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Beautiful Music Together
From MLR Press
Contemporary, M/M, Anal Sex
Artwork by Kris Jacen
Can these two opposites find the right rhythm?
Jon Kagan likes his life. He’s carefree unless he’s in the recording studio with his trumpet. Then he’s serious as hell. He plays the field like he does the notes on each track, but the single life isn’t fun any longer. He wants a lover and partner. But how can he find the man of his dreams when the only people he spends time with are the same musicians night after night? He’s convinced he won’t–until he meets Benny. Then all bets are off.
Benny Walters burns the midnight oil, too, but not in the music business. He’d rather work on houses than play tunes. Putting in a good sweat over a flooring job or painting a room makes him happy–almost as much as watching the hot guy who jogs across the neighborhood in the middle of the day. When he finally talks to Jon, sparks fly. He’d love to get to know Jon better, but confidence isn’t his strong point. Will he be able to get beyond his past and find the future he deserves?
Love happens in the strangest places, especially when it hits all the right notes.
Available from MLR Press: http://www.mlrbooks.com/Bookstore.php?bookid=MS_BMUST
Now for an EXCERPT:
©Megan Slayer, 2016, All Rights Reserved
“Are you painting the outside of the house? You mentioned something about gray.” Jon didn’t want to end the conversation. He’d grown fond of Benny, even after a few minutes of chatting.
“Oh, no. My friend is having new siding put on, but I’m not doing it. No, I posed the question in front of your friend there, because you looked like you’d rather eat scorpions than talk to him.”
He laughed again and rocked on his feet. He liked the way Benny talked. “I’m glad you did.” And even gladder he got the chance to meet Benny.
“I should get back to the shingles. It’s hot and not all that sexy, but it pays the bills.”
“I’m sure it does.” Jon glanced over at the house, then met Benny’s gaze. “If I’m ever in the mood to redo my house, can I call you?” Christ, his hands shook. He hadn’t been this nervous in ages. Because of Benny?
“Sure. I don’t have business cards or anything, but I’m licensed and bonded.”
“I didn’t doubt it.” He slid his phone from the holder around his forearm. “Give me your number and I’ll add you.”
“Ask for Benny?” Jon smiled. He could’ve sworn the afternoon heat increased a few degrees each time he looked into Benny’s eyes.
“It’s my personal number. No assistants or anything. I’m not that big.” He blushed. “So you’ll have to talk to me.”
“There’s nothing wrong with that.” He inputted the info, then tucked the phone back into the holder. “I’ll let you shingle. It was nice to meet you. Feel free to rescue me again.”
“I’ll see what I can do.” Benny grinned and hefted a pack of shingles onto his shoulder. He climbed the ladder up to the porch roof and flexed as he put the shingles down.
Jon whimpered. Benny could really haul. “Do you run?”
Benny stepped to the edge of the roof and rested his hands on his hips. “What?”
“Do you run? Exercise?”
“I lift weights. Why?”
“I thought maybe you’d like to go for a run with me sometime.” Holy fuck, he’d just kind of asked Benny out. Hell yeah.
“You always run in the afternoon. I’m a morning guy.”
“Oh.” Jon paused. Benny was supposed to agree to join him. That’s what the other guys did… Well, shit. Jon twiddled with his headphones. “Wait, how’d you know about my run times?”
“You go past here nearly every day and have since the first of June. You’re hard to miss.”
“Is that a good thing?” Or bad? He hoped for the former.
“I’m just observant.”
And noncommittal with his answers. Damn it. “Okay, well, I’ll see you around. Maybe tomorrow when I run past here.”
“Same time, same channel,” Benny said. He waved and returned to the shingles.
What an odd guy, but handsome as hell and intriguing, too.
Jon headed home, but his thoughts never left Benny. The man knew the right moment to step in, which was kind of nice, and not Jon’s regular type. He liked pretty boys. Musicians or vocalists. He snorted and stopped in his driveway. He had no idea if Benny was even gay, much less if he was interested. The answer to his run question had been vague. Probably because Benny wasn’t homosexual.
He strode up the drive to the front porch and into his house, and kicked off his running shoes. He downed a bottle of water in what seemed like a single gulp. Trust him to find the one guy who wasn’t interested, and find him attractive.
He had to be out of his mind, but he wanted to go back. Wanted to talk to Benny and get to know him better.
He did have Benny’s number. What could he break in order to get the handsome home remodeler to come over?