In this snippet from Always Protected: Pillar in the Snow, Kace has just arrived on Elan Isle to check it out. He runs into three residents on his way to the office.
Laughter from his right had him turn, relieved when he spotted three men walking his way. None of them noticed him until they were close. “Well, hello,” said a man with short brown hair and hazel eyes. “I haven’t seen you before. Visiting?”
Kace nodded, taking in all three men. “Yes. I’m here to check out the town. I have an appointment with Mr. Finleigh.”
“Ah, then you’ll be looking for the office.” The man held out his hand and Kace shook it. “Alec Rowland. You’ll meet my boyfriend there as well. James.” Shock and then relief flooded through him. He’d hoped LGBT friendly meant it, but having Alec talk about his relationship so clearly in front of others was a relief.
Kace & Falcon have been in a relationship for thirteen years. With Falcon in the military, they've spent more time apart than together. Since they live in off-base housing, Kace hides who he is. When he finds out about Elan Isle, he's excited. Especially when he finds out that not only will their domestic discipline lifestyle be accepted, but that he and Falcon are welcomed for who they are. They no longer have to hide.
Falcon has protected Kace since the night they met. Seeing his love become emboldened by their new town is electrifying. So much so that he decides to come home for good.
Kace knows having Falcon home all the time will be difficult, but he thinks it will be due to his partner missing his life in the military. He has no idea the difficulties will be his. Worries he’s never voiced pop up and desires he’s never considered become all important. While Falcon has more patience than anyone he knows, Kace fears that this desire might be the final straw.
If you're a Corbin's Bend Pride fan, you might remember the short story Pillar in the Snow. This is that short story, given full life as a novel with new characters and a different kink community.
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