For years Beck Lund has taken care of his volatile boyfriend Brady, always putting Brady’s needs above his own and walking on eggshells to keep the peace. After Brady overdoses on heroin, his death devastates Beck. Thankfully his best friend, Timothy Kallis, finds him the help he needs. Beck slowly starts to recover and moves in with Timothy to get back on his feet, but he’s oblivious that Timothy is secretly nursing romantic affection for him.
Beck focuses on his own healing for the first time in his life. After months of challenging his codependent tendencies and learning how to stand up for himself, Beck finally starts to trust his gut and hopes to one day love again. Timothy is patient throughout, taking care of Beck in ways no one ever has. But if Beck can’t recognize Timothy’s affection for him, it might be too late for them to move beyond friendship.
This book starts out with a huge bang and Beck’s whole world changing. It was wonderful seeing how Beck grew and changed throughout the book. He grew into who he was supposed to be without his past getting in the way. Timothy is a beautiful character. He’s so strong for helping Beck at his lowest, and not being judgmental about Beck’s choices. I would love to see a sequel to this book to show Beck and Timothy more established a few years down the line. It wasn’t a full HEA since they’re still a new couple. But it’s way better than a HFN.
I asked Posy to share what her writing space looks like. How she responded is pretty amazing. I wouldn’t mind visiting the space with a color scheme like hers and props like she has. Plus she gave us some visuals too. Read and enjoy!
After working in random spaces for years, I finally have my perfect writing cave. If you’ve read anything I’ve written in the past, you can pretty much say you’ve been in bed with me, because prior to August, my favorite place to write was my bed even though I had a desk right next door.
I call my newly reclaimed space my writing studio, because office feels too oppressive. Studio feels like a place where I can escape, create, think, and experiment. This summer is when I finally took matters into my own hands to transform my old office. Prior to that, the room had pink walls that were supposed to eventually have brown polka dots on them, but that was my plan in 2005. It felt old and stressful. I had been a student in the room, had shared it with my daughter for homework time, and also spent a lot of time crafting in there. It was also the catch-all room; you know the one you toss all those laundry baskets filled with the crap you don’t want visible when company comes over. So it was a room filled with stress that the pink walls only helped perpetuate.
Blue. After reading several articles about the psychology of color, I knew I wanted my room to be blue. I knew I had to avoid making it a cool blue, because my studio is on the cooler side of my house, and I’m constantly cold. I was on a mission, which was actually helped along by fellow author Brigham Vaughn posting a photo on her Facebook page. I loved the color of paint on her wall. She found the color number and sent me the info, and the paint chip hunt began. After painting several sections on the wall, living with the different colors, and seeing them at various times of day, I was convinced I found my blue. I went a shade darker just to be on the safe side.
I bought new furniture for my office, opting for a new dark brown desk and bookshelf to go with the few pieces I planned on reusing. Orange was going to be my accent color, so I made sure to have a little of that represented as well. I also picked out one of those huge wall stickers in dark brown: a dandelion blowing in the wind. Paint went on the walls, I built furniture, I put books away, and hung up the new glass bulletin boards I planned to use as character boards. Then I decided to move the furniture just one more time. I also arranged my two wooden artist models into many compromising positions, and voilá!
It was perfect. Inspiring, clean, streamlined, and totally focused on writing. So focused on writing that when I pulled the Chicago Manual of Style out to look up how to use commas in a certain situation, I looked down at the book and up at my walls.
I work inside the CMOS 16th Edition.
And I love it.
Before I had a chance to shut the front door, the sound of Brady choking on his own vomit pierced my eardrums. I was in our bedroom within seconds to witness him take what ended up being his last breath. Immediately I rolled him to his side to help him clear his airway. He flopped onto his back.
Abdominal thrusts. I slapped his face and shouted his name.
I followed the directions the dispatcher gave me on speakerphone, putting my effort into every motion as tears ran down my face.
“The paramedics are on their way. Do you hear the sirens yet?”
“Yes,” I said as I used my full weight to come down on Brady’s torso, trying to dislodge whatever particle had stopped all air from moving in and out of his lungs.
Nothing helped. He just stared up at me with glazed-over eyes and refused to breathe.
“Goddammit. Don’t you dare leave me like this!”
I blankly watched as the paramedics swarmed into the bedroom, shooing me away so they could assess Brady’s condition, and I saw the grim looks on their faces when they realized what had really happened. The frenzied activity ceased, and their demeanor changed the second they found the syringe, spoon, and lighter.
Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
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