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Life isn't always fair,
and that’s something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand. His life
was on the fast track until one night of extreme passion changed everything.
Now eight years later,
he’s still living with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns or
runs, there’s another reminder. What the hell do you do when you try to drown
your demons only to find out they can swim?
Shane Smith, Jr. owner of
Smith Construction, could see the emotional turmoil within his new employee —
it’s why he hired him. There was something about the gorgeous, misunderstood
man with the overly expressive eyes that came to their small town with a past
no one was willing to overlook. Shane could see the good in Llewellyn, and
those eyes of his were a clear window to his soul. Shane wasn't going to let
the man live a future of solitude because his past had been plagued with
Llewellyn wasn’t sure
what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked
twice, he was now faced with worry again. What would happen to him if Shane
didn’t believe his truth, and walked away? Llewellyn wasn’t sure he’d be able
to survive being left alone. Again.

Llew sighed and stood
back up. He brought both hands up and hooked them on the top of the
doorframe, looking down at Shane. Something in Shane’s eyes made him want
to do anything for him, anything that would keep him looking at him like
that. He watched as he came closer and closer until Shane’s head was
tilted up to look at him.
“Don’t go okay?” he
whispered, standing close enough that his breath ghosted over Llew’s chin
when he spoke. “Stay, please.”
“Why?” Llew asked, his
voice dark and full of hurt. 
Shane shook his head
and ran his hand through his hair. “I don’t know yet. But… just don’t go,
alright. I need to get over to my parents’ place for dinner, I’m already
late. But, um. I’ll see you at work tomorrow, seven sharp.” Shane give a
him a cute wink. “Don’t be late either, your boss is a real ballbuster.”
Llew ducked his head
and smiled. 
Shane backed up and
snorted a startled breath. “Wow. You look so different when you smile.” He
pinched the bridge of his nose and shook his head like he was searching
for the right words. “Not better… just different.”
Llew watched him go,
his spirits a little lighter since he hadn’t lost his chance at the job he
needed so much. He pushed his bag back in the closet, but didn’t unpack. He
went to the kitchen and got a bottle of water for his dry mouth. Looking
around the room, he thought it looked so much better with Shane in it. He
dropped down to the floor, glancing at his watch. He had an hour and half
before he was supposed to be at the general store for his training. He
doubted he was still employed, but he’d show up, nonetheless. When he contemplated
his life now, he thought about Shane.

A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in
the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly
romantic to spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and
twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her
laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two
pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late,
great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.
While this is only her seventh novel, she
has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that – because the male on
male action is just heating up!
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