Today we welcome RJ Scott with her upcoming release
The Summer House
|Expected publication: May 29, 2015|
Ashby Sebastian Sterling-Haynes has had a lot of boyfriends, but he's never found the one.
The only person he can form an attachment to is his fourteen year old niece, and even that is in jeopardy when babysitting her cat goes all kinds of wrong.
Veterinarian, Connor Lawson is much happier working with animals than with people. He has deliberately returned home and to the Summer House he recalled from childhood holidays for peace and quiet and the chance to heal from wounds no one would ever see.
When his next door neighbor comes into the practice with a cat that has been in a fight he hides in his office because this Ashby guy is all kinds of dangerous. Too hot, too rich, too titled, and way too sexy for his own good.
Can two men who refuse to believe in love ever learn that love is the easy part of the journey to forever?
Connor kicked the deflated football he found in the long grass. It flopped pathetically to one side and he realised he felt pretty much like the broken leather—airless and devoid of life.
Way to be moronically dramatic.
He kicked it again. This time his toe caught the leather just in the right place and the broken ball soared through the air, over the tangled hedge and into the road beyond. For a brief shining moment the ball was fulfilling its purpose and the irony of the situation didn’t escape Connor. For a while, when he was with Ash, he felt like he could keep a lid on all the anxieties inside him and actually even be almost normal.
But when he’d woken up early with dawn’s light spilling in through open drapes, he’d taken one look at a sleeping Ash and left. It wasn’t so much the fact that Ash was sleeping or that he looked so at peace or any embarrassment after last night; the bruises on his hip were what made Connor run. He’d put them there and when he splayed his hand and hovered it over the marks, his fingers matched up exactly.
He could have stayed. Ash said it was the hottest thing he’d ever done, but Connor hated the fact he felt like he was just on the edge of losing it.
He hadn’t run far. Just to the house, to stand in the middle of the kitchen and consider the logistics of removing this wall to open up the larder area. The house was quiet, the lane was empty, hell, the whole world was still.
“Thought I’d find you here,” Ash said from the open door.
Connor turned slowly, gauging what to say to Ash. Sorry I ran seemed like it would be too much; just plain sorry, too little.
“Hey,” Connor chose instead.
They looked steadily at each other, and then Ash moved and pressed a hand against the wall next to Connor.
“I don’t think it’s a retaining wall,” he confirmed. “But you’d need to get someone out to check. But it’s a good idea to open it up, you’d get a bigger kitchen, and you could put a door here to the sitting room so you don’t have to use the hallway.”
Connor listened to Ash talk, to the shape of his words, and the way he crouched to the floor to run his hands along where the stone floor met the wall. He touched everything with such reverence, like he could feel something more than Connor ever could.
“Are you angry with me?” Connor asked.
Ash looked up at him, confusion on his face. “Why would I be angry with you?”
“I knew I’d fuck it all up.”
Purchase links will be on RJ's website on May 29. 2015
About the author:
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
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