I missed last week – was so busy writing everything else whooshed by! Can you believe it’s August already? I’m like EEK! I have a book coming out in 3 weeks and I’m still going “It’s August? Really?”
His Right Choice is the 4th book in the Men of Falcon Pointe series. Nick has come to terms with the fact he’s gay and has feelings for a man. In this scene, he tells his folks. Because of how difficult the moment is, his friends and Ethan are with him.
His parents arrived, and the first fifteen minutes were thankfully filled with introductions and everyone getting settled around an eight-person dining table. Santi was his charming best and chattered to Nick’s mom. Finn was one of those “shy till you get to know him” kind of guys, and while he smiled, he let Santi be the front man for the two.
“You’re Nick’s mentor,” his mother said, looking at Ethan. “I remember you.”
Nick cleared his throat. “Mentor isn’t the right word.”
Santi choked on a bite of food, and while Finn smacked him on the back to help, Ethan took Nick’s hand under the table. “Mom. Dad. I’ve got something to tell you.” Both of his parents stopped eating and looked his way. In fact everyone at the table looked at him. “I love both of you, and I appreciate how you brought me up. But I’m not like most people in the Church, and I never have been.”
“Is this about why you broke up with Kaylee?” His mother watched him with an unnervingly shrewd expression on her face.
She looked at his father, and Nick winced when they both suddenly put their napkins down and just stared at him. It looked like they were getting ready to bolt the moment he spoke.
“That’s it.” His dad stood up and pulled his mother’s chair back as she stood up as well. “We did our best to raise you right, Nick, but don’t think we didn’t notice this coming.” Nick didn’t even know how to answer. They knew?
“Come on,” Deke said, standing up. “It’s still Nick. He’s your son.”
“Yes, he is. But he fought doing what’s right his whole life. Maybe this is just who he is,” his father said, sounding sad. “But that doesn’t mean we have to forgive it. And we don’t, son,” he said, staring straight at Nick. “I’ve worried ever since I found you wearing your sister’s underwear and saw the way you looked at boys in your teens. No matter what we did, it wasn’t enough to put you on the right path.”
The world crumbled around him as what he’d feared came to pass right in front of his face.
“He’s still your son,” Deke insisted, as though Nick’s father were just being difficult. “So what if he’s gay?”
“Amen,” Santi said and pounded on the table. Ethan squeezed Nick’s hand, but he barely noticed.
“You already knew,” he murmured, blinking at them. “You knew I was gay, and yet you tried to fold me into a straight box.”
Nicholas Layton, fresh off his mission for the Mormon Church, attends Falcon Pointe University with plans to enjoy his final year of freedom before he gives in and marries his long-term girlfriend. But when he meets a group of gay men, some of whom are ex-Mormons and some who practice loving discipline, he finds he’s more comfortable with them than anywhere else. Suddenly he’s straddling the line between good Mormon and gay man.
As an added bonus—or problem, depending—he meets Ethan Kierk, who is good-looking, fun to be around, and who wants to be with him. Nick tries not to think about dating a man, but he can’t help it. He wants Ethan, and that terrifies him.
To avoid his feelings, Nick steels himself to propose to his girlfriend but breaks things off at the last moment. Instead he jumps headlong into a relationship with Ethan, and it feels so right—until he has to tell his family. When they reject him, he shares his darkest secret with Ethan, and hopes Ethan won’t reject him too.
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