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Just a Romanctic at Heart

I've always held a soft spot for Valentine's Day. Ever since I was a young girl, I loved the red, pink and white hearts and frilly decorations. Give me some colored construction paper, scissors and glue, and I was a valentine-making fool. I also love the look of the candy conversation hearts. The taste is another matter. *ahem* Chocolate is what I'm after in that department.

As I grew older I realized the holiday had been commercialized. (What holiday hasn't, even President's Day means sales on sheets and cars!) But I still enjoy the romantic idea behind the whole thing. Fortunately for me, I've never suffered through a really rotten or lonely Valentine's Day. So while it's not a huge, "yay, I get a day off work" type of holiday, I do smile when Valentine's Day rolls around. But pay $5 a piece for store-bought cards? Nay nay. Pass over that construction paper and glue, please.

My next release with TEB is for their My Secret Valentine line.

My story is called Secret Rendezvous.

Peter McClellan is a partner in a Chicago advertising agency. His company is doing well, but if he can land Mirabel Cosmetics’ Rendezvous Cologne account, he thinks the agency will skyrocket to success.

Aaron Whittaker is the last person he expects to see in the Mirabel offices. The two men were college lovers, their relationship irreparably severed when Aaron ‘borrowed’ an idea from Peter for his senior project.

Aaron’s reactions to Peter are cold and hot—icy when they first become reacquainted, but hot as fire when they reconnect in the bedroom. Can old transgressions be forgiven, or is the past doomed to haunt their possibilities for a future together?

Excerpt: (m/m)

He stomped from the restaurant, ignoring the surprised look on the face of the maitre’ d’. He found his keys and punched the remote to unlock the door of his black Volvo.

“Pete, wait!” From the sound of Aaron’s voice, he was close behind.

Peter wanted to get in his car and lock the doors before the other man reached him. If Aaron stepped in front of his car, God help him, because at that moment, Peter thought he might run the sucker over.

“Wait!” Aaron grabbed the car door just before it closed.

“Let go,” Peter snarled through gritted teeth.

“Please, just let me talk for two minutes. Then, if you want to leave, you can. Two minutes.”

Staring straight ahead, Peter replied, “Clock’s ticking.”

Aaron’s words rushed out, sounding like one long sentence. “I’m sorry. Seeing you again shocked the hell out of me. I was confused and conflicted and behaved just like you said, a total asshole. I tried to fight the feelings I had for you by being rude and obnoxious. I think you’ll remember, that’s really not my style.”

Peter glanced at Aaron crankily. "You pulled it off pretty well.”

Aaron smiled. “Maybe I should have gone to acting school. I’m sorry, Pete. I really am. I was an idiot. I’ll apologize to Marsha if you want, but first, I need you to forgive me.” Aaron paused to gulp a breath.

Peter couldn’t believe his ears. Is this guy to be believed? He turned his head and looked up at Aaron. “You still have one minute. You’re a man who uses words to make a living. Talk to me and convince me you’re sincere.”

Aaron leaned in closer. “I do my best convincing without any words at all. If you’ll unlock that other door, I’ll crawl in and explain it to you very clearly.”

“You have got to be fucking kidding me. You think sucking my cock is the key to forgiveness for the way you’ve been behaving? That your mouth is so special, one blowjob and I’ll forget everything that’s happened between us?”

Licking his lips, Aaron grinned. “Yes.”

Peter stared at the face that had once turned his world upside down. So much time had passed. So much bad blood had passed between them. He scowled and pushed the unlock button on his armrest. “Get in.”

Aaron was around and in before Peter had time to change his mind. Not that I would. The handsome, blond-haired hunk was on him in a flash, kissing with a passion and hunger that rivalled his own. Peter pulled back long enough to ask, “We staying here?”

“You can go if you want.” Aaron’s mouth trailed down his neck. “I’ve got some serious cock to suck, but you might remember I can do that while you drive.”

Peter groaned and leaned back. “We’ll go to my place.”

Copyright (C) 2009 Jamie Hill


Desiree Holt said...

Jamie, I am so with you on VAlentine's Day. To me it means soft music, candlelight, chilled wine and my very own hunk. Forget the storebought cards. I always design something on the computer for him and he's kept every one of them. And your latest release looks too yummy for words.

Jude Mason said...

Hi Jamie,

I'm one of those people who don't do Valentine's Day. At least not on Feb. 14th. That one is much to commercialized and just feels fake. But, I'll make a romantic dinner and make a card or something sweetly sexy for my hubby and we'll celebrate when I feel like it.

Oh, this book is awesome folks. M/M and hot... oh my!


Crissy said...

The book sounds great! I can't wait for these to come out!

Good luck!

Kim Dare said...

Great excerpt, Jamie.

I can't say I'm much for Valentines Day in a chocolates and flowers sort of way. Red leather hearts, now that's a different story :D

Secret Rendezvous looks fantastic - impatiently awaiting Feb 9th.

Ashley Ladd said...

I'm a sucker for anything romantic, so I love it.

Connie Northrop said...

I decided years ago that holidays are only commercialized if you let them be. I buy or make gifts for the specific person. Valentine's Day is no different. I never really wanted gifts for it, I just want a person to share to share the day with. :0)


Connie Northrop said...

Sorry, I didn't mean it to be a lecture. It just seems to be a day for me to sound this.

Lisabet Sarai said...

I adore your introductory image! And the book sounds incendiary!

Anne said...

Hi Jamie
I love those little conversation hearts too! Have a great Valentine's Day.

Anne Kane

Verb said...

My opinion? Honestly? Well I have to say that I think Valentines Day is probably THE most commercialised day of the year - and I hate it. It's the day when even a single stem of a wilting red rose can be sold to some gullible young kid trying to impress an equally gullible young girl. Its the day when card shops rub their hands and drag out all the crap they didn't sell last Valentines day. I agree a little harmles fun is ok, home made cards? i don't recall seeing one of those in years - many years! The whole thing has been taken over by big business, who see it as another means of taking candy from a baby.

The thing is we all want to be loved, it's the most natural thing in the world, but I hate the manipulation of these "special" days. I've been wed for many years and I've never bought my wife a card for Valentines Day, (though I did buy her some flowers last year for something unconnected with Valeantines Day) but I make sure she knows I love her EVERY day, not just once a year.

Cracking Excerpt Jamie, I suppose no better than we've come to expect, but I really enjoyed it.

Jamie Hill said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented! I know Valentine's Day is kind of silly but what the hell, we can use a little silly in our lives sometimes.

I've been married a pretty good number of years myself (though can't rival Jude or Verb, yet!) and my husband isn't a nut about the holiday. (Usually he says something like, "Are we getting cards or what this year?" just so we're both on the same page. He doesn't want to get on my bad side. LOL!)

But there are just some things that have special meaning from back when I was a kid. And if I want to make a construction paper heart, by gum I'm gonna do it!

Hugs to all and Happy V-Day!