Becca Seymour has a new MM contemporary romance out: "Let Me Show You."
When a veterinarian and a construction worker connect, it takes mishaps, mistakes, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rex to show them they’re made for each other.
Dr. Carter Falon is content living a quiet life in a small town caring for his animal patients. That doesn't mean he's not looking for a distraction. After finding himself precariously wedged… naked and at the mercy of a drop-dead gorgeous construction worker, Carter hires his savior to renovate his home.
When Tanner Grady’s best friend and new niece needed him, he uprooted and relocated without a second thought. His life has since been centered on work and spending time with his family, but when he comes to the rescue of a cute vet, Tanner finds he's a lot more interested in the homeowner than the house he’s renovating.
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Looking at the caller ID, I greeted, “Hey, Mom.”
“Hey, baby boy.” I smiled. In my late twenties, I was far from a baby, but she’d once told me that even at fifty I’d still be her baby. “Good day?”
“Yep. Not too bad. Nothing too hectic or crazy. You?”
“A great one. Your dad’s booked a cruise for our anniversary.” Excitement lit her words. She’d been hinting at Dad for a while about a cruise. I was pleased he’d listened. It didn’t take a lot to make my mom happy; she found joy in the smallest of things,so that he’d organized it all was pretty impressive. Mom usually organized everything, so I knew him booking the vacation for them was a big deal.
“That’s terrific. Caribbean?”
She actually squealed down the line. I pulled the phone from my ear and laughed loudly. “Yes! Carter, I’m so excited.”
“Really? I’d never have guessed.”
“Oh, hush.” She spoke over me as I laughed again. “Don’t sass your mother.”
My laughter continued. “Never, Mom. You’d tan my hide. Wouldn’t dream of it.”
“I should think not. So anything new? Any dates?”
With a groan, I rubbed my face and then stepped further into the kitchen and pulled out a glass. “Mom…,” I sighed.
“What? I worry about you. You’re so far from home and are there all alone.”
I poured myself a glass of wine and took a sip. “I know you worry, but honestly, life’s good.” Admittedly it would have been nice to hook up, but one, I didn’t do casual and never had, and two, there was no way I’d tell my mom I was afraid my penis would drop off from lack of use. “There’s nothing new either, and that’s okay. I’m likingthe quiet life.”
“Hmm….” That was her tell for not being convinced. “You know, I was talking to Julie last week, and her nephew’s gay.”
“Mom,” I said with laughter, “honestly, no hookups. I do not need my mom fixing me up.”
She ignored me. “Well, he lives quite far away, but maybe a week of casual—” She cleared her throat. “—sex would do you good.”
“Jesus, Mom.” I spluttered on my mouthful of wine. Grabbing a towel, I wiped my face, catching the dribble of red wine on my chin, and wiped the countertop I’d sprayed. “Stop. I don’t need you arranging anything, okay? Please tell me you’re listening.” She was quiet. “Mom,” I said louder.
“Yes, yes, I hear you.” She sighed. “Grandbabies would be nice.”
Holy crap on toast! With wide eyes, I looked at the ceiling and counted to five. I then took a big gulp of wine before saying, “Mom.”
“Yes, baby boy?”
“I have to go. I need to grab a shower. I’m expecting someone.”
“Someone to fix the house up.” I’d heard the interest in her tone, the hope in that one syllable.
“Oh.” This time her voice dropped. I hated to kill her enthusiasm, but geez, I really needed to get off the phone.
“Love you, tell Dad I love him too. And I’ll speak to you guys later. Bye, Mom.”
“Will do.” Her tone was a bit brighter. “Love you too. Bye, honey.”
I disconnected quickly and placed my phone down. My mom, yeah, she was wonderful and drove me to absolute distraction. I knew how lucky I was. Every decision I’d ever made, my parents had always had my back. They supported me unconditionally. It was just that my mom could be a little extreme at times. I laughed into the empty room. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Quickly finishing my wine, I looked at the time. I had just fifteen minutes until the contractor was due. I’d left it late to organize myself, still a little in a tizzafter the conversation with my mom and the mention of babies. I glanced around the room at the disorderly mess. Every time I did so, I regretted it.
I detested chaos,and that was what the house felt like. The place was still strewn with my moving boxes, but I had yet to see the point in unpacking. Not necessarily because I planned to move, but rather, the whole house needed a lot of work, so I knew I’d have to pack my things up for any work on the house to start.
I really hoped this Tanner guy would be the person who could finally help me out. I’d had two other quotes, one local and one from out of town. Both were crazy high,and neither would be able to start for another five months or so. I was running out of options. This guy had come recommended to me by one of my clients, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.
I sighed in defeat as I looked around. I’d have to continue ignoring it all until I finally had the place fixed up. I headed upstairs, careful to miss the coupleof steps that had loose boards, and headed to the main bathroom. I had an en suite, but the shower didn’t work, so it was the pearlescent green suite I headed toward. The sickly porcelain made me shudder every time I laid eyes on it. It was clean though, so there was that.
I hopped into the shower, latheredmyself up, and quickly rinsed off. That was when I heard the knock at the door. “Shoot.” I quickly turned off the taps, stepped out and grabbed a towel. In my haste to get myself together and then answer the door, the dodgy floorboard didn’t even register until my foot slammed throughit, snagging my ankle and bringing me to my knees.
I yelled as I fell, and cursed. Wincing, I looked at my predicament, trying to yank my foot out as I did so. A loud groan slipped past my lips. This was no good. I was wedged, and it appeared I’d lost my towel in my fall. Just great.
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“She’ll love me,” Tanner reassured with a smirk as I looked at him.
“It’s not that I’m worried about,” I deadpanned. He winked and squeezed my hand once more. Just as I intended to plant a chaste kiss on his perfect lips, it began.
“Oh my goodness, Jack, will you look at that.” I closed my eyes briefly, hoping to God that my mom wouldn’t completely terrify Tanner. “Aren’t they just adorable together?” And then, in a whirl of pink and perfume, she all but threw her handbag at Dad, who stood there open-armed in a well-rehearsed move, and she raced toward us.
A grin split my face as I wrapped her up in my arms. As much as my mom was certifiable at times, she was mine and awesome. “Hey, Mom.” I kissed her on the cheek while attempting to step out of her bone-crushing hug. For five-foot-nothing, she was strong and gave some of the best hugs.
Not letting me out of her grasp just yet, she held me tighter, giving an extra squeeze as she said, “God, baby boy, I’ve missed you so much.” She finally edged back a little and reached up and cupped my face in her palms. After a moment of silence as her perceptive eyes studied me, she finally returned my grin. “You look so handsome”—I rolled my eyes—“and happy.” My heart squeezed. I really was happy, and the man somewhere behind me was the reason.
With the thought of Tanner firmly in my mind, I nodded. There was no way I could hold back from my mom. She read me far too easily, which was something of a blessing and a curse. I stepped out of her arms and looked over my shoulder at Tanner, stretching my arm out to him. He took my hand immediately. Rightness settled in my chest, warmth spreading through me at the contact. “Mom, Dad”—he’d finally reached us, laden with bags—“meet Tanner.”
Mom lunged at Tanner, wrapping him up in her arms. Half-amused and half-mortified, I continued, “This crazy woman is Marcy and this good-looking chap”—I winked at my dad and patted him on the shoulder, not daring to hug him while he was overloaded—“is Jack.”
“Hey, son, you good?” My dad’s deep voice held amusement as he shook his head slightly and indicated toward Mom, who had since released a bewildered Tanner but was now arm in arm with him as she dragged him toward the house.
“Yeah, Dad. Thanks.” I gave a small but happy sigh. “Come on, let me help with some of the luggage.” I took a bag out of his hands. “How long are you staying again?” I laughed.
“I best not tell you there’re another two in the trunk then, huh?” he answered. I groaned in response. With a laugh, he said, “Don’t worry, it’s just a week.”
Becca Seymour lives and breathes all things book related. Usually with at least three books being read and two WiPs being written at the same time, life is merrily hectic. She tends to do nothing by halves so happily seeks the craziness and busyness life offers.
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