My new release, By the Rules, is a small town new adult romance about two guys who don’t do so well at expressing their feelings. AJ is a former male escort with trust issues, and Hayden is an uptight businessman who doesn’t believe in looking or acting vulnerable. So with Valentine’s Day around the corner, this presents an interesting challenge. What do they say to each other?
How do they open up and show their feelings when neither of them are used to doing that sort of thing?
I sat down with AJ while he tried to come up with something heartfelt to put onto a card for his new boyfriend. If you ask me, it came out okay.
So hey there, Suit
You know I suck at mushy stuff so I hope you’re not expecting hearts and flowers. I mean, I could give you a big old box of candy or whatever but we both know that doesn’t say “love” so much as “hey, I hope you don’t mind nougat or a wicked sugar crash.” I don’t want to give you either of those things.
What I want to give you, is me. That’s what I’ve got.
I’m not a rich guy like you are. I won’t be showering you with fancy things. Can’t. I can give promises though. My loyalty is yours. My friendship. My body.
Most of all, I love you and I plan to keep loving you for as long as you’ll let me. You know that’s not a thing I say lightly. It’s not a thing I’ve said to any guy before you. Kinda hoping I don’t say it to anyone else ever again.
I’ve gotten used to you taking up the left side of the bed and hogging all the covers. It’s nice to have someone to cook for. You’ve become a part of me. Anyway, you know how it is in a town like Evergreen Grove. Once you’re part of a couple and the whole town knows, you kinda gotta see it through. Otherwise, tongues wag. God forbid we ever break up, people will start bringing over casseroles and blessing your heart like somebody died.
I know how much you hate green beans and cream of mushroom soup, Suit. I love you so much I wanna save you from a freezer full of casseroles. So instead, you gotta stick with me. The casserole patrol will thank you, Suit. So will I.
It took me way too long to get my head out of the sand and admit that you were mine. Now that I’ve got you, I’m hanging on. It’s you and me. The package deal.
Happy Valentines Day, Suit.