RISKING IT ALL
RELEASE DATE: 09.07.18
Cover Artist: Designs by Morningstar
Cover Photo: David Velez Fotografia
Jaden King was raised in Boston to a wealthy family that taught him what love and hard work is. He has a challenging and rewarding career until everything was turned upside down. What was once a promising future has quickly become a frightening and unknown reality. After months of dealing with the fall out on his own, he decided getting away--or more realistically, running away--to White Acre and his best friend sounded like the perfect plan.
Danny Keegan is a laid-back man with simple tastes and an even simpler life. He adores the little town of White Acre where he grew up, he loves his parents, and he enjoys his uncomplicated life. He’s always told himself the fact that he’s a closeted gay man in a conservative, parochial town wasn’t an issue and coming out of the closet wasn’t necessary. But with the addition of Jaden in his life he realizes as happy as he is, he could be happier and the future of a love of his own doesn't seem so out of grasp as it always had.
When Jaden and Danny meet, their chemistry is undeniable but playful flirting doesn't mean anything. They start spending all their free time together, and what started as a simple friendship quickly turns into something much more than either saw coming. But, Jaden carries a secret that could end it all before it even begins. And though Jaden is scared to tell the truth and risk everything that has come to mean so much to him, he knows that he can’t go on without laying himself bare, leaving Danny with an important, life changing choice to make. His content little life or what could be the love of his life.
Will Jaden’s truth be too much for Danny, or will Danny decide a life out in the open, full of love, laughter, and passion is worth risking it all?
Wrapping his towel around his waist, he walked back down the stairs, yawning the whole way. He needed to grab his clothes by the front door, throw them in the washing machine, and then grab a frozen meal or three.
Reaching the front door, he bent down and grabbed the disgusting clothes, making sure to keep them away from his clean body, he stood and started to turn back toward the kitchen when he caught something out of the corner of his eye.
Danny could feel the flush rise up from his chest to his face. There was no way he was walking away from this without being embarrassed if who he thought he saw was really standing on the other side of his front door.
Shoring up his nerves, he slowly pivoted back to the door, and yeah, it was definitely Jaden standing there looking sexy as hell with his perfectly tousled hair, flushed cheeks, and that sexy smile he wore when he was being flirty Jaden.
Which was pretty much always.
“Are you going to open the door and let me in or make me stand out here while you’re naked in there?” Jaden asked through the closed door. “ Either way, I’m going to enjoy the view.”
Danny honestly contemplated leaving Jaden out there while he got dressed, but his mom had taught him better manners than that. Although, at that moment, she might not think being polite and letting the flirty man in the house while he was naked was the path to take.
Danny stepped back as he opened the front door while tightly holding on to the towel. The last thing he needed was for the towel to fall.
Maybe. That could end up being fun.
Morningstar Ashley is a transplant from the Yankee-controlled territory of New York, and now finds herself in the heartland of cowboys and longhorns—Texas. Armed with her imagination, wit, and trusty sidekicks in the form of her two crazy kids, devoted dorky husband, big lap dog, and rambunctious cats, Morningstar spends her time reading the books she loves, crafting her own characters, and arguing the merits of hot chocolate over the bitter brew known as coffee. (Hot chocolate wins, FYI.)
After a lifetime of trying to get people to realize her first name wasn’t Ashley, Morningstar decided the best way to settle the debate was to put her name on a book cover. Now she find the accomplishment of publishing so satisfying her mind won’t stop creating stories of love across the spectrum of LGBTQA+.