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“PLEASE DON’T GO”
“DARE YOU TO”
“PLEASE DON’T GO”
COVER DESIGN: REESE DANTE
Danny Friedman knows all about loss. His father left to start a new family and now that his mother passed away, he’s even more certain love is only temporary. People always disappoint him in the end, a lesson he learned years ago when his summer camp best friend and secret crush disappeared without a trace, never to be heard from again. Until now.
Fifteen years ago, Paul Merola left everything behind when he ran away with his mother to escape his abusive father. He lived life on the run for years, but never forgot his best friend, Danny. When his job transfers him to the New York City office, the past collides with the present, as Paul finds himself face to face with Danny, who works there as well. To Paul’s dismay, a reluctant Danny makes it clear he has little desire to rekindle their friendship.
Despite Danny’s desire to learn what happened all those years ago, he refuses to fall victim to Paul’s charm, fearing he’s being used to get ahead. Paul, finally secure enough to stay and put down roots, must convince Danny that there is more to them than a broken promise. Not only does he want to be friends again, he wants love. He wants forever. And he wants it all with Danny.
This story first appeared in the It Was Always You Anthology. It has been re-edited and expanded by approximately 5,000 words.
“Fuck it, Danny. Do you have any idea how much I want you?” Paul didn’t wait for him to answer but continued to trail kisses along his jaw, while swaying his hips in time to the music. His cock continued to bump and slide against Danny’s. “I’m like six seconds away from dragging you off to the back and doing something crazy.”
So was he. This couldn’t be real; he wasn’t the type people got spontaneous with. The craziest he’d ever gotten was a quick public kiss.
“I guess we could learn to be friends again.” Danny’s breath caught as pulses of excitement rippled through him. The rush of Paul’s breath passed by his ear and Paul squeezed him tight.
“I know we can.”
They separated, but Paul kept his arm draped over Danny’s shoulder, and for the first time, Danny experienced what being a couple might be like. It felt good…real. Like he was part of life and not a mere spectator. He accepted another drink from Paul.
“But I still don’t get why you disappeared and never called or wrote me.”
The good humor drained from Paul’s face. “Can’t we forget about it and start with a fresh slate? That makes the most sense to me.” He kissed the top of Danny’s head.
But not for him. Obviously Paul was only looking for sex. “I don’t think so. You know what? It’s probably best to have a strictly professional relationship. Goodnight, Paul. See you at the office.”
And like the coward he was, Danny fled the bar.
Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels was renewed.
But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back.
Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
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“DARE YOU TO”
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Austin Thompson spends most of his spare time reading or logging in extra hours at the LGBTQ youth center where he works. His only standing “night out,” if you can call it that, is his weekly movie night with his best friend, Dare Nichols. Between work and Dare, it’s hard to find time for much else, so when he does actually try to date, it ends in disaster.
Dare thrives on living life on the wild side—surfing, mountain biking, sky diving. If it’s extreme, he’s game. Between sports and spending his evenings at his West Hollywood bar, Dare never sees a dull moment. Still, with all that excitement, most of his favorite times are when he’s tucked away in Austin’s apartment. Probably because he’s the only best friend Dare’s ever had.
Then the kiss happens and the men realize they don’t want to stop there. As they explore this new adventure in their relationship, Austin realizes the excitement he’s been looking for has been right there all along, and Dare has to decide if he can conquer his only fear by risking his heart.
Dare went tense. His pulse shot through the roof. “Did that motherfucker tell you that?”
“No.” Austin shook his head, making his hair move against Dare again. “Kind of. Forget I said anything. I sound like a sniveling teen.”
But he was upset. Austin had dated men, and they’d gone their separate ways in the past but he’d never been torn up about it. Dare felt like his insides were tied up. “Did you love him? I know you said it wasn’t serious, but was it?”
Austin took another drink. Then Dare. He felt it already, the deep tingle of a buzz shooting through him.
“No, but I should have. He checked all the boxes.”
The word boxes came out slightly slurred. Dare had no idea what the fuck that meant, but it sounded important to Austin.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Why I’m taking this so hard. He checked all the boxes,” Austin said again.
“These must be some important boxes,” Dare told him, and Austin chuckled the way he’d hoped he would. “I hate Brian.”
“You hardly knew him and you can’t hate someone just because they broke up with me.”
Dare lifted his shoulder and dropped it, making Austin’s head move. “Actually, I can. I can hate people for whatever reason I want, thank you very much. But I hated him before he called it off with you. His nose is too small and his eyes too big. His mouth too, actually. He’s like this big-mouthed, big-eyed, know it all. You’re better off without him. You deserve better than a guy like him.”
Austin’s hair tickled Dare’s jaw again as he moved. Then he sat up and Dare didn’t feel his warmth anymore. He set the bottle of whiskey down on the coffee table and then turned to Dare with those wild, green eyes. There was something in them, something Dare hadn’t seen before. Something that looked like green fire.
The couch cushions moved, made noise as Austin inched…closer this time, leaning in toward Dare. He knew what was happening, but still his brain questioned it as time crawled like they were in slow motion.
The second Austin’s lips touched his, his immediate thought was to pull back. Then the first lash of Austin’s whiskey-covered tongue against his lips made that thought disintegrate. Before he knew it, Dare had his hand on the back of Austin’s head, tangled in that soft, red hair, pulling him closer. His lips were open, and his tongue was in Austin’s whiskey-flavored mouth.
Austin groaned, and Dare felt it vibrate in his throat. He wanted more. Wanted to devour him. Wanted to know what he tasted like everywhere.
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together.
She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine, while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves.
Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.
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