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Thinking It Over
True Blue #4
When a young teacher connects with the principal of his school, work and ex issues, the possibility of happiness, and a chocolate Labrador called Penny means they have a lot to think over.
Newly appointed teacher, Jasper Taylor, can't believe his luck. After a year, he's found a job with the possibility of a permanent contract, which finally allows him to put his teaching degree to good use. After meeting the silver-haired principal of the school, Jasper discovers his new position offers an additional temptation. He knows he should retreat, but who said avoiding attraction was easy, especially when the man he's crushing on seems too good to be true?
Well-respected and focused on his career, Austin Harrison is at the top of his game. He's turned a struggling school around, has finally put up boundaries with his demanding ex, and may just have secured full custody of his chocolate Lab, Penny. The appointment of the new English teacher, Jasper, threatens to unsettle the stability he's been working towards. Austin's attraction is immediate, heady, and oh so complicated. But does complicated mean he has to walk away?
Join Jasper and Austin in Becca Seymour’s low-angst, feel-good LGBTQ series, True-Blue Book 4. In the small town of Kirkby, there are busybodies, dogs who cause chaos, families who have the “best” of timing, and where good men have the opportunity to find their perfect match.
After quickly packing up my classroom and collecting my laptop and papers, I headed in the direction of the main reception, where Austin’s office adjoined.
The reception was already empty when I arrived. I imagined everyone was anxious to race home on a Friday after a full-on week. But the area wasn’t quiet.
My eyes widened when I heard a raised voice. It wasn’t Austin’s but was coming from his office. I paused, not sure whether to advance or not. A moment later, the office door swung open. A man stormed out, his face red, his gaze immediately landing on me and shooting daggers in my direction.
I straightened a little, unsure what this guy’s problem was while hoping Austin was okay. The guy was tall. He had a good six inches on me. He was also spindly, older, and there wasn’t a scrap of kindness in his hard gaze. The word bitter sprang to mind.
A sneer lifted his lip as he approached, I assumed—and hoped like hell—heading toward the door rather than me. His cold eyes raked over me, his steps slowing before Austin’s voice startled me, pulling my attention to the now open doorway.
“Rupert, just keep on walking.”
Recognition of who this man was registered. I caught a glimpse of Austin’s focused stare on the back of his ex’s head. Saw both resignation and frustration on his features.
Schooling my face, as it was obvious Rupert was gunning for a reaction in some way, I stepped aside and kept my expression as neutral as possible. It was difficult with that fixed sneer still evident, but Austin’s demand seemed to have the done the trick, as his ex waltzed on, nothing but derision curling his lips.
Once he’d left, the door slamming behind him, I turned my wide eyes back to Austin. “You okay?” It was the only important question at that moment.
His smile didn’t reach his eyes when he said, “Yeah. I’m okay.” He cast his gaze over me, saying, “You heading out?”
I hesitated, not quite sure how to react to his ex clearly being an asshat and causing him problems, nor this melancholy version of Austin before me. When I nodded, I found myself saying, “Yeah, but we can hang out or something if you want.” I inwardly groaned. While I wasn’t quite sure how old Austin was, “hanging out” didn’t quite seem the right term to use with the man. Rather than backtrack or change my wording, I instead offered him a smile. He’d looked stressed before I’d offered, and the small lift in his shoulders and the smoothing out of the deep frown set between his eyes as he looked at me made my stomach flip in the best of ways.
Feeling bolder, my smile settled more naturally on my lips. “Maybe get Penny and take her for a walk?” I said, inspired and quietly congratulating myself. There was no doubt I was eager to get to know Austin better, and helping him get his head out of the negativity I’d walked into was an added boon.
His mouth curled up before he answered, “I’d really like that. Thank you.” His gaze skirted to my leather shoes, and he pressed his lips together.
Becca Seymour lives and breathes all things book related. Usually with at least three books being read and two WiPs being written at the same time, life is merrily hectic. She tends to do nothing by halves so happily seeks the craziness and busyness life offers.
Living on her small property in Queensland with her human family as well as her animal family of cows, chooks, and dogs, Becca appreciates the beauty of the world around her and is a believer that love truly is love.
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