Nephi changes his name while at school – thought I’d give you a tidbit of how that builds. (If you want to meet Rafe’s love interest Levlin, you can check him out at the other bloghops I’ve been doing :))
“A guy I know,” Nephi said as they sat down with their pizza, “suggested I kind of create a new identity here, one that’s uniquely me away from the whole Mormon thing.”
Finn pulled a slice out of the pie and nodded. “Makes sense to me. At home I’m Finnean, and I definitely don’t wear these kinds of clothes. I got the piercings last year, which my parents didn’t like but they accepted. Mom almost had a heart attack when she saw me this morning. I dyed my hair last night. It’s usually dark brown. But it might make you feel more comfortable just being this new you if you weren’t Nephi Norton, Mormon boy.”
Nephi took a huge bite of a slice. “Bastien suggested going by my middle name, but I don’t know if I’d remember enough if someone called that name out.”
“What’s your middle name?”
Finn ate another mouthful, staring at him for a while, and then spoke. “You’re not scruffy enough to be a Rafe.”
Nephi took another bite of pizza and snickered. “What? So I should wear tanks and have tattoos or something?”
The way his roommate’s eyes lit up made him want to backpedal. “Awesome. Rugged. Bad boy. You’ll need to grow some scruff. You definitely need stubble. Maybe a stud, but only in one ear. The whole motorcycle vibe with torn jeans and a cool-ass tat on one shoulder. You could rock it as Rafe.”
Nibbling on the pizza bone—or as other people called it, the crust—Nephi wanted to argue. But the idea was kind of fascinating. A whole new him. Could Nephi Norton pull off such a change? The more he thought of it, the more it enticed him. “Do you really think I could pull that off?” he asked as they left the restaurant.
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.
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