Exclusive Excerpt from Gatekeeper
by Charity Parkerson
Damn, Mateo hated when Sean left without saying goodbye. Two days in a row it had happened. Since he’d done it only three days out of the past month, Mateo tried letting it slide. Rolling to his side, Mateo snagged Sean’s pillow and held it to his chest. Sean’s scent lingered on the material. His eyes fell closed as he inhaled the sweet smell into his lungs. Mateo’s dick stirred. He tossed the pillow aside and grabbed his phone. He couldn’t let it slide after all.
Mateo: You left without saying goodbye again.
Sean: I can’t help it. You were sleeping so peacefully. I couldn’t bring myself to wake you. Mateo: I’d rather see you than sleep. ** sigh** I take it you made it safely.
Sean: Yeah. I had another flat, but thankfully I just got that other tire fixed and the spare was in the trunk again.
Mateo wanted to break shit. Sean had the worst luck. He wanted to fix everything in Sean’s life, but the man had more pride than anyone he’d ever met.
Mateo: You should’ve called.
Sean: I took care of it. No worries.
Mateo: Yeah, yeah. I know you’re capable. That doesn’t mean I won’t worry.
Sean: Your concern matters.
Mateo: You matter.
Sean: Has anyone told you lately how amazing you are?
Mateo: Not that I can recall.
Sean: Yeah, I’m sure. You probably have ten men telling you you’re perfect every day.
He didn’t. What Mateo really had was two parents who took turns telling him he was a piece of shit and a bunch of non-friends non-friends who made him feel like he had to hide behind a mask. Sean was the only person who let him be boring and still came back for more. Mateo stared at the phone, trying to decide what to say. Another text rolled in before he could think of something.
He’s a player. Everyone knows it. Except Sean isn’t a game to him.
Mateo has been the biggest contender for the Super Lightweight title for over two years. No matter how hard he works, he can’t seem to beat the current champ. Since boxing is all he has in the world, it’s an issue. His confidence is in the can, and his social life is non-existent. Mateo has had no real friends or relationships that have lasted longer than one night in years. That is, until he meets a man whose beautiful heart leaves him mystified.
Rescuing a drunk from the parking lot of his workplace, Slip, isn’t a new thing for Sean. People leave the bar and grill plastered and intent on driving all the time. Usually, Sean calls them a cab and sends them on their way. Mateo is the first one he’s ever taken home. There’s something sad about Mateo. Sean lost all his friends years ago, and he sees a kindred spirit in the sexy boxer. It’s easier than he ever dreams to consider the man his best friend in no time at all. Except he’s not. Mateo is so much more.
It’ll take the purest heart to save a broken man from a hellish life. Unfortunately, when it comes to Mateo and Sean, it’s hard to know who needs rescuing the most.
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About Charity Parkerson
Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Midnight Books, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.
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