Hey, it’s another wonderful Backlist Monday. Are you ready for a new week?
It’s crazy trying to figure out which of my books I’ll highlight for Backlist Monday. Which name? Which book? I’m not sure if I need a roulette wheel or a dart board to decide 🙂 This week, I’m giving you a snippet from my book 959 Brenton Street, the book that launched my Men of Falcon Pointe series. Can I just say Cory is one of my favorite characters ever? He’s someone I would love to be friends with in real life.
“So… uh… who was that? Your boyfriend?” Trent knew he shouldn’t ask, but couldn’t stop himself. The guy hadn’t looked good enough for Cory.
Cory chuckled softly. “No. Cameron is a professional associate.”
“Doesn’t that get complicated?”
He looked into Trent’s eyes and shook his head. “Only as complicated as you choose to make it. Cam’s predominantly het, but he has gay leanings. When he gets an itch, he calls me.”
“He’s using you,” Trent said in shock.
“True. But I’m using him too.” He took a bite of his muffin and continued. “The world isn’t as cut-and-dried as you think it is, Trent. It isn’t white and black, good and bad. There’s a wealth of color and experience in between. A full rainbow. I’m a man who knows what he wants and what he needs. If I were in a relationship, I would have told Cam no. But I’m not, and he’s a fairly decent partner. Besides,” he added and his eyes twinkled. “We didn’t fuck.”
Trent blinked and felt his cheeks get hotter, and the heat spread up to his ears. “Fuck. I’m being nosy and I promised myself I wouldn’t be.”
Laughing, Cory nodded. “That’s okay. He’s submissive. His wife isn’t kinky at all. Since she loves him, she’s agreed that when he needs a spanking or something harder, he can come to me and get his needs met, as long as we don’t have sex.”
Trent gaped at him. He didn’t even know how to respond. And he thought being thrown into Finland without much grasp of the language was difficult. This was infinitely harder.
“Too much?” Cory asked gently.
“Ever feel as though you jumped into the deep end of the pool, only to find out you actually jumped into the ocean, and the part you landed in is a whirlpool, and you’re going down, and there’s nothing you can do about it?”
Cory put down his empty glass and watched him for a moment. “Yes. That’s probably a good analogy for how you’re feeling right now. Look, Trent, I’d love to tell you to take your time and figure things out when you’re ready. The problem is that, in a way, you are ready. You’ve come out, though not to everyone, and the gay man inside has desires you’ve been tramping down for who knows how long. The complication is that you’re also a good Mormon boy. You’re going to need to decide which side of you is more important. The gay man or the religious one. Because at some point, you’re either going to get so horny you jump someone and rut until you’re well satisfied and ready for another round, or you’ll go firmly back into the closet. Instead of it being a knee-jerk reaction that you may regret in ten to twenty years, I’d rather it be a decisive action, made because you’ve thought about it and realized that was what you wanted. No regrets,” he added softly.
That was perfectly honest, which was something Trent had come to expect from Cory. Thinking on his last two words, he asked, “Do you have regrets?”
With a sad smile, Cory nodded. “Yes, I do. And you’re going to have some. I just hope they aren’t the kind that cut you to the core.”
Trent Farnsworth moves to Falcon Pointe to get as far away from his controlling family and religion as he can. While his conservative upbringing makes it hard for Trent to admit he’s gay, he accidentally outs himself in front of his four new roommates. None of the men living at 959 Brenton Street are what the world would consider normal, but all four accept him for who he is. He never expects to feel right at home in a loving discipline household. And when Trent falls for his much older landlord, Dr. Cory Venerin, he’s as surprised as anyone, but discovering Cory feels the same makes Trent realize he’s truly in the right place at the right time.
Until he tells his family he’s gay. His father uses any resource at his disposal to destroy him, including Trent’s love for Cory. As his father schemes to send Trent to a hospital whose sole purpose is to rip the gay out of him, Cory battles to save not only Trent—but also the possibility of a future together.