Doctor Gavin Addison’s marriage didn’t end on the friendliest of terms, and his estranged wife’s continual harassment has the local police visiting his home so often they’ve started calling him “the doc.” One of those cops, Officer Lex Turner, has a crush on the handsome doc, even though he knows there’s no chance the doc would ever consider dating a man.
A chance encounter on a crowded dance floor ends with both men in the same bed with the same woman—but with questionable results. When the doc wants to try that again, Lex becomes more involved than he’d dreamed possible as he helps his new friend navigate the kinkier side of sex. Knowing it’s just sex for Gavin, Lex finds it hard to keep his feelings hidden. But when Gavin finally figures out he has feelings for Lex that go beyond what a guy should feel for his buddy, will he let Lex convince him to take a chance with him—even if it turns both their lives upside down?
“The hell you did!” Riley exclaimed. His eyes danced with mirth above the face mask he wore to help with the stench. “So who was the guy?”
“I didn’t know him,” Gavin lied. He wasn’t sure why, after all he’d told Riley, he didn’t want to tell him that he knew the guy he’d shared a woman with the previous night. He watched as one of the cleaning crew picked up another bag of trash to move it to the porch with all the others. Riley had been attached at the hip to him the whole day, driving Gavin around to run a few errands before going back to his house where the people from the cleaning service Sheila had helped Gavin find were into their third hour of work removing everything that was broken or soiled beyond repair.
Gavin sighed at the thought of his poor house. They’d gotten most of the trash picked up. Cassie had emptied the contents of his refrigerator and all of his cupboards. There had been broken dishes and food mixed in with a healthy dose of what the cops told him turned out to be dog droppings. The living room was much the same with the added bonus of words written on the walls in canine crap. She had, thankfully, stopped there, leaving the two bedrooms and bathroom untouched. Maybe she’d run out of puppy poop.
Riley had stood on a ladder and reprogrammed the garage door opener to assure that Cassie wouldn’t have access to it again. How Gavin had missed the fact that she still had one of the remotes was beyond him, but now that the problem was remedied he felt much more secure.
Gavin had been working up the nerve to tell Riley about his walk on the wild side all day. He’d finally just blurted it out, even the mortifying details, like having a guy kiss him. Now he had to deal with Riley and his obsessive need to have every single detail about it. Sometimes Gavin wished he could just keep his mouth shut.
“So was he hot?” Riley asked.
“What do you mean?”
“I mean, was he better-looking than you? Were you weirded out because he was like a male model and had a huge schlong? Were you all like ‘he’s so hot and I’m so not’ and that’s maybe why you were weird about it?” he asked. “You know, thinking the cute little redhead was comparing you gave you performance anxiety?”
Gavin thought about it. He supposed that Lex was attractive. He had kind of the boy-next-door, “ah shucks, ain’t nothing, ma’am,” corn-fed, farm-boy-type of look to him. Not anything to write home about, though: plain brown hair, worn probably just short enough to pass regulation, blue eyes, pretty striking—not that Gavin would tell Riley that—a chiseled jaw, strong nose, and a body that most guys would…oh shit. He wasn’t going to tell Riley that he had actually checked the guy out.
CL Mustafic is a born and bred American mid-westerner who mysteriously ended up living in one of those countries nobody can ever find on the map of Europe. Left with too much time on her hands—let’s be honest here: it was the lack of television channels in her native language–and too many voices in her head trying to fill the silence, she decided to give her life-long dream of writing a novel a shot. So now, between shuttling kids back and forth from various activities and risking her life on the insanely narrow, busy streets of her new hometown, she loses herself in her own made-up world where love always wins.
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