BL’s first release this year was my best selling MMM, Where There’s Smoke.
Here is the blurb, buylink, and an excerpt.
Blurb: Santiago Mendoza
Chicago nearly destroyed me, but moving to Cobalt, I found everything I needed to put my life back together. Or…almost everything. I have an amazing man, a job I love, and a budding career as an author. Why does it feel like something is missing?
Being a gay firefighter in a small town like Cobalt is tough, but the day I met Santiago in a coffee shop, all the struggles in the world wouldn’t keep me from his side. I’m ready to give him everything, including a white picket fence home filled with all the strange antiques he could ever want. But first I have to clear the path to our future, by digging through the wreckage of his past.
I’m no stranger to heartbreak, but I’m a man who knows how to get what he wants. Chaos in my life stole the man I love. Between my Fortune 500 company, my mother’s failing health, and my sister abandoning her daughter for drugs, I barely have time to breathe. But I rise above it all to give my niece the family she deserves. Which means getting my man back, no matter what—or who—tries to stand in my way.
Three men. Three different lives. And a chance at love just out of reach.
TRIGGER WARNING: Flashbacks and mentions of rape. On page violence.
Amazon – Link http://mybook.to/WhereSmoke
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After Jonas and I made love, I hurt in all the best ways, ways very few men could manage. No one knew my body better than Jonas, so I let him nap while I checked on my couch.
Although my body protested my sudden movements, I left the bedroom and sat gently on my sofa. I was grateful we’d moved our romp session to the bedroom because anymore activity might have broken the legs on my precious vintage settee. Looking at them, I figured it to be fine. I searched the wood for any cracks, splinters, and saw nothing showing it could have been damaged.
Once I finished, I propped my feet up and opened my book. Just as I was about to settle in, my phone played the tone I’d only reserved from my ex.
Even though we weren’t together anymore, I kept it. World in My Eyes was sexy. Romantic. It also fit Myles to a tee.
Talking with Myles could be tense and rile up old feelings, but I couldn’t ignore him. Especially since his mother and little Macy were family.
With baited breath, I put down the book and reached for my cell on the table. I said a small prayer, hoping this phone conversation would stay positive.
“Santiago. How you been?”
Hearing that deep, rich voice, I smiled. I loved Jonas. He was my everything. But no matter how good things were with Jonas, there would always be a place for Myles in my heart.
“I’m good, you?”
“Same. Working hard, taking care of Macy, Momma, and of course Myrna. 3 M’s. Only one of them makes me freaking miserable.”
My smile turned down. “I’m sorry. I wish Myrna would get help.”
“Yeah well, my sister thinks she’s Superwoman. Anyway, I didn’t call to complain. I wanted to hear your sexy voice and tell you I miss you.”
And there it was. The comment that reminded me of the heartaches in Chicago. I hated that talking to him brought it all back, but guilt would consume me if I hadn’t picked up.
“That’s nice, but…”
“You’re a taken man. I wish you weren’t, baby. After you left, I didn’t think you’d rush into a relationship so quickly either.”
“I didn’t rush. We dated for a couple of months before I asked him to move in. Besides, I was lonely and …” I bit my lip and looked around at the beautiful apartment I shared with my man. I’d explained to Myles many times why I shacked up with Jonas, but he couldn’t believe that I, as a victim, needed someone.
“He’s helped me heal and treated me with kindness. Jonas was exactly what I needed. He’d been so patient with me.”
“You deserve that. I just wish you would’ve held on a little longer.”
I grit my teeth, thinking of that last conversation we had. Nothing I said mattered.
“You didn’t want me.”
“I did, but I refused to hold you back.”
“Then why should I have waited?” The more we chatted, my body tensed. My Adam’s apple bobbed in my throat.
We had this conversation at least once a month.
“I − fuck, baby. I screwed up. I didn’t think dating long-distance would be a good idea. Remember, my mother was in ICU. They said she didn’t have long, and Myrna was pregnant.”
“I know.” I gripped the ends of my robe and pulled them tighter around my body. “Myles, even after the attack, I wanted to be there for you. Why should I have turned down an opportunity to be with someone else?”
“Santiago, I get it. Really, I do. I understand. I wish it wasn’t fast, that’s all.” Myles sounded exasperated.
“Yeah. Well, I’m happy it was. Jonas is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I love him, he loves me. We both have big dreams and intend to make good on them.” Although it was mean, I had to make the statement. All that said, I did really feel for Myles, but affirming my relationship with Jonas quelled my own desires. I’d fought with the conflicting feelings for a while, but they didn’t seem to disappear.
“I … I see.”