Welcome to another wonderful Coming Soon Sunday. Today I’ve got a sneak peek at Elizabeth Noble’s newest…
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company—no relation. But he keeps the “no relation” part to himself when he meets dashing, older Neal Kirchner, a successful architect from an old-money family. Hayden doesn’t exactly lie, but he figures it can’t hurt for Neal to believe he’s a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn’t want Neal thinking he’s a gold digger.
The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it’s all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own.
The doorbell jangled, and so did Hayden’s nerves. He didn’t want to turn around, put on a plastic, fake smile and make nice to any more customers. What was wrong with him, thinking that a man like Neal would want anything to do with him, let alone a poor college student half his age who didn’t even own decent dress shoes and was letting Neal think Hayden was someone he wasn’t?
He focused on the floor for a few beats, pushed his glasses up, and pinched the bridge of his nose.
“Hayden, my God, I am so sorry. I left early, but there was an accident right in front of me, and of course I had to stick around for the police. I didn’t have your number or I would have called you.” Neal’s words came out in a rush.
From the prep area, Steffie mouthed, “Yes” and pumped her fist.
Hayden spun around so fast he lost his balance and would have fallen sideways had he not grasped the counter for support.
“Whoa,” Neal said and darted forward. He reached across the counter and grabbed Hayden’s hands firmly in his own. “I thought for sure I wouldn’t get here before you closed up, and you’d leave thinking I was one of those creeps who made a date and didn’t show.”
“I don’t think you’re a creep,” Hayden managed to say.
Neal laughed. “Good.” He looked at his watch, then turned and motioned to the door. “Do I need to wait outside or…?”
“No! Uh, I mean, it’s okay for you to wait inside. I should be done by nine thirty at the latest.”
Once the door was locked, he and Steffie set about cleaning the coffeehouse and preparing for the morning shift. Twice Hayden ducked out of the back room to tell Neal he’d only be a few more minutes. Really he wanted to assure himself Neal was there and Hayden hadn’t passed out while jogging this morning and was dreaming the whole thing.
Finally done with the chores, Hayden slid across the wet floor and skated into the employee bathroom to change. Back out in record time, he tugged his shirt straight and asked Steffie, “How do I look?”
“Almost there.” Steffie held a thin can in one hand. She piled some product into her other hand and ran it through Hayden’s hair, making some adjustments here and there. “Perfect.”
Steffie, nodded, smiled, and washed the hair product off her hands. “Go get ’em, tiger. Call me if it goes badly. Or great. Oh, just call me. I’ll want details.”
Hayden rushed back out to the main part of the coffeehouse. “Hi.”
About the Author:
Mystery, action, chills, and thrills spiced with romance and desire. ELIZABETH NOBLE started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into books and fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children, two grandchildren, and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed-breed canine princess and her sidekick tabby cat. Elizabeth lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening and winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!) and stargazing all year long. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Elizabeth has received a number of amateur writing awards. Since being published, several of her novels have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Jewel Cave was a runner-up in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Ringed Love was a winner in the Gay Fantasy Romance category of the 2016 Rainbow Awards.
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