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Saugatuck Summer by Amelia C. Gormley *Review*

 

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Saugatuck Summer
by Amelia C. Gormley

An MM Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released on May 19, 2014

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One summer can change everything.

Hi, I’m Topher Carlisle: twenty-one, pretty, and fabulous. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. But let’s get real. Walking the fake-it-til-you-make-it road to independence and self-respect isn’t easy. Especially since my mom’s a deadbeat alcoholic, and most of my family expects me to turn out just as worthless. Oh, and I’m close to losing my college swimming scholarship, so let’s add “dropout” to the list.

My BFF has invited me to stay at her beach house on the shore of Lake Michigan. That’ll give me one summer to make money and figure out what I want to do with my life. So of course I decide to have an affair with my BFF’s married, closeted dad. Because that always works out.

Now I’m homeless, friendless, jobless. Worthless. Just like my family expects, right? Except there’s this great guy, Jace, who sees it differently. He’s got it all together in ways I can only dream of—he’s hot, creative, insightful, understanding. He seems to think I don’t give myself enough credit. And if I don’t watch out, I may start to believe him.

 

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Hi, and welcome to the Saugatuck Summer blog tour! Thank you to LeAnn’s Book Reviews for hosting me today!

For those of you who have seen me talking about it on social media for the last nearly year and a half, you know that Saugatuck Summer was a labor of love far beyond what I would normally claim for one of my books. Of course I love them all, but Saugatuck Summer came from my very soul. Actually, I’m not certain it came from me at all.

Basically, here’s what happened: One day I was driving along, running errands, and Topher Carlisle whispered one line of dialogue in my ear. Just one. When I asked him what I was supposed to do with that, he promptly took over my brain for fifteen absolutely insane days and at the end I had the first draft of Saugatuck Summer.

Topher’s story of recovery, hope, making mistakes, and growing up just told itself, and the experience of being the conduit for that was at times grueling and heartbreaking, but also euphoric and wonderful. It was one of those experiences that, as a creator of some form of art, be it musical, visual, or literary, you have once or twice in a lifetime if you’re extraordinarily lucky, when you know you’re creating something magical. I’m not sure it will ever happen to me again, but I feel absolutely blessed that this book has come of it.

This week on the Saugatuck Summer blog tour, I’ll be sharing some bonus content from the book and a sneak peek at another upcoming book in the Saugatuck universe. I’ll also be having a heart-to-heart discussion with Marie Sexton about our experiences as adult children of alcoholics and how they translated into writing our ACOA characters from Saugatuck Summer and Family Man, giving you a peek at some of “Jace’s” art, and I’ll be sharing the official Saugatuck Summer soundtrack from a brilliant singer/songwriter of my personal acquaintance, Casey Stratton.

And finally, all week long I’ll be asking trivia questions from Saugatuck Summer and this week’s blog tour articles, and each correct answer emailed to me offers you a chance to win your choice of any of my backlist titles!

So put on your sunscreen and let’s go!

 

 

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Review

4 stars

I love it when a character grows on you, especially when his voice insistently calls to pay attention and his story is as interesting, quirky and touching as his personality is.

One of the things I’ve found about Amelia’s writing is that her characters are not merely there for entertaining purposes. From other books I’ve read from her and in this story in particular I found that their characters’ story, thoughts and actions encourage the reader to thing outside the box–to analyze and ponder and go beyond what’s the norm.

Topher is a perfect example of that. I would not usually like his type of character. My first impression of him was that he was selfish, a bit reckless and a lot of immature. He had problems that stemmed from his past, he had problems as a result of his recent actions and his future was uncertain. Truly, I did not see much hope in him.

Thankfully, Amelia made sure I had more than enough chances for me to change my mind. Although his thought process had me reeling at times, I could not get enough of him and his story. His decisions were hasty and urged me curse at him a time or two, but his heart was big, his intentions were (mostly) good and his strong will was admirable. While reading his story I put myself on his shoes more times than I could count, which led me to understand the why behind his actions.

By no means was this a light read, but it did have its light moments and its sensual moments too. I loved the mix of elements. The angst, the humor and the romance were well written and thankfully each and every character introduced added something to the story.

I especially liked Jace. Not only because he was Topher’s love interest but because he was interesting all around. He was caring and charming and oh so passionate! I got to like him even more each time I saw him accept one of Topher’s quirks. It was a treat to see Topher finally being accepted for everything that he was. Although their romance was slow to come, their connection was immediate and I was glad to see that it was developed properly as the story progressed. I do wish I have gotten more about his story, but I enjoyed his character regardless.

I did feel that the story dragged in places, but I guess that it goes with the territory that is Topher. His thoughts were scattered at times and it made for some difficult reading. However, as I got to know him and his story better I realized that it fit him perfectly and I came to overlook it easily. I just made it a point to pay more attention so as not to miss anything trivial.

All in all, not a summer light read but a heartwarming angsty one with a great cast of characters, a nice setting and bath house scene that is to die for!

*I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

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About Amelia

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else.

Her self-published novel-in-three-parts, Impulse (Inertia, Book One; Acceleration, Book Two; and Velocity, Book Three) can be found at most major online book retailers, and be sure to check Riptide for her latest releases, including her Highland historical, The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, the The Professor’s Rule series of erotic novelettes (co-written with Heidi Belleau), the post-apocalyptic romance, Strain, and her upcoming, New Adult contemporary, Saugatuck Summer, available now.

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Giving an Inch by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley

Giving an Inch (The Professor’s Rule #1)

 

 

Spotlight Stop: Inch by Inch by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley *Review*

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Hi, and welcome to the Inch by Inch blog tour! Inch by Inch is the third in Riptide’s BDSM erotica series The Professor’s Rule, written by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley.  All week we’ll be touring the web giving you a behind-the-scenes look at The Professor’s Rule, including new character profiles and some very steamy excerpts.

Thanks so much to our host, LeAnn’s Book Reviews and to you readers, of course, for coming along!

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Title: Inch by Inch (The Professor’s Rule #3)

Authors: Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley

Published: December 16th 2013

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Genres: M/M Contemporary Romance, BDSM

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Synopsis

After two long, kink-free years apart, James Sheridan has reunited with his Professor: the sexy, dominant Evander Carson. But this time, things will be different. James is older, more sure of himself, and confident that he can draw the line between Carson’s demands and his own principles.

One of those lines is gorgeous menswear salesman Satish Malhotra. After their steamy dressing room encounter, James feels an unexpected connection to Satish, and he wants to explore it further. But Carson’s involvement—in James’s life, and in James and Satish’s budding relationship—complicates things.

Carson’s penchant for using other men in their sex games has always troubled James, and he’s adamant that Satish not be just another notch in their whipping post. But when Satish learns what prompted James to pursue him in the first place, will James’s new ability to draw the line even matter?

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My Review

5-stars

Oh yes, Heidi and Amelia sure know how to keep me guessing. Inch by Inch is the third book in the The Professor’s Rule series and it meshes the two previous stories nicely leaving the reader wondering what the hell is going to happen next.

James is both hesitant and excited to be reuniting with Professor Carson after a two-year hiatus. Hesitant because he doesn’t want to partake in the sharing aspect of the relationship they had before and excited because Carson knows just how to give James what he needs. James is looking forward to the start of something with Satish and doesn’t want his relationship with Carson to get in the middle of it. But then again, Carson can give him the thrill he needs. Yep, poor James is between a rock and a hard place.

Once again, Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley deliver in this story. I found myself pondering James’ options and analyzing his actions, something that I had not done in the previous installments. I enjoyed watching James starting something with Satish. I do believe that they have a connection that should be developed fully to see where it leads. Then again, I love Carson and his dominating ways. He gives James what he needs and although he appears to be somewhat cold and closed off, I doubt very much that he doesn’t harbor some feelings for James and vice-versa.

This pair of authors know how to bring it and how to keep me engaged. I loved the dialogue, the scenes and James’ inner musings. Needless to say that the authors brought the hotness factor to the page. Man, the sparks flew! Be it with Carson or with Satish, the sexual tension, desire and sensuality dripped off the page.

Where will this triangle of need and desire lead? Is a ménage in the works or will James have to pick the man best suited for him – love or kink? Can’t wait to find out!

All in all, another awesome addition to the series with chemistry abound and a new and intriguing romantic interest.

Click here to read an excerpt of Inch by Inch (The Professor’s Rule #3.)

*I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.*

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About the Authors

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else

Her self-published novel-in-three-parts, Impulse (Inertia, Book One; Acceleration, Book Two; and Velocity, Book Three) can be found at most major online book retailers, and be sure to check Riptide for her latest releases, including her Highland historical, The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, the The Professor’s Rule series of erotic novelettes (co-written with Heidi Belleau), and her upcoming post-apocalyptic romance, Strain.

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Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centered on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!) Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms. She also writes queer-flavoured M/F as Heloise Belleau.

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An Inch at a Time (The Professor’s Rule #2) by Heidi Belleau, Amelia C. Gormley

18274414Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (September 16, 2013)

Synopsis: James Sheridan is failing history. Luckily, his professor is a rumored pervert, and James isn’t too proud to pay for a better grade with his body. Professor Carson lives up to his reputation, but he’s not unethical enough to take sexual bribes. What he can offer is some highly unconventional tutoring . . . creative use of a ruler included.

The deal? Studying, followed by a “quiz.” Wrong answer? Spanking. Right answer? Reward. Ace the final, earn some mindblowing sex. It’s harder work than sexual bribery, but it beats the volunteer tutors at the student center.

After a few study sessions, James realizes he wants way more than a grade from Professor Carson, even if he’s not sure what that is. Carson’s a silver fox, all right, but James isn’t “bent” the way Carson is, and for him, the spankings are only supposed to be a means to an end. But the better he gets at history, the more he realizes he likes getting answers wrong just as much as getting them right.

Review: Hell yes, studying history has never been more interesting!

This time around Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley show us how James Sheridan from Giving an Inch came to be under Professor Carson’s tutelage.

And what a show that was!

From the start I could feel the undercurrent of attraction between James and Carson. Even underneath James’ hesitations I could feel how much he needed to be guided. He craved it and it confused the hell out of him.

Just as clearly, I could feel Carson’s desire to make James give into him. Underneath all that cool demeanor, the man lusted after James. Hell, that part where he unleashed all that pent up lust on poor James…

Crap, got side-tracked.

Hmmm, ah yes, the story.

It was interesting to see how it all began between James and Carson. Now I see why James was putting up boundaries in the previous installment when he inadvertently reconnected with Carson. Poor James, he becomes putty under Carson’s ruler!

The writing was superb and just as I expected. With just 60 pages to the story, Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley packed one hell of a punch and didn’t disappoint in the least. With hotter-than-hell scenes that had me encouraging James to answer wrong and one un-freaking-believable student/teacher meeting, these author brought one extremely enticing story to the page.

But if that were all, I don’t think I would have been so pleased with it. Yes, they delivered on that erotic aspect of the story, but yet they went deeper. They also gave insight into James’ history. And THAT and Carson’s reaction to it was what made a difference to me. That’s what made it an extraordinary story. That little bit of vulnerability and humanity they brought out of both James and Carson was what made this an fantastic read for me.

An Inch at a Time is the second book in the The Professor’s Rule series and although it can certainly be read as a stand alone I encourage you to pick up a copy of Giving an Inch. You won’t be disappointed, I assure you!

I received this title through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Giving an Inch (The Professor’s Rule #1) by Heidi Belleau, Amelia C. Gormley

Giving an InchRating: 4 stars

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 15, 2013)

Synopsis: School is back in session.

History grad James Sheridan thinks his biggest problem in life is trying to find a suitable outfit for his upcoming Ph.D. candidacy exam. That is, until he accidentally texts a changing-room selfie meant for his fashionable sister to his ex, the domineering Professor Carson.

James and Carson haven’t seen each since James fled their power games two years ago. Back in his undergrad days, Carson was his Professor, and not just in the academic sense: a man of unusual tastes and extreme sexual demands, James had been happy to sate Carson’s savage appetites. Too happy, in fact. He never could trust himself not to let Carson push too far.

Now James is older and wiser, and sharing some seriously flirtatious vibes with a cute menswear rep. When Carson replies to James’s errant text, ready to pick up where they left off, James can’t help being drawn back into Carson’s control. It’s only when Carson suggests involving the salesman that James has to ask himself how far is too far, and whether he’s willing to go there with Carson again.

Review: James ended his relationship with Carson, a former professor of his, because he didn’t trust himself to set boundaries as to what lengths he would go to please the man. Although he recognizes that Carson helped him not only in getting his life under control but with his academic discipline as well, James is still afraid of how far he can be pushed. These struggles come back to him once he acknowledges Carson’s response to his text and engages in a text conversation with Carson.

Oh my, never I have read such HOT text messages!

I loved how Amelia Gormley and Heidi Belleau went about setting up this encounter. It really gave James the opportunity to inform the reader about his past with Carson and gave insight into why he was having doubts that caused him to hesitate when Carson made demands.

Even though James did participate and complied with most of Carson’s demands I was glad to see that he did set some boundaries and analyzed his responses before acting out Carson’s demands. This showed that although he held a great deal of respect towards Carson and owed him a lot for all he’d done for him, James had indeed matured and was not going into this blind.

I am not even going to talk about what went on in that changing room, that is something that should be experienced by the reader first-hand. I’ll just say that my shopping expeditions are seriously lacking!

Giving an Inch is a great first installment in The Professor’s Rule series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The concept behind the story was interesting and the mix of sexting, humor, sexy man-love and a domineering Professor helped the collaboration between these two authors to go off without a glitch. I can’t wait to read more.

I received this title from Riptide Publishing through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Velocity (Impulse #3) by Amelia C. Gormley

Velocity (Impulse, #3)Rating: 5 stars

Published: March 2, 3013

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, SmashWords, All Romance Ebooks, Rainbow Ebooks

Synopsis: REACHING OPTIMUM SPEED

For Detroit handyman Derrick Chance and his lover, Gavin Hayes, the holiday season is filled with the promise of new beginnings. Gavin’s officially moving in, and after the New Year, they’ll begin house hunting. But they both know all the talk of gift exchange, whose holiday ornaments go where, and what repairs and remodels will be needed to put Derrick’s house on the market is only a smoke screen.

Before the month is over, Gavin will have the final verdict on whether or not his dangerously delusional ex, Lukas, infected him with HIV. No matter how good Gavin’s chances appear with the three-month hurdle already passed, neither he nor Derrick knows what the future holds for them.

The holidays have always been a time of loss and mourning for Derrick, but now he has to stay strong as Gavin’s own fears and doubts assail him relentlessly. And when Lukas returns, unexpectedly penitent amid troubling revelations, Gavin has to ask himself whether he can offer Derrick the future he deserves, or whether these first few months of happiness are the best they will ever get.

Review: In Velocity we find Gavin and Derrick getting used to their life as a couple. Gavin has almost moved in with Derrick who has slowly but surely let Gavin into his life – sharing his space, his music and his heart. Of course, there is still the big IF lurking in the background of their lives, but nevertheless these two try to keep building upon their relationship. Especially Derrick, who after deciding to let Gavin in also chose to stay with him every step of the way be it good or bad. Gavin is also enjoying their new relationship but as the date for his HIV test comes closer and his ex Lukas shows up, Gavin is an anxious mess. Gavin’s thoughts affect him badly – he doesn’t sleep, he questions, he doubts. And when finally Gavin can’t take it anymore, Derrick is there to catch him as he falls. A quiet, constant presence of strength, loyalty and love.

Amelia C. Gormley‘s writing was as engaging and emotionally driven as the previous two books, but I have to mention that this time around the mood felt different. For me there was more urgency to the story, not only in finding out the test results, but in Derick and Gavin making their connection real. I loved how the character’s emotions ranged from the tender, loving ones right to the passionate, lustful ones then seeing how Gavin’s rage and doubts end in his submission to what his future held. Brilliant!

This time around the author did a great job of bringing to the page the difficult subject of living with HIV. Through Gavin’s thoughts and feelings we got a glimpse into how an HIV positive individual could be perceived and how living with HIV, even after all the medical breakthroughs, would not be easy on either Gavin or Derrick. Gavin kept questioning Derrick’s commitment in their relationship and the effects his test results would have on them as a couple and his emotions, actions and thoughts felt real to me. I was glad that Gormley didn’t sugar coat the facts and that she presented their situation,  Gavin’s doubts and concerns in a realistic way. There was even a moment when she made me see a new perspective in something that I had firmly believed in.

What I especially enjoy from Amelia’s writing is the way she brings the characters to life. As I have mentioned before in previous reviews, I am emotionally invested in these characters and nothing has pleased me more that getting to see them grow both as individuals and as a couple. Derrick has come a long way from his days of keeping his emotions in check and Gavin has learned to depend and accept the help that Derrick offers. I will surely miss these two! Especially the way they came together sexually. Here I thought that I had read the extent of the hotness of their encounters only to find myself entranced with yet another sex scene. OMG, and what a scene it was! 23 pages of unrelenting passion with sucking and grinding, moans and grunts and everything in between.

I don’t know if I should be sad or happy about this third and final installment of the Impulse series. These characters have done a number on my emotions and I am sad to see them go. But I am more than happy with how far they have traveled on their journey and more than satisfied with how this one played out. Amazing characters, their connection and their emotions are my kryptonite and Amelia wielded her power over me for all it was worth – passion, anticipation, fear, need, caution, hope, helplessness, anger, submission, control, safety, dominance, resistance, trust. This are just a few of the things that jump out at me when I thing about this book and the Impulse series.

Amelia, you owe me a new pair of characters for me to angst and drool over. Thank you for the wonderful ride!

Get a glimpse of Velocity here.

Inertia (Impulse #1) by Amelia C. Gormley

Inertia (Impulse, #1)Rating: 5 stars

Release Date:  July 19, 2012

Publisher: Smashwords

Available at:  Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Rainbow Ebooks, All Romance Ebooks, Kobo

 

Synopsis:

AN OBJECT AT REST

Quiet, down-to-earth Detroit handyman Derrick Chance has had enough loss for a lifetime and he has no intention of ever risking his heart again. Living alone in the old house his grandparents left him, with only his dog and a few close friends for companionship, he has written off the possibility of romance or even sex. He refuses to consider himself lonely, or wonder what he might be missing. His life is organized, predictable, and, best of all, risk-free.

Until the day he installs shelves for accountant Gavin Hayes. With his contradictory combination of confidence and self-doubt, Gavin draws Derrick in with an intensity he’s never known. As undeniable as gravity, Derrick finds himself falling for Gavin in defiance of all his usual slow and methodical ways. But Gavin carries wounds of his own. Fresh from an emotionally abusive relationship that ended with a dangerous betrayal, his future is far from certain. Can Derrick choose passion over safety, and let himself believe that Gavin is worth the risk?

Review: A sensual story of lust, trust and letting go.

Derrick, a 31-year old handyman, has kept to himself for 10 years. No relationships, no casual hook ups – nothing. Just his work, his dog and his trustful hands. Gavin, on the other hand, is a 28-year old auditor who just ended a relationship and is reluctant to start a new one. But when they meet, their chemistry can’t be denied. Their getting together was slow in coming, since both were reluctant to try it, but they talked and decided to take it a step at a time.

It would be nice of me to tell you that once they got together everything was honky dory. But that’s not true. Not even done with their first date and their first hurdle is thrown at them. I won’t go into details since it is a pretty big part of the story. But I am glad they came out of that together.

I was weary of Derrick in the start. I couldn’t find a connection with him no matter how hard I tried. He kept to himself so much that there was nothing there for me to relate to. But I think that’s mainly the point of all this. To see him let go and be a witness to his growth. To discover and explore his passionate side. To see him live. And once he did, it was beautiful. I thank the author, Amelia Gormley, for that. She put his emotions on the page in a way that truly touched me. I understood his hesitancy to continue this ‘thing’ he started with Gavin and felt his lust-fueled desperation about being with him physically. I was as overwhelmed as he was with all these conflicting emotions – insecurity, lust, happiness, protectiveness. In the end, I was cheering him on and curious as hell to see how it all played out.

Gavin, on the other hand, won me with his flirting and easy manner from the start. And then he broke my heart and carved a place in it with his dreadful confession. He was so conflicted and honest with Derrick. How could I not feel for him when his pain was laid out there for me to see? He was sweet and considerate with a dominant edge that was hot as hell and melted me each and every time. I could picture him so clearly in my mind – his grin, his eyes and that suit! Uff!

As you can imagine, their chemistry was pretty awesome. Filled with desperation, lust and a need so great that I was tapping the hell out of my tablet so I could get more. It was THAT good. Their dialog was honest and real, which helped me a great deal in believing this connection could happen. I appreciated how the author went about bringing them together sexually. Although there was no penetration, their sex scenes were not lacking in the least. Au contraire mon ami, it made their getting together even more sensual, more important, more desperate. It was awesomeness wrapped in pretty bow!

As for the writing, it was very good. The story is told from Derrick’s point of view, which I usually don’t like, but I adjusted nonetheless. Of course, it would have been great to get inside Gavin’s mind. But I think that will come soon enough. The emotions that were brought and the connection the characters established felt real. And I got to truly see Derrick grow, which I always appreciate in a character. My only complain was the ending. Why, why, why did she leave me hangin’ when I was primed and ready to go?!

That aside, I am so looking forward to the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see how these two continue on their journey of lust and self discovery.

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Enjoy the following excerpt from Inertia

It wasn’t the idea of sex that scared him. He could handle that, and he could handle just being friends. It was the somewhere in between, where feelings could happen, that he wasn’t sure about.

But Gavin felt good against him. Right. Closing his eyes for a moment, Derrick drew a slow breath and laid his arm over Gavin’s shoulders, silently inviting him to make himself comfortable. And Gavin did, slipping down a little to make more room for Derrick’s arm, laying his head against Derrick’s chest, where his heart hammered within the too-tight confines of his ribs.

Derrick had no clue what show they were watching. He couldn’t hear over the drumming in his ears and he didn’t want to even look at the screen, nor could he stop glancing down at Gavin’s hair just below his chin. It took all Derrick’s willpower to keep himself from leaning down and nuzzling his face in Gavin’s hair to try to get a better whiff of him.

When Gavin lifted his head and tilted it back to look at him, Derrick’s eyes immediately went to Gavin’s lips. His fingers tightened on Gavin’s shoulder and when he finally managed to tear his eyes away from Gavin’s mouth to meet his gaze, he knew Gavin had seen the stare.

And then Gavin wet his lips with his tongue.

Derrick caught a nervous breath, torn between the impulse to act and that tiny, nagging hint of uncertainty that maybe Gavin wasn’t ready for that yet.

Gavin smiled, looking faintly amused. “You really don’t know an invitation when you see one, do you?”

“Guess I don’t. Look,” he said haltingly as he tried to form his racing thoughts into words that would actually be intelligible when he spoke them. “You know, it’s been a while. And I don’t really know what I should do here. What you need.”

Gavin looked up at him a while longer, his eyes wide, pupils large and dark, before he pushed himself up. He pulled his glasses off, his movement slow and deliberate as he laid them on the coffee table, giving Derrick plenty of time to back out. Then he turned and kissed him.

Derrick heard himself moan, his arm tightening behind Gavin, sliding down to wrap around his back and draw him closer. He tasted as good as he smelled, even the hint of beer on his breath. It was strange; fulfilling the promise of contact that had been hovering between them all day both relieved Derrick’s tension and made it ten times worse. It threatened to send something ravenous to the surface that he hadn’t known lurked beneath.

The touch of Gavin’s hand on his face, stroking his cheek and jaw, felt good. Gavin’s cool fingers against his skin both soothed Derrick’s nerves and brought them snapping to attention. And when they moved down to Derrick’s neck it was even better. Derrick gasped into the kiss at that touch on his sensitive skin. As his mouth opened on the inhalation, he felt Gavin’s tongue against his lips.

Oh, sweet Jesus….

Any thought he had of taking things slow promptly dissipated. He wanted Gavin’s body against his, and they shifted simultaneously. Derrick turned as much as he could without drawing his legs up onto the sofa, and Gavin drew his knees under him, the motion giving him a height advantage that he used to take control of the kiss. His hand buried itself in Derrick’s hair, his mouth covered Derrick’s. His lips urged Derrick’s open, his tongue sliding in, stroking.

Derrick’s other arm came around Gavin, trying to draw him even closer. He wasn’t sure how Gavin ended up in his lap, straddling his hips. Gavin loomed over him with a hiss of denim-on-denim as Derrick, without any thought or intention, shifted beneath him, seeking friction against the hard-on trapped beneath his fly.

“God, yes…”

He didn’t know he’d spoken, panting the words between increasingly urgent kisses. He rolled his hips again beneath Gavin, beyond self-consciousness, not caring if it was too forward, too suggestive. Gavin didn’t seem to mind; his own body moved to increase the pressure. As that first kiss had done for his nerves, the rubbing of Gavin’s cock against his beneath the layers of denim both soothed the insistent, throbbing ache in Derrick’s balls and made it far more desperate. He groaned, his hands clutching at Gavin’s back, the kisses passing beyond exploratory and heading straight into demanding.

When Gavin’s hands closed in his hair, gripping it, Derrick arched his spine, his hips lifting as he responded to the pressure drawing his head back. The pull on his hair was tight, good, skirting the edge of uncomfortable in an absolutely perfect way. He tore his mouth away from Gavin’s with a whimper as the pull became harder; overwhelmed, he tried to catch a panting breath and get a grip. With every response, every sensation, Derrick felt closer to the brink of flying completely, insanely out of control.

“Sorry,” Gavin murmured as his hands released Derrick’s hair and Derrick almost groaned at the loss. He shook his head in silent denial as his brain tried to remember how to make words.

“No… no… no need.”

Abandoning any further attempt at speech, he pulled Gavin back to him, taking over the kiss. Hard, urgent, edging toward rough as he tried to find an outlet for that plaguing need for more. He was aware, now, of the rise and fall of his hips, knowing full well what it suggested. He wanted Gavin. God, he wanted him, and just the wanting felt intoxicating. He was high, beyond thought or reason, doubt or control.

More, his body demanded, gripping fistfuls of the back of Gavin’s shirt, thrusting up against Gavin.

More. Gavin responded, pressing down to meet him.

Derrick leaned back, reclining as far as he could against the sofa, no more concerned with the message he sent by moving toward the horizontal than with the blatant grinding of his hips against Gavin. He drew Gavin down tighter above him, picking up the pace, rubbing against him urgently. The delirious thought occurred to him that he should be thankful he’d jerked off that morning, or this would already be over.

He didn’t want it to be over. Not nearly over. He wanted… God, he wanted Gavin’s skin. It didn’t occur to him to ask first; his hands simply obeyed the imperative without thought or hesitation, releasing their grip on Gavin’s shirt at the shoulders to seize it lower, pulling it up.

The way Gavin’s body tensed didn’t register, not at first, even when Gavin drew back and panted, “Oh, God. Wait… wait.”

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Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her five year old is napping. When she’s not writing, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into a everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else. Her first novella from the Impulse Trilogy is available through Amazon, Smashwords and other retailers.

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