AUTHOR: Jessie G
TITLE: Our Reason
SERIES: Sizzling Miami #8 (Red & Bull #3)
COVER ARTIST: Andrew Reyna
PHOTOGRAPHER: Randy RLS Images
COVER MODEL: Alfie Gordillo
CATEGORIES: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2017
Married life is everything Bull and Red could have hoped for. It’s not something they’d ever take for granted and the need to pay it forward is a trait the husbands happily share. When the new director of the Bennett House asks Red to teach an art class, he isn’t entirely sure how it will help, but he’s more than willing to try. Before Bull, he used his art to purge his demons and sharing that with those in need of an outlet for their own pain was a gift he never considered giving. Each week he is rocked by the artful outpouring of emotion and the gratitude of his students. One by one, they burrow into his heart…but none more so than Dillon Young.
Always holding himself apart from the others, the wisp of a boy keeps his head down and hides behind a mangy, overgrown length of dark hair like a shield. Despite his best attempts not to see himself in all the young men that come through the center, everything about Dillon calls out to Red. Needing to share their encounters, and maybe hoping for a little perspective, he turns to the one man he knows he can always count on. Expecting Bull to be the voice of reason had been a fool’s mission from the start and soon they’re both invested in helping Dillon.
There’s no doubt they have an abundance of love to share and if ever there was someone who needed it, Dillon was the one. Between Bull’s strength and Red’s patience, they’ll help Dillon learn to trust again, and in the process, create a family that none of them intended. Though they never envisioned themselves as parents, Bull and Red will find room in their happily ever after to save the child they didn’t know lived in their hearts.
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“All the things that Red saw and responded to in you are what Dillon needs. What you’re asking, this step you’re taking, can’t just be about helping your husband. That’s why I asked if you met the boy because we think he needs you.” While not exactly cryptic, taking anything Alaric said at face value would be a mistake, so Bull allowed himself a moment to really consider what his friend was trying to say.
Since that fateful day on the side of the road, his focus was Red—from giving him a safe place to stay to showering him with the love he’d been denied his entire life. Everything inside him went toward giving Red the life he deserved and Bull believed his husband felt the same way. All along, they agreed that they didn’t want children because they didn’t trust the world around them and they were too wrapped up in each other. Even the men and women who made up their unfailing support system understood that their private world was very narrow.
If this Dillon needed more than someone to battle his demons, would they have anything to give? Bull honestly didn’t know because it wasn’t something he ever considered and he was certain it hadn’t crossed Red’s mind. “We’re not talking about fostering or adopting him, Ric. We just want to help him.”
Alaric’s smile was soft, almost affectionate, when he reminded, “You adopt everyone you help, Bull. What makes you think this terrified boy will be the exception?”
Bull knew he must look ridiculous opening and closing his mouth, but he didn’t know what to say. There was help and then there was this level of commitment that wasn’t even on his radar five minutes ago. Yet, how could he backpedal now? Just the fact that Alaric referred to him as a terrified boy made Bull want to fight for him. He also wanted to be confused by the assumption that helping meant taking on some big responsibility, but Alaric wasn’t wrong. Nearly everyone he considered family was someone he helped along the way. That they were adults didn’t change the fact that he adopted them into the Connor clan as effectively as if a judge had signed the order.
In his whole life, he’d never had someone force him to think about his own motives and he resented Alaric for making him question them now. “I get what you’re saying, Ric, but we both know there’s no way for me to answer. All I know for certain is that Dillon needs help. Ian said so, you and Davin have concurred, and the glimpse I got this morning only reinforced your opinions. That I’m standing here now because it’s affecting my husband doesn’t make my reasons any less about Dillon.”
Alaric looked confused for all of five seconds before he shook his head. “You misunderstand, my friend. I’m not doubting you, I’m warning you.”
“Warning me?” That didn’t make any sense unless… “You think I’m going to become attached?”
Like many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I’d begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: to be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it’s a job. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With three series in the works and a full schedule of releases planned for the next two years, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.
I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics, and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters, and series filled with families—biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.
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