TITLE: A Kind of Romance
SERIES: A Kind of Story
AUTHOR: Lane Hayes
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
LENGTH: 82,963 words
RELEASE DATE: June 06, 2016
Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let go—not until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.
Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.
His nonstop monologue would have driven me crazy a few months ago. Tonight, it soothed me. He soothed me. The way he twisted in his seat to face me, touching my arm occasionally for emphasis. The way his eyes sparked with humor one moment and exasperation the next. It was when he went suddenly quiet that I became uneasy.
“Why aren’t you talking?” I asked as Hector navigated the congestion on Broadway.
“I didn’t think you were listening.”
“I couldn’t get a word in edgewise,” I countered.
“You have the floor now. What’s on your mind?”
“I was thinking about my company cock”—I gave him a sideways, cocky smirk as I reached over to cup his package—“tail party. It’s on Friday.”
“I remember. Lucky me. An evening with a bunch of hetero finance geeks and their lovely wives,” he drawled.
“It sounds awful, doesn’t it? We’ll be outta there within half an hour. I just have to put in an appearance and—”
“Then why have me go at all? I can meet you afterward—”
I shook my head and frowned. “Nope. I need you.”
“I suppose I should fix my hair. Whatever will they think of me?” he asked as he ran his fingers through his bangs.
“Who cares what anyone thinks?” I grasped his hand and turned my palm to lace my fingers through his. I shot him a grin and raised his hand to kiss his fingers. “Thank you.”
He looked down at our joined hands and then at me in surprise. He cocked his head and brushed his hair aside with his other hand. He seemed suddenly nervous, or maybe just puzzled. Either way, I was perversely pleased when he stuttered and cleared his throat.
“You’re good with my dad. Thank you for being kind to him.”
“There’s no reason to thank me. I love George! He talked about you a lot today. He was telling that couple from Iowa about his successful Wall Street son and—you know, he loves you, Zeke. He just wishes you’d visit more often.”
His tentative tone made me wary. I had a feeling he was quoting a direct conversation but didn’t want to upset me.
“So he says, but the fact is… we don’t do well for long stretches together. Someone always ends up pissed off. And usually, it’s me,” I said with a humorless huff.
“It’s because you’ve never forgiven him. You have to let it go, Zeke.”
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles both be men! Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her first novel was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards and her third received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow lab ever in an almost empty nest.
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