Today I’m giving you another look at my next Men of Falcon Pointe book, Becoming Rafe, which will be out May 23rd. This continues on from last week.
Once he left, Nephi glanced between the two beds. The room was larger than he expected and the setup utilitarian. The beds were pushed up against opposite walls with the dressers and desks between them. He chose the bed closest to the door and pulled it away from the wall. Instead he placed the desk against the wall and maneuvered his dresser to the left of the bed. It put his bed close to the center of the room, which he hoped his roommate wouldn’t mind. Then he unpacked his clothes into the dresser and pushed his suitcases underneath the bed.
The boxes would take more consideration, though. He’d brought pictures, some of his favorite art pieces, and his bedding. His family wasn’t poor, but they weren’t rich either. Raising eight kids did take a chunk of finances. Additionally one of his brothers got married over the summer in Washington, D.C., and another was getting married in December in San Diego. The family was pretty much strapped.
Thankfully he had a full scholarship and worked all summer, so he had the funds for travel to and from as well as a little play money. It was the little things he needed, and his siblings came through in a big way. He had two brightly colored blankets, three sets of sheets, and a pillow, as well as a box filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, and art supplies. Mark, his eldest brother, gave him ten rolls of quarters at the airport and promised to include a couple rolls with each care package his wife sent.
He put a few of his most important knick-knacks on top of his dresser, and he felt his first wave of homesickness when he set out a clay elephant his younger sister Kelli made for him. He wasn’t prepared for it to happen so soon.
“School starts in a few days,” he reminded himself. “After that everything will be just fine.”
Once everything was unpacked, he broke down the boxes and put them on the shelf in the small closet that faced the end of his bed.
Now what? His stomach grumbled, reminding him he hadn’t eaten since before his flight that morning. “Food it is.”
Since access to paid school meals didn’t technically start until Saturday, he put a couple rolls of quarters in his pocket with his phone and headed out to check out the fast food.
Eighteen-year-old Nephi Norton goes to Falcon Pointe University to find himself. Away from his conservative family, he hopes to discover if his attraction to men is the real deal. Encouraged to be someone a little different, he starts using his middle name. “Rafe” quickly makes friends, some of whom use a paddle to dispense caring discipline, and he lives it up—until midterms hit and he realizes he’s flunking statistics class.
When Scotland native Éigneachán Jackson Levlin offers to help, Rafe is eager to accept—not only because Levlin is a psychologist, but also because he’s out and proud and hot as hell.
As their relationship heats up, Rafe decides to spend one last Christmas with his family before he tells them. When his little sister outs him to his siblings, they turn out to be fully supportive, and he takes heart—until he introduces Levlin to his father, who brutally dismisses both of them. Now Rafe must come to peace with his father’s rejection or risk losing Levlin—and all he has become at Falcon Pointe—forever.
And now on to other wonderful Seductive Studs snippets: