Matthew Price travels across the country to join his twin sister in Brooklyn. As an openly gay man who appreciates casual flings, the last thing he expects is to meet the man of his dreams.
Benjamin Stokes has always considered himself straight. When he hires Matthew to work at his garage and finds himself captivated, his sexuality comes into question.
From the moment they meet, their sexual desires grow fierce. Will they discover a deeper connection than just the physical? Can theirs be a love story that will last forever?
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The wide shoulders and thick thighs added to his appeal. By memory, he looked like something someone made in a lab, too perfect to be real. His shoulder-length black hair and hazel eyes were the metaphorical cherries on top. When he called me a kid, it pissed me off, though. In hindsight, he probably thought I was overly defensive, but I didn’t want someone as attractive as him thinking I’m too young. Or too young for him. He is what, thirtyish? Annie didn’t tell me how old he is. Actually, come to think of it, she didn’t tell me much at all in regards to him, only that she knew a guy called Stoke who co-owned the shop and could maybe hook me up. With a job, not him, I berate myself.
“Oh,” Annie says. “Didn’t I tell you? He lives next door.”
My eyes snap to hers and the knife I’m holding drops into the sink. “What?”
“He’s my next door neighbor. That’s how I know him.”
“How did you not mention that?” I ask, honestly curious.
She shrugs. “I guess the last thing I think about when I’m talking about Stoke is the fact that we’re neighbors. More importantly, he’s my friend. You know, just like off Shameless? Kev and V are like family friends, sometimes the fact that they’re neighbors slips the mind.”
The reference to one of our favorite TV shows distracts me for a moment before I take in the information. Shit. This complicates the situation. Not only do I have the hots for my new boss, he’s friends with my sister, and actually lives in the house beside us. Fortunately, I have a few things going for me. This Ben guy is straight. Plus, he thinks I look young; therefore, there is no way he will be interested in me. That all sounds pretty upsetting, but the thing is, the only guarantee that never fails to turn me off a guy is their disinterest in me. I’m not much of a masochist at all, so I’ll be fine.
I was born in Canada, Montreal, and have lived in Australia since I was three years old. When I finished high school I studied – and received a Diploma – in Law Enforcement. Now, I’ve been working for over five years as a pharmacy assistant. When I’m not working or spending time with family and friends, you will find me either curled up with a book or writing one of my own.