Melbourne Men, 1
Marcus is a 30-year-old successful architect. He wants someone to love and knows the right man will turn up when he least expects it. That moment arrives at his friend’s party. He sees Danny for only a moment, yet his interest is piqued. What could be more irresistible than a blue-eyed beauty who is completely untouched?
Danny knows he doesn’t find women attractive, but how is he going to find out if he’s gay? His sister’s party answers his prayers when the most gorgeous guy he has ever seen asks him out. But can their love survive when Marcus wants more than a closeted partner and Danny wants nothing more than to hide forever?
This is a previously published work. It has been edited for Evernight Publishing.
Be Warned: m/m sex
“Are you a work friend of Sienna’s, Marcus?”
Marcus shook his head and pushed one hand into the front pocket of his jeans, pushing it down to make the waistband of his jeans lower and reveal a glimpse of his flat tummy.
Danny’s gaze swung down and he shifted on the seat.
Yep, I’m not wrong about him.
“No, a university friend actually. We only catch up a couple of times a year, which is a shame. She’s a good chick.” Marcus took another drag of his cigarette and realized he was beginning to enjoy it. Damn. It looked like the years of abstinence hadn’t quenched his appetite for them after all.
“You here with your girlfriend? How does she feel about Sienna?” Danny’s question surprised him and he couldn’t help a grin spreading over his face.
Young and full of confidence, this one. He liked that. Fearless too, which gave him hope that they’d make it past this one conversation.
“No, no girlfriend. And if I did have a partner, they wouldn’t care about Sienna, though she is gorgeous.”
Marcus deliberately drew out the moment of truth, curious to see what the youngster would do. Danny’s mouth tightened in an uncomfortable way, which made him extremely pleased. He’d hooked Danny’s interest, now he just had to wait for him to ask the question that hung in the air.
“Your girlfriends don’t get jealous?”
Marcus chuckled and smiled his most charming smile at Danny. The smile that made most guys melt. “I’m gay. I haven’t dated a chick in almost ten years, they never really did it for me anyway.”
Danny nodded and reached for another cigarette, his hands shaking as he slid another from its case. Well, that wasn’t exactly the response Marcus had been hoping for, but at least there was a reaction.
Marcus heard someone coming and turned toward the newcomer. He couldn’t decide if they had good timing or bad, either way his exclusive time with Danny had just drawn to a close.
Posted by Karla on 24th Nov 2015
What a great short story… I really love Marcus in this book and hope to see more from this couple…
Marcus is a successful, good looking, and lonely, when he attends his friends Sienna’s 30th birthday he can’t help but be captivated by her 21 year old brother Danny.
The two embark on a love story but with Danny still in the closet it strains their relationship more than they want. They have committed themselves to each other and the one person they assumed would have their back is not happy with their relationship.
I enjoyed this story because it dealt with real life issues most of my friends have dealt with in the past. The struggle to come out to family and friends can cause stress and depression; we must learn to love our family and friends no matter their situation as long as they are not hurting anyone in the process. I give this book 4 diamonds because love is love no matter who it is…
Posted by Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie on 28th Sep 2015
This was a short story. Marcus is a successful architect, who meets Danny his friends sister while attending his friends party.
Marcus is a out and proud gay 30 yr old. Danny is a very in the closet gay 21 yr old. Marcus and Danny begin seeing each other. Can Danny find his way out of the closet for Marcus?
This was a short, sweet, hot read. I liked the characters and felt they had a really good chemistry, I just really wish the book would have been longer, so we could get more of their story.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Sep 2015
Marcus turns up to his friend Sienna’s party sure he will be the only gay person there, but he gets a nice surprise when he spots a gorgeous young man who pings his gaydar. Discovering the young man, Danny, is Sienna’s brother puts him on guard, but he can’t resist the temptation to discover if the attraction is mutual. Danny hasn’t had any satisfaction in his sexual experience and he has tried hard to find it. Discovering he is more attracted to men has him nervous, he has no way to discover if he really does want a man, until he meets Marcus and they begin a secret relationship. But, Marcus is an out and proud gay man and Danny is deep in the closet, can they really make a relationship work when it is carried out in the shadows?
This is a great story of a young man finding the courage to face his family and admit the truth to them, even knowing they might turn their backs on him. Marcus discovers something special in Danny, something he recognises after just one night together, and although Danny feels the same way, Marcus knows that Danny is scared of his family’s reaction. Marcus can only hope that Danny loves him enough to come out of the closet. Danny knows he is lucky to have met and fallen in love with Marcus and although he adores Marcus he fears his family’s reaction to his being gay, unfortunately Sienna sees something she wasn’t supposed to and Danny now has a choice to make.
I really enjoyed this story with a slightly older man guiding a younger man into the joys of gay sex and love. Both characters are wonderful with Marcus at times being a bit cocky and overpowering, and Danny at time naïve, scared but willing to learn. Marcus has already ‘been there, done that’ with his coming out and estrangement from his family, so he is patient with Danny as the younger man finds his footing. Danny already knows how his parents will react and dreads telling them and you really do understand why when you do finally see their reaction. Sienna was kinda two faced with her reaction to Danny, it was okay for her friends to be gay but not her brother.
We do see some really good bits in Danny and Marcus’ relationship and we see how easily they mesh together, we see how quickly they support each other and you just know that they are a perfect match. They are also explosive in their attraction and are extremely hot even when they are fully clothed, damn they make a hot grope at the side of the house steamy.
I recommend this to those that love coming out and first time love stories, great characters who only want love, difficult decisions, hot sex and a great reconciliation ending.