When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian, Sasha, outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.
Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them, but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.
Upon Joel’s return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.
Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.
After passing him a plate, I took my own to the breakfast bar where I’d already placed cutlery and condiments. “Do you need anything else?”
“No, thank you. I think I should probably get out of your way soon.” Sasha reached for a slice of toast, and to my amusement spread it with peanut butter and then topped it with a layer of raspberry jam.
“You like that combination?”
“Peanut butter and jelly? Mm.” He hummed around the first bite.
“You watch too much American TV.” I grinned and folded my own toast around a slice of bacon. “You’re not in my way, but if you have things to do….”
Sasha shrugged. “Not really. But if I go back early, most of the others won’t be up yet and they won’t see me coming in.”
“You’re worried about them knowing you’ve been out all night?”
“No, but I didn’t know if it would bother you, them knowing I stayed with you.”
“It doesn’t bother me. Don’t you think I’d be proud for people to know you stayed the night? That we’re together?”
“I don’t know. I don’t have much to offer you, Joel.” He looked up and met my eyes. “All I have is what you gave me.”
“No, you earned it. Maybe I gave you a step up onto the first rung of the ladder that night when I took you in, but the rest of it’s been down to you. Besides, you had plenty I wanted when you arrived on my doorstep—it just took me a little while to say so.”
Sasha grinned. “I doubt I was very appealing that night. I don’t think I’d taken a shower for more than two weeks.” His grin turned into a grimace and he shuddered.
“Well, you scrubbed up well. You’re beautiful, Sasha.”
His lips curved up at the corners. “I think there must be something wrong with your eyesight. I’m just ordinary.”
Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.
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