Authors know that their muse is a fickle creature. Best-selling spy novelist Steven Ramsey has been in a hate-hate relationship with his inspiration for months. When Steven’s publisher lays a legal ultimatum upon him, with a rapidly approaching deadline, he knows he must do something to kick-start his creativity or face the unemployment line. His daughter comes up with a possible answer: a summer camp for the creative soul. With nothing to lose, Steven packs up his laptop, phonograph, and beloved record albums and heads from Greenwich Village to the Catskill Mountains.
There, among a horde of college students attending for extra credits, is Declan Pomeroy, a photographer of fey creatures who is twenty-two years younger than Steven. The woods are a magical place, and he quickly finds himself falling under the spell of the free-spirited photographer. Confusion wars with desire as Steven succumbs to the feelings welling up inside. But, sadly, summer camp always must end. Can a man who has just found himself really leave the person that makes his heart sing?
I’m a sucker for an age-gap story, and especially when it is the younger person/man ‘saving’ or providing something, some spark that is missing, from the life of the older man.
In this case, author Steven is feeling rather down and out, a casualty of his third divorce and all of the associated emotional and financial anguish. A best-selling author who has no inspiration or inclination to write is useless, in Steven’s mind. His best accomplishment – his daughter – is at a loss about how to help her father when she sees a website at her college advertising for some sort of retreat, a community for the creative soul and she convinces Steven to go. Persuading him to go was no easy task and when he arrived at the so-called retreat, called the ‘funkadelic forest retreat’ by Steven, he discovered that this was really, really rustic with absolutely no cell phone or internet service.
Steven, who never really had any previous inclination that he might be something other than ‘straight’ was somewhat dazed when he was shocked back to life by a very young, delicate and beautiful man, a self-proclaimed photographer of fey/fae. Understanding this young man, communicating with him verbally and yes, physically, was an exciting and slightly troubling experience for Steven, ever mindful of his age, lifestyle and insecurities.
Declan taught Steven to see things differently, to hear sounds previously unheard and at the same time, Steven introduced Declan to music on vinyl and songs that were the soundtrack of his life. So different, these men. Older and very young, sophisticated and inexperienced, set-in-his-ways versus barefoot and free.
This story was a delicious sensual smorgasbord! A delight for the senses and emotions. How could this ever work! Steven is under contract to write the next detective novel in his series and his world has shifted on his axis.
For whatever reason, this was the perfect story for my mood, my emotions and just what I needed today! Thank you!
I set my sights on the road. Someone called my name. I would know his singsong voice anywhere. I lifted a hand in greeting, my ugly ape feet glued to this fucking spot in the road. Declan bounded down the two stairs, racing toward me. My heart began to hammer behind my ribs. He ran across his freshly mowed lawn wearing a smile as big as the Catskills. I was not prepared for the leap he made at me. I caught him but just barely. He wrapped his arms and legs around me like some sort of invasive vine. His mouth smashed against mine. My knees grew rubbery as my prick roused in my shorts. I cupped his ass with both hands.
“I am so glad to see you,” he purred between kisses.
Someone back on the porch shouted. My grip on his backside lessened and he slid to the ground with a pout. “Come meet the guys. We were just talking about you.”
“You kids don’t want an old dinosaur breaking up your good times.”
“Just stop.” Declan grabbed my wrist and tugged me along in his wake. For being so slender, he was a strong little tugboat. The boys on the porch greeted me warmly. They were incredibly similar in style, which, I guess, reflects on the age. Conformity to the current trends is everything when you’re young. Each young man wore cargo shorts, low-cut tank tops, Nikes, sunglasses, and ball caps turned backward. Aside from hair coloring all four, and that included Declan—although his ankle bracelet and pink bandana ascot showed a modicum of individuality—were cookie-cutter young males. I was greeted with “Yo” and “‘Sup” after Declan introduced me.
He then steered me to the lone seat, a rough Adirondack chair exactly like the one on my porch. I sat. The guys fell back into their conversation about some video game. Declan sat down beside me, his dark head resting on my knee. I trembled violently inside at the gesture. All my bells and whistles were ringing, and yet these kids didn’t seem to pay any attention to the public display of affection. My hand was shaking when I placed it timidly on Declan’s head. His hair was soft as rabbit fur. He sighed blissfully at the contact. Talk flowed around me but I said little. If one did not know my avocation to be a wordsmith, they would think me mute.
About an hour passed. Declan had not moved an inch. My fingers now dallied with his hair. I had learned a great deal about this camp from simply listening. It was an open camp—obviously, since I had registered— but mostly college students used it to pick up an extra credit if they were in any of the arts programs. They had to write papers and turn them in before the fall semester began. If students from across the country did not fill all the bungalows, then they were offered to authors who couldn’t author anymore.
The troupe of artists, actors, and musicians slowly pushed into their skater shoes and ambled off. I was content to sit here forever, stroking Declan’s hair, but I had a few questions for my obsession.
“Why do you need extra credit?” I asked. A honeybee visited the red flowers in Declan’s clay pot. “Didn’t you graduate? You’re twenty-two, that should get you a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.”
His cheek laid on my bare thigh. I felt his heavy exhalation tickle the yellow hairs on my leg. My fingers continued combing.
“I’m a super senior,” he said without lifting his head from my leg.
“Do you get fries with that?”
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.
When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.
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