Life is good for Eric Schuster. He owns a highly successful tech company, has a great group of buddies, and he’s about to marry the man of his dreams. Eric is pleasantly surprised to find the transition from friends to lovers has been easier than he thought. However, after running into an overly friendly ex-boyfriend on an impromptu trip to their shared hometown, Eric realizes things are about to get complicated.
Zane Richards is a quintessential California surfer dude turned professional sailor. His laid-back approach has helped him navigate difficult times in his life. Eric may not share his easy-going mindset but Zane knows without a doubt Eric is the one. However, carving a future together may require confronting a piece of the past Zane thought he’d left far behind. Both men will have to decide if they’re willing to risk what they know for a chance to lean into always.
one last question. What did you mean about ‘being from here?’ I know San
Francisco is home now but this is a nice place too. I always thought it would
be kind of cool to move back someday so I could—”
getaway. Zane pounced on me and held me down, snaking his arm across my chest
to keep me next to him.
gaze, hoping he’d cut me some slack, but he didn’t budge and I had a feeling he
wouldn’t until I spit it out. “Fine. I was teased pretty mercilessly for being a
geek from kindergarten through high school. I never fit in. I wasn’t blond,
athletic, or particularly charming. I was smart. Smarter than I appear to be
now,” I huffed.
ass. No one messes with my man,” he said, nuzzling my neck.
spine. “Thanks. I told you it sounded lame. I’m a perfectly well-adjusted adult
when I’m not here. And I’m actually pretty good when I come for quick family
visits, but this feels different. It feels like I’m being thrown back in time
and forced to hang out with the cool kids. Today was a great example. I made a
fool of myself out there and I made you mad. Yeah, I was jealous but that was
only part of it. I also wanted to prove I’d grown up a little and that I wasn’t
the same sunscreen-caked dork who’d sit under an umbrella and read when he went
to the beach anymore. I guess I still am.”
of his eyes and pushed his hair from his forehead. “What is it?”
don’t expect you to change and develop a sudden passion for things I enjoy
doing. Just be you. And if that means you’d rather finish a chapter lounging in
the sand than jump in the water, that’s okay by me.”
territory. I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life with you if I didn’t
love all your weird habits,” he teased, pulling us both to sit up.
weird things about me,” I declared as I sauntered toward the bathroom.
list at breakfast. Jump in the shower while I call housekeeping and ask them to
change our sheets.”
“Just tell them I spilled water on them or something.”
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