Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.
Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.
I had been looking forward to reading this book since I read the blurb. I love reading about guys that are just a little bit broken. Both Luke and Michael fit that bill. Luke loves literature and poetry and has a quote for every situation. He’s usually got really goods one too. I really enjoyed reading Luke and Michael fall in love but not call it that. Michael’s responses to Luke’s anxiety and panic attacks were amazing. He was so supportive and understanding, and knew exactly how to help Luke redirect his feelings. The side characters were so well written. I can’t wait to read the rest of the story from the short sneak peek that was included at the end, Brandon’s story. I also want Alex to have a story too.
Four and a half
I’m excited to go on another dream vacation trip. I love traveling, even if it’s only in my mind. Lane’s trip sounds like a blast and I may just tag along for the adventure. Read and enjoy!
Oh, great question! I love to travel but there are quite a few places I haven’t been to… yet. I’d love to see the fjords in Scandinavia. I’m part Swedish so although I’d love to visit Denmark, Norway and Finland, I would opt to spend some time in Sweden first. Any vacation for me involves a few basics. I’m too old to stay anywhere that isn’t fabulous. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive place by any means, but cleanliness and good central location for serious walking are a must. After that, it’s all about soaking up as much culture and history as humanly possible. Museums, castles, cathedrals! I can never get enough art and architecture. And food! One of my favorite restaurants in Orange County, California was owned by two Swedes. Their Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam were divine. When the owners moved back to Stockholm, I was very sad indeed.
I wouldn’t spend a ton of time shopping but, I have a background in interior design and I love the gorgeous simple aesthetic of Scandinavian furnishings. Crisp, clean blues and whites. Sold! I’d love to bring some goodies home. I’m also a bit of a history buff. Stories about the Vikings are some of my favorites. Don’t laugh, but I went through a phase of reading time travel romance novels where the heroine finds herself thrust in dire straits on a Swedish ship with super muscular, dangerous Vikings. Of course, there was usually a nobleman in the fray to protect her honor. Until he got her alone, that is. You get the picture!
This would most likely be a minimum two week venture! As I’m typing I’m thinking of boating in the fjords and the Northern Lights and Swedish cinema and… Fine. Maybe three.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Molly! I can’t wait to plan my trip 🙂
Lane Hayes xo
“One day at a time,” he repeated thoughtfully, making an obvious effort to steer the topic toward something more pleasant. “Well, I don’t have anything better, so… I’ll go with that too.” Michael’s smile lit his entire face. It was a beautiful thing to witness. He was handsome always, but wow… what a smile.
“Was the picture of us good at least?”
This time he laughed out loud, a sweet, musical sound that made me chuckle along with him.
“Yeah, very hot.” He reached over and pulled me into his side effortlessly. “Look, I wasn’t trying to send mixed signals this week. I know I haven’t been around like I said I would. I… Jamie isn’t going to go away easily. This has been a weird blow to add to an already fucked-up situation, but… I like you and I do trust you.”
“You like me?”
He gave a small half chuckled and shrugged. “Un poco.” He translated when I gave him a blank stare. “A little.”
“I like you a little too.”
I couldn’t help my response at being near him. I curled into his side like a cat begging for attention. Michael wrapped his arms around me and kissed my cheek and my chin. I didn’t want a “friend” kiss, though. I wanted what he gave me Friday night. I wanted “that kiss.” I intercepted him when he leaned in to peck my temple and stuck my tongue out to trace the corner of his mouth. He groaned and accepted the invitation, diving and thrusting his tongue inside my mouth to stake his claim. His right hand traveled down my throat and came to a stop over my left nipple. He rubbed at the sensitive flesh through my tight T-shirt and squeezed hard when he heard my moan of approval.
I arched my back into his touch but kept my mouth fastened to his. I didn’t want to lose this connection. He bit at my chin and sent kisses down my neck as his hand dipped down to my belt and came to rest on my hardening cock. I whimpered and scooted on his lap to straddle his thighs.
“Is this okay? Am I hurting your knee?”
“It’s good, honey. Really good.” Both of his hands splayed flat on my back and circled to the front to pluck at the fabric of my T-shirt. “Take it off.”
I didn’t have to be told twice. I was burning up. I yanked it over my head and tossed it aside before I began working on the seemingly endless row of buttons on his dress shirt.
“Fuck. Help me get his off you. I need to feel your skin.”
I barely recognized my voice. I sounded breathless.
When Michael finally leaned forward to let the fabric slide from his shoulders, I met him halfway to feel his skin against mine. Heaven. He was simply beautiful, with finely toned washboard abs and gorgeous skin. It was smooth like mine but much darker. Olive against golden. I loved the contrast and I was anxious to explore. I let my hands roam, over his chest, down his stomach, and back again. My fingers itched to palm his cock through his worn jeans. Instead I fused my naked torso against his and ground my aching cock against his equally hard member. We both hissed, and the kiss became something more like sex.
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and her third received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab ever in an almost empty nest.
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