Exclusive Excerpt from Worth the Risk
by C.J. Lynne
“So you’re going out of town?” His heart sank as he asked the question even while he told himself he was just being silly. Jax couldn’t spend every second of the day with him. They both had lives to live.
“Yeah, I have to fly to New York in the morning for a few days,” Jax unhappily replied. Then his eyes lit up and he asked, “Why don’t you come with me?”
Ty balked and not at the thought of going away with Jax, but rather at his destination. Oh hell no! There was no way on God’s green earth that he was going to willfully set foot back in New York again if he could help it. That city held nothing but heartache and pain that he didn’t want to relive again—Thank you very much.
“Thanks for the offer, but I can’t,” he declined with a forced half-smile.
“My treat,” Jax coaxed with one of his blinding grins.
“That’s too extravagant, besides, I have to work. Remember?”
“I know you do.” Jax’s lips turned down in disappointment. “I thought you’d say no, but it was worth a shot.”
“How long will you be gone?”
“A few days.” He leaned in and kissed Ty’s lips then playfully growled, “And you behave while I’m away.”
“Me?” He gave an innocent look and placed a hand to his chest. “You don’t have to worry about me.”
“Nope.” Ty shook his head. “I’ll be working, sleeping,”—he paused before admitting—“and missing you.”
“I like the sound of that.”
“Of course you do.” Ty playfully rolled his eyes and then reluctantly asked, “What time is it?”
Jax reached for his phone and replied, “Two thirty.”
Boy, time had flown. It always did when he was with Jax. “I have to leave in about thirty minutes if I want to get to work on time.”
Jax shifted and stared down at him. “Will you come back and stay with me tonight?”
“It’ll be late, probably after two.”
“I don’t care. I want you to come back.” Jax trailed fingers down his cheek. “Can you find your way back here? Do you want me to pick you up?”
“Don’t worry.” Ty laughed and promised, “I can make it back.” Unable to stop from touching Jax, he fingered the smooth tanned pecs. His skin was warm and inviting, and Ty wanted to taste him to see if he was salty from the sea. “Are you sure you want me to though, since you have to fly out early tomorrow?”
“I’m positive.” Jax leaned down so close that he could see the darker flecks of blue in his pupils. “I want to fall asleep with you in my arms and wake up beside you tomorrow morning.”
“That sounds nice,” he whispered, surprised he could articulate because Jax’s declaration had just knocked the air out of his lungs.
“Mmm, it does. Doesn’t it? And it will give me something to hold onto until I’m back home with you.” Jax kissed him nice and slow and long. When he lifted his head, he gave him a wink and ordered, “While I’m gone, just remember who you belong to.”
His heart thudded at Jax’s statement and the possessive look aimed at him. He supposed he should be offended, and should tell Jax he didn’t belong to anyone but himself; however, he said nothing. Instead, he reclined back on the chaise next to Jax, and closed his eyes to hide the emotions swimming in their depths. He tried to swallow the lump that was clogging his throat to no avail. Jax was right. He did belong to him, and vice versa.
How had this happened? How has Jax in a few short weeks so expertly obliterated each and every obstacle I’ve purposefully encased my heart in for years? Ty had no idea, but one thing he did know without a doubt was that the man lounging beside him was going to forever change his life, and he was absolutely helpless to stop him. He wasn’t even sure he wanted to try.
Turning his head to rest it on Jax’s shoulder, he sighed in contentment, feeling no desire to move back to his own lounger, and Jax seemed more than happy to have him stay right where he was. Jax trailed fingers through his slightly damp hair before resting his hand over Ty’s heart, and it felt incredibly…right. If he never had to move from this spot, he’d be happy. What a monumental declaration that was.
Ty was lost, utterly and completely lost. Or maybe…just maybe…he was finally found.
Exclusive Excerpt from Finally Letting Go
“Well, well, well. Fancy meeting you here,” a sarcastic voice—one Brandon knew well—interrupted his dark thoughts, making him look up to find Simon Carter grinning at him. The man in question then pulled out a chair and sat down at his table uninvited. “Mind if I sit?”
“What…?” Brandon blinked rapidly before trying again, “Who said you could join me?”
The last thing he needed or wanted was another confrontation with Simon. He had enough turmoil in his life presently. However, for once, Simon didn’t seem angry with him. Despite the fact he was being rather presumptuous, he actually smiled and looked…almost friendly. It must be the holiday spirit influencing him.
Brandon remained silent and—hopefully unobtrusively—studied the man now sitting across from him. As usual Simon Carter look good enough to devour. He was dressed in navy sweats with the Berkeley University logo emblazoned across his broad chest in gold. The color enhanced his jet-black hair and dark-green eyes, and the appealing picture he made caused Brandon’s pulse to quicken.
“Why can’t I sit here?” Simon gave him a challenging look. “Do you have a hot guy meeting you?”
Yeah, and he just sat down, Brandon silently answered and then groaned inwardly at his forbidden thoughts. This man just made all of his common sense fly out of the window, to be replaced with illogical, maddening lust instead. But hell, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to get horizontal with Simon Carter—male or female?
“If I was meeting a date here, it would be a woman not a man,” Brandon pointedly responded once he could articulate.
Simon’s eyebrows winged up and he drawled, “Oh really?”
“Really,” Brandon insisted, bristling at the obvious disbelieve in those two sarcastically uttered words. “I don’t date men.”
“Hmmm. So, you just fuck ‘em and leave ‘em?” Simon asked, removing the paper from his straw and punching it into the lid of his drink.
“What?” Brandon’s eyes widened in shock. Where were these absurd questions coming from? “No, I don’t, and would you keep your voice down.”
“Dude, you’re so funny.”
Simon shook his head and poured ketchup over his fries. God, didn’t the guy know you’re supposed to dunk fries not smother them?
“Got enough ketchup?” Brandon frowned and then demanded, “And what’s so funny? Exactly are you trying to say?”
“I’m implying that you, my tightly closeted friend…” Simon paused, placed a few fries in his mouth and chewed while smirking at him.
“That I what?” Brandon demanded, and then was compelled to add, “I’m not in the closet.”
“You think I believe that?” Simon asked, watching him with piercing eyes that made Brandon want to run and hide.
“Why wouldn’t you? It’s the truth.”
“I’m gay, Brandon,” Simon said bluntly and Brandon’s heart skipped several beats in response. Oh hell, why did he have to tell me that? “I’m not ashamed of nor do I want to hide my sexuality,” Simon continued.
“Bully for you.” Brandon’s dry tone elicited a chastising look from his uninvited lunch guest.
“Yeah, it’s much more pleasant living one’s life out in the open,” Simon informed after eating a few more fries. “I suggest you try it before you explode from repression overload.”
“What are you a shrink?” Brandon challenged.
Get to know the secretive men of Infinity nightclub as they find love in the most unexpected places. True love has no beginning or ending…it simply is.
They are standalone stories, but characters from previous books make appearances in successive books.
About Worth the Risk
Love doesn’t exist…
Or so Tyler Johnson thinks. He’s never had much, if any, of it thrown his way. A chance meeting with the enigmatic Jaxon Markham causes Ty to—if still not believe in love—at least know without a doubt that lust is alive and well. Ty’s not looking for forever, but what’s the harm in spending a few days, and scorching nights, with Jax—as long as Jax plays by his rules and keeps things casual and uncomplicated?
Jax knows his luck has finally changed for the better when he lays eyes on Tyler. The man is gorgeous and stirs feelings in Jax he’d never thought he would experience. The more time Jax spends with Ty, the more certain he is that Ty’s his soulmate. Now all that remains is convincing the stubborn Tyler of that elating fact. Jax is more than up for the task, because he’s nothing if not persistent—a fact the elusive Tyler is soon made aware of.
Jax quickly, and much too easily, demolishes all of Ty’s protective walls and Ty reluctantly begins to think that maybe, just maybe that intangible emotion called love is alive and well after all, and perhaps finally within his grasp. However, when his ugly past returns to haunt him, making him doubt all the good he’s experienced with and because of Jax, Ty’s positive outlook crumbles, giving way to doubt, fear and despair making him wonder if he can truly be the man Jax needs and deserves—or will past and present demons destroy Ty’s one chance at true happiness?
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About Finally Letting Go
Take What You Want…
Brandon Rosen is a man who refuses to admit what he wants—namely, a life with another man. Being gay just won’t do. It will not go over well with his family, particularly his overbearing father. Thus, for years Brandon has tried to tamp down his attraction to men, refusing to entertain even the possibility that his other half might be a…him. That was the plan and it had worked wonderfully until he meets Simon Carter—an arrogant star swimmer and law school student who also happens to be the best friend of Brandon’s first and only miserably-failed attempt at dating a man.
Simon is constantly in Brandon’s face taunting him to admit he’s gay. The more confrontations he has with the stunningly handsome man, the harder it becomes for Brandon to deny the part of himself he thought he’d buried years ago—the one that craves the touch of another man, and now not just any man…but Simon—the one person who hates his guts.
Simon Carter is self-assured, knows who he is and what he wants out of life. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy who will do anything to protect his loved ones, so when his best friend’s asshole ex, Brandon Rosen, makes an unexpected reappearance in their lives, Simon is determined to keep Brandon from ruining his friend’s new relationship. That will be easy to do—right? Simon thought so, but what he didn’t count on was an insane attraction to the deeply closeted man.
Simon soon finds out there’s just something about Brandon that reels him in, no matter how mightily he fights against it, making him question what kind of man he is to want anything to do with the person who once broke his best friend’s heart? He doesn’t know, but one thing quickly becomes apparent—he craves Brandon Rosen, and despite his better judgment, he intends to have him…consequences be damned.
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About C.J. Lynne
C.J. is first and foremost an avid reader of romance. Nothing is better than watching two strong-willed people meet, connect and work through personal challenges while fighting to overcome internal and external obstacles to be together.
C.J. is a southerner who believes that love is love, and if you’re ever lucky enough to find it, you should hold onto it with both hands and feet. C.J. writes love stories filled with emotion and hopes you—the reader—will enjoy them as much as C.J. enjoys creating them.
C.J. writes M/M romances with heart and heat. She believes that love is love and if you’re ever lucky enough to find it, you should hold onto it with both hands and feet.
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