Title: Like Two Parting Seas
Author: Zhara Freytes
Release Date: August 31, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art: Brooke Albrecht
After two years of internet chats and crappy video calls, Nathan and Leonardo will finally meet face-to-face, and the anticipation is killing them both. Their slow-simmering desire to be together soon boils over as Nathan shows Leo around his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Witty conversation fills their days, passion fills their nights, and both young men know they belong in each other’s lives. But how can a romance, let alone a relationship, work when Nathan’s career is in Boise and Leo must soon return to his home in Italy? Since neither is ready to say goodbye to the budding love affair, they’re determined to find a solution before the end of Leo’s holiday.
Hagerman was a town about an hour away from Boise in Gooding County, and it was one of Nathan’s favorite places to visit. He remembered visiting the town with a bunch of friends the summer before senior year, taking a guided canoe tour down the Snake River that was definitely worth the price. This time, he had planned there stay months in advance, deciding their second weekend together should be spent away from his small apartment, enjoying the outdoor attractions that Hagerman offered. Plus it was more of an excuse for him to come somewhere he loved to visit with someone he absolutely adored.
Instead of taking advantage of the town, though, they spent all of Friday laid up in bed with the TV playing on mute and the view of the river to keep them company in the beautiful garden room of Thousand Springs Winery.
“This place is not cheap, Nathan.”
“I told you not to look it up.” Nathan frowned, reached for Leo’s phone, then tossed it on his nightstand before continuing to massage his lower back. “It’s only two nights.”
“And we just wasted one by doing nothing but making love.”
“Are you complaining?”
“Hell no. Just saying, pretty steep price to pay for a bed that could do exactly what your own bed can.”
“You’re ruining the mood, I hope you know that,” Nathan mumbled, rolling off Leo, then smacked his ass and made his way into the bathroom to start the tub. “I’m not concerned about it. I work hard for the money that I spent, and I wanted to do something special for you, so just be quiet and enjoy it, okay?”
“Sir, yes, sir.” Leo saluted, and turned to lie on his back with his fingers locked behind his head. “Only if I can ask you one more question.”
“Sure, go ahead.”
“Do you know how unbelievably fucking hot you look right now?”
Nathan groaned and slammed the door to the bathroom shut, met by
Leo’s thunderous laughs on the other side. Soon Leo joined him and crowded him with tight hugs from behind, their joined bodies reflecting back on them on the full-length mirror that covered one of the walls in the luxurious bathroom.
“Do you have any idea how much I’m going to miss you when I leave?”
“Probably not as much as I’m going to miss you,” Nathan responded, smiling at Leo through the reflective glass, taking in the view of them together. He never thought the day would finally arrive where they would
be together, wrapped in each other so intimately, enjoying each other’s presence. It was torture talking about it, wanting it, but not being able to have it, and now that he finally did, he was terrified of having to go without it again. “I’m gonna have to hold you hostage next Friday.”
Zhara Freytes is a Florida native who loves to sit and watch every drama series on TV while watching her three-year-old nephew throw things across the room for fun. She’s a nanny, dedicated to the growth of her nieces and nephews who she loves more than anything in the world. When she’s not being a super aunt or a couch potato, she’s working out or driving to the nearest Taco Bell to undo everything she just did in the gym. Her writing passion began when she was eleven years old, writing about rainbows and unicorns and relationships that are perfect and last forever until she realized life was a little harder than that, thus turning her into a ball of angst that cannot be tamed. Her favorite things to do are waste money collecting things she really doesn’t need, playing games on her phone while ignoring the rest of the world, watching oiled-up half-naked men wrestle each other for the sake of entertainment, and staying up so late that she has to retrace her steps to see which episode of Grey’s Anatomy she was on because Netflix decided to stop her unconscious viewing pleasure. Her mom is her savior and biggest fan in the world. She is the youngest of six, along with her twin brother, following two older sisters and two older brothers. She’s also pretty obsessed with listening to the same songs until they become so annoying that she ultimately deletes them from her phone and doesn’t think about them for the next two years.
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