already has been. Thank you for tonight. For dinner and pretending to—”
“Hey, nothing is weird here. It’s dark, and I’m walking you to your door—”
“I’m a big boy. I’ve got this.” I detached my hand from his grip and opened the door.
When I reached the sidewalk, he was waiting for me. The man obviously was hard of hearing.
“You are stubborn.” I gave him my best evil eye before I trudged up the path ahead of him.
“Me? You’re the difficult one. I’m trying to be nice—”
“You don’t have to prove you’re nice to me. I get it. That doesn’t mean—suit yourself.”
I fished my key from my pocket as I approached the well-lit front porch.
“Here I am, safe and sound. No need for worry,” I said flippantly as I turned to Jake.
I swallowed my words. He was closer than I expected. Much closer. I felt the warmth from his body but wasn’t prepared for the hunger I saw in his eyes. I licked my bottom lip nervously. I knew what was going to happen, and though I wasn’t sure it was a good idea, I wasn’t going to stop him. He bent slightly and brushed his nose against mine. I felt his breath on my lips as I waited for him to close the distance between us. Neither of us moved. He smelled delicious, that intoxicating combination of soap and a hint of musky cologne I’d noticed the morning he hugged me in my kitchen. I could have happily buried my nose in his shirt or in the curve where his neck met his shoulders. I closed my eyes and leaned in the tiniest bit closer, expecting him to take over. He still didn’t move.
“Aren’t you going to ki—”
And then he pounced. He crashed his mouth over mine and snaked his arms around my waist, fusing our bodies together. His hands traveled up and down my back while he licked a sensual line across the seam of my lips, requesting entry. I heard myself moan as his tongue danced and collided with mine in a lustful assault. I arched into him instinctively. Jake lowered his hands to my ass, drawing me in tightly as he thrust his hips forward. The friction was hot, and his demanding kisses had my head reeling. This was nothing like our frantic make-out sessions years ago.
Just as that errant thought surfaced to remind me whom I was grinding against like a teenager on my front porch, Jake turned his full attention to my mouth. I was painfully hard, but he was right. We shouldn’t be doing any of this. But I couldn’t seem to stop myself. I bit at his jaw and then licked my way to his ear, flicking the lobe gently with my tongue until I felt his teeth at my neck. I made a strangled sound and went limp in his arms. He was overpowering in a subtle, almost unexpected way. I was two seconds away from ripping his shirt when a car went down my street blaring hip-hop music at an obscene volume. I pulled away and rested my forehead against his shoulder. We stood quietly catching our breath for a moment.
Then Jake pressed a soft kiss on my cheek and stepped away. “Good night, Bran. Thank you for… well, just thank you. I’ll see you soon.”
I stared after him like an idiot, watching him open his door and start the SUV. I heard the familiar hum of distant traffic and smelled the fragrant sweet star jasmine from my neighbor’s garden. Everything looked and seemed to be in place, but something was different.
Pages or Words: 220 Pages
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What Are Your Top 5 Favorite Books And Why?
Interview With A Vampire/The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
I'm cheating by listing two books here, but I have so many more than 5 all time faves so bear with me. I loved the Interview with a Vampire. It was such an original and at times gruesome take on the vampire lore. It was disturbing yet oddly romantic with homoerotic undertones and wow, it took a very creative and brave mind to write a book so imaginative. As much as I love Interview, I may have actually loved The Vampire Lestat more because Lestat is such an intriguing character. He's evil but then, not so much. He's cunning and mad but not always. He has just enough humanity to make you wish he was real and if you're crazy enough, you may even wish he'd make you into a vampire. This is not for Twilight fans. These vampires are as close to real as any human can take. They push the boundary of taste time and again but keep you coming back for more. I love Anne Rice's writing. Genius!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This book is absolute perfection for a true romantic. It features a strong-willed heroine who won't settle for less than she deserves and yet she is not easily impressed with upper class aspirations. The dialogue is witty and wonderful, giving the reader a true feel for the rules of social decorum in the 1800s. I love Darcy. He is so beautifully sincere and has such a difficult time making his feelings known. But when he does, swoon. :)
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I'm a huge fan of the classics, but this one stands out for me. Just as Jane Austen gave a glimpse of upper-class England in the 1800s, Fitzgerald does the same by introducing his readers to the decadence of America's high society in the 1930s. It takes you on a journey with a glamorous couple who seemingly have it all wealth, beauty and a jet set lifestyle. The more you learn about the Divers, you realize one is an alcoholic and the other is mad. I love the autobiographic elements Fitzgerald uses in parallel with his life, along with the age-old concept, nothing is as it seems on the outside.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
This is one of my favorite classics. It's an anti-romance in a sense but it gives a voice to women of the time, which is pretty spectacular when you consider this was released over 100 years ago. Lily Bart is a young woman navigating New York high society at the turn of the last century. I love the intrigue and underlying network of greed and avarice at play. In this book, things don't end well for the heroine and I rarely love that but in this case, Lily's story tells so much in the things it's too polite to say aloud.
The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I know what you're thinking, really? Yes!! I loved this book. It was a little too long and let's be honest, the others in the series aren't nearly as entertaining as this one. Once again, I'll blame it on my romantic nature. I love a good romance and a riveting male lead. And Jamie is swoon-worthy goodness at its best! The non-stop adventure combined with a sweet love story set in a time traveling zone that educates the reader about the Scottish Jacobites is just damn good fun. No regrets! I'd read this one again in a heartbeat!
Tour Dates: January 9, 2015
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