When Malcolm Jenner’s sex-on-the-side turns into more,
he isn’t above begging for a second chance.
High profile attorney Malcolm Jenner is looking for a bit of fun, nothing serious. He’s got duties and responsibilities, after all. Though he’s not one to choose his lovers from the office, Jacob Renault is an attraction too compelling to resist.
However, Jacob isn’t interested in temporary. He wants it all—Prince Charming, the castle, the happily ever after. There’s no rule that says the younger man can’t have fun while he’s searching for his prince, though…
At first neither is willing to compromise on their stance, but an agreement is reached, with each man planning to do his best to subvert the other to his viewpoint. Lust turns to love, and what’s impossible becomes merely improbable, but is it going to be enough?
I asked Jacob to join us and tell us what he thought he was looking for in his “Prince Charming” but wasn’t necessarily important in the end. Thanks Lee for bringing him with you. Read and enjoy!
Hi! Thanks for inviting me over. I’m Lee Brazil, author of m/m romance with Story Orgy and Pulp Friction. I’m here to talk about my contemporary romance, Loving Jacob. This was actually the second book I ever wrote and remains one of my favorites to this day. Today, I brought along Jacob Renault to answer Molly Lolly’s question about what he was looking for in his Prince Charming that he later realized maybe wasn’t so important.
Jacob: I’m not really sure what I was looking for. I grew up in a happy suburban home, two kids, a husband and wife who loved each other, station wagon in the drive… That’s what I wanted. I thought it represented the classic American life, that whole television image of perfection. Being gay, I knew it would be harder to find, but I’d been raised on the American dream, and I thought I deserved it.
When I set eyes on Malcolm, I knew he was the one. I also knew he was married, but there wasn’t really any question that he was looking. I mean… his eyes when they lit on me… it was scorching.
I confess, I wanted him and I went after him. Deliberately. I loved him, and I really couldn’t see how he could feel any other way, you know?
But he was so damned loyal… so determined to do what he’d been raised to believe was the right thing…
I guess in the beginning I was looking for a Prince who’d treat me like a king. I wanted him to give up his version of right and wrong, his old loyalties, and put me ahead of everything else.
I realized somewhere down the line that that was wrong. If he sacrificed his principles and values, then he wouldn’t be the man I loved, and if he could walk out on Penny and Liam… then I’d never be able to trust that he wouldn’t one day walk out on me.
So what I was looking for was a fantasy, but I had the good luck to fall in love with a real man, even if I didn’t realize it right away. Sandcastles wash away with every tide, but real love… it survives.
Malcolm stood in the hallway, gritting his teeth and reminded himself that an office fling with a man who had to be at least ten years his junior was out of the question. He and Penny had long since relinquished any pretense of monogamy in their marriage and reached an amicable agreement to conduct their affairs discreetly out of respect for their son and their friendship. Fucking purple-eyed twinks in the elevator at work? Not discreet.
He kept his gaze focused on the gleaming silver metal of the doors as the elevator made its excruciatingly slow way up to the third floor. His glance flicked to the reflection beside his. The younger man stood casually, shoulders propped against the wall, licking pink lips. His purple gaze in the hazy reflection was focused…fuck…on Malcolm’s obvious erection beneath his dark dress pants. Discretion. Discretion, he snarled at his libido. There will be no casual hookups with people from the office, he warned his eager cock. He shifted to the side slightly, hoping to hide the evidence of his arousal from the other man. Damn it. That kid had the sexiest eyes he’d ever seen. He wanted like hell to see them glaze over as he fucked the tight ass hinted at by the khaki pants he wore. He didn’t go much for the intimacy of face-to-face encounters, but for the sight of those eyes and that mouth in the throes of orgasm, he’d make an exception. His tendency toward quick casual encounters disguised his preference for male partners and kept word of his homosexuality from getting back to his parents, his partners in the firm, and out to the public.
A law office, like any other place of business, was a microcosm of the world at large. Malcolm knew from being on the receiving end of gossip from his secretary, Marge, that every action and interaction between employees was fodder for the gossip mill. Being the subject of water cooler gossip lacked appeal and offended his sense of dignity, as did the knowledge that he apparently couldn’t control his urges around the tech guy.
He threw in the towel and gave up the fight against his attraction to the young man from the technology department when he caught that sultry purple gaze on his cock for what must have been the hundredth time as the slight young man brushed against him in an intentional teasing slide while he tried to exit the elevator on the second floor.
Impulsively, Malcolm grabbed Jacob’s hand and pulled him back inside the otherwise-empty space. He kept that small, soft hand locked in his own as he allowed the heavy metal doors to slam shut and the elevator to rise to his own floor. There he slapped his palm against the button that prevented the doors from opening. He’d had all the titillation he could stand. Malcolm swept the young man into his embrace. He tilted Jacob’s head upward with one hand and dropped his mouth passionately, almost brutally, to kiss the other man. His other hand tangled in the black curls that had taunted his senses over the past weeks. He forced the soft pink lips apart, then swept his tongue inside. Instantly he was absorbed in the heated, slick haven of Jacob’s mouth. The honeyed sweetness drew him further in and his tongue eagerly sought the textures and flavors that had been hidden there. Fuck. He could drown in the wet heat he found behind those soft lips. It was addictive. Jacob didn’t even try to escape the kiss; he seemed to be doing his best to encourage it. He brushed his tongue against Malcolm’s, sweeping it gently along the roof of his mouth, seeking and finding the sweetest spots. Both men were panting heavily when their lips parted.
Malcolm pulled back and spoke harshly. “Is that what you’re after, little boy? You want a quick fuck in the elevator to start the week off right?”
Somewhere in a small town in up-state New York are a librarian and a second grade teacher to whom I owe my life. That might be a touch dramatic, but it’s nevertheless one hundred percent true.
Because they taught me the joy of reading, of escaping into worlds crafted of words.
Have you ever been nine years old and sure of nothing so much as that you don’t belong? Looked at the world from behind glasses, and wondered why you don’t fit?
Someone hands you a book, and then you turn the page and see… There you are, running from Injun Joe in a dark graveyard; there you are fencing with Athos; there you are…beneath the deep blue sea- marveling at exotic creatures with Captain Nemo.
I found myself between the pages of books, and that is why I write now. It’s why I taught English and literature for so many years, and it’s why my house contains more pounds of books than furniture.
If I’d had my way, I’d have been a fencer…or a starship captain, or a lawyer, or a detective solving crimes. But instead, I am a writer, and I’ve come to realize that’s the best thing in the world to be, because as a writer, I can be all those things and more.
If I hadn’t learned to value the stories between the pages, who knows what would have happened? Certainly not college…teaching…or writing.
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